Paul's letters to the church of Corinth are found in these two books of the New Testament. Paul wrote to the people of Corinth twice, because he was unable to visit them again, and out of deep love for them, wanted them to change the way they were living. Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life's most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the gospel.
2 Corinthians Activities
Power in Weakness (2 Corinthians 12:2-10)
Memory verse game
What you need:
2 Corinthians 12:9 bible verse printed out in words, with some images. There are several different versions of this reading, depending on your favourite bible translation:
What you can say:
Today we are thinking about a reading from Corinthians - this is a letter Paul wrote after Jesus had left earth. Paul was a great leader, preacher and a man of God. However, even he had his troubles and he gives us lots of ideas of how to live a good Christian life. It is an interesting snippet from his letter - who wants to read it out?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (You can change this depending on your favourite translation, or one that you think would be better for your kids)
From this Bible reading, there is one important, very important thing I want you to take away - to remember when life is difficult, or you feel you can’t do something, God is strong. God's grace -- his love, his kindness, his forgiveness -- is enough. Its all we need.
Guiness Book of Records
Today we are going to find out who is the weakest and who is the strongest.
Here is the test, you have to hold out these two (bottles of pop or cans of food, something fairly heavy so that it doesn’t take too long if everyone has a go! Maybe bring cans too in case the bottles of pop are too heavy :-)
Time all those who have a go (write up their times on the white board).
You could look at the Guinness Book of records for some facts about the strongest people in the world
Salt Dough - Weak, To Strong.
This Salt dough craft will take some time to make, so you might like to start your session with this activity, or bake it after the session and have the pieces ready for the following week.
You will need:
Why cornflour slime?!
This activity helps kids play with the idea of strength and weakness. The unusual slime can be both strong and weak!
You will need:
What you can do:
Put the cornflour in a bowl, along with a couple of drops of food colouring. Add the water in slowly, stirring gently to combine the solution. You can pour this into a tray for children to play with.
The cornflour slime will remain a solid when pressure is applied (punch, or push firmly), but also be weak when you handle it gently.
You can watch some instructions in the youtube link
Here are some resources for leaders, who are looking for context and background information to share about the letters to the Corinthians