Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SonWorld Adventure Park VBS Day 3 Teaching Tips

School is out and summer is here and that means it’s time for Vacation Bible School!

Here are some great lesson tips to super charge your Gospel Light SonWorld Adventure Park VBS! These ideas are for middler and preteen students and are intended to supplement the lesson plans in the Gospel Light Bible Story Center Guides.

Living in small town rural America, our Congregational Church joined with our neighbors at the United Methodist Church. We had 60 kids evenly divided into three groups—Pre-K to K, 1-3rd grade, and 4-6th grade—and shuffled them between 7 stations.

Day 3 Lesson
The Paralyzed Man

Day 3 Scripture
Mark 2:1-12

Day 3 Teaching Tips

Warm Up Activity
Get old bed blankets and pillows. Divide students into teams. With one student in the blanket and four students holding the corners, conduct a blanket race—with teams racing across the room to get pieces of the memory verse puzzle.

Give the Teachers of the Law some credit. After they heard Jesus say to the lame man, “Your sins are forgiven,” they were right to think, “Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Indeed, only God can forgive sin, but what these teachers don’t realize is that Jesus is God. As the Son of Man, he indeed has authority to forgive sin.

Play up the trap that Jesus willingly set for himself. It’s easy to say, “Your sins are forgiven.” Have the students repeat the phrase. Anyone can say that, but how does anyone know it’s true? Like air, God’s forgiveness is an invisible reality. Also, anyone can say, “Take your mat and walk.” Have students repeat that phrase. Anyone can say that, but making those words raise up a lame man, now that’s a whole different story! Jesus links his ability to forgive sin to his ability to heal the lame man. If he can’t heal the lame man, he can’t forgive sin. But if he can heal the lame man, he can forgive sin. When the lame man rises, everyone knows the unique authority Jesus has.

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