David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Middle School

Warning Signs

Lesson 13 

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Summer 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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August 29, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

The Bible points to Jesus as our Savior.

Bible Basis:

Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-20; Acts 13:23, 26, 29-30, 38-39

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider how we respond when signs point in a certain direction as they explore how the Bible points to Jesus as our Savior.

Memory Verse:

Faith comes from hearing the message,
and the message is heard through the
word of Christ.
— Romans 10:17

Step 1:

Students will consider how we respond when signs point in a certain direction as they explore how the Bible points to Jesus as our Savior.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Maharashtra, a western state in India, has suffered heavy rains this monsoon season. While the rain is good for plants and crop growth, the heavy rainfall presents other issues, such as severe flooding that sweeps away homes and villages. This year, the rain also loosened the rocks and ground on hills, causing several destructive landslides. The western state of Himachal Pradesh has also experienced some of these severe natural occurrences:

Show this video to your students [0:51].
Kinnaur: Two dead and dozens trapped in India landslide

People in that area are used to the heavy rains of monsoon season, so their response to monsoon season is probably different than those of us who have never lived that close to an area with frequent monsoons. But there comes a point when the signs around you tell you something big is coming—time to get out. Still, people continue to live in potentially dangerous areas.

Share some of the signs of a landslide with your students.
Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

  • In an instance such as the landslide we saw earlier, what signs would have told you that it was time to go? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may mention changes in landscape, unusual sounds, a faint rumbling sound, etc.)
  • The western states of India experience heavy rains during monsoon season each year. Why do you think its citizens mostly stay put even when the signs around them are telling them there could be a natural disaster? (Answers will vary but may include having nowhere to go, having no money for transportation, not wanting to leave family members behind, not knowing for sure if their area will be affected, etc.)

Signs that something is going to happen—good or bad—are given for our benefit. They make us sit up and take notice and respond when it is necessary. Let’s see how God gave mankind a “heads up” to something He was going to do.

  • In an instance such as the landslide we saw earlier, what signs would have told you that it was time to go? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may mention changes in landscape, unusual sounds, a faint rumbling sound, etc.)
  • The western states of India experience heavy rains during monsoon season each year. Why do you think its citizens mostly stay put even when the signs around them are telling them there could be a natural disaster? (Answers will vary but may include having nowhere to go, having no money for transportation, not wanting to leave family members behind, not knowing for sure if their area will be affected, etc.)

Signs that something is going to happen—good or bad—are given for our benefit. They make us sit up and take notice and respond when it is necessary. Let’s see how God gave mankind a “heads up” to something He was going to do.

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:

  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring supplies with them to class. 

The Bible is full of signals and warnings all directing people to their need of Jesus as Savior. But some still have not paid attention to the signs around them.

  • If you didn’t know Jesus as your Savior, what might someone do to get you to listen and respond to the signs that there is something God is trying to tell you? (Allow your students to brainstorm ways they might be intrigued themselves and, in turn, might use as an approach with friends or family members who do not know Jesus. Write their responses on the whiteboard or screenshared document. Students may mention writing them a letter, inviting them to church or youth group, or simply asking them what their thoughts are on things they put their faith in.)

Ask your middle schoolers to think of a friend or family member who does not know Christ as their Savior. Using the index card and writing utensils you give them, have them formulate a plan to share the Good News with that person this week. They can refer to the list on the whiteboard, or use some other method. Encourage them to follow through with their plan this week.

Mention to your class that if they have not accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation themselves, they can use their index card to list reasons why they haven’t responded yet. If any of them would like to talk with you after class, invite them to do so. Help on sharing the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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