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Upper Elementary

Take a Stand

Lesson 7 


Spring 2021


By: RLD Editorial Team 


April 25, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Take a stand for God. Echoes Focus: That your students will have the courage to be identified as Christians wherever they are.

Bible Basis:

Esther 2:17—9:5

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about a coach who took an unpopular stand in his town as they discuss what it looks like to take a stand for God.

Memory Verse:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.”
—Exodus 14:13

Echoes Verse
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
—Philippians 1:27

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about a coach who took an unpopular stand in his town as they discuss what it looks like to take a stand for God.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Have you ever had to stand up for something that was important to you? Tell us about it. (Be prepared to share your own experience. Answers will vary and may include: I stood up to someone who was bullying my friend; I participated in the March for Life with my family; my class wrote letters to help stop animal cruelty, etc.)

According to NBC News, in the past year, there have been nearly 3,800 recorded incidents of violence and hate against Asian Americans. These incidents include anything from verbal attacks to physically violent ones. In the March Atlanta shooting, the majority of the victims were Asian American women. In response to this racism, many people have begun speaking out and protesting against hatred for Asian Americans.

Share the following video [1:29]:
Rallies across the U.S. to honor victims of Atlanta shootings

  • The protestors saw a problem they didn’t like and took a stand to try to change it. What were they risking by trying to unite people against hate? (Answers may include: They could’ve received backlash from people who didn’t like what they were doing; they could’ve lost friendships over his decision to try to close the racial divide; an already divided community could have become violent, etc.)
  • What positive changes might happen because of people’s decision to stand up against cultural division? (Some possible answers: Increased awareness of racism; more people standing up and speaking out; decreased incidences of hate, etc.)
  • Could just anyone take a stand in this situation that would create the same impact? Why or why not? (People who are involved firsthand can often have more impact than an outsider, but we’ve all been given voices by God to use when other people are being treated unjustly. We can choose to use the voices and influence we have for good.)
  • When we come across situations we know aren’t right, how can we take a stand to make them better? (Answers may include: We can talk to people in charge; we can show God’s love to those hurting; we can make our feelings known and follow them up with positive actions, etc.)

Change begins when someone decides to take a stand to make others aware of an injustice. We can stand up for what’s right in one-on-one situations with someone we may disagree with, or we can take on larger issues like bullying, etc. that affect us or people we care about.

Today we’re going to learn about a woman named Esther who was in the position to take on a very large cause—one that meant life or death for millions, including her own. Let’s see whether she stood up for what was right.

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:

  • Pieces of paper (1 per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)
  • Colored pencils/markers (optional)

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring a piece of paper and pen/pencil with them to class. They can also bring colored pencils/markers if they have them available.

Earlier we learned that taking a stand for what is right can cause change. Esther took a stand for God and His people, even though she could have lost her life. Taking a stand can make us scared or nervous because we may receive backlash from others for our viewpoints. However, change doesn’t happen unless someone decides to take a stand, no matter the consequences. Read today’s memory verse. God says not to be afraid! He promises our deliverance when we stand firm as believers.

  • What are ways we can stand up for God? (Answers will vary but may include: Stand against sin when others are doing the wrong thing by telling them it’s wrong and walking away; be a friend to those who are picked on or left out; ask a friend if you can pray for them when they’re having a tough time, etc.)

Sometimes the best way to take a stand is to plan out what you’re going to do or say. If someone is being mean to the other students at school, how can you plan to stand up against that person? If you want to be a friend to someone who is always made fun of by others, how would you do that? What would you say to them?

It’s important to think things through before acting. We learned Esther asked the Jews to fast alongside her for three days before she made her decision to go before the king. Planning and praying before we act can make our attempts at change successful.

Hand out papers and pens/pencils to your students. If your class is meeting online, invite students to have those materials ready. Invite your class to write or draw ways they can take a stand for God this week. Students should think about ways they want to stand up for God and the steps for how they plan to do so. For example, if they want to take a stand by showing the new student God’s love through friendship, they might draw pictures of them praying to God about the new student, then another picture of them introducing themselves, another of them sitting beside each other at lunch and another of them riding bikes after school together. Tell them the more they think through each action they take, the better the success will be. Remind them prayer should always be part of the process.

  • How are you planning to take a stand for God this week? What is your plan of action? (Have volunteers share.)

By taking our penalty of death, Jesus took the ultimate stand for us. If we believe in Him as our Lord and Savior, we can live in eternity with Him one day. Jesus is the shining example of what it looks like to take a stand for those you love. As believers, our hearts should want to take a stand for God every chance we get.

Place your paper somewhere to remind you of the action steps you’ve planned. Ask God for His help and wisdom for when to put your plan in action. Remember, Esther had three days of fasting before she acted. Pray, plan, and stand firm, trusting God for His help.

Pray to close.

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