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Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death & Burial And Resurrection

Memory Verse: Matthew 28:6

Bible Truth: Jesus did not stay dead.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction
Sin separates us from God, and sin must be punished. Because God loves us so much, He allowed Jesus to take our punishment for our sin.

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.”

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.

Romans 3:23-16 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

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.

(USE A POSTER THAT SHOWS HOW JESUS BRIDGED THE GAP TO GOD)

3. Praise and Worship Songs –
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4. Memory Verse
Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

5. Jesus Hung On The Cross

Matthew 27:27-31 NKJV
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

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.”

After Jesus’ arrest and trial, 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.

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.

Around noon, it became very dark outside. During this time Jesus was in agony and He cried out to God. As He cried out to God, those standing around the cross continued to make fun of Him. Finally, around three o’clock, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Then He died.

Matthew 27:45-50 NKJV
“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

6. Game – Kangaroo Hop Relay Race

Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Divide the children into two teams. Line the teams up at one end of the room. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the memory verse, then hop back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. At The Moment Of Jesus’ Death
At the moment of His death the veil, which was four inches thick, in the temple was torn in to from the top to the bottom. This demonstrated that we were no longer separated from God, but now we had direct access to Him.

Matthew 27:51-54 NKJV
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Also, at the moment of His death, there was a great earthquake. The earthquake caused many tombs to open up and the dead people in them were raised back to life, much like Lazarus. These people went into the town and they were recognized by those who saw them. One of the soldiers who witnessed this finally realized that Jesus was the Son of God.

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.”

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

8. Game – Jig-Saw Relay

Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Need: 2 poster boards (of different colors), a marker and 2 small baskets.
Write the memory verse on each poster board, then cut the poster boards into ten 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. Jesus Is Risen
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. 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.” Jesus had risen from the dead and He was no longer in the tomb.

Matthew 28:1-8 NKJV
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 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.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”

10. Game – Where’s My Shepherd?

Need 2 teams

Name each team ( blue team / green team). Tell each person which team they are on. One person on each team will be the shepherd and the other people will be the sheep.

Blindfold the sheep. Place the shepherds and place them away from the sheep.
At a signal the sheep must find their shepherd by the shepherd’s voice.
The shepherd may repeat their team color over and over.
The sheep must crawl – no standing.
The first shepherd that get all their sheep to come to them will be the winning team.

11. Jesus Is The Firstfruits
Jesus did not stay dead. Because of His resurrection we have the hope and promise of resurrection also.

1 Corinthians 15:20 NJKV
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

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.”

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.”

12. Game – Tic -Tac-Toe (Lesson Review)

1. Jesus Christ was the only person that never ______________.
Sinned

2. Jesus made a way to _________ by dying on the cross for our sins.
God

3. The Roman soldiers publicly done what to Jesus?
They whipped Him

4. Jesus was hung on a cross at 3:00 P.M., at the same time that the ________________ ___________ was being sacrificed.
Passover lamb

5. Jesus was crucified at a place called ________________, also known as the “Skull.”
Golgotha

6. Jesus chose to suffer the whipping, the bruising, and the pain of the cross because He knew it was the ___________ way a sacrifice could be made for the sins of the world.
only

7. While hanging on the cross it became very ___________ outside.
Dark

8. Around three o’clock, Jesus cried out, “It is _________________.”
Finished

9. At the moment of Jesus’ death the veil, which was ___________ inches thick, in the temple was torn in to from the top to the bottom.
Four

10. What did this demonstrate? ___________________________________________

That we were no longer separated from God, but now we had direct access to Him.

11. At the moment of Jesus’ death, there was a great _______________________.
Earthquake

12. What did the earthquake cause?
It caused many tombs to open up and the dead people in them were raised back to life.

13. One of the soldiers who witnessed the earthquake realized that Jesus was the __________ of God.
Son

14. What happened to Jesus’ body when it was taken down from the cross?
He was buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

15. On the first day of the week, early Sunday morning, some of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, went to finish _________________ Jesus’ body.
Anointing

13. Worship Song – __________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
Just as the first believers confessed Jesus as their Savior in order to have their sins forgiven, we must to. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus. Everything that Jesus suffered was for you – so that your spirit, soul and body could be healed.

Have you received salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

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

A – Admit that you have sinned.

Romans 3:23
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

B – Believe in Jesus.

