Winterfest 2022- Post-Event Lesson Plan – 4 This lesson is designed as a follow-up to the sessions experienced at Winterfest and would be good to use in a Wednesday night class or Sunday morning class the week immediately following Winterfest. _________________________________ Which illustration/example stood out to you from this year’s Winterfest and why?: What did each of these say to us about our response to trouble? - Jar of clay breaking - Large caricature picture on brown paper getting ripped? - The man (Stan) who’s boat sank and who floated in the Gulf for 21 hours? - REAL trash We often make bad predictions about the future. (Many Dallas Cowboys fans predicted they were going to the Super Bowl this year.) Below are some predictions (or judgments) that were made about some very famous people. Can you guess who is being referred to? 1. “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” 2. “We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.'” 3. ‘Far too noisy…Far too many notes.’ 4. ‘I watched his countenance closely, to see if he was not deranged … and I was assured by other senators after he left the room that they had no confidence in it’. 5. “You ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.” 6. “You better learn secretarial work or else get married.” 7. “It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.” 8. “You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam’s apple sticks out too far and you talk too slow. “ 9. “Can’t Act. Slightly Bald. Also Dances.” 10. "You can play. You can hit. But you're not going to make it because you're just too small. Sorry." Answers: 1. Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962. 2. Rejection of Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer. 3. Emperor Ferdinand of Austria referring to Mozart, 1786. 4. U.S. Senator Smith of Indiana, after witnessing a demonstration of Samuel Morse’s telegraph, 1842. 5. Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, in firing Elvis Presley after a performance, 1954. 6. Director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, advising Marilyn Monroe, 1944. 7. Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father in 1895. 8. Universal Pictures executive to Clint Eastwood 9. Review of Fred Astaire’s Original Screen Test, January 1933. 10. Houston Astros scouts upon watching Jose Altuve in a tryout at their Venezuelan camp. One prediction that is for sure is the one that was discussed a lot at Winterfest. And that is from the mouth of Jesus when he said, ‘you will have trouble…” Let’s look at that those words of Jesus: Theme Scripture: John 16:33 -“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Everyone has troubles. Everyone! The troubles can be painful, personal, unexpected, indefinite, perplexing and draining. Jesus’s promise in John 16:33 speaks just as loudly to Christians today as it did 2000 years ago: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” It’s important to note that Jesus promises to save us while we are IN our troubles. He doesn’t promise to save us FROM our troubles. (Ask your students what’s the difference between being saved IN our troubles vs. FROM our troubles) This reassuring verse is found within a section of Scripture that some have referred to as Jesus’ farewell speech. Jesus’s gives His last words of encouragement and comfort to his disciples before his betrayal and crucifixion. In John 16, Jesus tells them about two definite realities: 1) His followers will experience trouble, and 2) He has already won the victory. The phrase “take heart” can also be understood as, “take courage” or “be courageous.” The word “overcome” can also be translated “conquered.” So, we can show courage in the face of our troubles because Jesus has already conquered the greatest of troubles. Jesus doesn’t want us to believe the wrong idea that our life will be full of ease and comfort. Following Jesus is difficult, but the truth of the matter is that Jesus’ victory over sin and death through his own death and resurrection provides peace and courage for us IN our difficulties. Anyone who says that believing in Jesus automatically brings financial prosperity, physical health, and perfect relationships does not correctly understand God’s Word. The Bible, doesn’t avoid the fact that life is tough, but readily ackno

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