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David

david Memory Verse: Psalm 51:10

Bible Truth: While running your race keep your heart pure.

King Saul had disobeyed God on many occasions which caused God to reject him as Israel’s king. This made Samuel sad. One day God asked Samuel how long was he going to be sad over it. Then God told Samuel to fill a container with oil because He was going to send him to Bethlehem to anoint someone else to be Israel’s king. God had picked out someone from a man named Jesse’s family. Samuel was concerned because he thought that King Saul would kill him if he found out. So God told Samuel to go and do what He had instructed Him to do but to take some things for a sacrifice. Then he could tell people that he had come to sacrifice to God, instead of the real reason he was there.

1 Samuel 16:1-3 NKJV
“Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”

Samuel prepared the items that he needed and took them with him to Bethlehem. When the people in Bethlehem saw Samuel they were alarmed and asked him why he was there. Samuel told the people that he was there to sacrifice to the Lord, which was what God had instructed him to say. He invited the elders to come to the sacrifice and then he went and invited Jesse and his sons.

1 Samuel 16:4-5 NKJV

“So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.”

When Jesse’s family came, Samuel saw one of his sons named Eliab. Samuel thought to himself, “Surely he is the one!”

1 Samuel 16:6 NKJV

“So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

However, God told Samuel not to look at the outward appearance. God had not chosen Eliab. Then He told Samuel that He did not look at the outside of a person – He looked at the heart of a person instead.

1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

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

God was showing Samuel that how a person looks on the outside isn’t important. He shouldn’t be judged by his physical appearance. What really matters is a person’s heart attitude toward God.

Samuel was learning that God looks at what’s on the inside of a person and not at the outward appearance.

1 Samuel 16:8-10 NKJV

“So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”

One by one Jesse’s sons were shown to Samuel. Samuel looked at all seven of them and stated that God had not chosen any of them. Then he asked Jesse if that was all his sons – did he have any more?

Jessie told Samuel that he had one more son. He was the youngest son and he was out in the field taking care of the sheep. Samuel told Jesse to bring that son to him, and that they would not sit down to eat until he was there with them.

1 Samuel 16:11 NKJV

“And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”

So someone went out into the field and brought David, Jessie’s youngest son, to where Samuel and the others were. When Samuel say David, God instructed him to anoint him as the chosen king.

1 Samuel 16:12 NKJV

“So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

God had rejected all seven of David’s brothers and chosen David instead as the king. David was very young and to the natural eye and because of his appearance he would not have been the best choice, however God did not look at David’s outward appearance. He looked at David’s heart. In David’s heart God saw love and trust in God, a desire to please God, and a heart completely committed to God. David’s heart-attitude pleased God, and God was going to use him to lead His people.

1 Samuel 16:13 NKJV

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”

Samuel took the oil that he had brought with him and he anointed David as the next king of Israel. After that Samuel went to Ramah and David returned to the field of sheep. For a period of time David continued to work in the fields taking care of the sheep while he awaited God’s time for him to become king.

Camp Challenge

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

Psalm 7:9 NKJV

“For the righteous God tests the heart and minds.”

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

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 139:1-24 NKJV

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue,

But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

You have hedged me behind and before,

And laid Your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

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

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say,

‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

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

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.

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

How great is the sum of them!

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

When I awake, I am still with You.

Oh, that You would slay the wicked O God!

Depart from me, therefore you bloodthirsty me.

For they speak against You wickedly;

Your enemies take Your name in vain.

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

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

I hate them with perfect hatred;

I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.”

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

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to search your heart.

Ask God to help you not judge people by their outward appearance.

Ask God to help you be careful with the words you speak.

Ask God to reveal to you what’s in your heart.

Ask God to purge you of sin so that you may have everlasting life.

Ask God to create in you a clean heart.

Ask God to renew a steadfast spirit within you.

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Bucket And Balls Game

 1 2   Bucket And Balls Game

Need:

Buckets – one for each team

Small balls – 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.

