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December 3 – Review and Reflections

December  3 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Daniel 11:2-35

1 John 3:7-24

Proverbs 29:1

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Daniel 11:2-35. Theses verses describe the kings of the north and the south. A few things from the vision are…

* A mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. When he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the __________  ___________ of heaven.

* The king of the __________ shall become strong, as well as one of his princes and he shall gain power over him and have dominion. His dominion shall be a great dominion.

* The king of the North shall come to the kingdom of the king of the South, but shall return to his own land.
However his _____________ shall stir up strife, and assemble a multitude of great forces.

* The king of the South shall be moved with _____________, and go out and fight with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude, but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy.

* A ___________ person shall arise and stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him.

* Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery, but the people who know their _______________ shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
* The people who ______________________ God’s ways shall instruct many, yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.

 

 

2. Read 1 John 3:7-10. A person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Christ is righteous. Whoever has been ______________ of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him.

A person who sins is of the ___________, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God.

The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the ______________ of the devil.

 

 

3. Read 1 John 3:11-24

Believers …

*  should ______________ one another.
* will be ______________ by the world.

* ought to lay down their ___________ for the brethren.

* should help his ________________ in need.

* should not love in _______________ or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
* who keep God’s commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight can have __________________ in knowing that whatever they ask they receive from Him.

* should believe on the ______________ of Jesus Christ and love one another.

* who keep Christ’s _________________________ abide in Him, and He in them.

 

 

4. Read Proverbs 29:1. What does rebuke mean?

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December 2 – Review and Reflections

December  2 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Daniel 9:1-11:1

1 John 2:18-3:6

Proverbs 28:27-28

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Daniel 9:1-19.  Daniel prayed and asked God to…

* let His  ________________ and His fury be turned away from His city Jerusalem.

* cause His face to _____________ on His sanctuary.
* incline His ear and hear, and open His eyes and see their _____________________.

* forgive them of their many ___________________________.

 

 

2. Read Daniel 9:20-27. While Daniel was _______________ Gabriel appeared to him.

 

Gabriel said…

* I have now come forth to give you ____________ to understand.

* I have come to tell you, you are greatly ___________________.

 

What does Gabriel describe in this passage ( Daniel 9:20-27) ?

 

 

3. Read Daniel 10:1-11:1. How long did Daniel mourn?

 

What happened on the twenty-fourth day of the first month?

 

Did anyone else see the man?

 

When Daniel saw this great vision he became very ____________   – there was no strength left in him.

 

The man said to Daniel…

* O Daniel, man greatly ____________________, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.

* Do not fear, Daniel, for from the _________ day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.
* I have come to make you understand what will happen to your _________________ in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.
* O man greatly beloved, fear not! _______________ be to you. Be strong, yes, be strong!

 

4. Read 1 John 2:18-27.What is an antichrist?

 

Believers have an ___________________ from the Holy One, that helps them know what is true and what is a lie.

 

A person who…

* denies the Father and the __________ is antichrist.
* denies the Son does not have the _____________ either.

* _________________________ the Son has the Father also.

 

 

5. Read 1 John 2:28-3:6. If a person abides in Christ they may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His ______________.

Everyone who practices righteousness is ____________ of Christ.

Children of God will purify themselves, just as _______________ is pure.

A person who commits sin also commits ___________________________, and sin is lawlessness.

Jesus was manifested to take away our _____________, and in Him there is no sin.

Whoever abides in Christ does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor _____________________ Him.

 

 

6. Read Proverbs 28:27-28. He who gives to the poor will not lack. Why?

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December 1 – Review and Reflections

December  1 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Daniel 8:1-27

1 John 2:1-17

Proverbs 28:25-26

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Daniel 8:1-14. In the vision…

*  Daniel was in ______________, the citadel, which is in the province of Elam.

* Daniel saw a __________ which had two horns standing beside the river.

* no animal could withstand the ram or _____________ from his hand.

* suddenly a male ______________ came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground.

* the male goat had a notable ____________ between his eyes.

* the male goat attacks the _____________ and breaks his two horns.

* the ram is ___________________ by the male goat.

* the large horn on the male goat is broken, and in place of it ___________ notable ones came up. And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great.

 

 

2. Read Daniel 8:15-27. Who stood before Daniel?

 

Gabriel was told to give Daniel the meaning of the ___________________.

 

Gabriel said…
* The vision refers to the time of the _____________.
* The ram with the two horns are the ____________ of Media and Persia.
* The male goat is the kingdom of ____________________.

* The four horns are the four _____________________ shall arise out of Greece.

 

What would happen when the transgressors have reached their fullness?