Acts 16:31
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

Allow children time to pray.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

                     

MEMORY BOARD

CRAFT IDEAS

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How To Worship God, God’s Way

HOW TO WORSHIP GOD, GOD'S WAY

Memory Verse: Psalm 103:1

 

Life Application: I am to bless the Lord with everything within me.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 103

Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:2

1 Chronicles 16:29

Psalm 39:3

Psalm 143:5

Luke 3:15

Psalm 103:3

Titus 2:11

Ephesians 1:7

Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:3

James 5:16

Isaiah 53:5

Psalm 103:4

2 Samuel 22:31

2 Samuel 22:2-4

Psalm 119:114

Psalm 103:4

Psalm 103:5

James 1:17

John 3:27

Psalm 103:6

Psalm 12:5

Psalm 103:8-9

Deuteronomy 8:5

Hebrews 12:5-11

Psalm 103:13-14

Malachi 4:2-3

John 3:16-17

Hebrews 9:22

1 John 1:7

Romans 3:23

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 2:20-22

Luke 9:62

Hebrews 9:14

John 6:37

Psalm 103:15-19

Hebrews 13:8

2 Peter 3:8-9

Psalm 103:7

Psalm 103:8

Jeremiah 31:34

Psalm 130:3-4

Matthew 23:9

Isaiah 63:16

Psalm 103:13

Deuteronomy 31:6

Malachi 2:10

Matthew 6:14

Luke 6:36

Psalm 103:14

Psalm 103:17-18

I Chronicles 16:34

Psalm 52:8

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 103:19-21

Psalm 103:22

Luke 19:40

Romans 10:13

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise unto God for His mercy, grace, love and benefits. This psalm gives us a glimpse of how to worship God’s way.

We are to:

*use every part of us to worship God

*make time to worship God

*remember the things God has done

*realize how wonderful God is and who He is

*bless the Lord

 

I. Use every part of ourselves to worship God / Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:1 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

Your enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to worship God. He will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to honor God. Remember that God gave you your body and mind so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory. Use every part of you – hold nothing back.

* You can use your mouth to praise God by telling Him how wonderful He is and how much you love Him.

* You can use your mind to think about God and His goodness.

* You can use your heart to love God for who He is.

* You can use your hands to play songs of worship to God, or lift them in surrender and worship unto Him.

* You can use your feet to take you places where you can worship God in public and in private, or to dance in His presence.

* You can use your eyes to notice what God has done for you (both spiritual and physical eyes).

* You can use you ears (both spiritual and physical) to hear God’s voice.

II. Make time to worship God / Psalm 103:2-14

In our busy world we must make time to worship God. If we do not make time our enemy, Satan, will keep us so busy that we don’t have time to truly worship God and minister to Him.

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits.”

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give thanks to the Lord, the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

You need to remind yourself as David did that you should take time to worship God. Often people think they are too busy to worship God. Yet God made us to worship Him. They work and play and do lots of other things, and then they don’t have time for God. David knew it would be easy to get “too busy” and forget God’s goodness, but he determined he wasn’t going to do that.

 

III. Remember the things that God has done / Psalm 103:3-14

We are to spend time musing the things of God. The things that He has done in our lives and the things that He is going to do. Where He has brought us from and where He is taking us. To muse means to be completely absorbed in thought, to ponder or to meditate.

Psalm 39:3 NKJV

“My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue”

Psalm 143:5 NKJV

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands. I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”

Luke 3:15 KJV

“And all the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not”

We must remember and meditate on God’s benefits. Some of the benefits are forgiveness, salvation, healing, protection, lovingkindness, provision, help, patience, correction, and sympathy. Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. We have been bought back – ransomed. During the times that the Bible was written, a person that had been sold into slavery could be bought back, ransomed for a price. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own blood.

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

Titus 2:11 NKJV

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the

riches of His grace”

Psalm 103:12 NKJV

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Jesus provided healing for us through His body. Every stripe that He received was for us – for our healing. The price for our healing has already been paid.

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

James 5:16b NKJV

“…and pray for one another, that you may be 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.”

The Lord is our protection (our shield / our refuge) from danger.

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

“Who redeems your life from destruction…”

2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV and Psalm 18:30 NKJV

“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the Lord is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

A refuge is a place of safety and security. The Lord is our shelter, our protection from danger, trouble. He is our safety and security.

2 Samuel 22:2-4 NKJV

“And he said:

‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.’ ”

During times of trouble and danger we can take refuge in God.

