Here is an introduction for the brave: how about re-creating the story of Ezekiel? I wouldn't worry so much with reproducing the exact details of the story, but why not act out the big picture? Come in with a box with "Jerusalem" [or, alternatively, your home town] on it. Bring in some rocks, maybe a baseball bat. Don't say a word. Just pummel the box with the rocks and baseball bat. Smash it to smithereens. If you really want to go all out, wear a costume--dress up like Ezekiel. After the box is totally smashed, sit down in silence. After a minute or two, ask, "This is what Ezekiel did in Jerusalem in Ezekiel 4. How do you think the it made the people of Jerusalem feel?"
As always, I try to provide more questions than you could answer in several hours. I have heard teachers teach these lessons and say, "Well, we need to move on; we need to cover the lesson." You don't need to cover this lesson. This lesson has no needs and will be perfectly happy if it is ignored. Your students however, are a needy bunch. One thing they need is a clear, biblical, [and balanced] view of God. In this lesson we will explore the wrathful side of God. God is not kitten. Seeing him that way will distort our relationship with him. Pick out the questions that seem to relate best to your class. Pause at any question that seems to strike a nerve with your group. Feel free to ignore the questions that don't connect. Move your students a step closer to living the disciple's life today.
1. Many believers know the stories of the Bible but they do not know the story of the Bible. We do well to spend a little time each week, especially when we are in the Old Testament, setting the context of the story in light of the big picture.
2. Major prophets.
3. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel.
4. You might play with this until everyone can say them. If you think you can do it without embarrassing people too much, you might call on individuals to say them.
5. Take your time on this one-- I would spend a good ten minutes getting the text firmly pictured in people's minds. Talk about each object lesson. Make sure everyone can see it in their mind. Discuss the meaning of each object lesson as it comes along.
6. Like any parent, God does not like to punish his children. This is the final warning. He is, in essence, saying, "Now listen kids, this is your last and final warning, if you do not behave, there will be major consequences." By the way, there is a lesson here for teachers. The best teaching is visual, interactive, dramatic. If you would teach well, make use of the visual, the interactive, and the dramatic.
7. I am following the International Sunday School Lesson Plan. One good source of quarterly teacher and student material for this is the Baptist Sunday School Board at 1 800 458 2772. They have a wide variety of helpful literature. One thing you can do to increase the level of learning of the people in your class is to encourage them to do some reading out side of class each week. This way, when you come together, your discussion will be more than a "pooling of ignorance."
8. If God is against us, who can be for us?
9. My opinion is that most believers think of God's love as far weaker than it is and God's wrath a lot weaker than it is. Most people, believer's included, see God as oh-too-bland.You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less. It is a basic book of encouragement for the building of Sunday School and Bible Study groups that can be greatly used of God to build great participation. The ideas are creative and exciting. I encourage you to give prayerful consideration to these significant pages. Every church can greatly benefit from reading You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less. It is a basic book of encouragement for the building of Sunday School and Bible Study groups that can be greatly used of God to build great participation. The ideas are creative and exciting. I encourage you to give prayerful consideration to these significant pages.">