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

CHRISTmas

         

1. Introduction


Luke 2:11 NKJV
“ For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Christmas is a wonderful time to remember God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world for us. Christmas is not about what we want to receive, but about what we have already been given.


Luke 2:1-20
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”


There are many things during the Christmas season that can remind us about Jesus. A few of them are: the angel on the top of the tree or over the manger scene, the stars in your Christmas decorations or on the top of your tree, stockings, gifts, Christmas lights, snow, gingerbread men or gingerbread houses, and candy canes.


2. Memory Verse


Luke 2:11 NIV
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you…”


3. Angels


Angels are messengers of God. Angels have a part in the Christmas story.

An angel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Christ.


Luke 1:26-38
“ Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I [c]do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”


An angel appeared to Joseph telling him that what was conceived in Mary was from the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 1:20-21
“ But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”



An angel appeared to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus after which “a great company of the heavenly host” appeared.


Luke 2:8-14
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”


4. Stars


The stars that we see remind us of the star that God used to guide the wise men to Jesus.


Matthew 2:1-12
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”


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6. Stockings


Stockings can remind us that we need to have “beautiful feet” meaning we need to tell others the Good News.


During the Bible times when people were at war (battle) a person would run from the scene of the battle across the land (mountains) to the city waiting for news. The message of this runner was salvation, meaning that they had won a victory. They were running to tell the people that they had been delivered from their enemy or foe. This was good new or glad tiding. According to the Bible beautiful were the feet of those who ran with the good news of their salvation!


Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
“How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ ”


One definition of beautiful is very pleasing to see or hear. The people waiting to hear news of the battle would have seen the feet of the runner as beautiful because of the news that they brought.
As we proclaim the good news of salvation to those who are being held captive, God sees our feet as beautiful. He is pleased when we tell others that the victory over their enemy was won by Jesus, and that they have been delivered from their foe.


2 Corinthians 5:18 NKJV
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…”


As a Christian, the ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to us. We are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ, His one and only Son.
As a person that has been reconciled with God, we should bring good news to the world, we should proclaim peace, we should bring glad tidings of good things, we should proclaim salvation, we should exclaim that the Lord God reigns.


7. Gifts


The gifts of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation.


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


God has given us a wonderful gift, but we have the power to accept it or reject it. It is up to each one of us to make our own decision – Will we accept the gift of salvation that God offers through Jesus or will we reject the offer?


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9. Lights


Christmas lights can remind us that we are to be a light for Jesus.


Luke 11: 33 NKJV
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.”


We are not to hide the light of Jesus Christ in us or keep it to ourselves (don’t be stingy). As followers of Jesus, we are to take the light placed within us and share it with others.


Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see the nature of Jesus in us. There are people watching each and every one of us. Just as the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true believers lighten the darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.


10. Snow


Snow can remind us that when we ask for forgiveness, God will wash our sins away.
Our sins, which are as scarlet can be made as white as snow.


Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV
“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together, ’Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the lands; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword’; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


Reason together means to come to a legal decision. God is not a God of compromise, and we must align our opinion of sin up with His. We must come into agreement with God concerning the seriousness of our sins. God is a holy God and sin cannot enter into His presence. Man is full of wickedness and far from innocence. Deceit fills our hearts (thinking, feelings and actions). Without God’s plan for salvation we would be hopelessly lost, and unable to enter into His presence. Through God’s plan our sins, which are as scarlet can be made as white as snow.
God is willing to forgive (pardon) man’s sins if they will repent and turn to Him. We can receive this forgiveness only through Jesus Christ. Jesus left His home in heaven and came to this world (born as a baby) for one reason and one reason only, to die. Jesus was willing to come and take our punishment for our sins. He took all our sins upon Him. He became our sacrifice for our sin.


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13. Gingerbread


Gingerbread can remind us that Jesus turns our stink into a sweet aroma that God accepts.
The sweet smells of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation. Salvation spices up our life – through the blood of Jesus our stinky lives become a sweet smell to God. Jesus spices up our life!
When we have sin in our life we stink to God, and we are unacceptable. God hates sin. He does not hate the sinner, but He hates the sin.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a sweet smell to God. We are accepted by God only through the blood of Jesus.


Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”


If we have accepted salvation when God looks down upon us, he does not see the sin that we committed, all He sees is the blood of Jesus Christ.


Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”


Jesus truly spices up our live and makes us acceptable to God, our Father. He paid for our salvation (made us acceptable to God) with His own life and blood.


14. Candy Canes


Candy canes can remind us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he came up with the idea of a red and white candy cane. He incorporated several aspects of Jesus‘ life: the birth, the ministry, and the death of Jesus.
The candy maker began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.
The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and the foundation of the church.
The candy was made in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.


John 10:11
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


The shape of the candy also represents a shepherd staff. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He wisely and tenderly provides for all our needs. He also protects and watches over us. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, He reaches down into the low and dangerous places of this world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone astray.
The candy was stained with red stripes. Three small stripes were used to show the trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three small strips also represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are healed.
The large red stripe was for the blood Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.
Over time this candy became known as the candy cane – for many, a meaningless decoration at Christmas time. However, the meaning is still true. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin offering.


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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “The Sights and The Sounds of The Season”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

 

 

1. 2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

 

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2. Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

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

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3. Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

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4. John 14:15-17 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you will know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

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5. Acts 16:25-26 NKJV

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

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6. Psalm 34:1-3 NKJV

“I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.”

 

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How To Worship God, God’s Way

HOW TO WORSHIP GOD, GOD'S WAY

Memory Verse: Psalm 103:1

 

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

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 103

Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:2

1 Chronicles 16:29

Psalm 39:3

Psalm 143:5

Luke 3:15

Psalm 103:3

Titus 2:11

Ephesians 1:7

Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:3

James 5:16

Isaiah 53:5

Psalm 103:4

2 Samuel 22:31

2 Samuel 22:2-4

Psalm 119:114

Psalm 103:4

Psalm 103:5

James 1:17

John 3:27

Psalm 103:6

Psalm 12:5

Psalm 103:8-9

Deuteronomy 8:5

Hebrews 12:5-11

Psalm 103:13-14

Malachi 4:2-3

John 3:16-17

Hebrews 9:22

1 John 1:7

Romans 3:23

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 2:20-22

Luke 9:62

Hebrews 9:14

John 6:37

Psalm 103:15-19

Hebrews 13:8

2 Peter 3:8-9

Psalm 103:7

Psalm 103:8

Jeremiah 31:34

Psalm 130:3-4

Matthew 23:9

Isaiah 63:16

Psalm 103:13

Deuteronomy 31:6

Malachi 2:10

Matthew 6:14

Luke 6:36

Psalm 103:14

Psalm 103:17-18

I Chronicles 16:34

Psalm 52:8

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 103:19-21

Psalm 103:22

Luke 19:40

Romans 10:13

Psalm 103

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

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

We are to:

*use every part of us to worship God

*make time to worship God

*remember the things God has done

*realize how wonderful God is and who He is

*bless the Lord

 

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

Psalm 103:1 NKJV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

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

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

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

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

 

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

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

Psalm 39:3 NKJV

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

Psalm 143:5 NKJV

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

Luke 3:15 KJV

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

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

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

Titus 2:11 NKJV

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

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

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

riches of His grace”

Psalm 103:12 NKJV

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

James 5:16b NKJV

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

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.”

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

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

“Who redeems your life from destruction…”

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

“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the Lord is proven;

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

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

2 Samuel 22:2-4 NKJV

“And he said:

‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and

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

My shield and the horn of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

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

So shall I be saved from my enemies.’ ”

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

Psalm 119:114 NKJV

“You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.”

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

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 103:5 NKJV

“Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

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

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

James 1:17 NKJV

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

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

John 3:27 NKJV

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

heaven.”

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

Psalm 103:6 NKJV

“The Lord executes righteousness

And justice for all who are oppressed”

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

Psalm 12:5 NKJV

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

Now I will arise,’ says the Lord;

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

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

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

Psalm 103:8-9 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.”

