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Sights and Sounds of the Season Booklet

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

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Let Your Light Shine Through The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – Hanukkah Booklet 5

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Lesson – “Jesus’ Promise”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Luke 11:13  NKJV

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Acts 1:8 NKJV

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

3. John 16:7  NKJV

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

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Gifts For Jesus

GIFTS FOR JESUS   Gifts For Jesus 

Theme: Christmas theme

Memory Verse: Matthew 2:11 

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

 

1. Open In Prayer

2. Opening – Wise Men Seek Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Memory Verse

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

4. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

5. Jesus Is Our King

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

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

Psalm 10:16  NKJV

“The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

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

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

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

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

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

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

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

6. Game – Bucket And Balls Relay

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

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

7. Jesus Is Our High Priest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need : 2 pair of tweezers and small breath mints

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

9. Jesus – God’s Messenger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Game- Can Stack Relay

Need: 10 cans and 8 paper plates

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

11.  Review Game

Need:

26 slips of paper

26 small pieces of candy

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

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

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

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus? 

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

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

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

7. What were the three offices (positions)? 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ________________ and kingship.

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

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

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

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

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

22. What is a prophet?

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

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

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

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

12.  Worship Song – ______________________________

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allow time for the children to pray.

14. Crafts

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Dismissal

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Shunammite Woman Helps Elisha

SHUNIMITE WOMAN HELPSShunammite Woman Helps Elisha

Memory Verse: 2 Kings 4:8

Life Application: God provides for His servant’s needs.

Bible Text: 2 Kings 4:8-17

 

Elisha often passed through Shunem on his travels. In that town there was a Shunammite woman who invited Elisha to eat with her and her husband. Every time Elisha passed by their area he would stop by and eat with them.

2 Kings 5:8  NKJV     “Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food.”

     One day the woman said to her husband, “Look now, I know that Elisha is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Can we make a small room upstairs with a bed, and a table and chair in it for him? Then when he passes by here he will have a place to rest.”  Her husband said that they could.

 

2 Kings 4:9-10  NKJV     “And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”

     Elisha was very glad to have a place to rest when he was traveling in that area. Elisha asked the Shunammite woman how he could repay her for all her kindness and concern. The woman told him that there was nothing she needed.

2 Kings 4:11-17  NKJV    “And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.
Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”
But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.”

     Later Elisha told the Shunammite woman, “About this time next year you will have a son.”  The woman conceived, and had a son at the appointed time Elisha had told her.

 

Review

1. A Shunammite woman invited _________________ to eat with her and her husband every time he passed by their area.

2. What did the woman ask her husband?

3.  Elisha was very glad to have a place to _____________ when he was traveling in that area.

4. Elisha asked the woman how he could repay her for all her kindness and concern. What was her response?

5. Elisha told the Shunammite woman, “About this time next year you will have a ___________.”

6. How can you help provide for the needs of God’s servants?

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God Helps A Widow

GOD HELPS A WIDOWGod Helps A Widow

 

Memory Verse: 2 Kings 4:7

Life Application: God provides for our needs.

Bible Text:: 2 Kings 4:1-7

 

God is loving and caring. He used a prophet named Elisha to help a widow in need. Before her husband died, he served God and cared for his wife and sons. Now he was dead and the widow had no way to pay her bills. When she saw Elisha, she told him that she had bills to pay and no money. The person she owed was going to take her boys and make them slaves!

2 Kings 4:1  NKJV     “A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

     First Elisha asked her what did she have in the house. “I have nothing at all except a little oil.” Then Elisha gave her a word from the Lord. He told her to get her boys to go to all the neighbors and ask for jars and pots – big ones and little ones. He told her to ask for many jars and pots. When the jars and pots were gathered, she and her sons were to go into the house and close the door.

2 Kings 4:2-4  NKJV     “So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

     Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and pour it into the many jars her sons had collected. She poured and poured, but her little oil didn’t become empty until all the jars she borrowed were filled!

2 Kings 4:5-7  NKJV     “So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

     If they had borrowed only one or two pots or jars, that’s All the oil she would have had. Because the widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha, God blessed them and met their need. They were able to sell the oil and pay the bills. And the widow’s sons were able to stay with their mother and help her.

Review

1. God is ______________  and caring. 

2. What was the prophet’s name?

3. The widow’s husband had ________________ God.

4, What was the widow’s need?

5. The person she owed was going to take her boys and make them _____________.

6. The woman and her sons were to gather up what?

7. Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and _____________ it into the many jars her sons had collected.

