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The Look: Faithfulness pt4

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A 5-Part Rock Youth Mornings Series on the Fruit of the Spirit
WEEK FOUR: FAITHFULNESS
Take Home Idea: Jesus gives us the ultimate example of faithfulness when He remains ever faithful, even when we aren’t.
Main Verse:
1 Corinthians 1:9 NLT
God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Purpose: Why are we teaching this? So teens would…
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8:1,38-39; ; ; ; ; ; ,; ,
Purpose: Why are we teaching this? So teens would…
(1) understand that God will never leave them or forsake them;
(2) act like a faithful friend and family member this week; and
(3) feel secure in their relationship with God.

STARTER Ballooning Teams.

You need two buckets and several round bal- loons. Ahead of time, blow up two of the balloons (keep the other balloons ready as standbys).
Option Ballooning Teams. You need two buckets and several round bal- loons. Ahead of time, blow up two of the balloons (keep the other balloons ready as standbys).
At the meeting, welcome students and divide them into two teams on op- posite ends of the room. Have teammates line up side by side; then select three people from each team as the players to begin the game. Give one of the three from each team a bucket and instruct him or her to stand at the end of the room opposite his or her team; then give a balloon to another of the three.
Ballooning Teams. You need two buckets and several round bal- loons. Ahead of time, blowup two of the balloons (keep the other balloons ready as standbys).
Tell the students that when you say “Go,” the two from each team without the bucket must volley a balloon back and forth until they can get it into the bucket. Here’s the catch: They cannot carry the balloon, and neither can hit it two times in a row. The bucket holder may move the bucket to make it easier to catch the balloon, but must continue to stand in the same spot at all times.
Every time the balloon is successfully caught in the bucket, the volleying players must run the balloon back to the starting line. The next person in line joins the volleying, and the three of them now work to get the balloon into the bucket. With more people helping, it should increase the speed of the scoring, but life is sometimes full of surprises. Choose a designated amount of time for playing each round—one to two minutes works well. The goal is to have the most people in the game when the time is up and you give the signal to stop.
up two of the balloons (keep the other balloons ready as standbys).
After a few rounds, ask for a show of hands by people who didn’t get to play or played only briefly. Ask if anyone who played the game quite a bit noticed that there were others who weren’t playing as much. How do they think those students might have felt on the sidelines? (Answers may include left out, ignored or unimportant.) Then ask students who didn’t get to play or played only briefly how it felt to watch instead of play. Did they enjoy the game as much? (Probably not as much as if they had played more.)
Transition to the next step by explaining that just as it’s usually more fun to play a game than it is to watch, having a close friend or belonging to a group makes us feel good about ourselves. Today you’re going to look at what it means to be a faithful person, and what that looks like in our relationships with one another and God. The Bible has a lot to say about how we can be faithful to God and others.
At the meeting, welcome students and divide them into two teams on op- posite ends of the room.

MESSAGE // The Buddy Movie

1 Corinthians 1:9 NLT
God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Have teammates line up side by side; then select three people from each team as the players to begin
You need several Bibles, a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, a movie clip from The Sandlot.
You need several Bibles, a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, a movie clip from The Sandlot.
INTRO:
the game. Give one of the three from each team a bucket and instruct him or her to stand at the end
INTRO:
• What does a faithful friend look like?
• How does he or she act?
of the room opposite his or her team; then give a balloon to another of the three.
• What kinds of things does he or she say?
Tell the students that when you say “Go,” the two from each team without the bucket must volley a
VIDEO CLIP: Cue The Sandlot approximately 19 minutes from the opening graphic to the scene that shows one kid defending another who doesn’t know anything about baseball.
Did the the characters in the scene match any of your descriptions of a faithful friend?
Divide students into four groups and write the following information on the whiteboard (you may have to erase what you’ve already written to make room):
balloon back and forth until they can get it into the bucket. Here’s the catch: They cannot carry the

