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Wells of Faith

on May 2, 2013

WEEK 3Wells of Faith

 

Memory Verse: Mark 9:23

Bible Truth: All things are possible with God.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – Only Believe 

When we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith.

Hebrews 11:6  NKJV         “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

       There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.

 

Mark 9:23-24  NKJV      “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”

       If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith. Just like the mustard seed, our faith starts out small but it grows and grows and grows.

 

Matthew 17:20  NKJV     “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’”

Luke 17:6  NKJV     “So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

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2. ___________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse:

Mark 9:23      “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”    

5. Lazarus

A friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, became very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus about their brother. They knew that Jesus loved them and they thought that He would come right away to heal their brother. Jesus explained to His disciples that Lazarus was sick but it would not lead to death. He also told His disciples that God would be glorified through it. Jesus knew that death would not be the final result. However the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus did not go to Lazarus immediately. He stayed where He was for two more days. Then Jesus told His disciples that it they were going to Judea again. The disciples questioned Jesus about going back to Judea because the Jews there wanted to kill Him. Jesus told them that Lazarus was asleep and that they were going there to awaken him. The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was asleep as in taking a nap or resting. Finally, Jesus told them that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was going to go and raise Lazarus from the dead, which would demonstrate in an undeniable way that He was God’s Son. Four days after Lazarus had died Jesus arrived to find Lazarus already placed in a tomb and the mourners with Mary and Martha. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she ran out to meet Him a couple of miles away. Martha told Jesus that if He had been there that her brother would not have died, however she knew that whatever He asked God for He (God) would give Him (Jesus). Martha knew that Jesus was God’s Son and that after a person died if they believed in Jesus they would live again in – that they would be resurrected in the last day. Because Martha believed without a question what Jesus said about Himself and what He could do, she also knew that Jesus could do whatever He wanted to. She knew that Jesus could raise her brother back to life just like He had done to others before.

Jesus stayed where He was and Martha went back to the house to get Mary. When Mary saw Jesus she fell down at His feet crying and said the same thing that Martha had said. Jesus was moved with compassion and He asked where Lazarus’ tomb was. They took Jesus to the tomb and Jesus instructed them to roll away the stone from in front of it. Because of their belief in Jesus, Mary and Martha were about to see God’s power in a way that they had never seen before.

Jesus lifted up His face to heaven and began praying out loud. After He finished praying, with a loud voice, He cried, “Lazarus, come forth!” At the sound of Jesus’ voice, Lazarus was made alive again ad he came out of the tomb, still wrapped in grave clothes. The people that had followed Mary and Martha to Jesus and the tomb were instructed to unwrap Lazarus.

 

6. A Boy Healed

After Jesus had been on up on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John, He came back down to where the others disciples were. There was a great multitude of people there with them. One of the people in the crowed, a father, came to Jesus and told Him that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. The son had several problems. He had an evil spirit living in him causing him to be unable to speak. The evil spirit also caused the boy to have seizures. During these seizures the evil spirit would try to kill the boy. Jesus questioned the father about how long the boy had been that way. After listening to the father Jesus told him that all things are possible to those that believe. The father said that he did believe, and he asked Jesus to help him with any unbelief.

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. The spirit cried out, then it came out of the boy. When this happened the people that were standing around watching thought the boy was dead. Jesus took the boy’s hand and helped him up. The boy was alive and well!

 

7. Game – “Backwards Verse”

When we believe in God all things are possible, even when it seems like things are not going the way that they should.

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes

     Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a poster board to write on. At the signal each team will write out the memory verse, one letter and one person at a time. The verse is to be written backwards! Begin with the Scripture reference and write each word from the right to the left.

The first team to finish with the words in the proper order wins.

8. A Nobleman’s Son Healed  

Jesus returned to the city where He changed the water into wine. While He was there a royal officer in the king’s army heard that Jesus was there. The officer (the nobleman) went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. The boy was so sick he was about to die. He asked Jesus to come with him.