8. What would have happened if the woman had not been obedient?

9. The widow was able to sell the oil and ___________ the bills and keep her sons.

10. How has God provided for your needs?

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By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

 by the power of the holy spirit      By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Memory Verse: Zechariah 4:6  NKJV

Life Application: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

Bible Text:

Psalm 68:35

Micah 3:8

Micah 7:18-19

Acts 6:8-10

Acts 6:5-7

Acts 6:8-10

Acts 2:42-43

Acts 5:12

Acts 1:8

Acts 2:40-41

John 7:37-39

Zechariah 4:6

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. After a period of time the rebuilding slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.

God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

Psalm 68:35  NKJV     “O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

       God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength. This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Micah 3:8  NKJV     “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,

And of justice and might,

To declare to Jacob his transgression

And to Israel his sin.”

      The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God  because of their sin. Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

Micah 7:18-19  NKJV     “Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depth of the sea.”

     God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.

Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV     “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

      The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

Acts 6:5-7  NKJV     “And this saying pleased the whole multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”    

       Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV     “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

       Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

Acts 2:42-43  NKJV     “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

Acts 5:12  NKJV     “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

       We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.

Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8  NKJV     “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41  NKJV     “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

        The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

John 7:37-39  NKJV     “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

      The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

      As a child of God, He will give us (through the Holy Spirit) power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him.

In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

Review

1. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the ___________   ________________, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process of the temple.

2. God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by _______________ strength and resources.

3. What would have happened if the people relied on human strength to rebuild the temple?

4.  God has always given strength and power to His _______________.

5. The Holy Spirit will give us _____________ to speak for God, ____________ to do wonders and signs, and _____________ to be a witness for God.

6. What was  Micah empowered by the Holy Spirit to do?

7. Micah warned of coming _________________ and of salvation.

8. Does God still empower people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him?

9. The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of __________________________.

10.  Signs and wonders give ________________ to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God.

11. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the _________________ of the Father.

12. The Holy Spirit  fills the believers with power that helps them to be a _________________ for God .

13. God will give us power to ____________ for Him, power to ___________ for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a ______________ for Him.

14. Our relationship with God starts with accepting _______________ as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

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A Leper Gives Thanks

 A LEPER GIVES THANKS A Leper Gives Thanks

Memory Verse: Luke 17:15

Life Application: We should glorify God for what He has done.

Text:

Luke 17:11-19

Psalm 34:1

Ephesians 5:20

Luke 17:11-19  NKJV     “Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

      One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing.

Luke 17:15-16  NKJV     “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

      Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.  All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing.  Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

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

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

      All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything. We must never forget to glorify God for the things that He does for us.

Ephesians 5:20  NKJV     “…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Review

1. One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of __________   _______________.

2. What did these men cry out?

3. In this story who had compassion?

4. What instructions did Jesus give to the men?

5. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest  they were ______________ of their leprosy.

6. What happened when one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well ?

7.  “And _________ of them, when ______  saw that he was ________________, returned, and with a __________   voice _______________ God, and _________ down on his __________ at His feet, giving Him _______________. And ________ was a Samaritan.”  Luke 17:15-16

8. Jesus asked where the other _________ men who were healed were at.

9. One man returned to thank Jesus. What even greater blessing did he receive?

10. According to Psalm 34:1, when are we to bless God?

11. We must never forget to _____________ God for the things that He does for us.

12. We are to give _______________ thanks always for all things.

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Wells Of Wisdom

WEEK 9Wells of Wisdom

Memory Verse :1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives wisdom.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God Gives Wisdom

God will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17  NKJV     “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ____________________________

2. ____________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

5. God Gave Solomon Wisdom

1 Kings 3: 12  NKJV     “…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”

      When Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice burnt offerings, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. In the dream the Lord asked Solomon what He should give him. Solomon told the Lord that He had been so good to him already. The Lord had shown Solomon great kindness because of David, his father. Then Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart so that he could discern between good and evil as he judged the people.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. Solomon had not asked the Lord for wealth, riches, long life, nor help in defeating his enemies. Instead Solomon had asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart. Because the request pleased the Lord, He not only gave Solomon what he asked for, but He gave Solomon wealth, riches and honor also.

The Lord had answered Solomon’s request in an abundant measure. The abilities that were given to Solomon were exceptional. Solomon is known to have been the wisest man that ever lived, and that wisdom was given to him by the Lord.

 

6. Game – “Measure Your Life By God’s Word

Need: 2 rulers with the memory verse written on them.

