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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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God’s Presence And Faithfulness

GOD'S PRESENCE AND FAITHFULNESS

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

Life Application: I am to offer my best to God.

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Bible Text

Romans 12:1

1 Peter 2:11

Luke 12:31

John 14:1-3

James 2:17

Romans 12:1

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The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. The festival is also known as: The Feast of Ingathering, The Feast of Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot (pronounced “Sue-coat”). In biblical times this feast was the most important holiday of the year. The word Sukkoth means booths, and refers to the temporary dwelling that the Jewish people were commanded to live in during this holiday, just as the Jewish people did in the wilderness after they left Egypt.

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This holiday commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the promised land. The people were caused to wander about through disobedience, but God was still with them. During this time God still protected them and provided for them. The people were commanded to build temporary dwellings (tabernacles or booths) each year to live in during Sukkot. This was to remind the people of God’s presence and His faithfulness as a provider and protector. Today the Jewish people still build a sukkot for this festival. Almost any building material will do for the sides as long as they are not of a permanent nature. The top is loosely covered with branches so that you can still see the stars through parts of it. Meals are eaten in the sukkot, accompanied by singing and rejoicing. Some families sleep in their sukkot. It is a place to discuss and meditate on God’s goodness God has redeemed us from a life of bondage to sin and brought us freedom.

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Offer Your Best

Sukkot is a season of joy and rejoicing. The men carry a citron and a lulav to the synagogue to wave as they rejoice before the Lord. The lulav has three branches tied together: a palm, a willow, and a myrtle. The citron is a citrus fruit that smells like a lemon. The lulav and the citron are symbolic of how are lives are to be spiritually. The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. They were careful with what they offered to God. We too should be careful with the quality of the “fruit” that we are offering to God.

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Palm

We should not be like the palm. It is not fragrant (spiritual blessings).These people live by the letter of the law but they have no love or compassion, for themselves or others.

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Myrtle

We should not be like the myrtle. It is only fragrant, but does not bear fruit. These people are sweet people, but their lives do not produce any real or lasting fruit.

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Willow

We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. These people are blown around by every wind of doctrine and never really know where they are spiritually.

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Citron

We should be like the citron. It produces fruit and fragrance. These are God’s steadfast believers who live a balanced life in wisdom before God and man.

Temporary Home

We are strangers in this land ! This world is not our permanent home – it is only temporary. Any time we, as God’s people, become comfortable where we are at it spells problems.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”

As people in a land temporary, we must not hold on to things too tightly. Things can control and manipulate us. Things can become our gods (idols) when we begin to hold on to them too tightly. When things become your god, you turn away from the only true and living God. God gave the Feast of Tabernacle as a reminder to people of who He is. We need to seek God’s kingdom, not earthly comfort. As we seek God’s first the kingdom of God, our material needs are provided for by the Lord.

Luke 12:31 NKJV

“But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert they all lived in tents. It did not matter how rich or poor. All men are equal before God. During Sukkot each one sits in his flimsy sukkah and considers God, not his own status or wealth.

The Feast of Tabernacles gives each person an opportunity to reflect on God’s great love and majesty. The tabernacle was a flimsy tent where the people would sit and reflect on God’s majesty. As a Christian we are a flimsy tabernacle that should reflect God’s majesty! We must be able to move when God moves. We should not get so involved with the things of the world that it prevents us from moving when God tells us to. The tabernacle (sukkah) is a flimsy structure and can be taken down and put up in a very short period of time. The sukkah was sensitive to the wind, just as we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The sukkah is open to heaven – it can not be closed off. We too are to be open to God. We should never close God out of our lives. The lifetime of the sukkah is short. When the sukkah is first put up it is fresh and green. As the days go by the leaves begin to dry. Soon they are falling off as the wind blows. Our life here is short, but our hope is not in this world. God has provided a better place for His people.

John 14:1-3 NIV

”Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me.”