 

 

3. Read 1 John 2:1-14. Who is our Advocate with the Father?

 

What does advocate mean?

 

What does propitiation mean?

 

We know that we know Jesus if we keep His __________________________.

If we keep God’s word, the love of God is perfected in us. What does perfected mean?

 

If a person truly _______________ in Christ they will walk as He walked.

A person who loves his brother abides in the ________________, but a person who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness.

How do you overcome the wicked one?

 

 

4. Read 1 John 2:1-15-17. Where does the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life come from?

 

A person who does the ______________ of God abides forever.

 

5. Read Proverbs 28:25-26. A person who _____________ in the Lord will be prospered.

A person who walks _______________ will be delivered.

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God Lights Our Way

god lights our wayGod Lights Our Way

Theme : Lights, glow sticks

Memory Verse : Psalm 119:11

Bible Truth: Hiding God’s Word in my heart will help me not to sin.

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

God’s Word is described as light and as a guide for living. Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light is also something that brings understanding or shows the way. It gives us instructions on how to live as a child of God. It was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us.

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

 

Psalm 119:11  NKJV    “Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I  might not sin against You.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ___________________________________

2. ___________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

5. Bible Pledge

Bible Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy Word.

I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

And I will hide it’s words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

6. The Bible Is Our Guide  / Instruction Book

Proverbs 6:23  NKJV     “For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

         God’s Word is a guide book for living. It gives us understanding and guidance. It enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we should be on. It shows us all that is in store for us as well as the pitfalls and snares that the enemy tries to place in our path.

God’s Word should be our constant companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Even when it gives us words of rebuke it shows us how to change and offers words of hope, encouragement and love.

7. GameBottle Toss

Need: two tables and bottles of water

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams into two rows. Set up two tables a short distance from each group and mark a line three feet away from each table. Give the first person on each team a bottle of water. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the line and toss the water bottle onto a table and get it to land upright. When they do they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Walk In The Light

As a Christian we are instructed to walk in the light.

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

9. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need :

1 pair of tweezers for each team

Small breath mints

2 small bowls for each team

Divide the group into teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

10. The Light Of Christ Will Change Us

1 John 1:5 – 7   NKJV     “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our position changes. We were once in darkness, evil, but at salvation we become righteous and full of light through Christ Jesus. We were spiritually dead but are made spiritually alive.

God expects our walk to change since our position changed. We must walk worthy of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received. There is no darkness or evil in God. If we truly want fellowship with God we can’t have any in us either. We must have God’s standards and God’s morals. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from sinning against God.

John 3:18-21  NKJV     “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

          As we allow God to shine a light into our life it will change us. The Light of Jesus Christ was sent to this world by God the Father so that not none would be lost and that all would receive eternal life. If we believe in Jesus and His name we are not condemned and we receive life instead of judgment.

John 5:24  NKJV     “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

John 6:40  NKJV     “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

11. Game – Separate The Candles

Need:

Small boxes of birthday candles – four different colors

8 small bowls (need two sets of four bowls marked with the colors of candles that you are using.)

Divide the children into two teams. Give each child a small box of birthday candles.  Line the teams into two rows. Place 4 bowls on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and put their candles into the correct bowls. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

12. Jesus Is The Light Of The World

Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the only way to God. Those that do not believe in Jesus or His name are condemned and they will receive judgment. God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to light the way to Himself. Throughout history and in this present age, people offer many excuses for not accepting Jesus as their Savior and the Lord of their life. The excuses they give are an attempt to hide what is really in their heart. Deep in their heart they do not want to accept Jesus as the Lord of their life. They do not want the light of Jesus to shine in them because if it does it will show them for what they really are – a sinner that does not want to change and who does not want to draw closer to God.

We must never forget that the Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we really are and as God sees us. The true believer, however, welcomes the light of Jesus shining in them. The light will help people see what they need to do in order to draw closer to God.

Ephesians 5:8  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

          When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are changed. We were once children of darkness and sin but, we become children of the light  and righteousness.

Our new life must reflect that change in us in every area of our lives. We must allow God to light our way.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

14. Challenge – Altar

Just as God lights our way, we too should be a light for others. Our lives are a message to everyone we come in contact with. We are to let our light shine everywhere we go. In life people listen more to what we do than what we say.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV     “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Through you others will see Jesus. You will either brighten their world or you will darken it by your behavior, your thoughts, your words, and your actions. You have an effect on those around you.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Craft 

17. Dismissal

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Gifts For Jesus

GIFTS FOR JESUS   Gifts For Jesus 

Theme: Christmas theme

Memory Verse: Matthew 2:11 

Life Application: The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

 

1. Open In Prayer

2. Opening – Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophets.

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler

Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’ When they heard the king they departed’ and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

     When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived.

Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old.

The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

3. Memory Verse

Matthew 2:11  NKJV     “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

4. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

5. Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV

“The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area.

The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

6. Game – Bucket And Balls Relay

Need: 2 buckets for each team and 6 balls for each team

Divide the children into teams of two. Give each team a bucket and six balls. One child throw balls to the other child who tries to catch the balls in a bucket on their head. The first team to catch three balls in their bucket is the winner.

7. Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV    “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV    “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

8. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need : 2 pair of tweezers and small breath mints

Divide the group into two teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

9. Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

10. Game- Can Stack Relay

Need: 10 cans and 8 paper plates

Divide the children into two teams. Give each team 5 cans and four paper plates. Line the children into rows. Place 5 cans and 4 paper plates on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and stack five cans with paper plates in between each can ( start with a can). They will then unstuck them and run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

11.  Review Game

Need:

26 slips of paper

26 small pieces of candy

Write the questions on slips of paper, Have the children tale turns drawing a questions. If they can answer the question correctly they earn a piece of candy.

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus? 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)? 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ________________ and kingship.

9. The _______________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. 

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being  ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to. 

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________. 

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

12.  Worship Song – ______________________________

13. Challenge and Altar – Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV   “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

Do you recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

Allow time for the children to pray.

14. Crafts

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Dismissal

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Separate The Candy

1 2Separate The Candy

 

Need:

A small bag of candy for each person playing. (Each bag of candy should have two pieces of five

different types of candy.)

10 small bowls (need two sets of five bowls marked with the name of the five types of candy that you are using.)

 

 

Divide the children into two teams. Give each child a bag of candy.  Line the teams into two rows. Place 2 bowls on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and put their candy into the correct bowls. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

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Ping Pong Tick-Tac-Toe

1 2 3     Ping Pong Tick-Tac-Toe

Need:

18 glasses or small fish bowls.

12 ping pong balls

 

The object of the game is to bounce ping-pong balls into a grid of glasses to get a 3 in a row.

Arrange two sets of glasses in three rows of three.

Example:

X  X  X

X  X  X

X  X  X

Divide the children into two teams. Give each team 6 ping pong balls. Line the children into rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and bounce a ping pong ball into a glass. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until a team gets three in a row.

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Can Stack Relay

1 2  Can Stack Relay

Need:

10 cans

8 paper plates

 

Divide the children into two teams. Give each team 5 cans and four paper plates. Line the children into rows. Place 5 cans and 4 paper plates on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and stack five cans with paper plates in between each can. They will then unstuck them and run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

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The Three Gifts

the three giftsThe Three Gifts

Memory Verse:  Matthew 2:2

Life Application:  Wise men will seek Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Matthew 2:1-11

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Hebrews 9:11

Hebrews 9:24-25

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 4:14-16

John 14:6

John 8:38

Luke 24:19

John 6:14

Luke 4: 24

John 8:40

Revelation 19:16

 

Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophets. ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.’ When they heard the king they departed’ and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

         When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived. Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old. The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV     “The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  NKJV     “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area. The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV     “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet.

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

 

Review

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

 

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

 

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus?

 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

 

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

 

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)?

 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ____________ and kingship.

9. The ____________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship.

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

 

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God.

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to.

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

 

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________.

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

 

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

 

27. Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

 

28. Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

29. Do you  recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

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Sights And Sounds Of The Season

sights and sounds of the seasonSights And Sounds Of The Season

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:15

Bible Truth: Words cannot describe the wonderful gifts that we have been given.

 

Bible Text:

2 Corinthians 9:15

Exodus 29:15-18

Leviticus 1:9

Isaiah 53:10

Ephesians 1:7

Hebrews 10:19-22

Ephesians 5:18-20

John 14:15-17

Acts 1:4-9

Psalm 33:3

Psalm 40:3

Psalm 96:1-3

Psalm 144:9

Psalm 149:1

Acts 2:11

Acts 16:25-26

Psalm 34:1-3

 

All the sights and sounds of the season can remind us of the two most wonderful gifts that God has given us – the gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Both of these gifts are indescribable. Words cannot describe the wonderful gifts that we have been given.

2 Corinthians 9:15  NKJV          “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

The Gift of Salvation

     The sweet smells of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation. Salvation spices up our life – through the blood of Jesus our stinky lives become a sweet smell to God. The sacrifices in the Old Testament, when properly done, were a sweet aroma to God. Aaron and his sons needed to offer sacrifices for themselves and for the people.