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

     Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Give a ruler to the first person on each team. At the signal they will say the Bible verse and then pass it to the next person in line. They will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. God Gave Daniel Wisdom

Daniel 2:19  NKJV     “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

      King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel. The king wanted these young men to forsake their God, and to work for him and serve his gods. However, Daniel and his three friends did not forsake their God. They stayed loyal and obedient to God no matter what happened.

God gave Daniel and his three friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams.

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him so much he could not sleep. He called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to come to him and tell him his dream. The Chaldeans told the king to tell them the dream and they would give him the interpretation.

The king told them that he would not tell them the dream, and that they were to make known to him the dream and the interpretation. If they could not tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be killed. If they could  tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be rewarded and receive great honor.

The Chaldeans told the king that there was not a man on earth that could do both- know what the king had  dreamed and know the interpretation of the dream. The king became very angry and he ordered all the wise men killed. When the king’s order was being carried out they sought Daniel and his friends to kill them. When they came to Daniel he ask why the wise men were being killed. The captain of the king’s army told Daniel all that had happened concerning the king and his dream. Upon learning what had happened, Daniel went in to see the king. He asked the king for a little time, that he might be able to tell the king the dream and the interpretation. The king agreed and Daniel went to his three friend to tell them. The four of them prayed and sought God for the dream and the interpretation.

God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel was very thankful to God so he blessed Him, thanked Him, and gave Him praise.

Daniel went to the captain of the king’s army and asked him to take him to the king so he could tell the king what he wanted to know. When Daniel approached the king he told him that the God in heaven had made known to him the dream and the interpretation.

After Daniel told the king what God had revealed to him, he received favor, great gifts and honor.

 

8. Game – “Stomp The Balloon”

Need: Slips of paper with the memory verse on them and 2 different colors of balloons / 15 of each color.

“Now we / have received, / not from the/  spirit of / the world, / but the Spirit  / who is /  from God, / / that we might / know the /  things that have / been freely/  given to / us by God.“ /  1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

     Cut the memory verses up into sections of two or three words (make 2 sets).Keep each set separate. Blow up balloons, inserting one rolled slip of paper into each balloon before tying.

Divide the group into two teams. Place all the balloons on the floor. At the signal the children will run to the balloons and pop them with their feet in order to get the slip of paper out. The first team to arrange their slips of paper in order is the winner.

 

9. God Gave Joseph Wisdom

Genesis 41:39  NKJV     “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

      Joseph was favored by his father, Jacob, because he was the son of his favorite wife, Rachel. This favoritism caused Joseph’s brothers to be jealous. One day Joseph was sent out into the fields where his brothers were taking care of the flocks of sheep, to check on them.

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming and they plotted to kill him. One of his brothers, Reuben, told the other brothers not to kill Joseph but to throw him into an empty water hole and leave him there. Later on while Joseph was in the empty water hole a group of Ishmaelites came by and the brothers sold Joseph to them.

 

Acts 7:9-10  NKJV     “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”

      Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard in the army of the Pharaoh. While at the house of Potiphar, Joseph found favor and he was placed in charge of everything at Potiphar’s house. Later on when the wife of Potiphar lied about Joseph he was thrown into prison.

While in prison Joseph found favor in the sight of the prison keeper. He placed Joseph in charge over the prison. While in prison God continued to fill Joseph with wisdom and understanding. Joseph was given the ability to interpret dreams.

After a long period of time Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream for the king. God gave Joseph the interpretation to the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream for the king he acknowledged that God had given Joseph discernment and wisdom. The king placed Joseph over his house and the country. There was no one greater than Joseph except the king.

Genesis 41:37-41  NKJV     “So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

      Because of the wisdom that God had given Joseph he found favor in the sight of the king.

 

10. Game – “Fill In The Blanks”

Need: 2 poster boards and 2 markers.

On each poster board draw a blank for each word of the memory verse. Divide the group into two teams. Set the poster boards and the markers a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the poster board and fill in one of the blanks., then return to their team. The next person will repeat the process. The team that correctly fills in all the blanks to the memory verse is the winner.

 

11. True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6  NKJV     “For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

      The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

 

Job 28:28  NKJV     “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

      There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7  NKJV     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

12. Game- “What’s In The Basket”

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

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

13. Worship Song – _________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Ask God For Wisdom

James 1:5  NKJV     “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

      As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

How does your life measure up to God’s Word?

Are you growing in respect of God?

How do you regard the things of God?

