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My Whole Heart

MY WHOLE HEARTMy Whole Heart

This event has a love or heart theme.

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Bible Truth: We are to love and praise God with our entire heart.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

5. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1. We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2. We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.” 

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

6. Game-  Musical Chairs

Need: music and chairs (1 less than the number of players)

God desire for us to praise Him with our whole heart. We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left person left in the game will represent someone who took time to praise, worship, and serve the Lord with their whole heart.

Have the children line up beside the chairs and march around them when the music starts to play. When the music stops each child is to find a chair to sit in. The person who is left without a chair is out. Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

7. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     Our hearts should long for the things of God more than the things of the world. God desires for you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” 

Psalm 119:2NKJV     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

8. Game – Pass The Heart Bible Verse  Relay

Need: 2 heart shaped pillow or balloon

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a heart to the first person in each row. They are to pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the heart gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line, say the Bible verse and pass the heart 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.

9. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1. If you have sin in your heart you will not receive all the blessings that He desires to give you.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

2. If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV     “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

3. If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

10. Review Game

Need: 15 index cards

Write the review questions on the cards, one question per card.

Divide the group into teams and line the teams up in rows. Place the question cards in a small box. The teams will take turns drawing questions. The first person from the first team will draw a question. If they can answer the question correctly their team will earn 1 point. If the answer is incorrect, place the card back into the box. The first person on the next team will repeat the process. Play until all questions are answered correctly or until time runs out. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Questions and Answers

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

love

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

God

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole heart.

worship    serve

4. What is a whole heart?

A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

nothing

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

people

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

Love

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

praise       worship

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

agreement

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

place

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

same

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

whole

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

Sin

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

Tolerate

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

13. Worship Song – ____________________________

14. Challenge /Altar

Where have you been looking for love?

Have you been looking to the world for love?

What have you been filling that place that belongs to God with?

Have you been loving, worshiping, obeying, and serving God with your whole heart?

Give the children time to pray alone and then pray for each one.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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Razzle Dazzle

razzle dazzleRazzle Dazzle

This event has a fashion theme.

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7 

Bible Truth: God looks at our heart.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – “God’s Jewelry – Adorned With Incorruptible Beauty”

1 Samuel 16:7  NKJV     “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

          God searches our hearts instead of looking at our appearances. Man looks at the outside of a person however, God looks at a person’s heart. What’s inside a persons heart is far more important and significant that their physical appearance or their natural abilities.

1 Timothy 2:8-10  NKJV     “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braded hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”

      Christians are to spend more time developing their inner character than attempting to make themselves look beautiful on the outside. The Bible does not condemn women who wear jewelry or fix their hair or wear nice clothes. It only emphasizes that we should be more concerned with what God thinks about us than what man thinks about us. Since God places a greater emphasis on our inside (our heart) than He does on our outside, shouldn’t we spend more time on it?

A few of the “jewels” that women can adorn themselves with are: a quiet and gentle spirit, a fear of the Lord, and discretion. Each of these “jewels” will have a brilliance that will last forever – they will not fade with time or go out of style.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _________________________________

2. _________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 Samuel 16:7  NKJV     “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

5. A Gentle And Quiet Spirit

Gentle means not severe, rough, or violent; mild; soft; not harsh or extreme; moderate; kindly; friendly; having or showing good manners; refined; polite; treat in a soothing way; being pleasant or pleasing.

A woman that is gentle will be soft, tender, calm, kind, patient and humble. She will not be harsh, rough, violent or have bad manners.

1 Peter 3:3-4  NKJV     “Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

6. Game – “What’s In The Basket?”

Need: a basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small pieces of jewelry or hair accessories or beauty items, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at.

Cover up basket.

Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil.

Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

7. “Fear Of The Lord”

Fear of the Lord is respect and reverence to God and the things of God. When we respect God we will hold Him (His thoughts, His Word, and His desires) in high regard. Respect will cause you to give honor to whom it is due therefore, if we respect God we will give Him the honor that is due unto Him. We show respect by (and through) our actions, thoughts and words. Respect for God will also cause you to esteem Him (to think highly of).

When we have a reverence toward God we have a feeling of deep respect, mixed with wonder, awe, and love toward Him.

Proverbs 31:30  NKJV     “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praise.”

    Charm is not always what it seems to be – it has a tendency to mislead, and beauty will not be with a person forever. After awhile people who once had charm and beauty will cease to be praise by men.

A woman who fears the Lord will by praised forever by man and by God. Praise means to say that a thing or a person is good. Praise is also words that tell the worth or value of a thing or person, a commendation, an expression of approval, admiration of (to admire – to look on with pleasure).

In the eyes of God a woman who fears the Lord is good, valuable, approved of, and looked upon with pleasure by God.

8. Game – “Pass The Mirror”

Need : a non breakable mirror and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children the mirror. Turn on some music and have the children pass the mirror around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the mirror when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

9. “Discretion”

Discretion is great carefulness in speech or action; good judgment; wise caution. A woman who lack discretion (no matter how lovely or beautiful she is on the outside) is compared to a pig with a golden ring in its nose. A gold ring would be ridiculous on the nose of a pig.

Proverbs 11:22  NKJV     “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,

So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.”

10. God Looks At The Spiritual

While man looks at the physical, God looks at the spiritual. God examines the very innermost part of a person.

Psalm 7:9  NKJV     “For the righteous God tests the heart and minds.”

     Everything that comes out of our mouth begins on the inside (innermost part) of us.

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV     “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings firth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

      God knows everything in our hearts – every motive, desire, dream and word, even before we express it. God will search (test, examine) each person’s heart to see what is in it. He searches our hearts so that He can help us. Like David, we too should desire for God to examine our hearts (and our thoughts) and to purge us of sin so that we may have everlasting life.

Psalm 139:1-24  NKJV     “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue,

But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

You have hedged me behind and before,

And laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say,

‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You.

Oh, that You would slay the wicked O God!

Depart from me, therefore you bloodthirsty me.

For they speak against You wickedly;

Your enemies take Your name in vain.

Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

I hate them with perfect hatred;

I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

11. Game – “Review Tic-Tac – Toe”

Need: poster board , 16 index cards , tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board.

On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

Review Questions

1. God searches our ____________instead of looking at our appearances.

hearts

2. Christians are to spend more time developing their inner _________________ than attempting to make themselves look beautiful on the outside.

character

3. The Bible does not _____________women who wear jewelry or fix their hair or wear nice clothes.

condemn

4.We should be more concerned with what ________thinks about us than what man thinks about us.

God

5. A few of the “jewels” that women can adorn themselves with are: a quiet and ___________  spirit, a fear of the Lord, and discretion.

gentle

6. What does gentle mean?

Not severe, rough, or violent; mild; soft; not harsh or extreme; moderate; kindly; friendly; having or showing good manners; refined; polite; treat in a soothing way; being pleasant or pleasing.

7. A woman that is gentle will be soft, tender, calm, kind, _____________ and humble.

patient

8. A woman that is gentle will not be harsh, rough, violent or have _________  ___________.

bad manners

9. Fear of the Lord is what?

Respect and reverence to God and the things of God.

10. Respect will cause you to give __________ to whom it is due.

honor

11. We show respect by (and through) our ____________, _____________ and words.

actions, thoughts

12. When we have a _____________________ toward God we have a feeling of deep respect, mixed with wonder, awe, and love toward Him.

reverence

13. Charm is not always what it seems to be – it has a tendency to mislead, and _____________ will not be with a person forever.

beauty

14. A woman who fears the Lord will by praised ________________ by man and by God.

forever

15. What does praise mean?

To say that a thing or a person is good.

16. In the eyes of God a woman who fears the Lord is good, valuable, approved of, and looked upon with _________________ by God.

pleasure

17. What does discretion mean?

Great carefulness in speech or action; good judgment; wise caution.

