Things You Can Use / Mar 11, 2019
Note to the Teacher
In the opening line of the Philippians passage used for this lesson, Paul tells the Christians in Philippi to follow his example. Everyday our students are bombarded with messages telling them who to follow, and they are told if they choose the “right” person to follow, life will be easy.
Paul, in a sense, is saying the same thing: “Follow me as we strive to live for Christ.”
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Ice Breaker: 2 Options
Option 1: Copycat
Ask your students to stand in a circle. Ask one person to leave the room; this person will be the guesser for the round. While he or she is gone, the group decides who should be the “leader.” The leader will be the one who sets the movements for that round. When the leader is chosen, invite the guesser to come back.
The guesser stands in the very center of the circle.
When the round begins, everyone starts swinging their arms up and down. The leader will eventually begin to do other movements, and everyone else mimics the leader’s actions, without being too obvious so they don’t reveal who the leader is. The leader can do just about anything he or she wants, such as: clapping, making a kicking motion with his or her leg, jumping up and down, singing a line from a song, patting his or her own head, a dance move, etc.
The guesser, remaining in the middle of the circle, gets 2 minutes to make 3 guesses of the identity of the leader.
Play as time allows.
Option 2: Follow the Leader
This is a great game if you have a large area or a building where you can freely roam. Choose someone to be the leader, and have the rest of the group line up behind that person. The leader then walks around, with the rest following, while doing fun movements; they can skip, hop, jump, sing a song, etc. The leader can lead the group in a circle, up and down stairs, or wherever the space allows.
After a minute, an adult should yell, “Switch”, and the leader goes to the back of the line while the second person in line becomes the new leader.
Play as time allows.
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Begin exploring the scripture by asking students to talk about the most influential people in their lives.
Read Philippians 3: 17 – 4: 1. You can have one person read, or you can break it up and have two or three people read.
Living as a Follower of Jesus
Paul tells the Philippians to follow his example in the way he lives his life as a follower of Jesus. Paul is not doing this out of arrogance. He is offering encouragement.
As a group, make a brief list of some of the things that you have been taught by others’ examples and words to live as followers of Christ.
Take this lesson to the next level by helping students engage their creativity in exploring how we are called to live as Christians by using the resource Improve Case Studies by the Youth Worker Collective (https://youthworkercollective.com/improv-case-studies/)
Close by having each student share a goal that he/she is going to strive for in his/her faith during this coming week. Examples might include praying for someone they don’t get along with, spending more time reading the Bible, or reaching out to someone in need.
Share other prayer requests as there is time.
Close in prayer.