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In the Hands of the Sovereign Lord
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When things go horribly wrong in a Christian's life, a believer can be left bewildered, wondering why bad things happen to good people. Questions are raised: “Doesn’t God love me?”, “Am I being punished?”, “Can’t God protect me from evil?”, “If He can, why didn’t He?”, Is God responsible for evil?” Faith can waiver. The goal of this lesson is to firmly lock the issue of sovereignty into your kids faith so (Ephesians 6:13)”...that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (NIV)

This is a very detailed two page lesson plan with teachers guide. It's more suited to older middle school and high school kids. You'll need 30 or 40 minutes. Before the lesson, being a Star Trek fan, I played a scene from the movie, “Undiscovered Country” where Captain Kirk is being interrogated by an alien tribunal. The question was, “Are you aware that as a Captain you are responsible for the actions of your men?”

Believers have always felt compelled to choose sides between the Sovereignty of God and Free-Will. Both doctrines are well documented and described in the Bible but simply can't exist simultaneously by human reasoning. In God's economy they can. I use the illustration of a horseshoe dipped in a bucket of milk. All we can see are two ends sticking up that are impossible to get together. However, once we lift the horseshoe out of the water we see that each, seemingly opposing end is part of the same shoe.

Get more understanding of this subject from the book below.

837991: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
By J.I. Packer / IVP Books

If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?

In this new edition to the popular IVP Classics series J. I. Packer shows how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.
 

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Serving Two Masters:
Sunday School Lesson Plan

The goal of this youth Bible study is to help the kids understand their feelings when they want to do what is right but frequently choose to do what is wrong. They must understand the battle within themselves and be encouraged to surrender more and more to the Holy Spirit.

It is a one page lesson plan with a really fun pre-lesson activity that helps reinforce the lesson. You'll need to get a very large "sleep shirt" for the activity.

704241: The Sovereignty of God The Sovereignty of God
By A.W. Pink / Bridge-Logos Publishing

Who's in control of this world---God or the devil? In this best-selling classic, A.W. Pink answers such profound questions in a language the average Christian layperson will find not only understandable but totally engaging. Pink, one of the most influential evangelical authors of the last century, writes with fiery passion and brilliant clarity, giving biblical answers to our deepest questions regarding the "sadly neglected and little understood" doctrine of the sovereignty of God.
694854: Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth  
Recommended reading.

The Steak Lesson: The Steak Sunday School Lesson

This lesson is a unique learning experience for the kids. It illustrates Hebrew 5:12-14: "In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." (NIV)

It makes a great graduation day lesson. I have also coupled it to announce my departure from the youth group. There is no work sheet. It does require a trip to the grocery store and some preparation on your part but it is a lesson the kids won't soon forget.

This software from Youth Specialties offers 26 Sunday School Lesson Plans for $39.95.
All good topics that I don't touch on.

Order it if the topics fill your need.

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Confident Christian - Download

Confident Christian
Lead your students from cultural confusion to faith-filled confidence in Christ! In Confident Christian, six thought-provoking sessions help teenagers examine WHY... being a "good person" has almost nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus and his death are needed for salvation. all roads don't reach the same destination. no one can be "born saved." believing in God just isn't enough. secrets of cults can't compare to true Christianity. Each lively, interactive lesson features: Leader Insight and background information... Warm-Up activities..."Investigating the Evidence" discussions... Bible Focus... Life Application... and more. Confident Christian is perfect for youth group Sunday school, small groups, coffee shop outreach, midweekmeetings, and anywhere teens are gathered. Use it with your students today. Bonus! Includes reproducible "Basic Beliefs Chart" for at-a-glance comparisons of Christianity and other religions.


 

Taking His Name Sunday School Lesson Plan

The goal of this Sunday School lesson is to expand the kids understanding of all the implications of this simple commandment. The meaning of this command is to not make an oath sealed with God’s name and then not keep your promise. But, by expanding on the meaning of the word vain we see that if we do something in vain it can mean that we did something for nothing. The goal is to help them understand that if they are going to call themselves Christians (followers of Christ, [His name]) they ought to be Christians. That is, letting their faith have an impact on the way they live their lives.

This is a one page Sunday school lesson plan with leaders guide. No preparation necessary. However, since it is a short lesson plan a game or ice-breaker as group building activities. Remember, too: Always pepper the back of a one page Sunday school lesson with pictures of the last group activity.

I have used the movie, "Dances with Wolves," as an illustration for our names being part of our identity.

The Messiah - Physical

The Messiah
Looking for a fresh way to introduce your students to Jesus? The Messiah will engage your students through creative presentations and hands-on opportunities to examine big truths revealed in the Gospel of John. Teenagers will get a firsthand view of what it was like to walk with Jesus, and they'll dive into the words written by this disciple who heard what The Messiah said and witnessed what he did. Video segments for each lesson feature visual works created by artist and speaker Eric Samuel Timm, along with presentations from worship artist Hettie Marie and youth ministry veteran Johnny Scott. Each artistic image reveals one of The Messiah's attributes or traits. Topics in this six-week, DVD-based small group curriculum include: The Messiah [7:38] Light of the World [8:24] Sacred Heart [8:22] Messiah Sees More [8:20] Crown of Thorns [9:09] The Messiah is Calling You to More [6:15] Along with the video lessons, you'll get discussion questions, promotional materials, and morentools that will help you invite and engage students in this innovative series.


 
  Sunday school lesson plans about the sovereignty of God and the trap of following false gods. The Steak lesson makes a great graduation day or final day lesson. It also explains communion.
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