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Wells Of Healing

on May 2, 2013

WEEK 8Wells of Healing

Memory Verse: Matthew 9:35

Bible Truth :  God is concerned about out physical and emotional health.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God is Concerned About Out Physical And Emotional Health

God is not only concerned about our spiritual health, but He is also concerned about out physical and emotional health. Throughout time God has provided healing in many different ways. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health; to cure.

Jesus used many different methods in His healing ministry. Sometimes the people were healed because of their faith, sometimes because of someone else’s’ faith. Sometimes He prayed for them, sometimes He commanded the sickness to come out of them. Sometimes He laid His hands on them and sometimes they touched Him.

Like salvation, healing is provided to us through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV     “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

 

1 Peter 2:24  NKJV     “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.”

      God still heals people today, and He still uses many different methods.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

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2. ______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Matthew 9:35  NKJV

5. A Gentile Mother’s Faith Brings Healing

Mark 7:29  NKJV     “Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ ”

      After a confrontation between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders, Jesus took His disciples to an area quiet a distance away. There He intended to rest and teach His disciples. He went to a house where He hoped that no one would disturbed them. However, that did not happen.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples a woman came to Jesus and asked and asked and Him to cast a demon out of her daughter.

Jesus was in the middle of teaching (feeding) His disciples (His children). Jesus told the woman that it was not right to stop in the middle of feeding your children and give their (your children‘s) food to dogs.

The woman was not offended by what Jesus said to her – She understood what He meant. The woman replied to Jesus that even during the meal the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates onto the floor.

Jesus rewarded the woman’s faith and persistence by healing her daughter. Jesus told the woman to go home and that the demon had left her daughter.

The woman returned to her house to find her daughter just like Jesus had said – the demon was gone!

Mark 7:24-30  NKJV     “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’ Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”

 

6. Simon’s Mother-In-Law

Mark 1:31  NKJV     “So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”

      One day after Jesus left the synagogue He went to Simon’s house. As soon as Jesus arrived at the house they told Him about Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. The people at Simon’s house had faith in Jesus and they believed that He could heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus went to the woman and took her by the hand, Immediately the fever was gone and her strength returned to her. The woman got up and served Jesus and His followers.

7. Game – “Take Up Your Bed And Walk”

Matthew 9:1-8  NKJV     “So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

Need: 2 sleeping bags or blankets rolled up.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a bed roll. At the signal run to the front and say, “Take up your bed and walk”,  then they will run back to their team and give the bedroll to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Healings In Capernaum

Luke 4:41  NKJV     “…and He laid His hands on every one of them and He healed them.”

      Late one evening when Jesus was in Capernaum the people came to see Him. They brought to Jesus everyone that was sick. Jesus laid His hands on everyone of them and healed them.

Jesus took the time to personally lay hands on each one of them and to pray for each one of them. The Bible tells us that each one (every one) of them were healed. The people that had brought the sick people to Jesus had faith in Him and His ability to heal the sick.

 

9.Man With A Paralyzed Hand

Luke 6:10  NKJV   “And when He had looked around at them, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

      Once when Jesus went to the synagogue He saw a man with a withered hand there. The Pharisees watched Jesus very closely while He was in the synagogue. They were hoping to catch Jesus doing something that they thought was wrong or against the law.

Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking so He asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. The Pharisees would not answer.

Then Jesus told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he did, his hand was restored, he was made well. When the people and the Pharisees saw what happened (the healing of the man’s withered hand) they became very angry. They thought that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses, however He had not.

 

10. Miraculous Healings

Mark 6:56  NKJV     “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. As many as touched Him were made well.”

      Jesus had a healing ministry which was widespread. Everywhere that Jesus went the people would carry sick people to a spot that they thought Jesus would walk by. They believed that Jesus had power to heal the sick. The people begged Jesus to allow the sick people to touch the hem, the tassel, of His garment. The Bible tells us that everyone of them that touched it was made well.

11. Game – “Touch The Tassel Relay Race”

When the Bible makes reference to the hem of Jesus’ garment, it is referring to the tassels on His prayer shawl.

Matthew 9:35  NKJV     “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Need: 2 prayer shawls or larges pieces of cloth or scarves.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a prayer shawl (or a piece of cloth / scarf). At the signal the first person will put on the prayer shawl and run to the front and say the memory verse, then run back to their team and give the shawl to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

12. Man By The Pool

John 5:9  NKJV     “And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked…”

      As Jesus walked by the Sheep Gate on His way into Jerusalem He saw a man laying on one of the porches by the pool of Bathesda. This man had had an infirmity for thirty-eight years.

