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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Love God, Love Others”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. John 13:34 NKJV

“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

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2. Matthew 22:37 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

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3. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NKJV

“Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

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4. Matthew 22:39 NKJV

“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

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5. Leviticus 19:18 NKJV

“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudges against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

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6. 1 John 4:20-21 NKJV

“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.’ ”

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7. 1 John 5:1-2 NKJV

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandment.”

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8. John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

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9. 1 John 5:3 NKJV

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “The Battle Belong To God”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”

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2. Psalm 62:11 NKJV

“God has spoken once,

Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.”

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3. John 14:1 NKJV

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”

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4. Psalm 91:7-16 NKJV

“A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge”

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Even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling”

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“For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone”

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“You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me,

therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high”

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“because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.”

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Joshua Obeys

joshuaMemory Verse:  1 John 5:4

Bible Truth:  While running your race be obedient.

As Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, they faced a very strong obstacle – the walls around the city of Jericho. As Joshua viewed the city of Jericho and its impenetrable wall, the Commander of the Lord’s army appeared to him.

Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.”

The city of Jericho closed its gates, sealing itself off from Israel’s attack. God wanted Israel to overcome Jericho so they could live victoriously in the Promised Land. To do that, Israel would have to overcome the wall surrounding the city.

Joshua 6:1 NKJV

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in”

God’s enemy Satan tried to use the wall to discourage Israel, making victory seem impossible.

Joshua 6:2-5 NKJV

“And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

God gave instructions for Israel to follow in conquering Jericho. Joshua gave the people the instructions that God had given him – march around Jericho daily for six days. Only by obeying God’s instructions could Israel have victory over Jericho. They needed to know what God said, believe it, and act upon it.

Joshua 6:6-7 NKJV

“Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.”

Marching around the city each day probably did not make sense to the people, but they obeyed.

Joshua 6:8-14 NKJV

“So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.
The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.”

Israel obeyed God, silently marching around Jericho for six days. On the seventh day the people marched around Jericho seven times, and Joshua commanded that when they heard the trumpets they were to shout.

Joshua 6: 15-16 NKJV

“But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!’

Joshua told the Israelites that Jericho and all its inhabitants (except Rahab and her family who believed God) were doomed to total destruction.

Joshua 6:17-18 NKJV

“Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.”

God declared His judgment on Jericho because of the sin of the people. Most of the people of Jericho refused to believe in God, and now they would suffer His judgment on their sin.

Joshua 6:19-20 NKJV

“But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

At the trumpet blast, Israel gave a loud shout, and the wall fell down flat by God’s great power, allowing the Israelites to march in victoriously. All in Jericho were destroyed except Rahab and her family.

Joshua 6:21-25 NKJV

“And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword. But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”

Camp Challenge

Satan wants to discourage us and he wants us to do wrong. He will do anything that he can to draw us away from God and cause us to loose sight of our final victory. God can give you victory over your temptations and obstacles. He can help you even when it seems impossible. Just as He did for Israel when they faced the obstacle of Jericho. When the people of Israel obeyed God, He miraculously provided victory for them.

In First Samuel we are told that obedience is better than sacrifices.

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Jesus tells us that if we love Him, we will obey Him.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments”

God wants to give you victory too. When the world’s temptations try to draw you away from obedience to God, remember that you are born of God and that you can overcome the world.

1 John 5:4 NKJV

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Prayer Points

Ask God to give you strength to obey Him.

Ask God to help you overcome discouragement.

Ask God to help you overcome temptations and obstacles.

Ask God to help you remember that it is He who gives you victory.

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Abiding In Christ – Children’s Booklet

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Ten Commandments Booklet

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God’s Garden

god's garden

Memory Verse: Psalm 92:12

 

Life Application: I grow when I am in rightstanding with God.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 92:12

John 15:1-6

Psalm 92:12-15

Deuteronomy 6:5

Deuteronomy 11:1

1 Samuel 15:22

John 14:15

Galatians 5:22-23

Matthew 28:19-20

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s Garden

God wants us to 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.”

We must abide in Christ if we desire to bear fruit. The Bible tells us that the righteous will flourish.

