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Fruit of the Spirit – Children’s Booklet

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

 

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The Beatitudes

BEAUTITUDES

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:1-2

Life Application: Jesus taught about blessings.

Bible Text:

Matthew 5:1-12

Luke 6:20-22

Matthew 5:1-12

Isaiah 57:15

Psalm 37:11

2 Corinthians 5:21

1 John 2:29

2 Samuel 22:26

Matthew 23:25-26

1 John 1:9-10

Psalm 51:10

John 14:27

Psalm 34:14

Hebrews 12:14

1 Peter 2:21

Romans 8:18

A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us. The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble.

Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

God will bless those who are poor in spirit.

When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him! God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him

Matthew 5:3 NKJV

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

God will bless those who mourn.

When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

Matthew 5:4 NKJV

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

God will bless those who are meek.

When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11 NKJV

“But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Matthew 5:5 NKJV

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

God will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29 NKJV

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

Matthew 5:6 NKJV

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

God will bless those who are merciful.

Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for. Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful. God has been merciful to us by giving His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us.

2 Samuel 22:26 NKJV
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need. When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

Matthew 5:7 NKJV

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

God will bless those who are pure in heart.

Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest). God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart. It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God. He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

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

The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a pure heart if we ask Him to.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

God will bless those who are peacemakers.

A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart. As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14 NKJV

“Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.”

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

Matthew 5:9 NKJV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God”

God will bless those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

“For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Matthew 5:10-12 NKJV

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Review

1. A beatitude is a ______________________________ of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example.

2. We are blessed if we relinquish our ___________________, have a mindset characterized by ___________________ , and look to God for spiritual significance.

3. True blessings come from what?

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4. God will bless those who are _______________ in spirit.

5. God will bless those who __________________.

6. God will bless those who __________ ______________.

7. God will bless those who ________________ and thirst for righteousness.

8. God will bless ___________ _________ _____________ merciful.

9. God will bless those who are _______________ in heart.

10. God will ______________ _______________ who are peacemakers.

11. God will bless those who are persecuted _________________ because of Him.

12. What does mourn mean?

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14. ___________________________ means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good.

15. When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the ________________ to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

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18. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s ___________________________ we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

19. God will give a pure heart if we ________ ____________ to.

20. What is a peacemaker?

21. Give examples of when you have been a peacemaker?

22. What does persecuted mean?

23.The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in _____________________ with God.

24. Have you been persecuted because of what you believe or because of your principles?

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Peace For Believers

PEACE AND BELIEVERS

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:11

 

Life Application: God’s peace is with me.

 

Bible Text:

2 Corinthians 13:11

Philippians 4:7

Colossians 3:15

2 Thessalonians 3:16

John 14:27

Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23

 

Believers Should Live In Peace

2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace comes through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

 

God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7 NKJV

“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15 NKJV

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer. When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NKJV

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

When Jesus Is Our Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

Psalm 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 sakes. 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. Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.”

Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

Review

1. “Finally, ______________, farewell. Become _____________________. Be of good _________________ , be of one mind, live in ______________; and the God of _____________ and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV

 

2. Believers should live in peace. How does this apply to my life?

 

3. What does peace mean?

 

4. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual _______________________.

 

5. As a believer, where does our peace come from?

 

6. Can a person experience peace even when things are going bad?

 

7. In order for us to live in peace we need…

* _____________ from Jesus.

* the ____________ of God.

* the ____________ of the Holy Spirit.

 

8. When peace rules our lives we will walk in ___________, harmony, _________, and ________________________.

 

9. God’s peace should _____________ the believer’s ____________.

 

10. God’s peace protects the _______________ and _______________from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

 

11. What should guide and rule a believer’s actions?

 

12. Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. What did He say to them?

 

13. The peace that Jesus gives banishes ________________ and ______________ from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

 

14. What does a shepherd do for his sheep?

 

15. Jesus is our shepherd and we can _________________ Him in every situation.

 

16. Jesus is in ___________________ of all our situations and circumstances.

 

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

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A Special Peace

A SPECIAL PEACEA Special Peace

Memory Verse: Psalm 29:11

Life Application: God will give His people peace.