Psalm 119:114 NKJV

“You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.”

The Lord showers us with love and kindness. His mercy to us is new every day.

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

“…Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”

The Lord provides our food as well as many other blessings.

Psalm 103:5 NKJV

“Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

Every good gift (and everything we need) comes from the Lord.

James 1:17 NKJV

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father

of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

John 3:27 NKJV

“John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from

heaven.”

When the enemy comes (in whatever form) against you, the Lord is there to help.

Psalm 103:6 NKJV

“The Lord executes righteousness

And justice for all who are oppressed”

The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the enemy is coming against in an attempt to depress and oppress.

Psalm 12:5 NKJV

“ ‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,

Now I will arise,’ says the Lord;

‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ ”

Poor could be describe as any number of things. It could mean having a few things or nothing; lacking money or property; needy, not good in quality, lacking something needed, scanty, insufficient, inadequate, lacking ability, inefficient, not satisfactory; frail; needing pity; unfortunate; not favorable; shabby or worn out. Every person is “poor” in some area of their life and is in need of God’s help and intervention.

Correction is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.

Psalm 103:8-9 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.”

God is very patient with us and He corrects those that He loves. He desire to help us change our wrong behavior and attitudes.

Deuteronomy 8:5 NKJV

“You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God

chastens you.”

Hebrews 12:5a-11 NKJV

“… ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

For whom the Lord loves He chastens,And scourges every son whom He receives.’

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a

father does not chasten ?But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are

illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.

Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit,

that we may be partakers of Hid holiness.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it

yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Correction can also be punishment or rebuke. As believers we should be in subjection to the discipline of the Lord. All of God’s discipline is for our good and our benefit. God disciplines us in love because He wants to make us better. He desires for us to be a holy people. The Lord has sympathy on man. He shares our sorrows and troubles – we are not alone.

Psalm 103:13-14 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him,

For He knows our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

The Lord pities those who fear (respect / reverence) Him. Just as a father feels sorrow for his child’s suffering or distress, the Lord feels for us, His creation.

 

Malachi 4:2-3 NKJV

“’But to you who fear My name

The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings;

And you shall go out

And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

You shall trample the wicked,

For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet

On the day that I do this’

Says the Lord of hosts.”

Of all the things to remember most, we must remember that a price was paid for our forgiveness. And it was paid out of love. David was especially thankful for God’s promise to forgive his sins. He understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven. God loves you so much that He does not want to be separated from you. Sin separates man from God.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

For God so love 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.”

God is a holy God and sin breaks off our fellowship with Him. It is because God wants to cleanse you and forgive you of your sin that He sent Jesus to die on the cross. God requires that blood be shed to pay for sin.

Hebrews 9:22 NKJV

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

Only the precious blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness, making it possible for us to have fellowship with our holy God. Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone. It is up to each of us to either accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness or to reject it.

1 John 1:7

“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.”

You can accept the gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner, believing in Jesus, asking Him to forgive you, and turning away from sin (forsake sin.) Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they havesinned.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your

household.’ ”

We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ).

We must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin birth.

We must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on earth.

We must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of our sins.

We must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive in heaven and that He will return to earth again.

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from

all unrighteousness.”

Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.

2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end

is worse for them than the beginning,

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than

having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own

vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.

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.”

Everyone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.

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?”

John 6:37 NKJV

“All that the Father gives me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no

means cast out.”

IV. Believe the promises of God: Psalm 103:15-19

David believed in the promises of God. He knew and believed with all his heart that God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.

Psalm 103:15-19 NKJV

“As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.”

David remembered all that God had done for him. He also believed that God would do everything that He promised He would. David was thankful for the past things done and the future promises. We too must remember all that God has done for us and all that He has said that He will do. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Hebrews 13:8 NKJV

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

He never changes and He always keeps His promises.

2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand

years, and a thousand years as one day.

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.”

V. Realize how wonderful God is and who He is / Psalm 103:7-21

Moses and David served the same God that we do. A God that performed many miracles. A God that is merciful, a God that is our Father, a God that understands our frailties, a God that is everlasting, and a God that is above all things.

Our God is a miracle working God. We serve a God that can and does perform miracles. There is nothing that our God can not do.

Psalm 103:7 NKJV

“He made know His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.”

Our God is merciful. We serve a God that no one could stand before if He dealt with us according to our sins.

Psalm 103:8 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

God does not keep a count (record) of confessed sin (things that we have asked forgiveness for.)

Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV

“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the

Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the

Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.”

God is much kinder toward us than justice requires. He is kinder to us than we could ever dream of or expect. His mercy toward us is truly a blessing. Our God is our Father. Every person that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a child of God. They have been born (reborn) into the family of God.

Matthew 23:9 NKJV

“…for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

Isaiah 63:16 NKJV

“Doubtless You are our Father,

Though Abraham was ignorant of us,

And Israel does not acknowledge us.

You, O Lord, are our Father;

Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Psalm 103:13 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

“Do you thus deal with the Lord,

O foolish and unwise people?

Is He not your Father, who bought you?

Has He not made you and established you?”

Malachi 2:10 NKJV

“Have we not all one Father?

Has not one God created us?

Why do we deal treacherously with one another

By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”

Matthew 6:14 NKJV

“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.”

Luke 6:36 NKJV

“Therefore be merciful just as your Father also is merciful.”

Our God understands human frailties. God created us and He knows all about us. He knows our strengths and He knows our weaknesses. He understands us and He is patient and full of mercy concerning our human frailties.

Psalm 103:14 NKJV

“For He know our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

God’s understanding is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.

Psalms 147:5 NKJV

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;

His understanding is infinite.”

Our God’s mercy is everlasting.

Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.”

God’s mercy (unmerited favor) and love are forever. There is no end or stopping them.

I Chronicles 16:34 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.”

Psalm 52:8 NKJV

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;

I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”

Psalm 100:5 NKJV

“For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting

And His truth endures to all generations.”

Our God is above all things.

Psalm 103:19-21 NKJV

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”

When David thought about God’s greatness, he couldn’t help worshiping Him. To worship means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something. When we worship God we tell Him how much we love Him , how much He means to us, how much we value Him, and how much we admire Him. One way to worship God is to tell Him how much you appreciate His beauty and His goodness. Only as you get to know God in an intimate way and yield to the Holy Spirit will you be able to worship Him the way He deserves to be worshiped. God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth. We must worship God for who He is, and out of love to Him. God gives a special joy to those who minister to Him in worship.

VI. Bless the Lord / Psalm 103:22

Psalm 103:22 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, all His works,

In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Like David, we need to bless the Lord. When David remembered all about God, he was so filled with thanksgiving that he felt unable to properly express himself. He called upon the angels and all the other created beings on earth to help him worship God. Worship was not a one time thing with David – he repeatedly offered up thanksgiving, praise and worship. If we do not give praise and worship to God, the rocks and the trees will.

Luke 19:40 NKJV

“But He answered to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would

immediately cry out.”

Everyone and anyone can offer thanksgiving to God, even someone with sin in their life, but it takes clean hands and clean heart to worship God. You must have an intimate relationship with God to truly worship Him. If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ignoring God’s goodness to you and you are denying yourself of an intimate relationship with Him. Both in this world and in the one to come.

Romans 10:13 NKJV

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Review

1. Psalm 103 gives us a glimpse of how to __________________ God.

 

2. We are to:

*use _____________ part of us to worship God.

*make ___________ to worship God.

*_____________________ the things God has done.

*realize how wonderful God _______ and who He is.

*_____________ the Lord.

 

3. Satan will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to _________________ ___________.

 

4. God gave you your _________ and ___________ so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory.

 

5. How can you use your mouth to praise God?

 

6. How can use your eyes to worship God?

 

7. If we do not make time to worship God what will happen?

 

8. God made us to ________________ Him.

 

9. Why did David determine in his heart t worship God?

 

10. What does musing mean?

 

11. What are some of the benefits that God has given?

 

12. Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. What does redeemed mean?

 

13. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own ______________.

 

14. Jesus provided _______________ for us through His body.

 

15. Jesus is our refuge. What is a refuge?

 

16. God’s _____________ to us is new every day.

 

17. The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the _____________ is coming against.

 

18. __________________ is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.

 

19. God corrects those that He ___________.

 

20. All of God’s ________________ is for our good and our benefit.

 

21. God loves you so much that He does not want to be ____________________ from you.

 

22. Sin breaks off our fellowship with God. Why?

 

23. Only the precious blood of _______________ can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness.

 

 

24. We have ___________ _______________ to God through Jesus.

 

 

25. How does God feel about commitment?

 

 

26. What is true repentance?

 

27. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What does this mean?