18. A woman who lack discretion (no matter how lovely or beautiful she is on the outside) is compared to a _________ with a golden ring in its nose.

pig

19. While man looks at the physical, God looks at the _________________.

spiritual

20. God examines the very _________________ part of a person.

innermost

21. Everything that comes out of our mouth begins on the ____________ of us.

inside

22. Who knows everything in our hearts – every motive, desire, dream and word, even before we express it?

God

23. God will __________ each person’s heart to see what is in it.

Search

24. We should desire for God to examine our hearts and our thoughts, and to purge us of sin so that we may have _____________________  _____________.

everlasting life

12. Worship Song – __________________________________

13. Challenge / Altar

The Bible tells us that whatever is in the heart will come out of our mouths. It also tells us that each one of us will give an account for every idle (unfounded) word that we speak. That our words will either justify us or condemn us. God desires for us to ask Him to search our hearts. Not so that He can condemn us but to help us.

Allow the children to spend some time in prayer, asking God to search their hearts.

Dear Father, Help me to spend more time developing my inner character than attempting to make myself beautiful on the outside. Help me to be more concerned with what You thinks about me than what man thinks about me. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, help me to adorn myself with a quiet and gentle spirit, the fear of the Lord, and discretion, which will not fade with time or go out of style.    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

14. Refreshments or a light meal.

15. Crafts

17. Dismissal

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“God Sent…”

God Sent...   “God Sent…”

This event has a Christmas or gift theme.

Memory Verse: 1 John 4:10 

Bible Truth: God sent Jesus out of love.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The dictionary defines gift as something that is given to somebody. It is not something that you have to work for, pay for, or earn. It may not even be something that you deserve. True gifts are given out of love. God loved us so much and He showed His great love for us by sending His Son to this world.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

___________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

5. God Sent An Angel To Mary

One cold winter day long, long, ago, God sent an angel named Gabriel to appear to Mary in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Many Bible scholars believe this was during the Feast of Dedication.

Mary was a young woman who was engaged to marry Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth. Both Mary and Joseph were of the family of King David.

Luke 1:26-28  NKJV     “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

     The angel Gabriel, spoke to Mary and said, “The Lord is with you and you are greatly favored.” Mary did not understand what the angel meant. So the angel explained, “Don’t be afraid Mary. You have favor with God. God has chosen you to have a little baby boy, the Messiah. You are to name him Jesus. He will be a king who will rule forever.”

Luke 1:29-33  NKJV     “But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

     The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and place within her Jesus, the Son of God, the Light of the World. Mary gladly accepted the words of the angel because she was a faithful servant of the Lord. Then the angel disappeared.

Luke 1:34-38  NKJV     “Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

6. Game – “Angel Relay Race”

Need: two angel wings, two halos and a sign that reads, “The Lord is with you and you are greatly favored.”

Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Give an angel costume (wings and halo) to the first person in each row. At the signal the first person on each team is to put on the angel costume and run to the sign. At the sign they are to read it out loud, then run back to the team, take off the costume and give it to the next person in line. They are to repeat the process. The first team to finish is the winner.

7. God Sent Joseph And Mary To Bethlehem

Approximately nine months later, in the fall, Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor, decided that a census should be taken throughout the land. Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for his registration. Because Joseph and Mary were members of the family of King David, they had to go to Bethlehem in Judea.

Luke 2:1-5  NKJV     “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child”

     Mary, by this time, was about ready to have her baby. But off they went to Bethlehem. After a long hard journey they arrived in Bethlehem. Bethlehem was crowed with people looking for a place to stay.

Luke 2:6-7  NKJV     “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

     Mary and Joseph were so tired after their long journey. Mary was ready to have her baby. She needed a place to rest very badly. All Joseph could find was a stable behind the inn.

8. Game – Donkey Memory Verse Relay

Need: 2 stick donkeys- these can be made or purchased.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Line the children up in two teams. Give each team a stick donkey. At the signal the first person on each team will ride their stick donkey to the front and say the memory verse. Then they will ride back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. God Sent The Shepherds To The Manger

That night some shepherds were in the field outside the village guarding their flock of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them and a bright light lit up the sky. The shepherds were afraid, but the angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news. The Savior, the Lord, yes, the Messiah has been born tonight in Bethlehem. You will find Him there wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” All at one the angel was joined by many other angels. Later that night Jesus was born. They did not have any fancy blankets, so Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger.

Luke 2:8-12  NKJV     “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

     After the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful baby the angel told us about!” They ran all the way to the village and found baby Jesus lying in the manger. Immediately they fell on their knees before Jesus, and worshipped Him as He lay quietly on the hay.

Luke 2:15-16  NKJV     “So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.”

     Then the shepherds went out and made widely known what was told to them. They were so excited to tell everyone that they had seen the Messiah with their own eyes. All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told to them by the shepherds. Then the shepherds returned to their flocks of sheep, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

Luke 2:17-20  NKJV     “Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

10. Game – “Fill In The Blanks Memory Verse Relay Race”

Practice the memory verse a few times.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a poster board to write on. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their sign and write one word on one blank. Each team will write out the memory verse, one letter at a time. The first team to finish with the words in the proper order wins.

11. God Sent A Star

On the night that Jesus was born some wise men who studied the stars discovered a new and wondrous star. They knew if they followed this star it would lead them to a king. So they set out on their journey. They took with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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.”

     When Jesus was eight days old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.  After His dedication, Mary and Joseph returned to their home with baby Jesus.

Luke 2:21-22  NKJV      “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord”

     For almost two years the wise men had followed the star that they had first seen on the night of Jesus’ birth. Finally, when they arrived at Mary and Joseph’s house, they went in. There they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. Then they presented Him with the gifts that they had brought with them, gold, frankincense and myrrh. When their visit was finished they departed for their home.

Matthew 2:9-11  NKJV     “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 worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

    Later that night an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph to take his family to Egypt and to stay there until he was told to leave. The angel told Joseph that King Herod was looking for Jesus and wanted to kill Him. The family arose immediately that night and departed for Egypt and was there until the death of King Herod, then they returned home.

Matthew 2:12-15  NKJV     “Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

     Jesus continued to grow in wisdom. Jesus and His parents would go to the temple in Jerusalem for each of the Jewish feast and festivals. The temple was an important part of Jesus’ life.  Once when they had went to a Passover celebration in Jerusalem, Jesus amazed the scholars with His wisdom and knowledge of the Scriptures.

Luke 2:41-52  NKJV     “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

12. Game – “Pass The Gift”

Need: 1 small box. gift wrap, and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children a box wrapped as a gift. Turn on some music and have the children pass the gift around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the gift when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

13. Worship Song – ________________________

14. Challenge and Altar – God Sent A Gift

The dictionary defines gift as something that is given to somebody. It is not something that you have to work for, pay for, or earn. It may not even be something that you deserve. True gifts are given out of love. God loved us so much and He showed His great love for us by sending His Son to this world.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Propitiation means to appease or conciliate somebody or something. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. Our sin separated us from God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we can be reconciled with God. God truly has given us an indescribable gift.

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

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

17. Dismissal

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“If Pigs Could Talk – Parables Of Forgiveness”

Memory Verse: Luke 15:20  

Bible Truth: When we turn to God in repentance, He has compassion on us.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Parables

Sometimes it is hard to get others to understand what you are trying to say. Not everyone has experienced the same things you have. Because God is so awesome and greater than anything we could understand, He had to find a way to tell us everything we need to know about Him. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate spiritual or invisible principals.

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning. At times Jesus taught in parables. Jesus said He used parables to hide the truth from those who don’t want to listen. He used parables to communicate truth to those who already believed in Him.

Parables can also give us a glimpse of what heaven is like and what future things God has planned for us that we otherwise might not be able to understand.

Three wonderful parables concerning the lost are “The Story Of The Prodigal Son“, “The Lost Sheep“, and “The Lost Coin.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _____________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Luke 15:20   NKJV     

   “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”

5. The Lost Sheep

Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for socializing with sinners. On one of these occasions Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep.

Matthew 18:12-14  NKJV  

   “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

 

Luke 15:3-7  NKJV   

  “So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

In this parable a shepherd is out in the fields with one hundred of his sheep. While there one of his sheep stays away from the others. Knowing that the sheep was in great danger due to being separated from the others, the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep where they are and goes out to search for the lost one. Knowing the value of each and every sheep and that a sheep apart from its shepherd is defenseless and in grave danger, the shepherd searches and searches for the one who strayed away.

