In the “Belong” activities, students will do one of these activities: Perfect Circles: Students will try their hand at drawing perfect circles and have discussion on perfection. Banana Surgery: Students will disassemble and then attempt to reassemble a banana and have discussion on perfection.
Students will hear the Bible lesson in Genesis 1 about how God created the universe. God’s perfect creation was paradise. You will show them a video of Kelly the video host briefly talking to Pastor Harvey Carey about how the paradise God created, that perfect relationship in unity with Him, was destroyed by our choices. Students will learn from the Bible how God’s paradise wasn’t only a place, but a perfect relationship with Him.
In the “Believe” activities, students will do one of these activities: What’s the Order? Students will put cards in order to help them learn the Bible memory verse. Paradise on Earth: Students will read the Bible passage and draw and discuss paradise on earth.
In the “Become” activities, students will do one of these activities: Mirror Images: Students will discuss sanctification and what images they are projecting to others. Is Sin the Same? Leaders and students will participate in an object lesson then discuss if all sin is the same.
To finish your time together, students will do one of these activities: Choose Your Challenge: Students will be challenged to engage in some kind of activity that makes their community look and feel a bit more like paradise. Prayer Response: Students will ask God for insight into how He sees His creation.
Lesson Goals & Questions
You will be helping strengthen students’ faith today! Students are more interested in learning if it relates to something they are curious about or dealing with in their lives. Through this lesson we’re going to help students explore these three questions they may have:
Question about God: What was God’s plan for the world?
Big Goal #1: Students will learn that God’s design for creation was goodness, beauty, and perfection.
Question about people: What was God’s plan for people?
Big Goal #2: Students will learn paradise was being in perfect relationship with God. Humanity is responsible for sin; yet God is actively working to invite us back in.
Question about our purpose: How can I be like God when sin has eliminated the possibility of perfection?
Big Goal #3: Students will learn although we fall short, God is continually renewing us in His image, making us more and more like Him.
Cultural Connection: Perfectionism
You will have the option to bring up the topic of perfectionism with your students, and encourage them in their discipleship.