David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Middle School

Serving a Faithful God

Lesson 7 

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Fall 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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October 17, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

God is faithful.

Bible Basis:

Genesis 6:9-10; 7:1-5; 8:18-22

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils

Summary & Links:

Students will think about how God’s faithfulness impacts them.

Memory Verse:

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
—Psalm 33:20-21

Step 1:

Students will think about how God’s faithfulness impacts them.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils

As students join your class, have students divide into small groups. Hand each group one piece of paper and pencils or pens. Encourage students to come up with sentences about things, people, etc. that they have faith in. This isn’t a deep spiritual list, but rather ways students have faith in something or someone every day, for example, “I have faith that this chair will hold me.” “I have faith in my parents to provide for me.” “I have faith that when I go home, my dog will be happy to see me.” “I have faith that if I study for this test I will pass it,” etc.

Regather and invite each group to share their favorite sentences about what they have faith in. Keep the sharing time short and allow for fun and silliness where appropriate.

  • Is it possible for anyone to live without faith in someone or something? Explain. (Answers will vary. Most students will come to the conclusion that all people have faith in something whether gravity, the laws of nature, love, justice, etc.)

Share this video with your students [4:39]:
Teen Talk: A blind teenager shows what it means to live by faith

Invite students to answer the following questions.

  • What impresses you most about Alyssa’s mom? (Answers will vary. Help students notice how Alyssa relies on her family, especially her mom, for things like getting around, putting on makeup, and just being a regular teen.)
  • If Alyssa’s mom was not consistently faithful in helping her, would that hinder how much trust Alyssa has in her? For example, what if she told Alyssa she looked fine when she actually had her outfit on wrong or wasn’t careful to tell Alyssa about a tripping hazard and Alyssa fell. What difference does it make that Alyssa’s mom is consistently faithful in helping her each day? Explain your answer. (Answers will vary. If Alyssa’s mom wasn’t a constant help to her, then Alyssa would lose her trust in her and her life would be very different! Some students may say Alyssa’s mom is her constant helper and friend. Alyssa relies on her mom to be honest and helpful, and that is what makes their relationship work allowing Alyssa to live her life as a blind teen.) 
  • Have you ever had to put your faith in someone else and rely on him or her the way Alyssa does? (Answers will vary. Invite students to share about this person. Be prepared to share your own experience.) 
  • What might have happened if this person had let you down? Would you have been able to trust him or her the next time you needed them? (Invite students to share their thoughts. Most will say if the person has proven to be trustworthy numerous times then they still may be able to try to trust him or her again, however, consistency would be key here in the trust process. A person who constantly is not trustworthy would not be a person they would rely on.)

Beyond the way Alyssa finds the family and friends in her support group faithful to help her through her day, God has shown Himself faithful to her, too. Today we’re going to talk about a man who faced great difficulty. Let’s see how this story of faithfulness plays out.

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:

  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils

If your class is meeting online, invite teens to bring index cards and pens/pencils with them to class.

Today’s Bible lesson is about Noah, a man who was ridiculed by people for following God’s command to build a huge ark, but that didn’t stop him from trusting God. In return, God showed His faithfulness to Noah and his family by preserving their lives and the lives of the animals with them. God also sent a rainbow with a promise to never destroy the earth by flooding again.

  • Why is it important to look at God’s faithfulness over the long-term? (Answers may include: God’s faithfulness often takes years to see and understand. Noah spent years making the ark and gathering the animals before he ever felt the first drop of rain. God was faithful to Noah and his family by giving them plans for the ark and time to build it—but when people were laughing at him for believing God, God’s faithfulness may not have seemed evident.)

Earlier we watched a video about a young teenager named Alyssa who was blind. This young woman found it easy to be faithful to God because she knew what it meant to depend on people she couldn’t see (like her family and teachers) and she grasped the concept of trusting a faithful God in much the same way. God isn’t seen, but He is faithfully by our side!

Have students get into pairs and talk about ways they have experienced God’s faithfulness. If possible, play the following video (a song by Hawk Nelson, a Christian song artist) as students discuss [4:14].
Hawk Nelson – Faithful (Official lyric video)

Encourage students to find a specific way this week to praise God for His faithfulness in their lives. Suggestions: List on a piece of paper ways God has shown His faithfulness to them or draw a map of their lives so far highlighting times when they most felt God’s faithfulness. At the bottom of the paper or the drawing, students may want to write a prayer to God listing specific times they sensed His faithful hand at work in them (example: during the healing process of a broken friendship or throughout a trying time of sickness or depression, etc.) It may not be easy to always see how God is faithful, but, like Alyssa (the girl who is blind), we can know He is by our side because we can feel His presence!

Close in prayer.

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