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Wells of Salvation

on May 2, 2013

WEEK 1Wells of Salvation

Memory Verse:  Isaiah 12:3

Bible Truth:  We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – What Is A Well?

A well is a hole made to draw up fluids,  a hole or shaft that is dug or drilled into the ground in order to obtain water, brine, petroleum, or natural gas. It is also a source of something, a source providing a freely and abundantly available supply of something.

God is our source of everything that we need or could ever desire. He provides for His children freely and abundantly. His provisions are always available.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.  ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse:

Isaiah 12:3      “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

 

5. From The Wells of Salvation

 

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 55:1  NKJV      “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come to the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price.’ ”

       During the Bible times, the provision of springs and wells was regarded as a gift from God, or a divine gift. As a child of God we can draw from any of the many “wells” that God offers. In the above verse, thirsts is a metaphor for desiring what satisfies a person’s spirit. An invitation is given for everyone who is “thirsty” to come to the waters to receive what satisfies.

 

Isaiah 44:3  NKJV        “For I will pour water on him who is thirst,

And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,

And My blessing on your offspring”

Psalm 42:1  NKJV      “As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.”

6. Game- Wells Match-Up Game

God provides us with wells of living water, belief, power, peace, love, blessings, healing, wisdom.

Isaiah 12:3  NKJV      “Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation.”

Need: 16 envelopes

Make 2 slips of paper with the word “satisfaction” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “belief” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “power” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “peace” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “love” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “blessings” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “healing” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “wisdom” on them. Put each slip of paper in an envelope.

Need 16 children to play this game. Give each child an envelope. At he signal they must open it and find the match to their word.

7. Go And Sin No More

The day after the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus went to the temple early in the morning. He sat down and began to teach the people that came to Him there. As Jesus was teaching a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him whom they said was caught in adultery. These men knew what the Law of Moses stated concerning adultery, but they were hoping to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the Law.

 

John 7:53-8:1-11  NKJV“And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

      Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ”

          True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. True repentance is to ‘Go and sin no more.’ When we have repented of our sins it is referred to as being “saved” or “Born Again.”

 

8. Game – Salvation Match-Up

Need: Slips of paper with salvation verses on them – divide each verse in half.

Examples: Titus 3:5, Psalm 51:1-2, Isaiah 1:16, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 51:7, 1 John 1:9, John 3:16

Give each child a slip of paper. At the signal they will need to find the person who has the second part of their verse. They will need a Bible to check to see if they are correct. The children that correctly finds their partner is the winner.

9. Benefits of Salvation

Our salvation through Jesus Christ not only restores us to a right relationship with God, but it does a whole lot more. It also supplies what is necessary for life and provides what brings us joy. In Isaiah 55:1, the words “wine and milk” are symbols of complete satisfaction. Our salvation truly brings us complete and abundant satisfaction.

 

Isaiah 55:1-2  NKJV        “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come o the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.’ ”

      Through our salvation we can enjoy many other benefits, favors, and, gifts from God. We can receive anything which is for our good or advantage. Christians may drink from any of the many “wells” that God provides. A few of them are spiritual satisfaction, belief/faith, power, peace, love, blessings, and healings.

 

Psalm 68:19  NKJV     “Blessed be the Lord,

Who daily loads us with benefits,

The God of our salvation.”

 

Psalm 116:12  NKJV       “What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me?”

Psalm 103:2  NKJV      “Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

      As we drink from the wells that God provides to us we must never forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. It would have been enough for God to just save us from eternal separation from Him, however He did not stop there.

Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can receive much, much, more. The benefits that we are provided with are endless. We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

10. Game – Balancing Soap Relay

Need: 2 bars of soap and 1 poster board.

Write the following on the poster board:  “Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a bar of soap. Tape the sign a short distance away from the teams. The first person on each team is to balance the soap on their head, hurry to the sign . At the sign they are to take the soap off their head, read what the sign says ( Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.) then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner

 

11. Accessing  the Wells

We can access the wells of spiritual satisfaction, faith, power, peace, love, blessings, wisdom, and healings by becoming a child of God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become part of God’s family.

* God loves everyone and wants us to become members of His family.

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.”

* Sin separates us from God. Everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness. Sin is disobeying God in any way.

Romans 3:23 NKJV     “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

James 4:17  NKJV     “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

* The punishment for sin is separation from God. This is spiritual death. But Jesus took our punishment for sin by dying on the cross.

Romans 3:23 NKJV     “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

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.”

* Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

1 John 1:9  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

* After we accept salvation through faith, we need to tell others that we have received Jesus as Savior.

Romans 10:9  NKJV     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

* We should grow as a new Christian through Bible reading, daily prayer, regular church attendance, and obeying God’s commands.

 

12. Game – Pass The Gift Relay Race

Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Need: Two boxes wrapped up as gifts. Place a snack inside (enough for the entire group) before wrapping them up.

Divide the group into two teams and line them up in rows. Hand a gift to the first person in each row. They are to pass the gift to the person behind them and so on. When the gift gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and pass the gift to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. At the end of the meeting, allow each team to open the gifts and share what’s inside.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Accepting Jesus’ Sacrifice and Forsaking Sin

Throughout the Bible when people had an encounter with Jesus they were changed. Jesus did not condemn them.  However, He did show them their sinful state by challenging them to consider their own sinful  / spiritual condition.

Before we can receive salvation we must recognize our sinful condition. We were born into this world as a sinner, separated from God. We can not change this condition ourselves. As a sinner man wants his own way, not God’s way.

Jesus gave the people He encountered hope and forgiveness. Then they were instructed to, “Go and sin no more.” They were to forsake their sins.

 

Forsake: to abandon, to withdraw companionship, protection, or support from, to give up, renounce, or sacrifice something that gives pleasure .

 

Hebrews 10:26-27 NKJV     “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”

     After we receive the forgiveness that Jesus paid for we must heed His words of “Go and sin no more.“ We must not sin willfully. To sin willfully means persistent, deliberate rejection of the good news (Jesus‘ sacrifice), the gospel.

Persistent : incessant (unceasing,  continuing for a long time without stopping) or unrelenting (determined and unyielding), or existing or continuing for an long time.

Deliberate : intentional (done on purpose, not by accident ), thought out, and done intentionally.

     If a person rejects the sacrifice of Jesus, there is no other sacrifice for their sins. If a person refuses to be freed from sin, there is nothing to deliver them from the fearful expectation of judgment.

 

Have you encountered Jesus in a way that has challenged you to consider your own spiritual condition?

Have you heeded Jesus’ words of “Go and sin no more.”?

Are you allowing deliberate or persistent sin to remain in your life?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or light meal.

17. Dismissal

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