Upper Elementary

God Living in Me

Lesson 8 

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Fall 2019

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By: Suzanne Gosselin 

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October 20, 2019

Lesson Focus:

God wants to live in us.

Bible Basis:

Exodus 25:1—27:21; 40:17-38; Leviticus 9:1-5, 22-24

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video clip about the invisible world of microbes in order to begin thinking about things we cannot see as they explore how God wants to live in us.

Memory Verse:

Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
—Ephesians 3:17

Step 1:

Students will watch a video clip about the invisible world of microbes in order to begin thinking about things we cannot see as they explore how God wants to live in us.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Have any of you had a chance to look at a drop of water under a microscope? What did you see? (Give preteens an opportunity to share if anyone has had this experience.)

We may look at a drop of crystal clear water and think that’s all there is to see, but, in reality, there are all sorts of things going on.

Share the following video clip with your students [2:30]:
The Invisible World

  • What stood out to you about the microbes? (Students may comment on how each one was different, how they looked alive, how they were colorful and interesting, some look like flowers, how amazing it is that those are in a water drop yet we can’t see them, etc.)
  • What are some other things that we know are there but we can’t see? (Students may mention electricity—even though we see it in the form of lightning, it normally flows through wires without being seen; air—we see the effects of air and wind but not air itself; microwaves that make wi-fi work; magnetic waves that make a compass point north; gravitational waves that cause high and low tide, etc.)

God created an amazing world where a lot of things take place that we have to accept without being able to see visible evidence. Today we’re going to talk about something else we can’t see but means more to us than anything else—let’s see what the Bible has to say.

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
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Internet access

God went to great lengths to be with us! In the Old Testament, God’s presence dwelt with the people in the tabernacle. When Jesus came to earth to die on the Cross and rise again, He made it possible for us to have God’s Holy Spirit living inside us!

Ephesians 3:17 tells us that when we have faith in Jesus to save us, He comes inside of us and dwells in our hearts. This isn’t talking about the heart that pumps blood through our bodies. He comes into the part of us that thinks and feels, and He fills us with His love and peace. Invite any students who have never made the decision to follow Jesus and put their faith in Him for salvation to come talk with you after class. Help in sharing the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.

Just like all the things we talked about earlier that we can’t see but are there anyway, we can’t see the Holy Spirit. But the Bible promises that He is with us, beginning the moment we believe. And He is doing more in our hearts and minds than we can imagine.

Hand each child a sheet of paper and a pen. Have children draw a line down the middle of the paper creating two columns (or they may fold their papers lengthwise). Encourage students to write “INSIDE” at the top of the left hand column and “OUTSIDE” on the top of the righthand column. Have them draw a stick figure of themselves on both sides of the line. Remind children that the “OUTSIDE” represents their physical bodies and the “INSIDE” is their minds, attitudes, and emotions.

God wants to live in us. As He dwells in our hearts, we become more like Jesus. What evidence can you see in your outside/body and inside/soul that God lives in you? Next to their stick figures, have them write down one or two ways they might see evidence of Christ dwelling in them. Provide these examples:

Outside: I use my mouth to worship God, I use my arms and hands to show kindness rather than hurt others, I use my mouth to speak good words instead of negative ones.

Inside: I concentrate my mind on Scripture, I allow God to take control of my thoughts, I say a silent prayer when I need help or am afraid.

Optional: As students think and write, you might want to play this music video [4:30]:
Tim Hughes – Everything

When your preteens are done, challenge them to hang this paper in their room this week as a reminder of how Jesus is making a difference in their lives. As you trust in Him, He will change you in amazing ways from the inside out.  

If time permits invite (but do not require) volunteers to share a few things they wrote down.

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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