Lesson 1, July 4, 2020
“And he passed in front of Moses proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation’” (Exodus 34:6, 7).
Display a picture of God, or simply the words THE LORD… in your classroom. Write the following on individual post-it-notes or on cards that can be taped and repositioned:
1) IS Compassionate
2) IS a Gracious God
3) IS Slow to anger
4) IS Abounding in love
5 ) IS Abounding in Faithfulness
6) ALWAYS maintaining love to thousands
7) ALWAYS forgiving wickedness
8) ALWAYS forgiving rebellion
9) ALWAYS forgiving sin
10) DOES NOT leave the guilty unpunished
Position the post-its randomly around the room on walls or furniture.
Form teams of 3-4 students and time the teams as they line up, and search for the next ‘description’ of God, take the post-it and attach it to the picture/Word. Each student then returns to his team and in relay fashion the next student runs to find the next post it. When all ten have been added to the picture, the team recites the verse out loud together and time is called. Close by asking: “How does it feel to know that God is all of these things?”
Lesson 2, July 11, 2020
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).
Make a line drawing of a person kneeling in prayer on a white board or poster board, and then place the words and text of the memory verse on sticky notes, randomly on and around the praying person. Ask students to look up the verse in the Bible and then place the words in order. Time each student or group of students to see which can do it the fastest. Repeat until each student or group of students has an opportunity to complete the power text.
Lesson 3, July 18, 2020
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12),
Before class write the Bible verse fragments below on small pieces of paper in multiple exemplars, depending on the size of your classroom. Place the pieces necessary for the verse in an envelope and repeat the procedure until you have enough envelopes for all your groups counting 4 students in each group. Here are the Bible verse fragments necessary for each envelope:
Now we see
but a poor reflection
as in a mirror;
then we shall see
face to face.
Now I know
then I shall
even as I am
1 Corinthians 13:12
Let each member of each group take turns assembling the Bible passage. As the students work together, encourage them to say the power text aloud and when they completed assembling it, have them repeat it again together.
Lesson 4, July 25, 2020
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4).
Before class, copy a picture for each student. Write the power text on the back of the picture. Cut the picture into 8-12 pieces and place pieces in a baggie, cup, or clip them together with a paper clip. Give each student a “packet” of pieces and access to cellophane tape. Ask then to assemble the puzzle, tape the pieces together, and turn it over, revealing the Scripture verse.
Recite the power text together two to three times and then say: Just like there was everything in this packet to complete the puzzle, so God gives us everything we need for life and godliness. (If you have no tape, write the power text over the picture and recite it once the picture puzzle is completed.)
Lesson 5, August 1, 2020
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5).
Have the students close their eyes and say the first part of the power text in chorus together: “My ears had heard of You.” Then have them open their eyes and recite the second part of the power text together: “but now my eyes have seen You” (Job 42:5). Repeat this two to three times and then say: Just like Job, we too can affirm that we have heard, seen, and experienced in many ways God’s loving care and providential leading in our lives.
Lesson 6, August 8, 2020
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (John 12:26).
Write the power text in large letters on a white board or poster board in your classroom, divided into three parts:
Jesus –Whoever serves me must follow me.
Servant –Where I am my servant will also be.
Father – My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Place three signs around your classroom: 1) Father, 2) Servant, 3) Jesus. Divide the class into three groups and ask each group to stand by one of the signs. Ask each group to recite their part of the power text, as each group in turn responds. Then switch groups around: group 1 goes to the 2 spot, group 2 to the 3 spot, group 3 to the 1 spot. Repeat the power text again. Switch groups. Repeat again. Continue until the class can repeat the verse from memory.
Lesson 7, August 15, 2020
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).
