Lesson 1, July 7, 2018
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26, 27).
Have students form groups of three or four. Hand out to each group markers and a piece of poster board or newsprint. Ask the students to talk about what it means to them to be created in the image of God and to record their answers on the poster board. As they complete their lists ask a representative from each group to share with the rest of the class what they have written, describing the image of God. Next, ask everyone to recite the power text together.
Lesson 2, July 14, 2018
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:2, 3).
Brainstorm with the students what it means to rest on the Sabbath. Ask: What does resting on the Lord’s day mean to you? What are some activities in which you like to engage on the Sabbath? What images do you associate with Sabbath? (i.e., nature walks, fellowship with others, spending time with family and friends, discussions about God)
Offer them several minutes to graphically illustrate and share feelings that the Sabbath evokes in them. At the end have everyone recite the power text together.
Lesson 3, July 21, 2018
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
Have students sit in groups of five to ten. Distribute to each group heart-shaped pieces of paper. Students will pass the paper heart around the circle and tear pieces from it. At the end hand out rolls of tape and ask students to paste back the paper heart as accurately as possible. Ask: Do your patched paper hearts look like the originals? Why? Say: Though many man-made objects cannot be fully restored, God can restore the human heart damaged by sin when we believe in Jesus. Invite students to recite together the power text.
Lesson 4, July 28, 2018
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:7).
Give students several pairs of opposites that describe choices and ask them to vote on which they prefer. Choices may include: loving people like Jesus did or being selfish, keeping peace with others or arguing with them, following Jesus or following our own inclinations. Have students choose a pair of opposites from the ones you have mentioned. They will work in groups of three or four to create a list that describes the outcome of positive choices and the outcome of negative choices based on the pair of opposites that they have chosen.
Ask: What is the connection between our everyday choices and how we worship God? Say: If we choose to worship God His way, He enables us to make positive choices. Meanwhile when we make good decisions we have God’s approval and are more able to worship Him the right way. Invite the students to recite the power text together.
Lesson 5, August 4, 2018
“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17).
Before class, display the power text in your classroom. Write one of the following statements on four sheets of paper:
1st – Show proper respect to everyone
2nd – Love the family of believers
3rd – Fear God
4th – HOME PLATE – Honor the emperor
1 Peter 2:17
Divide your students into five groups spread out around the classroom. Give each group one of the sheets of paper. Have the students say what is on their paper as you point to them. At first, be sure and mix the pieces up. Go between the groups faster and faster. Ending with the verse in the proper order.
Close with a prayer that we’ll always remember the words of Romans 12:1, and follow God’s advice.
Lesson 6, August 11, 2018
“An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies” (Proverbs 12:17).
Fill a container with enough paper slips for each student. On half of them, write the word “truth” and on the other half, the word “lie.” Give each student the opportunity to draw out a slip and then tell something they have seen/witnessed that is a true fact. If they draw a slip with the word “lie” on it, have that student put his/her hand over their month and sit down. When a student states a true fact, the class should respond together with either “An honest witness tells the truth”. If the student puts their hand over their month and sits down, the class should respond together with “A false witness tells lies” (if the statement is untrue).
Close by repeating the power text all together and end with a prayer asking God’s help to choose to always give an honest testimony and accounting.
Lesson 7, August 18, 2018
“’The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these’” (Mark 12:29-31).
Display the power text in your classroom. Label a poster or find an object that will represent each of the following: HEART, SOUL, MIND, STRENGTH.
Have each child pick up the posters one at a time and carry it from the front of the room to the back of the room. As the posters are picked up and carried, the class repeats together: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart (poster/object 1) and with all your soul (poster/object 2) and with all your mind (poster/object 3) and with all your strength (poster/object 4).” When the four objects have been moved to the back of the room, shout: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31). Then the next student takes their turn bringing the poster/objects from the back of the classroom to the front. Continue until all have had a chance to carry the poster/objects.
Ask: How important is it to make these concepts a part of our daily lives? Is it difficult to love God the way this verse suggests? What are some things that get in the way of carrying out these concepts?
Pray: Jesus, please give us the ability to love You with our everything.
Lesson 8, August 25, 2018
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17).
Display the power text as follows:
1 “A friend loves at all times,
2 and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
Together (Proverbs 17:17)
Number students 1 and 2 and ask them to find a partner so that everyone is paired with a 1 if they are a 2, and a 2 if they are a 1. Display signs around the room, taped to walls or laying on the floor, tables or chairs; you will have written one of the following on each sign:
PROTECTING A NATION
Instruct the pairs of students to go from one sign to another, pausing just long enough to read the sign. Student 1 recites the first part of the power text, student 2 recites the second, and they say the text in unison. Then they move to another sign and repeat the above until they have gone to each of the eight signs.
Close with: Today our lesson is all about the circumstances life held for Joseph, and how that shaped his life. How can tough times teach us about being loving friends?