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

money  Remembering Great Miracles – Hanukkah Booklet 2

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True Wisdom

TRUE WISDOM             True Wisdom

Memory Verse: Ephesians 1:17 

Life Application: God gives wisdom.

Bible Text:

Ephesians 1:17

James 1:5

Proverbs 2:6

Proverbs 1:7

Job 28:28

Proverbs 3:5-7

Proverbs 9:10

James 1:5

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…”

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.”

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.

Review

1. God will give us wisdom in every ________________ of our lives.

2. Wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right _____________________ in our daily lives.

3. What is wisdom?

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

6. Where does true wisdom come from?

7. What does the  fear of the Lord mean?

8. True wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our _______________________ to His will.

9. As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should ____________ ask God for it.

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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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Wells of Blessings

WEEK 7Wells of Blessings

Memory Verse: Psalm 91:14

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

Psalm 91:14-19  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

      The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

Deuteronomy 11:13-15  NKJV     “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

      God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

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4. Memory Verse

Psalm 91:14  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

5. The Beautitudes

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble. God will bless those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, and those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

6. God Will Bless Those Who Are Poor In Spirit

Matthew 5:3  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

     When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him!  God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him.

7. God Will Bless Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4  NKJV     “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

     When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15  NKJV     “For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

      Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

8. Game“God‘s Favor” Memory Board Match-Up Game

The Bible tells us that Daniel and his friends remained righteous by eating only the food that God wanted them to eat. They were determined in their hearts not to disobey God. God caused Daniel and his friends to receive favor when they asked not to eat the royal foods that the king wanted them to. God blessed Daniel and his friends for seeking righteousness.

The Bible gives us many examples of people who received favor / blessings from God.

1. Ruth

2. Ruth

3. Daniel

4. Daniel

5. Stephen

6. Stephen

7. Mary

8. Mary

9. God will bless us.

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

Correct Matches:

Ruth / Ruth

Daniel / Daniel

Stephen / Stephen

Mary / Mary

9. God Will Bless Those Who Are Meek

Matthew 5:5  NKJV     “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

     When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11  NKJV    “But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

10. God Will Bless Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6  NKJV     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

     Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV     “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29  NKJV     “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

      When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

11. Game – “Blessed Are Those…”

Need: 2 clotheslines made out of pieces of yarn, a clothes pin for each child playing and note cards.

Write the following on the note cards- one phrase per card. You might need to make identical cards depending on the size of the group.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Using tape  or thumb tacks, attach the clotheslines to the wall.

Give each child a note card and a clothes pin. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the clothes line and pin up their card, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the front and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

12. God Will Bless Those Who Are Merciful

Matthew 5:7  NKJV     “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

      Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us. A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need.  When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26  NKJV     “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

13. God Will Bless Those Who Are Pure In Heart

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

      Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.  It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26  NKJV     “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

      People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God.  He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

      The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart  is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a  pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10  NKJV     “Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

14. Game – Pass The Ball Memory Verse Game

Need: 1 small ball and music.

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

15.  God Will Bless Those Who Are Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9  NKJV     “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

      A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

      We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on  a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

 

Hebrews 12:14  NKJV     “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

      Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

16. God Will Bless Those Who Are Persecuted Falsely Because Of Him

Matthew 5:10-12  NKJV     “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21  NKJV     “For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

      When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18  NKJV     “For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

17. Game – “Blessed  Match-up”

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Write the following on slips of paper – one phrase per paper. You will need to make a set for each team playing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Fold all the pieces of paper and place in a basket. Divide the group into teams and line them up in rows. Place the basket with all the slips of paper in it a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the basket and get a slip of paper. They will take it back to their team and open it. The next person in line will repeat the process. If it is a duplicate phrase, they will have to take it back to the basket and get another one.

The team that correctly matches up the following sentences is the winner:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

18. Worship Song – _________________________________

19. Challenge and Altar –  Leper Gives Thanks

It is important to give God thanks for His many blessings.

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.”

      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. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

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, and that includes the blessings of God.

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

     God wants to bless each of us. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of blessings to us.

