ACCC Youth Sunday School May 27, 2007 Flood Lesson: Not One of Us (Prejudice) Objective – This lesson is designed to help students recognize prejudice in its various forms and assist them in turning from prejudice to valuing and loving everyone the way God intended. This is the second to last lesson for the Flood (Vol1) curriculum, so start thinking about whether we should use the other volumes or move towards something else. Supplies – TV, laptop, DVD, whiteboard markers 1. Large group Intro to lesson – Pick Your Friends illustration Segue into video clip – Michael and his youth group Closing remarks Split into small groups 2. Small groups Introductions and icebreaking as necessary Discussion questions o What exactly is prejudice? What are some examples of prejudice that you have experienced, seen, or committed? Prejudice is a preconceived judgment without just grounds (Merriam Webster). Obviously everyone has different experiences, so allow students to share if they feel so inclined. Assuming every Muslim you meet is an extremist and terrorist would be one example of prejudice. But it need not be nearly so controversial. Oftentimes we judge a whole person based solely on appearance, academic achievement, or athleticism. Then we associate only with the ones we have favorably prejudged (ie the cool people). Some people make fun of those who are better or worse off out of jealousy or pride. All of these are examples of prejudice in action. o Put yourself in Mike’s shoes for a few minutes? Can you imagine what it would be like to have both bipolar and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders? How would you be treated at school? At church? What kinds of feelings would you have if you knew people looked at you in this light? Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depressive) involves cyclic stages of mania and depression. Individuals with bipolar disorder feel lonely, sad, depressed, and can have trouble with social skills, sleeping, and other things we take for granted. ADHD involves severe forgetfulness and distractability. Honestly consider what his life is like; many times we fail to see things from others’ perspective and make quick judgments based on cursory observations and considerations. o Mike’s youth group had a difficult time accepting him at first. Why do you think that happened? What can we learn from their experience? It’s so much easier to relate to those people with whom we naturally get along or have things in common. Mike was very different from the “average” youth grouper at his church, but his friends saw the higher calling from God to befriend Mike even though he had special needs. They had to be open and honest with each other; it wasn’t just one person, but several people who befriended Mike and cared for him. It certainly wasn’t easy or safe, but they took the risk and trusted God. We can do the same. o Read Psalm 8:3-6 and 139:13-16. What is the value of a human life? These verses explain that each and every person was uniquely created by God, Who takes delight in all of His children. His creativity and glory are reflected in human diversity! o When we look at others around us, what do we see? Is it just a person’s body, friends, or possessions (car, cellphone, etc.)? Or is there more? See 1 Samuel 16:7 The world tries to tell us that physical is all that exists, all that matters. “People will be impressed with your thin (or muscular) body, your degree from such and such school, etc.” But God is looking at our hearts. Do we value the temporal or the eternal (Jas. 2:1-5)? Are we conforming to the world’s ways or being transformed by Christ (Rom. 12:2)? o (Feel free to drive this point home however you want) Here’s a fill in the blank from the Bible: “Love your _______ neighbor as yourself.” Obviously the blank is blank! But sometimes we narrow that down and fill it in with words like nice, Christian, Asian, generous, cool, rich, popular, etc. The point of that verse is that we are actually to go and be neighbors to people who need neighbors. God doesn’t bring people across our paths so that we can judge them, rather, He wants us to pray for and care for them. We don’t have to like them every bit as much as we like those we have a lot in common with, but we do have to love them. o The all important question(s) is(are) last: “SO WHAT?” How does this apply to me? (Essentially summary and application) There are several applications of this lesson. While we may not know people with ADHD or bipolar disorder, our sinful nature will always lead us towards prejudice, starting with small things like avoiding certain people or poking fun at others. Instead of just seeing popularity and possessions, God wants us to view others through His eyes and then do something about it. 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' People in our schools and churches might not need food or clothes as much as emotional and social support. So reach out, take risks, and share the love of Christ! Closing and Application o Summarize the key points. o Collect prayer requests from the small group and close in prayer. Please try to end on time! o Dismissed!
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