Love

Note to the Teacher

This week, we bring all the greater gifts together and look to the greatest gift of all – LOVE.  In the box this week, you’ll need the items needed to play the game described below (resources needed are described at the end of this lesson) and a heart-shaped item.  You will also need the ‘gift’ items from the previous weeks’ lessons to show at the end of this lesson.  We’ll use them for a short review of what we’ve learned so far.

Times are based on a 55-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.

25 min

1. Ice Breaker & Game - Whisper Challenge:

Start this lesson with a bang by getting students laughing using the activity Whisper Challenge from the Youth Worker Collective (https://youthworkercollective.com/whisper-challenge/).

Transition:  God gave us an entire chapter in the Bible that helps us define love.  Paul wrote it in the book of 1 Corinthians.    

 5 min

2.  Read Scripture  & Discuss

Read 1 Corinthians 13

Note that this chapter follows the chapter on gifts that we’ve been looking into the past two weeks.

20 min

 

 

 

3. Discussion

Pull a heart-shaped cookie, paper, or pillow…out of the box as you begin this discussion

  • Why would Paul write these words about LOVE after he just taught us about spiritual gifts?
  • How does the game that we played earlier help us to understand verses 1-3 in a different way?
  • How can our lives be like clanging gongs and loud cymbals if we don’t have love?
  • Using verses 4-7, make a list of the qualities that describe love.  Compare this list to the one that we made earlier.
  • Paul says that love is the greatest gift in verse 13. What makes love greater than hope and faith?
  • How can you show God’s love to those around you?

Finish by reviewing all the gifts from the box:  the water, the gift inventory, the puzzle, and the heart.

  • How do all these things fit together to remind us of God’s greater gifts?
5 min  

4. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

55 min

 

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