Lesson 1, October 6, 2018
“So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there” (1 Kings 17:5).
You’ll need a container filled with action words for each 10-12 students.
Write a variety of action words/phrases, one each on multiple slips of paper. Fold the slips of paper and put them in a container. Word/phrase examples include: jump, skip, hop on one foot, whistle happy birthday, shake a hand, spin in circles, snap your fingers, etc.
Divide the class into groups of 10 to 12, have the students walk around the container and instruct them to each select one piece of paper. Once everyone has a paper have the students do the action while everyone says: “So he did what the Lord had told him.”
Repeat until each student has completed an activity.
Lesson 2, October 13, 2018
“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” (1 Kings 18:37).
You’ll need a piece of red construction paper, scissors, and pen for each student.
Instruct the students to fold the paper in half and cut out a heart, then write on one side: “(Name) belongs to God.”
Write the power text in a visible place as follows: Answer me, Lord, answer me, so (name) will know that you, Lord, are God and that you are turning (name’s) heart back again.
Divide class into groups of 10 to 12. Have the students form a circle and invite each student into the circle one at a time. Students should enter the circle with their hearts held close to their chest, with their names facing their body. As the student enters the circle, the rest of the class recites the verse, substituting the student’s name in the proper places. As the verse comes to the phrase, “turning their heart back again,” the student in the middle should turn their heart around so that their name is showing, and return to the circle as another student steps into the center.
Repeat until every student has had the opportunity to be in the middle. Close with a prayer of thanks that God has chosen each student for His own.
Lesson 3, October 20, 2018
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Write the power text in large letters for the class to see. Divide the class into groups of four and ask them to practice the following words in slow motion: stand, turn, shake hands, sit —AS SLOWLY AS POSSIBLE. Then have each group say the memory verse in slow motion for the class. Close by having the class repeat the power text in unison—at a regular speed.
Lesson 4, October 27, 2018
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
Ask for volunteers to be the “captains.” Divide the class into three groups and assign one “captain” to each group.
Captain of group 1—When will God leave you?
Group 1 (in unison)—Never will I leave you!
Captain of group 2—When will God forsake you?
Group 2—Never will I forsake you.
Captain of group 3—How do you know?
Group 3—Hebrews 13:5 tells us so!
Repeat several times, asking the class to get louder with each repetition.
Lesson 5, November 3, 2018
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24).
Divide your class into groups of 10 to 12. Write the power text in an easy-to-read location, for all to see. Choose one person in each group to begin a power chain. The first person, facing the second person, extends his right hand to the other and repeats the verse. The second person (facing the first person) joins hands using his left hand. The second person then extends his right hand to another and repeats the verse, the third person responds (facing the second person) by joining his left hand to the second person’s right hand, and then extends his right hand to a fourth and so on until everyone has joined the chain. (Every other person will be facing one direction, with everyone in between facing the opposite direction. Close by repeating the verse in unison with the entire class as the students “drop hands.”
Lesson 6, November 10, 2018
”But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24).
Give each student a heart or piece of red paper and instruct them to cut out a heart shape. On the heart, ask each student to list the “great” things that God has done for them. You may wish to give a personal example. Give each student an opportunity to stand, and repeat the following: “I will serve him faithfully with all my heart as I consider these great things he has done for me.” Each student may read the things written on their heart (if they so choose). After each student has taken a turn, display the hearts in a prominent place in your classroom.
Lesson 7, November 17, 2018
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no division among you and that you be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
Give each student several choices and ask them to vote on which they prefer. Choices might include: Mexican food or Italian, lemonade or water, yellow or pink. You might also include current controversies at your church or school, choices of teachers or pastors. After pointing out that the class just can’t seem to agree on anything, offer a few choices, such as Jesus or Satan, loving people like Jesus did or arguing with them, following Jesus or doing it our way. Invite the students to recite the power text together several times, beginning with a whisper and building to a shout. Close by saying, “It is difficult to agree on all things, but when we choose to let Jesus’ way become our way, we will be able to put God’s people before our differences.”