When the shepherd finally finds the missing sheep he is overcome with joy. Instead of  criticize or reprimanding the sheep for straying the shepherd lifts the sheep onto his shoulders and takes it back to the others.  Due to the weight of the sheep this would have been on easy effort, however the shepherd did not mind because he was so happy, He gladly bore the discomfort and the pain because of his heart of compassion. Upon returning home he tells his friends what happened and he invites them to celebrate with him over the return on the one sheep that strayed away.

6. Game“Pass The Lamb” ( Memory Verse Race)

Need: 2 stuffed lambs

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a stuffed lamb to the first person on each team. They are to pass the lamb to the person behind them and so on. When the lamb gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse then pass the lamb 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. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. The Parable Of The Prodigal Son      

Luke 15:11-32  NKJV    

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

     The parable of the prodigal son is one of the most well-known stories of Jesus. Prodigal mean extravagantly wasteful, spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness.

In this parable, Jesus told a story of a man who had two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his inheritance early. Normally a son would receive his inheritance at the time of his father’s death. The fact that the younger brother wanted his money early showed a rebellious heart and a disregard for his father’s authority.

Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to waste his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living. After a period of time his money runs out and a severe famine hits the country. The son finds himself in very bad circumstances.

Eventually he is so desperate he takes a job feeding pigs. To Jewish people pigs were unclean animals. They were not even allowed to touch them. He is so hungry that even the pigs food looked good to him. One day the prodigal son begins to think of home, where even his father’s hired hands ate better than him in this foreign country.

Finally the young man comes to his senses. He decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy.

As the young son is walking back on his father’s property, the father sees him and runs out to hug him.  The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son. Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration in his son’s return.

Meanwhile, the older son is in the fields working. When he returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his  brother’s return. The older brother becomes so angry over the celebration that he won’t even go in the house. The father wanted his older son to celebrate with them so he went outside to try to convince him to come in, however the older son still refused to come in.

8. Game- Jigsaw Puzzle Relay (Memory Verse Race)

Need: 2 poster boards, marker, and 2 small baskets.

Draw a large pig on each poster board. Write the memory verse on each poster board, then cut the poster boards into an equal number of pieces each. Keep each one separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the puzzles in two small baskets a short distance from the teams. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then put the puzzle back in the basket and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. The Parable Of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10  NKJV   

  “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

     In the parable of the lost coin, a woman has ten coins and she looses one in the house. She  lights a lamp and begins to search for the coin. She was very diligent in her search. She swept the entire house in her efforts to find the coin. She was very careful to look underneath things and in the dark corners. The woman valued the coin and she was willing to search until she found it. She was very, very happy when she finally found it.

10. Game – “Tic-Tack-Toe Review”

Need: poster board ,16 index cards, and tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”. Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards. Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate _____________ or invisible principals.

spiritual

2. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual ______________.

meaning

3. Jesus said He used parables to ________   ______  __________  from those who don’t want to listen.

hide the truth

4. Jesus also used parables to communicate ___________  to those who already believed in Him.

truth

5. Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for _____________________with sinners.

socializing

6. How many sheep did the shepherd have out in the field?

one hundred

7.  How many sheep strayed away from the shepherd?

One

8. Was the sheep in any danger when it strayed away from the shepherd?

Yes

9. Are we in any danger when we stray away from Jesus, the Great Shepherd?

Yes

10.What does the shepherd do when he realizes that one of his sheep is missing?

The shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep where they are and goes out to search for the lost one.

11. Were are the sheep valuable to the shepherd?

Yes

12. What does the shepherd do when he finds the lost sheep?

The shepherd lifts the sheep onto his shoulders and takes it back to the others.

13. Upon returning home what does the shepherd do?

He tells his friends what happened and invites them to celebrate with him.

14. In the parable of the lost coin a woman has ______ coins.

Ten

15. How many coins did the woman loose in the house?

One

16. In her search for the lost coin, what is the first thing that she does?

She  lights a lamp.

17. The woman was very _______________ in her search.

Diligent

18. What does diligent mean?

Showing persistent and hard-working effort in doing something.

19. The woman was very _____________ to look underneath things and in the dark corners.

careful

20. The woman ______________ the coin and she was willing to search until she found it.

valued

21. Are “lost” people valuable to God?

yes

22. What was the woman’s response when she found the lost coin?

She was very, very happy.

23.  What does prodigal mean?

Extravagantly wasteful, spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness.

24. How many sons were in this story?

two

25. What did the younger son ask for?

For his father to give him his inheritance early.

26. What did the younger brother’s request show?

That he had a rebellious heart and a disregard for his father’s authority.

27. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to ___________ his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living.

waste

28. After a period of time a severe ___________ hits the country.

famine

29. After his money runs out the son is so desperate he takes a job _____________   __________.

feeding pigs

30. How did the Jewish people feel about pigs?

To Jewish people pigs were unclean animals. They were not even allowed to touch them.

31. What did the pigs have that the son desired?

Food

32. When the younger son comes to his senses, what did he decided to do?

He decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy.

33. When the father sees his son coming down the road, what does he do?

He runs out to hug him and welcome him home.

34 . Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a great feast in _____________________of his son’s return.

celebration

35. Where was the older son when the younger one returned home?

In the fields working.

36. When the older son returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his  brother’s ____________.

return

37. Was the older brother happy and overjoyed at his brother’s return?

no

38. How did the older brother show his anger over his brother’s return and the celebration?

he would not even go in the house

39. What did the father do when he heard that the older son would not come in and join the celebration?

The father went outside to try to convince him to come in.

40. Did the older son ever join them inside and celebrate with them?

No

41. The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great _________ of God towards us.

love

42. God is watching for the lost to return to Him and receive His __________ and __________________.

mercy and compassion

43. When we approach God in _____________, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

humility

44. What does humility mean?

The quality of being modest or respectful. It also means seeing yourself as God see you.

45.  When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed what?

That he had fallen as low as he could possibly go.

46. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit ________  ____________before they come to their senses and recognize their sin.

rock bottom

47. When we refer to someone as being lost, what do we mean?

That they are away from God / that they are not in a right relationship with God.

48. God has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through ______________  _____________.

Jesus Christ

49. It was Jesus’ great love for us that led Him to __________________ His life on the cross to take our punishment for our sin.

sacrifice

50. What happens in heaven when someone is “found”

Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to a right relationship with God.

51.  It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a ________________  ______  _________.

lifestyle of sin

52. When a person turns their back on God and walks away from Him, the person is still _____________ by God.

Loved

53. According to Psalm 119:11, why is it important to hide God’s Word in your heart?

It will help us not to sin.

54. According to Psalm 119:105, what is God’s Word to us?

a lamp to our feet and light to our path

55. When a person is in sin, God and He will do _______________ He has to do in order for them to return to Him.

whatever

56. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for ________________.

rejoicing

57. According to 2 Peter 3:9, what does God desire?

That all should come to repentance.

58. God is always ____________  sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church.

seeking

11. Worship Song – __________________________

12. Challenge / Altar

The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great love of God towards us. Just like the father in the parable was able to see the younger son when he was still a long way off, God is watch for the lost to return to Him and receive His mercy and compassion. God seeks after us and reaches out to us. When we come to Him in humility, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed that he had fallen as low as he could possibly go. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit rock bottom before they come to their senses and recognize their sin.

To God, each and every person that is away from His is viewed as lost. One meaning of lost is unable to find the way to a place. Our sin causes us to stray away from God and become lost. Just like the shepherd in the parable, God considers each and every one us valuable. God has a heart of compassion and it is not His desire that any perish. He has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through Jesus Christ. Like God the Father, Jesus loves the lost. It was that great love that led Him to sacrifice His life on the cross to take our punishment for our sin.

Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to a right relationship with God.

