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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lesson: "Surviving the New School Year" (One Hit Wonder)

Here is a quick "one hit wonder" lesson. I taught it on a Sunday Morning, in between summer ending and the new youth group year starting.  I used it as a "Back to School Lesson", but it could easily translate into a "New Years" lesson, as well.  Hope it helps.  I did not create a download for it, just a quick easy outline and some suggested video clip illustrations using the movie "Castaway" with Tom Hanks.


- Opening Icebreaker Questions: (*find someone you haven't talked to yet) If you were stranded on a desert island, all by yourself, and you could only have one thing with you...what would it be?

- Opening Clip: Castaway: "opening the boxes, that floated ashore"

- Discussion Questions:
  * What are some of your favorite "survival shows" on TV?
  * What are the things you need to physically survive? (*see below)

- Lesson Outline:
Idea/Thought: The things you need to survive physically, the things you need to survive spiritually?
  •  Water
    • Clip: "trying to get something to drink from a coconut
    • Verse: John 4:11-14
  • Food
    • Clip: "trying to catch fish, and trying to eat a crab"
    • Verse: Matt. 4:1-4
  • Shelter
    • Clip: "going into the cave during the storm"
    • Verse: Ps. 46:1-7
  • Fire
    • Clip: "making fire"
    • Verse: Heb. 12:28-29
  • Clothes
    • Clip: "making shoes and stealing the dead pilots shoes"
    • Col. 3;14
- Closing Challenge: "Don't Just Survive - THRIVE This School Year...SPIRITUALLY!!"
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* Bonus: "Survival Shows":


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