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

Deuteronomy 8:5 NKJV

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

chastens you.”

Hebrews 12:5a-11 NKJV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

that we may be partakers of Hid holiness.

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

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

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

Psalm 103:13-14 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him,

For He knows our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

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

 

Malachi 4:2-3 NKJV

“’But to you who fear My name

The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings;

And you shall go out

And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

You shall trample the wicked,

For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet

On the day that I do this’

Says the Lord of hosts.”

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

John 3:16-17 NKJV

For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in

Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world

through Him might be saved.”

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

Hebrews 9:22 NKJV

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

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

1 John 1:7

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and

the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

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

Acts 16:31 NKJV

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

household.’ ”

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 John 1:9 NKJV

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

all unrighteousness.”

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

2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV

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

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

is worse for them than the beginning,

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

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

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

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

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

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit

for the kingdom of God.”

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

Hebrews 9:14 NKJV

“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself

without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

John 6:37 NKJV

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

means cast out.”

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

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

Psalm 103:15-19 NKJV

“As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

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

And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.”

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

Hebrews 13:8 NKJV

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

He never changes and He always keeps His promises.

2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV

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

years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering

toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

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

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

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

Psalm 103:7 NKJV

“He made know His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.”

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

Psalm 103:8 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

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

Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV

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

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

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

Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.”

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

Matthew 23:9 NKJV

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

Isaiah 63:16 NKJV

“Doubtless You are our Father,

Though Abraham was ignorant of us,

And Israel does not acknowledge us.

You, O Lord, are our Father;

Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Psalm 103:13 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

“Do you thus deal with the Lord,

O foolish and unwise people?

Is He not your Father, who bought you?

Has He not made you and established you?”

Malachi 2:10 NKJV

“Have we not all one Father?

Has not one God created us?

Why do we deal treacherously with one another

By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”

Matthew 6:14 NKJV

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your

trespasses.”

Luke 6:36 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 103:14 NKJV

“For He know our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

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

Psalms 147:5 NKJV

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;

His understanding is infinite.”

Our God’s mercy is everlasting.

Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV

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

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children

To such as keep His covenant,

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

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

I Chronicles 16:34 NKJV

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

For His mercy endures forever.”

Psalm 52:8 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 100:5 NKJV

“For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting

And His truth endures to all generations.”

Our God is above all things.

Psalm 103:19-21 NKJV

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”

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

VI. Bless the Lord / Psalm 103:22

Psalm 103:22 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, all His works,

In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

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

Luke 19:40 NKJV

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

immediately cry out.”

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

Romans 10:13 NKJV

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

Review

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

 

2. We are to:

*use _____________ part of us to worship God.

*make ___________ to worship God.

*_____________________ the things God has done.

*realize how wonderful God _______ and who He is.

*_____________ the Lord.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

6. How can use your eyes to worship God?

 

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

 

8. God made us to ________________ Him.

 

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

 

10. What does musing mean?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

14. Jesus provided _______________ for us through His body.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

19. God corrects those that He ___________.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

24. We have ___________ _______________ to God through Jesus.

 

 

25. How does God feel about commitment?

 

 

26. What is true repentance?

 

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

 

28. There is _______________ that God can not do.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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“Once Upon A Time The Ground Cried Out”

ONCE UPON A TIME THE GROUND CRIED OUT

Theme:  garden, farm

Memory Verse:  Genesis 4:8

Bible Truth:  Do not give wrath a place in your life.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 4:1-7

Genesis 4:8-16

Jeremiah 17:9-10

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:2

Numbers 32:23

Jeremiah 17:10

Romans 6:23

Revelation 20:11-15

Ephesians 1:7

1John 1:9

Ephesians 2:8-9

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – “Once Upon A Time The Ground Cried Out”

God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and into the world to live and work. When they lived in the garden they could talk to God face to face. They would spend time in the evenings walking and fellowshipping with Him. But since sin had come between them, they could no longer do this. They were no longer free to enjoy this privilege. God is a holy God and sin separates man from Him. Now when they came to God they had to build an alter made out of rocks. On the alter they would place an offering or a gift for God, then they would burn it. After that they would pray to God.

