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Viva: I AM

Viva is a series of short, downloadable, curriculum resources. Whether you are looking for a last minute lesson plan or  ideas to add into your teaching, Viva is designed for youth workers leading the revolution.


Viva — I AM

In this Viva! series, your students will catch a glimpse of how big God really is and how Jesus reflects that size in his life on earth. In Exodus God answers a question from Moses about who he is. He says, “I AM” as the answer. God is bigger than any word could possibly describe. Later, Jesus answers the same question over and over again in parables starting with I AM. Using these I AM statements reflects back to that exodus encounter starting with I am the bread of life sent down from heaven. This Viva! series will help your students connect the Old Testament and the New Testament in new ways as Jesus continually names himself following Old Testament passages.

Session 1: The Name of God

Session 2: The Bread of Life

Session 3: The Good Shepherd

Session 4: The True Vine


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How to Use Viva

We wrote this curriculum for those of us who might have been given a last minute assignment to lead a group. If you can put your hands on the supplies you should be able to walk in and teach this lesson with minimal prep. But you don’t have to wait to the last minute either. All groups benefit from preparation. So take some time, if you have it, to read through the lesson before you meet.

Each of these lessons can be led in different ways. Please be sensitive to your group. You might have a group that really wants to dig into an idea, or you might have a group that just needs to hear the basic truth. You get to decide that as you meet.

Finally, please feel free to discard any of this content to stay in your group’s context. The best curriculum for your group is you, caring for them as they get to know God.

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