Upper Elementary

No Matter the Cost

Lesson 10 

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Summer 2020

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By: Lea Vaverchak 

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May 17, 2020

Lesson Focus:

In all situations, obey God first.

Bible Basis:

Acts 4:1-22; 5:12-42

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about a recent quarantine dilemma and discuss what it looks like to obey God rather than man.

Memory Verse:

Peter and the other apostles replied:  “We must obey God rather than human beings!”
—Acts 5:29

ECHOES: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
—Colossians 3:2

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about a recent quarantine dilemma and discuss what it looks like to obey God rather than man.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

What a weird time we’re living in right now!  Most of our favorite spots have been closed for what seems like forever and even our churches have been closed.  We’re all obeying the authorities and staying home to keep everyone safe, but it’s been hard.  A few churches have continued to meet—despite the new rules—and one pastor was even arrested for it.  Deciding what God wants us to do in these times is very important.  Knowing His voice and obeying it, is key.

  • Have you ever been confronted with a situation which forced you to decide if you should obey God or someone else? (Answers will vary; students may share something like:  My friends were making some bad choices at school, and I knew God wouldn’t want me to go along with them, so I chose to obey Him, etc.)

The question for many Christians has been how do we still obey God in meeting together, but obey the authorities who are trying to keep us safe, too?  Many around the world are figuring that out these days.  Here’s how one church is making it work.

Play the following clip [1:02]:
Harvest Time Church holds parking lot service, people worshipping in cars

  • Why do you think meeting in their cars for church was important to this congregation? (Answers might include: They feel encouraged after they’ve spent time with God and their church family, they wanted to obey God, etc.)
  • Our rights to worship as Christians have not been stopped completely; however, if there ever came a time in your life when you were told you were not allowed to be a Christian or worship God without going to jail, what would you do? (Let students discuss their thoughts, fears, and anger about this happening.)

Remind students there are Christians already dealing with this type of persecution throughout the world.  In many countries, there are secret churches; those Christians know the risks of meeting are very serious if they’re caught.

As many are rediscovering, the Church is not a building.  We are the Church!  Just because the authorities have told us we can’t meet together in our buildings, doesn’t mean we can’t obey God and continue to hold our church services.  People all over the world are meeting together and proclaiming Jesus’ name even louder from their computers, living rooms, and parking lots.  Pastors are seeing their online church service numbers quadruple in size and Bible sales are through the roof.  God’s message will always prevail.

In today’s lesson, we’re going to see how Jesus’ disciples were up against a much stronger opposition to their faith.  Yet, they chose to share the Gospel message with anyone and everyone they came into contact with, despite the trouble that would come from it.  Let’s find out what it looks like to follow God, no matter the cost.

Additional Resources:
Bible publishers reporting jump in sales amid coronavirus fears
Online Church Service Attendance Quadruples in Light of COVID-19
Florida pastor arrested after holding packed church service amid COVD-19 stay-at-home order-abc11.com

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:

Depending on how you are holding class today, provide printouts of the wordless book template by making copies for your class or asking individual parents to print off a copy for their child(ren). Wordless Book template here:
Make Your Own Wordless Book

Today’s Bible lesson was all about the disciples’ determination to share the message of salvation with everyone, no matter the cost.  They couldn’t help sharing because they knew the truth!  They had to tell others about Jesus, even if it meant being made fun of, beaten, jailed, or one day killed.  Because of their boldness to tell others about their faith, many were saved during this period as recorded in the Book of Acts.

  • Have you or anyone in your home ever had the chance to share the message of salvation with someone? Tell about it.  (Be sure to share your own experience.)
  • How would you share your faith in Jesus with others? What would you say? (Answers will vary.)                  

The last command that Jesus gave His disciples was to go and make disciples by sharing the Good News with others.  During this especially hard time in our world, it is so important that we obey this command and share with others the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  Some people may have never heard this message.

  • What are your biggest fears about sharing your faith? (Answers will vary but may include: I’m afraid someone will make fun of me, afraid I will forget what to say, afraid someone might ask me something I don’t know the answer to.)

Sharing our personal testimony of what Jesus has done in our own lives is powerful because it’s about our own experience.  One way to help us walk through the Gospel message is by using the “wordless book.”  This tool uses the colors black, red, white, yellow/gold, and green to explain the plan of salvation. There’s a little song you can memorize to help you remember what each color stands for:

Share the following video [2:17]:
The Wordless Book Song

The colors represent:
Black: Our sin which sets us apart from God.
Red: The blood Jesus shed on the cross as He died for our sin.
White: When we confess our sin to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us, He makes us clean and white as snow.
Gold/Yellow: Heaven where we will live with God if we give our hearts to Him.
Green: Stands for growth; we grow in Jesus when we read our Bibles and pray every day.   

Sharing your faith might be new or even a little intimidating because it means you might have to step out of your comfort zone.  Fears of messing up or maybe being made fun of by friends who don’t believe could go through your mind.  Christians have felt that way for thousands of years.  But Jesus is with you, and when you choose to obey God rather than man, He will give you the power to do it! 

 Make sure your students have a copy of the Wordless Book template. Use the tutorial instructions to walk them though the steps of cutting, folding, and gluing to form their own wordless book.     

As your students work, tell them to be thinking about who they might want to share their faith with.  You can also remind students that if their family is using a social conferencing platform to keep in touch with friends and family during “safer-at-home” protocol, they might want to think about sharing the salvation message using their new wordless book that way. They can share the Good News with several unsaved family members or friends all at once.

Whether you share the good news of Jesus Christ with one person or twenty, the point is you are giving a message of hope to those who need hope now more than ever!  Don’t allow fear or what others might think about you to stop you from sharing.  Obeying God is much more important than what others think.  And remember, His hope is what our friends and family need more than anything.   

Encourage your students to print off and prepare more wordless books to send to others along with the lyrics to the Wordless Book song written out or the URL to the song so others can listen to the song online.

This week pray that God will give you the opportunity to share His message of salvation.  Use your wordless book to guide you as you share, or just share your heart and tell them what God has done in your life.  He will do the rest.

Close in prayer as a group or pray with each child individually.

Spread the word

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