Repeat the power text again.
Lesson 8, November 24, 2018
“When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work” ( Nehemiah 4:15).
Create building blocks from boxes, grocery bags, or provide actual rocks or cement blocks. Write one word of the power text on each block or rock. Give the students the text and ask them to see how quickly they can find the verse and build a wall by arranging the blocks in the proper order. Close by reciting the power text together as a class.
Lesson 9, December 1, 2018
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” (1 Chronicles 16:8, 9).
Divide your class into six groups. Give each group one part of the power text.
1. Give praise to the Lord,
2. proclaim his name;
3. make known among the nations what he has done.
4. Sing to him,
5. sing praise to him;
6. tell of all his wonderful acts.
Using a bell to signal the beginning of each round, instruct the students to read their part of the verse in order each time you sound the alarm. After the parts are read, the groups should quickly switch parts and wait for the signal to read the verse again at the next alarm. Repeat six times so that each group reads each part of the verse. Close by reading the verse together.
Lesson 10, December 8, 2018
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Display the power text in the classroom. In advance, make a sign to place over a door that reads: The Chosen and the Special. Ask students to form a single line at the door entrance and say to the student at the beginning of the line, “(Student’s name) is [part of] a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that [he/she] may declare the praises of him who called [him/her] out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Encourage the rest of the class to cheer and applaud as the student comes through the doorway. Repeat for each of the students. Close by asking: How does it feel to know that you are chosen by God, and are His special possession?
Lesson 11, December 15, 2018
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life” (Psalm 143:8).
Provide yellow paper, pens, yellow crayons and a sun stencil, stickers, or a coloring page. The students will decorate their morning sun and write the power text as follows: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I (name) have put my trust in you. Show (name) the way I should go, for to you (name) lifts up her/his soul.”
Close by asking: “How would your day be different if you began each day with this prayer?” Pray that God will show His love to each student every day this week, and that He’ll be their constant compass as they learn to trust Him more and more.
Lesson 12, December 22, 2018
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told” (Luke 2:20).
Print out a picture of shepherds tending their flocks as the angel appears with the good news. If necessary, use one of the pictures in this week’s Sabbath School lesson. On the back of the picture, write the power text. Line the students up against the wall in your classroom and put the picture with the power text against the opposite wall of your room. One by one the students will go and grab the picture, and come and show it to the rest of the students while reading the verse on the back. The student then goes back and replaces the picture, takes their place in line and the next student repeats the activity. Continue until each student has the opportunity to get the picture and return to share what they have seen.
Close by repeating the power text together.
Lesson 13, December 29, 2018
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11).
Display the power text in the classroom and make a nametag for yourself that reads “GOD, THE GUIDE.” Create 3 different stations in different locations in your room with the following:
- Desert picture and props, such as cactus or sand; also, have an electric or hand fan at this station.
- Gym/weight training station with picture of someone lifting weights, and a small hand weight (or something heavy to lift).
- Lush waterfall picture with a pitcher of water and enough cups for all students.
Make a nametag or sign and attach it to the person acting the part of the Guide.
Taking one student at a time, say, “The Lord will guide (name of student) always,” as you lead him/her to station 1. Turn on the electric fan or pick up the hand fan, and fan student as you say, “He will satisfy (name of student’s) needs in a sun-scorched land.”
Lead student to station 2. Hand the student the weight and ask him/her to practice weight lifting as you say, “He will strengthen (name of student’s) frame.”
Lead student to station 3. Pour a cup of water and offer it to the student as you say, “(name of student) will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Lead student back to their seat, choose another student, and repeat for each student. (For larger classrooms, you can take two or three students at a time.)
Close by saying, “I am so grateful that God promises to guide us EVERY step of the way, no matter where He leads us.”