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Footprints In The Sand Fun Days – Jesus’ Preparations For Ministry

on September 24, 2012

     Jesus’ Preparations For Ministry – Week 3

This event has a beach theme.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 3:16 

Bible Truth: Jesus was baptized in water and with the Holy Spirit.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Water Baptism

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it.

Matthew 28:18-20  NIV    

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ”

     We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Water baptism does not save us. We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 3:16  NKJV    

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

5. John The Baptist and Jesus

John’s father was Zacharias, a priest and his mother was Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were relatives. Many years before John was born, Isaiah prophesied about him.

Matthew 3:3  NKJV    

“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”

     God had a very special work for John the Baptist. He was to prepare the way for Jesus and His ministry.

Matthew 3:1-2  NKJV   

  “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

     John went out into the wilderness where he preached repentance and baptized those who repented.

John 3:4-6  NKJV    

“Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.”

     Many of the people who heard John preaching thought he was the Messiah. But John told them he was only a messenger who announced the coming of someone much greater than himself.

Matthew 3:11  NKJV   

  “indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

     When Jesus was thirty years old He went to the Jordan River, where John was at. He wanted John to baptize Him, but John told Jesus that he needed to be baptized by Him (Jesus). Jesus told John that it was necessary for John to baptize Him.

Matthew 3:13-15  NKJV    

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.”

     So John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

Mark 1:9-11  NKJV   

  “It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17  NKJV   

  “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

     As Jesus came up out of the water, the sky opened and Jesus saw the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven in the form of a dove. As the dove rested on Jesus’ head a voice from heaven was heard, saying, “This is My Son who I love. I am well pleased with Him.”

6. Game – Fill In The Blanks Relay

Matthew 3:16  NKJV    

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

EXAMPLE:

Matthew 3:16 NKJV

“When __________ been

____________, Jesus came

___________ immediately from the

water; and behold, the __________

were opened to Him, and He saw the ___________ of God descending like a _____________ and upon Him.”

Need: Blue marker, red marker, 2 large sheets of paper (or poster board), 21 index cards (or small pieces of paper), tape.

Print the words of the memory verse on 2 large sheets of paper, drawing blank lines for seven words. Write each missing word on a separate index card (or small piece of paper) – make 2 sets. Be sure to keep the sets separate, using red marker for one set, blue marker for the second set.

Divide the group into two teams and line the teams up. Place index cards, tape, and paper on the floor at the front of the room, in front of each team. At the signal, the first person on each team is to run to the front and choose an index card. Then they are to place it in the right blank on the large sheet of paper (or poster board). They will then run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The fist team to finish is the winner.

7. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is often represented or symbolized by wind, fire, or a dove. However, He is not a dove, the wind or fire. He is the third person of the Trinity. God the Holy Spirit wants to be our Coach or Counselor to help teach us and guide us in our Christian life. He wants to be there all the time, helping us to be the best we can be for God. The Holy Spirit lets us know when we are doing something wrong, and He also  helps us to do what is right. He wants to direct our lives and teach us.

The Holy Spirit is given to us so we can have power to live for God. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit gives us power and boldness to live for God and be His witnesses.

Mark 1:9-13  NKJV    

“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.”

      When Jesus was baptized all three members of the Trinity were present. God the Father spoke from heaven, God the Son was baptized in water, then God the Holy Spirit descended from heaven and baptized Jesus (God the Son) in the Holy Spirit.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift from God. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will help them to live a victorious life.

The Holy Spirit

*  will help you with your shortcomings and weaknesses.

*  will help you love others

*  will help you be a bold witness

*  will help you worship God in spirit and in truth

*  will give you power to minister

*  renews, refreshes and revives you.

* will help you live for God and to be His witness.

* will help you to be bold, strong, courageous, wise, and powerful for God.

* will teach you

* testifies to the truth of your salvation – gives you assurance that you are saved

* works in you to purify you

* will cause you to be a mirror that reflects the glory of God.

* will guide, teach you, counsel and coach you in your Christian walk.

* will convict you of sin. He will tell you when you are doing something wrong.

* helps you with your prayer life. When you allow Him, He will pray through you. Often when you pray in tongues it is the Holy Spirit praying words for you

* will comfort you

And much, much more. The work of the Holy Spirit in your life, and the help that He gives, is endless.

8. Game – Fill The Cup Relay

Need: 2 cups, 2 spoons and 2 containers of water.

Everyone can play the game – need 2 teams of equal number of players.

Divide the girls into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a spoon and a container of water. The first person on each team is to fill their spoon with water and carefully carry it to their cup and pour the water in it. They will then run back to  their team, and the next person will do the same. They will continue until their cup is full. The first team to fill their cup is the winner.

9. Jesus In The Wilderness

Matthew 4:1-11  NKJV   

  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”

     After Jesus was baptized He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Jesus prayed and fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. The tempter, Satan, came to Jesus in the wilderness to tempt Him into worshipping him. Each time Satan would try to tempt Jesus, Jesus would answer him with Scripture (the Word of God, the Bible). When Satan stopped tempting Jesus the angels came and helped Him. After the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus began His ministry.

10. Jesus’ Example

Matthew 3:16  NKJV    

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit og God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

1. We should follow Jesus’ example in everything that we do.

2. We should begin to prepare ourselves for whatever ministry God has for us.

a. Surrender to God (salvation)

b. Follow Jesus’ example in water baptism and infilling of the Holy  Spirit

c. Hide God’s Word in your heart

3. Rely on God’s Word to overcome temptation – Jesus hid God’s Word in His heart and that is how He  overcame the devils temptations.  How can we expect to overcome or resist the devil without the Word of God?

11. GameSoccer Ball Roll

Need: 2 teams of equal number, 2 small soccer balls and 8 markers.

Line the children up in 2 rows. Place the markers in position.

*                                     *                                  *                            *                   CHILDREN

*                                     *                                  *                            *                   CHILDREN

Give the first child on each team a small soccer ball. At the signal the first child is to roll the ball with their feet around the 4 markers, then back to their team. The next person is to repeat the process. The first team to finish is the winner.

12. Worship Song – ___________________________________

13. Challenge / Altar

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV  

   “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”

     Salvation is by God’s grace not by our works. If we accept salvation through Jesus’ dying on the cross for us, we are saved and we will go to heaven. Repentance comes first – before water baptism. After salvation (repentance), water baptism is a natural step in our faith.  Each person that is saved should follow Jesus’ example in baptism.

Have you followed Jesus’ example in being baptized in water and with the Holy Spirit?

Allow children time to pray.

14. Refreshments or a light meal

15. Crafts

16. Dismissal

 

CRAFT, NAMETAG, GAME AND PROPS IDEAS:

 

 

HANDOUTS

 

 

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