Scripture: Genesis 3-4
- Students will review the details of the Fall and the story of Cain and Abel
- Students will learn God punished Cain for choosing murder to resolve his conflict with Abel
- Students will learn disagreeing with someone is not necessarily wrong, it is how you behave during the conflict that can become sinful
- Students will learn there are godly and ungodly ways of handling conflict
- Students will participate in an activity to begin to identify godly and ungodly ways to handle conflict
Guiding Question: When you disagree with someone, what are some godly and ungodly ways to handle the conflict?
Materials: scenario cards (can print one for each team or read aloud for the entire class)
Procedure: Review the details of the story of Cain and Abel. Have the students discuss how Cain handled their conflict. Divide the class into teams. Give each team the same scenario. At your signal, each team has a set amount of time to list as many possible ways to resolve the conflict and then divide them into godly ways and ungodly ways. (Younger students will need more help. You may need to do one or two scenarios as a class until they understand the goal. Some students will still need extra help classifying options as godly or ungodly.) At the end of the allotted time, have teams share their answers. Each team receives two points for godly solutions and no points for ungodly solutions. The team with the most godly solutions at the end of each round wins that round. Play as many rounds as your time allows. After the game is over, ask the class if they can begin to see some basic principles behind all of the godly answers.
Additional Question: What are the basic principles of godly conflict management?
Supplemental Activity: Have students use principles of godly conflict management to write and perform skits to teach those skills to younger children.