 

Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be judged.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

 

Fruit

God wants the fruit of our love toward Him.

We are to love the Lord with everything within us.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 11:1 NKJV

“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.”

God wants the fruit of obedience in our lives.

Obedience is important to God. He tells us in His Word that obeying is better than sacrifices.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”

Jesus tells us that if we really love Him we will obey His words.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

God wants the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives.

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.”

God wants the fruit of reproduction in our lives.

God wants us to win souls for Christ. As a Christian we should “produce” other Christians.

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”

We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples (followers of Christ), and we are to teach them to obey God’s commands, laws and words.

 

God wants the fruit of good works and deeds in our lives.

Works and deeds do not save us, however our works and deeds will show what we believe.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Review

1. According to Psalm 92:12 the righteous will do what?

 

2. What does righteous mean?

 

3. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we ___________ __________ ________ .

 

4. We must ______________ in Christ if we desire to bear fruit.

 

5. We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be ________________.

 
6. A ___________ tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a _________ tree bear good fruit.

 
7. What will happen to a tree that does not bear good fruit?

 

8. We are to love the Lord with _______________________ within us.

 

9. What does Deuteronomy 6:5 mean to you?

 

10. What is obedience?

 

11. What did Samuel mean in 1 Samuel 15:22?

 

12. Jesus tells us that if we really ______________ Him we will obey His words.

 

13. Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives. List the fruit of the Spirit.

 

14. We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples. What are we to teach them?

 

15. “For we are His _________________________, created in Christ Jesus for ____________ ___________, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

16. What are some good works?

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Preparing For The Kinsmen Redeemer”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 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.”

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2. James 4:8 NKJV

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners: and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

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3.  1 Corinthians 6:9 NKJV

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?”

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4. Romans 12:1 NKJV

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

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5. 1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

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6. John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

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7. 1 John 2:15 NKJV

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

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8. John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

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9. Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV

“I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then , because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot. I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

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Love God, Love Others

love god love others   Love God, Love Others

Memory Verse:. John 13:34

Life Application: We are to love God and others.

Bible Verses

Matthew 22:34-40

Mark 12:28-34

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Deuteronomy 10:12

Deuteronomy  30:6

John 13:34-35

Matthew 22:39

Leviticus 19:18

1 John 4:20-21

1 John 5:1-2

John 14:15

1 John 5:3

Love For God

Matthew 22:37  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

      One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus to ask Him some questions. They had hoped to catch Jesus in a lie or untruth in some way. They did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and they wanted to prove it to all the people. One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment. He was testing Jesus to see how much He really knew about the Law of Moses.

Jesus answered him by quoting  the greatest Jewish confession of faith called the Shema. It means that we are to love the Lord with our whole being – our heart, our soul, and our mind.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  NKJV     “Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Require means to have need for, need, want, command, order, or demand. God requires for each one of us to love Him.

Deuteronomy 10:12  NKJV     “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

      Loving God is not something that we have to “work at”. God Himself will work in our hearts so that we will love Him. He will cause us to be totally devoted to Him. The more we get to know God the more we love Him.  Also, the more we know God, the more we will want to know Him.

Deuteronomy 30:6  NKJV     “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

Love For Others

John 13:34  NKJV     “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

      We are to choose to love others – not because of who they are or how they act. Rather, we are to choose to love them because of God’s love for us.

People naturally love themselves. Since we love ourselves we are concerned about our welfare and we want the best for ourselves. According to the commandment in Lev 19:18 we are to love others the same way that we love ourselves. We should also be concerned about their welfare and we should also want the best for them.

Matthew 22:39  NKJV     “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

      When we love others the way that God wants us to others will know that we are disciples of Christ. God’s love for us is unconditional and our love for others should also be unconditional.

John 13:34-35  NKJV     “A new commandment I give 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.”

 

Leviticus 19:18  NKJV     “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudges against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

      Our love for others will flow out of our love for God. They go hand in hand. If we don’t love others we really don’t love God. God has commanded us to love others.