Inside our homes it is easy to begin to feel permanent and self-sufficient and loose sight of our brief time on the earth. Since we live for only a short period of time we must use every opportunity to tell others about Jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

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Faith and Obedience

Preparing the sacrifices for the Feast of Tabernacles was costly and time-consuming. It required much commitment to God. It also required faith and obedience. Without faith and obedience the work of Jesus on the cross is of no avail. It is not enough to know the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

James 2:17 NKJV

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”

We must personally act upon it by faith, then we will have the promised salvation. We have to receive it and live it.

Romans 12:1 NKJV

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

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Every believer has much that they can give to the Lord:

1. You can give your lives to Him in service.

2. You can use what He gives you (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service.

3. You can us your talents for God’s service.

4. You can share the message of God’s love and salvation with others.

5. You can allow the fruit of the Spirit in you to overflow on others.

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Sukkot is a time to consider that we are God’s creation. We are to celebrate by giving ourselves in God’s service. The message of Sukkot is total commitment to the Lord and to His work.

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Review

1. The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. What other names is it known as?

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2. Sukkoth commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the ________________ ___________.

3. The sukkot was to remind the people of God’s ________________ and His faithfulness as a provider and protector.

4. God has redeemed us from a life of ________________ to sin and brought us freedom.

5. What does redeemed mean?

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6. Sukkot is a season of joy and ___________________.

7. What are the three branches used in making a lulav?

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8.The lulav and the citron are __________________ of how are lives are to be spiritually.

9. The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. How does that relate to your life?

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10. We should show love and compassion for ourselves and _______________.

11. We should ________ lasting fruit.

12. We should not be blown around by every wind of ___________________ and we should know where we are spiritually.

13. We should live a ________________ _________ in wisdom before God and man.

14. We are strangers in this land ! This world is not our permanent home. What does that mean to you?

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15.Things can control and manipulate us. Give examples.

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16. As we seek the kingdom of God , our material needs are _______________ for by the Lord.

17.. As a Christian …

* we are a flimsy ____________________ that should reflect God’s majesty!

* we must be able to _________ when God moves.

* we are to be _______________ to the Holy Spirit.

* we should never ___________ God out of our lives.

* we must use every opportunity to tell ______________ about Jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

18. Without faith and obedience the work of ___________ on the cross is of no avail. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

19. What is a personal relationship?

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Prayer Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Watching and Waiting”

STUDY 12Praying God’s Word

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”

Write a prayer to God using the following verses, or parts of them.

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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.”

Hebrews 10:14 NKJV

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the master, prepared for every good work.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NKJV

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor ”

Luke 12:40 NKJV

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

Revelation 19:7-9 NKJV

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself

Ready’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” And he said to me, ‘These are the true saying of God.’ ”

Revelation 16:15 NKJV

“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

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Dear Father,

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In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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EXAMPLE:

Dear Father,

I thank-you that I have the assurance that Jesus is preparing a place for me and that He will come and take me there. Holy Spirit, help me to make myself ready and to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man. May I be careful to watch for His return, and keep my garments clean.

I also thank-you for the sanctification that I have through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Through this sanctification I am being prepared for every good work. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to possess my vessel in sanctification and honor.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Watching and Waiting”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Revelation 22:17 NKJV

“And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

2. 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.”

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3. Hebrews 10:14 NKJV

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

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4. John 17:17-19 NKJV

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

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5. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NKJV

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor ”

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6. Luke 12:40 NKJV

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

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7. Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV

“The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ The all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I saw to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

Memory Verse: John 8:34-36

 

Bible Truth: Jesus Christ sets us free.

 

Through Jesus we are free from the fear of death, free from our sins, free from being alone, free to have a new life.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR DEATH

There are people that have not heard the truth about God’s hope for today and tomorrow – His Son, Jesus Christ.

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”

They do not know that their sins can be removed so they live under the weight of their transgressions. Spiritual darkness and dread on their final day is their existence, never understanding that freedom from sin comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that death isn’t to be feared.

Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Believers don’t fear the One who takes away sin. Instead, they look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, knowing that through Him their wrongdoings have been pardoned at the cross. We can have forgiveness and hope beyond the grave. When the end comes for believers they will be welcomed into the presence of their loving Lord; instead of an end, it is a beginning.

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why do you think some people are afraid to turn to Jesus for salvation and help?