 

28. There is _______________ that God can not do.

 

29. God does not keep a record of confessed sin. What is confessed sins?

 

30. God’s ____________________ is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.

 

31. ________________ means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something.

 

32. If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ________________ God’s goodness to you.

 

 

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White As Snow

WHITE AS SNOW

Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:18

Life Application: My sins can be forgiven.

 

Bible Text:

Isaiah 1:18

John 14:6

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

James 4:17

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

Romans 5:8

1 Peter 2:24

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

Romans 10:9

Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord,

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool’ ”

God does not compromise with us concerning our sin and the seriousness of it. Because of His great love for us He is willing to forgive (pardon) us. Before we can be forgiven we must come to a realization that we have sinned against a holy God – that we have disregarded and broken His commandments. We must admit that we are at fault. God is waiting, willing and able to forgive us of our sins.

When we turn to Him in true repentance He will forgive us. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is no way to heaven but by Jesus. He is the only way – the way, the truth and the life.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to every person that had ever lived and every person that would live. All we have to do is repent of our sins. When we do we will experience the miracle of salvation. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

Admitting that you have sinned against God.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 

Believing In Jesus Christ.

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.”

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Acts 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Confessing your sins to 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. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

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

Review

1. What is sin according to James 4:17?

 

2. What does forgiven and pardon mean?

 

3. God does not compromise with us concerning our sin. What does compromise mean?

 

4. When we turn to God in true _______________________ He will forgive us.

 

5. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the ______________________ of Jesus Christ.

 

6. How many ways are there to God and to heaven?

 

7. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. What does that mean?

 

8. When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to _____________ person that had ever lived and _______________ person that would live.

 

9. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

* Admitting that you have ____________________ against God.

* Believing In _______________ _________________.

* Confessing your ___________ to God.

 

10. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 NKJV

How does this verse apply to your life?

 

11. What does “fall short of the glory of God” mean?

 

12. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

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13. How did God demonstrate His love toward us?

 

14. What does confess mean?

 

 

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Lifestyle

lifestyle   Memory Verse: Luke 3:8

 

Life Application: I am to bear fruits of repentance.

 

Bible Text

Luke 3:8

Ephesians 5:1-13

Luke 3:3

Joshua 24:14-15

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in the lake of fire. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will spend eternity.

Lifestyle : manner of living: the way of life characteristic of a particular person, group, or culture.

Manner: way something is done, way in which somebody behaves , social behavior, customs and practices

These are not fruits of repentance and according to Ephesians 5:1-13, it is not fitting for children of God to participate in:…

profane language (profanity) or behavior.

cussing

vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior

language or behavior that shows disrespect for God

profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God

coarse joking or jesting

 

Ephesians 5:1-13 NKJV
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

A few fruits of repentance are: love, goodness, righteousness, and truth. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the Lord’s sight, not what is acceptable to society. Remember, what is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight.

 

Luke 3:3 NKJV

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”

After accepting Jesus as your Savior (remission of sins / salvation) , you must make Him the Lord of your life. Part of making Jesus your Lord is following Him. We must walk as children of light. We must choose each and every day if we are going to truly serve Him or not.

 

Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV

““Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

People that participate in the following do not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God:

Fornication – sex between two people who are not married to each other.

Filthiness – morally objectionable (according to God’s standards) or obscene.

Cussing

Uncleanness – sexual immorality / vulgar.

Foolish talking – a lack of good sense or judgment, seeming ridiculous, unimportant.

Covetousness – greed.

coarse jesting – vulgar or obscene joking.

Vulgarity – crude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions

Idolatry – putting things or people before God / not worshipping the true God.

 

Sin is disobeying God in any way and it separates man from God. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through Jesus.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

Romans 6:23 NKJV

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

Review

1. I am to bear _________________ of repentance.

2. What does repent mean?

3. What does your lifestyle show?

4. What happens to the person that does not have a personal relationship with Jesus?

5. Who decides if you will go to heaven to be with Jesus or if you are cast into the lake of fire?

6. List a few things that are not fruits of repentance.

7. List a few fruits of repentance.

8. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the __________ sight.

9. What is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight. What does that mean?

10. We must __________ each and every day if we are going to truly serve God or not.

11. Who will not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God?

12. Sin is disobeying God in any way and it _______________________ man from God.

13. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through ________________.

14. God demonstrated His love toward us. How?

15. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is __________________ _____________ in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! 

Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 4:7

Life Application: We must run with endurance and finish our race.

Bible Text:

Hebrews 12:1

Romans 3:23

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 3:18

1 Peter 5:8

2 Timothy 3:16-17

1 Corinthians 5:26

Luke 9:62

Matthew 25:41

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

2 Timothy 4:7

 

 

Hebrews 12:1  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”

Checked Flag –  prior to a race

A checked flag is used to signal that a driver has qualified for the race. The first step to running a race is to qualify for the race.

We must accept the free gift of salvation that God offers us through Jesus. By accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior it qualifies you for the race (journey) to Heaven.

A – Admit that you have sinned.

Romans 3:23     “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

B – Believe in Jesus.

Acts 16:31      “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

1 John 1:9     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

Green Flag

A green flag is used to signal the start of a race. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are ready to begin your race -your journey to heaven.

On this journey we need to:

1. Grow in the things of God.

2. Follow Jesus’ example of water baptism.

3. Seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 3:18  NKJV     “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….”

Grace: infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God , or shown to others by us.

 

Knowledge: all that can be known, all the information, facts, truths, and principles learned throughout time, learning through experience or study,  familiarity or understanding gained through experience or study.

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Yellow Flag

A yellow flag is used to signal the drivers to use caution. In our race we must be cautious.

1 Peter 5:8  NKJV     “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

            We must be careful, watchful and alert especially to guard against danger, difficulties, or errors.

White Flag

A white flag is used in a race to signal the drivers that there is a slick place on the road or track. While driving under a white flag a driver must be careful not to drive in such a way that he doesn’t run off the track or gets in a wreck.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  NKJV     “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

               In our race we must be aware of the things that cause us to fall.

Red Flag

In a race a red flag is used when the race needs to be stopped for any reason. Sometimes it may be a wreck, bad weather, or unsafe road conditions.

Sometimes in our race, our journey to heaven, we need to stop and take care of some things that have arisen in our lives that down the road could disqualify us for heaven.

1 Corinthians 5:26  NKJV     “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

           There are times that we must discipline ourselves in areas that could cause us to fall away from God.

Black Flag

A black flag is used in a race to signal that a driver has been disqualified from the race.

Disqualified means: declare unfit, to make or declare somebody unfit, unqualified, or ineligible to do or take part in something.

Disqualified also means: take away legal right, to deprive somebody of a legal or other right or privilege.

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.” 

Matthew 25:41  NKJV     “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels”

          We must run our race in such a way that we do not get disqualified.

 

Checked Flag –  during a race

A checked flag is used to signal the end of the race. It lets everyone know that someone has won the race.

Each one of us will come to the end of our life as we know it now one day.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  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. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

          When you die, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your race will end in victory.

 

2 Timothy 4:7  NKJV     “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Review

1. Believers must lay aside every weight, and the __________ which so easily ensnares them, and run with endurance the race that is set before them.

2.  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”  What does the glory of God mean?

3. On our journey we need to _____________ in the things of God, follow Jesus’ example of water baptism, and seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

4. We must be careful, ____________________ and alert.

5. There are times that we must ___________________ ourselves in areas that could cause us to fall away from God.

6. We must run our race in such a way that we do not get disqualified. What could disqualify us spiritually?

7. When you die, if you have accepted _______________ as your Lord and Savior, your race will end in victory.

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Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

following esther's example    Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

 

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

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

 

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

II. Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV   

  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

Romans 10:9  NKJV    

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

 

Acts 16:31  NKJV    

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV    

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

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV   

  “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

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.”

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Fruits Worthy of Repentance

  Luke 3:8  NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

     Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in hell. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will  spend eternity.

 

Lifestyle : manner of living: the way of life characteristic of a particular person, group, or culture.

Manner: way something is done, way in which somebody behaves , social behavior, customs and practices

Luke 3:3 NKJV

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”

These are NOT fruits of repentance…

profane language (profanity) or  behavior.

cussing

vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior

language or behavior that shows disrespect for God

profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God

coarse joking or jesting

 

Ephesians 5:1-13  NKJV
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

Where will you spend eternity? God has given each of us a choice- the choice is ours and ours alone to make.

 

Joshua 24: 14-15 NKJV

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!  And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

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

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

 

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

The punishment for sin is separation from God. But through Jesus our relationship with God can be restored.

 

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

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

Romans 6:23 NKJV

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

Have you made your choice?

Romans 3:23

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Acts 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

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