For a while it was just the two of them, they were all alone. After a while Eve gave birth to a baby boy. They named him Cain. Several years later, Eve gave birth to second baby boy and they named him Abel. Later on Adam and Eve had other children, sons and daughters.

The boys grew up playing and sharing with each other just like brothers do today. When they were old enough they helped their father work. Cain chose to work in the fields, raising grains and fruits and vegetables. He became a farmer. Abel chose to work with the sheep and the other livestock. He became a shepherd. Each one of them doing the work that they liked best.

One day the brothers decided to give an offering to God. Cain brought some fruit and some grain that he had grown and placed it on the alter. Abel brought the firstborn of his sheep from his flock, killed it, and burned it on the alter.

Abel offered the very best that he had to God and God was very pleased. God respected Abel and his offering. However, He did not respect Cain or his offering because it was a “token” offering. Cain had not given his very best to God nor had given it for the right reasons.

Cain became very angry and jealous. “Why are you angry?” asked God. “Why are you frowning and sulking? If you do well I will accept you too. But if you do not do well you will be overtaken by sin.”

God told Cain that he could get it right. He didn’t have to be angry because he could do well if he chose to. God was giving Cain another chance to make things right concerning his offering.

One day while the two brothers were in a field together Cain and Abel talked with each other. Then Cain picked up something from the ground and hit his brother in the head. The blow was so hard that Abel instantly fell to the ground and all of his blood flowed out of the wound unto the ground. In moments Able lay dead at his brother’s feet. Cain had been so angry that he had allowed the sin of jealousy to so consume him that he murdered his very own brother.

A short time later Cain heard they voice of God, “Where is Abel your brother?”

Angrily Cain replied, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

“What have you done Cain?” asked God. “The voice of your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

When confronted with his sin, Cain still would not admit guilt nor remorse. “Cain, you are cursed from the ground, which has opened it’s mouth to receive your brother’s blood shed by you!” said God. “From now on you will wander about the land like a fugitive and you will have no permanent home.”

Cain was not sorry for what he had done, but he was upset about his punishment. “My punishment is greater than I can bear! You are driving out of this land and away from You. I will be like a man on the run and I won’t have any place to call my home. I will probably be killed by someone else.” complained Cain. He was afraid that his other sisters and brothers might try to take vengeance into their own hands.

So God gave a command for no one to kill Cain, and He put a mark on Cain so that people would know it was him.

Then Cain went out from the presence of God and lived in the land of Nod, which was on the east side of Eden.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother, and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Genesis 4:8

5. Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. They are remembered most for the first murder. Cain and Abel were a contrast between good and evil. Abel obeyed God and was accepted of Him. Cain came up with his own idea and displeased God.

Genesis 4:1-2 NKJV “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

Eve gave birth to her first son and named him Cain. Later she gave birth again to another son and she named him Abel. Abel, the younger brother, grew up to be a shepherd, while Cain pursued farming.

Genesis 4:3-4 NKJV “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering”

One day Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. Cain brought fruit and vegetables from his garden and Abel brought one of the best lambs from his flock.

The Lord was pleased with Abel and accepted his offering. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. Abel trusted God and wanted to please Him. His attitude and actions were right. Abel’s offering was the best that he had.

God was not pleased with Cain and his offering. God also knew what was in Cain’s heart and He knew that Cain’s actions and attitude were wrong. Cain wanted to do things his own way instead of God’s way. His offering reflected what was in his heart. Cain was upset at God because He would not accept his sacrifice (the best of his good works), though He accepted Abel’s blood offering (God’s prescribed way). Cain was jealous of and angry at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:5 NKJV “but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”

God questioned Cain about his attitude and pleaded with him to “do well.” If Cain would change his attitude, believe in God, and do what He said, everything would be well. If not, Cain would have to face the consequences.

Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

6. GameAcceptable Offering / Balloons In A Basket

Need: Balloons (2 different colors)

2 baskets – label one “ACCEPTABLE” and the other “UNACCEPTABLE”

 

The class will need to be divided into two teams. Tell each team the color of their balloons. At the signal the children (all at one time) will try to kick balloons in the baskets – they may not use their hands.

The first team that is able to get 2 balloons of each color in the baskets will be the winner.

 

7. Cain Kills Abel

Cain refused to accept God’s way. Instead, his heart hardened even more. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him killing his brother, Abel.

Genesis 4:8 NKJV “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

After the murder, God questioned Cain concerning the whereabouts of his brother. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by lying to God. He said that he did not know where Abel was. Then Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper.”

God asked Cain what he had done. He told Cain, “Your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:9-10 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

When told of his consequences of his sin, Cain complained that his punishment was too great. Cain expressed his distress only at the punishment he was to receive, not at the crime that he had committed. There was no repentance or remorse toward his actions.

Genesis 4:11-16 NKJV “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

“And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!”

“Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.”

In God’s great mercy, He put a mark of protection on Cain.

 

8. GameDon‘t Get Mad…Change Relay Race

When Cain was told that his offering was unacceptable he became jealous. Cain was so angry at Abel that he killed him.

When we are faced with our shortcomings we must not get angry, instead we should change.

In order to keep a personal relationship with God we must keep the sin out of our lives. When you realize you have a sin in your life you must get rid of that sin by asking God to forgive you and deciding not to do the sin again.

Need:

slips of paper with various sins on each one (one word on each paper). Examples: jealousy, lying, swearing, disobeying, complaining, hating, stealing.

You will need a slip for each person playing the game.

 

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in two lines. At a signal the first person from each team must run to the table and pick up a piece of paper with a sin on it, read what the paper says, then crumple it up then toss it into the trash can. Then they must run back to their tem and the next person in line will do the same.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

9. Sin and Disobedience

Instead of getting things right, Cain allowed anger and jealously to overcome him in such a way that it led him to murder his own brother.

God knows our hearts, our attitudes and our actions. The Bible tells us that the heart, the real you, is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked In order words our hearts are sinful.

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

Our flesh wants its own way. Everyone is born into sin – they have a sin nature. Every person has sinned.

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

This world is still divided into those who submit to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way. From Cain and Abel we can see the importance of doing things God’s way (obedience to God).

Each person should examine their heart and their attitude. When you do something wrong or sin you must accept responsibility – Don’t blame someone else. We must recognize the power and danger of sin. Sin causes sorrow, unhappiness and grief.

 

Sin separates you from God. 

Romans 3:23 NKJV “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Sin will be exposed – found out.

Numbers 32:23 NKJV “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Sin will be punished. Each person will be judged.

Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

 

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

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Sin can be forgiven – God provided a way of forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

 

1John 1:9 NKJV “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

10. Game – Tic-Tack-Toe Review

Need: poster board , 16 index cards, tape

 

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

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

 

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

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

1. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. Who were they?

Cain and Abel

2. Abel obeyed God and was _____________________ of Him.

accepted

3. ____________ displeased God.

Cain

4. Abel was a __________________ and Cain was a farmer.

shepherd

5. Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. What was Cain’s offering?

fruit and vegetables from his garden

What was Abel’s offering?

the best lambs from his flock

6. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. His ________________ and actions were right.

attitude

7. Cain wanted to _____ ________________ his own way instead of God’s way.

do things

8. If Cain would change his ______________, ______________ in God, and do what God said, everything would be well.

attitude believe

9. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him ______________ his brother, Abel.

killing

10. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by ______________ to God.

lying

11. Cain expressed his distress at the punishment he was to receive, not at the ___________ that he had committed.

crime

12. Was Cain repentant or remorse toward his actions?

no

13. God ____________ our hearts, our attitudes and our actions.

knows

14. This world is still divided into those who ________________ to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way.

submit

15. Sin causes sorrow, _____________________ and grief.

unhappiness

 

16. Sin separates you from God. What does that mean?

17. Sin will be _______________ – found out.

exposed

18. Sin will be punished. Each person will be ________________.

judged

19. Sin can be __________________ – God provided a way of forgiveness.

forgiven

20. God provided a way of forgiveness. What was it?

 

11. Worship Song – ____________________________________

12. Challenge and Altar Call

Cain gave a “token” gift, not his best. His heart was not right with God. God gave Cain a chance to make things right, but instead of doing right he chose to do wrong. Cain committed a sin by killing his brother.

