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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 LAMB WHO IS OUR ROCK (ROCK HUNT)

Need:
rocks (various shapes and sizes – but not too big)
paint (for rocks)
prizes for the winners
bags to gather the rocks in – one per child

 

Prepare:
Before the hunt paint rocks with the following colors: yellow, black, red. white, blue, orange, green, purple, pink. The number of rocks need for painting will vary with the size of your group. The more children you have the more painted rocks you will need – you want to give each child a fair chance of finding one of each color.

You can paint the rock plain or fancy, and you can add a coordinating Bible verse on each rock if desired. You can add glitter to the yellow and pink rocks also if desired.

 

Hunt Day:
After the children are gathered together give the lesson “The Good News In Color“. The lesson can be shortened or modified depending on the ages of the children. However, keep the same meaning of the colors listed. While doing this someone could be hiding the rocks – don’t make them hard to find.

Before dismissing the children to find the rocks go over the rules, prizes and the short version of the meaning of the different colors.
Yellow – represents creation.
Black – represents sin.
Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
White – represents forgiveness.
Blue – represents water baptism.
Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Green – represents growing in Christ.
Purple – represents the blessed hope.
Pink – represents resurrection.

Prizes
Prizes will be given in three different ways. It is possible for a child to win three prizes – if they find the most rocks, one of each color and can say what each color represents.

* A prize will be given to the child that finds the most rocks.

* A prize will be given to each child that finds at least one of each of the different colors (yellow, black, red. white, blue, orange, green, purple, pink.) This prize should be greater in value than the prize given for the most rocks. Encourage the children to work together in trying to earn this prize. For example: If a child finds multiples of a certain color they can trade (not give) one of the multiplies with someone that needs that color.

* A prize will be given to each child that has at least one of each color, and can explain what each one represents. These prizes should be greater in value than any of the other prizes.
Yellow – represents creation.
Black – represents sin.
Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
White – represents forgiveness.
Blue – represents water baptism.
Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Green – represents growing in Christ.
Purple – represents the blessed hope.
Pink – represents resurrection.

Extra decorated rocks can be added to the rock hunt if desired. These rocks could be called special prize rocks and would increase the chances of more children receiving prizes.

 

 

LESSON: “The Good News In Color”

 

Psalm 62:2 NKJV

“Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.”

Jesus is our rock and through Him we have salvation. We are going to look at nine different colors and discuss what each color represents, and how it relates to God or His plan for us.

Yellow – represents creation.

God made the world, and all that is in the world, and the entire universe out of nothing. He spoke His Word, and everything came into existence. This is referred to as creation.

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In the beginning the world was beautiful and perfect.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

God’s most special creation was man. He created man to share a special friendship (fellowship / intimacy) with Him. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) shared a very special friendship with God.

Black – represents sin.

When sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it stood between them and God. Man could no longer enjoy the special friendship (intimacy) that he once had with God.

God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence therefore sin separated man from God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Red – represents the blood of Jesus.

God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would be needed to take the punishment. Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

We have been saved, delivered, healed and set free through the blood of Jesus. We have been saved from the punishment of sin by Jesus’ blood. Jesus was punished for our sins. He took our place.

Romans 5:8-9 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”

The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

Jesus made a way for man to have a relationship with God again. The Bible describes Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The blood that Jesus shed on he cross washes away our sin.

White – represents forgiveness.

The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned. However, when we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He will.

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.”

When we ask for forgiveness we are made clean – our sins are forgiven and forgotten. We become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accept Jesus as our Savior.

Blue – represents water baptism.

Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. As a believer we should follow Jesus’ example in water baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it. We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

Before Jesus left to go to heaven, He left instructions about baptism.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.

John 16:5-11 NKJV

“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He stayed on earth for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will fill you with power to live for God, to be a witness for Jesus and to draw closer to God. Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will make you a better you! Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that Jesus promised to you. As a Christian you should greatly desire to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Next to salvation it is the most precious gift that you can receive from God. Just like salvation, you must believe that it is promised to you and you must ask for it.

Green – represents growing in Christ.

