Garett Elliott leads D.F.C.’s Youth “Drive Ministries”. The age group is 6th through 12th grades. They meet at 9:00 am in the portable classroom for a time of sharing through music with our elementary kids. Then they meet for their Sunday School class in the church library. They meet at 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoons in the church auditorium for a time of Bible study and fellowship fun.

Listed below is a series of Sunday morning lessons that Garett has been teaching his class as well as information on an upcoming two week series that will begin October 3.

5 Part Series – “Living With Purpose”

On October 3, 2010, we will be starting a brand new 5 part series on living with a purpose. The four Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-provide eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life. Through these accounts we see Jesus living life with purpose. He did more than just travel from one town to the next or speak to the crowds. Every part of Jesus’ life was lived with a purpose: his teaching, travels, miracles, and prayers. By studying specific stories we will get a clearer picture of how Jesus lived purposefully and learn how to apply those lessons to our lives.

Jesus showed us how to reach out to others with his love when he talked to the woman at the well in John 4. In John 17, we read how Jesus prayed that Christians would connect and be united together. In Matthew 14 we see how Jesus was able to grow by spending time with the Father-a habit that was crucial to Jesus’ ministry. Jesus in Matthew 20 demonstrated reasons to discover how to serve others, rather than being served. And in Luke 22, Jesus chose to honor God by going to the cross because it was going to glorify the Father.

 Week 1: Reaching Out (John 4:1-42)

Week 2: Connecting With Others (John 17:20-26)

Week 3: Growing in Your Faith (Matthew 14:13-23)

Week 4: Discovering Your Gifts (Matthew 20:20-28)

Week 5: Honoring God With Everything (Luke 22:41-44)


What: God calls every Christian to live a life of purpose and meaning.

Why: Jesus’ life serves as a model for how we can reach, connect, grow, discover, and honor.

How: Students will be encouraged to develop a stronger sense of each purpose in their lives.

October 3, 2010

Living With Purpose – Part 1

 LESSON TITLE: Reaching Out

LESSON OVERVIEW: We start our series on God’s purposes for our lives with a lesson examining the encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman in John 4. In this passage, we see Jesus reaching out to someone most Jews would have gone to great lengths to avoid. Jesus knew that everyone needed to discover and experience God’s love-regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or reputation. Your students can learn from Jesus’ example and reach beyond barriers to anyone who needs to know about God’s love.


WHAT: God has called us to share the good news of Jesus with people around us-including people who may be different from us.

WHY: Jesus set the example for us to reach out beyond our comfort zone to share God’s love with others, and we can grow spiritually as we follow that example.

HOW: Identify a friend who hasn’t experienced God’s love yet, and pray for ways to have a spiritually focused conversation this next week.

 SCRIPTURE: John 4:1-42, Psalm 143:6

Notes: Each student will be encourage to invite 2 new friends to youth group/Sunday school each week.

 October 10, 2010

Living With Purpose – Part 2

 LESSON TITLE: Connecting With Others

 LESSON OVERVIEW: This lesson focuses on part of Jesus’ prayer before he was arrested. In John 17, we read the words that Jesus prayed for himself, his disciples, and for all believers. It might be strange for some of your students to realize or appreciate that Jesus prayed for them before his crucifixion. The fact that Jesus prayed for our unity reinforces the importance of Christian fellowship.


WHAT: Jesus prayed for unity among Christians.

WHY: Unity among Christians is a powerful sign of God’s love.

HOW: Your students will be encouraged to strengthen their connection with God and with other followers of Jesus.

SCRIPTURE: John 17:20-26, 1 John 4:20-21


October 17, 2010

Living With Purpose – Part 3


LESSON TITLE: Growing In Your Faith

 LESSON OVERVIEW: Right after Jesus fed more than 5,000 people, he sent the crowds and his disciples away. Jesus went up on the mountainside to be alone so that he could connect with his Father. Even Jesus needed time apart from others, away from his ministry. For Jesus, it was vital spend time alone with God. If it was important for him, how much more important is it for us? Life works best when we’re plugged into the Creator!


WHAT: Spending time alone with God is vital to our spiritual lives.

WHY: Even Jesus needed time alone with his Father, and we must deal with the distractions that could hinder our time with God.