Are you facing a situation where you need God’s wisdom?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or a light meal 

17. Dismissal

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Wells Of Healing

WEEK 8Wells of Healing

Memory Verse: Matthew 9:35

Bible Truth :  God is concerned about out physical and emotional health.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God is Concerned About Out Physical And Emotional Health

God is not only concerned about our spiritual health, but He is also concerned about out physical and emotional health. Throughout time God has provided healing in many different ways. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health; to cure.

Jesus used many different methods in His healing ministry. Sometimes the people were healed because of their faith, sometimes because of someone else’s’ faith. Sometimes He prayed for them, sometimes He commanded the sickness to come out of them. Sometimes He laid His hands on them and sometimes they touched Him.

Like salvation, healing is provided to us through Jesus Christ.

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  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.”

      God still heals people today, and He still uses many different methods.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________________________

2. ______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Matthew 9:35  NKJV

5. A Gentile Mother’s Faith Brings Healing

Mark 7:29  NKJV     “Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ ”

      After a confrontation between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders, Jesus took His disciples to an area quiet a distance away. There He intended to rest and teach His disciples. He went to a house where He hoped that no one would disturbed them. However, that did not happen.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples a woman came to Jesus and asked and asked and Him to cast a demon out of her daughter.

Jesus was in the middle of teaching (feeding) His disciples (His children). Jesus told the woman that it was not right to stop in the middle of feeding your children and give their (your children‘s) food to dogs.

The woman was not offended by what Jesus said to her – She understood what He meant. The woman replied to Jesus that even during the meal the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates onto the floor.

Jesus rewarded the woman’s faith and persistence by healing her daughter. Jesus told the woman to go home and that the demon had left her daughter.

The woman returned to her house to find her daughter just like Jesus had said – the demon was gone!

Mark 7:24-30  NKJV     “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’ Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”

 

6. Simon’s Mother-In-Law

Mark 1:31  NKJV     “So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”

      One day after Jesus left the synagogue He went to Simon’s house. As soon as Jesus arrived at the house they told Him about Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. The people at Simon’s house had faith in Jesus and they believed that He could heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus went to the woman and took her by the hand, Immediately the fever was gone and her strength returned to her. The woman got up and served Jesus and His followers.

7. Game – “Take Up Your Bed And Walk”

Matthew 9:1-8  NKJV     “So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

Need: 2 sleeping bags or blankets rolled up.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a bed roll. At the signal run to the front and say, “Take up your bed and walk”,  then they will run back to their team and give the bedroll to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Healings In Capernaum

Luke 4:41  NKJV     “…and He laid His hands on every one of them and He healed them.”

      Late one evening when Jesus was in Capernaum the people came to see Him. They brought to Jesus everyone that was sick. Jesus laid His hands on everyone of them and healed them.

Jesus took the time to personally lay hands on each one of them and to pray for each one of them. The Bible tells us that each one (every one) of them were healed. The people that had brought the sick people to Jesus had faith in Him and His ability to heal the sick.

 

9.Man With A Paralyzed Hand

Luke 6:10  NKJV   “And when He had looked around at them, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

      Once when Jesus went to the synagogue He saw a man with a withered hand there. The Pharisees watched Jesus very closely while He was in the synagogue. They were hoping to catch Jesus doing something that they thought was wrong or against the law.

Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking so He asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. The Pharisees would not answer.

Then Jesus told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he did, his hand was restored, he was made well. When the people and the Pharisees saw what happened (the healing of the man’s withered hand) they became very angry. They thought that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses, however He had not.

 

10. Miraculous Healings

Mark 6:56  NKJV     “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. As many as touched Him were made well.”

      Jesus had a healing ministry which was widespread. Everywhere that Jesus went the people would carry sick people to a spot that they thought Jesus would walk by. They believed that Jesus had power to heal the sick. The people begged Jesus to allow the sick people to touch the hem, the tassel, of His garment. The Bible tells us that everyone of them that touched it was made well.

11. Game – “Touch The Tassel Relay Race”

When the Bible makes reference to the hem of Jesus’ garment, it is referring to the tassels on His prayer shawl.

Matthew 9:35  NKJV     “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Need: 2 prayer shawls or larges pieces of cloth or scarves.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a prayer shawl (or a piece of cloth / scarf). At the signal the first person will put on the prayer shawl and run to the front and say the memory verse, then run back to their team and give the shawl to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

12. Man By The Pool

John 5:9  NKJV     “And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked…”

      As Jesus walked by the Sheep Gate on His way into Jerusalem He saw a man laying on one of the porches by the pool of Bathesda. This man had had an infirmity for thirty-eight years.

