Beginning Right - The Gospel
2002-04-06 - Rated 3 of 5 by 14 users - (Print Notes)
Part # 3: Authentic Walk Discipleship Program by deecee4jaycee
<b>Age Group:</b>Youth, 7th-12th grade
<b>Goal:</b> By the end of this lesson the students will ....be enthused about "walking authentically" with Christ
<b>Key Scriptures</b>:Mark 1:14,15
I would teach this as a discipleship course and in preparation of the group I would announce it as such, and teach it most probably on a Sunday evening after drama practise. Since Youth groups tend to be very mixed in Christian maturity as well as age differences I would enlist the mature ones as co-teachers and leaders. So, my lesson plan would begin with room preparation- A Visual.
I would use the "boat" illustration and turn one wall of the room into a picture of this. On the boat I would write "Jesus" for those unsaved or new babes in Christ and I would have plenty of people in the boat (since later I will have the group put their own names to a person) and as many drowning people as the wall would allow (since even later I will have the group put the names of lost people they know on those in the sea).
The room would be comfortable with plenty of paper and pens and Bibles for all and I would most likely make Authentic Walk folders for all with the print notes inside.
I would begin with name introductions and with prayer and while passing out the folders I would say, "We have gathered together tonight to begin a journey...an Authentic Walk taking a REAL life changing path. Some of us are just starting out, some of us are tip-toeing to the entrance and some of us are farther down the road but, no matter where you are on this journey we can all agree that it has a beginning--"
STEP TO THE WALL ILLUSTRATION saying, "Beginning right-The Gospel"
<b>Point 1 of Main Point:</b>
What is the Gospel?
Share "It means good news" by Chris Priebe
Address the group-Why do you suppose we must call out to them-can they not see they are in danger? Can¥t they see the "boat"? Why do you think that the "life preserver" is hidden from them? Can the people in the "boat" see the many in the sea? Where are you in this illustration?
<b>Point 2 of Main Point:</b>
This is what Jesus preached-turn in your Bibles to the book of Mark chapter 1 verses 14 and 15
Read aloud the verses.
Share excerpt of explanation from "It is what Jesus preached" by Chris Priebe expressing that the "gospel" is the "good news". The word gospel is used 100 times in the New Testament, the "good news" is obviously very important and those of you who wish to may look up some of those verses and write in your notes what they mean to you in relation to yourselves and to others. (Be sure to have a list of those verses for the more serious minded students or your Strong¥s.)
<b>Point 3 of Main Point:</b>
Read the "How Jesus defines it" by Chris Priebe, stop at the "Are you ready" and reiterate while pointing to the "Wall Illustration and the boat"; God is moving. HE is going to do something and it is really close. Something new is arriving and I better get on board God¥s plan."
Ask-where are you in God¥s plan? Are you drowning in the sea? Reaching for a life line? Climbing in the boat? Safely onboard and belted in? Throwing out a lifeline? Where do YOU want to be in God¥s plan?
How can I get on board? Continue reading from "How Jesus defines it".
Pass out markers and ask those who are willing (probably your mature students) to write their names on where they consider themselves to be on "the Wall". Write your name there also. The people in the boat will be in various positions , that they will not be "perfect" christians....some will be sitting down holding on, some will be sitting or standing with their backs to the drowning, some will be throwing out lifelines....many different places for all to place their names....the figures should be laminated so that the marker can be wiped off and some can move their names "up" so to speak....in the same token we may have the drowning people in different places also, ...some catching the lifeline, some climbing into the boat, some swimming away, some calling for help. For those not saved yet it is important to remind everyone that they all started in the water so they do not feel like they do not fit in but rather see they need to get in the boat - it could be very powerful for them.
<b>Closing Illustration and Applications</b>:
Give your testimony or have a mature group member give theirs using this format: (1)Where I was (in the sea) (2)How I met Jesus (got into the boat) (3)How Christ changed my life (life in the boat).
Pray as a group in a circle holding hands and invite those who are unsaved and who wish to know more to remain after the others are dismissed. End this prayer with the group still holding hands and singing slowly as a worship song the old hymn "LOVE LIFTED ME"...I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, Sinking to rise no more; But the Master of the sea, Heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, Now safe am I. Then, go into "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" by Delirious?.....Over the mountains and the sea, Your river runs with love for me, And I will open up my heart, And let the healer set me free, I¥m happy to be in the truth, And I will daily lift my hands, For I will always sing, Of when your love came down, I could sing of your love forever,
I could sing of your love forever, I could sing of your love forever......
This would be my first lesson.
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