[As this lessons begins, remind participants that everyone will be in a different place spiritually; therefore, as discussion is shared, encourage them to offer each other mercy and grace; especially during vulnerable moments or times of weakness. Our goal is never to fix anyone, but instead to listen and offer support when needed. Personal discussion, unless otherwise noted, should always remain confidential.]
Take Away: I’m not ordinary, but extraordinary, because I serve an extraordinary God
Scripture: As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists. Then he found the jawbone of a recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with it (Judges 15:14-15 NLT).
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hand (Judges 16:28-29 NLT).
Lesson: Give a brief synopsis of the story of Samson.
*Explain, “Ultimately Samson was a simple man just like you and me, but because God was with him, he became extraordinary. God chose Samson, and He chose you too.”
*Ask participants to open their Bibles to 1 Peter 1:2. Ask if anyone is willing to read the Scripture aloud.
You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people… (1 Peter 1:2 GNT).
*“You may not feel as strong as Samson, but Paul reminds us that when we are weak, we have the ability to rely on God’s perfect strength.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
*Ask participants this question: “How has God been extraordinary in your life? How has He personally revealed His extraordinary power to you?”
*“When we choose to rely on God’s extraordinary strength, we become extraordinary.”
*Focus on one particular area of our created being. In this case, we will examine a life size diagram of the human body. This specific poster details every muscle naturally found inside our body.
*“Not only do we have a physical body, full of muscles, as this poster reveals, but let’s not forget that we also have organs, bones, tendons, and soft tissue. This diagram only shows our physical body, but remember we also have a spirit and a soul. We are extraordinary indeed!”
*Break this concept down even further: “Let’s examine one aspect of this diagram.” Focus on the hands. Read the 18 Amazing Facts About Human Hands article. This can be found by visiting this link: http://www.deserthandtherapy.com/18-amazing-facts-about-human-hands/ I chose to discuss only 9 facts.
- There are 27 bones, 29 joints and at least 123 named ligaments in the human hand
- What sets our hands apart from other animals is our opposable thumbs—this means our thumbs and fingers can work together ( fun fact: koala bears also have opposable thumbs)
- Fingerprints are a completely unique DNA imprint that is different in every single human being. No two human beings in the world have similar fingerprints.
- Fingers don’t have muscles—tendons in our fingers are moved by the muscles of the forearm
- Your fingernails show your state of health—they can indicate problems such as mineral or vitamin deficiencies, liver trouble, thyroid or anemia.
- Our fingers are even more sensitive than the eyes—the fingertips have a large number of receptors responsible for sending messages to the brain.
- The vein on your ring finger is called Venna Amoris—it has a direct line with the human heart and is known as the vein of love. That’s why we wear an engagement ring on the left hand’s finger!
- Structurally, fingernails are actually modified hairs
- It takes up to 6 months for a fingernail to grow from root to tip
*Ask participants to open their Bible to Genesis 1:27. Ask for a volunteer to read this Scripture aloud. So God created human beings in his own image (NLT)…
*“If God created us in His own image, and if He is an extraordinary God, then what does that make us?”
*Incorporate the lesson from last week by reminding those who are present, “If God takes as much time detailing a seed, allowing it to become a beautiful flower, just like the seeds we planted last week, imagine how much more time He spent detailing you! That’s extraordinary!”
Activity: Play a guessing game, involving every person collaborating as a group. Give each person a piece of construction paper, a marker, and a pair of scissors. The object of this game is to guess what is created in the end! Instruct each person to draw a specific shape. In this particular game, participants will be creating a lamp plugged into an outlet, signifying us plugged into an extraordinary God or His power like Samson. Be mindful of the number of participants, and allow for each person to draw something that contributes to this specific analogy.
*For example, have one person draw an upside down bowl, making it large enough to fill the entire paper. This represents the lamp shade. Next, ask someone to draw a really big oval, representing the body of the lamp. Thirdly, ask someone to draw a long, skinny rectangle. This represents the lamp cord that will ultimately be plugged into the drawn outlet. Continue this method until everyone has something drawn, and then ask them to cut out their shapes. Make this game extra fun by not telling the participants what they are drawing or why. Only ask them to draw a simple shape without any explanation.
*When everyone has his or her shapes drawn and cut out, ask them to place them onto the table one at a time, describing where to exactly lay them so that it creates a lamp plugged into an outlet (They still do not know they are creating a lamp). When all the shapes are on the table, ask if they can figure out what it is and what it represents. This is the fun part!
*Ultimately, you are looking for the word, power, because when we are plugged into an extraordinary God, we become extraordinary too; like Samson!
*For the second activity, revisit the life size muscle diagram, focusing again on the hands. This time, ask if any lady would like a manicure, because it is time to decorate the extraordinary hands God gave us! Have lotion and a plentiful amount of colorful nail polish to choose from. Lotion each hand before painting fingernails. Have fun!