The pool of Bathesda was a double pool that was surrounded by five porches. During this time many sick people lay beside the pool and waited for the water to move. At certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water in the pool. Whoever stepped in the water first after it was stirred up would be healed.

Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man did want to be made well but he did not have anyone to put him into the pool when the water was stirred up. Jesus told the man to take up his bead and walk. Immediately the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.

 

13. Deaf-Mute Man

Mark 7:35  NKJV     “Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”

      As Jesus was traveling through the Sea of Galilee the people brought a man who was a deaf-mute. They begged Jesus to lay His hands on the man and heal him.

Jesus took the deaf-mute aside, away from the crowd. Then He put His finger in the man’s ear and He put spit on His finger and touched the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and then said to the man, “Be opened.” Immediately the man’s ears were open and his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

 

14. Game – “God Heals In Many Ways”

God heals in many different ways.

* sometimes the healing comes through doctors and medications

* sometimes the healing is miraculous- a miracle / without the help of a doctor

* sometimes the healing is immediate

* sometimes the healing is a process – it takes time

* sometimes the healing comes through death – This is one way that we do not like to consider, however it is a reality.

We must trust God no matter what way He chooses to heal. There will be times that we do not understand why He choose a certain way, but we must hold on to the truth that He is God and He see the “bigger picture”. God has a plan for every person born and we will never know the entire plan. Understanding will only come after we are in heaven. We must remember that God loves us and He wants the very best for us.

    Isaiah 55:8-9  NKJV     ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Need: 1 empty medication bottle and music.

Have the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children the empty medication bottle. When the music starts they are to pass the bottle around the circle. When the music stops the child holding the bottle is out of the game. Restart the game and continue to play until only one person is left or until time runs out.

 

15. Naaman

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”    

       A general in the Syrian army, name Naaman, had leprosy. He was the highest ranking officer in the Syrian army. Naaman was a man of high social standing and importance, even to the king himself.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV     “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”

          Despite Naaman’s great importance, his leprosy could eventually lead to his separation from society. Leprosy was contagious and incurable causing Naaman to be in a hopeless situation. Even though Naaman was a man of high rank, influence and riches he was still a desperate man.

2 Kings 5:2-3  NKJV     “And the Syrians had gone on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ ”

 

A young girl that was taken captive from Israel was a servant to Naaman’s wife. One day this young girl told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman.     

2 Kings 5:4-6   NKJV     “And Naaman went in and told his master, saying,

‘Thus and thus said the girl who is here from the land of Israel.’

Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand

shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to

you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to

you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.”

         Naaman told the king what the young girl had said about the prophet. The king instructed Naaman to go to the prophet for help. When  Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house to ask to be healed, instead of meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant to tell him.The servant told him that

Elisha said to wash in the Jordan River seven times.

2 Kings 5:11-13  NKJV    “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ “ ‘Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage.And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ ‘ ”

          When Elisha did not do things the way Naaman thought he should, he turned around to go back home, angry and unhealed. Finally, Naaman humbled himself and listened to the good advise of his servants. He obey the prophet, Elisha, by doing what he was told.

 

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

           Naaman almost let his pride get in the way of receiving his healing. When Naaman stepped out in obedience he was healed of his leprosy. God used the prophet and Naaman’s obedience to heal the leprosy.

 

16. Game – Jig-Saw Puzzle Race

Need: 2 poster boards – different colors

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).

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in rows. Tell each team what color their puzzle will be. Place the puzzle pieces for the puzzles in a 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 get one of their pieces then run back to their team. The process will continue until they have all their pieces and have their puzzle put together.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

17. Worship Song – _____________________________

 

18. Challenge and Altar Obedience Points To Faith

Naaman was healed because he finally humbled himself and was obedient to God. By being obedient he showed his faith in God to heal him. He placed his trust in God.

When we humble ourselves and place our faith in God for salvation, through Jesus, we can receive forgiveness of our sins. We must believe in order to be healed and we must believe in order to be saved.

Believing means accepting something as true or real so that it affects what a person thinks  and how they live.

 

John 3:16  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 1:12  NKJV     “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

Acts 16:31   NKJV     “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Have you believed in Jesus for salvation?

Is what you believe affecting your life in a positive way?

Do you need a healing touch from God? Does someone you know need a healing touch?

19. Crafts 

20. Refreshments or a light meal. 

21. Dismissal

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