Thursday, April 2, 2015

Unit 4 / Week 3 - A New Creation: The Upper Room - John 20:19-23

Unit Theme: A New Creation


Every child in a Christian Church can tell you that the were saved by the blood or Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ.  However, if you press them, I have found that nearly none of them have even a rudimentary understanding of what that actually means.  This Unit is all about 1 aspect of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ; one result that is secondary to Grace, but powerful in its own right.  We become a new creation, different that we were before we took on the mantel of our savior.  This unit hopefully will bring our children closer to Jesus because they begin to live and understand that they are a NEW CREATION.

Unit Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Unit Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: Snake in the Grass V2
Equipment: 

a) A Soft Ball or a Snake Stuffed animal.  You MUST not use a dodge ball as they HURT to much, and they have a certain expectation in the children's mind.  We don't want that expectation.  competitive Yes.  Violent competitive, NO.

We use 6" Gator Skin Softi Ball-Blue or any other color, but the brand prevents injury and has longevity at the same time.

 b) A teen or an adult monitor to make sure they don't hurt each other and they follow all the rules.

c) 6 Index Cards or pieces of paper, even post-it notes, with these Animal Names written on them.
    1) Crane - Stand on one leg and move by hoping
    2) Gorilla - Stand on two legs and move by running or walking.
    3) Bear - Stand on 4 legs - hands and feet, and run/walk like a bear.
    4) Frog.  Squat down and move by hoping like a frog.
    5) Kangaroo - Stand on 2 legs and move by Hoping
    6) Lie on the ground and move like a snake

How to Play the Game:
   a) One person starts as the Animal - 1 through 6 above, selected by them randomly.  The start with the ball in the middle of the playing area, and take the position and attitude of their animal.  The "Tag" the other children by  throwing the ball at them.  If it hits them in the Air, they are out, and become a snake, or gorilla etc, and are now on the side of the original 1.  If it does not hit them in the air, or it hits something/someone else first, the ball is dead, and anyone can pick it up.  The non animals can run around as people, until the are "Tagged."  
    b) The game continues until all but one are changed into a NEW ANIMAL. That 1 is the winner, and goes to the Middle of the Floor, after pick a new animal to be.
    
    c) Monitor - make sure they act like a new animal, and those that are tagged act like a new animal as well.  Everyone can move, but the animals must move like animals.

Why we are Playing the Game – Purpose: We are trying to give them a feeling for what it means to  "CHANGE" into a NEW PERSON.  In this case, the old, human, is gone and the new, animal, is on.  We are going for the visceral feeling of utter definiteness.

When the game is over and you are about to start class, ask them "How did it FEEL when you changed into a New Animal."  Was it easy to remain that new animal.  (If they say yes, have the monitor remind them how many times they had to be corrected, which should be huge.)
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 4 Week 3
This is a fairly traditional, safe and pretty well made rendition of the biblical stories between the Resurrection and the Ascension.  I am NOT suggesting you show it in class, though if your leadership approves of it, it might not hurt.



Purpose: Teach the students what Changed in Cleopas and his friend when they broke bread with Jesus. John 20:19-23 "On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”"

There is a problem here.  Depending on which denomination you belong to, which doctrine you follow, the last line of this verse, John 20:23, means something completely different to you than to your fellow Christians.

There are 3 basic ways to look at this part of the verse.  

(1) Jesus gave the power to forgive sins to the Apostles, and perhaps his followers. The argument against this is generally bible verses like Luke 5:21  "And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"  the problem with this is, the scribes and pharisees are generally not considered reliable sources for Christian biblical meaning.  

(2) The Power he gave us was given to us by the Holy Spirit a few lines before for this line, and means that we can preach the Gospel, the truth, and if it is accepted, they are forgiven, and if it is rejected, the Gospel that is, then their sins are not forgiven, by God. 

(3) Finally, also justified by several other verses, we are given the power to "recognize" if a sin has or has not been forgiven, or in other words, we would know if they are saved or unsaved.

