Lesson 1, April 7, 2018
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).
Display the power text in your classroom. Give each student an empty 8-10 oz. cup. Form a large circle and hold up a cup full of water. As you recite the verse, slowly pour your water from your cup into the cup of the person to your right. That student then slowly fills the cup of the student to their right as he/she recites the verse out loud. Continue until the final student has refilled your cup and then repeat the verse together.
Close with prayer: “Dear Jesus, please fill each of us with Your Spirit and give us the courage to share Your love with everyone we meet. Amen.”
Lesson 2, April 14, 2018
“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).
Ask the students to form a line. Stand 8 to 10 feet from the line of students. Using a length of red rope, string or yarn, toss the end of the yarn to the first student. As the student retrieves the end of the rope, pull the student toward you, saying, “Now in Christ Jesus (name of student) who was once far away, has been brought near by the blood of Christ.” The student who was pulled toward you then tosses the rope to the next student in line, repeating the verse as they pull the second student toward them. Repeat until each student has an opportunity to be brought near and to bring another student.
Lesson 3, April 21, 2018
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8).
Display the power text in the classroom. Choose a student to begin the “chain of harmony” by saying “(name), live in harmony with others, be sympathetic, love your brothers and sisters, be compassionate and humble,” then link elbows. The student then selects another student, repeats the sentence using that student’s name, and they then link arms. Continue the activity until every student is linked together in a chain of harmony. Close with a simple prayer that asks Jesus to help the class treat everyone the way Jesus treated people.
Lesson 4, April 28, 2018
“The grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11, 12).
In advance prepare 12 note cards or pieces of paper, write the number 1 on one side and the number 2 on the other side of each paper or card. Write one of the first 12 words of the power text on side one of the papers/cards, on side two write the remaining words of the verse. Invite the students to find the verse in their Bible and organize the cards in the proper order, with side one facing up. When the first 12 words of the verse are in the right order, ask the students to turn the cards over, maintaining the order to find the remaining words of the verse. Ask the students to repeat the verse several times, turning the cards from side one to side two.
Lesson 5, May 5, 2018
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Display these three words on the side of boxes, jars, cans, rocks, or other objects. The objects with the words faith and hope should be considerably smaller and weigh less than the larger, heavier object with the word love written on it. Each student will take a turn lifting each object as the class recites the verse together.
Lesson 6, May 12, 2018
“With the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition” (1 Thessalonians 2:2).
Display the power text in a visible place on whiteboard or chalkboard. Divide students into groups of 10. One student holds a sign reading “GOD” as the other students line up, linking arms or hands to form a group. One student at a time will break free and attempt to reach “God” while reciting the power text. As each student takes his turn reaching up to “God,” erase one word of the power text. Repeat 10 times for each student to take a turn reaching up to “God”. Close by repeating the verse together with the whole class.
Lesson 7, May 19, 2018
“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them” (Acts 14:15).
Display the power text in the classroom. In advance, prepare 13 pieces of paper (for each group of 3 students). On one side place a large question mark and on the other place the power text words divided as follows: “Friends, why are /you doing this? / We too are only / human like you. / We are bringing /you good news, / telling you to turn / from these worthless things / to the living God, / who made the heavens / and the earth and the sea / and everything in them” (Acts 14:15).
Have groups see which group can turn over the papers and arrange them in the proper order as quickly as possible. Turn the papers over, scramble and repeat several times to improve the time. Close by reciting the verse together as a class and say: “Even though we are only human, God allows us the privilege of sharing His good news with others around us. What good news will you share this week?”
Lesson 8, May 26, 2018
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
In advance, prepare a gift bag or a wrapped gift box. Inside, place cards or pieces of paper with one “gift” written on each piece of paper or card. For example, “My gift is teaching” or “My gift is a sense of humor.” Make sure there is at least one card for each student. Display the power text in your room, and invite students to open the bag or the gift, take out one of the cards and read it. The class will then recite the power text in response to the “gift” discovered in the gift bag. Repeat for each student.
Lesson 9, June 2, 2018
“I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24).
Plan a “race” with parts of the power text placed at various points along the route. Mark a start and finish line in your room, hallway, or outside if possible. Place 5 numbered envelopes or containers with parts of the power text in each container.
Have each student “race” from the starting line, stopping to open and read aloud each of the parts of the power text, then replacing the paper continuing to each envelope and finally crossing the finish line. Close by stating: “When we finish the race and the task that Jesus gives us, we are all winners!”
Lesson 10, June 9, 2018
“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:14).
Display the power text in the classroom. In advance, fill three large buckets, pitchers, or containers with shredded paper. Label each of the containers with one of the following: GRACE OF OUR LORD, JESUS’ FAITH, JESUS’ LOVE. Invite each student to come forward and sit in front of the class while the class recites the verse together. As they class slowly recites the verse, “pour” the bucket of grace, faith, and love over the student’s head. Replace the paper and repeat for each student. Close with prayer, thanking God for covering us up with His grace, love, and faith.
Lesson 11, June 16, 2018
“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you” (Acts 18:9, 10).
Divide the class into pairs and give each a copy of the power text. They should choose between themselves who will be the “voice” and who will be the “mime”. Give them five minutes to practice so that one is mouthing the words while the other one says them; the goal is to be as in sync as possible.
After practicing, each team will stand before the class with the “mime” in front and visible, and the “voice” person standing behind the person or behind a barrier. The person in front should mouth the words “looking” as though he is the one who is saying them, as the “hidden” person repeats the verse.
Close by saying: “Remember, no matter where you go or what God asks you to do, He will always be there speaking through you.”
Lesson 12, June 23, 2018
“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul” (Psalm 19:7).
“May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Bring to class pictures or cutouts of the following:
WORDS - HEART - MOUTH - EYES - ROCK - SMILING FACE - PRAYING PERSON/PRAYING HANDS
Provide a set of the above for each group of five students. Also, give to each group a small card or piece of paper with the words of the power text printed on it, a large poster board, scissors, glue, and markers. Ask each group to create a power text poster using the materials provided. When each group has completed their poster, allow them to share it with the class as all recite the power text together.
Repeat for each group of students.
Lesson 13, June 30, 2018
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
On separate slips of paper write one activity such as: shake three people’s hands, stand up, turn around and sit down, clap your hands twice, say the names of two friends, etc.
Ask for volunteers to: (1) choose one of the slips of paper; (2) tell the class exactly what they are about to do; and (3) then do it.
Repeat until everyone has an opportunity to reveal and carry out their instructions. Write the power text on the board as the class recites it word by word. Ask the class to talk about how this verse is like the activity they just completed. How does it feel knowing God always tells us the plans He has? Close by repeating the verse together.