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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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Practical Tips To Help Grieving Teens

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.

Life Together Starter Pack - Physical

Life Together Starter Pack - Physical

This is the perfect bundle to get your feet wet with the Life Together small group curriculum. If you are thinking about giving this curriculum a try in your ministry, then check out this cost effective starter pack .Bundle includes1 Life Together: Starting book1 Life Together: Connecting book1 Life Together: Growing book1 Life Together: Serving book1 Life Together: Sharing book1 Life Together: Surrendering book*Please do NOT add these items to your cart individually. To receive this special price you must make your purchase by adding the "Life Together Starter Pack" to your cart. Starting to Go Where God Wants You to Be, the foundational and get-acquainted volume in this series, lays it all out for teenagers and gives them a brief taste of fellowship, discipleship, worship, evangelism, and ministry. Connecting Your Hearts to Others? affirms fresh and powerful ways to draw your students closer to each other?and to God. This volume of the Life Together series focuses on the essence of fellowship, a value that is universally endorsed yet infrequently?or insufficiently?put into practice. Six sessions in this book...


21253: Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry  

Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry

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.

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26 Teaching Outlines Vol. 1

26 Teaching Outlines Vol. 1

Good teaching is hard work that takes a lot of effort—and it takes a lot of time. And with all the demands on youth workers today, getting the time to create an in-depth, challenging lesson from scratch means leaving so many other things by the wayside. 26 Teaching Outlines was designed to help youth pastors be more effective with their time. Each message outline has both a teaching and student outline for every topic. The student outline has space for students to take notes as well as "fill-in-the-blanks" on key sections to promote active listening. Each lesson also includes PowerPoint presentation slides to snaz things up a bit. Pull a lesson up, add your own insights and personal illustrations to the teaching outline, and whamo! You’re ready in record time with a lesson that still has your touches and character. Sermon Outlines A Big Bad Birthday Bash Are You Ready to Grow Celebrating Father's Day Everyday Do We Need Others to Make Us Happy? From Out of Control to Out of this World: Part 1 From Out of Control to Out of this World: Part 2 How to be a Wise Guy -- Part 1 How to be a Wise Guy -- Part 2 How to be a Wise Guy -- Part 3 How to be a Wise Guy -- Part 4 How to Enjoy Getting Beat Up How to Get Dressed up to Really Live How to Join a Gang How to Keep from Sinking How to Kill a Friendship How to Run From Temptation It's About Time: Time to Build It's About Time: Time to Dream It's About Time: Time to Give It's More than a Holiday -- He's Alive Jesus’ Greatest Hits: John 5:1- 9 Jesus’ Greatest Hits: Luke 8:22-25 The Cycle of Good News The Expensive Gift of Friendship The Illusion of Freedom The Pressure to Perform


 

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.

 
 
  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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