Things You Can Use / Mar 04, 2019
God’s Generous Heart
Note to the Teacher
When we think about God as a “Generous God” two questions come to mind:
- Where have I seen God’s generosity?
- How will I respond?
The goal of this lesson is for us to look at those questions and provide answers to them
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Ice Breaker: Giving and Receiving
The goal of this game is for teams of 5 to 7 people to end up with the least amount of candy. In the front of the room set up one empty bucket for each team: this is the “Receiving Bucket.” In the back of the room set up a second bucket for each team: this is the “Giving Bucket,” and it should be filled with candy. Place a few spoons or small cups near each team’s “Giving Bucket,” and make sure that there is an equal number of these per team, but not enough for every team member to have a spoon or cup. Set a 5 minute time limit for the game.
On “go,” each team will take the candy from their “Giving Bucket” and transport it to the “Receiving Bucket” of the other team. The catch is that one’s hands cannot be used to transport the candy. Team members can use the spoons or small cups to transport the candy, or they can use the spoon to put candy in someone’s pocket; or they can carry candy on their head or shoulder! But no one can use their hands to touch the candy. A team can take candy out of their “Receiving Bucket” and put it into another team’s “Receiving Bucket,” but they must first take the candy back to their own “Giving Bucket” and place it in that bucket before transporting to another team’s “Receiving Bucket.”
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Read Deuteronomy 26:1-11. One person can read the entire passage or you can break it up and have two or three people read it.
In this passage, the Israelites are standing at the edge of the wilderness with the Promised Land in view. God is reminding them that they are about to get a fantastic inheritance from God. At the same time, they are told that they must return to God a portion of what they harvest.
Read Romans 10: 8 – 13. One person can read the entire passage or you can break it up and have two or three people read it.
What does the passage tell us that we need to offer back to God?
Take this lesson to the next level by helping students explore their own resources and how they can be used to benefit others with the resource I Have Been Given, So Too Shall I Give from the Youth Worker Collective (https://youthworkercollective.com/i-have-been-given-so-too-shall-i-give-an-interactive-lesson-idea/)
Have students share prayer requests.