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Middle School

The Future’s Looking Bright

Lesson 3 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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June 19, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

Christ’s resurrection gives us a future with God.

Bible Basis:

1 Corinthians 15:1-23

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Sticky notes
  • Pens/pencils
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about parents as they begin to consider how Jesus’ resurrection guarantees us a future with our heavenly Father.

Memory Verse:

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
—1 Corinthians 15:17

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about parents as they begin to consider how Jesus’ resurrection guarantees us a future with our heavenly Father.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Sticky notes
  • Pens/pencils
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring sticky notes and pens/pencils with them.

Greet your students as they enter. While everyone is getting settled, ask your students about their Father’s Day plans. Be sensitive to the family dynamics in your class and the fact that some students might not have a dad at home to celebrate. Make mention of the fact that some single-mom homes celebrate mom on this day since she is doing double-duty. You can ask if they plan to celebrate any grandfathers or uncles or stepdads or other father figures, too.

Show this video to your students [2:54]:
Kids Give Russell Howard Parenting Advice | Playground Politics | The Russell Howard Hour

  • What parenting advice did you hear in this video? Did you agree or disagree with some of the statements? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

Draw a large stick figure person on the whiteboard (or display a stick figure image on a screenshared document). Hand out sticky notes and pens/pencils (if in person).

Let’s use those ideas we saw in the video, plus some of our own, to cover this person in what we think makes a great parent. If your class is meeting in person, invite students to write a characteristic of a good dad or other father-figure on a sticky note and stick it to our drawing. Invite students to share aloud what they’re writing so your class can come up with as many different answers as possible. If your class is meeting online, type students’ responses on a screenshared document as they share them. Share aloud what you’re writing so we can come up with as many different answers as possible.

Once the drawing is filled up, read or ask a student to read the sticky notes. Ask the class if there are any great characteristics that were missed and add those too.

Name a few of the major themes represented in the sticky notes (examples might be: loves us, provides for us, and takes care of us). Some of us probably have dads that are good at those things, and some of us probably don’t. The good news is, God, our heavenly Father, is the best dad we could imagine. Sure, He takes care of us on earth, but He has promised to take care of us eternally, too! Our lesson today focuses on our heavenly Father’s guarantee to take care of us for all eternity. Let’s see what He did to guarantee us a future with Him.

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:

  • Access to an outdoor area
  • Index cards
  • Adhesives (tape, glue, etc.)
  • Markers
  • Optional: Internet access, smartphones

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring index cards and markers with them to class.

As you transition from Step 3, ask a volunteer to read the memory verse (1 Corinthians 15:17) one more time.

Without Jesus’ resurrection, our faith is worthless. Our whole existence as Christians hinges on that point. Our future with God depends on the fact that Jesus died and rose again. When we believe that Jesus died and rose again and that we too will rise from the dead and spend eternity with God, it changes us, not just for when we die, but how we live every day.

  • How is day-to-day life different because you believe that you have an eternal future with God? Or, if you’re not sure you do believe that yet, how could your day-to-day life be different? (Answers will vary and could include: I don’t need to worry about the small things in life as much because my eternity is secure, I tell others about Jesus because I want them to share that eternity with me, I try to follow God’s commands because I am grateful for His Son’s death and resurrection, etc.)

Living our lives knowing that our eternal future is secure gives us amazing freedom and joy! Sometimes, though, we get bogged down in our normal, day-to-day routines and problems, and we can forget to live like people who are bound for heaven. Let’s practice doing small things in our everyday lives that can help us remember Christ’s resurrection and our future with God.

If possible, take the students outside and ask everyone to find something that they can either keep (a leaf or small stone or stick, etc.) or take a picture of with their smartphone (a tree, a beautiful landscape, etc.) that can remind them of Jesus’ resurrection. Some examples could include: “I found a rock that reminds me of the stone that was rolled away from Jesus’ empty tomb” or “I found a flower that reminds me of new life,” etc. Come back inside and ask each student to share what they collected and how it can remind them of Jesus’ resurrection.

If going outdoors is not possible, watch a couple minutes of this video and talk about what things your students see in nature on a daily basis that can help them remember Jesus’ resurrection.

COLORADO: Relaxing Nature Photos of Colorado and Relaxing Music [2:54]

Hand out index cards along with other supplies. Have your students use the object they found from outdoors to create a reminder card to keep so they don’t forget Jesus’ resurrection. If they took a picture or watched the video instead of going outdoors, have them use their card and markers to write out a thank-You to God for the future they have with Him through Jesus’ resurrection.

End in prayer, thanking God for Jesus and His death and resurrection and asking God to help your students find ways to remember the resurrection every day.

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