HOW: Spiritual growth requires a solid commitment to intentionally spending time alone with God. We need to recognize distractions and remove the barriers in order to deepen our friendship with God.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 14:13-23, Psalm 139:7-10


AUGUST 22-29

Secrets To Praying Well

2 Part Series

As a Christian, prayer is a discipline (and an exciting adventure) we are called to develop. Prayer is our way to talk to God about things going on in our lives and the world around us. Yet prayer remains one of the most intimidating aspects of the Christian life. Many people struggle to pray because they have never learned what prayer is all about or feel as though they are talking to the sky. This series is designed to teach students two basics of prayer: (1) Why we pray, and (2) How to pray. Throughout the Bible, we are given many examples of men and women who pray. One of the men we will be looking at is King David, through prayers recorded in the Book of Psalms. We will also be looking at teachings on prayer from Paul and James.


August 22, 2010

Secrets To Praying Well – Lesson 1 of 2


 LESSON OVERVIEW: This lesson focuses on Paul’s appeal in 1 Thessalonians to pursue a life of continual prayer-an idea that can intimidate many Christians. Paul says to rejoice always and give thanks in every situation. If we’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, it’s a good idea to never stop talking with God through prayer. This concept might seem strange or impossible to your teenagers, but as we examine why God wants us to pray this way, our students will better understand that it is possible and achievable.


WHAT: Prayer is meaningful conversation with God, and we can discover many reasons to spend time in prayer.

WHY: Students will spend time on the things that matter most to them, and prayer is a habit with lifelong and eternal benefits.

HOW: Encourage our students to follow some practical steps this week to become more joyful, more prayerful, and more thankful.

 SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, James 5:13-18

August 29, 2010

Secrets To Praying Well – Lesson 2 of 2


 LESSON OVERVIEW: This lesson focuses on a passage from the Book of Psalms. These verses will serve as examples of how we can pray, building on our previous lesson about why we pray. David’s prayer in Psalm 31 provides a glimpse at someone who earnestly prayed for God’s will. By examining David’s prayer, we will learn the importance of praying openly and honestly when we’re pursuing God’s best for our lives.


WHAT: Prayer is an opportunity to ask that God’s will be done in our lives, as we see in David’s words from Psalm 31.

WHY: Students have the chance to develop healthy prayer habits today-they don’t have to wait until they’re older.

HOW: Encourage students to use David’s example from Psalm 31 during their own times of prayer.

 SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31, Luke 23:46 and Acts 13:22

The first half of August has been a blast. We’ve spent time feeding homeless, we went to the waterslides and school campus visits have started back up. God’s also opened up a few doors as I’ve spent some time chatting with a few kids that passed by the church last week. I invited them to join us this week for Sunday school. The homeless feeds have been a blast. We’ve made a connection with a few people that hope to keep connecting with each time we go out. Please keep our group in your prayers that God will continue to open doors with the youth of Denair.

Beginning June 27: Series: Living Like Jesus

Week 1 ( June 27 ): Just Like Me? (Luke 2:41-52)
Week 2 (July 4 ): Risky Business (Luke 4:14-30)
Week 3 (July 11 ): Finders Keepers (Luke 15)
Week 4 (July 25 ): No Greater Love (Luke 22:42-44)

“JUST LIKE ME?” – This lesson focuses on a passage from Luke revealing the only picture we have of Jesus’ life between infancy and the start of his adult ministry. It reminds us that Jesus grew up mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. We might be surprised to think about Jesus wanting or needing to study the Scriptures, but he did, and his example reminds us of the importance of letting God’s Word guide our life. We also can pursue growth in all areas of our lives, following the pattern Jesus established.

LESSON OBJECTIVES: Jesus’ teenage years were filled with balanced growth: mental, physical, spiritual and social growth. Young peple need to understand that Jesus was a teenager once too and they can grow up in the same ways by doing what He did.

SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:41-52, 1 Timothy 4:12-15

“RISKY BUSINESS” – This lesson focuses on Jesus’ first visit to his hometown after the start of his public ministry; he already has been baptized and faces satan’s temptation in the desert. The primary sripture gives us a vivid view of Jesus as he declares that he has come to bring salvation to those who need it, followed by the people’s reaction to this news. even today, followers of Jesus face opposition to the truth of Jesus’ message, and we need encouragement to stand up for what’s right, just like Jesus did.

LESSON OBJECTIVES: All Christians are participants with Jesus in his mission and purpose. We can stand up for what’s right and meet needs that are all around us in our communities or in other parts of the world. Give our youth the chance to examine the needs of their schools and see how God can use them to meet those needs.

