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

“SOMEBUNNY” SPECIAL

 


1. Introduction
God created all people. He made everyone according to his own special plan. All people are beautiful to God and He desires a relationship with each one of them.
Each one of us was created to be like God in righteousness and holiness.
You are “Somebunny” special!


2. Memory Verse

John 3:16 NKJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”


* Activity – Sign Language for verse.

   

3. Man was created special.

Genesis 1:27
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”
God had just finished creating a beautiful world. He looked around and everything that He created was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation.”


God took some clay from the ground and formed man. Then He breathed into the man’s nose and the man became a living being. God named the man Adam.
What was just ordinary clay or dirt, became a living, breathing, and talking human being.


Everything that was made was made by the spoken word of God, except man. God breathed a breath of life into man instead. Only man was created in the image and likeness of God.
After looking at all His creation God realized that there was not a suitable mate for Adam. God said, “It is not good for man to live alone.” God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. While Adam was asleep God took a rib from him, then He made a woman from the rib that He had taken from Adam.


God allowed Adam to name the woman. The name that Adam chose was Eve.


Man enjoyed a very intimate (close) relationship with God. God would come down from heaven and walk with Adam and Eve in the evening.


*Activity – Creation Wheel

 

4. Sin Causes Separation

Genesis 3:8 NKJV
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”

Everything was perfect until sin entered into the picture. Because of the sin man could no longer enjoy the intimate relationship with God. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His presence. Sin had separated man from God and it brought spiritual death into the world.


Isaiah 59:2
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”


* Activity – Hand out picture of man being separated from God. Have the children draw a picture of themselves in the box. Set aside after finished – we will use it again later.



5. New Life In Jesus
Everyone has sinned and that means that we have been separated from God and are spiritually dead. We must experience new life in Jesus if we want a relationship with God – we must be born again.


When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, 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. God transforms a person from being a sinner who does not know God and who does wrong into a person who loves God and wants to do right.


Instead of doing and living the way we what to, we live to be like Jesus. Our desire is to please Him. Instead of looking at people, things and the world through our eyes we see everything through the eyes of Jesus. Everything about us becomes new!


6. Craft -Egg Carton Caterpillar or Rock Caterpillar or Pom Pom Caterpillar

7. God Loved Us So Much
God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay our penalty for our sins.
As Jesus hung on the cross, God laid on Him the sins of the whole world – all our sins were put on the sinless Son of God.
Through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, we can be forgiven.


* Activity – Hand out paper crosses and have the children glue them on their papers.



8. Craft – Bunny Paper Bag Puppet



9. Born Into God’s Family
Each one of us must be born again (to have our sins forgiven). We must experience the new birth that we receive when we admit that we have sinned and ask Jesus to forgive us. When we experience new birth, we become part of the family of God – we are born into His family.


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


The first thing that we must do is admit that we have sinned against a holy God. Then we must be willing to turn from our sin and believe that only Jesus can forgive us of our sins. When we admit that we have sinned, believe that Jesus can forgive us of our sins and confess our sins to Him, God will forgive us and we will experience a new birth. We are not the same – we are changed by the power of God.


* Activity – Write a prayer to God.


* Pray with the children.

Through Jesus we can truly be made new.


10. Craft – Pony Bead Rabbit

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The Not So Secret Mission

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“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.”

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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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God Looks At The Heart

GOD LOOKS AT THE HEARTGod Looks At The Heart

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7

Life Application: God looks at our heart, not at our appearance.

Bible Text:

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Matthew 22:37

1 John 1:9

Proverbs 4:23

Isaiah 59:2

Romans 6:23

 

King Saul had disobeyed God on many occasions which caused God to reject him as Israel’s king. This made Samuel sad. One day God asked Samuel how long was he going to be sad over it. Then God told Samuel to fill a container with oil because He was going to send him to Bethlehem to anoint someone else to be Israel’s king. God had picked out someone from a man named Jesse’s family.

Samuel was concerned because he thought that King Saul would kill him if he found out. So God told Samuel to go and do what He had instructed Him to do but to take some things for a sacrifice. Then he could tell people that he had come to sacrifice to God, instead of the real reason he was there.

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

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

1 Samuel 16:4-5  NKJV     “So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.”

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

1 Samuel 16:6  NKJV     “So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

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

1 Samuel 16:7  NKJV     “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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

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

1 Samuel 16:8-10  NKJV     “So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.”

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

Jessie told Samuel that he had one more son. He was the youngest son and he was out in the field taking care of the sheep.

Samuel told Jesse to bring that son to him, and that they would not sit down to eat until he was there with them.

1 Samuel 16:11  NKJV     “And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”

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

1 Samuel 16:12  NKJV     “So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”

          God had rejected all seven of David’s brothers and chosen David instead as the king. David was very young and to the natural eye and because of his appearance he would not have been the best choice, however God did not look at David’s outward appearance. He looked at David’s heart. What did God see in David’s heart and not in his brothers?

When God looked at David’s heart He saw love and trust in God, a desire to please God, and a heart completely committed to God. David’s heart-attitude pleased God, and God was going to use him to lead His people.

