Week 1 – Faithful Followers

Lesson
Materials

Sticky Situations

YOU WILL NEED: A plate for each student; Bread and honey; Wet Wipes; your Bible

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BEFORE CLASS BEGINS

  • Make sure you have enough bread and honey for each student to make a small sandwich.
  • Set out a plate for each student.

LESSON

ASK—The name of this class is “Sticky Situations.” What do you think sticky situations are? 

SAY—Sticky situations are tough spots in life where we sometimes find ourselves. This might include a time when you are tempted or when you don’t know what to do or even when you don’t know what the right thing to do is.

ASK—Can you give me some examples of sticky situations that you have faced? (Take a few answers.)

Put a little honey on each student’s plate. Tell your class not to touch it or taste it until you’re ready.

ASK—How do you think this honey will taste? How do you know?

SAY—You know what it tastes like because you’ve tasted it before. You understand it because you’ve already experienced it. 

SAY—Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” 

SAY—In the same way that you can know that this honey is sweet because you’ve already experienced it, you can also know that God is good because of what you’ve experienced in Christ but more importantly because of what you see and read in the Bible.

Ask each student to put a finger in the honey and to taste it. 

ASK—Is your finger sticky? 

SAY—Sticky things are messy and by “sticky situations” we are also talking about situations that can become very “messy” if you don’t do what is right. 

Give each student with sticky fingers a Wet Wipe.

SAY—God’s Words is our guide and in this class we want you to learn that the Bible has answers for what to do in every situation you will face. 

Give each student a piece of bread. Tell them that they get to make honey sandwiches. While they are passing around the honey, continue with the discussion below:

Read from your Bible Psalm 119:103-104

SAY—When Hebrew children were young, if their parents were strong followers of God, they would many times take a drop of honey and put it on the Bible. They would ask their child to taste it and then they would say something like, “God’s Word is sweeter than honey to your lips.” 

ASK—What did the write of this Psalm say was sweet to his taste? (God’s promises.)

ASK—What did he gain through God’s promises or commands? (Understanding.)

ASK—What did this understanding lead him to do? (To hate every false way—basically, to hate all evil.)

Read from your Bible Psalm 119:133

SAY—Through this class we want you to decide to live in such a way that your life will never be overcome of evil. God’s Word, the Bible, gives you the answers, the strength and understanding that you need to always do what is right so that you can be found faithful in how you live.

KEY—The faithful follow God’s instructions. 

REPEAT after me—Have the students repeat the key phrase three times after you, getting louder each time: The faithful follow God’s instructions.

ASK—What does it mean to be faithful? 

SAY—“Faithful” means that you “stick” strongly and closely with Jesus and the truth of the Bible no matter what situations you face. 

SAY—I am going to give you three stories and I want you to tell me if the person in the story was “faithful” or “not faithful.”

Story #1

Some girls in your grade dare another girl your age to steal a pencil from her teacher’s desk. They tell her that she can be their friend if she succeeds. But if she doesn’t, then she’s a “loser” and they don’t want to have anything to do with her. She gets caught trying to take it and these girls laugh about it. Was she faithful? (In other words, did she stick strongly and closely with Jesus and the truth of the Bible no matter what?) Why or why not?

Story #2

You’re playing kickball in PE and your teacher told your class that each student only gets one pitch—just one try to kick the ball. The most popular kid in your grade kicks and misses, so he throws the ball back to his good friend who is the pitcher. The pitcher gives him another chance. As this happens your teacher walks up and asks you if this was his first pitch. You answer “no,” that it was his second. Were you faithful? (In other words, did you stick strongly and closely with Jesus and the truth of the Bible no matter what?) Why or why not? What do you think might happen because you told the truth?

Story #3

You’re spending the night at your best friend’s house and your friend’s parents put on a scary movie that you know your parents have told you not to watch. They didn’t even ask if it was okay and it’s a movie that you have really been wanting to see. You decide to not say anything. After all, it’s not like you asked them to put it on but since you know your parents wouldn’t want you to see the scary parts, you decide to look away during these parts. This way you’re still not “watching” the parts that your parents wouldn’t want you to see. Are you being faithful? (In other words, did you stick strongly and closely with Jesus and the truth of the Bible no matter what?) Why or why not? 

ASK—What might happen because you made this choice? (Your parents will lose trust in you; you will see things your parents didn’t want you to see which might give you scary thoughts or nightmares; you will now have something in your life that you will want to hide from your parents; You let sin come into your life and sin always brings hurt; etc.)

PRAY—that your students will always be “found faithful” to follow God’s instructions in every area of their lives. 


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YOU WILL NEED:

  • A plate for each student
  • Bread and honey
  • Wet Wipes
  • And your Bible