Bible Text:

Philippians 4:6-7

1 Peter 5:7

Psalm 85:8

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 29:11

John 14:27

 

When we receive salvation through Jesus it brings a special peace to us. Peace is described as a calm and quiet state, free from disturbances  or a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety.

God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face.  He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead, He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

 

Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV     “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

            We need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

 

1 Peter 5:7  NKJV    “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

            When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

 

Psalm 85:8  NKJV    “I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.”

            As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

 

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11  NKJV     “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

            The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

 

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Review

1. When we receive __________________ through Jesus it brings a special peace to us.

2. What is peace?

 

3. Does God want us to worry?

 

Why do we worry?

 

4. God wants us to ________________ our cares to Him and _______________ that He will provide our rescue.

5. We are not to be anxious for anything, but in everything by _______________ and supplication, with thanksgiving, make our ________________ known to God.

6. As we pray our ________________ are replaced with God’s peace.

7. We must always remember that God for He ________________ for you.

8. When we are filled with God’s peace what will it do?

 

9. As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must _____________ for His voice.

10. Is the peace that God gives the same as the peace that the world has to offer?

 

11. How is the peace that God gives different than the peace that the world has to offer?

 

12. God is in __________________ of every situation and circumstance.

 

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Wells of Blessings

WEEK 7Wells of Blessings

Memory Verse: Psalm 91:14

Bible Truth: God blesses His children.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – When We Have An Intimate Relationship With God He Will Bless Us

God will bless those that He knows and those who have an intimate relationship with Him. When we set our love upon God He will show us His favor and bless us by delivering us and setting us in a place of protection.

Because of our relationship with Him God will answer us when we call upon Him. In times of trouble He will deliver us and He will honor us. Our intimate relationship with God will also cause us to be blessed with a long life, and God will show us His salvation.

Psalm 91:14-19  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, 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.”

      The blessings, favor, and benefits that we receive from God because of our relationship with Him are endless. He will provide for us in every area of our lives.

Deuteronomy 11:13-15  NKJV     “And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.”

      God will bless us spiritually, emotionally, physically and materially. A blessing is receiving something that brings comfort and joy. When we are blessed we are favored by God.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________

2. _______________________________________

 

 

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 91:14  NKJV     “Because he has set his love upon Me,

Therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

5. The Beautitudes

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us.

The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble. God will bless those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers, and those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

6. God Will Bless Those Who Are Poor In Spirit

Matthew 5:3  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

     When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him!  God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him.

7. God Will Bless Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4  NKJV     “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

     When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15  NKJV     “For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

      Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

8. Game“God‘s Favor” Memory Board Match-Up Game

The Bible tells us that Daniel and his friends remained righteous by eating only the food that God wanted them to eat. They were determined in their hearts not to disobey God. God caused Daniel and his friends to receive favor when they asked not to eat the royal foods that the king wanted them to. God blessed Daniel and his friends for seeking righteousness.

The Bible gives us many examples of people who received favor / blessings from God.

1. Ruth

2. Ruth

3. Daniel

4. Daniel

5. Stephen

6. Stephen

7. Mary

8. Mary

9. God will bless us.

Shuffle up the cards and place them on the memory board. Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point for their team. If they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Correct Matches:

Ruth / Ruth

Daniel / Daniel

Stephen / Stephen

Mary / Mary

9. God Will Bless Those Who Are Meek

Matthew 5:5  NKJV     “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

     When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11  NKJV    “But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

10. God Will Bless Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:6  NKJV     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

     Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else.

When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21  NKJV     “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29  NKJV     “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

      When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

11. Game – “Blessed Are Those…”

Need: 2 clotheslines made out of pieces of yarn, a clothes pin for each child playing and note cards.

Write the following on the note cards- one phrase per card. You might need to make identical cards depending on the size of the group.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Using tape  or thumb tacks, attach the clotheslines to the wall.

Give each child a note card and a clothes pin. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the clothes line and pin up their card, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the front and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

12. God Will Bless Those Who Are Merciful

Matthew 5:7  NKJV     “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

      Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for.

Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful.