Truthfully, I don't believe that any of this is necessary to understand, but rather, the meaning of these verses is:

Jesus, in a human body, showed up in the flesh, holes and all, in a locked room, to his followers.  After the fear, they were overjoyed that the Lord had returned. He then gave them the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, as a guide, and gave them the same mission he had, and the same power of the Spirit.  

WE WERE CHANGED FROM NORMAL HUMANS LIVING WITH THE HUMAN SPIRIT TO HOLY HUMANS, LIVING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND OUR MISSION CHANGED FROM LIVING DAY TO DAY INTO BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO OTHERS.

Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer - mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - Blind Man Pop




4a) Equipment Needed: 
     
     1) 2 or more teams of Children with no more than 6 or 7 children per team
     2) Two or more somethings to use as blindfolds, depending on the number of teams you have. I use Sport Supply Group Blindfolds, because the are neat, cool colors, inexpensive and easy to use.  I have, however, used strips of cloth if the people I was doing it for were unable or unwilling to buy blindfolds, and I forgot to bring my own.
     3) 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors) if you have 2 teams.  More if you have more teams.,
     4) A printer to print up a sentence
     5) Scissors to Cut up the sentence.

4b) How to Play the Game:

     A) First, you need to print up the following verse two times:

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

      B) Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 pieces based on the colors, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up. In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 sentence fragment each.  If you have 3 teams, and 3 different color balloons, it makes the game easier to manage.  (In later weeks, week 3 and 4, you should have either random colors or all the same color, and make the teams work together to get the verses back together.

     C) Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.

     D) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:

          i) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,

          ii) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.
          iii) The Blindfolded student CAN NOT pick up more than one balloon at a time, nor can they take the other teams balloons. If they do, they must return them, before getting more of their own. (In weeks 3 and 4, no such "other team" rules apply.

         iv) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.

     E) Say Go.


4c) Explaining the meaning of the Game: Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

Have them read the verse aloud. 

Then read to them this weeks verse: John 20:19-23 "On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”"

Explain the verse according to your own calling then ask questions:

            1) What does How did Jesus get into the Room?

            2) Why did he say "Peace be with you?" (Calm them down - pretty sure they would be freaking out.)

            3) Why were they overjoyed to see him? (He was not dead)

            4) Why did he say Peace be with you again? (About ready to change their lives forever - fear.)

            5) Jesus "Breathed" on them.  Why did he then say "receive the holy spirit?" (Explanation of what he had just done - the breath of God. They were all VERY familiar with the scripture, so they would know what that would mean.)


5) Building on the Lesson

     5a) How did Jesus Change them?  (Breath of God - Holy Spirit)
     5b) What did the change mean? (New purpose.)

6) Summary - Remind them that like the game at the beginning, changing is not easy to do.  If you want to Change, become a New Creation, you need to invite Jesus into your life.  Otherwise, you remain the same.

6) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - Snake in the Grass V2.
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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 1, Week 1 - Being In Christ - Click Here
2. Unit 1, Week 2 - New Creation - Click Here.
3. Unit 1, Week 3 - The Old Has Passed Away - Click Here.
4. Unit 1, Week 4 - The New Has Come - Click Here.
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5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
6. Unit 2, Week 2 - What Reward Did They Get - Click Here.
7. Unit 2, Week 3 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
8. Unit 2, Week 4 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
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9.   Unit 3, Week 1 – Entering the City of David - Click Here.
10. Unit 3, Week 2 – Righteous Indignation - Click Here
11. Unit 3, Week 3 – Even the 12 Doubted - Click Here
12. Unit 3, Week 4 – The Arrest of Jesus - Click Here
13. Unit 3, Week 5 – Jesus on the Cross - Click Here
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14. Unit 4, Week 1 - The Resurrection - Click Here
15. Unit 4, Week 2 - The Road to Emmaus - Click Here
15. Unit 4, Week 3 - The Upper Room - This Article
16. Unit 4, Week 4 - By the Sea
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17. Unit 5, Week 1 - The Great Commision
18. Unit 5, Week 2 - The Ascension
19. Unit 5, Week 3 - And It's 12 Again
20. Unit 5, Week 4 - Pentecost
21. Unit 5, Week 5 - The Fellowship
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