Exodus 29:15-18   NKJV     “You shall also take one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the ram; and you shall kill the ram, and you shall take its blood and sprinkle it all around on the alter. Then you shall cut the ram in pieces, wash the entrails and its legs, and put them with its pieces and with its head. And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.”

Leviticus 1:9  NKJV     “but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.”

     In the Bible when we read that something is a stench it means that God hates it or rejects it. When we read that something is a sweet smell it means that God is pleased or accepts it.

No sacrifices (burnt offerings) were needed after the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus left His place in heaven and came to this earth so that He could pay our penalty for our sin. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we a can be a sweet aroma (smell) to God. The stench of our sin is done away with when the blood of Jesus is applied to our life. Jesus truly spices up our live and makes us acceptable to God, our Father. He paid for our salvation (made us acceptable to God) with His own life and blood.

Isaiah 53:10  NKJV     “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him,

He has put Him to grief.

When You make His soul an offering for sin,

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”

     Sin stinks to God. When we have sin in our life we stink to God, and we are unacceptable. God hates sin. He does not hate the sinner, but He hates the sin. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a sweet smell to God. We are accept by God only through the blood of Jesus.

Ephesians 1:7  NKJV     “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

     If we have accepted salvation when God looks down upon us, he does not see the sin that we committed, all He sees is the blood of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-22  NKJV     “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

     Jesus turns our stink into a sweet aroma that God accepts. Jesus spices up our life!

The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Jingle bells can remind us that the gift of the Holy Spirit puts a jingle in our steps. He will put a song on our lips and a melody in our heart.

Ephesians 5:18-20  NKJV     “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven, after His crucifixion and resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to help and comfort us.

John 14:15-17  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you will know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Acts 1:4-9  NKJV     “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

         God desire for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The only way to do that is to allow the Holy Spirit to worship God through us. When we are filled with the Spirit, He will help us in our worship to God. He will put a song on our lips and a melody in our heart.

Psalm 33:3  NKJV     “Sing to Him a new song;

Play skillfully with a shout of joy.”

 

Psalm 40:3  NKJV     “He has put a new song in my mouth –

Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear,

And will trust in the Lord.”

 

Psalm 96:1-3  NKJV     “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name:

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all peoples.”

Psalm 144:9  NKJV     “I will sing a new song to You, O God;

On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You”

 

Psalm 149:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

And His praise in the assembly of saints.”

      The first thing that the people in the upper room did after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit was to praise and worship God.

Acts 2:11  NKJV     “Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

       They did so in a language that they had never learned. They praised and worshiped God in spirit and in truth through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. They were able to worship God in spirit and in truth because Jesus had sent the Holy Spirit to them, just like He had promised. There is power in praise and worship, and even more power in praise and worship led and enabled by the Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:25-26  NKJV     “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

       We should bless the Lord at all times. In order for us to do this we must have the Promise of the Father that Jesus said that He would sent to us. It is very hard to bless the Lord when things are bad or when everything seems to go wrong unless you have been filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift that Jesus said that He would send.

Psalm 34:1-3  NKJV     “I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.”

 

Review

1. Our lives without Christ are a stinky smell to God. What does that mean?

 

2. The sacrifices in the Old Testament were a _______________   ________________ to God.

3. When we read that something is a stench to God in the Bible, what does that mean?

 

4. When we read that something is a sweet smell  to God in the Bible, what does that mean?

 

5. Were (and are) sacrifices needed after the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross? Why or why not.

 

6. Why did Jesus leave His place in heaven and come to this earth?

 

7. The stench of our sin is done away with when?

 

8. Jesus’ sacrifice makes us acceptable to God. What does acceptable mean?

 

9. Sin stinks to God. What does that mean?

 

10. God hates sin. He does not hate the ____________, but He hates the sin!

11. How are we accepted by God?

 

12. If we have accepted salvation what does God see when He looks down at us?

 

13. Who is the Holy Spirit?

 

14. According to Ephesians 5:18-20, we should be filled with what?

 

15. What did Jesus promise that He would send  and why?

 

16, Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My________________________, and I will pray the Father, and He will give you another __________________, that He may abide with you forever”

17. What is a Helper?

 

18. What does “He dwells with you and will be in you” mean?

 

19. God desire for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. What does that mean to you?

 

20. Knowing that worship is a lifestyle, how should we live our lives?

 

21. When a person is filled with the Spirit, He will help us in our _______________ to God.

22. According to Psalm 96:1-3, we are to proclaim the good news of _____________________.

23. What does proclaim mean?

 

24. What was the first thing that the people in the upper room did after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

 

24. There is power in praise and worship, and even more power in praise and worship led and enabled by the ______________    ____________________.

26. What gift did Jesus say He would send?

 

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