In the parable of the lost coin the woman has ten coins in her house when she looses one of them. The ten coins could represent people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior – they are “in the house” of God. However, one of these people fall into sin and becomes lost (separated) from God. They need to be found.

It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a lifestyle of sin. This is referred to as backsliding. The person is still loved by God and He desires for them to he found and restored unto Him. Like the woman in the story, God shines a light into the situation by the power of the Holy Spirit and through His Word.

Psalm 119:11  NKJV    

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:105  NKJV    

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path”

     The person, though in sin, is still valuable to God and He will do whatever He has to do in order for them to return to the other valuable coins in His house. Upon finding the coin the woman calls her friends and neighbors in order to share the good news. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for rejoicing.

2 Peter 3:9  NKJV   

  “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.”

     God is always seeking sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church, and rejoices when they are found. He is not content for any person to be separated from Him.

13. Refreshments or Light Meal

14. Crafts

15. Dismissal

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The Big Top

    

This event has a clown or circus  theme.

Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:8 

Bible Truth: As children of God we are instructed to be serious and careful in  behavior, manner, and appearance.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

When we think of a circus many thoughts may enter our minds. Basically a circus is a group of traveling entertainers, including clowns, acrobats, and sometimes animal trainers and their animals. They usually perform in a very large tent sometimes referred to as a big top.

A clown is a person that dresses and acts in a way for the expressed purpose of making someone laugh or to gain attention to themselves. A clown can also be describes as someone funny, someone who behaves comically, someone who behaves in an absurd manner, someone who behaves in a silly or funny way, or someone who is ill-mannered or ineffectual.

When a person “clowns around” they behave comically or in an absurd manner. The dictionary describes absurd as ludicrous, ridiculous because of being irrational, incongruous, or illogical. It also describes it as lacking any meaning that would give purpose to life

While clowning around and pretending can be fun at times there are several things we must never clown around with. These things are our salvation, our testimony, the things of God, and the good news.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ____________________________________________

2. ____________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 Thessalonians 5:8  NKJV   

  “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

5. Don’t Clown Around With Your Salvation

We should not behave irrational with the wonderful gift of salvation that God has given us through His Son, Jesus.

Hebrews 2:3  NKJV  

   “…how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and we confirmed to us by those who heard Him…”

Matthew 4:17  NKJV   

  “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ”

     One day Jesus will come and take the Christians (the saved people) to His home. We refer to this as the rapture. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken. Sin interferes with you being properly prepared. Since the time of Adam and Eve, people have needed forgiveness from sin. With His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus provided this necessary deliverance once and for all. His deliverance is for all people and for all time. There is no one who cannot receive it.

Matthew 22:1-14  NIV    

“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: ‘the kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. Then he sent some more servants and said, Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

     God has given an invitation to everyone to be part of the kingdom of heaven. However, not everyone will accept His invitation. Some will make light of it (they will not care about it) and others will be so preoccupied with this life that they have no concern for the kingdom of God. It is up to each person to accept the gift of salvation. By not accepting salvation through Jesus Christ, a person is actually rejecting the precious invitation that God is giving them to be part of the kingdom of God. A lot of people want to go to heaven, but not all of them prepare themselves for it. Some  people  “clown around” with their salvation and some will neglect accepting salvation.

The man, in the parable of the wedding banquet, was invited to the feast and he accepted the invitation, however he did not prepare for the banquet. The wedding garment had been provided for him to wear but he did not put it on. The man had ignored a basic obligation (responsibility) placed on him when he accepted the king’s invitation to the feast. He was supposed to wear clean clothes. To come to a wedding banquet unprepared or in soiled clothes was an insult to the king.

To be part of the kingdom of heaven we must accept the invitation, put on the proper clothes (a coat of righteousness is given to us at salvation) and keep our clothes from being soiled -without spots (sanctification). Our eternal salvation is nothing to “clown around” with or play around with! Don’t  “clown around” with your salvation.

6. Game – Darts / Pop The Balloons

7. Don’t Clown Around With Your Testimony

Our testimony is the  proof: of what we claim. We must behave in a reasonable or acceptable manner. Fruits of repentance are necessary. Our actions must show that we have repented from our sins and turned from a lifestyle of sin.

Luke 3:8  NKJV    

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

     Our personal life reflects on our testimony. More people watch our lives more than they listen to our words. Our actions truly do speak louder than our words, therefore we must pay careful attention that our lives are in line with the Word of God.

Titus 2:7-8  NKJV   

  “…in all things showing yourselves to be a pattern of good works, in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”

     How we live and look is very important to our testimony. Living out the truths that we believe as a Christian will influence those that we come in contact with and point people to Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12  NKJV    

“You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

     Our Christian walk, our testimony, must measure up to the God we serve. God is a holy God and our life, how we live and look, must reflect that. We cannot clown around with our testimony (our witness on behalf of God). Remember, people are watching you!

8. Game – Knock Over The Cans

9. Don‘t Clown Around With The Things Of God

As a child of God, our behavior must be consistent with the Word of God. We must not “clown around” with or be inconsistent with the things of God. It was never God’s plan for us to be up one day and down another. After we accept the gift of salvation it is our responsibility to stay spiritually healthy. We cannot afford to “clown around” with our spiritual health. We must be spiritually healthy and ready when Jesus returns. If He finds impurities (sin) in you when He return, you will not go to heaven with Him. Bible reading, prayer, attending church, worship to God all play a very important part in our Christian walk. In order to stay spiritually healthy we must have all of them.

The Bible is God’s Word for all people in all seasons of life – young and old. It  a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.

Psalm 119:105  NIV   

  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

     The Bible will guide us in what is right. Knowing the Bible is the greatest protection you can have against false doctrine and Satan’s temptations.

Prayer is communicating with God. It is talking and listening to Him. All relationships need time and attention. If you stopped talking to your friends you would eventually drift apart. It’s the same with God. If you stop talking to God you will eventually drift away from Him. God loves you and wants you to love Him and spend time with Him. When you spend time with friends you get to know them better – what they like and dislike, and how they’ll respond to different situations. A good friend will make you feel loved and secure.  It’s the same and so much more with God. When you spend time with Him you will get to know Him – His likes and His dislikes.

Fellowship within the body of Christ is essential for  your spiritual growth and the growth of the church. There are great benefits  of attending church. It provides friendship, accountability and companionship. When we share in in each other’s lives it will help bring relief and encouragement for problems and it will help us not to feel a sense of isolation or loneliness. Friends can give assistance, comfort, strength and defense.

Hebrews 10:25  NKJV    

“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.”

     God designed man to be a worshiper. Everyone worships someone or something. Worship means to ascribe worth unto someone or something. When we worship God we are giving great honor and reverence to Him. We are expressing our love and admiration to Him. In essence, we are giving back part of ourselves to Him (ministering to Him.  During our worship times we consider (think about) how extremely precious God is and the love that He has for us. It is a very special time between you and God.  It is a very intimate time- not a time to be talking to other people, doing other things, fidgeting, complaining, or thinking about other things. It is a time to be talking to God and listening to Him. You can expect to hear from God during worship. God is worthy of our worship- He is the only one worthy of our worship. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

Since God gave everything He had for intimacy with us, should we not do the same. As we enter into worship, let’s clear our minds, cleanse our hearts and begin to worship God for who He is. We must not “clown around” with the things of God.

10. Game – Bean Bag Toss

11. Don‘t Clown Around With The Good News

The Bible tells us that all have sinned. Sin is missing the mark. We are all born sinners. Our sin separates us from God. God loves people but He hates sin. God says that sinners must be punished. That punishment is spending eternity in hell separated from God. God loved us so much that He was willing to give His own Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus came as a baby, lived on earth, and died to take away the sins of the world. Jesus took our punishment for our sins.

We are expected to share the good news. It would be illogical for us to accept the most wonderful gift in the entire world, then keep it to ourselves. If we have been spared the punishment for our sin should we not desire that for others also?

Jesus is God’s gift to the whole world. Without Jesus we have no hope. Because He not only died, but was resurrected, the world does have hope!  Our sins can now be forgiven through Jesus and those who ask for forgiveness and live for God will one day be able to live with God in heaven. God sent Jesus Christ, His one and only Son so that we could have eternal life with Him in heaven. The message of Jesus (the Good News) is for everyone in every part of the world. Jesus told His followers to go into all the world and make disciples.

