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

The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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White As Snow

WHITE AS SNOW

Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:18

Life Application: My sins can be forgiven.

 

Bible Text:

Isaiah 1:18

John 14:6

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

James 4:17

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

Romans 5:8

1 Peter 2:24

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

Romans 10:9

Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

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

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool’ ”

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

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

John 14:6 NKJV

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

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

Admitting that you have sinned against God.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

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

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

James 4:17 NKJV

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

 

Believing In Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

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

Acts 16:31

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

Confessing your sins to God.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

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

Romans 10:9 NKJV

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

Review

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

 

2. What does forgiven and pardon mean?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

9. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

* Admitting that you have ____________________ against God.

* Believing In _______________ _________________.

* Confessing your ___________ to God.

 

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

How does this verse apply to your life?

 

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

 

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

 

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13. How did God demonstrate His love toward us?

 

14. What does confess mean?

 

 

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Following Jesus

FOLLOWER OF CHRIST

Memory Verse: Luke 9:62

 

Life Application: Don’t look back in you walk with Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Luke 9:57-62

Genesis 19:14-17

Genesis 19:26

Hebrews 12:1-3

Luke 3:8-9

John 3:16-18

 

 

We must never look back in our walk with Christ. No matter what happens we must determine in our hearts that we will follow Jesus and bear fruits of repentance.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Comfortable.

Comfortable means relaxed, feeling comfort or ease, without problem, and with enough of something to stave off worry.

Luke 9:57-58 NKJV

“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

This person had not really thought about what it would cost him. He got caught up in the excitement of everything going on around him and said that he wanted to follow Jesus, however his heart was not really committed. When problems, hard times and trials came this person would not have been able to endure. Following Jesus will cost a person and it is not without problems. However, there is a great reward for those who commit to it.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Convenient.

Convenient means making life easier, useful or suitable, because it makes things easier and does not involve much effort or trouble.

Luke 9:59-60 NKJV

“Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

Jesus gave this person an invitation to follow Him. This person knew that it would cost him to follow Jesus, but he allowed other concerns to come before God. It was not convenient for him to follow Jesus at that moment. He wanted to do something else first. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes effort.

 

Following Jesus Is Not For The Distracted.

Distracted means preoccupied, showing a lack of concentration, anxious, or unable to think clearly or act sensibly.

Luke 9:61-62 NKJV

“And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This person said they would follow Jesus but they were distracted by people. If we want to follow Jesus we must focus on Him and what He has set before us. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the world or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

Lot’s wife was distracted by what she was leaving behind. When Lot’s wife looked back it implied that she was reluctant to leave what was behind.

Genesis 19:14-17 NKJV

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

 

Genesis 19:26 NKJV

“But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move toward it. They do not focus on what is behind them. If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder their rows would be crooked and it would be difficult to work in the field.

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.”

 

Following Jesus Takes Commitment.

According to Luke 9:62, God is serious about our commitment to follow Him.

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.”

We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to Him. We cannot follow and serve Him just when it’s easy or when we feel like it. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His direction. We must not focus on what is behind us. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

 

Fruits Of Repentance Are Vital.

We must bear fruits of repentance if we desire to make heaven our home. Repentance is a daily, not a one time, experience. When we truly repent and are saved we will see sin the way that God does. We will have a change of heart and direction. Repentance is a turning from sin to God; changing my mind concerning sin, God, and myself.

Luke 3:8-9 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

If we do not bear good fruit (fruit of repentance) we will eventually be cast into eternal darkness (the lake of fire) and away from the presence of God. It is not God’s desire that any perish but that all come to repentance.

John 3:16-18 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 

 

 

Review

1. Some people get caught up in the excitement of everything going on around them and say that they want to follow Jesus, however their ___________ was not really committed.

2. Following Jesus will __________ a person and it is not without problems.

3.There is a great _____________ for those who commit to following Jesus.

 

4. Some people allow other ________________ to come before God.

5. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes ____________.

6. If we want to follow Jesus we must ____________ on Him and what He has set before us.

7. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the ____________ or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

8. As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move ____________ it.

9. A person plowing does not focus on what is ____________ them.

10. What happens If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder?

11. God is serious about our ____________________ to follow Him.

12. We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to __________.

13. We cannot follow and serve God just when it’s ________ or when we feel like it.

14. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His ______________.

15. We must not focus on what is ____________ us.

16. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to ____________.

 

 

 

 

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