When confronted with his sin, he was sorry about the punishment he would receive and not about the sin he had committed. Cain expressed distress only at the punishment he received, not at the crime he had done. Nor was there any note of repentance concerning his dreadful action.

Sometimes we are a lot like Cain. When we are confronted (either through God’s Word, by other people or by the Holy Spirit) with what is really in our heart we get mad. Instead of repenting and changing our hearts start to become hard and we stop listening to our conscience. Before we know it things that made us feel guilty in the past don’t bother us anymore. When this happen we are in trouble. You might have changed, but God’s standards of right and wrong haven’t. Confess your sin, and be willing to follow your conscience and the Holy Spirit.

We need to offer God our best and we can’t do it with sin in our lives. Our hearts must be pure.

 

Give the children time to pray.

Is our offering acceptable to God?

Are there things in your life that made you feel guilty in the past but not anymore?

Are we really sorry?

When we ask for forgiveness, is it because we are sorry we “caught” or because we are sorry we committed a sin against a holy God?

When confronted with your sin, do you get mad (such as Cain did) or does it lead you to repentance?

13. Refreshments or a light meal

 

14. Crafts

 

15. Dismissal

 

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Cain and Abel

CAIN AND ABEL BIBLE LESSON

Memory Verse: Genesis 4:10

Life Application: God knows everything secret thing that I do.

Bible Text:

Genesis 4:1-16

Jeremiah 17:9-10

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:2

Numbers 32:23

Jeremiah 17:10

Romans 6:23

Revelation 20:11-15

Ephesians 1:7

1 John 1:9

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. They are remembered most for the first murder. Cain and Abel were a contrast between good and evil. Abel obeyed God and was accepted of Him. Cain came up with his own idea and displeased God.

Genesis 4:1-2 NKJV “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

Eve gave birth to her first son and named him Cain. Later she gave birth again to another son and she named him Abel. Abel, the younger brother, grew up to be a shepherd, while Cain pursued farming.

Genesis 4:3-4 NKJV “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering”

One day Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. Cain brought fruit and vegetables from his garden and Abel brought one of the best lambs from his flock.

The Lord was pleased with Abel and accepted his offering. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. Abel trusted God and wanted to please Him. His attitude and actions were right. Abel’s offering was the best that he had.

God was not pleased with Cain and his offering. God also knew what was in Cain’s heart and He knew that Cain’s actions and attitude were wrong. Cain wanted to do things his own way instead of God’s way. His offering reflected what was in his heart. Cain was upset at God because He would not accept his sacrifice though He accepted Abel’s offering. Cain was jealous of and angry at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:5 NKJV “but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”

God questioned Cain about his attitude and pleaded with him to “do well.” If Cain would change his attitude, believe in God, and do what He said, everything would be well. If not, Cain would have to face the consequences.

Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Cain refused to accept God’s way. Instead, his heart hardened even more. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him killing his brother, Abel.

Genesis 4:8 NKJV “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

After the murder, God questioned Cain concerning the whereabouts of his brother. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by lying to God. He said that he did not know where Abel was. Then Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper.”

God asked Cain what he had done. He told Cain, “Your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:9-10 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

When told of his consequences of his sin, Cain complained that his punishment was too great. Cain expressed his distress only at the punishment he was to receive, not at the crime that he had committed. There was no repentance or remorse toward his actions.

Genesis 4:11-16 NKJV “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

“And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!”

“Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.”