ONE\\ A true friend is loyal

Proverbs 17:17 NLT
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
Proverbs 18:24 NLT
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
balloon, and neither can hit it two times in a row. The bucket holder may move the bucket to make it
;
Loyalty is a huge role in a friendship.
DEFINITION: Loyalty means sticking with a friend in difficult times, committing to do what is BEST for them!
Loyalty means that when you disagree, you don’t start trashing them to others.
- Loyalty is a huge role in a friendship.
What does that look like?
easier to catch the balloon, but must continue to stand in the same spot at all times.
- What does that
Being honest, helping them in their need, making decisions that are the best (not easiest for them), tell them when they need to step up, sharing your faith with them, living a life of integrity,

TWO\\ A true friend has your back

Every time the balloon is successfully caught in the bucket, the volleying players must run the balloon
John 15:13 NLT
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
There till the end and will be there when you fall
That’s the measure of friendship - is how they are willing the give of themselves for another.
STORY: Ruth and her mother in law - Naomi. Ruth was willing to give her whole life to stay with and help Naomi.
A woman, Naomi, has two sons that got married. One of her daughters in law is a woman named Ruth. Naomi’s husband died… then shortly after, both sons die!
Naomi tells her DIL’s to leave and find new husbands because they’re young BUT, Ruth decides to stay with her! To take care of her!
They end up heading back to Naomi’s homeland, Israel, and there they help each other out, Naomi even helping her to find a new and loving husband.
back to the starting line. The next person in line joins the volleying, and the three of them now work

THREE\\ Jesus is the example of a True friend

1 John 3:16 NLT
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Jesus laid his life down for all of us.
to get the balloon into the bucket. With more people helping, it should increase the speed of the
He knew/decided we were worth His life
- He knew you were worth it
More than that, He was faithful when we were not!
He forgave when we did not deserve it.
Ask yourself, am I like Jesus in some of my friendships?
scoring, but life is sometimes full of surprises. Choose a designated amount of time for playing each

DIG // Table Leaders – Robert’s Journal

Read the journal entry below written by an eighth- grader named Robert; then divide students into small groups to discuss the questions, or conduct a whole-group discussion.
round—one to two minutes works well. The goal is to have the most people in the game when the
Monday-
Today was the worst. I hate school. I hate my friends. I hate my family. I hate my life. My dog is okay, but everything else stinks.
I can’t stand the way Derek pretends to be my friend. As long as I save a seat for him at lunch or give him free movie passes from my dad’s job or say nice things about him to Jessica, he’s my friend. But those are the only times he cares about me.
time is up and you give the signal to stop.
My mom says she loves me, but she wouldn’t buy that new shirt I wanted, and she never lets me stay out late. Everyone else’s parents let them stay out late.
God, why are You letting all of this happen to me? Don’t You care? I know You said You’d never leave me, but sometimes I wonder. If You love me, why do You let all this junk happen to me? Actually, do You even love me? Maybe You’ve forgotten about me. Is it because of that fight I got into with my dad? I’m so messed up. I want to say I hate You too, but that scares me.
After a few rounds, ask for a show of hands by people who didn’t get to play or played only briefly.
Please help.
Discuss the following questions:
Ask if anyone who played the game quite a bit no- ticed that there were others who weren’t playing
· What would you say to Robert?
as much. How do they think those students might have felt on the sidelines? (Answers may include
· What would God say to him?
· Have you ever felt like Robert feels?
left out, ignored or unimportant.) Then ask students who didn’t get to play or played only briefly how
o What did you do?
(Students’ answers will vary—be sure to validate those willing to share their experiences.)
· Looking back, what do you wish you had done differently in that particular situation?
it felt to watch instead of play. Did they enjoy the game as much? (Probably not as much as if they