20. Crafts 

21. Refreshments or a light meal 

22. Dismissal

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Wells of Love

WEEK 6Wells of Love

Memory Verse : 1 John 4:19

Bible Truth: God loved us first.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction

Love must begin somewhere and it began with God. God loves you because He chooses to love you. It is a decision He has made. None of us deserve God’s love, still He chooses to love us. Because of God’s love for us, we can love Him.

Love can be described as a feeling of great affection that causes us to give to and do things for another person

God showed His love for us in a wonderful way. He gave the most precious gift that He could give – His own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died to take away our punishment for sin forever. Believing and acting upon this truth about Jesus allows us to  become part of God‘s family. When we believe on Jesus, He changes our hearts. God pours His love into our hearts and that love overflows to others. It is through the power of His love that we can love Him and others.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.” 

5. Love Of God

Jeremiah 31:3  NKJV     “The Lord has appeared of old to me , saying:

‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you…’ ”

      God’s love for us goes on and on. It has no end and it will never stop. His love is everlasting and it will continue throughout eternity. There is nothing that we can do or say that would make God love us more or less. He loves us with an unconditional love. God is like a loving parent who speaks with fatherly affection to his children, even when they are disobedient. God loves us just like we are but He loves us too much to leave us the way that we are. His desire is that everyone will be saved. However, the choice is ours and ours alone to make.

Since God’s love for us is everlasting, if we turn away from Him He longs for us to return. We must always remember that God loves the sinner, but He hates their sin. His desire for the person that has backslidden to repent and to return to Him.

Jeremiah 3:14  NKJV     “Return, O backsliding children,’ says the Lord; ‘for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.’ ”

6. Game – Heart Relay Race

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.”

Need:  Hearts with the memory verse written on them – one per child.

Divide the group into 2 even teams. Line the teams up in 2 lines. One at a time the girls are to run to the front and pick up a heart and say this week’s memory verse, then run back to their line. Then the next person will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Love For God

Matthew 22:37  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

      One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus to ask Him some questions. They had hoped to catch Jesus in a lie or untruth in some way. They did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and they wanted to prove it to all the people. One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment. He was testing Jesus to see how much He really knew about the Law of Moses.

Jesus answered him by quoting  the greatest Jewish confession of faith called the Shema. It means that we are to love the Lord with our whole being – our heart, our soul, and our mind.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  NKJV     “Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

 

Require means to have need for, need, want, command, order, or demand. God requires for each one of us to love Him.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12  NKJV    “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

      Loving God is not something that we have to “work at”. God Himself will work in our hearts so that we will love Him. He will cause us to be totally devoted to Him. The more we get to know God the more we love Him.  Also, the more we know God, the more we will want to know Him.

 

Deuteronomy 30:6  NKJV    “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

8. Game – Which Comes First? Memory Verse Race

Divide the memory verse up into 5 parts.

We love /  Him because  / He first /  loved us. / 1 John 4:19

Make 2 sets of card with the memory verse dived up on them, each set a different color.

Need two teams of five children each.

Tape a card on each of the 10 children’s backs. At the signal they are to find their team (each team’s cards are a different color) and arrange themselves so that the verse can be correctly read (in order). The first team to do so correctly is the winner.

 

9. Love For Others

 

John 13:34  NKJV     “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

      We are to choose to love others – not because of who they are or how they act. Rather, we are to choose to love them because of God’s love for us.

People naturally love themselves. Since we love ourselves we are concerned about our welfare and we want the best for ourselves. According to the commandment in Lev 19:18 we are to love others the same way that we love ourselves. We should also be concerned about their welfare and we should also want the best for them.

 

Matthew 22:39  NKJV     “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

      When we love others the way that God wants us to others will know that we are disciples of Christ. God’s love for us is unconditional and our love for others should also be unconditional.

 

John 13:34-35  NKJV     “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Leviticus 19:18  NKJV     “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudges against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

      Our love for others will flow out of our love for God. They go hand in hand. If we don’t love others we really don’t love God. God has commanded us to love others.