1 Samuel 16:13  NKJV     “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”

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

 

Review

1. Why did God reject Saul as king?

 

2. What did God tell Samuel to do?

 

3. When he arrived in  Bethlehem Samuel told the people that he was there to ________________ to the Lord.

4. What did Samuel think about Eliab?

 

5. God told Samuel not to look at the ____________________ appearance.

6. How do we sometimes look at the outward appearance?

 

7. How are people sometimes judged by their outward appearance?

 

8. What a person looks on the outside isn’t as _____________________ as what‘s on the inside.

9. What really matters is a person’s heart ____________________ toward God.

10. Who was Jessie’s youngest son?

 

11. Describe David’s outward appearance?

 

12. When God looked at David’s heart He saw …

* love and ________________ in God

* a desire to _________________ God

* a heart completely ________________________ to God

 

13.  God was going to use David to ______________ His people.

14. After David was anointed the next king of Israel what did he do?

 

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Yamim Noraim – One Christian’s Perspective

YAMIM NORAIM - ONE CHRISTIAN'S PERSPECTIVE Yamim Noraim  – One Christian’s Perspective

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. For the Jewish person this is a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

God’s Record Book / Book of Life

The Days of Awe are based on the Jewish belief that God has books that He writes a person’s name in on Rosh Hashanah –  who will live, who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life during the next year. The belief goes on with the idea that a person’s actions can change the decree. They feel that repentance, prayer, and good deeds can alter what God writes down concerning their life. Their belief is even reflected in a common greeting during this time – it is, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

God does have a book that lists all true believers – the Book of Life. The Book of Life, is also referred to as the Lamb’s book of Life. It is a record written by God, listing people who will live forever in heaven, in His presence. Those who’s names are not written in the book will not have everlasting life in heaven, but will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

     According to the Word of God, neither prayer or good deeds will atone for a person’s sin. Only Jesus, the Son of God can take away sins. However, the majority of the Jewish people do not recognize Jesus as the Son of God, the only one who can take away their sins. Through the atonement that Jesus’ blood made on the cross we can have forgiveness of all our sins. Faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior is what saves us, not works.

Ephesians 2:8-10  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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Romans 11:6   NKJV     “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work‘.

Galatians 2:16   NKJV     “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

          A person can work for God and not have a relationship  with Him – people can even work for God with sin in their life.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15  NKJV    “each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 

      Works that won‘t be burnt up only come out of our intimacy / relationship with God. Each believer will have their works / actions evaluated.

 

2 Corinthians 5:10  NKJV     “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is important to God. He desires for us to be reconciled with Him, for us to be reconciled with others, and for us to be active in the ministry of reconciliation.

Reconcile : to make friends again; settle a disagreement or difference; make agree; bring into harmony, make satisfied; make no longer opposed.

Reconciliatio n: a reconciling; bringing together again in friendship; settlement or adjustment of disagreements or differences.

A.. Reconciled With God

Man was separated from God because of sin.

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.”

 

Ephesians 2:12-13  NKJV    “that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

          Sin caused man to be alienated, isolated , and separated from God’s presence.

Colossians 1:21-22  NKJV     “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight”

     Jesus entire reason for taking on the form of man and coming to this earth was reconciliation  – His purpose was to reconcile us to God. It was as if He provided a bridge between us and God.

Colossians 1:19-20  NKJV     “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Ephesians 2:14-16  NKJV     “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Romans 5:8-11 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.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

         The story of the prodigal son is a wonderful example of reconciliation. In the parable, the father looked at the youngest son’s future – what it could be, not at the son’s present or his past. God, our heavenly Father does not look at our past or present, He looks at our future, what it can be. He is ever waiting with outstretch arms to welcome us back home.

Luke 15:11-32  NKJV     “Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

B. Reconciliation With Others

One of the Jewish customs of Yamim Noraim is to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible.

Matthew 5:23-24  NKJV     “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

        God always desires for us to be reconciled with others.

Ephesians 4:32  NKJV    “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

 

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

          We must forgive others, just like God has forgiven us. Jesus is the perfect example of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Colossians 3:12-13  NKJV     “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

C. Ministry of Reconciliation

At salvation we become a new creature. Our relationship with God changes. We become reconciled to God and we have the privilege of telling others that they can receive the same reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19  NKJV     “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

     The ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to believers. They are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself.

2 Corinthians 5:20  NKJV     “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we  implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

Self-examination

Believers should regularly have a time for serious introspection. Self-examination should be part of our life. We are instructed to judge ourselves, and there are benefits to examining our own feelings, thoughts, and motives. If we judge ourselves, God will not have to.

     1 Corinthians 11:31 NKJV     “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

     A believer should always be reviewing their actions to see if they are in right standing with God.

Galatians 6:4  NKJV     “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another” 

2 Corinthians 13:5  NKJV     “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…”

       Many times we may not be able to see our own faults and weakness, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit  and God’s Word to show us. As we read God’s Word it gives us a clear reflection of ourselves.

James 1:22-25  NKJV     “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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