David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

God Deserves Our Attention

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:

Pay attention to God’s Word. ECHOES Focus: That your students will inspire others to worship God by faithfully worshiping God themselves.

Bible Basis:

2 Chronicles 34:1—35:19

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will explore what happens when we pay attention and when we don’t as they learn that God’s Word deserves our undivided attention.

Memory Verse:

“Blessed are those who hear the word of the Lord and obey it.”
—Luke 11:28

ECHOES Verse:
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
—Psalm 122:1

Step 1:

Students will explore what happens when we pay attention and when we don’t as they learn that God’s Word deserves our undivided attention.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

At some point in our lives, all of us have heard a parent, a teacher, or a coach tell us to pay attention to what we are doing. We might be completing a task or learning a new concept or skill, and paying attention and staying focused is vital for us to be successful.

  • What kinds of things might happen if you aren’t paying attention? (The task may be done incorrectly, you might get something wrong, you could get hurt.)

Paying attention and focusing on what you are doing is an important part of growing and learning.

  • Is being focused and attentive an easy thing to do, or is it hard? (Allow students to share their opinions.)
  • When is it easiest for you to be focused and attentive? When is it the most difficult? (Allow for students to respond, sharing from their personal experiences.)

This video will test your ability to be focused and attentive. You might find that each task may require you to look at the big picture as a whole, or try to focus on the tiniest of details. Let’s see how successful we can be in accomplishing each task given. 

Show this video to your students [2:02]:
VERIFY: Do you have the attention span of a goldfish?

  • What was the most surprising thing you learned from this video? (Answers will vary.)

We all have times when it’s hard to pay attention and we’re unable to be successful. But when we’re focused and attentive in what we’re doing, success can happen! Our lesson today takes us to a time when the Israelites were struggling to pay attention to something very important. Let’s see what happens when someone comes along who helps them shift their focus so they can start paying attention.

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
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Sheets of paper (1 per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring a sheet of paper and pens/pencils with them to class. Before this step, go to the following website and familiarize yourself with this Bible study method.

You might want to write out the acronym on the whiteboard (or display this page on a screenshared document).

In our lesson today, we saw what happened when the Israelites decided to pay attention to God’s Word; Josiah was able to get their focus back on the Word of God, and he led them in promising to obey and follow God with all their hearts. The Israelites stopped worshiping idols and instead made every effort to pay attention to what God asked of them. Their attitudes reflected their hearts as they celebrated the Passover, and they began to serve the Lord and do what He said.

Paying attention to God’s Word is easy to do here at church, but it might be harder to do as you go through the week. Being focused on what God tells us and striving to live in a way that glorifies Him is important to do no matter where we are. 

  • What are some ways that you can worship God by paying attention to His Word this week? (As students share ideas, write them on the board or display them on the screenshared document. Suggestions may include reading the Bible, praying, memorizing Scripture, being obedient to what God asks us to do.)

The Bible is one way that we can confidently know what God wants us to do and how He wants us to live. God wants us to read His Word, to meditate on it, and to hide it in our hearts. But it can be challenging sometimes to focus on what a passage of Scripture might be telling us. Having a tool that can help us focus our reading can help us apply it to our everyday lives.

The S.O.A.P. method is a tool that we can use to study the Bible and focus on what God is telling us. Refer to the acronym on the whiteboard or screenshared document.

By using the acronym S.O.A.P., we can work our way through a verse or passage of Scripture and really focus on what God is telling us through that Scripture. This method can help us pay close attention to what the passage is saying.

Read through each step of the S.O.A.P. method. Allow students to ask questions and/or make observations as you read and discuss each step. Distribute the sheets of paper and pens/pencils. If your class is meeting online, invite students to have those items ready. Have students write today’s memory verse on their paper and give them time to work through each step of the S.O.A.P. method. After you’ve given your students time to think and write, come back together as a group.

Our lives can get very busy from day to day, and they are filled with all kinds of things that we have to focus on and pay attention to. It can be easy to get caught up in the busyness and forget to focus on the most important thing—God’s Word. This week, spend a few minutes each day using the S.O.A.P. method and discover what God wants to tell you through His Word. The time that you spend focusing on a verse or passage of Scripture will allow you to know God more and more; you’ll see just how much He loves you, how He wants you to live, and how you can show Jesus to others.

Before students leave, have them put their papers in their Bibles to refer to during their quiet time.

Close in prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift of Your Word and the countless ways that it points us back to You. Thank You for what the Bible teaches us, for the ways it encourages and guides us. Give us a desire to focus and pay attention to what You tell us, and give us the strength to take what we learn from Your Word and apply it to our lives each and every day. Fill our hearts with a desire to know You more and more. In Jesus’ name, amen.  

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