David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Tough Training

Lesson 12 

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Winter 2020-21

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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February 21, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

The Bible equips us for life.

Bible Basis:

2 Timothy 3:10—4:5

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about child athletes training for the Olympics as they talk about becoming equipped for a challenge.

Memory Verse:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
—2 Timothy 3:16

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about child athletes training for the Olympics as they talk about becoming equipped for a challenge.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • What sports are you involved with? (Not all students may play sports; encourage students to share other activities that involve training or preparation.)
  • How do you train or prepare for your activity? (Possible answers: going to practice, running laps, etc.)

It takes a lot of work and practice to become really good at something. If we aren’t properly equipped, we won’t be at our best. It’s probably safe to say that the more important something is to you, the more effort you’ll make to be sure you are properly equipped. This video demonstrates how this can be taken to some pretty extreme places.

Play this video for your students [3:03; stop at 1:45]:
Child Gymnast Bootcamp: Training China’s Next Champions

  • Have you ever wanted something so badly that you trained intensely? (Give students time to share.)
  • What’s the longest you’ve ever spent preparing for something? What was the result of your training? (Possible answers: I was successful, I achieved my goals, I was proud of what I accomplished.)

Professional athletes and other highly trained people spend a great deal of money to become fully equipped for the things that are most important to them. But there’s one challenge that everyone needs to be trained for. What is it, and how can we be sure we are fully equipped for it? Let’s find 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 (2 per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)

If your class is meeting online, invite your students to bring a pen/pencil and index cards with them to class.

Write out 2 Timothy 3:16 on the whiteboard or on a screen-shared document: “All God-breathed Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

In his letter to Timothy, Paul stressed how important it was to depend on God’s Word for our daily lives. The knowledge we get from the Bible equips us with everything we need for life. Have a volunteer read 2 Peter 1:3-4.

  • Have you ever been in a situation where knowing what the Bible says helped you? Tell us about it. (Be prepared to share examples from your own experiences.)
  • What kind of challenging situations might you experience where it would be helpful to know how the Bible tells you to act? (Give your students an opportunity to think this through and share their thoughts. How to deal with friends and family, how to know right and wrong, how to handle emotions, etc. are just a few of the answers they may give.)

Today we’re going to make Scripture Memory Packs that will help equip you with God’s Word so you have it when you need it. Hand out index cards and pens/pencils to your students. If your class is meeting online, invite them to have those items ready. Using the supplies, have your students copy 2 Timothy 3:16 from the whiteboard or screen-shared document.

As your preteens work, explain a little more about what they are doing. Like any tool, the Bible is only useful to us when we actually take the time to use it! Beginning this week, spend time reading your own Bibles and listening when the Bible is read. Any time you hear a verse you think could help you, write it down on the blank card. You can add more index cards to the stack so there’s one verse per card. Try to memorize every verse you add to the stack. Look back through these verses frequently to stay equipped for challenges.

Close in prayer.

Additional Resource: 10 Bible Verse Memorization Cards for Kids

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