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Loveland, Colorado

Preteen Grapple Guide


Vol. 8 Summer
Copyright 2014 Group Publishing, Inc.

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Introduction to Grapple......................................................................................... 4

Why Cant I Sleep In?

Key Verse: Colossians 1:18

Lesson 1: Why Do I Have to Go?


Luke 4:14-16; Colossians 1:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25................................................ ...7

Lesson 2: Why Are There So Many Churches?


John 17:20-23; Romans 16:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 12:12-31............................ 15

Lesson 3: What Am I Supposed to Do at Church? Matthew 22:37-40;


28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:6-12; Ephesians 3:8-12; 4:11-13 ........................ 23
Lesson 4: Why Is Church So Long?
Psalm 100:1-3; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Timothy 2:8; 4:13........................ 31

Gods Enemies

Key Verse: Ephesians 6:13

Lesson 1: Whats Satan Trying to Do?


Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8-9............... .39

Lesson 2: Why Arent Other Religions Okay?


Matthew 7:13-23; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 John 5:1-12.............................. 47

Lesson 3: How Can So Many People Ignore God? 1 Samuel 3:1-11;


2 Chronicles 33:10-13; Job 33:14-18; 2 Corinthians 5:216:2; James 4:4-10.............. 55
Lesson 4: Why Dont All People Want God?
Numbers 16:1-11, 23-35; Joshua 24:14-18; Isaiah 53:1-8............................................ 63

Take a Risk

Key Verse: Zephaniah 3:17

Lesson 1: What if I Dont Like It?


Exodus 16:1-15; Deuteronomy 1:26-46; Psalm 116:1-8; Romans 8:28....................... 71

Lesson 2: What if I Fail? 1 Kings 8:44-51; Matthew 17:14-20;


26:31-35, 69-75; John 21:15-19; Philippians 3:12-14................................................... 79
Lesson 3: What if I Give Up?
1 Kings 19:1-13; Psalm 42; 2 Timothy 2:3-13................................................................ 87

Lesson 4: What if I Get Hurt?


Job 1:12-22; Psalms 23:1-4; 31:14-22; Jeremiah 29:11............................................... 95

Grapple Games ................................................................................................... 103

our preteens need more than the same old Bible lessons; they need Bible
depth. Grapple is specifically designed to get preteens grappling with tough
questions in meaningful ways so they understand and own their faith. Grapple
gets kids into the Biblelike no other curriculum can!

Introduction

Each week, kids follow the same schedule.

grapple schedule
5 minutes
10 -15 minutes
10 minutes
15 minutes
10 minutes
5 minutes

grapple community
grapple games
grapple time
grapple team time
grapple team reports
grapple prayer and dare

Please note that times are approximate and should be flexible to fit your small
groups needs.

Grapple Community: Kids enjoy snacks and friendship as they spend time getting to know each other. Have your kids choose the music to play during this
time. Then play a three-minute countdown, included on your Grapple DVD,
to let kids know how much time they have until Grapple Community is over.
You can also use the countdowns to wrap up an activity in the lesson.
Grapple Games: Kids vote for the games theyll play. Youve got a great selection of fun games to engage your preteens.
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Grapple Time: Grapple Time is the leader-led experience for your entire
group. Grapple Time involves everyone in making discoveries; the experience gives kids the desire to dig into the Bible for answers.
Grapple Team Time: Kids get into their Grapple Teams of six or fewer to dig
into the Bible with the reproducible Grapple Team Guide.

Grapple Team Reports: Teams vote on how they want to report what they
discovered during Grapple Team Time. Once teams are ready to report,
they get with other teams that chose the other style of reporting. They
then take turns reporting what they learned.
Grapple Prayer and Dare: Kids choose which prayer option theyd like to do.
After the session closes in prayer, give preteens the weekly Grapple Dare
to live out their faith during the coming week.

Introduction

Who leads a Grapple Team? If you have six or fewer kids, stay together
with you as the leader. If you have several Grapple Teams, try these ideas:
Facilitate all the teams by moving around from team to team, assign a
preteen to be the team leader, or recruit adults or teenagers to be team
leaders.

ALLERGY ALERT
This guide may contain activities that include food.
Be aware that some kids have food allergies that
can be dangerous. Know the kids in your group,
and consult with parents about allergies their kids
may have. Also be sure to carefully read food labels,
as hidden ingredients can cause allergy-related
problems.

BALLOON WARNING
This guide may contain activities that include
balloons. Be aware that children can choke or
suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult
supervision is required. Keep uninflated balloons
from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
Balloons may contain latex.
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