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Middle School

Identifying with Jesus

Lesson 6 

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Winter 2021-22

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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January 09, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Baptism involves identifying with Jesus.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 3:13-17

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

In order to gain a clearer understanding of identifying with Jesus, students will watch a video about two fraternal twins who identify with one another despite their differences.

Memory Verse:

So in Christ Jesus you are all children
of God through faith, for all of you who
were baptized into Christ have
clothed yourself with Christ.
—Galatians 3:26-27

Step 1:

In order to gain a clearer understanding of identifying with Jesus, students will watch a video about two fraternal twins who identify with one another despite their differences.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

After students arrive, go around the large group and ask students whom they identify themselves with or to whom they “belong.” Explain that this very likely is their family and extended family, but could also be a friend group at school, a sports team they are a part of, a musical group or drama performance team, etc. To clarify, you may want to describe yourself. (Example: I am Mrs. Ellen Smith, I identify with my husband and children as a part of the Smith family; however, I’m also a violinist and identify that way as a part of the Cleveland, Ohio city orchestra. I’m also a Christian, a neighbor of Sunset Village, and a part of my church community.) Remind students that there are many “identifiers” that make up a person’s identity. Encourage them to think outside of the box, but also, not forget with whom they identify! If students are comfortable, invite a few to introduce themselves in this way.

  • When you think of twins, what picture comes to mind? (Answers will vary. Many will probably say they think of two people who look alike and act alike. Some may mention knowing twins who do not look alike.)
  • What is the difference between a fraternal twin and an identical twin? (Although fraternal twins share the same mom, dad, and birthday, they aren’t identical—they might share some physical features as any sibling would, but they are not mirror images of one another.)

Jarani and Kalani are twin sisters. They are biological siblings but fraternal twins. They are different—so different, in fact, that it is hard for some people to believe they are twins. But the girls don’t define themselves by their differences, rather, they identify with each other through what makes them similar…the fact that they are biological twins and sisters.

Let’s watch the following clip and observe how these girls identify with one another regardless of their differences.
Share this video with your students [0:50]:
Mom hopes rare biracial twins encourage people to ‘love everyone equal’

Ask:

  • How uncommon do you think it is for fraternal twins of biracial parents to look completely different? (It is quite rare; accept all reasonable responses.)
  • What are some ways these girls will be able to identify with one another? (Answers will vary but might include that they share the same family, the same birthday, and possibly the same classes and teachers at school. Since they are always together, it is quite possible they will share the same friends, etc.)

As they grow up, these girls will have the choice to focus on their true identity as twin sisters instead of becoming hung up on their differences. They can choose to embrace their unique sisterhood.

Today we are going to talk about identifying with Someone just as Jarani and Kalani do. Let’s find out more.

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:

  • Guest speaker (church leader who can speak on your church’s views on baptism)
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Brochures about baptism from your church

If your class is meeting online, invite the guest speaker to your virtual classroom to share. Instruct students to bring paper and pens/pencils with them to class.

Prior to this lesson, discuss with your church leaders the best way to discuss baptism as it relates to your church. If possible, invite another church leader to help you navigate this lesson today. Give them an opportunity to share briefly about your church’s teachings on the ordinance of baptism. You may want to open a time of Q&A so that your students can ask specific questions of your guest speaker.

If you are unable to have a guest speaker visit the class, pass out any brochures your church has available on the topic of baptism (or show information from the church website). You may want to read through these with your students or summarize key points.

Have your students think about Jesus’ baptism. Remind students that Jesus insisted on being baptized because, “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15b).

  • How does baptism involve identifying with Jesus? (Answers will vary, allow students to express their feelings or share things they may have learned from the guest speaker or brochures.)

Direct students toward today’s memory verse and say it together: So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). 

Hand each student a piece of paper and a pencil or pen (or invite them to have those items ready at home) and invite them to write down ways they identify with Jesus. For example, as a Christian, as someone who follows His principles, as a worshiper, as a member of the Body of Christ, in baptism, as brothers and sisters with those in my youth group and church, etc.

Next have students write down one way they will let others know this week that they identify with Jesus (or identify as a Jesus-follower). People may already sense you are different because of your faith or by your words and actions. Share the following verse “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15).

Close in prayer encouraging your students to identify with Jesus through baptism and to think about and act upon their identity with Him this week

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