Shocking and Scandalous Stories from the Bible will get your middle school/ junior high students to take a close look at moral and ethical issues that were relevant in Bible times and still are today. These include things like step-family relationships, broken trust, dating, hate crimes, illicit sex, alcohol abuse, and more. These Bible stories are not about model choices and feel-good-moments; instead, most of them are about the bad decisions people make. The discussion-based lessons showcase the "me-first" attitude that got many Bible Characters into trouble.
Your students will discover tools they need to make better choices— godly choices—when they face PG-13-level challenges in their own lives.
13 lessons with leader directions, time charts, options, handouts, icebreakers, dramas, teen mentoring methods, activities, etc. and an interactive DVD. Unique methods to move beyond the typical "listen-to-a-leader-talk" approach to middle school youth meetings or Sunday school.
Shocking and Scandalous Stories from the Bible draws middle schoolers into Bible events that will have them asking, "Is that really in the Bible?" The 13 sessions will arrest their attention and get them to dig into issues that have been around since Bible timesthe same kinds of issues your students are facing:
• dating dilemmas
• dysfunctional stepfamily relationships
• hate crimes
• illicit sex
• alcohol abuse
• and more!
Use Shocking and Scandalous Stories from the Bible to empower students to make God-honoring choices when they face PG-13 challenges!
Director's Commentarycatch the key ideas of the lesson and the background of the Bible story
Interactive DVDshow a clip that speaks your teens' language and gets them talking
Previewuse a drama, role play, icebreaker game, or hands-on project to lead into lively discussion of a modern-day dilemma that echoes the Bible story
Feature Presentationhave your students read and discuss Scripture using the "Outtakes" handout and your personalized group journal to examine the tough choices people made and the consequences they faced
Critic's Cornerwrap up by reinforcing the POV (point of view) through deep discussion, a fun team-building activity, and prayer
Together, Mary Grace Becker and Susan Martins Miller have more than twenty years of experience developing products for church ministry. They first collaborated on a developmentally based three-year curriculum that launched in 2001. Since that time Mary Grace and Susan have worked together to shape and edit the work of many other writers of materials for ministry to children and youth, including the Acquire The Fire magazine curriculum. Their award-winning programs have been used in an estimated 3,500 churches.
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