God has been merciful to us by giving His Son Jesus to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us. A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need.  When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

2 Samuel 22:26  NKJV     “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

13. God Will Bless Those Who Are Pure In Heart

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

      Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest).

God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart.  It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26  NKJV     “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

      People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God.  He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

      The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart  is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us. The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a  pure heart if we ask Him to.

Psalm 51:10  NKJV     “Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

14. Game – Pass The Ball Memory Verse Game

Need: 1 small ball and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children a small ball. Turn on some music and have the children pass the ball around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the ball when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

15.  God Will Bless Those Who Are Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9  NKJV     “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

      A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

      We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on  a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart.

As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

 

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

      Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

16. God Will Bless Those Who Are Persecuted Falsely Because Of Him

Matthew 5:10-12  NKJV     “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

      Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21  NKJV     “For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

      When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution. The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Romans 8:18  NKJV     “For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

17. Game – “Blessed  Match-up”

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV     ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Write the following on slips of paper – one phrase per paper. You will need to make a set for each team playing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Fold all the pieces of paper and place in a basket. Divide the group into teams and line them up in rows. Place the basket with all the slips of paper in it a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the basket and get a slip of paper. They will take it back to their team and open it. The next person in line will repeat the process. If it is a duplicate phrase, they will have to take it back to the basket and get another one.

The team that correctly matches up the following sentences is the winner:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

18. Worship Song – _________________________________

19. Challenge and Altar –  Leper Gives Thanks

It is important to give God thanks for His many blessings.

Luke 17:15-16  NKJV     “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

      One day as Jesus was traveling through the middle of Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem He was met by a group of ten lepers. The lepers cried out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. Because of Jesus’ compassion, He did have mercy on them. He instructed them to go to the priest so that he could declare them clean. As they were walking to show themselves to the priest they were healed of their leprosy.

When one of the ten men looked down and saw that his skin was well he turned to go back to thank Jesus for this wonderful blessing. He returned to Jesus and immediately began giving God glory for his healing. The blessing gave the leper comfort and joy.

Jesus asked him where the other nine men who were healed were at. When Jesus realized that only the one man, a Samaritan, returned to thank Him, He gave the man another blessing. Jesus made him well – he was made whole.  All the men were blessed with being cleansed (healed), however the one leper that thanked Jesus for His blessing received an even greater blessing.  Instead of just being cleansed, he was made well (whole).

Psalm 34:1  NKJV     “I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

      All believers are to give thanks to God for His blessings. When we truly thank God for His favor and His blessings, He will bless us even more. The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for everything, and that includes the blessings of God.

Ephesians 5:20  NKJV    “…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

     God wants to bless each of us. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of blessings to us.

20. Crafts 

21. Refreshments or a light meal 

22. Dismissal

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Wells Of Peace

WEEK 5  Wells Of Peace

Memory Verse : Isaiah 26:3

Bible Truth : God gives perfect peace.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – From The Wells Of Peace

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of peace to us. God doesn’t want His people to be fearful or full of worry. He wants us to come to Him, our Father, in prayer about any and every circumstance that we face.  He doesn’t want us to worry or fret over them. Instead He wants us to commit them ( or to hand them over) to Him, believing that He will provide our rescue (our deliverance or release). When we do this God will give us a peace that we never knew existed.

Philippians 4:6-7  NKJV        “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

       We need to present all our worries and problems to God so that He can calm our fear and help us. As we pray our worries are replaced with God’s peace.

1 Peter 5:7  NKJV       “…casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

       When we have God’s peace we are filled with a calmness and quietness. We have freedom from struggles in our mind and heart.

Psalm 85:8  NKJV      “I will hear what God the Lord will speak,

For He will speak peace

To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.”

       As we pray to God about our worries and problems we must listen for His voice. As God speaks peace to us concerning our situation we must keep our eyes on Him.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV        “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 29:11  NKJV     “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

       The peace that God gives us is not the same as the peace that the world has to offer. God’s peace is superior in every way, in every situation. It drives away fear, terror, and uneasiness because God is in control of every situation and circumstance.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________

2. ________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

 

5. Jesus Speaks Peace To The Storm

Matthew 8 26  NKJV     “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’. Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”

     One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the lake. After they began to cross the lake Jesus laid down on the bottom of the boat and went to sleep. While asleep, a big storm came up and the boats were tossed to and fro. Large waves began to come into the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.