 

2. Read John 3:16. How do we receive everlasting life?

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”

3. Read John 3:36. What happens to a person that does not believe in Jesus Christ, God‘s one and only Son?

 

 

John 3:36 NKJV

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

4. What does redeemed mean?

 

5. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. We have not been redeemed with corruptible things. What were we redeemed with?

 

 

1 Peter 1:18-21 NKJV

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Why did Jesus endure the cross?

 

 

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

7. Read Romans 10:9. How does Romans 10:9 apply to your life?

 

Romans 10:9 NKJV

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

8. Read John 1:29. Who is 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!”

9. How should believers feel about death in regards to someone‘s passing?

 

13. How has Jesus taken the fear out of death?

 

14. According to John 14:1-3, why should we not be afraid of death?

 

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 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”

II. WE ARE FORGIVEN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

The Bible tells us that only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins; that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to remove the burden of sin and the shame. Sadly, this truth is lost on many people – young and old. There no sin is so great that God will not forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness their soul is flooded with relief. God promise, “Come to Me and I will give you rest” is available to every one. Even though there may be hidden sins that create a burden of guilt, God is ready to offer forgiveness and fill our heart with peace. All we have to do is ask.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part II.

1. Many people carry a heavy burden of guilt because of sin. Why do you think they refuse to reveal their sin to God?

 

2. What does condemned mean?

 

3. Read John 3:17-18. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

John 3:17-18 NKJV

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

4. Read John 8:12. What does Jesus mean in John 8:12?

 

John 8:12 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

5. Read 1 John 1:9. When we confess our sins to God, what will He do?

 

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.”

6. Read Romans 5:1. We can have __________________ with God through Jesus.

 

Romans 5:1 NKJV

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

7. Why do you think we should want others to hear the gospel?

 

 

8. Read Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 26:3. Christ has promised to take our burdens on Him. When we are heavy laden, He will give us _______. He will keep us in perfect __________________.

 

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

III. GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS

Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee that we won’t face trouble in our lifetime. However, God’s comfort and loving-kindness is in the midst of our hardship. So when trials happen – and they will – God promises to be with us now and forever. But whatever the crises – serous illness, financial loss, domestic abuse, or impending death – God promises to be at our side.

 

Matthew 26:36-45 NKJV

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

When we pray, God hears our pleading just as He heard Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nonetheless, Christ obeyed His Father’s will and faced the cross knowing that God’s love surrounded Him.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part III.

1.In the past, what did you do to overcome fear, and how did your faith in God help?

 

2. Jesus faced a night of intense emotional anguish before being arrested. Hoe did Jesus handle this situation?

 

3. God is with us when we face challenging times. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What reassurance does Hebrews 13:5-6 give?

 

 

Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What reassurance does Romans 8:38-39 give?

 

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5. Read Psalm 23. What reassurance does Psalm 23 give?

 

 

Psalms 23 NKJV

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

6. Read Psalm 46:1-3. What reassurance does Psalms 46:1-3 give?

 

 

Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”

7. Read Psalm 118:6. What reassurance does Psalms 118:6 give?

 

 

Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

IV. A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

Instead of seeking God as a pathway to forgiveness, there are many that turn to myths and New Age philosophies. These cults present ideas as truth that do not agree with the Bible but are adhered to by many, including prominent figures. These people never acknowledging their evil deeds or truly repent. We only have to look at news accounts of groups who have followed beliefs that took control of their lives. In each account their belief system and leader failed them. Instead of myths and New Age philosophies, we need to base our belief system on God’s Word. There we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are changed, made whole, and given a new purpose. It’s a new way of living – one that is filled with joy.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part IV.

1. Reflect on some of the false beliefs that exist today. How are these New Age philosophies or cults incongruent with the scriptures?

 

2. What tragic news- making events have occurred in the past because of untruths disguised as religion?

 

3. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. Believers in Jesus Christ must _________________ Him and they must ______________ in love.

 

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

4. What does imitate mean?

 

5. Read Psalm 89:1. Believers in Jesus Christ must make known God’s ________________________ to everyone.

 

Psalm 89:1 NKJV

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

6. Read Colossians 3:23. Whatever a believer in Jesus Christ does, it must be done as if they are doing it for the _______________.