Matthew 28:19,20  NIV  

   “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Mark 16:15 NKJV      “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

     It is important that each of us share the Good News, the message of Jesus. We are to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Each of us are to share the message of salvation to the best of our ability. God has called each one of us to do our part in reaching our world for Him. There is nothing more wonderful that you can give to people than the knowledge of a God who loves them and can forgive their sin. Good new is great to hear and great to share. Each one of us has been called by God to share the Good News wherever we are. We are to be a witness everywhere we go and in everything that we do. We are not to “clown around” with the great responsibility that God has given us. A person’s salvation is nothing to joke about, and we must take our responsibility seriously.

12. Game – Cake / Cookie Walk

13. Worship Song –  _______________________________

14. Challenge / Altar

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8  NKJV    

“You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

Sober – serious and thoughtful in demeanor or quality.

Serious – not lighthearted, thoughtful (careful), not laughing or making jokes, being sensible, not joking or pretending.

Drunk – under the influence of something  that leads to: lost control over behavior / movement / speech and  irrational, unacceptable, unsuitable, illogical behavior.

     As a child of God we must not allow ourselves to be influence by the negative or sinful things of this world. We must be serious and thoughtful in demeanor. Our behavior, manner, and  appearance should be a reflection of what we profess to be. Our character, our reputation,  is very important.

We must: never behave in an irrational way with salvation, our testimony must never be unacceptable, we must never behave in an unsuitable manner with the things of God, and we must behave logically with the good news.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

This event has a fall theme and a new year’s theme.

The memory verse is : 1 Corinthians 15:52

The Bible truth is “In the twinkling of an eye we will be changed.”

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV         “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “…For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________________

2. _______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “… For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

5. A Sign Of God’s Grace

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV         “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

Hebrews 11:17-19 NKJV     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

6. Game – “Jig-Saw” Relay Race

Need: 2 red poster boards and 2 small baskets

Draw a large apple on each poster board, then write the memory verse on each apple, Cut the poster board apple into an equal number of pieces. Keep each one separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the puzzles in two small baskets a short distance from the teams. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then put the puzzle back in the basket and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Self- Examination

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32  NKJV     “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

     Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. They are to judge their own life, not someone else’s.

Matthew 7:1-5  NKJV     “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

     To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.  Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness.

Matthew 6:12-15  NKJV     “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Debt – something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

Trespass – to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another.

     The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21  NKJV     “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

8. Special Services, Observances, and Customs

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV          “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

9. Game –  Pass The Apple

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

Need : 2 apples

Divide the class into two teams. Line the children up in separate rows. Give the first person on each team an apple. At the signal they will pass the apple to the person behind them and they will pass it to the person behind them. When the apple reaches the end the person on the end will run to the front of the line and say, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.” Then they will pass the apple to the person behind them. This process continues until the original person is back at the front of the  line. The team that finishes first is the winner.

10. The Shofar

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to alert the people, and to call the people together

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

11. Game –  With The Sound Of A Trumpet

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Need: Toy horns (such as a party favor), one for each child playing and a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two rows. A short distance from the children set up a table. Place the sign on or above the table so that the children can see it, and place the horns on the table. At the signal, the first person on each team will run to the table and say the memory verse, then pick up a horn and blow it. They will then run back to their team (with their horn) and the next person in line will repeat the process. The team that finished first is the winner.

11. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32:33  NKJV         “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV        “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV         “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV         “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

 2 Kings 14:27  NKJV        “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV         “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

 Philippians 4:3  NKJV        “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

 Revelation 3:5  NKJV        “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

 Revelation 20:12  NKJV        “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 Revelation 21:27  NKJV         “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

12. Game – Review Tic-Tac – Toe

Need: poster board, 16 index cards  and tape

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”. Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards. Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

Review Questions For Game

1.  The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish  ________  __________.

New Year

2. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the _____________, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

Rapture

3. The feast of trumpets also points to ________________ warfare.

Spiritual

4. As Christians we should put on the whole ___________   ______  _________  so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy.

armor of God

5. Rosh Hashanah is about ____________________, redemption, looking forward the coming of Jesus.

Repentance

6. The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the _______________ of Christ and a ________________  of God’s grace to Abraham.

Return     memorial

7. During Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) each person is to take time to look back in _____________________________  over the events and emotions of the previous year.

self-examination

8. To be part of the rapture of the church you must have a __________________ relationship with Jesus Christ.

Personal

9.  What do the prayers recited during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) emphasize?

God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness

10. What does debt mean?

something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

11. What does trespass mean?

to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another

12. The prayers during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) encourage people to reflect on their ____________.

deeds

13. Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking ___________________________ with others.

reconciliation

14. During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of _______________________ are sung.

redemption

15. A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in _____________, a symbol for a sweet new year.

honey

16. During the ceremony of Tashlikh, you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your ___________ being cast away from you.

sins

17. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________ of God.

respect

18. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to ____________ the people, and to __________ the people together

alert           call

19. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

* be a rousing call to ______________________ on the part of the individual.

repentance 

* awaken everyone to make them __________________ the One and Only Creator

remember

* remind the people to ________________ evil ways

forsake

* draw men __________ to God

back

20. Repentance is ________________   __________   ________ to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself.

turning from sin

21. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means  “______________   ______________“ to God.

turning back

13. Redemption

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV         “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

 John 8:36  NKJV        “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

Galatians 3:13  NKJV         “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV        “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

13. Worship Song  – __________________________________

14. Challenge –  Jesus Is Returning

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV        “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

David’s Prayer

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Craft

17. Dismissal

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Down On The Farm

This event has a farm theme.

The memory verse is : Luke 8:15

The Bible truth is “The Word of God is like a seed.”

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

A parable moral or religious story: a short simple story about something from everyday life intended to teach, or illustrate, a moral or religious lesson, or important truth about God. Jesus taught several parables about seeds, crops, plants, and farming.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”   

Luke 8:15  NKJV

5. Seeds

Luke 8:5-18  NKJV   

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

Four types of people that hear the Word of God:

1. The seeds that fall by the wayside represent people who hear the Word, then the devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, because he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved.

2. The seeds that fall on the rocks represent people, who when they hear the Word receive the word with joy, but they do not have any roots. They believe for a while, but in time of temptation fall away.

3. The seeds that fell among thorns represent people who hear the Word but are choked with cares of life, riches, and pleasures of life. They never mature.

4. The seeds that fell on the good ground represent people who hear the Word with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit. These people act upon what they hear.

6. Game – “Four Types Of Seed – Four Types Of People” Memory Board Game

The Bible gives us four examples of four different types of people that hear God’s Word.

Need: Nine green sheets of paper or green index cards

Write the following on the paper or cards:

1. The seeds that fall by the wayside represent people who …

2. …hear the Word, then the devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, because he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved.

3. The seeds that fall on the rocks represent people, who…

4. …when they hear the Word receive the word with joy, but they do not have any roots. They believe for a while, but in time of temptation fall away.

5. The seeds that fell among thorns represent people who…

6. …hear the Word but are choked with cares of life, riches, and pleasures of life. They never mature.

7. The seeds that fell on the good ground represent people who…

8. …hear the Word with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit. These people act upon what they hear.

9. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”    Luke 8:5-8  NKJV

Shuffle up the cards and place them on the memory board. Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point for their team. If they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Correct matches:

1. The seeds that fall by the wayside represent people who hear the Word, then the devil comes and takes away the Word out of their hearts, because he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved.

2. The seeds that fall on the rocks represent people, who when they hear the Word receive the word with joy, but they do not have any roots. They believe for a while, but in time of temptation fall away.

3. The seeds that fell among thorns represent people who hear the Word but are choked with cares of life, riches, and pleasures of life. They never mature.

4. The seeds that fell on the good ground represent people who hear the Word with a good heart, keep it and bear fruit. These people act upon what they hear.