In God’s great mercy, He put a mark of protection on Cain.

 

Conclusion:

Instead of getting things right, Cain allowed anger and jealously to overcome him in such a way that it led him to murder his own brother.

God knows our hearts, our attitudes and our actions. The Bible tells us that the heart, the real you, is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked In order words our hearts are sinful.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

Our flesh wants its own way. Everyone is born into sin – they have a sin nature. Every person has sinned.

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

This world is still divided into those who submit to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way. From Cain and Abel we can see the importance of doing things God’s way (obedience to God).

Each person should examine their heart and their attitude. When you do something wrong or sin you must accept responsibility – Don’t blame someone else. We must recognize the power and danger of sin. Sin causes sorrow, unhappiness and grief.

 

Sin separates you from God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Sin will be exposed – found out.

Numbers 32:23 NKJV “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Sin will be punished. Each person will be judged.

Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

 

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

 

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Sin can be forgiven – God provided a way of forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

 

1 John 1:9 NKJV “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Review

1. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. Who were they?

 

 

2. Abel obeyed God and was _____________________ of Him.

3. ____________ displeased God.

4. Abel was a __________________ and Cain was a farmer.

5. Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. What was Cain’s offering?

 

 

What was Abel’s offering?

 

 

6. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. His ________________ and actions were right.

7. Cain wanted to _____ ________________ his own way instead of God’s way.

8. If Cain would change his ______________, ______________ in God, and do what God said, everything would be well.

9. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him ______________ his brother, Abel.

10. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by ______________ to God.

11. Cain expressed his distress at the punishment he was to receive, not at the ___________ that he had committed.

12. Was Cain repentant or remorse toward his actions?

 

 

13. God ____________ our hearts, our attitudes and our actions.

14. This world is still divided into those who ________________ to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way.

15. Sin causes sorrow, _____________________ and grief.

 

16. Sin separates you from God. What does that mean?

 

 

17. Sin will be _______________ – found out.

18. Sin will be punished. Each person will be ________________.

19. Sin can be __________________ – God provided a way of forgiveness.

20. God provided a way of forgiveness. What was it?

 

 

 

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Sights And Sounds Of The Season

sights and sounds of the seasonSights And Sounds Of The Season

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:15

Bible Truth: Words cannot describe the wonderful gifts that we have been given.

 

Bible Text:

2 Corinthians 9:15

Exodus 29:15-18

Leviticus 1:9

Isaiah 53:10

Ephesians 1:7

Hebrews 10:19-22

Ephesians 5:18-20

John 14:15-17

Acts 1:4-9

Psalm 33:3

Psalm 40:3

Psalm 96:1-3

Psalm 144:9

Psalm 149:1

Acts 2:11

Acts 16:25-26

Psalm 34:1-3

 

All the sights and sounds of the season can remind us of the two most wonderful gifts that God has given us – the gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Both of these gifts are indescribable. Words cannot describe the wonderful gifts that we have been given.

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

The Gift of Salvation

     The sweet smells of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation. Salvation spices up our life – through the blood of Jesus our stinky lives become a sweet smell to God. The sacrifices in the Old Testament, when properly done, were a sweet aroma to God. Aaron and his sons needed to offer sacrifices for themselves and for the people.

Exodus 29:15-18   NKJV     “You shall also take one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the ram; and you shall kill the ram, and you shall take its blood and sprinkle it all around on the alter. Then you shall cut the ram in pieces, wash the entrails and its legs, and put them with its pieces and with its head. And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.”

Leviticus 1:9  NKJV     “but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.”

     In the Bible when we read that something is a stench it means that God hates it or rejects it. When we read that something is a sweet smell it means that God is pleased or accepts it.

No sacrifices (burnt offerings) were needed after the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus left His place in heaven and came to this earth so that He could pay our penalty for our sin. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we a can be a sweet aroma (smell) to God. The stench of our sin is done away with when the blood of Jesus is applied to our life. Jesus truly spices up our live and makes us acceptable to God, our Father. He paid for our salvation (made us acceptable to God) with His own life and blood.