The disciples were afraid and they woke Jesus up. When they told Jesus that they were about to die He asked they why they were afraid. Jesus arose and rebuked the wind. As soon as Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” everything was calm,  the storm was over. The disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus.

 

6. A Mother Has Peace Through Trials

2 Kings 4:23  NKJV     “So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.’ And she said, ‘It is well.’”

     As a gift of gratitude for making him a place to stay  (a room on the top of their house), the prophet Elisha gave a Shunamite woman a promise that she and her husband  would have a son. Within a year his prophesy came true – she had a baby boy. One day, years later, while the boy was out in the field with his father his head began to hurt. The father told one of the servants to carry the boy to his mom. When the servant brought the boy to his mom she held him in her lap. Around noon the little boy dies in her arms. The woman knew that God had promised her a son so she did not accept the boy’s death a final. She got up out of her chair and carried her son and laid him on Elisha’s bed and closed the door. Then she went to tell her husband that she was going to see the prophet Elisha. He was surprised that she wanted to see Elisha right away. When he asked her why she responded to him, All is well.”

When the woman found Elisha she told him what had happened to her son. Elisha returned with her to her house. He went into his room where the dead boy ay on his bed. Elisha prayed and through the power of the Holy Spirit he breathed life back into the boy. During this time the mother had peace given to her by God.

 

7. Game –Dividing The Sheep From The Goats Relay

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world.

The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven.

Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: 10 white balloons, 10 colored balloons, 2 large baskets or boxes, and 2 large trash bags.

Blow up balloons and equally divide them into two sets, placing each set in an empty trash bag. Divide the group into two teams. Each team must form a line. Place a basket at the end of each line.

The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them.

White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The person on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

 

8. Paul Has Peace During A Storm

Acts 27:34  NKJV     “Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.”

      Paul had been arrested and he was to appear in court in Rome, so  King Agrippa sent Paul to Rome by ship along with many other prisoners. It was just before winter which was not a good time for sailing. During the winter the winds were very strong and they made it difficult and dangerous to travel by ship. After they had traveled for 130 miles the weather began to change. The wind was so strong that they could not land (dock) where they wanted to. They were forced to sail further southward. Finally they were able to dock at a small town.

Because of his experience with sailing and boats, Paul knew that they should stay where they were and not travel any further until winter was over. He told the owner of the ship and the sailors, however they did not listen. They wanted to go on so that they could stop for the winter at a larger town about 60 miles away. Several times Paul tried to tell them that it was too dangerous, but each time his advice was rejected. The next morning the sea was calm and a slight breeze was blowing so the ship set sail, staying close to the shoreline for protection. Suddenly a violent storm hit the ship. The wind pushed the ship south of a small island. The sailors were afraid and they began to take measures to try to save the ship. They attached ropes around the ship in order to try to hold it together and let down the anchor. They hoped that the anchor would slow them own some so when it didn’t they let down the life boats.

Paul told them that if they didn’t stay on the ship they would die. Finally they listened to Paul and they cut the ropes to the life boats. The next morning Paul told they that they needed to eat some food. They had been in the storm for about 2 weeks and during this time they had not eaten properly. God had assured Paul that not one of them would die. As Paul broke bread he gave thanks to God for His hand of protection. After everyone ate they lightened the ship by throwing the cargo overboard. They could see a small island not far away so they let go of the anchors and raised the sail. As they approached a the island the ship got stuck on a sandbar and the waves crashed violently against them.

The soldier’s were afraid that the ship was going to break apart. Their thought was to kill the prisoners then try to swim to safety. However, the commander liked Paul and he did not want them to kill him. He told everyone that could swim to jump overboard and swim to the island. Those that could not swim were to float to the island on a board or some other part of the ship. Just like God had promised no one died -they all were saved. Throughout the entire time Paul had peace given to him by God.

