Scripture: 1 Peter; 2 Peter
Introductory Activity – On the Ball
- On a beach ball, print words like these: school; church; friends; bully; sister; brother; parents; teachers; playground; karate class; gym; art room; ball field; movie theater; neighbor; backyard; classroom.
Lead kids to form a circle. Start tossing the ball back and forth around the circle. Say, “Stop!” The child holding the ball looks at the word closest to his right thumb. He can tell if it is easy or hard to do the right thing in that place or to that person. Tell the kids that today’s Bible study will help them think about how to do the right things.
Live It Out – Reminder Books
- Gather large blank index cards, stamp pads, shape stamps, glue, and small stacks of sticky notes.
Complete the activities on the Activity Page. Read the Life Point and Life Verse. Tell the kids they can make reminder books about ways to live as Jesus did. Give each child an index card; she can use the stamps and stamp pads to decorate one side of the index card. Guide the child to fold the index card in half (short ends together) and open up the card again. Give the child a small stack of sticky notes. She can glue the back of the notes to the blank side of the index card below the fold; then she can fold the card back over the notes to make the book. Tell kids that they can think of ways to live as Jesus did and print ideas on the sticky notes, one idea per note. Remind kids to use the books during the week to remind themselves how to show love as Jesus did.
Introductory Activity – Find It Fast!
Group preteens into groups of 3-6. Each group should have at least one Bible. Call out, 2 Peter” and the teams can race to find the Bible book. Call out, “Romans 1:16” and teams can find that verse. Call out other Bible books or verses for teams to find. Comment that the Bible helps us know how Jesus lived and how we can live as followers of Jesus.
Live It Out – Surprise Prop Dramas
- Gather a box of various items such as a pencil, flashlight, cell phone, cereal box, ball cap, t-shirt, notebook.
Review “The ABCs of Becoming a Christian.” Comment that followers of Christ have the Holy Spirit to help guide them in how to live. Tell preteens that the Holy Spirit works in the everyday lives of Christians to help them live as followers of Jesus. Form small groups of kids. Lead each group to choose a prop from the box and discuss a situation that involves that object. Groups can create a short drama using the object and show how a Christian can live as a follower of Jesus in the situation. After the dramas, encourage preteens to watch for situations in their own lives this week. If they are Christians, they can respond in ways that reflect their commitment to Christ. Pray and ask God to use the Holy Spirit in the preteens’ lives this week.