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

The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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His Banner Over Me Is Love – True Love Booklet

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His Banner Over Me Is Love

Song of Solomon 2:4 NKJV

“He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.”

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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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It All Starts With Love

IT ALL STARTS WITH LOVE

Memory Verse: John 13:35

 

Life Application: People will know we belong to Jesus if we show love to each other.

 

Bible Text:

1 Corinthians 13

John 13:35

1 Corinthians 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Love is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When we love people like Jesus loves people, the other fruit of the Spirit will also begin to show in our lives. Jesus said that by our love people will know that we are His disciple.

John 13:35 NKJV

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

People will know we belong to Jesus if we show love to each other.

Review

1. Love suffers ________ and is kind.

 

2. Love does ______ envy.

 

3. Love does not parade ____________.

 

4. Love is not puffed ____.

 

5. Love does not ____________ rudely.

 

6. Love does not ________ its own.

 

7. Love is not _______________.

 

8. Love ____________ no evil.

 

9. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the __________.

 

10. Love __________ all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

11. Love __________ fails.

 

12. Abide in faith, hope, love; but the ________________ of these is love.

 

13. Love is one of the ____________ of the Spirit.

 

14. When we ________ people like Jesus loves people, the other fruit of the Spirit will also begin to show in our lives.

 

15. Jesus said that by our love people will know that we are His _________________.

 

16. People will know we belong to __________ if we show love to each other.

 

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Lifestyle

lifestyle   Memory Verse: Luke 3:8

 

Life Application: I am to bear fruits of repentance.

 

Bible Text

Luke 3:8

Ephesians 5:1-13

Luke 3:3

Joshua 24:14-15

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in the lake of fire. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will spend eternity.

Lifestyle : manner of living: the way of life characteristic of a particular person, group, or culture.

Manner: way something is done, way in which somebody behaves , social behavior, customs and practices

These are not fruits of repentance and according to Ephesians 5:1-13, it is not fitting for children of God to participate in:…

profane language (profanity) or behavior.

cussing

vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior

language or behavior that shows disrespect for God

profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God

coarse joking or jesting

 

Ephesians 5:1-13 NKJV
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

A few fruits of repentance are: love, goodness, righteousness, and truth. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the Lord’s sight, not what is acceptable to society. Remember, what is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight.

 

Luke 3:3 NKJV

“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”

After accepting Jesus as your Savior (remission of sins / salvation) , you must make Him the Lord of your life. Part of making Jesus your Lord is following Him. We must walk as children of light. We must choose each and every day if we are going to truly serve Him or not.

 

Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV

““Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

People that participate in the following do not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God:

Fornication – sex between two people who are not married to each other.

Filthiness – morally objectionable (according to God’s standards) or obscene.

Cussing

Uncleanness – sexual immorality / vulgar.

Foolish talking – a lack of good sense or judgment, seeming ridiculous, unimportant.

Covetousness – greed.

coarse jesting – vulgar or obscene joking.

Vulgarity – crude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions

Idolatry – putting things or people before God / not worshipping the true God.

 

Sin is disobeying God in any way and it separates man from God. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through Jesus.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Review

1. I am to bear _________________ of repentance.

2. What does repent mean?

3. What does your lifestyle show?

4. What happens to the person that does not have a personal relationship with Jesus?

5. Who decides if you will go to heaven to be with Jesus or if you are cast into the lake of fire?

6. List a few things that are not fruits of repentance.

7. List a few fruits of repentance.

8. Children of God must strive to do what is acceptable in the __________ sight.

9. What is right in God’s eyes is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right in God’s sight. What does that mean?

10. We must __________ each and every day if we are going to truly serve God or not.

11. Who will not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God?

12. Sin is disobeying God in any way and it _______________________ man from God.

13. Everyone has sinned and needs the forgiveness that is offered to us through ________________.

14. God demonstrated His love toward us. How?

15. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is __________________ _____________ in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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An Evening Under The Stars

a night under the stars    An Evening Under The Stars

Theme: Biblical Fall Feasts, sukkah

Memory Verse: Leviticus 23:43

Bible Truth: God delivered us from bondage.

 

1. OPEN IN PRAYER

2. INTRODUCTION

The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. It is also known as: The Feast of Ingathering, The Feast of Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot (pronounced as “Sue-coat”). In Biblical times this feast was the final and most important holiday of the year. Some Bible scholars believe The Feast of Tabernacles points to the millennium reign of Jesus Christ

Leviticus 23:39-43  NKJV     “Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

         Throughout Christian history, many great revivals were held in tents and brush arbors closely resembling the sukkah (tabernacle).

3. PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONGS

1. ______________________________________

2. ______________________________________

4. MEMORY VERSE

Leviticus 23:43  NKJV          “…that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

5. SUKKOTH

The word Sukkoth means “booths”, and refers to the temporary dwelling that the Jewish people were commanded to live in during this holiday, just as the Jewish people did in the wilderness after they left Egypt. This holiday commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the Promised Land, after God delivered them from bondage. The people were caused to wander about through disobedience, but God was still with them. God still protected them and provided for them. The people were commanded to build temporary dwellings (tabernacles or booths) each year to live in during Sukkot, so that they could remember God’s presence and His faithfulness as a provider and protector.

          What about you…

          How do you acknowledge God’s presence is always with You?

 

          What do you do to remember God’s faithfulness as your provider and protector?

 

Today many Jewish people still build a sukkot for the festival. Almost any building material will do for the sides as long as they are not of a permanent nature. The top is loosely covered with branches so that you can still see the stars through parts of it. They are decorated with fruit, tinsel, paper chains, streamers and pictures of Bible stories. Meals are eaten in the sukkot, accompanied by singing and rejoicing. Some families sleep in their sukkot. It is a place to discuss and meditate on God’s goodness. God has redeemed us from a life of bondage to sin and brought us into His freedom in the Kingdom of God.

When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert they all lived in tents. It did not matter if you were rich or poor. During sukkot all men are equal before God and one another. Each one sits in his flimsy sukkah and considers God, not his own status. The Feast of Tabernacles give a person an opportunity to reflect on God’s great love and majesty, and how they treat others. We too are flimsy tabernacles that should reflect God’s majesty.

          What about you…

          Do you have a special place where you discuss and meditate on God’s goodness?

 

          If you have been redeemed from a life of bondage to sin, how does that make you feel?

 

         How have you treated people this past year? How can you improve in this area?

 

Write a prayer to God acknowledging His majesty and expressing your love to Him.

 

6. CITRON AND LULAV

Sukkot is a season of joy and rejoicing. The men carry a citron and a lulav to the synagogue to wave as they rejoice before the Lord. The lulav has three branches tied together( a palm, a willow, and a myrtle branch), and the citron is a citrus fruit that smells like a lemon. The lulav and the citron point to how our life should be spiritually.

The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. They were careful with what they offered to God. We too should be careful with the quality of the “fruit” that were are offering to God.

          What about you…

         Are you careful with what you offer God?

 

          Rate yourself in the following areas. How do I show…

                   Love     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Joy      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Peace    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Longsuffering (patience)   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Kindness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Goodness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Faithfulness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
                  Gentleness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                  Self-control    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

 

7. MEANING OF THE CITRON AND LULAV

Palm – We should not be like the palm. It can only bears fruit (deeds / works). It is not fragrant (spiritual blessings). These people live by the letter of the law but they have no love or compassion, for themselves or others.

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

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

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

          What about you…

          How are you showing love and compassion for others?

 

          Are you producing lasting fruit in your life?

 

          How can you avoid being blown around by every wind of doctrine?

 

          What are you doing to grow spiritually?

 

8. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / lesson 1 – We are strangers in this land.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV     “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”

         Inside of our houses it is easy to begin to feel permanent and self-sufficient and lose sight of our brief time on the earth. The sukkah also speaks of our frailty while we are here–we are but flesh. One day that will all change. Peter referred to our earthly bodies as “tents”. We live for only a short while and we must use every opportunity to encourage others toward Jesus Christ and toward His heavenly kingdom.

2 Peter 1:12-14  NKJV     “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me”

          What about you…

          What are some opportunities that you have where you can point others toward Jesus Christ?

 

           How can you encourage fellow believers?

 

9. LESONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 2 – This world is not our permanent home – it is only temporary.

As people in a land temporary, we must not hold on to things too tightly. Things control and manipulate us. Things can become our gods ( idols) when we begin to hold on to them too tightly. When things become your god, you turn away from the only true and living God.

Our life here is short, but our hope is not in this world. God has provided a better place for the believers.

John 14:2-3  NKJV     “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

          How about you…

          What are some things that people make into a god (idol) ?

 

          How can things or people control or manipulate?

 

          What can you do to make sure your focus is always on God?

 

10. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH/ Lesson 3 – God provides for our needs.

God gave the Feast of Tabernacle as a reminder to the people of who He is. We need to seek God’s kingdom, not earthly comfort. As we seek first the kingdom of God, our material needs are provided for by the Lord.