 

1 John 4:20-21  NKJV     “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.’ ”

 

1 John 5:1-2  NKJV     “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandment.”

10. Game – Love Me Musical Chairs

God desire for us to love Him with our whole heart.

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

We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left in the game will represent someone who took the time to love the Lord with their whole heart.

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

Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

 

11. Our Obedience Shows Our Love

 

John 14:15  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

      Our obedience to God shows our love for God. If we truly love God we will obey Him and His commandments. When we love God we will personally know God. When a person does not obey God it shows a lack of personal knowledge of God therefore, it also shows a lack of love for and to God.

 

1 John 5:3  NKJV     For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

      God’s love demands obedience. However, God’s commandments are not hard to bear, heavy, or oppressive. In reality God’s commandments bring freedom, liberty, and privileges to the believer. As we obey God’s commandments we reflect the image of God.

 

12. Game – Pass The Mirror

Our love for God will be reflected in our actions.

Need: Two  no breakable mirror and music

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.”

     Divide the group into two teams and line up in two rows. Give the first person on each team a mirror. At the signal they will pass it to the person behind them. When it reaches the end that person will run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the mirror to the person behind them. The game continues until the original first person is back at the front of the line.

13. Worship Song – ___________________________________

14. Challenge and Altar – Demonstrating God’s Love

No one deserves God’s love. He chooses to love us. Because of His great love for us, He gave the most precious gift anyone could ever give. He gave His own Son as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with Him. God loved us even before we knew Him.

 

Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

     By asking for forgiveness of our sins, through Jesus’ sacrifice, we can become a child of God. As part of God’s family we will want to be like our Father, and love others. Our love for others is not based on how we feel about them or think about them. Like God’s love toward us, it is a choice – we must choose to love others.

 

Have you entered into a love relationship with God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Are you allowing God’s love to show through you?

Are you demonstrating God’s love through your wards and actions?

Do you have trouble loving yourself or others?

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Craft

17. Dismissal

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Wells Of Peace

WEEK 5  Wells Of Peace

Memory Verse : Isaiah 26:3

Bible Truth : God gives perfect peace.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – From The Wells Of Peace

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of peace to us. God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face.  He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV        “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

       We need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

1 Peter 5:7  NKJV       “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

       When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

Psalm 85:8  NKJV      “I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.”

       As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV        “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11  NKJV     “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

       The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________

2. ________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

 

5. Jesus Speaks Peace To The Storm

Matthew 8 26  NKJV     “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’. Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”

     One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the lake. After they began to cross the lake Jesus laid down on the bottom of the boat and went to sleep. While asleep, a big storm came up and the boats were tossed to and fro. Large waves began to come into the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.

The disciples were afraid and they woke Jesus up. When they told Jesus that they were about to die He asked they why they were afraid. Jesus arose and rebuked the wind. As soon as Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” everything was calm,  the storm was over. The disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus.

 

6. A Mother Has Peace Through Trials

2 Kings 4:23  NKJV     “So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.’ And she said, ‘It is well.’”

     As a gift of gratitude for making him a place to stay  (a room on the top of their house), the prophet Elisha gave a Shunamite woman a promise that she and her husband  would have a son. Within a year his prophesy came true – she had a baby boy. One day, years later, while the boy was out in the field with his father his head began to hurt. The father told one of the servants to carry the boy to his mom. When the servant brought the boy to his mom she held him in her lap. Around noon the little boy dies in her arms. The woman knew that God had promised her a son so she did not accept the boy’s death a final. She got up out of her chair and carried her son and laid him on Elisha’s bed and closed the door. Then she went to tell her husband that she was going to see the prophet Elisha. He was surprised that she wanted to see Elisha right away. When he asked her why she responded to him, All is well.”

When the woman found Elisha she told him what had happened to her son. Elisha returned with her to her house. He went into his room where the dead boy ay on his bed. Elisha prayed and through the power of the Holy Spirit he breathed life back into the boy. During this time the mother had peace given to her by God.

 

7. Game –Dividing The Sheep From The Goats Relay

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world.

The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven.

Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: 10 white balloons, 10 colored balloons, 2 large baskets or boxes, and 2 large trash bags.

Blow up balloons and equally divide them into two sets, placing each set in an empty trash bag. Divide the group into two teams. Each team must form a line. Place a basket at the end of each line.

The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them.

White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The person on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

 

8. Paul Has Peace During A Storm

Acts 27:34  NKJV     “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”

      Paul had been arrested and he was to appear in court in Rome, so  King Agrippa sent Paul to Rome by ship along with many other prisoners. It was just before winter which was not a good time for sailing. During the winter the winds were very strong and they made it difficult and dangerous to travel by ship. After they had traveled for 130 miles the weather began to change. The wind was so strong that they could not land (dock) where they wanted to. They were forced to sail further southward. Finally they were able to dock at a small town.

Because of his experience with sailing and boats, Paul knew that they should stay where they were and not travel any further until winter was over. He told the owner of the ship and the sailors, however they did not listen. They wanted to go on so that they could stop for the winter at a larger town about 60 miles away. Several times Paul tried to tell them that it was too dangerous, but each time his advice was rejected. The next morning the sea was calm and a slight breeze was blowing so the ship set sail, staying close to the shoreline for protection. Suddenly a violent storm hit the ship. The wind pushed the ship south of a small island. The sailors were afraid and they began to take measures to try to save the ship. They attached ropes around the ship in order to try to hold it together and let down the anchor. They hoped that the anchor would slow them own some so when it didn’t they let down the life boats.

Paul told them that if they didn’t stay on the ship they would die. Finally they listened to Paul and they cut the ropes to the life boats. The next morning Paul told they that they needed to eat some food. They had been in the storm for about 2 weeks and during this time they had not eaten properly. God had assured Paul that not one of them would die. As Paul broke bread he gave thanks to God for His hand of protection. After everyone ate they lightened the ship by throwing the cargo overboard. They could see a small island not far away so they let go of the anchors and raised the sail. As they approached a the island the ship got stuck on a sandbar and the waves crashed violently against them.

The soldier’s were afraid that the ship was going to break apart. Their thought was to kill the prisoners then try to swim to safety. However, the commander liked Paul and he did not want them to kill him. He told everyone that could swim to jump overboard and swim to the island. Those that could not swim were to float to the island on a board or some other part of the ship. Just like God had promised no one died -they all were saved. Throughout the entire time Paul had peace given to him by God.

 

9. Game – “Pass the Boat Memory Verse Relay”

Need : 2 cardboard boat cut outs or 2 small toy boats.

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

 

10. God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7  NKJV     “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

      God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15  NKJV     “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

      God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer.  When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  NKJV     “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

      Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

11. Game – Where’s My Shepherd?

Need: A blindfold for every child playing, except two children.

Divide the group into two teams. Each team will have a shepherd and the remaining players will be the sheep. Name each team a color.

Blindfold the sheep. Place the shepherds 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 to their shepherd. The first shepherd that gets all their sheep to come to them will be the winning team.

 

12. When Jesus Is Our Shepherd 

    Psalm 23:1  NKJV      “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

      We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

Psalm 23  NKJV        “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sakes. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

      Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

 

13. Game – Gather The Sheep Memory Verse Relay

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV       “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Need :Sheep cut-out with the memory verse written on each one – one per child, two poster boards – draw a fence on the edges of each one, and two rolls of tape.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Place a poster board coral a short distance from each team. Give each child a sheep with the memory verse on it. Give the first person on each team a roll of tape. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the poster board and tape their sheep on it and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the poster board and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

14. Worship Song – ______________________________

 

15. Challenge and Altar – “Believers Should Live In Peace”

2 Corinthians 13:11  NKJV        “Finally, brethren, farewell.. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

     Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace come through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

Have you accepted the peace that comes from knowing Jesus as your personal Savior?

Are you allowing God’s peace to rule in your life?

Is there conflict in your life that you need to take to Jesus?

16. Crafts

 

17. Refreshments or light meal

 

18. Dismissal

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