1 John 4:20-21  NKJV     “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.’ ”

 

1 John 5:1-2  NKJV     “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandment.”

Our Obedience Shows Our Love

John 14:15  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

      Our obedience to God shows our love for God. If we truly love God we will obey Him and His commandments. When we love God we will personally know God. When a person does not obey God it shows a lack of personal knowledge of God therefore, it also shows a lack of love for and to God.

1 John 5:3  NKJV     For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

      God’s love demands obedience. However, God’s commandments are not hard to bear, heavy, or oppressive. In reality God’s commandments bring freedom, liberty, and privileges to the believer. As we obey God’s commandments we reflect the image of God.

Review

1. The Pharisees gathered around Jesus to ask Him some questions. Why?

2. The Pharisees did not believe that _______________  was the Son of God.

3. We are to love the Lord with our _____________ being – our heart, our soul, and our mind.

4. What does require mean?

5. The more we get to know God the more we ______________ Him.

6. The  more we know ____________, the more we will want to know Him.

7. We  are to choose to love others because of God’s ______________ for us.

8.  We should  be concerned about the __________________ of others.

9.  God’s love for us is unconditional and our love for _______________ should also be unconditional.

10. If we truly love God we will __________ Him and His commandments.

11. God’s ______________________________ bring freedom, liberty, and privileges to the believer.

12. As we obey God’s commandments we reflect what?

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Wells of Love

WEEK 6Wells of Love

Memory Verse : 1 John 4:19

Bible Truth: God loved us first.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction

Love must begin somewhere and it began with God. God loves you because He chooses to love you. It is a decision He has made. None of us deserve God’s love, still He chooses to love us. Because of God’s love for us, we can love Him.

Love can be described as a feeling of great affection that causes us to give to and do things for another person

God showed His love for us in a wonderful way. He gave the most precious gift that He could give – His own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died to take away our punishment for sin forever. Believing and acting upon this truth about Jesus allows us to  become part of God‘s family. When we believe on Jesus, He changes our hearts. God pours His love into our hearts and that love overflows to others. It is through the power of His love that we can love Him and others.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.” 

5. Love Of God

Jeremiah 31:3  NKJV     “The Lord has appeared of old to me , saying:

‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you…’ ”

      God’s love for us goes on and on. It has no end and it will never stop. His love is everlasting and it will continue throughout eternity. There is nothing that we can do or say that would make God love us more or less. He loves us with an unconditional love. God is like a loving parent who speaks with fatherly affection to his children, even when they are disobedient. God loves us just like we are but He loves us too much to leave us the way that we are. His desire is that everyone will be saved. However, the choice is ours and ours alone to make.

Since God’s love for us is everlasting, if we turn away from Him He longs for us to return. We must always remember that God loves the sinner, but He hates their sin. His desire for the person that has backslidden to repent and to return to Him.

Jeremiah 3:14  NKJV     “Return, O backsliding children,’ says the Lord; ‘for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.’ ”

6. Game – Heart Relay Race

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.”

Need:  Hearts with the memory verse written on them – one per child.

Divide the group into 2 even teams. Line the teams up in 2 lines. One at a time the girls are to run to the front and pick up a heart and say this week’s memory verse, then run back to their line. Then the next person will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Love For God

Matthew 22:37  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

      One day the Pharisees gathered around Jesus to ask Him some questions. They had hoped to catch Jesus in a lie or untruth in some way. They did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and they wanted to prove it to all the people. One of the Pharisees, a lawyer, asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment. He was testing Jesus to see how much He really knew about the Law of Moses.

Jesus answered him by quoting  the greatest Jewish confession of faith called the Shema. It means that we are to love the Lord with our whole being – our heart, our soul, and our mind.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  NKJV     “Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

 

Require means to have need for, need, want, command, order, or demand. God requires for each one of us to love Him.

 

Deuteronomy 10:12  NKJV    “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

      Loving God is not something that we have to “work at”. God Himself will work in our hearts so that we will love Him. He will cause us to be totally devoted to Him. The more we get to know God the more we love Him.  Also, the more we know God, the more we will want to know Him.

 

Deuteronomy 30:6  NKJV    “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

8. Game – Which Comes First? Memory Verse Race

Divide the memory verse up into 5 parts.