Jesus told the father to go his way and that his son was alive. The officer believed Jesus and he went on his way. On his way home, the officer was met by his servants. They told him that his son was alive and well.

Because of this miracle the boy was healed and the family received salvation – they believed in Jesus as God’s Son.

 

9. The Centurion’s Servant Is Healed

One day Jesus went to the northwest corner of Galilee to the town of Capernaum. In this town was a centurion, an officer in authority over 100 other men. This centurion was well like by the Jews in that area because of the things that he had done for them and the way that he treated them. This centurion had a servant who had became very ill and was about to die. When he heard that Jesus was in town he sent some of the Jewish elders to Him to ask Him to come and heal his servant.

When the elders had told Jesus about the centurion, all that he had done for them and about his sick servant, He went with them. The centurion found out that Jesus was indeed coming to his house he sent some other friends out to give a message to Jesus. The centurion told his friends to tell Jesus that He did not have to come to his house, all He had to do was say that his servant would be healed. The centurion did not feel that he was worthy of Jesus coming into his house.

The centurion was a man of authority and he knew what authority meant. He acknowledged that Jesus had authority over life, death, sickness, and health – he knew that all Jesus had to do was say that the servant was well and he would be well.

 

Authority: the right to control, command, or make decisions; power to enforce obedience; the rightful and legitimate exercise of power.

      Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith and because of it the servant was made well instantly. As we put our faith in Jesus and believe on Him we too recognize the authority that Jesus has. Jesus has the right to control, command, and make decisions concerning anything and everything about us.  He possesses the same authority as God.

 

10. Game – “Mustard Seed Relay Race”

Need : Two packages of seeds (you can make a fake package of seeds if you need to) and a poster board.

Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds. Write the words “Nothing Is Impossible With Faith”’ written on it.

 

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’”

     Divide the children into two teams. Line the two teams up in two rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to crawl to the sign. Stand up and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

11. Jairus’ Daughter Is Restored To Life

One day when Jesus arrived in Capernaum He was greeted by a multitude of people who were waiting for Him. As Jesus was speaking to the people a man named Jairus approached Jesus. His twelve year old daughter was very sick and about to die. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be made well.

Jairus was an important man in Capernaum. He was one of the rulers of the synagogue, and his job was supervising the worship services that took place in the synagogue. Like many of the Jewish leaders, Jairus was very aware of Jesus’ miraculous powers. Jairus was a desperate man. He had a great need and he knew that his only hope was in Jesus.

As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house they were approached by some people from Jairus’ house and told them that the girl had died and not to trouble Jesus any longer. When Jesus heard what the people had to say, He told Jairus not to be afraid and to believe. Jesus did not want Jairus to believe the report that the people gave him, instead Jesus wanted Jairus to believe in Him and not to be worried about what he had heard.

After this Jesus allowed only three of His disciples (Peter, James and John) to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. When they arrived at Jairus house there was a lot of commotion. The people were crying (very loudly) over the girl’s death. Jesus asked the people why were they causing such a commotion, and that the girl was only asleep.

The people laughed at Jesus because of what He said and they made fun of Him. Jesus then made all of the mourners get out of the house and He went into the room where the girl was laying. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus.

Jesus took the girl by her hand and told her to get up. Immediately upon hearing the words of Jesus, the girl arose and began to walk around the room. Her parents were amazed.

Jesus instructed the parents to give the girl some food and for them not to tell anyone what had happened. By not telling what happened it would give Jesus time to leave the area. Jesus did not want to be known as just a miracle worker. And he did not want the people seeking Him for the wrong reasons.

12. Woman Healed By Touching Jesus

While on His way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was surrounded by many people. There were so many people that they were bumping into each other.  Some were even trying to reach out to touch Jesus as He made His way through the crowd.

There was a woman who was very, very sick. While at home she thought about the things that she had heard about Jesus. She believed that Jesus could make her well. She left her house and began to look for Jesus. It didn’t take her long to find Him because of the large crowd of people.

