David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

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Lesson 6 

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Summer 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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July 11, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

God relates to us through our families. ECHOES Focus: That your students take an active part in the discovery of Christian truths within their families.

Bible Basis:

Deuteronomy 6:1-2, 4-9, 20-21; 7:12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider the impact of passing on one’s passion to the next generation as they explore how God relates truth about Himself within families.

Memory Verse:

“One generation will commend your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”
—Psalm 145:4

Step 1:

Students will consider the impact of passing on one’s passion to the next generation as they explore how God relates truth about Himself within families.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

As students enter your classroom today, ask them what things they are passionate about and why. Once everyone has arrived and shared, ask them the following question.

  • Do any of you know of famous people or celebrities who volunteer or give back to the community? How do they help others? (Accept all reasonable answers.)

Share several celebrity names and volunteer activities from the following link with your teens:
20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Volunteers!

  • Why do you think some of the people we mentioned might be concerned not only with their own success stories, but with the success of those coming behind them? (Accept all reasonable answers. Their drive to give back may be an act of gratitude for those who helped them; they may find joy in helping others; etc.)
  • What impact might their work have on other people? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
  • Give an example of how someone has invested in your life and future, and what impact that makes on you. (Accept all reasonable answers. For example: parents teaching life skills or saving for college, coaches or teachers spending extra time or thinking of you for a special program, youth leaders volunteering their time, energy, and insights.)

When we are passionate about something—art, sports, education, etc.—we want to share it with the next generation. We want others to experience the same joy and benefits the experience has given to us. We want to see the community grow and blossom with new voices and leaders. Faith is like this, too—something to be joyfully and intentionally passed on from one generation to the next.

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:

  • None

The journey of faith is life-long. It involves passing down knowledge, but also stories and experiences. It involves generations walking alongside one another. As important as our Christian peers are, a Christian mentor can provide new perspective and insight. Do you have Christian adults in your life who can walk with you and pray for you—people you trust and can talk to?

  • How have the adult Christians in your life impacted your faith? (Accept all reasonable answers. These may be parents or youth group leaders who set an example of a dedicated prayer life or of faith-driven generosity, or who pray for their teens, or share words of wisdom. It may even be a Christian celebrity who is outspoken about their faith.)
  • What faith questions would you like to ask the adult Christians in your life? (Accept all reasonable answers. Teens may struggle to understand certain theological ideas or reconcile what they hear in church with what they see in the world. They may be seeking wisdom in making tough choices or knowing how to handle everyday situations.)
  • If there is one thing you would want younger Christians to know about faith, what would it be? (Accept all reasonable answers. Your teens will have spiritual insights from their own faith journeys about what they’ve learned and why faith is worth it even when it is hard.)

Challenge students to take action this week by asking an older Christian one of their pressing questions, or simply to hear that adult’s story of faith. This could be with a family member or other trusted spiritually mature adult. Encourage students to make a habit of this, perhaps developing an ongoing mentor relationship as a way to grow in their faith. Additionally, encourage students who are mature in their faith to consider finding ways to serve and lead those younger than themselves.

Close in prayer.

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