7. Wheat And Tares

Matthew 13:24-30  NKJV   

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

     In the parable of the wheat and tares, there are two sowers (one good and one bad), two kinds of seed (one good and one bad), and two harvests (one good and one bad). The field in this parable is the world.

The land owner sowed good seed (wheat) in his field, but while he and his servants were asleep an enemy sowed bad seed (tares) in the same field. The servants were told to let the tares grow until the time of harvest. If they pulled up the tares during the growing process it could hurt the wheat  While growing the wheat and tares looked the same. However, as the final fruit began to appear the workers could tell the difference. The grain of the wheat was a golden color but the tares were almost black. Farmers weed out tears just before the wheat harvest because they are poisonous. They had to be removed before grinding the wheat

Matthew 13:37-43  NKJV   

“He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

     There are both true and false believers in the world. Instead of removing false believers from the world, Jesus allows them to remain until His return. If the false believers are removed it could hurt the immature believers while they are growing. At Jesus’ return, angels will separate the true from false believers.

8. Game – “Wheat And Tares” Balloon Race

Matthew 13:41-43  NKJV   

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Need : 2 baskets or boxes (identical in size and shape) big enough to hold 5 balloons., 10 white balloons, and 10 black balloons. Blow up all the balloons.

Divide the children into two teams. Place the two baskets in two separate places – far enough from each other that the two teams won’t get in each other’s way. On the floor around the baskets, place 5 black balloons and 5 white balloons.  Tell the children which basket belongs to their team. At the signal everyone (as a team) will run to their basket and bust the black balloons by stomping on them. Then they must get all five white balloons in their basket by using only their feet. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV   

  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

     When a  person sows seeds of sin / corruption the seed will produce something. Whatever type of seed we sow in our lives will bring a harvest. God designed every seed to produce after its own kind. That which is sown will produce what is sown. In the natural when we plant a seed of corn we harvest, or reap, corn. We mislead ourselves when we think that it doesn’t matter what we sow. Sooner or later every person reaps what they have sown. All our choices have consequences and all the seeds that we sow ( good and bad) produce something. Sowing bad seeds and then praying for a crop failure is not Biblical.

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.”

     When we ask God for forgiveness He forgives us and we no longer have to pay the penalty for our sins.  However, that doesn’t mean that the consequences of our sins suddenly disappear. David is an example of this. He committed the sin of adultery and murder, then he confessed the sin to God and God forgave him. However, David still had to face the consequences of his sin. But he still had to reap the harvest of his sinful actions.

2 Samuel 12:13-14  NKJV  

  “So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

10. Game – Pass The Seeds Relay Race 

Galatians 6:7  NKJV    

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

Need : 2 packages of seeds

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a package of seeds to the first person on each team. They are to pass the seeds to the person behind them and so on. When the package of seeds gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say “I will reap what I sow.“, then pass the seeds 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. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. Don’t Look Back

Luke 9:57-62  NKJV    

“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

1. Following Jesus is not always comfortable.

Comfortable means relaxed, feeling comfort or ease, without problem, and with enough of something to stave off worry.

Luke 9:57-58 NKJV    

“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

     This person had not really thought about what it would cost him. He got caught up in the excitement of everything going on around him and said that he wanted to follow Jesus, however his heart was not really committed. When problems, hard times and trials came this person would not have been able to endure. Following Jesus will cost a person and it is not without problems. However, there is a great reward for those who commit to it.

2. Following Jesus is not always convenient.

 Convenient means making life easier, useful or suitable, because it makes things easier and does not involve much effort or trouble.

Luke 9:59-60  NKJV 

   “Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”  Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

     Jesus gave this person an invitation to follow Him. This person knew that it would cost him to follow Jesus, but he allowed other concerns to come before God. It was not convenient for him to follow Jesus at that moment. He wanted to do something else first. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes effort.

3. Following Jesus is not for the distracted.

Distracted means preoccupied, showing a lack of concentration, anxious, or unable to think clearly or act sensibly.

Luke 9:61-62  NKJV   

“And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

     This person said they would follow Jesus but they were distracted by people. If we want to follow Jesus we must focus on Him and what He has set before us. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the world or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

Lot’s wife was distracted by what she was leaving behind. When Lot’s wife looked back it implied that she was reluctant to leave what was behind.

Genesis 19:14-17  NKJV   

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said,  “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

Genesis 19:26  NKJV   

“But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

     As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move toward it. They do not focus on what is behind them. If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder their rows would be crooked and it would be difficult to work in the field.

Luke 9:62  NKJV  

  “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

4. Following Jesus Takes Commitment.

According to Luke 9:62, God is serious about our commitment to follow Him.

Luke 9:62  NKJV   

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

     We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to Him. We cannot follow and serve Him just when it’s easy or when we feel like it. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His direction. We must not focus on what is behind us. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-3  NKJV   

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

12. Game – Review Tic-Tac – Toe

Need: poster board , 16 index cards, and tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. Some people get caught up in the excitement of everything going on around them and say that they want to follow Jesus, however their ___________ was not really committed.

heart

2. Following Jesus will __________ a person and it is not without problems.

cost

3.There is a great _____________ for those who commit to following Jesus.

reward

4. Some people allow other ________________ to come before God.

concerns

5. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes ____________.

effort

6. If we want to follow Jesus we must ____________ on Him and what He has set before us.

focus

7. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the ____________ or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

world

8. As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move ____________ it.

toward

9. A person plowing does not focus on what is ____________ them.

behind

10. What happens If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder?

Their rows would be crooked and it would be difficult to work in the field.

11. God is serious about our ____________________ to follow Him.

commitment

12. We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to __________.

God

13. We cannot follow and serve God just when it’s ________ or when we feel like it.

easy

14. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His ______________.

direction

15. We must not focus on what is ____________ us.

behind

16 No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to ____________.

Jesus

13. Worship Song

14. Challenge and Altar – Bear Fruits Of Repentance

We must bear fruits of repentance if we desire to make heaven our home. Repentance is a daily,  not a one time, experience. When we truly repent and are saved we will see sin the way that God does. We will have a change of heart and direction. Repentance is a turning from sin to God; changing my mind concerning sin, God, and myself.

Luke 3:8-9  NKJV    

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

      If we do not bear good fruit (fruit of repentance) we will eventually be cast into eternal darkness (the lake of fire) and away from the presence of God. It is not God’s desire that any perish but that all come to repentance.

John 3:16-18  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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 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.”

Which seed are you? Are you the seed on the wayside? Have you allowed the devil to come and take God’s Word out of your heart?

Are you the seed on the rocks? Have you allowed temptations to cause you to fall away from God?

Are you the seed in the thorns? Have you allowed things or people to draw you away from God?

Are you the seed on good ground? Are you bearing fruit? Do you obey God’s Word, not just hear it?

15. Refreshments or light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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“Hosanna!”

 

This event has a resurrection theme.

The memory verse is : Matthew 21:9

The Bible truth is “Jesus came to save.”

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

Jesus was with God from the beginning, at creation. He helped create the entire world, including the earth, and everything on it. Jesus is “the Word.” In John 1:14 the Bible says that He was made flesh and dwelt among us. That means that Jesus, the second person of the trinity, came to live with us on earth.

John 1:1  NKJV   

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

     Jesus willingly left His home in heaven with God the Father to come to this world. Jesus knew that people needed a way of salvation.

John 3:17  NKJV  

  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

     After Jesus had ministered for 3 years, He had made several enemies among the Jewish leaders. They did not believe that He was the Son of God.

John 5:18  NKJV   

“Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”

They wanted Him killed and plotted how they could do it without turning the people against them. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, agreed to point Jesus out to them.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”  

  Matthew 21:9  NKJV

5. Palm Sunday and Passover

John 12:12-13  NKJV   

“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”

     On the Sunday, prior to Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday, He rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Today we know this event as Palm Sunday. The priest had just passed by the people with the Passover lamb that was going to be sacrificed on Passover. The people when they saw Jesus, began to wave the palm branches and shout “Hosanna” means save us now!

