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Viva: Psalms


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Viva — Psalms

Week 1: Wrestling with Relevance

Many students have a difficult time believing that the Bible has much to say that is truly relevant to their lives. Even more students have a difficult time believing they are capable of deciphering and applying anything of significance from the Bible on their own. In this Viva! series, and this lesson in particular, your students will have a chance to actively explore, apply, and learn from many different poems and songs found in the Psalms to their current faith journey.

Week 2: Wrestling with Lament

If we’re honest with ourselves, and with our students, this faith thing can be a bit of a roller coaster. An active faith doesn’t disqualify us from the whiplash that can come from experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in life. This lesson will specifically look at a psalm of praise and a psalm of lament to convey that truth, and the truth that God remains faithful, as your students continue to interpret scripture through these songs found in the Psalms.

Week 3: Wrestling with Justice

It’s possible that we’ve heard, or even said it ourselves, that we “can say whatever we want to toward God. He can handle it!” But can we really say anything to God? What if our statement or request is, well, shocking and ugly- is there a place for that in our faith? In this lesson your students will use Psalm 137 to look at a shocking section of the Bible and see how, or if, it can guide our communication toward God.

Week 4: Wrestling with Prayer

Who is allowed to pray and what are we allowed to pray for?  Is there a right way to pray? Is there a wrong way? In this lesson your students will have a chance to use the Psalms as a model for prayer. They will look at what it means to honestly and freely come before God with their thoughts, praises, sadness and expectations and allow them to write their own prayer in the style of the psalms.

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.

About Viva

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.

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