Scripture: James, I, 2 and 3 John, Jude
- Students will learn James (the brother of Jesus), John (the Apostle) and Jude (the brother of Jesus) wrote letters to encourage Christians to lead a godly life.
- Students will learn these letters contain advice God inspired the writers to give on living a Christian life.
- Students will learn God wants us to follow the advice contained in these books on how to live a Christian life.
- Students will learn how to write a letter.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to write letters?
Materials: Paper, pencils
Procedure: Review the main ideas found in James, 1, 2, 3 John, and Jude. Explain how these letters were used to encourage Christians to lead a godly life no matter what. Tell the students some of the advice given to Christians in these letters and ask students how this advice/encouragement could be used in their own life. Explain God wants us to follow this advice and seek advice from the Word and through prayer.
Introduce the activity. Ask the students if they have ever written letters before and allow students to share. Explain that writing letters is different than writing a story. Help the students create an outline for writing a letter: including “dear _____”, a greet, body, closing, and signature “sincerely, ______”. Once students have the outline, they can practice writing a letter to someone they know.
Additional Questions: How can students revise letters?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create an outline of a letter and write letters to their friends in class. Have students work together to edit their letters and make sure they included all the correct components.