Note to the Teacher:
This lesson creates space for the students to consider how Christ is building them up, how Christ is their foundation, and how Christ desires to be a part of building the church. The icebreaker is a fun challenge for the students to build a tower. The discussion is centered on the idea that Christ is our rock and is building us into what God had in mind- a “spiritual temple.” The activity re-engages the icebreaker activity in a different way and creates an opportunity for the students to work together to build one tower.
Items needed: rocks
Have the students get into small groups. Their task is to build a tower out of the rocks you have provided. Each round will have a different amount of time for them to build a tower. Between each round, they will need to deconstruct their tower and start again.
- First round: Set a timer for ten seconds; see how high students can build their towers.
- Second round: Set a timer for twenty seconds; see how high students can build their towers.
- Third round: Set the timer for a minute; see how high students can build their towers.
- Fourth round: Set the timer for two minutes. Tell students to build their tower as high as they can with one hand behind their backs.
- Does anyone know what they want to be when they grow up? If so, what/why?
- How do we become these things when we grow up?
- What do you think it means to “grow up in Christ”? Do you think we can tell how someone is growing up in their faith?
- Look at verse 5. Scripture tells us we are “being built like living stones into a spiritual temple.” What do you think this means? What if we are the only “church” that a person ever meets?
- How does God dwelling within us shape who we are? What messages do you hope God has written on your heart?
- Psalm 31:3, it says, “You are indeed my rock and my fortress.” Why would a “rock” be a good symbol for God?
- Looking back at 1 Peter 2:5, consider how you are allowing God to build you. How do you hope this will affect your future?
Activity and Discussion:
Have the students work together to build a tower out of all the rocks provided— one rock at a time. Every student is invited to get the chance to place a rock.
- What would it look like if we allowed God to build all of us up together?
- How can we be a rock in our community?
- How can we be a rock for one another?
- Rocks (enough for multiple towers and at least one per student)