Isaiah 53:10  NKJV     “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him,

He has put Him to grief.

When You make His soul an offering for sin,

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”

     Sin stinks to God. When we have sin in our life we stink to God, and we are unacceptable. God hates sin. He does not hate the sinner, but He hates the sin. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a sweet smell to God. We are accept by God only through the blood of Jesus.

Ephesians 1:7  NKJV     “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

     If we have accepted salvation when God looks down upon us, he does not see the sin that we committed, all He sees is the blood of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-22  NKJV     “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

     Jesus turns our stink into a sweet aroma that God accepts. Jesus spices up our life!

The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Jingle bells can remind us that the gift of the Holy Spirit puts a jingle in our steps. He will put a song on our lips and a melody in our heart.

Ephesians 5:18-20  NKJV     “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven, after His crucifixion and resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to help and comfort us.

John 14:15-17  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you will know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Acts 1:4-9  NKJV     “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

         God desire for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The only way to do that is to allow the Holy Spirit to worship God through us. When we are filled with the Spirit, He will help us in our worship to God. He will put a song on our lips and a melody in our heart.

Psalm 33:3  NKJV     “Sing to Him a new song;

Play skillfully with a shout of joy.”

 

Psalm 40:3  NKJV     “He has put a new song in my mouth –

Praise to our God;

Many will see it and fear,

And will trust in the Lord.”

 

Psalm 96:1-3  NKJV     “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name:

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all peoples.”

Psalm 144:9  NKJV     “I will sing a new song to You, O God;

On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You”

 

Psalm 149:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

And His praise in the assembly of saints.”

      The first thing that the people in the upper room did after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit was to praise and worship God.

Acts 2:11  NKJV     “Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

       They did so in a language that they had never learned. They praised and worshiped God in spirit and in truth through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. They were able to worship God in spirit and in truth because Jesus had sent the Holy Spirit to them, just like He had promised. There is power in praise and worship, and even more power in praise and worship led and enabled by the Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:25-26  NKJV     “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

       We should bless the Lord at all times. In order for us to do this we must have the Promise of the Father that Jesus said that He would sent to us. It is very hard to bless the Lord when things are bad or when everything seems to go wrong unless you have been filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift that Jesus said that He would send.

Psalm 34:1-3  NKJV     “I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.”

 

Review

1. Our lives without Christ are a stinky smell to God. What does that mean?

 

2. The sacrifices in the Old Testament were a _______________   ________________ to God.

3. When we read that something is a stench to God in the Bible, what does that mean?

 

4. When we read that something is a sweet smell  to God in the Bible, what does that mean?

 

5. Were (and are) sacrifices needed after the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross? Why or why not.

 

6. Why did Jesus leave His place in heaven and come to this earth?

 

7. The stench of our sin is done away with when?

 

8. Jesus’ sacrifice makes us acceptable to God. What does acceptable mean?

 

9. Sin stinks to God. What does that mean?

 

10. God hates sin. He does not hate the ____________, but He hates the sin!

11. How are we accepted by God?

 

12. If we have accepted salvation what does God see when He looks down at us?

 

13. Who is the Holy Spirit?

 

14. According to Ephesians 5:18-20, we should be filled with what?

 

15. What did Jesus promise that He would send  and why?

 

16, Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My________________________, and I will pray the Father, and He will give you another __________________, that He may abide with you forever”

17. What is a Helper?

 

18. What does “He dwells with you and will be in you” mean?

 

19. God desire for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. What does that mean to you?

 

20. Knowing that worship is a lifestyle, how should we live our lives?

 

21. When a person is filled with the Spirit, He will help us in our _______________ to God.

22. According to Psalm 96:1-3, we are to proclaim the good news of _____________________.

23. What does proclaim mean?

 

24. What was the first thing that the people in the upper room did after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

 

24. There is power in praise and worship, and even more power in praise and worship led and enabled by the ______________    ____________________.

26. What gift did Jesus say He would send?

 

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