Every believer needs to grow spiritually.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Two things that will help you grow spiritually are reading the Bible (God’s letter to you) and praying (talking and listening to God.) We are not to study the Word of God just for the sake of acquiring more knowledge. We are to mature and be doers of the Word not just hearers. Growing (mature) in our faith is not an option. God does not want us to stay babies forever. Every aspect of our lives should experience growth.

God wants us to grow and bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain fruit. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people. The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Purple – represents the blessed hope.

Titus 2:11-14 NKJV

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

The blessed hope is referred to as the rapture. It is when Jesus will return to take the true Christians home to heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day He will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound and those who are true Christians will go to be with Him in heaven.

John 14:1-3 NKJV

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Jesus is in heaven right now preparing a home for us. He is also sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding, praying, for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV

“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”

We should be ready at all times for Jesus to return because we do not know when He will come.

Matthew 24:44 NKJV

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Pink – represents resurrection.

One day both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. The saved to everlasting life with God and the lost to everlasting damnation.

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.”

In the end everything in the world will be beautiful and perfect again. God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:10-13 NKJV

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

The new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven and will shine with the glory of God. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels, and the streets will be made of pure gold, as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:18-21 NKJV

“The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

It will have a great wall with 12 gates made of pearls. The city will not need any light from the sun or moon because Jesus, the Lamb of God will be the light.

Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of it will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever. There is so much more about heaven that we don’t know, and it will be far better than we could ever imagine.

God’s ultimate plan for man:

Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Prayer / altar

(Allow time for praying with the children before the rock hunt.)

Jesus truly is the Lamb of God that takes away our sins , and He is the Rock of Our Salvation.

 

 

 

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Birth Of Jesus

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Memory Verse

John 2:15 NKJV
“And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.”

Bible Truth

Jesus was born in humble surroundings.

Bible Text:

John 2:15

John 1:1

Genesis 1:1

John 1:14

Luke 1:30-35

Luke 1:38

Luke 2:1-7

Luke 2:8-14

Luke 2:15-18

Luke 2: 21-22

Luke 2:25-32

Luke 2:35-38

Luke 1:80

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Jesus was with God from the beginning, at creation. He helped create the entire world, including the earth, and everything on it. Jesus is “the Word.”

John 1:1 NKJV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Jesus was the most important person who ever lived on earth because He is the only person who was 100% human (man) and 100% God. Sometimes we call this the Incarnation, which means God came to be with us.

John 1:14 NKJV

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In John 1:14 the Bible says that Jesus was made flesh and dwelt among us. That means that Jesus, the second person of the trinity, came to live with us on earth. He willingly left His home in heaven with God the Father to come to this world because He knew that people needed a way of salvation – they needed a way to be restored into a right relationship with God.

John 14:6 NKJV

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

People in many parts of the world celebrate Jesus’ birth on December 25. They call it Christmas. However, that is not the true date of Jesus’ birth. Most likely Jesus was born in the fall. The Bible tells us that the sheep were still in the field when Jesus was born. The sheep were not in the fields during the winter months.

Angel Appears To Mary

Luke 1:30-35 NKJV

“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 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.”

God sent an angel named Gabriel to appear to Mary in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Mary was a young woman who was engaged to marry Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth. Both Mary and Joseph were of the family of King David. The angel Gabriel, spoke to Mary and told her that she was favored by God. The Holy Spirit would overshadow her and place within her Jesus, the Son of God, the Light of the World. Mary gladly accepted the words of the angel because she was a faithful servant of the Lord. Then the angel disappeared.

Luke 1:38 NKJV

“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem for a census when Mary was almost ready to have her baby. After arriving in Bethlehem Joseph and Mary could not find a room in the inn because of the large number of visitors to the town. All Joseph could find was a stable behind the inn. While staying in the stable Jesus was born.

Luke 2:1-7 NKJV

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
to be registered with Mary, his bethrothed wife, who was with child.
So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

 

Angels Appear To Shepherds

Luke 2:8-14 NKJV

“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, and goodwill toward men!”

The night Jesus was born an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in a field watching sheep. The shepherds were afraid when they saw the angel, but the angel told them not to be afraid. Then the angel told them about the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. Other angels joined the one angel and they began to sing unto God.

