David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Middle School

Stand and Deliver

Lesson 11 


Summer 2022


By: RLD Editorial Team 


August 14, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

God’s Word challenges us.

Bible Basis:

Jeremiah 1:1-7; 7:1-7

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Smartphones

Summary & Links:

Your students will watch and discuss some game instructions found in the National Football League rulebook as they explore how God’s Word challenges us.

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:

Your students will watch and discuss some game instructions found in the National Football League rulebook as they explore how God’s Word challenges us.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Smartphones

Every fall, something “big” happens in America. It’s called FOOTBALL SEASON! Whether you’re a football fan or not, the National Football League is a powerful company in charge of one of the most hyped sports in the world.

One of the biggest jobs the NFL has is establishing a set of rules for its players to follow. The official rulebook has 89 pages of rules! It is filled with guidelines about the dimensions of the field, equipment, player conduct, scoring, and a bunch of other things we may not pay attention to when we’re just watching a game for fun. Let’s take a look at just one rule called the “roughing or running into the kicker.”  

Share the following video with your students [1:34].
“NFL Video Rulebook: Roughing or Running into the Kicker”

  • Has anyone here played a team sport for your school or organization? How did you go about learning all the rules? (Let students share their experiences.)
  • What would happen if a game like football didn’t have a set of rules? Why are rules important to the success of the game? (Students might mention that rules keep the game fair, they prevent people from getting hurt, and they keep the game from being a free-for-all.)

Have your students open the following link on their smartphones (have any students who do not have a smartphone partner with someone who does):
The Game of Life Instructions

Have students read off some of the rules they find there and then discuss:

  • Have you and your friends ever tried to play a game when nobody knew the rules? What usually happens? (Games without rules are often chaotic, disorganized, and random. A fair outcome would be impossible.)

We might think that it would be fun to live life without any instructions, but God must have known we need them. That’s why He gave us the Bible—the best instruction manual designed precisely for God’s children.

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:

  • Paper (1 sheets of plain, white paper per student; one sheet of paper per group for notes)
  • Scissors
  • Pens/pencils
  • Smartphones

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring paper, scissors, and pens/pencils to class.

In this step, students will be making a playbook to take home which contains several specific rules that God has asked them to follow. You might want to familiarize yourself with the following video before class and share it with them when they prepare their rulebooks.
“How to Make a Quick and Easy Mini Book from one Piece of Paper”

When God gave us the Bible, He wasn’t just giving us a long list of rules to make life miserable. He knew that in order to live, we would need some instructions. Just like football players who often study playbooks that help them in a game, we’re going to take home reminders of some of the Bible’s instructions to us.

Divide students into two groups. (If your class is meeting online, you can use the breakout room feature of your video chat software.) Designate one group as OFFENSE and the other as DEFENSE. Each smaller group will write a list of at least 3-4 things that God in His Word has specifically commanded them to do. Provide one sheet of paper and pens/pencils to your students (or appoint a virtual note taker for each group) to use as they gather information for their playbook.

The offensive line will think of rules for serving God and others effectively (like loving our neighbor or obeying our parents). The defensive line will think of rules that protect them from the enemy (like praying, gathering together with other Christians, or studying God’s Word).

Your students may need help from adult leaders or find the following links helpful as they search topics for offensive or defensive instructions:

After each small group has found at least 3-4 things they can write down in their playbook, hand out another sheet of paper to each student and make scissors available (or invite students to have supplies ready at home). Show your students the following tutorial:
“How to Make a Quick and Easy Mini Book from one Piece of Paper”

Give students time to fold their paper into small books and to discuss several ideas with their group before finally writing them down. When they are finished, come together to discuss a final set of questions.

  • Was it hard to think of specific things the Bible asks us to do? Why can’t we just write our own rules? (Families, schools, and governments are free to develop rules unique to their organizations. But God’s instructions in the Bible are specifically designed for His children.) 
  • What happens if we don’t follow these rules every time? (God knows our weaknesses. He always offers forgiveness and provides the Holy Spirit to help us obey Him.)
  • What is the benefit of having friends who share the same rulebook as you? (Friends who all try to follow the same set of rules will support and lift each other when it’s hard to obey. They won’t ask you to compromise, and they’ve got your back when the game of life is difficult.)

Before class is dismissed, have the students write their teammates’ names on the back of their books to remind them that they are not alone. Encourage them to put the rules into practice at home this week and add instructions to their playbook as they find new ones in Scripture.

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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