Jesus, Our Leader

I just finished my Sunday School lesson for my junior class this week and wanted to share it with you all as well, it blessed me in the preparing of it and hope it encourages you as well:

  • Text: Hebrews 12:1-13
  • Objects needed: A jump rope, a backpack, and a heavy weight
  • Aim: To teach students to run the race for Jesus and by His power

Jesus Helps Us Run

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. –Hebrews 12:1-4

 

Before the lesson set up a race with three runners:

  • One with his legs tied together w/a jump rope. (one tangled up with sin)
  • One with a backpack with a heavy weight in it. (encumbered with a weight)
  • One just ready to run

(btw I used the props as illustrations, did not actually do the race but they saw the rope, and picked up the 25 lb weight, which was interesting since my biggest kid is about 75 pounds…)

 

Get ready to start race. Ask the following questions:

  • Does this seem like a fair race (not really. Why are the two running with such a disadvantage?) Now read Hebrews 12:1-4.
  • What does this rope say on it? (Sin).
  • What is sin? (The transgression [or breaking] of God’s Law)
  • How do we deal with sin (remind student of 1 John 1:9) we need to confess and forsake (get rid of and not intend to do it again) sin.
  • What is a weight? Whatever is prominent, protuberance, bulk, mass: hence a burden, weight, encumbrance. Is it the same thing as a sin? No, otherwise why separate it out? It is anything that slows us down for God. It may not be sin but misused it is not good. (i.e. TV, x-box, pitch & putt, etc.)
  • What does God mean by a race? (How we live our lives)
  • How are we to run? (With patience. We cannot run a marathon [26.2 miles] in a minute and our race will last our whole lives.)
  • Who are we to look to as our example? (Jesus)

 

Adversity Can Make Us Better Runners

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. –Hebrews 12:5-11

  • Who is our Heavenly Father? God
  • What is one proof of God’s Love according to these verses? That He chastises us (or disciplines us) when we do wrong.
  • Why does God allow discipline? For our profit, so we can learn
  • What is the result of God’s discipline? Righteousness of God shows in us.

 

God’s Discipline Enables Us to Help Others

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Hebrews 12:12-13

  • What are we to do during our race? Help others, especially those that are weaker.

Wrap-up: Things to think about:

  • God will forgive our sins but He also desires us to fight the urge to sin. It will make us struggle and cause us to trip and fall during our race. Just think of what it cost Jesus to pay for our sins. He died on the cross for them so we should not just trample what He did under our feet and sin just because we feel like it.
  • We need to think about our actions and ask ourselves “Is this going to slow me down in my effort to live the Christian life? It is ok to have fun, but there is a time for everything.
  • When God disciplines us, just like our earthly fathers, it is because He loves us and wants the best for us, and the results are good.
  • Our goal in life is to help others. One way is to live our lives right so they do not stumble over what we do, we can either encourage others by our acts or discourage them.
  • When in doubt, look to Jesus. Have faith in Him. We can ask Jesus to help us. He gave us the faith to begin the Christian life, He can give us the faith and strength to finish it as well.

 

 

 

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