 

Colossians 3:23 NKJV

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

7. Read 1 John 3:18. Believers are to love in their words and in their ________________.

 

1 John 3:18 NKJV

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

8. Read John 13:34-35. How will people know if you are a disciple of Christ or not?

 

John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Watching And Waiting

     Watching And Waiting

Memory Verse: John 14:1-3

Life Application: We must be ready for our Bridegroom when He returns.

 

 

Revelation 22:17  NKJV     “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

     Is your heart crying out, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”? Are you desperate for your bridegroom? Does your heart beat rapidly in anticipation of His return? Do you long to smell His fragrance and feel His presence? Are you watching and waiting for the bridegroom’s return?

Revelation 21:2  NKJV     “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Revelation 21:9  NKJV     “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me saying, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.’ ”

     The church is the bride of Christ. Just as a woman that is waiting for her wedding has responsibilities and obligations, we too, as the bride of Christ have responsibilities and obligations. During Biblical times a Jewish wedding (marriage) consisted of several steps. They were the arrangement, the preparations, the coming of the groom, and the marriage supper celebration.

The Arrangement

The first step in the wedding was the arrangement. The father of the groom arranged the match. The family sometimes sent a servant or a matchmaker to find a wife for the groom. This step could even occur when the bride and groom were children, and often they would not have even meet each other until the wedding day. At this time they completed the legal part of the marriage and a dowry was paid. The bride was a legal part of the groom’s family.

Believers are the bride of Christ. God the Father, the father of the groom, made the arrangement and then paid the price for the bride (the dowry). The dowry was the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. By giving up His Son the price was paid and the arrangement was sealed with blood. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you have committed your life to Him. You are His legal bride.

After accepting the arrangement, the bride was given gifts. We too, are given gifts after accepting the arrangement (salvation) – the gifts of the Spirit. The Bible calls the church, those who trust in Jesus  for salvation / eternal life, the bride of Christ.

We have not seen our groom yet, we are waiting for Him to come. As the bride of Christ we have legal rights as part of God’s family. In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis we read about Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, to obtain a bride for his son, Isaac.

Genesis 24:4  NKJV    “but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

     Eliezer chose Rebekah to be Isaac’s bride. An agreement was reached with her father and her brother, and Eliezer paid the dowry. God the Father sent a match maker, the Holy Spirit, to bring us into the family of God.

Genesis 24:53  NKJV     “Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.”

The Preparations

The second step of the wedding was the time of the preparations. Both the bride and the groom had preparations to take care of. During this time the bride was prepared to be a suitable wife for her husband. It was also the period of time in which she was observed for her purity. The bride waited and prepared herself for the coming of the groom. The groom was responsible to provide a suitable home for the bride. During the preparation period he prepared a home for his bride.

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.”

     When Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after His resurrection He went to prepare a place for us, His bride (the church/ the bride of Christ). As the bride of Christ we should be in the process of being perfected for the groom. We should be undergoing a process of sanctification (to be set apart).

Hebrews 10:14  NKJV     “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

     Sanctification is the process by which God enables Christians to separate themselves day by day from sin. It is also dedicating yourself to seeking God. We are to set ourselves apart from sin for the Lord’s use.

2 Timothy 2:20-21  NKJV     “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the master, prepared for every good work.”

Cleansed By The Word

There should be a process by which believers are being made more and more like Christ- even if it is only gradual.

2 Corinthians 3:18  NKJV     “But we all, with a veiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

     We should also be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches.

John 17:17-19  NKJV     “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

     It is God’s desire that we be sanctified.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4  NKJV     “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor”

     Our number one desire should be to please Jesus. As His bride we are to make ourselves ready for His return. He is coming back for a bride that is watching and waiting (and preparing) for His return.

The Bridegrooms Returns For His Bride

Luke 12:40  NKJV     “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

     We should live each day with the attitude of, “Today might be the day.” We are to watch and wait.

The third step of the wedding was when the bridegroom took the bride to his house. On the wedding day the groom would leave his home and go to the bride’s home to get her. As the groom returned to his own home with his bride a bridal procession followed. The groom took his bride into his house and completed the marriage. The Jewish wedding ceremony was conducted in the home of the groom with only a few witnesses.

