Lesson 9: October 30, 2016
Be Like Jesus: Hebrews 12:1-13
Teaching Strategy: In advance, enlist someone from your congregation who competes or participates in an athletic event to talk to your group about the preparation and training he or she must make for the event. If possible, the guest should provide several artifacts related to a recent event (marathon, triathalon, soccer championship, swim meet, etc). “Artifacts” might include: branded T-shirts, specialty shoes, race bibs, bike, ball, weights, phone apps, training calendar, etc. What obstacles or challenges did he or she face during the preparation stage? During the event itself? What other people were important in the training process and in seeing the event through to completion? (e.g. coaches, teammates, family)
After hearing the presentation of your invited guest, lead a discussion about faith. In the spirit of Hebrews 12, work as a group to list some of the ways that preparing for and competing in an athletic event is like growing in faith. a) Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, b) looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, c) who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, d) disregarding its shame, e) and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Here are some links to sites that may be useful if you are not able to recruit someone to speak to your group:
- Athlete Janie Shepherd was rendered a partial paraplegic when she was hit by a truck during an Olympic training bike ride. Doctors didn’t expect her to recover. But she not only learned to walk again — she learned to fly.
- Tour de France
- Best Olympic moments in Track and Field history
Fall 2016 Theme: The Sovereignty of God
Lesson 9, Unifying Principle: People are looking for someone to help them endure life’s trials and temptations. Is there anyone who can show them how to endure? Because Jesus endured suffering and death, he is the model for disciples who choose to follow him faithfully.
Posted on: October 25, 2016, by : Tammy Wiens