David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

For Better or Worse

Lesson 2 

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Summer 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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June 13, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

God knows all about you and still loves you.

Bible Basis:

Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18, 23-24

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider who knows them best as they explore how God knows all about us and still loves us.

Memory Verse:

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
—Psalm 139:1-2

Step 1:

Students will consider who knows them best as they explore how God knows all about us and still loves us.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

The hit 1990’s TV show Friends recently launched a reunion on the streaming service HBO Max. This show chronicled the lives of six friends living in New York City, and through its use of humor and portrayal of friendships, it quickly became a fan favorite that ran for ten seasons.

Viewers found the idea of sticking with friends through both good and hard times very relatable. Take a minute to think about our own friendships.

  • Who knows you best? How did that person come to know you best? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students will likely name a parent or close friend. Time spent together and shared experiences may be reasons why this person knows them best.)
  • What do you want people to think or see when they see you? (Accept all reasonable answers. We tend to present the best parts of ourselves or project what we hope to be—smart, funny, brave, etc. We sometimes present ourselves so that we will blend in or so that we will stand out.)
  • In what ways do we hide aspects of ourselves from others? What do you think are the reasons for this? (Accept all reasonable answers. We often hide our flaws or secrets—things we think people will not appreciate or understand. We may do this by pretending or withdrawing.)

The truth is that God knows you better than anyone else knows you. God knows everything about you. Even better, God loves you just as you are, without condition.

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:

  • Internet access
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)
  • Index cards (1 per student)

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring an index card and pen/pencil with them to class.

It’s time for your group to play your own game to see how well you know each other. The game is Two Truths and a Lie. In this game, a person thinks up two true statements and one untrue statement to tell about themselves. They make the three statements to the group as if all are true and the group guesses which one is the lie. If you are short on time, you can play just one round in which you make statements about yourself, but if time allows, have a few students take a turn as well. After the game, discuss:

  • What are two true things you like about yourself and the way God made you? (Accept all reasonable answers. This could be any gift or personality trait specific to each student. For example, students might like that they are empathetic, a good public speaker, a natural leader, a good friend, etc.)
  • What lies do you hear that make you doubt your self-worth or feel unlovable? (Accept all reasonable answers. Lies might be things like: a certain interest or personality trait is uncool or undesirable; a mistake is unforgiveable; their gender, race, etc. is less than another; a family circumstance is embarrassing; their secret is shameful; their difference is a problem; etc.)

Remind students that God knows about each of them—who they are, what they’ve done, and what has happened to them. God loves each of them as they are and nothing can stop God from loving them. Read Psalm 139:1-2 out loud for teens to reflect on.

Having been reminded of the truths in Psalm 139, ask students to each think of one person who might need to hear the truth that God loves them as they are, no matter what, and challenge students to share that message this week. This might be done through words or actions. If time permits, allow your teens to brainstorm ways they might carry out such an assignment.

Have students write their note or action plan on an index card and record the results during the week to share when you next meet.

Close in prayer.

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