 

9. Game – “Pass the Boat Memory Verse Relay”

Need : 2 cardboard boat cut outs or 2 small toy boats.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a boat to the first person on each team. They are to pass the boat to the person behind them and so on. When the boat gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the boat  to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

10. God’s Peace Should Rule The Believer’s Heart And Mind

Philippians 4:7  NKJV     “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

      God’s peace can guard our hearts and minds. It (the peace of God) protects the mind and heart from untruthful, bad, evil, and wicked influences and it keeps us focused on God’s truth.

Colossians 3:15  NKJV     “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

      God’s peace should guide and rule the actions of the believer.  When it doesn’t we should pray to God and ask Him to fill us with His peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  NKJV     “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

      Before Jesus returned to heaven He gave a farewell to His followers. He told them that He was giving them His peace. His peace would be different than that of the world. The peace that Jesus gave them, and us, banishes fear and dread from the heart because He is in control of everything – all situations and all circumstances.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

11. Game – Where’s My Shepherd?

Need: A blindfold for every child playing, except two children.

Divide the group into two teams. Each team will have a shepherd and the remaining players will be the sheep. Name each team a color.

Blindfold the sheep. Place the shepherds away from the sheep. At a signal the sheep must find their shepherd by the shepherd’s voice. The shepherd may repeat their team color over and over. The sheep must crawl to their shepherd. The first shepherd that gets all their sheep to come to them will be the winning team.

 

12. When Jesus Is Our Shepherd 

    Psalm 23:1  NKJV      “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

      We should not fear when Jesus is our Shepherd. Sheep can trust their shepherd in every situation. When the sheep are hungry, the shepherd takes them to pastures where they have plenty to eat. When the sheep are thirsty, he leads them to a quiet stream where they can drink. When the sheep are in danger of being eaten by wild animals, the shepherd is their protector. The sheep can trust the shepherd in every situation.

Psalm 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 sakes. 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. Surley goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

      Jesus is our shepherd and we can trust Him in every situation. We must cast our cares on Him because He truly cares for us and He is in control of all our situations and circumstances.

 

13. Game – Gather The Sheep Memory Verse Relay

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV       “You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Need :Sheep cut-out with the memory verse written on each one – one per child, two poster boards – draw a fence on the edges of each one, and two rolls of tape.

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Place a poster board coral a short distance from each team. Give each child a sheep with the memory verse on it. Give the first person on each team a roll of tape. At the signal  the first person on each team will run to the poster board and tape their sheep on it and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the poster board and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

14. Worship Song – ______________________________

 

15. Challenge and Altar – “Believers Should Live In Peace”

2 Corinthians 13:11  NKJV        “Finally, brethren, farewell.. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

     Peace means the absence of hostility, strife, and disorder. It is also the condition and sense of being safe and secure. Peace describes a state of physical and/or spiritual well-being. As a believer, our peace come through Jesus.

In his writing to the Corinthians, Paul encouraged the believers to live in peace. In order for them to do that they need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They need grace from Jesus, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. When believers have grace from Jesus, the love of God and communion with the Holy Spirit they will live in peace – peace will rule their lives. Instead of fighting and living in conflict they will walk in love, harmony, unity, and encouragement.

Have you accepted the peace that comes from knowing Jesus as your personal Savior?

Are you allowing God’s peace to rule in your life?

Is there conflict in your life that you need to take to Jesus?

16. Crafts

 

17. Refreshments or light meal

 

18. Dismissal

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Peace – Second Night

Peace – Second Night

We can let our light shine through peace. Peace is an inner quietness of the heart, mind, and soul that comes from our relationship with God. When we learn to trust God and keep our thoughts on Him we are filled with perfect peace.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

God desires for us to seek peace with Him and with others.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

     Knowing that our sins have been forgiven through Jesus is the first step to experiencing God’s peace. We cannot experience the peace of God until we experience peace with God. To His believers, Jesus promises a very special peace.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Father,

We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for the inner quietness of our hearts, minds, and souls that comes from our relationship with You. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we trust You, O Lord,  and keep our thoughts on You. Fill us with Your perfect peace. May we seek to walk in peace with You and others everyday of our lives, and may we refrain from evil. Thank-you that we have peace through Jesus which keeps us from being trouble or afraid.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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