Luke 12:31  NKJV     “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”

          What about you…

          Is seeking the things of God a priority in your life?

 

          How has God provided for your needs?

 

11. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 4 – We must be able to move when God moves.

We should not get so involved with things of the world that it prevents us from moving when God tells us to. The tabernacle (sukkah) is a flimsy structure and can be taken down and put up in a very short period of time. It is sensitive to the wind, just as we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

          What about you…

          What are some things that you must be careful not get to involved with?

 

          How can you can stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit?

 

          What are some things that the Holy Spirit has spoken to you to do? Have you obeyed?

 

12. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 5-  We must not close God out.

The sukkah is open to the heavens–it can not be closed off. We too are to be open to God. We should never close God out of our lives.

          What about you…

          How do people today close God out of their lives?

 

13. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 6- OUR LIFE HERE IS FADING AWAY.

When the sukkah is first put up it is fresh and green. As the days of the Feast of Tabernacles progresses, the leaves begin to dry. Soon they are falling as the wind blows.

Isaiah 64:6  NKJV     “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away”

          What about you…

           Everyone will spend an eternity somewhere – some in God’s presence and some in the Lake of Fire. The choices we make while here will determine where we will spend eternity. How have you prepared for your life in eternity?

 

 

14. LIVING SACRIFICE

During this feast the people were to bring a sacrifice each day. Preparing the sacrifices was costly and time-consuming. It required much commitment to God. It required faith and obedience.

Without faith and obedience the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is of no avail. It is not enough to know the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

James 2:17  NKJV     “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”

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

Romans 12:1  NKJV     “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

          What about you…

          What is a personal relationship?

 

          Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

 

          How can you show your commitment to God?

 

          How can you show your obedience to God?

 

          What does holy and acceptable mean to you?

 

15. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth (Second Coming Of Christ). Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4      “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

          When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment). Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV     “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels.

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever. Heaven will be far better than we can imagine. As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25  NKJV     “Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

 

Revelation 21:1-2  NKJV     “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

16. WORSHIP SONG –  ______________________________

17. CHALLENGE / ALTAR CALL – WHAT CAN I GIVE?

Sukkot is a time to consider that we are God’s creation. We are to gather up our personal, spiritual fruits of faith and celebrate by giving ourselves in God’s service. The message of Sukkot is total commitment to the Lord and His service.

Each of us must make a commitment to God by first accepting His wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus.

 

Each of us has much that we can give to the Lord:

1. We can give our lives to Him in service.

2. We can use what God gives us (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service.

3. We can use our talents for God’s service.

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

5. We can allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow on others.

 

Allow time for the children to pray.

          What about you…

          Have you accepted God’s wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus?

 

          How can you give your life in service to God?

 

          How can you use what God gives you (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service?

 

          How can you use your talents for God’s service?

 

          How can you share the message of God’s love and salvation with others?

 

          How can you allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow on others?

 

18. MEAL UNDER SUKKAH

19. DISMISSAL

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What’s Growing

WHAT'S GROWINGWhat’s Growing

 

Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22-23

Life Application: My life needs to reflect love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Bible Text: Galatians 5:22-23

 

What is the fruit of the Spirit?

Our lives are like a tree or vine. As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain “fruit”. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people.

The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:22-23  NKJV

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

Love –  When we love people we will treat them the way we would want to be treated. Love is caring about others.

Joy- True joy comes from Jesus. When we know Jesus we will have true joy.

Peace- Having peace means not worrying about what might happen to you or the people you love.

Longsuffering- Willing to wait for things without getting upset.

Kindness- Being nice to others without expecting them to do something for you.

Goodness- Being honest and doing what we know is right.

Faithfulness- Doing what you say you will do.

Gentleness- Means being thoughtful or considerate of other people.

Self-control- Means we are able to control our actions and behavior.

Review

1. When we ________ people we will treat them the way we would want to be treated.

2. True joy comes from __________.

3. Having peace means not _____________ about what might happen to you or the people you love.

4. Willing to wait for things without getting __________ is longsuffering.

5. Being ________ to others without expecting them to do something for you is the fruit of kindness.

6. Goodness is being honest and doing what we know is __________.

7. Doing what you ______ you will do is faithfulness.

8. Gentleness is being thoughtful or considerate of __________ people.

9. We show self-control when we are able to ______________ our actions and behavior.

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Love, Love, Love

 

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE

             Love, Love, Love

 

Memory Verse:  Jeremiah 31:3

Life Application:  God loves us with an everlasting love.

Bible Text:

Jeremiah 31:3

Jeremiah 3:14

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.

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.’ ”

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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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