Write the power text in large letters on a white board or poster board. Draw a large heart with a cross in the center. Place it on the floor opposite the students. In advance, make signs, each containing one of the following words: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, danger, nakedness, sword. Place the signs on the floor to look like obstacles between the students and the heart. Call for seven students to remove the signs one by one as those words are mentioned during the recitation of the power text. Line the rest of the students up opposite the heart, with the students next to the signs lined up in between the class and the heart.
Class says: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
The seven students standing in between the class and the heart will remove the signs one by one as the rest of the class continues reciting: “Shall (one at a time lift their sign and step aside) trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Class states strongly: “NO! In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us!” At these words everyone should walk and stand next to the heart. Repeat several times.
Lesson 8, August 22, 2020
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6-8).
Write the power text on a white board or poster. In advance prepare small gift bags or wrapped packages. Place cards inside or label with the following: PROPHESY, SERVE, TEACH, ENCOURAGE, GIVE, LEAD, SHOW MERCY.
Seven students should hold the gifts and say: “We all have different gifts according to the grace given us.”
Class responds with: “If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith” (child with prophesying gift steps forward).
“If it is serving, then serve” (student with serving gift steps forward).
Continue through all the gifts. Repeat to allow all the students to hold the gift bags.
Lesson 9, August 29, 2020
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (1 Corinthians 14:40).
In advance write one letter of the alphabet on 26 index cards, with a red marker. On the back side of every other card, write one word of the power text and reference, creating one set for every 8-10 students in your class. Place the scrambled cards in the middle of a circle of 8-10 students and time them to see which group can complete the order, turn them over and repeat the power text in the shortest amount of time.
Repeat as time allows.
Lesson 10, September 5, 2020
“For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4).
Prepare in advance one mid-size rock and a permanent marker for each student in your class.
Write the words of the power text and the Bible reference on small slips of paper. Prepare a set of these for every group of 15 students.
Divide the students into groups of 15 and distribute an envelope with a set of scrambled slips of paper containing the power text to each group. Challenge them to see which group can get themselves in the correct order first. (If you have a small class, create one group and have students hold more than one word.) After they get in order, ask them to start with the first person in the “line” and read the verse. Repeat several times.
Lesson 11, September 12, 2020
“Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, “The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.”’ Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town” (1 Samuel 20:42).
Prepare in advance the power text printed in large letters and divided into 39 strips of paper, with one word on each strip. If you have a smaller class, you can put two to three words on each strip. Provide one balloon for each strip of paper. Place one strip of paper in each balloon, inflate, and tie it off.
Write the power text in a visible location in the room and scatter filled balloons around the room. On your signal, instruct students to pop a balloon, take the word or phrase from the balloon and place it in its proper order on a designated table. The popping continues until every strip of paper has been retrieved and the verse is completed.
Repeat the verse together. Divide students into groups of two or three and ask them to discuss the difference between friendships centered in the Lord and those that are not. Close by repeating the verse together again.
Lesson 12, September 19, 2020
“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17).
In advance, create signs on poster board and place in four areas of the room that read:
1) Show proper respect to everyone
2) Love the brotherhood of believers,
3) Fear God,
4) Honor the King
Give each person a number as he or she enters Sabbath School (1, 2, 3, or 4). Say: Today we are learning some important instructions for our Bible story, in 1 Peter 2:17, about respect, love, and honoring God. Each of you has a number, and that number goes along with the words on each of the numbered signs around the room. Take a look at your numbered sign and remember the words on that sign.
Take one to two minutes to allow all the students to memorize the verse (even those who have not done so during the week) and then cover/remove the signs and begin calling out numbers. As you call each number, wait for that numbered group to respond by reciting in chorus the memorized fragments of the power text. Repeat several times and then ask: “How would your life change if you practiced these principles each day?”
Lesson 13, September 26, 2020
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
If possible, locate the song, “He Has Shown You, O Man,” and sing it as a praise song. Repeat several times.
Alternate idea: Divide class into four groups. Ask each group to create a tune and sing the power text to that tune. After a few moments, allow each group to share their arrangement with the rest of the class.