Jesus is All Sunday School Lesson Activity



Into the Lesson
As class members enter the room, blindfold each of them and tell them not to remove their blindfolds until asked to do so. Say that this experience is a part of today’s lesson. Tell class members to find a place to sit (have a helper ready to assist with this) and to feel free to visit with the people around them.
While the students remain blindfolded, tell them that bolls darkness and blindness bring special challenges and dangers. Ask, “What has your experience of being blindfolded been like? Tell us what has happened to you.” Also ask, “What are some of the dangers of not being able to see?”
Have students remove their blindfolds. Make the transition to Bible study saying, “The con-‘vast between darkness and light is not only something that relates to seeing. In the Bible,…darkness and light are often metaphors for sin and righteousness. The phrase ‘walking in the light’ has its roots in Scripture and is the core of-relay’s study.”
Into the Word
Before class begins hang four signs from the ceiling. Each sign will have one of the following headings: Appreciating Jesus; Rich Fellowship; Light and Darkness: Walking Like Jesus.
Begin the Bible study by reading the printed text. Tell the class that this text will be explored by looking at key phrases (these key phrases are also included in the student book). Ask class members to divide into study groups by standing underneath one of the signs hanging from the ceiling. Give each study group one set of the following printed instructions:
Group #1: Appreciating Jesus. Your task is to look at the following phrases from our text and to explain the significance of each. Be sure to
read the entire text to glean information that will be helpful. Be prepared to share your conclusions with the class. The phrases are That which was from the beginning (1 John 1:1) and The Word of life (1 John 1:1, 2).
Group #2: Rich Fellowship. Your task is to look at the following phrases from our text and to explain the significance of each. Be sure to read the entire text to glean information that will be helpful. Be prepared to share your conclusions with the class. The phrases are Fellowship with us . . . with the Father . . . with his Son(1 John 1:3) and Your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).Group #3: Light and Darkness. Your task is to look at the following phrases from our text and to explain the significance of each. Be sure to read the entire text to glean information that will be helpful. Be prepared to share your conclusions with the class. The phrases are God is light, and in him is no darkness (1 John 1:5) and Walk in the light (1 John 1:7).
Group #4: Walking Like Jesus. Your task is to look at the following phrases from our text and to explain the significance of each. Be sure to read the entire text to glean information that will be helpful. Be prepared to share your conclusions with the class. The phrases are Propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:1, 2) and Ought himself also so to walk (1 John 2:3-6).
Alternative activity. Prepare eight posters, each featuring one of the eight key phrases from the above group assignments. Affix the signs to the wall before you lead a discussion of each phrase in turn.
Into Life
Prepare cloth ribbons to be used as wrist-bands. Use adhesive-backed hook-and-loop dots for fastening the wristbands. Also have numerous cloth markers available. Tell the class that today’s text reminds us of the WWJD? (“What Would Jesus Do?”) phenomenon. Have class members assemble their wristbands and write on them: “WWJD? Walk in the light!” Ask class members to wear their wristbands for the weeks reminders to walk faithfully and enjoy the light that God brings to life. (If you think your class members will resist wearing wristbands, make bookmarks instead.)