Topic: The End
The "Big" Idea: The end should motivate us to talk to others about Jesus.
Student Involvement: We had kids greeting, working the cafe, working the tech room, playing on the worship team, and passing out Bibles.
Fun Stuff: Dodgeball in the gym!
Lesson Review: We wrapped up our "The End" series by looking at the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. We started with a video clip from Deep Impact that shows an asteroid hitting the earth. We reviewed a bit and then tackled the last 3 1/2 years. We talked about the 2 Witnesses, the "assassination" and the perceived coming back to life of the anti-Christ, the "Mark of the Beast," the "Bowl" judgments, Armageddon, the Second Coming, and the 1000 Year Reign. It was a TON of info, but was really well received. The big idea that I tried to drive home was that all of this stuff is cool to talk about, but it really should motivate us to ask 2 questions: Are we ready? And, which of our friends to we need to make sure are ready? It was a good way to close out our series.
Personal Reflections: This was a great series and one that really stirred a ton of interest with our kids. I had one girl ask me before axis, "So, how are you going to scare us tonight?" I have also had a ton of kids just coming up to me asking questions, which is really cool. I also received two really cool texts from kids. One said that she is in choir at school and they are singing a song based off of Revelation (strange choice of songs :) but anyway, a friend of hers was asking a bunch of questions and she said that because of what we've been talking about on Wednesdays, she was able to answer a lot of her questions. She then invited her to axis and she is coming next Wednesday. I also received another text from a student who said they have really enjoyed the series and are actually trying to read through Revelation ... even thought it's really hard to understand!
I also thought it was our best use of videos that we have EVER done during lessons. I purposely tried to go "media heavy" with this and it really seemed to work with the kids. They loved the videos we used and it broke up our lessons very well.