One day Jesus will come and take His bride home (the rapture). Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken. Sin interferes with a person being properly prepared.

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV     “The the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ The all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I saw to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

     You must be ready for Jesus’ return yourself. No one else can make the preparations for you. In Biblical times if a groom arrived to get his bride and she was not ready or if he found her impure the wedding was off. Sometimes it cost her life. If Jesus arrives and finds us not ready or finds impurities (sin) in us, we will not be the bride of Christ.

The Marriage Supper Celebration

The fourth step of the wedding was the marriage supper celebration (wedding feast). Many people were invited to the marriage supper. The marriage supper lasted for seven days.

Revelation 19:7-9  NKJV     “ ‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the rig hteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” And he said to me, ‘These are the true saying of God.’ ”

     If we have accepted the arrangement made by God (salvation),we must take very serious our responsibilities and commitments. We must be so desperate for our bridegroom that we will do what ever it takes to be ready for His return. No one knows the exact time of His return, so we must be ready at all times. We must watch and wait for our Bridegroom comes like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15  NKJV     “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Review

1. The Bible refers to the church as what?

2. We have responsibilities and obligations to _____________, our bridegroom.

3. During Biblical times what were the steps to a Jewish wedding / marriage?

4. Who arranged for a marriage during Biblical times?

5. The family sometimes sent a servant or a __________________ to find a wife for the groom.

6. When the legal part of the marriage was complete and the dowry was paid, the bride was a ___________  part of the groom’s family.

7. Believers are the  _____________  of _______________.

8. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you have ____________________your life to Him.

9. We are given gifts after accepting the arrangement (salvation) – the gifts of the ____________

10. . As the bride of Christ we have ___________rights as part of God’s family.

11. God the Father sent a match maker, the ___________  _____________, to bring us into the family of God.

12. The second step of the wedding was the time of the ________________________.

13. Both, the bride and the ______________, had preparations to take care of.

14. During this time the bride was prepared to be a __________________    ___________for her husband.

15. It was also the period of time in which the bride was observed for her _______________.

16. The groom was responsible to provide a suitable ____________ for the bride.

17. When Jesus ascended to heaven, forty days after His resurrection, He went to ________________ a place for us, His bride (the church/ the bride of Christ).

18. As the bride of Christ we should be undergoing a ________________   _____   _____________________ (to be set apart).

19. What is sanctification?

20. We are to set ourselves apart from sin for the ______________ use.

21. According to II Corinthians 3:18, into who’s image should we be transformed into?

22. We should conform more and more to what the ________  ____  ______  teaches.

23. Our number one desire should be to please ___________.

24. Jesus is coming back for a bride that is watching, waiting and ____________________ for His return.

25. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken when ___________ returns.

26. Sin _____________________ with a person being properly prepared.

27. If we have accepted salvation we must take very serious our _____________________________ and commitments.

28. Who knows when Jesus will return?

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In The Clouds

In The Clouds

Memory Verse: Revelation 3:10

Life Application: I need to be watch for Jesus’ return.

 

Jesus Takes Our Sacrifice To Heaven, And Ascension To Heaven 40 Days After Resurrection

John 20:1-17  NKJV     “Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Shesaid to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

     Early Sunday morning Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and found the stone rolled away. She ran and told the disciples and they returned with her to the empty tomb. After the disciples left the tomb she stayed behind looking into the tomb. Two angels appeared to Mary and asked her why she was crying. As soon as she told them she heard a voice behind her. Turning around, Mary saw a man who asked her the same question, “Why are you crying?”

Mary thought this man was the gardener, however after He began to speak, she realized that He was Jesus. Mary was so excited that she wanted to reach out and touch Jesus. But Jesus told her not to touch Him because He had not ascended to heaven yet. Jesus asked Mary to go and tell the disciples and tell them that He was going to the Father in heaven.

Then Jesus went to the temple in heaven and presented His own blood as a sacrifice for all the sins of every person. Later that day, Jesus returned to earth and appeared to His disciples. Jesus showed them the scars on His hands and His feet.