SCRIPTURE: Luke 4: 14-30, Isaiah 61: 1-2

“FINDERS KEEPERS” – This lesson focuses on three stories Jesus told to help us understand his passion for restoring our broken relationship with God. These stories about lost sheep, lost money, and a runaway son use concepts that Jesus’ audience would understand. These parables give us insight into Jesus’ compassion toward those who don’t know him. They also represent his feelings of frustration with the religious leaders who were lacking compassion.

LESSON OBJECTIVES: Jesus has compassion and love for those who don’t know him.  Students can and must play a role in the mission to seek and save those who have not yet begun a relationship with Jesus.  Encourage teenagers to identify and pray for friends who haven’t made a commitment to follow Jesus, and to examine their own lives for sins that need to be forgiven.

SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 8:47-51 and Luke 19:10, Luke 15

“NO GREATER LOVE”- The Son of God, Jesus, had a very human moment just before his sacrifice on the cross, which fulfilled his earthly mission. As Jesus was looking toward his own death, his plea to the Father revealed the ultimate picture of surrendering to God’s will and purpose. This lesson focuses on how Jesus’ tremendous love for us was displayed in his sacrificial death—the greatest act of friendship ever displayed.

LESSON OBJECTIVES:  God’s deep love for us was demonstrated through Jesus’ sacrifice.  Too many of us lack real role models for friendship and deep, sacrificial love.  Focus on the significance of sacrificing for others, and modeling our friendships on the standards Jesus set.

SCRIPTURE: John 15:9-17; John 17; and Romans 5:8, Luke 22:42-44

If you are in the 6th-12th grade, please join Garett and our kids for a time of learning about God’s word and His plans for you as well as a time of fun and fellowship.


July 1, 2010  Discovery Kingdom

August 5, 2010 Waterslides-Fresno

Former Lesson Plans

 April 11, 2010 

A Fresh Look at the New Testament – Week 1 of 4

The New Testament continues God’s story of salvation that began in the Old Testament, this time including us (the church) as part of the cast of characters. The church is God’s primary plan for showing and telling others about his love throughout the world. And our responsibility (as the church) is to focus on and follow the foundation of the church: Jesus Christ.

Because of the primacy of Jesus, we could teach for four years on the person, deity, humanity, life, miracles, messages, teachings, questions, and relationships of Jesus. Obviously, the centrality of our faith points to Jesus, but in this particular series we will only spend four weeks and focus on the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus-key components of New Testament history, the heart of the church, and the hope for our world.

 LESSON TITLE: Jesus’ Birth

 LESSON OVERVIEW: It’s one thing to talk about the meaning of Christmas, but it’s quite another to imagine experiencing it firsthand. This lesson looks at the traditional Christmas story found in the Bible, but it focuses on the immediate connection to how our lives can be impacted today because of Jesus. Jesus didn’t come to give us a holiday; he came to change our lives and connect us with God.


WHAT: Jesus’ birth is more than a story-it’s a call to commitment. 

WHY: We may know many of the details of the Christmas story, but we might forget how that event relates to our experiences as followers of Jesus today. 

HOW: Students will share their faith by inviting a friend to church, forgiving an enemy, or choosing to celebrate Christmas different this year to gain a greater for God’s love.

 SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:1-20, Philippians 4:6-7

 Notes: This next week we will be starting a series that overviews the New Testament, and we will begin by looking at the birth of Jesus. We will read Luke 2 and focus on verses 1-20. The passage describes the interaction between some shepherds and angels. It’s a great passage that reminds us of four things: (1) We can worship God instead of worrying about things in our lives. (2) We have the responsibility to both “show and tell” others about God’s love. (3) Every Christmas we can seek or hide from the true meaning of Christmas. (4) We can choose to forgive others, or forget about it and ignore the tension that might exist between us and others.

April 18, 2010 

A Fresh Look at the New Testament – Week 2 of 4

Our study on the New Testament continued this week with a lesson on the resurrection of Jesus. This event is significant in many ways. This is what theologian Michael Green says:

 Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief. Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian church would never have begun; the Jesus-movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib (a dud firecracker) with his execution. Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection. If you disprove it, you have disposed of Christianity.

 Based on the truth of the resurrection, the Apostle Paul says:

 “For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:56-58).

