Middle School

You’re Invited!

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:

God invites all kinds of people to His party.

Bible Basis:

Luke 14:15-24

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Your students will discuss a video about a boy’s birthday party as an introduction to learning about God’s invitation to all kinds of people.

Memory Verse:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew11:28

Step 1:

Your students will discuss a video about a boy’s birthday party as an introduction to learning about God’s invitation to all kinds of people.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Watch this video with your class and then discuss the questions that follow [3:27]:
High school football team goes to Idaho boy’s birthday party after only 1 person RSVPs

  • Christian’s mother explained that she understands how other children might feel uncomfortable being around someone with unusual behaviors. Have you ever avoided someone who is different from you? (Let students share—but monitor conversation for sensitivity and prevent some stories from spilling into gossip.)
  • Sometimes we are the ones who are feeling isolated. What is the hardest thing about feeling left out? (Students might reveal honest reactions to social rejection.)
  • What did you admire about the football coach and his players? (The coach and the boys on his team took the opportunity to bless someone else. They probably remember what it felt like to be younger and emotionally vulnerable.)
  • Does God play favorites when He makes a guest list? (Remind students of Christian’s quote from the video: “Each one of us is special. God made us that way.”)

It is natural for humans to crave belonging and acceptance.  Let’s learn a little bit more about God’s plan to include everyone.    

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:

  • Cardstock (1 or more 5 ½ by 8 ½ inch sheet[s] per student)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Envelopes, markers, stickers, art supplies

This lesson not only comforts students about their own inclusion in God’s family, but it can encourage them to invite others into God’s kingdom. The passage from Luke can prompt discussions of evangelism and outreach.

Provide students with a sheet of 5 ½ by 8 ½ inch cardstock. Show your students how to fold it in half to create a folded card. Instruct them to design a party invitation which shares God’s love with others. It can include the following items, but feel free to adjust the content—or even encourage your students to design their own ideas:

You’re Invited!
Where? God’s Kingdom is waiting for you.
Who? Everybody is welcome!
When? The best time is right now. You can come to the party any time.
Come as you are: Jesus Christ has already provided everything.

Your students may design more than one invitation if time permits. When your students are done designing their cards, discuss the following questions together:

  • Why do you think some people reject God’s offer of salvation? (There can be all kinds of barriers to accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. Family background, intellectual questions, fear, sin and other factors can keep people from accepting God’s free gift.)
  • Are some people just too bad, too weird, or too far gone to be included in God’s kingdom? (Absolutely not! God does not play favorites, and His salvation and promise of Heaven is for everybody.)

It can be hard for middle schoolers to openly evangelize or share Jesus with friends, especially those who come from different backgrounds. Perhaps an adult leader or two can talk about a time when they were able to share Jesus. Encourage students to ask God who they should give an invitation. They can use them as a starting point to share the Gospel by writing the name of the person He brings to mind on one of the envelopes.

Close in prayer asking God to use their invitations to share His love to many.

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