Family Bible Study for Youth

Encounter

 

CJ450PLN

Weslea Bell

May 7, 2006

 

Before class begins display the three “Alert!” banners on the wall in the area where you will be teaching. As you speak, give students a visual cue to your progression through the lesson by physically moving to stand next to or underneath the banners, or ask the students to move from one area to the next and sit on the floor underneath the banners as you teach the lesson.

Before class attach the colored Faith Challenge tags to the bottom of student chairs.

 

1. Secure Learning Environment (10 min.)

Begin class by passing out tootsie pops and referring to the retro-commercial of the cartoon owl who asks, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?” As the students eat their pops, ask, “Have you ever felt like life has you licked? How can you keep from becoming a succor by letting your faith in God waiver when times get tough?” Give students a few minutes to share ways they may be going through the ringer this week and how it’s affecting their faith.

Ask a volunteer to read Heartland Security and Yellow Alert in the Learner Guide and give them time to complete the energy scale.

Discussion Options: Do difficult circumstances cause people to question God’s authority? Does His ability to sustain you waiver when life gets complicated?”

 

2. Orange Alert (10 min.)

As you begin this segment of the lesson, move to the Orange Alert banner on the wall.

Ask a volunteer to read Ruth 1:15-18 and Orange Alert in the learner guide. Point out that it’s sometimes during the deepest struggles that people’s faith is strengthened the most.

Lead a discussion identifying specific actions students can take to deepen their faith, including studying Scripture and praying regularly.

Discussion Options: What are some ways you can prepare yourself for life’s challenges? Is there a way to exercise your faith and make it stronger, or is your faith something over which you have little control?”

 

3. Border Protection (20 minutes) [dept.]

Ask a volunteer to read Ruth 2:19-23 and Orange Alert in the Learner Guide. Introduce this game by explaining that the Department of Homeland Security identifies areas of national weakness and determines the severity of any threats to public safety. If a dangerous situation is looming, the DHS issues a yellow alert, meaning American awareness should be elevated. The next alert is orange, and the most severe alert is red.

Randomly pass out the Heartland badges from the leader pack and tell students to form teams by finding other students with the same state emblem on their badge. Once groups have been established, distribute the Heartland Facts cards, giving one set of cards to each team. Tell the students to take turns reading the State of Affairs side of the cards, keeping in mind that the goal of this activity is twofold. First, students should understand that the depth of their experience as Christians is dependent upon the extent of thier faith in Christ. (Direct student attention to the banner that reads, “If ya wanna go deep, ya gotta have faith.”) Second, they need to recognize the pattern in biblical accounts of people responding to Jesus: The Invitation + The Come Back = The Deed.

Give the following instructions to the class:  “Each member of the team draws one State of Affairs card and looks up the Scripture passage written on it. In the Invitation box, copy from the Scripture passage the words Jesus used to give someone the opportunity to believe in Him. In the Come Back box copy the individual’s verbal response to Jesus. In the Deed box describe in your own words what the person did that proved his verbal acceptance or rejection of Jesus was sincere.”

Give students fifteen minutes to complete the cards and then tell them they have five minutes to review. During this time, they have to make sure everyone on their team can articulate in his or her own words the concepts written in the boxes on their cards. When the review time is over, tell students to look under their seat for a Faith Challenge tag.

 

 

4. Border Protection Phase II (10 min.)

Take up the Heartland Facts cards. Tell students to form new teams according to the color of the Faith Challenge tags underneath their chairs. (red team, green team, etc.) Once teams are established, give one set of Faith Challenge cards to each group. Tell students they have seven minutes for each member of the group to draw a card and attempt to answer the question. The answers to the questions are on the back of the card. If they get the answer right, they receive five points and get to keep the card. If they get the answer wrong, they receive no points and place the card in a discard pile. After everyone on the team has taken three turns, ring a bell or blow a whistle to get the class’s attention. 

 

Direct students back to their original Heartland teams, telling them to take the cards they won with them. Each team tallies the points all members gained while competing, and the team with the most points wins. Say, “Just as the Department of Homeland Security has to guard its border to protect the American people from harm, so do we have to guard our spirituality by protecting ourselves from doubt and unbelief. Studying the Scripture and believing the truths we find there is one way of donning the shield of faith.”

 

5. All Systems Go (15 min.)

Move to the All Clear banner on the wall and ask a volunteer to read the All Clear segment of the learner guide. Ask students, “How can faithfulness to God during a crisis impact others for Christ?” Enlist a volunteer to write the class’s responses on a board. Ask a student to read Ruth 4:13-15 and All Clear in the Learner Guide.   

Lead students to consider members of their immediate and extended families who have influenced them in a positive way by exhibiting faithfulness to God. Ask volunteers to share their experiences with the class. Then ask the students if they believe God is using their faithfulness to influence a member of their family.

Distribute the reproducible shield handout (perforation number 68 1 – Unit, 8.25 x 10.75) and tell students that this is their shield of faith. Ask them to write the names of five members of their family, immediate or extended, in the five corners of the shield. On the blue lines connecting the corners, ask students to write at least one specific action they can take to exhibit faithfulness to God in the presence of family members.  Ask students to write a brief prayer for a family member’s salvation on the green lines.

Encourage students to use the Continue page to help them stay focused on God’s authority this week. Remind them that God has the power to take care of them no matter what kinds of challenges they may encounter.