 LESSON TITLE: Jesus’ Ressurection

 LESSON OVERVIEW: Jesus’ resurrection is an important part of the Easter story, but its significance to Christ-followers goes much deeper. If Jesus did rise from the dead, then the things he offered (forgiveness, eternal life, hope for today and the future, and so on) and the things others said about him are true. But if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, the opposite is true. This lesson will explore evidence for the resurrection and will give students some opportunities to research and find answers on their own.


WHAT: The resurrection of Christ authenticates claims by and about Jesus.

WHY: In studying the resurrection of Jesus, students can gain confidence that their faith is real and relevant.

HOW: Students will be encouraged to continue to grow in their knowledge of the resurrection by reviewing resources about the resurrection and sharing the results with others.

 SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:1-20, 50-58, Luke 24:1-12

 April 25, 2010

A Fresh Look at the New Testament – Week 3 of 4

We continued our New Testament overview in Sunday school and at Youth Group this week by looking at the world’s greatest rescue mission performed by Jesus. We focused on John 3 and emphasized verse 17, which describes why God sent Jesus: Not to judge the world but to save it. It was a refreshing look at an important verse, especially because it’s so easy to assume God views us as an angry judge rather than a loving parent.

 LESSON TITLE: Jesus’ Life

 LESSON OVERVIEW: It’s easy to think of Jesus as one who is disappointed in us because we never measure up to his perfect lifestyle. Or of Jesus as a cartoonish figure who looks good as an action hero doll but has no idea of the day-to-day trials we currently face. Sadly, we fix our eyes on those incorrect images of Christ rather than what’s true. Jesus is an action hero, but not one made of plastic. Rather, he was flesh and blood who came to the earth on the world’s greatest rescue mission-freeing us from the prison of sin. When we truly understand what Jesus did, we will live a life of thankfulness and be more inclined to view others in the same way Jesus does.


WHAT: Jesus came to earth on a rescue mission motivated by love.

WHY: We will see Jesus as a friend who loves them rather than someone who condemns them.

HOW: We will be encouraged to evaluate their lives to see if there are any “dark” places they’re living that need to be exposed to the “light.”

 SCRIPTURE: John 3:1-21, Romans 5:6-8 and Numbers 21:9

 Next Sunday

May 2, 2010

A Fresh Look at the New Testament – Week 4 of 4

The New Testament continues God’s story of salvation that began in the Old Testament, this time including us (the church) as part of the cast of characters. The church is God’s primary plan for showing and telling others about his love throughout the world. And our responsibility (as the church) is to focus on and follow the foundation of the church: Jesus Christ.

Because of the primacy of Jesus, we could teach for four years on the person, deity, humanity, life, miracles, messages, teachings, questions, and relationships of Jesus. Obviously, the centrality of our faith points to Jesus, but in this particular series we will only spend four weeks and focus on the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus-key components of New Testament history, the heart of the church, and the hope for our world.


 LESSON OVERVIEW: When people speak of “the church,” they’re usually referring to a building. But the Bible describes “the church” as a group of people. Instead of a building to visit or organization to join, the church is a community to care for, a family to grow with, and a team to serve on. And the distinguishing characteristic-one that separates it from other groups-is the focus on Jesus Christ. This lesson reminds us of the importance of developing a life on the foundation of Jesus and being the people God has called us to be.


WHAT: The church isn’t just a building-it’s a group of believers and the body of Christ, and all Christ-followers have an important role to play within it.

WHY: Without everyone’s involvement, the church doesn’t reach its maximum impact.

HOW: Discuss and identify specific ways teenagers can get involved in their church.

 SCRIPTURE: Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

 May 9, 2010


The Book of Psalms consists of 150 psalms, each of which can be considered a song or poem. When the Bible was divided into chapters, each psalm was assigned its own chapter. Not all the psalms are works of David; 73 are credited to him, while the rest were written by other authors.

Most of the psalms are devoted to expressing praise or thanksgiving or grief. Believers have been drawn to these writings for generations because of the heartfelt and honest emotions that are expressed.

This series will give students an understanding of HABITS and also will provide them the opportunity to fall in love with the psalms.

Week 1: Hang Out with God (Psalm 1)

Week 2: Accountable Friendships (Psalm 133)

Week 3: Bible Memorization (Psalm 119:11)

Week 4: Involvement Within the Church Body (Psalm 78:70-72)

Week 5: Tithing (Psalm 24:1)

Week 6: Studying Scripture (Psalm 119:13-16)


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