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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Shinning Stars

shinning stars       

Theme: Stars, Night time sky, Light

Memory Verse: Philippians 2:14-15

Bible Truth: God had called us to shine no matter where we are.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Reflective Light

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Colossians 1:12  NKJV   

  “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

     Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV   

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs-

1. ____________________________________________

2. ____________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”    Philippians 2:14-15 

5. The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a “crooked and depraved generation” so that they would be able to “shine like stars”, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15      “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

     We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

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.”

6. Game – Jig-Saw Puzzle Race

Need: card stock and baggies.

Copy the Bible verse on pieces of card stock. You will need a copy for each person playing the game.

After verse is copied, cut each one into 8 pieces and place in a baggie. Be sure to keep each puzzle separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the baggies with the puzzle pieces a short distance in front of the lines. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and open one of them, and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then place the puzzle back in their bag and run back to their team. The next person will do the same.

The team that finishes first is the winner. The children should take their memory verse puzzle home with them.

7. Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14  NKJV   

  “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

     Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV    

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

     The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

8. Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15  NKJV    

“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.”

     Light indicates deliverance from darkness.  Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

9. Game –  Gifts and Needs Match-Up

Need: 8 pieces of paper.

On 8 pieces of paper write the following sentences – one sentence per sheet of paper:

Jazmine loves to sing.

The Kid’s Church  is looking for children to sing in a choir.

Mariah loves to bake.

The visitation committee is looking for people to bake cookies for them to take to the homes of visitors.

Hannah likes to work in the yard.

The park has large flower beds and is in need of someone to help take care of them.

Bianca is good with animals.

A family friend needs someone to take care of their dog while they are out of town.

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Pick eight children to play this game. Tape a piece of paper on each of the players backs. At the signal they must find the correct match for the sentence on their back. They may ask the other people in the class what the paper on their back says.

Correct Matches

Jazmine loves to sing. / The Kid’s Church  is looking for children to sing in a choir.

Mariah loves to bake. / The visitation committee is looking for people to bake cookies for them to take to the homes of visitors.

Hannah likes to work in the yard.The park has large flower beds and is in need of someone to help take care of them.

Bianca is good with animals. /A family friend needs someone to take care of their dog while they are out of town.

10. Creating A Thirst

Matthew 5:13-16  NKJV    

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 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.”

     Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to “season” each other and to “preserve” the lost.

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out.

11. Game – Keep The Path Clear Between You And Jesus – Obstacle Course

Matthew 5:14  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

     Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us.

As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Need: Objects that can be used as obstacles in setting up an obstacle course. Some items that can be used are small tables, safety cones, toys and folding chairs.

Using several objects set up two obstacle courses. Divide the group into two teams and line them up in rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run their course then back to their team. The next person in line will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

12. Seasoning

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt  gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful).

As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25  NKJV  

   “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

13. Preservative

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling. As Christians we have been “preserved” from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10  NKJV    

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

14. GamePass the Light Relay Race

Need: Two flashlights or glow in the dark sticks.

Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Divide the class into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a light to the first person in each row. They are to pass the light to the person behind them and tell them something that God has delivered them from….. and so on. When the light gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and pass the light 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.

15. Worship Song – ___________________________

16. Challenge / Altar – Inheritance and Responsibilities

Colossians 1:12  NKJV   

  “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

     With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV 

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. We can do this by letting our lights shine for Jesus.

Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, “salt” in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us.

There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the “light” that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth  in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

Is what people see in you creating in them a thirst for God?

Are you living up to your responsibilities as a Christian?

Are you a light everywhere you go and in everything you do?

Are you pointing  people to God?

When people look at you do they see Jesus shinning through you?

17. Refreshments or a light meal.

 

18. Crafts

 

19. Dismissal

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