Saturday, September 15, 2012

Psalm 27:1 - Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid - Easy Sunday School Lesson Plan

Postcard used by Permission: www.GoodJobNotes.com
Purpose: Teaching the students that living for the Lord should not be a fear filled experience, but rather one filled with Life and Light.

Method: Have them experience the feeling of Faith in physical actions, and how faith overcomes fear of failure. Then relate that to a biblical story, in this case, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3:8-30 and in particular, their statement of faith in Daniel 3:16-18 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

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Opening Drill: Now We Lay You Down


Supplies - You will need a 6 to 10 foot piece of rope and and trusted adult/teen, as well as from 2 to 5 children for this drill.  (5 children is much more effective and easy to teach, but two will do it as well.)

Four students hold one end of the rope and at the other end, the further away the more dramatic an example, is the student who needs to trust the others.  Place and adult or trusted teen helper behind the one who is trusting, making sure they do NOT fall to the floor.  Instruct those holding the rope to slowly let the rope move toward the one who is having his/her faith tested.  The one being tested must be instructed to hold the rope in front of their body, and keep their body ridge, as the four let him/her down.  

As you can see, this is a dramatic example of trust.

Explaining the Drill - If the student failed, and could not trust them, have them tell you why.  The answer is fear they would fall or lack of trust leading to fear they would fall.  

If the student succeeds, then ask them how they succeed, leading them to answer faith or trust in the four.

I would not have everyone who wants to do the drill do it at this point. You only need 1 to 3 examples to get the physical feeling of faith or fear for the beginning of the lesson.  Later on, you will keep it up until they have a higher success rate.

Explain to them that God is like that.  He holds us up, no matter what, and we have nothing to fear.  In the end, no matter what, God has our backs, when we die.  We get to go live with Him Forever.  Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for God's loving support and for courage in us to accept it.

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This is the part of the service where we do praise and worship, and take an offering.

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Read Daniel Chapter 3 to them, giving many breaks to explain or act out parts of the story, to keep them engage.  I Sometimes have them read a sentence, then interpret it in a loud or funny voice.  Sometimes, if it is obvious, I just repeat it, sometimes I put it into children's speak.

Once you have read the story, ask them who and where the act of Fear should have been, with normal people, and where the act of faith was.  Ask them why they were not afraid.  Ask them who would have happened if God did not rescue them they way they were rescued, but instead let them die to make the point.  Ask them who they think the 4th person is.  (Some people think that the fourth person was Jesus, some just an angle; you are not asking as a matter of doctrine, but rather as a way to get them engage.

Opening Drill: Now We Lay You Down Advanced

Replay the game with fewer people holding the rope, or blindfold the trusting one.  Insure safety by having a trusted adult to catch the falling person if they do in fact fall.  SAFETY FIRST!!

When you have repeated the drill as many times as you have people and/or time to do, then ask them for places in their life that they might be afraid.  Read to them the Postcard at the top of the lesson plan with Psalm 27:1.  Ask them who the Light is?  Ask them How they can trust "the Light" in the difficult situations in their lives.

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