Peter started his life poor and died poor, crucified upside down on a cross.
John was boiled alive, imprisoned on a island, chased from his home.
The price for following Jesus has always been high, and if the bible and the words of Paul and Jesus are to be believed, remains high today. Yet, the reward for following Jesus, coming to the Lord, must be higher, or why would you, any of your students or anyone who has ever lived followed the Way? This month's Unit Verse is about the reward, #LivingLife Abundantly. Just keep in the back of your mind, Jesus came into the world to save us from spiritual warfare, not financial or medical warfare. Christians are still killed in wars; still die for illnesses; are still unjustly put to death. You need to look no further than the lives of those who wrote the scriptures for confirmation that the rewards we are talking about is the Power of Spirit of God, not the power of gold. We will explore in this unit what having life is and having it more abundantly, how it will change and enhance our day to day lives. We will not cover how to get rich so God is Happy with us.
a) A large pool noodles, Monster Noodle Pool Noodle Foam Asstd Colors - 1 noodle.
d) Two or Three hula hoops. I make my own. If you want to make your own, click Here or you can buy them from Amazon and have them shipped, rather than driving to a toy store. This is their offering for dozen 30 inch hula hoops. US Games Standard Hoops, 30-Inch. Hula hoops can be used nearly every class, every week of every year.
b) Place the Shepherd near the hoops, with the pool noodle.
c) Take the rest of the children, in this game the are the "Wolf Pack," and put them on the outside edge of the game area until you start the game.
d) Say go, and the Wolf Pack attempts to attack the sheep by tagging them before the Guard or Shepherd touches him with their staff or pool noodle.
1) They are out, sitting down right where they were tagged by the noodle.
2) The Guard is out if all of her/his sheep are tagged.
3) If the Sheep in the hula hoops are tagged, they get up and leave.
4) The game continues until there are no more wolves or they stop attacking.
As with every start up game, the physical purpose is to pull your students out of where they are mentally, and into your classroom, so make sure it is fun.
Before you actually start your lesson, each week this month, ask them what a Shepherds Job is, what the Wolves had to do to get the sheep, and what the sheep do.
Purpose: This weeks lesson is to teach what that "the Thief," Satan and those who do not follow the Lord, can take your peace, your life, your love and even your direction in life.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
Remember, the context of this verse is both Eternal Life and it implies it begins right NOW, meaning that the benefits of having Jesus are real world and eternal, and the things we can lose if we don't have them are real world and eternal.
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
Play the same game you played before, but have 1 sheep totally surrounded by guards, so that there is no chance to tag the one sheep. I have even gone so far as to surround the one student in the hula hoop with many hula hoops and declared them out of bounds, meaning the wolves can't go there or over them.
The point is to make it impossible for the wolves to win. Let them play it out anyway, because knowing the total safety for the one is the entire point.
4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:
A) When you are done, ask them why the Wolves lost. You are looking for, "It was not fair." "Superior Force," or even "It was impossible," so lead them in that direction.
B) Once they all agree that it was impossible to get to the sheep, tell them that they are "God's Sheep," and that Jesus is the Shepherd.
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.
Explain what the thief can take from us without Jesus in our Verse:
1) Have someone read the Unit Verse, John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
2) Ask them what was lost in the game, if a wolf tagged them. (Life in the game, peace of mind, chance for victory etc.) You might even ask one of the sheep that lost, what happens next in the game if they lose? (nothing - game over)
3) Ask them what types of things Satan, evil people, people who have no Love of the Lord might steal from them? (Life, Liberty, possessions, peace, they can even destroy their peace of mind and lose direction in their lives - depression)
4) Ask them how to stop the thief. Let them talk it out. They might know the words, like "Have Jesus in their hearts," but the chances are very good they have no idea what that actually means, so lead the conversation in that direction. The truth shall set them free.
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3. Unit 6 Week 4 - What Stuff Can You Lose? - John 10:10