Luke 2:15-18 NKJV

“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
Now when they had seen Him, they made wildly known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”

After the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds ran all the way to the village and found baby Jesus lying in the manger. They fell on their knees before Jesus, and worshipped Him. Then the shepherds went out and made widely known what was told to them. They were so excited to tell everyone that they had seen the Messiah with their own eyes. All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told to them by the shepherds. Afterwards the shepherds returned to their flocks of sheep, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

Jesus Is Dedicated

When Jesus was eight days old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.

Luke 2: 21-22 NKJV

“And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord”

At the temple, Simeon, a very righteous man, and Anna, who was a devoted servant of God knew who Jesus was the moment they saw Him. God had revealed to them that Jesus was the Messiah through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 2:25-32 NKJV

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Luke 2:35-38 NKJV

“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

After His dedication, Mary and Joseph returned home with their new baby, Baby Jesus. Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.

Luke 1:80 NKJV

“So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.”

 

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Camp Challenge

Mary and Joseph surrendered their lives to God. They surrendered their dreams, goals, and desires for that of God.

Have you surrendered your life to God?

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Prayer Points

Ask to be restored into a right relationship with God.

Ask God to help you celebrate His birth the way He desires.

 

Ask God to help you accept the plans that He has for You.

Ask God to help you surrender all to Him.

Ask God to help your life be worship unto Him.

Ask God to help you to make widely known who He is and what He has done for you.

Ask God to help you believe in His promises.

Ask God to help you be a devoted servant to Him.

Ask God to help you grow strong in spirit and to fill you with wisdom.

 

 

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God’s Plan For Me

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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“Once Upon A Time In A Dark Land”

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Theme:  creation

Memory Verse:  Genesis 1:1

Bible Truth:  God made the world and all that is in the world.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 1:1-2:3

John 1:1-3

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time The Whole World Was Dark

Once upon a time a long time ago the whole world was dark and empty. There was no light to be found anywhere.

As the Spirit of God hovered over the waters He said, “Let there be light.” God is very powerful and what He speaks always happens. At the command of His voice, light filled the world. God called the light areas Day and the dark areas Night. This day became known as the first day of creation.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked out over all the glorious light beaming across the sky.

The next day as God gazed at the waters He said, “Let there be a firmament to divide the waters. All the sudden part of the waters gathered into a liquid state and part of the waters turned into moisture in the atmosphere. Many today refer to this beautiful firmament as the sky or heavens.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the blue sky.

The third day brought many lovely colors into the world. For on the third day God gathered the waters into one place and called them Seas. After that God made land appear above the surface of the seas.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the land on which He had placed many, many colorful trees and plants.

The next day God placed twinkling stars in the sky. As God thought about His new creation His mind was thinking about what to make that could rule the day and night. A large light was created to rule the day. We call this large light the sun. After that God created something that could rule the night by reflecting light. We know this reflecting light as the moon. The moon emits no light of its own. It only reflects light from the sun.

God said, “Let there be an abundance of living creatures in the sea, and let birds to fly in sky,“ on fifth day. And it was so. As God looked at His new creation it was good and He blessed it.

The next day, God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures.” At that instant all the animals in the world appeared in response to the voice of God.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit looked at all creation. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation,” said God. So man was created in the very image and likeness of God.

For six days God had worked creating the heavens and the earth, and every thing in them. On the seventh day God ended His work and He rested. Then God blessed the seventh day because it was the day the He rested from all His work.

So once upon a time a long time ago what was dark and empty became bright and full of life.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.________________________________

2.________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 1:1 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

5. God Made The World

God made the world, and all that is in the world, and the entire universe out of nothing. He spoke His Word, and everything came into existence. This is referred to as creation. God created the world in six days.