Lesson 9, September 1, 2018
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Before class prepare several slips of paper with a different, “difficult” scenario, written on each one. Put them in a container and encourage the students to draw out one at a time and read it to the class. After each paper is read the class responds by repeating the power text. Scenarios might include:
someone tells a lie about you
someone steals from you
a friend doesn’t invite you to their party
a teacher embarrasses you
your parent punishes you for something you didn’t do
a friend is unkind to you
your parents yell at you
someone calls you a name
Add any others that you know are things your students might be experiencing, or let them call out other things, on the spot. As each one is said, ask the class to repeat the power text and verse.
Close with: How might our lives be different if we were willing to treat others the way Jesus treats us?
Pray: Jesus, please give us the wisdom to treat each other with kindness and compassion.
Lesson 10, September 8, 2018
“I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you” (Isaiah 41:9).
Prepare a list of “choices” to ask students, such as: Which would you choose: peas or carrots, dogs or cats, warm weather or cold weather, cake or pie, blond hair or brown hair, quiet or noise? Why or why not? Allow students time to respond. Then ask: “What about people?” Scatter students throughout the room, then ask for a volunteer to come up to the front. Have that student choose another student to come and stand by them. Then, one by one, each new “chosen” student will choose another student to come and stand by them, until all the students have been chosen. Ask: How did you make your choices? How did it feel to be chosen?
Ask the students to repeat the power text together. Say: God tells us in His word, that He chooses ALL of us and will never reject or “un-choose” any of us! How does it feel knowing that whoever you are, wherever you are, God chooses you and will never reject you?
Close with inserting each student’s name into the text as the class repeats to each one: God took (name) from the ends of the earth, from the farthest corners He called (name). God has chosen (name) and has not rejected (name).
Lesson 11, September 15, 2018
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).
Provide 3X5 cards with the following words written, one on each card:
DEFEATER, HERO, VANQUISHER, VICTOR, WINNER, ADVOCATE, ALLY, CHAMPION, DEFENDER, HERO, NUMBER ONE, NUMERO UNO, THE GREATEST, TITLEHOLDER, TOP DOG, GOLD MEDALIST, FIRST PLACE, PRIZE WINNER, MASTER
Place cards throughout the room, on the walls, floor, tables, bulletin boards, etc. Give each student a piece of paper and a pen and ask them to hurry throughout the room, writing down the words on the cards, adding as many “words” to their list as possible in 45 seconds. Tell them to begin on your count and then to “freeze” as soon as you sound the “time's up” call.
As they speed through the room, write the power text (or display it if you have already written it out) in an area that all can see.
At the end of 45 seconds, have the student's freeze and look at their list, and circle the TWO words they like the best. You can ask how many words they found, who found the most, etc. Ask them how the words are alike and what they have in common.
Direct their attention to the power text and have everyone read it out loud together, asking which word in the power text is most like the list they are holding (conquerors). Remind the students that each of the words they found means winner or CONQUEROR.
Write the following beneath the displayed power text:
__ (Name) __is more than a _________ through Him that loved us.
Go around the room and ask each student, one by one to tell which one or two words they circled. Then ask the class to repeat together, using each student’s name and chosen words, "Jackie is more than a winner through Him that loved us."
Repeat until each student has a turn and then invite each one of them to write out the power text using their name and their favorite word on the paper to take home and remember that, because of Jesus, they are MORE than can be imagined.
Close with prayer that each student will spend a little time each day, remembering that the battle has already been won by Jesus, and that we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS, because of Him.
Lesson 12, September 22, 2018
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Write the power text on a white board or poster board.
Wrap a large present in pretty wrapping paper, with a gift tag that reads To ‘my child’, From Jesus Christ.
Inside the package, place a card (enough for each student) with the word VICTORY written on one side and “But thanks be to God! He gives _______ the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Alternative idea: Place a picture of a victory moment, i.e.: someone crossing the finish line, holding up a trophy, receiving a gold medal, etc. on one side and the verse written on the other side.
Call each student up, one by one (or pass the large present around the circle, allowing each child to open and take out one of the cards/pictures to keep). As the student opens the box and takes out his/her “gift,” the class shouts out together: “But thanks be to God! He gives (___name of student___) the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For smaller classes, you may choose to wrap small individual presents and tag them individually with each student’s name, from: Jesus Christ. Inside each box place the VICTORY word card, or a picture of a victory and the power text written on the other side.
After each student has had a turn, invite each student to add their name to the verse. In addition you might invite the students to share an area over which they need a victory, or think of it as you close with prayer.
Close with prayer that each student will give thanks this week for the victory that is already theirs, a gift from Jesus. Rather than with “amen,” end your prayer with a victory shout: Hip, hip, hooray! Thanks be to God, He gives us the victory!
Lesson 13, September 29, 2018
“But Ruth replied, Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Write the power text on a 3X 5 card. Ask for a student to volunteer to be RUTH. RUTH, standing up front, points to each student, one by one. As the chosen student comes to greet RUTH, she hands them the card and that student reads it aloud and gives it back to the volunteer. The two link arms and move to another location in the room and choose another student to join them. That student then repeats the verse out loud, links arms with the other two. The three then move to another location and invite the fourth student to join. Repeat until all the students in the room are linked together and then say the power text together.
For larger classes you may choose to divide your class in half and create two groups linked together.