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

Fruit of the Spirit – Children’s Booklet

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Jesus Is Our Shepherd-As Seen Through The Candy Cane”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 1 Peter 2:25 NKJV

“For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

2. Matthew 1:23 NKJV

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

4. Isaiah 53:6 NKJV

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

5. Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

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

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

6. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

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7. Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

8. John 3:16-17 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.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

9. 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 that all should come to repentance.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

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Parables Of Forgiveness

Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:9

 

Life Application: God desires for everyone to repent.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 18:12-14

Luke 15:3-7

Luke 15:8-10

Luke 15:11-32

John 1:9

Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:105

2 Peter 3:9

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.”

 

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 criticizing 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 not have been an 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.

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.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Jesus provides the light for sinners to be found.

John 1:9 NKJV             

“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

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 that 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.

 

Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

7. How many sheep strayed away from the shepherd?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

11. Were are the sheep valuable to the shepherd?

 

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

13. Upon returning home what did the shepherd do?

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

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

 

16. In her search for the lost coin, what is the first thing that she did?
17. The woman was very _______________________________________ in her search.

18. What does diligent mean?

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

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

21. Are “lost” people valuable to God?

 

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

23. What does prodigal mean?

24. How many sons were in this story?

 

25. What did the younger son ask for?

 

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

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.

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

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

30. How did the Jewish people feel about pigs?

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

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

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

34 . Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a great feast in _____________________

of his son’s return.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

42. God is watching for the lost to return to Him and receive His _______________ and _____________________.

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

44. What does humility mean?

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

46. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit _______________ ___________________before they

come to their senses and recognize their sin.

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

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

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

our punishment for our sin.

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

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 ______________________ ___________ _______________.

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

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

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

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

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 ________________________________________.

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

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

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Patience – Third Night

Patience – Third Night

We can let our light shine through patience or longsuffering. Patience is described as the ability to endure waiting, or delay without becoming annoyed or upset. It also means to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties and hardships.

2 Timothy 2:3-4  NKJV     “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

     Longsuffering means having continued in existence for a long period of time. God is very patient and longsuffering with us. It is His desire that everyone will come to repentance, therefore He endures the waiting without becoming annoyed or upset with us even when it takes a long time.

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 that all should come to repentance.”

     The only way a person can endure trouble, pain, waiting, and disappointment without getting angry or bitter is by submitting to God and abiding in Christ. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to be with us during these times.

Father, We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for giving us the ability to endure waiting and delay. By the power of the Holy Spirit cause us to not be annoyed or upset when we have to wait on Your promises. May we persevere when faced with difficulties and hardships. Thank-you for being patient with us and concerned about us. May we show the same patience and concern to others. Cause us to submit to You and abide in Christ every day.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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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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Let Us Grow In Repentance

     Let Us Grow In Repentance   

There are people that profess with their mouth that they are saved, but their actions do not up with what they are saying. It is essential that we 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.”

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 that all should come to repentance.”

      God desire that all people would turn to Him for forgiveness, however each of us was born with a free will and it’s up to each of us to decided for ourselves if we will receive forgiveness or not. One day those who refuse God’s offer of salvation will be judged. Those who accept God’s offer of salvation will be rewarded.

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Jesus Is Our Shepherd – As Seen Through The Candy Cane

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:25

Life Application: Jesus  provides for all our needs, and He protects and watches over us.

 

A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he came up with the idea of a red and white candy cane. He incorporated several aspects of Jesus‘ life: the birth, the ministry, and the death of Jesus. The candy maker began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.

Matthew 1:23  NKJV    

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 

1 Peter 2:22  NKJV   

“Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”

     The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and  the foundation of the church.

Psalm 118:22  NKJV    

“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.” 

     The candy was made in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.

Luke 1:31  NKJV  

   “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” 

Acts 4:12  NKJV   

  “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

     The shape of the candy also represents a shepherd staff. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He wisely and tenderly provides for all our needs. He also protects and watches over us. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, He reaches down into the low and dangerous places of this world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone astray.

Isaiah 53:6  NKJV  

   “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” 

     The candy was stained with red stripes. Three small stripes were used to show the trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three small strips also represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV 

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

 1 Peter 2:24-25  NKJV   

  “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

     The large red stripe was for the blood Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 15:3  NKJV  

   “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” 

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV 

   “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

  Romans 5:8  NKJV  

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

     Over time this candy became known as the candy cane – for many,  a meaningless decoration at Christmas time. However, the meaning is still true. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin offering.

John 3:16-17  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.” 

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 that all shiukd come to repentance.”

Review

1. What aspects of Jesus’ life s were incorporated into the candy cane?

 

3. According to Matthew 1:23, what does the name Immanuel mean?

 

4. The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and the ____________________ of the church.

5. What does the word foundation mean?

 

6. Why was the candy made into a “J” shape?

 

7. According to Acts 4:12, in whose name is salvation available?

 

8. Jesus wisely and tenderly ____________________________ for all our needs.

9. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, Jesus reaches down to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone ___________________________.

10. What does Isaiah 53:6 mean?

 

11. These three small strips represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are _________________.

12. The large red stripe was for the _______________________________ Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.

13. According to Romans 5:8, when did God show His love toward us?

 

14. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin _________________________.

15. What does longsuffering or patience mean?

 

16. Read 2 Peter 3:9. Why is God longsuffering?

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