We love /  Him because  / He first /  loved us. / 1 John 4:19

Make 2 sets of card with the memory verse dived up on them, each set a different color.

Need two teams of five children each.

Tape a card on each of the 10 children’s backs. At the signal they are to find their team (each team’s cards are a different color) and arrange themselves so that the verse can be correctly read (in order). The first team to do so correctly is the winner.

 

9. Love For Others

 

John 13:34  NKJV     “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

      We are to choose to love others – not because of who they are or how they act. Rather, we are to choose to love them because of God’s love for us.

People naturally love themselves. Since we love ourselves we are concerned about our welfare and we want the best for ourselves. According to the commandment in Lev 19:18 we are to love others the same way that we love ourselves. We should also be concerned about their welfare and we should also want the best for them.

 

Matthew 22:39  NKJV     “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

      When we love others the way that God wants us to others will know that we are disciples of Christ. God’s love for us is unconditional and our love for others should also be unconditional.

 

John 13:34-35  NKJV     “A new commandment I give 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.”

Leviticus 19:18  NKJV     “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudges against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

      Our love for others will flow out of our love for God. They go hand in hand. If we don’t love others we really don’t love God. God has commanded us to love others.

 

1 John 4:20-21  NKJV     “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.’ ”

 

1 John 5:1-2  NKJV     “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandment.”

10. Game – Love Me Musical Chairs

God desire for us to love Him with our whole heart.

Need: music and chairs (1 less than the number of players)

We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left in the game will represent someone who took the time to love the Lord with their whole heart.

Have the children line up beside the chairs and march around them when the music starts to play. When the music stops each child is to find a chair to sit in. The person who is left without a chair is out.

Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

 

11. Our Obedience Shows Our Love

 

John 14:15  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

      Our obedience to God shows our love for God. If we truly love God we will obey Him and His commandments. When we love God we will personally know God. When a person does not obey God it shows a lack of personal knowledge of God therefore, it also shows a lack of love for and to God.

 

1 John 5:3  NKJV     For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

      God’s love demands obedience. However, God’s commandments are not hard to bear, heavy, or oppressive. In reality God’s commandments bring freedom, liberty, and privileges to the believer. As we obey God’s commandments we reflect the image of God.

 

12. Game – Pass The Mirror

Our love for God will be reflected in our actions.

Need: Two  no breakable mirror and music

1 John 4:19  NKJV     “We love Him because He first loved us.”

     Divide the group into two teams and line up in two rows. Give the first person on each team a mirror. At the signal they will pass it to the person behind them. When it reaches the end that person will run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the mirror to the person behind them. The game continues until the original first person is back at the front of the line.

13. Worship Song – ___________________________________

14. Challenge and Altar – Demonstrating God’s Love

No one deserves God’s love. He chooses to love us. Because of His great love for us, He gave the most precious gift anyone could ever give. He gave His own Son as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we could have a relationship with Him. God loved us even before we knew Him.

 

Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

     By asking for forgiveness of our sins, through Jesus’ sacrifice, we can become a child of God. As part of God’s family we will want to be like our Father, and love others. Our love for others is not based on how we feel about them or think about them. Like God’s love toward us, it is a choice – we must choose to love others.

 

Have you entered into a love relationship with God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Are you allowing God’s love to show through you?

Are you demonstrating God’s love through your wards and actions?

Do you have trouble loving yourself or others?

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Craft

17. Dismissal

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Why Read The Bible

BIBLE CHALLENGEWhy Read The Bible

     At the end of the year many people make a New Year’s resolution. Instead of a New Year’s resolution I would like to challenge you with reading the entire Bible this year.

In the times that we live in it is so important that people, including children, know what the Bible says. Too many times people rely on someone else to tell them what God says. This was never the way God intended it to be. God loves each one of us so much and He desires an intimate and personal relationship with us. The Bible contains history, instructions, and encouragement. But most of all, it is a love letter written to each one of us.

John 14:15  NKJV     “If you love Me, keep My commandments”

    Jesus tells us in John 14:15 that if we love Him we will obey His commandments. For this reason it is very important for us to read God’s Word and hide it in our hearts.

Psalm 119:11  NKJV     “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

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