For football fans, tomorrow is the big day. Super Bowl 2012 is just around the corner. Now my knowledge of football is minimal, although I have been attending football games in support of various family members for years. But as a Sunday School teacher, I didn’t want to pass up this opportunity for a great object lesson.
Every Super Bowl consists of the following:
Although there are many football teams, only two teams make it on the field. It’s much the same way in life. The world is filled with all kinds of people but ultimately we are either a part of God’s team or Satan’s. Just as Joshua advised the Israelites to choose whom they would serve, we each have a choice to make.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
Any good cheerleader knows how to pump up the crowd and show spirit for their team. Cheerleaders are encouragers. In the game of life, youth have their own peers that are either encouraging them in positive or negative ways. Ask youth to examine their friends to see whose team their friends have been rooting for.
Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (The Message)
A quick search revealed that approximately 151.6 million people will be watching the Super Bowl. Now that is a lot of eyes on one event. Now in the course of our lives, it’s unlikely that we will have that many eyes peering at as but we can be assured that other’s are watching. Like it or not. Believe or not. Your life speaks to others. The question is what is yours saying to others.
During the game, the players are not eating but nutrition plays a part in their being able to play an effective game. In the same way, what we consume with our eyes and ears has impact on our spiritual lives. With TV and internet there is a smorgasbord of information to digest but not all of us beneficial for proper growth.
Everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible, but not everything builds up 1 Corinthians 10:23 (ISV)
Team T(s): I have a mixed group of students so for my younger students, cut out t-shirt shapes from white cardboard or easel pad. Kids can decorate their t-shirts to show they are a part of God’s team.
Commercial Zone: Older students can work together in teams to create a 30 sec script for their own commercial about choosing the right team. For the cheerleader in my group, I’ll offer the option of creating a cheer that relates to being on God’s team.
Looking for other Super Bowl Sunday School ideas, check out these resources:
God’s Team-Winning Team
Super Bowl Sunday
Proverbs 20:11 Super Bowl Lesson for Children
Do you have an idea to enhance this lesson? Can you think of a good scripture reference which relates to the section on fans? If so please share. Have a great weekend and I hope your team wins tomorrow.
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