Overcome Evil with God
- Some materials in this lesson were taken from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/come-follow-me/primary?lang=eng.
- They were then arranged conveniently for printing. The “Come Follow Me” program is about self-learning and teaching.
This Weeks lesson in the CFM manual had many wonderful ideas. I almost didn’t feel the need to prepare my own. I would check those out, though I did think of one I really like
1) Start Off With a Review of Last Week
Something I haven’t explored very much is reviewing what the class remembers from the week before. This idea starts the class with a review, and can be used for any lesson.
Step 1: Ask the children to remember what you taught last week by drawing keywords on the board. If they remember the lesson was on Paul, they can write Paul on the chalkboard. Another may remember prison or letters.
Step 2: Draw a line to each of the key words and describe how they connect with each other. Or you can have the kids give it a try. I’ll explain below why I connected the words the way I did.
In last weeks lesson, the prophet Paul was treated badly by many people. They wanted to hurt and prevent him from teaching the gospel. The Romans are in charge of the law, so the Jews sent Paul to Rome. He was in prison several times. Because he was in Rome, away from the church, he taught the saints from prison and in far off places through letters. He wrote that to be baptized is to walk in newness of life.
2) Give Handouts to Take Home for Personal Study
This is my second idea to help class members remember what you teach, but also take home for personal study or reflection. This idea can be used for any lesson.
Hand out templates of the card below and let the children write down impressions they get from the lesson. Perhaps they learn something new for the first time. Or have an inspirational thought they never had before?
This is an example of how I would use the card. *This card is not needed nor does the idea have to be so fancy.
3) Heirs of God
“It is God’s Will”. When reading that phrase it made me think of the legal document of a Will. When relatives leave us, they also leave with us their accomplishments and possessions. An “heir” is someone who inherits, or receives, what his or her parents have. What would our Heavenly Father leave us? What God wants for us is plainly spoken of in Romans 8:16-18.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
4) My Heavenly Father loves me
This is my favorite idea this week! The scriptures are full of endearing words from our Heavenly Father that show that He loves us. Share the following scriptures, that are part of the download:
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
19 We Love him, because he first loved us.
If you have class outside, feel the warmth of the sun on your back. How is that warmth like Heavenly Father’s love? Hand out the cut-outs of enduring words and discuss them.
Love one another; as I have loved you – John 13:34
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends – John 15:13
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you – Matthew 7:7
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” – John 14:27
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
For I the lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. – Isaiah 41:13
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. – Matthew 28:20
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45
Read and discuss these loving words that come from our Heavenly Father in the Scriptures.
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