In the beginning there was God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There was no earth, sky, sea, sun, moon , stars, animals, plants or people. Just God and darkness. All three (God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost) were present at creation.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

 

John 1:1-3 NKJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

 

Genesis 1:26 NKJV “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” And right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

“That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

6. Game -“Kangaroo Hop” Relay Race

Need:

A sign with the Bible verse on it.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

Line the two teams up in two rows. Tape the sign a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the Bible verse, then hop back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Day 2, 3 and 4 Of Creation

On the second day, God created sky to separate the waters. God made the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. God created a great water canopy in the heavens above the earth. This created a green house effect over all the earth. The canopy kept climatic conditions stable which would account for the lack of rain fall which unstable weather condition would cause. Later as recorded in Genesis 6, God opened the fountains of heaven (the canopy) and rain fell on the earth for the first time in the Great Flood. God stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good too!”

Genesis 1:6-8 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”

The “firmament” here refers to the atmospheric heaven where the clouds are as well as the celestial heaven where the stars are.

God gathered all the water together on the third day, so that dry land appeared for the first time. He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. All sorts of plants, trees and grasses began to grow.

Genesis 1:9-13 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Then, on the forth day God put lights in the heavens. God created the sun, moon, and the stars. He placed them in the firmament (heavens) to provide light for the earth, and to provide seasons for each year. He made a big light for the day and a smaller light for the night. He also made stars on this day. God made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night.

Genesis 1:14-19 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

8. Game – Creation Balloon Pop Match-up

Need:

24 balloons

2 large trash bags

Small slips of paper with the following written on them (need 2 copies of each):

Day 1

day and night

Day 2

sky

Day 3

land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4

sun, moon, and stars

Day 5

things in the water and in the air

Day 6

animals, man and woman

 

 

Put one slip of paper in each balloon and blow up. Be sure to keep the two sets of balloons separate. Place each set in a large trash bag.

Divide the group into two teams. Place the teams in different areas. Give each team a bag of balloons. At the signal they will open their bag and pour out their balloons onto the floor and begin to stomp on them. The object is to get the slips of papers out of the balloons and correctly match them up. The first team to do so is the winner.

Correct match-up is:

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

9. Day 5,6 and 7

On the fifth day God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. God created the fish and all other living creatures in the oceans and the lakes. He also created the birds to fly above the earth.

Genesis 1:20-23 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

On the sixth day God made all the animals that live on the land. It was on this day that God created man, and He created man in His own image. He also created the animals on the sixth day, and He placed man in charge of all the animals. He told man to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. God looked around and was happy with all He had made. After six days, the whole universe was completed

Genesis 1:24-31 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

 

On the seventh day, God ceased from His labor and established the Sabbath. He rested and enjoyed looking at all He had made.

Genesis 2:1-3 NKJV “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

10. GameIn The Beginning Picture Race

Need :

tape

two baskets

2 poster boards divided into 6 parts (do not cut poster board – draw lines on it to make the six sections). Number each section of the board (1-6)

Two small copies of the following (they will be placed in the six sections):

day and night

sky

mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans

trees, grass, flowers, plants

sun and moon

fish, birds, butterflies

animals, man and woman

Need 2 teams of six people or less. Line the teams up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their poster and basket. They will pick out what was created on that day and tape it to the poster. Then run back to their team. The next person will do the same.

The team that correctly places all the small pictures on the right section will be the winner.

 

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

10. Worship Song – _______________________________________

11. Life Application and Challenge

In the beginning God fashioned everything anew. He changed disorder into order and emptiness into fullness. The heavens and the earth were recreated. What was void, empty, and dark (evil) became full and full of light.

Just by His words, God gave the world physical light. God declared that the light He had created was good, then He named the light and dark. By naming them, God showed He was Lord over them and that He had power over them.

The ultimate goal and purpose of creation was for the divine light of God to shine throughout the world, transforming everything. Even darkness itself was transformed by the light that God created.

God has always divided the light from the dark.

Just as the natural light was separated from the dark, one day the spiritual light (those who have a right relationship with God) will be separated from the spiritual dark (those who do not have a right relationship with God).

 

Give the children time to pray.

1. Are you in a right relationship with God?

2. Where will you be when God divides the light from the dark?

3. Are you allowing God’s light to shine through you?

12. Refreshments or light meal

13. Crafts

 

14. Dismissal

 

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