The pool of Bathesda was a double pool that was surrounded by five porches. During this time many sick people lay beside the pool and waited for the water to move. At certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water in the pool. Whoever stepped in the water first after it was stirred up would be healed.

Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man did want to be made well but he did not have anyone to put him into the pool when the water was stirred up. Jesus told the man to take up his bead and walk. Immediately the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.

 

13. Deaf-Mute Man

Mark 7:35  NKJV     “Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”

      As Jesus was traveling through the Sea of Galilee the people brought a man who was a deaf-mute. They begged Jesus to lay His hands on the man and heal him.

Jesus took the deaf-mute aside, away from the crowd. Then He put His finger in the man’s ear and He put spit on His finger and touched the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and then said to the man, “Be opened.” Immediately the man’s ears were open and his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

 

14. Game – “God Heals In Many Ways”

God heals in many different ways.

* sometimes the healing comes through doctors and medications

* sometimes the healing is miraculous- a miracle / without the help of a doctor

* sometimes the healing is immediate

* sometimes the healing is a process – it takes time

* sometimes the healing comes through death – This is one way that we do not like to consider, however it is a reality.

We must trust God no matter what way He chooses to heal. There will be times that we do not understand why He choose a certain way, but we must hold on to the truth that He is God and He see the “bigger picture”. God has a plan for every person born and we will never know the entire plan. Understanding will only come after we are in heaven. We must remember that God loves us and He wants the very best for us.

    Isaiah 55:8-9  NKJV     ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Need: 1 empty medication bottle and music.

Have the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children the empty medication bottle. When the music starts they are to pass the bottle around the circle. When the music stops the child holding the bottle is out of the game. Restart the game and continue to play until only one person is left or until time runs out.

 

15. Naaman

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”    

       A general in the Syrian army, name Naaman, had leprosy. He was the highest ranking officer in the Syrian army. Naaman was a man of high social standing and importance, even to the king himself.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV     “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”

          Despite Naaman’s great importance, his leprosy could eventually lead to his separation from society. Leprosy was contagious and incurable causing Naaman to be in a hopeless situation. Even though Naaman was a man of high rank, influence and riches he was still a desperate man.

2 Kings 5:2-3  NKJV     “And the Syrians had gone on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ ”

 

A young girl that was taken captive from Israel was a servant to Naaman’s wife. One day this young girl told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman.     

2 Kings 5:4-6   NKJV     “And Naaman went in and told his master, saying,

‘Thus and thus said the girl who is here from the land of Israel.’

Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand

shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to

you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to

you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.”

         Naaman told the king what the young girl had said about the prophet. The king instructed Naaman to go to the prophet for help. When  Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house to ask to be healed, instead of meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant to tell him.The servant told him that

Elisha said to wash in the Jordan River seven times.

2 Kings 5:11-13  NKJV    “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ “ ‘Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage.And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ ‘ ”

          When Elisha did not do things the way Naaman thought he should, he turned around to go back home, angry and unhealed. Finally, Naaman humbled himself and listened to the good advise of his servants. He obey the prophet, Elisha, by doing what he was told.

 

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

           Naaman almost let his pride get in the way of receiving his healing. When Naaman stepped out in obedience he was healed of his leprosy. God used the prophet and Naaman’s obedience to heal the leprosy.

 

16. Game – Jig-Saw Puzzle Race

Need: 2 poster boards – different colors

Write the memory verse on two poster boards (different colors), then cut them into jigsaw puzzle pieces (cut them each into 6 or 7 large pieces).

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in rows. Tell each team what color their puzzle will be. Place the puzzle pieces for the puzzles in a pile a short distance in front of the lines. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and get one of their pieces then run back to their team. The process will continue until they have all their pieces and have their puzzle put together.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

17. Worship Song – _____________________________

 

18. Challenge and Altar Obedience Points To Faith

Naaman was healed because he finally humbled himself and was obedient to God. By being obedient he showed his faith in God to heal him. He placed his trust in God.

When we humble ourselves and place our faith in God for salvation, through Jesus, we can receive forgiveness of our sins. We must believe in order to be healed and we must believe in order to be saved.

Believing means accepting something as true or real so that it affects what a person thinks  and how they live.

 

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.

John 1:12  NKJV     “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

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

Have you believed in Jesus for salvation?

Is what you believe affecting your life in a positive way?

Do you need a healing touch from God? Does someone you know need a healing touch?

19. Crafts 

20. Refreshments or a light meal. 

21. Dismissal

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