Upper Elementary

Depending on the Plan

Lesson 1 

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Winter 2018-19

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By: Jenn Joshua 

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December 01, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Real heroes depend on God’s plan.

Bible Basis:

Judges 6

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a clip from the original Incredibles movie to help them grasp the importance of having a plan.

Memory Verse:

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.”
—Isaiah 14:24

Step 1:

Students will watch a clip from the original Incredibles movie to help them grasp the importance of having a plan.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Some people say that there are two kinds of people in the world: the ones who won’t start anything without a plan and the ones who dive in with both feet! That might not be entirely true, of course. There are times when all of us are more cautious or less cautious, depending on the situation. Sometimes we think it is fine to go ahead without a plan; other times a plan seems important.

  • Do you think you work better with a plan or without one? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
  • What are some areas where it is really important to make sure you have a plan? (Possible answers: completing schoolwork, organizing a group project.)

Having a plan can be really important. If you go into a serious situation without a plan, or if you interfere with a good plan, the results can be completely unpredictable! In the clip we’re about to see, Buddy—long before he reinvented himself as Syndrome—tried to jump into being a hero without any plan at all, ignoring everyone who knows better and causing major problems along the way.

Share this video with your students [3:49]:
Incredibles Incrediboy Scenes

  • Did Buddy have a plan? (Students may disagree. Some may say, Yes, but it wasn’t a very good one; he wanted to do things his way. Or they may say, No, he didn’t have a plan at all.)
  • Would Buddy have been able to contribute in a positive way if he was willing to listen to a plan? (Answers may vary.)

Being a hero usually isn’t easy. The Bible is full of examples of heroes who were able to accomplish great things because they were willing to recognize and depend on God’s plan. Let’s take a look.

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:

  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils

As students are finishing their activities from the last step, bring them back to discussion of the lesson focus. In today’s lesson, we learned about the importance of following the right plan.

  • Who faithfully followed God’s plan in our lesson today? (Gideon.)
  • Were the plans God had for Gideon the sort of plans that a person would ordinarily choose on their own? (No, they were far different.)

One of the most challenging things for us in following Gideon’s example is to trust and depend on God’s plan when we think we have a better idea. Our plans often seem easier, quicker, or more reliable, because we only see one part of the situation. God’s plan, on the other hand, is always right—He sees the beginning and the end and all that’s in between.

  • Have you ever chosen your own way to do something when you’d been instructed to do it another way? Tell us about it. (Answers may vary; be prepared to share your own experience.)

We can’t follow God’s plan if we don’t know what it is. So, it’s very, very important that we listen to God! Hand out index cards and writing utensils to the students. Think about an area in your life where you might be struggling to know what God’s plan is. Maybe it has to do with school, or with a situation at home, or with an upcoming task you don’t know how to handle. Write a word or phrase to remind yourself of this area of your life on the front of your index card. Once this step is complete, divide the class into small groups.

Now, you don’t have to show the other members of your group the area of your life where you’re struggling. But brainstorm ways where God might be telling you His plan for you. As you go around the circle, write down the ways God might be speaking to you on the back of your index card. Some groups may require coaching; e.g., God speaks through the Bible, through parents and other authorities, and through circumstances.

As you go into this week, use the tools and ideas we’ve come up with today as a way to remind you to listen for God’s plan. When you see what God wants from you, be sure to follow it!

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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