Matthew 21:1-9  NKJV  

  “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:  “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Mark 11:1-10  NKJV  

   “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the hightest!”

     Some in the  crowd spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. This made the religious leaders very angry.

Luke 19:29-40  NKJV   

“And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

     On the Thursday, after arriving on Sunday, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Passover is a feast remembering the exodus from Egypt. Passover also points to Jesus Christ as our Passover lamb. During the meal Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. Shortly after saying that, Judas left the room and went to the religious leaders.

John 13:21-30  NKJV  

  “When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.”

6. Game – “Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord!”

Need: 2 shirts or jackets, 2 palm branches and a poster board.

Write the following on the poster board:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two lines. Give the first person on each team a jacket and a palm branch. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front (to the sign), lay the jacket on the floor, wave the palm branch and say, ““Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Then they will run back to the next person in line and they will repeat the same process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Gethsemane, Arrest and Trial

Matthew 26:36-39  NKJV  

  “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.  Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

     Late Thursday night, after Jesus and His remaining 11 disciples finished the Passover meal, they sang a hymn then went to the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden Jesus spent the night in prayer.

Jesus knew that He was about to be crucified. He was praying for God to give Him the strength to fulfill what He had came to do. Jesus was also praying for us and for God’s will to be done.

John 18:4  NKJV  

  “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

     In the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning, while Jesus was in the Garden, Judas lead a group of soldiers to Jesus and the disciples. Judas knew that he would find Jesus there. Judas went up to Jesus and kissed Him – Judas had told the religious leaders that the one he kissed would be Jesus.

Matthew 26:47-49  NKJV   

“And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.”

     The soldiers arrested Jesus and He was charged with blasphemy. Blasphemy is something done or said that shows disrespect for God or sacred things. First Jesus was taken to Annas, then He was led to the high priest Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin.

Mark 14:53  NKJV   

“And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes.”

     They wanted Jesus killed, but according to their “religious laws” they could not do it personally, so they sent Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin arranged for false witnesses to testify against Jesus, hoping that Pontius Pilate would have Jesus crucified. Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to Herod. Herod and his men mocked Jesus then sent Him back to Pontius Pilate.

Mark 15:11-15  NKJV   

“But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!” Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!” So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”

     Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus again and found no fault in Him. He wanted to have Jesus whipped then released. The religious leaders and the crowd began to cry out, “Crucify Him!”. In the end, Pontius Pilate sentencing Jesus to death.

8. Game – Pick Your Cards Memory Verse Race

Need: index cards (or small pieces of paper), red marker, blue marker, and green marker.

Write the memory verse on the index cards – one word per card. Make three different sets (each one written with a different color).

Divide the group into three teams. Tell each team what color their team is. Then have the class form a circle. Mix all three sets of the cards up and scatter them on the floor in the center of the circle. At the signal all the children will  gather their teams cards and put the memory verse together. The first team that correctly has the memory verse in the correct order is the winner.

9. Crucifixion, Death and  Burial

Mark 15:16-20  NKJV   

“Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.”

     God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would needed to take the punishment. Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

The Roman soldiers publicly whipped Jesus and then hung Him on a cross at the same time that the Passover lamb was being sacrificed. Jesus was crucified at a place called Golgotha, also known as the “Skull.”

Mark 15: 25  NKJV  

  “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.”

Crucifixion was a humiliating and agonizing form of death. Jesus chose to suffer the whipping, the bruising, and the pain of the cross because He knew it was the only way a sacrifice could be made for the sins of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross He could have called angels to rescue Him, but He chose not to. He was obedient to the Father even to the point of death.

John 19:31-33  NKJV   

“Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”

     Jesus was taken down from the cross prior to 6:00 pm and buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

Matthew 27:57-66  NKJV   

“Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.”

10. Game – “Pop Your Balloons”

Need: Slips of paper, marker, 12 blue balloons, 12 pink balloons,

Print the memory verse on the slips of paper – Make two sets. Be sure to keep each set separate.

“Then the multitudes /  who went before / and those who /  followed cried out,  / saying: “Hosanna to /  the Son of David! /  ‘Blessed is He /  who comes in  / the name of /  the Lord!’ Hosanna /  in the highest!” /   Matthew 21:9  NKJV

Blow up balloons and put a slip of paper into each balloon before tying. Put one set in the blue balloons and one set in the pink balloons. Divide the group into two teams and tell them what color balloons are theirs.

Scatter all the balloons on the floor. At the signal the first child on each team will run to the balloons. They will get the paper out of one balloon by popping it. Then they will take the paper back to their team. The next person on their team will repeat the process. The team that gets all their papers and arranges the memory verse in the correct order first is the winner.

11. Resurrection and Ascension

John 20:1-2  NKJV  

  “Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

     On the first day of the week (early Sunday morning) some of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, went to finish anointing Jesus’ body. When they arrived they found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. In the garden they met an angel who told them that Jesus was not there. The angel told them to, “Come and see the place where He lay, then go quickly and tell the disciples.”

Matthew 28:5-7  NKJV   

“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go  quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.’ ”

      Mary ran to tell the disciples that Jesus was no longer in the tomb and that He had risen from the dead.

John 20: 3-10  NKJV  

  “Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.”

     Peter and John ran with Mary back to the tomb. After seeing the empty tomb the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stay at the tomb. As she was looking into the tomb she saw two angels in it. They asked her why she was crying. As soon as she told them she heard a voice behind her. Thinking it was the gardener, she turned around. However, it wasn’t the gardener, it was Jesus. Jesus told Mary to go and tell the disciples that He was going to the Father.

John 20:11-18  NKJV  

  “But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and  that He had spoken these things to her.”

     After Jesus went to heaven and offered His blood as a sacrifice for our sins He returned. Jesus stayed on earth after His resurrection for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left. Prior to His ascension, Jesus also told His followers to go into all the world and make disciples.

Matthew 28:19,20  NIV 

   “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

12. Game – “King Of The Jews“

Mark 15:25  NKJV  

  “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Need: 2 paper crowns

Write “King Of The Jews” on the paper crowns.

Divide children into two teams and line them into two lines. Give the first person on each team a crown. At the signal they are to put on the crown and run to the front and say the memory verse. Then they are to run back to their team, and give the crown to the next person in line and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Worship Song

14. Challenge and Altar

One of Jesus’ purposes when He returned to heaven at the ascension was to prepare a home for those who love Him.

John 14:1-3  NIV   

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me.”

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Crafts

17. Dismissal

 

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Spring Is In The Air

 

This event has a spring theme.

The memory verse : John 1:29.

The Bible truth is “Jesus is our Passover Lamb.”

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The feasts in the Bible represented the law, were shadows (pictures) of things to come, were visual aids /  teaching opportunities, and were to point people to Jesus Christ. We do not have to keep the laws of the feast, but by studying them we can gain a greater appreciation for God and for all that He has done for us.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”   

Romans 15:4  NKJV

     Studying the feasts are wonderful opportunities to point others to Jesus and to God’s plan of redemption.

The spring feasts point to Jesus’ sacrifice (God’s plan of redemption), sanctification, resurrection, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________

2. ______________________

4. Memory Verse

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”    

John 1:29  NKJV

5. Passover

Passover reminded the Hebrews of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God had passed through Egypt, and the oldest child of every household had died – except those who had obeyed God by putting blood from a spotless lamb on the doorposts.

Exodus 12:13  NKJV   

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

     As a result, the Hebrews were released from their bondage. They were freed. To help the people remember what He had done, and to point them to the Messiah, God instituted the Passover celebration.

Exodus 12:14  NKJV   

“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”

     Passover is a shadow of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, on the cross. Jesus Christ was crucified during an annual observance of the Passover in Jerusalem.

John 1:29  NKJV 

   “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”

     The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin and releases us from the punishment of sin.

Romans 6:23  NKJV   

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

     Just as the blood on the doorposts freed the Hebrews from the death angel, so the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin and Satan. We receive all the same benefits through the body and the blood of Jesus Christ as the Hebrews received through the Passover Lamb.

6. Game – Memory Verse Mix-up

Divide the memory verse into thirteen parts. Make 2 sets of card with the memory verse dived up on them, each set a different color. If you have a small group, divide the memory verse up in less parts.