APPLY

Ways to Stay Faithful.
You need a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, paper and pens or pencils.
had played more.)
ASK: Students to brainstorm at least 10 reasons why it is sometimes difficult to be faithful to God and others.
Transition to the next step by explaining that just as it’s usually more fun to play a game than it is to
Write responses on the whiteboard, and then divide students into groups of four to six and distribute paper and pens or pencils. Instruct groups to each choose five reasons from the whiteboard that they believe to be the most difficult; write them down and number them in or- der of difficulty (with 1 representing the most difficult and 5 the least).
MAKE A LIST: Allow a couple of minutes for groups to write down their top-five lists; then ask each group to share its top three. Have students share within their small groups how these difficulties might be overcome, making it possible to remain faithful to God and others. Invite group members to exchange names and phone numbers and to keep in touch during the upcoming week to encourage each other to remain faithful.
PRAY: Have group members pray for one another by name; then finish in prayer with the whole group, thanking God for His endless faithfulness to us and asking Him to help students to remain faithful in their walks with Him.
watch, having a close friend or belonging to a group makes us feel good about ourselves. Today
you’re going to look at what it means to be a faithful person, and what that looks like in our
relationships with one another and God. The Bible has a lot to say about how we can be faithful to
God and others.
MESSAGE // The Buddy Movie 

You need several Bibles, a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, a movie clip from The Sandlot.
Cue it as follows: 
Cue The Sandlot approximately 19 minutes from the opening graphic to the scene
that shows one kid defending another who doesn’t know anything about baseball. 

INTRO:
• What does a faithful friend look like?

• How does he or she act?

• What kinds of things does he or she say?
VIDEO CLIP
Did the the characters in the scene match any of your descriptions of a faithful friend?
Divide students into four groups and write the following information on the whiteboard (you may
have to erase what you’ve already written to make room):
ONE\\ A true friend is loyal
;
- Loyalty is a huge role in a friendship.
-
TWO\\ A true friend has your back
- There till the end and will be there when you fall
THREE\\ Jesus is the example of a True friend
- Jesus laid his life down for all of us
- He knew you were worth it
DIG // Table Leaders – Robert’s Journal
Read the journal entry below written by an eighth- grader named Robert; then divide students into
small groups to discuss the questions, or conduct a whole-group discussion.
Monday-
Today was the worst. I hate school. I hate my friends. I hate my family. I hate my life. My dog
is okay, but everything else stinks.
I can’t stand the way Derek pretends to be my friend. As long as I save a seat for him at lunch
or give him free movie passes from my dad’s job or say nice things about him to Jessica, he’s
my friend. But those are the only times he cares about me.
My mom says she loves me, but she wouldn’t buy that new shirt I wanted, and she never lets
me stay out late. Everyone else’s parents let them stay out late.
God, why are You letting all of this happen to me? Don’t You care? I know You said You’d
never leave me, but sometimes I wonder. If You love me, why do You let all this junk happen
to me? Actually, do You even love me? Maybe You’ve forgotten about me. Is it because of
that fight I got into with my dad? I’m so messed up. I want to say I hate You too, but that
scares me.
Please help.

Discuss the following questions:
 What would you say to Robert? 

 What would God say to him? 

 Have you ever felt like Robert feels? 

o What did you do? (Students’ answers will vary—be sure to validate those willing to share
their experiences.) 

 Looking back, what do you wish you had done differently in that 
particular situation?
APPLY
Ways to Stay Faithful.
You need a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, paper and pens or pencils.
Ask students to brainstorm at least 10 reasons why it is sometimes difficult to be faithful to God and
others.
Write responses on the whiteboard, and then divide students into groups of four to six and distribute
paper and pens or pencils. Instruct groups to each choose five reasons from the whiteboard that they
believe to be the most difficult; write them down and number them in or- der of difficulty (with 1
representing the most difficult and 5 the least).
Allow a couple of minutes for groups to write down their top-five lists; then ask each group to share
its top three. Have students share within their small groups how these difficulties might be overcome,
making it possible to remain faithful to God and others. Invite group members to exchange names
and phone numbers and to keep in touch during the upcoming week to encourage each other to
remain faithful.
Have group members pray for one another by name; then finish in prayer with the whole group,
thanking God for His endless faithfulness to us and asking Him to help students to remain faithful in
their walks with Him.
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