Things You Can Use / Apr 21, 2019
Believe In Me
Note to the Teacher
Historically, Lent was used as a season of preparation and discipleship for interested Christians, and they would be baptized at the Easter vigil service. The season after Easter was focused on teaching Christian doctrine. Our “Living” and “Loving” series both come out of this historical understanding of the Easter season. They follow the gospel texts in John, where Jesus is trying to teach the disciples how to live as his followers. You can ask the same questions in your worship: “What does it mean to live as a follower of Christ? What does it mean to believe in Jesus?”
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Ice Breaker: True or False
Say something like “I am going to read a statement and you have to decide if you believe it or if you doubt it. If you believe it, you will move to the right, if you doubt it, you will move to the left.” Anyone standing on the incorrect side after each statement will sit down and we will play until there is only one or a small amount of people left.
Statements to read:
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Have students take turns reading John 20:19-31 out loud.
Spend time discussing some or all of the following questions as a response to the scripture reading.
3. Activity and Discussion
Get your students’ bodies and imaginations engaged with this lesson using the activity Minefield from the YouthWorker Collective at https://youthworkercollective.com/minefield/
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.