High School

Sticking with Christ

Lesson 11 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Caroline Ferdinandsen 

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February 09, 2020

Lesson Focus:

Stay rooted in Christ.

Bible Basis:

John 15:1-8

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about skydiving and discuss the elements of a tandem jump as they explore staying connected to Jesus.

Memory Verse:

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
—John 15:4

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about skydiving and discuss the elements of a tandem jump as they explore staying connected to Jesus.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? It’s one of those activities that either terrifies or excites people. Either way, it would be completely stupid to attempt a solo jump without the proper training. One way to experience skydiving is by participating in a tandem jump.

Watch the following video with your class and then discuss the questions that follow [1:28]:
“What is a Tandem Skydive?”

Okay, let’s take a quick poll. If you were provided with a skydiving experience this afternoon—who would be down to do it? (Gauge student interest—and courage. Discuss the emotional barriers that some might have.)

  • Why do you think more people are willing to do tandem jumps than go solo? (It takes a lot more skill and training to do a solo jump. If you’re tethered to another person, you can rely on their experience and skill instead.)
  • What did you notice about the equipment involved in a tandem jump? How does it work? (Two people become one unit; the ropes and ties between them keep both individuals occupying the same airspace.)
  • How important is it to trust the more experienced jumper? (A successful jump is only as good as the professional. Your success depends wholly on the skill of the pilot and guide.)
  • Sometimes we think we are flying solo in this life, but the truth is that Jesus is our vital connection—our leader in all of life’s “jumps.” How does this connection change our perspective? (If we were solely responsible for bearing fruit, evangelizing, or growing spiritually, we would be doomed to fail. Our humanity demands it. But we are not alone. We can depend on God for the outcomes.)

We’re going to be looking at a familiar passage in the Bible today—one that focuses on our need to be connected to the living God. We can’t guarantee the outcomes on our own goodness, but we can always trust in the goodness of our Savior.

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
  • Pens/pencils

When a branch stays connected to the vine, it will produce the kind of fruit that the vine produces. A branch connected with a grapevine will produce grapes, not peanuts.  Hand out paper and pens/pencils to your students.

Ask your students to list what they are most connected to at present. This could be things, people, or institutions such as social media, video games, TV, friends, etc. Next, have them list what might be a natural outcome from such a connection. For example, a connection to social media might produce an unhealthy interest in what others think or a misplaced fascination/obsession with something that is trending at present.

Once your students have had a chance to think and write about this, ask:

  • What are ways that we can actively stay rooted in Christ? (We must remain close to God through prayer, Bible reading, fellowship, and obedience.)
  • Can you tell when a person is starting to lose connection with the “vine” (Jesus)? (There is always evidence of a healthy connection with the Vine. If there is no fruit of the Spirit demonstrated in a person’s daily life, it might be signaling sin or selfishness rather than a God-centered life.)

When you are finished, encourage students to select from their list one worldly thing they have been connected to and spend time with God this week asking Him to help them remove or balance that influence from their lives by connecting with the true Vine. For example, they might not be able to completely disconnect from social media, but they could balance the time spent there with time spent to actively stay rooted in Christ. Before adopting a thought, cause, or trend that is popular, they could spend time finding out what God would have them do about it.

Close in prayer.

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