John 20:18-23  NKJV     “Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

     Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had not been with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them. When he arrived they told him about Jesus appearing and the scars on Him. Thomas did not really believe them. He made the comment the he would not believe it was Jesus unless he could actually touch the scars for himself.

John 20:24-29  NKJV     “Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him,” Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

     Eight days later Jesus appeared to the disciples again. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus stood in front of Thomas and told him to touch His scars. Thomas immediately believed it truly was Jesus.

Acts 1:1-3  NKJV    “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

     For 40 days after His resurrection Jesus stayed on the earth appearing to many different people and teaching them many different truths. Jesus gave the disciples the command to go into all the world and make disciples. We call this commandment “The Great Commission.”

Acts 1:4-11  NKJV    “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

     After Jesus gave the command, He told them that they would receive power to be His witnesses. As soon as He spoke that He began to float up into heaven. Those standing there watch Jesus go out of sight. Then two angels appeared to them and told them that Jesus would return to earth the same way He left.

Jesus’ Future Return For His Bride (The Rapture)

Revelation 3:10  NKJV    “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

     Before Jesus returns to rule the earth, the earth and the people on it will go through a great time of tribulation. However, if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and we continue to follow Him, we will not have to go through it.

I 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

     The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day Jesus will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound. Jesus will only appear in the sky – His feet will not touch the ground. Those who are true Christians, known as the bride of Christ, 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 refer to this return of Jesus in the sky as the rapture. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken. Sin interferes with you being properly prepared. 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.”

     If He finds sin in you when He return, you will not be part of the bride of Christ. Another word for the “Blessed Hope” is rapture. It means Jesus is coming back to take true Christians to heaven with Him!

Mark 13:5-8  NKJV    “And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.”

     Signs that the rapture will happen soon are found in various places in the Bible. Some of these signs are wars and rumors of war, earthquakes and famines, Christians will be hated, and the Gospel will be preached in every nation.

When Jesus takes the true Christians, both those alive and dead, to heaven in the rapture it will be to a feast known as the wedding feast of the bride. This feast will last for seven years. During these seven years while the true Christians are at the feast, the people left on earth will being going through a very horrible and frightening time known as the great tribulation.

 

 

Review Questions And Fill-In-The Blanks

1. When Mary arrived at the tomb of Jesus, for the first time, what did she find?

2. When Mary went to the tomb the second time who appeared to her?

3. Mary heard a voice behind her and she thought this man was the _________________________.

4. After this man began to speak Mary realized that He was ________________________________.

5. Jesus asked Mary to go and tell the disciples that He was going to the Father in ______________.

6. Jesus went to the temple in heaven and presented His own ________________________ as a sacrifice for all the sins of every person.

7. Later that day who did Jesus appear to?

8. For _________ days after His resurrection Jesus stayed on the earth.

9. Before Jesus returns to rule the earth, the ________________ and the __________________ on it will go through a great time of tribulation.

10. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and we ______________________ to follow Him, we will not have to go through it.

11. What will sound when Jesus returns in the sky?

12. True Christians are known as the bride of _____________________.

13. What is Jesus doing in heaven right now?

14. ______________ interferes with you being ready for Jesus to return.

15. Does anyone know when Jesus will return?

16. Signs that the rapture will happen soon are: ________________ and rumors of war, __________________________ and famines, Christians will be _________________, and the Gospel will be preached in every ____________________.

17. During the _________________ years while the true Christians are at the feast, the people left on earth will being going through a very horrible and frightening time known as the great tribulation.

18. How do we know Jesus will come again?

19. Fill in the blanks:

“For the ______________ Himself will _________________ from heaven with a _____________, with the __________ of an ________________, and with the ____________________ of God. And the ______________ in ______________ will rise ________________. Then we who are ____________ and _______________ shall be ________________ up _________________ with ______________ in the clouds to meet the ______________ in the ________. And thus we shall ____________ be with the _________. Therefore ____________ one another with these _____________.”      1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  NKJV

20. Why should we always be ready for Jesus to return?

21. Fill in the blanks:

“Therefore _____________ also be ______________, for the _____________ of Man is _________________ at an ______________ you do ____________   ___________________.” Matthew 24:44  NKJV

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