David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

God’s Guide to Our Lives

Lesson 11 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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August 14, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

God’s inspired Word equips us for life.

Bible Basis:

2 Timothy 3:14—4:2

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Optional: Backpack

Summary & Links:

Students will consider what things they’ll bring with them when they leave home, and how certain things become obsolete and don’t retain importance to our lives.

Memory Verse:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
—2 Timothy 3:16-17

Step 1:

Students will consider what things they’ll bring with them when they leave home, and how certain things become obsolete and don’t retain importance to our lives.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Optional: Backpack

Welcome your students to class. As everyone settles in, facilitate a conversation about students’ least favorite memories from their time as a student since the start of the pandemic. (Answers might include having to learn remotely, feeling disconnected from their teachers and peers, or not having a great desk setup at home.) Then, ask students to share some of their favorite memories of being a student over the last couple years. (Answers might include getting to return to school for in person/hybrid options, getting to learn at their own pace, etc.). When everyone is settled in and has shared, set the backpack in front of the class.

Thinking back on previous years of being a student can bring up lots of happy and fun memories. But it can also remind us of painful times, or times of growth and change. Let’s try something out. Imagine this backpack is yours and you’re back at your first day of middle school.

  • What would you advise your middle-school self to have in their backpack? (Notebooks, pens, cell phone, etc. Encourage them to think about what might help them in social situations, too—maybe gum or breath mints, body spray, etc.)
  • What advice would you give your just-starting-middle-school self? (Allow several answers. Answers could include Mr. Smith is strict—watch out; you have to walk fast to get from Math to PE; or no one is staring at the zit on your chin—stop worrying about it, etc.)
  • If you were going to write a book of advice for middle schoolers, what would you include in it? (Allow several answers, spanning school subjects to sports to relationships.)

Let’s take these ideas and put them into order. If we were writing a book of advice to middle schoolers, what would the chapter titles be?

On the whiteboard or screenshared document, draft the table of contents for your advice book. Help your class think through what subjects they’d include and how they’d organize it.

  • Has much changed since you were in middle school? What new challenges might middle schoolers be facing that you didn’t face? (Answers could include things like more students attend hybrid classrooms; more of them have smartphones, so social media plays a bigger role in their lives; or maybe the apps they are using with their friends have changed. Maybe the teachers are different, or the class size is bigger or smaller, or everyone is issued a tablet for assignments and snow days now, etc.)
  • What could we do to make sure our book is still relevant to today’s middle schoolers? (Keep the principles general, rather than advising on specific things [like a teacher’s name], talk with current middle schoolers, etc.)

You guys are not that far removed from middle school, so you still have a pretty good feel for what’s going on and what advice middle schoolers need. But what if a 40-year-old wrote this book? Or an 80-year-old? Would they be able to write current and relevant advice for modern-day middle schoolers? God’s Word, the Bible, is kind of like our advice book for life. How can a book that’s thousands of years old still be relevant to our lives today? Thankfully, God’s Word still does equip us for life. Let’s dive into our study and find out how.

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 markers (or screenshared document)

God’s Word is invaluable and can equip us for any life challenge. But not just us—let’s watch a video clip about a community in Indonesia receiving the New Testament in their own language for the first time.

Share this video with your students [5:23]:
Kimyal New Testament Bible Launch Papua New Guinea missionary work

  • What stuck out to you in that video? (Answers will vary and could include things like: people were so excited to have God’s Word. They were crying and dancing. The Bible was finally understandable to them, etc.)
  • How can the Kimyal people’s reception of their first Bibles inspire you in your Bible usage? (They remind me that the Bible is a precious gift. They are so excited to have God’s Word; I can be excited, too. They are excited to teach others about God’s Word; I can be too, etc.)
  • How can a book that is so relevant to people in a completely different culture than ours still be relevant to our lives in this constantly progressing culture? (Allow discussion. The Bible tells us how to love one another, to solve our disputes, and to trust God, too.)

Many problems can be boiled down to the same universal, underlying issues. Treating someone disrespectfully on social media is covered in 1 Thess. 5:15 among other passages: Always strive to do what is good for each other. Even though the Kimyal people don’t have social media accounts, the same Word of God that helps us, equips them for life.

  • How do you think God’s Word might be relevant to the Kimyal people’s everyday life? What problems might it help them face? (Answers will vary. The Bible might help them solve disputes in their community. The Bible would give them guidance on how to love each other. The Bible teaches them to trust God. The Bible reminds them of God’s great plan for all people, etc.)

What a gift to have easy access to God’s life-giving words.  Just as the Kimyal people in the video were planning to use God’s Word, we can plan how we will use God’s Word in our lives.

  • How can we use God’s inspired Word as a guide for living? (Allow the class to brainstorm. Write their answers on the white board or screenshared document. Answers might include reading the Bible daily; going through a devotional book either alone, or with a friend or your family; ask mature Christians what they think the Bible has to say about specific life issues; utilizing respected Internet Bible search tools such as www.biblegateway.com and www.gotquestions.org, etc.)

All of these answers and more can help us use God’s Word to guide our everyday lives. Getting to know God’s Word better is the best way to know what it says about different life issues that come up. Challenge your teens to pick one way that they will engage with God’s Word this week. It could be doing a daily Bible reading, committing to search for wisdom in the Bible when faced with difficult situations, or whatever else you come up with.

Give the students time to think, then ask them to share what they’re committing to do with a classmate. You might ask them to share contact information and ask the partners to hold one another accountable to their commitment throughout the week.

Close in prayer. Father, thank You for the precious gift of Your inspired Word. Help us seek out help from the Bible in our everyday lives. We pray that the Kimyal people’s excitement about Your Word can spill over into our lives, too. Give us a true love of Your Word and a desire to live by its precious principles.

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