“The next  / day John  / saw Jesus  / coming toward /  him, and /  said, ‘Behold!  / The Lamb / of God /  who takes /  away the /  sin of /  the world!’ ” / John 1:29  NKJV

Need 26 children to play the game. Tape a card on each of the children’s backs. At the signal they are to find their team (each team’s cards are a different color) and arrange themselves so that the verse can be correctly read (in order). The first team to do so correctly is the winner.

7. The Feast Of Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a feast celebrating the release from bondage in Egypt. The Hebrews had left Egypt in a hurry. They could not wait for the leaven to work in the dough. For their final meal as slaves, they had eaten ‘unleavened’.

Leviticus 23:6-8  NKJV   

“And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.”

     During the Feast of Unleavened Bread all leaven bread is removed from the home and is replaced by unleavened bread. In the Bible ‘leaven’ represents sin and corruption. This day fell on the day after Jesus’ crucifixion, making it a high Sabbath day.

John 19:31  NKJV  

  “Therefore, because it was the preparation day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for the Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”

     The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a shadow of the sinless nature of Jesus. This feast also points to Jesus as being the Bread of Life.

John 6:32  NKJV   

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give to you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.”

John 6:48-51  NKJV 

   “I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

     Jesus was in the tomb all of this day. The feast of Unleavened Bread came immediately after Passover, so the two were celebrated together.

8. Game – “Cleansing Power Bible Verse Relay”

The Feast of Passover also represents putting away the sin in your life, and replacing it with the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood.

Need: Note cards or pieces of paper and a bowl

Write the following verses on note cards –  one verse to each card. You will need to make several sets, depending on the size of your group.

2 Corinthians 7:1  NKJV  

  “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

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.”

Hebrews 9:14  NKJV   

“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

James 4:8  NKJV   

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

1 John 1:7  NKJV  

  “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.”

Fold the note cards in half and place all of them in a bowl a short distance from the teams.  Divide the group into two teams and line them up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and take a slip out of the bowl and read it. Then they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Feast Of The First Fruits

The Feast of the First Fruits was delayed until the people of Israel took possession of their promised land. Once they began taking its harvest, they were to begin observing a feast of First Fruits. This was the day of the first sheaf waving, the first of the barley harvest. The first fruits were presented to the Lord along with a burnt meal offering.

Leviticus 23:10-11  NKJV   

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: when you come into the land which I give you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

     The first fruits offering represented the whole harvest yet in the field. Jesus is in the presence of God the Father in heaven as the First Fruits, while the “church” is still in the field waiting for the harvest. The Feast of the First Fruits pointed to the resurrection of Jesus as the First Fruits of the righteous.

2 Timothy 2:8  NKJV   

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel.”

          Jesus was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits. In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul refers to Jesus as the “First Fruits from the dead.”

1 Corinthians 15:20 NJKV 

   “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

     Jesus  arose from the dead and He imparts life to anyone (and everyone) who believes in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus described Himself as the grain of wheat that fell into the ground and died, that it might spring to life and bring much fruit.

John 12:23-24  KJV 

   “And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

     In the year of Jesus’ crucifixion, First Fruits fell on the first day of the week (Sunday) and it was the third day of Passover. On the evening of First Fruits (Sunday evening), Jesus appeared to the disciples as the “First Born Among Many Brethren.” When Jesus appeared to the disciples they confessed Him as Lord and believed that God raised Him from the dead. They were among the first to be “saved” under the new covenant.

Romans 10:9 KJV  

  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

     The Feast of the First Fruits is a joyous celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and marks the birth of the church.

10. Game – “He’s Not Here” Relay Race

Need: 2 sets of angel wings and a sign with the follow Bible verse on it:

“But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”    

Mark 16:6  NKJV

Put the sign a short distance from the teams. Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a set of angel wings. At the signal they will put on the wings, run to the front and read the Bible verse. Then they will run back to their team and give the wings to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. The Feast Of Weeks

The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot is also know as the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a Greek word for fifty. Sometimes this feast is also called the Feast of the Harvest. It is held on the first day of the week, fifty days after the Sabbath that preceded the Feast of the First Fruits. Pentecost occurs fifty days after the day of First Fruits – fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. In Biblical times all men were required to travel to Jerusalem for this feast.

Leviticus 23:15-21  NKJV   

“And you shall count for yourselves  from the day after Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwelling two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord. Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering. The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” 

     The Feast of Weeks celebrated the wheat harvest. The people would bring two loaves of leavened bread to give as an offering. The two loaves of bread are a picture of the Jews and Gentiles in the early church. The grain for the offering was not fresh flour composed of individual particles, but grain that had been transformed into new, unified whole-baked loaves. The offering symbolizes the special unity of the church as a body knit together by the Holy Spirit. The use of leaven in the baking reminds us that the church is not perfect.

After the destruction of the temple, the Jewish people were not able to celebrate this feast by taking the two loaves of bread to the temple. Since that time they celebrate God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Fifty days after the Hebrews deliverance from Egypt (the crossing of the Red Sea), God desired to fill His people with His Spirit. However, because of the people‘s fear, He could not.

Exodus 19:1-11  NKJV   

  “In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.’ So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.’ So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let then wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”

     Moses was instructed to call the people together. They were to prepare themselves for when God would come to speak to them.

Exodus 19:14-19  NKJV  

  “So when Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, ‘Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.’ Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.”

     The people assembled as they were instructed to do. God began to speak, giving them the Ten Commandments. As the people heard God they became afraid of Him. They asked Moses to speak to God for them.

Exodus 20:18-21  NKJV   

“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that is fear may be before you, so that you may not sin’ So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”

     Because the people were afraid they did not receive everything that God had for them. God was not able to write His law on their hearts. They only knew the law in their heads, and because of this they were disobedient. On the day that God gave the Ten Commandments three thousand people were destroyed because of sin (disobedience).

Pentecost is not only a time to remember the first giving of the law written on tablets of stone, but it is also a time to remember when, on the same day many years later, the giving of the Holy Spirit, when the law of God was written in the heart of the believers.

Jeremiah 31:33  NKJV  

  “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

12. Game – “Spring Feasts Cup Stacking”

Need:  20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor also)

Label the cups as follows:

On two cups write “Feast of Weeks”

On four cups write “Feast of First Fruits”

On six cups write “Feast of the Unleavened Bread”

On eight cups write “Passover”

The cups should be stacked like this:

FW

FF   FF

UB  UB  UB

P    P    P    P

Divide the class into two equal teams.

A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and correctly stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Holy Spirit

Before Jesus’ ascension, He told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise.

Acts 1:4 NKJV  

  “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father…”

          Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers. It was during the Feast of Weeks that the Holy Spirit was given to believers.

Acts 2:1-4  NKJV   

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house were they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

          Thousands of Jews had journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the very day that the Jews were offering the two wave loaves to God, representing their reliance on Him. During this time the followers of Jesus were in an upper room waiting and praying. The Holy Spirit filled the upper room where the early believers were waiting. They began to worship God in foreign languages that were spoken and understood by the Jews that had come to Jerusalem for the feast. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and empowered them to witness. On this day three thousand souls were saved.

As a believer we should not be afraid to receive all that God has for us. God gives His Spirit to every believer that asks to be filled. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, God writes on your heart and in your mind. The Holy Spirit will help you be a better “you”.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit will give you the power to live a victorious Christian life. It is a gift sent to each and every believer by Jesus Christ.

14. Worship Song

15. Challenge / Altar

Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away our sin.

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”

* Everyone has sinned and sin separates you from God’s presence.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 5:12 NKJV

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”

* God offers us forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Jesus Christ, His Son.

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

* God loved us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His own Son so we could be saved.

Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

* Salvation is a free gift we can receive.

Romans 10:9,10 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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Have you accepted the gift of salvation that God offers you?

16. Refreshments or a light meal

17. Crafts

18.  Dismissal

 

 

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Passover Lamb (Clothes Pin Sheep) PHOTO

empty tomb

 

 

 

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