Upper Elementary

Depend on God

Lesson 4 


Winter 2019-20


By: Suzanne Gosselin 


December 22, 2019

Lesson Focus:

We can depend on God in every situation.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 2:13-23

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video clip about the 6-year-old girl rescued by four brothers as they consider depending on someone in every situation.

Memory Verse:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
—Romans 8:31

Step 1:

Students will watch a video clip about the 6-year-old girl rescued by four brothers as they consider depending on someone in every situation.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you had to depend on someone else to help you? Tell us about it. (Answers will vary. Students may talk about a scary situation where they had to depend on a parent, sibling, or friend; they may relate something someone else does for them on a regular basis like drive them to school. Have a variety of situations from your own life to give as examples to get discussion going and broaden it as needed.)
  • How does it feel to depend on another person? (Students may talk about finding it hard to trust, feeling safe or confident, wishing they could do it alone, etc. Others may feel thankful they aren’t responsible to accomplish something they can’t do alone.)

When we depend on someone, we trust or rely on that person. Sometimes we must depend on another person to get through a dangerous or unsafe situation.

Share the following video [2:13]:
AMAZING: Virginia brothers save drowning 6-year-old girl in Ireland

The brothers swam for 25 minutes until they were close enough to yell to the girl that she would be okay. When they reached her, they helped keep her head above water and took turns swimming on their backs with the girl on their chests, fighting the current to get back to shore. The entire rescue took over an hour and amounted to a one-mile swim in rough waters.

In the meantime, the girl’s father—who didn’t know how to swim—had put on a life jacket and tried to make his way out to rescue his daughter. When the rescuers returned to shore with Sienna, her brother asked them to go back out to rescue his father. The young men dove back into the water and rescued the man.

  • How did Sienna depend on the brothers who swam out to rescue her? (Students may mention that she had to depend on them for her very life since she was unable to save herself. She depended on them to reach her in time, to come up with a plan where they would share her weight and keep her above water as they swam through rough water. She depended on them to save her dad once they got her back to shore.)

Without the quick action of the strong-swimming brothers, the little girl would have drowned. There was no way she could get back to shore on her own; she had to depend on her rescuers, who had the ability to swim out to her and pull her back to shore.  

At times we must depend on other people to help us in a dangerous situation. But there is Someone whom we can depend on in every situation. Let’s check it out.

Additional Resources:
Information about Virginia brothers rescuing girl in Ireland

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pen/pencils
  • Optional: Whiteboard, twine, glue

God provided a way for Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to escape from danger. We can depend on God in every situation, too. He is loving and powerful, and nothing is impossible for Him!  

Ask a volunteer to read today’s memory verse (Romans 8:31). When we depend on our powerful God, nothing can stand against us. The first step of depending on God is to put your faith and trust in Jesus for salvation. Remind your preteens that you would love to talk with them after class if they have questions or want to take this important step. Help in sharing the Gospel with this age group can be found in your teacher’s guide.

Let’s think about a few situations in our own lives where we can depend on God.

Hand each child a sheet of paper and a pen/pencil. Have children draw a picture of a rope across the length of their papers. Option: glue actual twine across the page. Along the rope, they can write various things they can depend on God for. Examples might include: Salvation from my sin, help at school. wisdom with friends, family relationships, loneliness, or worry.

If you have time, you may want to brainstorm a list together of additional situations in which children can depend on God; write the answers on a whiteboard.

We can depend on God in every situation. The rope on the page reminds us of a rescue line. No matter how impossible or hopeless a situation may seem, God has the ability to rescue us when we depend on Him. Some of you may be feeling worried about something you are going through at home or at school. God knows all the details and is working behind the scenes for your good (Romans 8:28). All you have to do is trust Him.

Give students a few moments to write their answers along the rope. Encourage them to write the memory verse below the rope. Hang this paper on a bulletin board at home or someplace to remind you that you can trust God in all circumstances. He knows the best way through any challenges you may be experiencing, and He is always with you. As you depend on Him, He will help you and provide solutions you could never come up with on your own.

Close in prayer.

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