It was so hard for her to even get close to Jesus, with all the pushing and shoving going on. But the woman was determined to get to Jesus, even if she could only get close enough to touch the back of His clothes. She truly believed in her heart that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and she would be made well.

The woman did what she set out to do – she reach through the crowd and touched Jesus. When she did Jesus immediately stopped. He had felt healing power leave His body and He knew that someone had been healed.

After Jesus found out who had touched Him, He told the woman that it was her faith that had made her well!

 

13. Game –Jig-Saw Puzzle Relay”

Need: 2 poster boards

Write the memory verse on two poster boards (different colors), then cut them into jigsaw puzzle pieces (cut them each into 6 or 7 large pieces).

 

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’”

     Divide the children into 2 teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Tell each team what color their puzzle will be. Place all the puzzle pieces for the puzzles in one pile a short distance in front of the lines. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

14. Paralytic Man Healed

Jesus had been away from His home town of Capernaum for many days ministering to people. When He returned  the people in the town found out that He was back and they crowded around the house where He was. There were so many people that came to see and hear Jesus that you could not even get in the house where He was speaking.

There was a paralyzed man in this town that had friends who were concerned about him. The friends believed that if they could get their paralyzed friend to Jesus he could be healed. So they placed their friend on a mat and they picked him up by the corners of it. They then carried their friend to Jesus. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was speaking they could not get into the house because the crowd was so large. They were determined to see Jesus. They decided that in order to get their friend to Jesus they would have to take him onto the roof and lower him down into the house through the courtyard opening.

When Jesus saw the faith of the man and his four friends, He declared that the man’s sin were forgiven and He ordered the man to get up and walk. The man’s friends were overjoyed when he did exactly what Jesus told him to- he got up and began to walk. He was no longer paralyzed. Jesus had healed him because of faith.

 

15. Bartimaeus

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, sat by the road. Bartimaeus heard voices off in the distance. As the voices grew closer, they sounded excited. He asked those standing around what was going on. They told him that Jesus was coming. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and His power to heal. He wanted to see and he knew that Jesus could restore his sight, if only he could get His attention.

Bartimaeus began to cry out to Jesus, even when those standing around told him to be quiet. Finally, Jesus heard him and He stopped in His tracks. Jesus told Bartimaeus to come to Him. He did and Jesus healed him.

16. Worship Song –  ___________________________

17. Foundation Object Lesson

Set several Styrofoam or plastic cups on a table. Place some rocks inside some of them. Set a fan at one end of the table.

A strong foundation is important to your faith. Jesus is our foundation and anchor of faith. When I turn on the fan the Styrofoam cups without the rocks in them blow away. The cups with the rocks in them stand firm.

Jesus is the firm foundation and anchor of our faith. When you have Jesus as your anchor, then you can stand strong in your faith.

 

18. Challenge and Altar – Salvation Opens The Well Of Faith

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of faith to us. God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.

Allow time for the children to spend some time in prayer asking God to help us grow in their faith and for strength not to give up. Also pray for those who have never accepted the living water that Jesus offers.

Have F.A.I.T.H. – Plan of Salvation

A person can have the living water that Jesus offers by trusting in Him and asking Him for forgiveness.

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.”

“F” IS FOR FORGIVENESS

We cannot have eternal life in heaven without God’s forgiveness. We must ask for forgiveness.

“A” IS FOR  AVAILABLE

Forgiveness is available to everyone and anyone. The price and the penalty for your sin has already been paid.

“I” IS FOR IMPOSSIBLE

It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. Because of who He is: God is loving and just. His judgment is against sin.

“T” IS FOR TURN

Turn means to repent. We must see our sin the way God does and turn from it by turning to Jesus.

“H” IS FOR HEAVEN

When we accept Jesus as our Savior we become a child of God and have the promise of eternal life in heaven with our Father, God.

19. Crafts 

20. Refreshments or a light meal 

21. Dismissal

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