David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

God Planned Me

Lesson 1 

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Winter 2021-22

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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December 05, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

God designed you with wonderful things in mind.

Bible Basis:

Luke 1:5-25, 57-79

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

As they explore how God designed them with wonderful things in mind, students will consider design and purpose while watching a video of one of Boston Dynamics’ robots.

Memory Verse:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
—Ephesians 2:10

Step 1:

As they explore how God designed them with wonderful things in mind, students will consider design and purpose while watching a video of one of Boston Dynamics’ robots.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Scientists at the University of Leicester and Boston University have recently designed new space telescopes which enable them to see things such as black hole formations. Older space telescopes had limited capabilities, and many did not have the focusing capabilities to study events. So, the scientists turned to an unconventional source for inspiration in creating this improved technology. Let’s see what they made.

Play the following video for your students [1:32].
The space telescopes inspired by lobsters

  • If you were to design a new piece of technology, what would you create it to do? (Accept all reasonable answers. Someone might design a machine to do mundane or time-consuming tasks to free them up for other things. Others might design something to help others, perhaps in the fields of therapy or disaster assistance.)

It is easy to see the purpose behind most inventions. Usually they make easier something that was difficult or make possible something that wasn’t before. But what about God’s most complex creation—people? Maybe you’ve wondered what we’re all here for. Or you’ve worried about what you are supposed to do with your life. That’s normal! On the other hand, maybe you are someone with a strong sense of purpose.

  • Does anyone feel that you were created for a specific purpose? Born to do something in particular? Tell about that. (Accept all reasonable answers. Some students may have a strong sense of purpose, and others not. Perhaps they’ll be the first in their family to accomplish something, are pursuing greatness in their sport or future career, are motivated to give back to their community, or to support others who have gone through the same hardship they have experienced. Be prepared to share yourself if students hesitate to respond.)

Unlike complex telescopes, humans can contemplate their purpose, and we have the free will to choose our words and actions and how we live in this world. By design, every person is unique and may uniquely impact their community or world for good. Today we’ll look at the biblical example of one man who was born with a very special and specific call on his life, and we’ll consider what plans God may have for us as well.

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
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Tape

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring supplies with them to class.

John the Baptist had a specific calling that was announced before he was born. But none of us are John the Baptist—and that’s the point! We each have our own callings. They may be lifelong or for a season. They may be known to us from the start or discovered along the way. They may relate to our career or not at all. What matters is that God has made each of us uniquely and calls each of us into roles and responsibilities unique to us. Have you considered what God has planned for you? Let’s consider this now.

Distribute to each student a piece of paper and pen/pencil. (If your class is meeting online, invite students to have supplies ready at home.) Discuss the following questions as a group, allowing one or two people to share their answers per question. Everyone should jot down their personal answers on their paper.

  • What skills and talents do you have? (Answers will vary; public speaking, drawing, music, drama, writing, etc. might be included.)
  • What do you enjoy doing? (Answers will vary and might include: sports, problem solving, making people laugh, etc.)
  • What events or circumstances have most shaped your life? (Answers will vary; it could be a move, a diagnosis, a trip, or a tragedy that has changed a student’s life, or perhaps it is their race, disability, or economic status that impacts how they see the world.) 
  • What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learned? (Answers will vary; answers may include good advice or something they’ve learned the hard way.)
  • What people have influenced you? Who do you influence? (Answers will vary from parents to teachers to authors and from friends to family to children they coach or babysit.)
  • What issues are you passionate about? (Answers should vary widely; examples might be girls in science, representation in media, school shootings, accessibility in church, etc.)

Everyone in this room is unique and can contribute uniquely to their community and world. Sometimes other people can spot our gifts or positive attributes even before we can do so ourselves. Let’s take another minute to share what gifts or positive attributes you see in your peers here.

Instruct students to help each other tape their papers to their backs. Have them move around the room and write affirmations on the papers on the backs of their peers. You and other adult leaders should join in and make sure that every student has at least one comment written by someone else on their back. Be sure to police anyone’s lack of good taste or attempts at humor.

Finally, play the video linked below as you allow students to reflect on what they and others have written on their paper. Remind them that we’re not here by accident to wander aimlessly on this earth. God created each of us uniquely and for a purpose. We each have something to offer, a role to play. Encourage students to put this paper somewhere visible and read through it several times this week as they look for what opportunities God may have planned for them.

Play the following video during a time of reflection [4:05]:
Matthew West’s “Do Something:” 

Close in prayer. Pray that they would have the wisdom, courage, and faith to say yes.

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