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

CHRISTmas

         

1. Introduction


Luke 2:11 NKJV
“ For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Christmas is a wonderful time to remember God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world for us. Christmas is not about what we want to receive, but about what we have already been given.


Luke 2:1-20
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”


There are many things during the Christmas season that can remind us about Jesus. A few of them are: the angel on the top of the tree or over the manger scene, the stars in your Christmas decorations or on the top of your tree, stockings, gifts, Christmas lights, snow, gingerbread men or gingerbread houses, and candy canes.


2. Memory Verse


Luke 2:11 NIV
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you…”


3. Angels


Angels are messengers of God. Angels have a part in the Christmas story.

An angel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Christ.


Luke 1:26-38
“ Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I [c]do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”


An angel appeared to Joseph telling him that what was conceived in Mary was from the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 1:20-21
“ But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”



An angel appeared to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus after which “a great company of the heavenly host” appeared.


Luke 2:8-14
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”


4. Stars


The stars that we see remind us of the star that God used to guide the wise men to Jesus.


Matthew 2:1-12
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”


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6. Stockings


Stockings can remind us that we need to have “beautiful feet” meaning we need to tell others the Good News.


During the Bible times when people were at war (battle) a person would run from the scene of the battle across the land (mountains) to the city waiting for news. The message of this runner was salvation, meaning that they had won a victory. They were running to tell the people that they had been delivered from their enemy or foe. This was good new or glad tiding. According to the Bible beautiful were the feet of those who ran with the good news of their salvation!


Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
“How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’ ”


One definition of beautiful is very pleasing to see or hear. The people waiting to hear news of the battle would have seen the feet of the runner as beautiful because of the news that they brought.
As we proclaim the good news of salvation to those who are being held captive, God sees our feet as beautiful. He is pleased when we tell others that the victory over their enemy was won by Jesus, and that they have been delivered from their foe.


2 Corinthians 5:18 NKJV
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…”


As a Christian, the ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to us. We are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ, His one and only Son.
As a person that has been reconciled with God, we should bring good news to the world, we should proclaim peace, we should bring glad tidings of good things, we should proclaim salvation, we should exclaim that the Lord God reigns.


7. Gifts


The gifts of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation.


2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”


God has given us a wonderful gift, but we have the power to accept it or reject it. It is up to each one of us to make our own decision – Will we accept the gift of salvation that God offers through Jesus or will we reject the offer?


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9. Lights


Christmas lights can remind us that we are to be a light for Jesus.


Luke 11: 33 NKJV
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.”


We are not to hide the light of Jesus Christ in us or keep it to ourselves (don’t be stingy). As followers of Jesus, we are to take the light placed within us and share it with others.


Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see the nature of Jesus in us. There are people watching each and every one of us. Just as the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true believers lighten the darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.


10. Snow


Snow can remind us that when we ask for forgiveness, God will wash our sins away.
Our sins, which are as scarlet can be made as white as snow.


Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV
“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together, ’Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the lands; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword’; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


Reason together means to come to a legal decision. God is not a God of compromise, and we must align our opinion of sin up with His. We must come into agreement with God concerning the seriousness of our sins. God is a holy God and sin cannot enter into His presence. Man is full of wickedness and far from innocence. Deceit fills our hearts (thinking, feelings and actions). Without God’s plan for salvation we would be hopelessly lost, and unable to enter into His presence. Through God’s plan our sins, which are as scarlet can be made as white as snow.
God is willing to forgive (pardon) man’s sins if they will repent and turn to Him. We can receive this forgiveness only through Jesus Christ. Jesus left His home in heaven and came to this world (born as a baby) for one reason and one reason only, to die. Jesus was willing to come and take our punishment for our sins. He took all our sins upon Him. He became our sacrifice for our sin.


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13. Gingerbread


Gingerbread can remind us that Jesus turns our stink into a sweet aroma that God accepts.
The sweet smells of the holiday season can remind us of the gift of salvation. Salvation spices up our life – through the blood of Jesus our stinky lives become a sweet smell to God. Jesus spices up our life!
When we have sin in our life we stink to God, and we are unacceptable. God hates sin. He does not hate the sinner, but He hates the sin.
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a sweet smell to God. We are accepted by God only through the blood of Jesus.


Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”


If we have accepted salvation when God looks down upon us, he does not see the sin that we committed, all He sees is the blood of Jesus Christ.


Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”


Jesus truly spices up our live and makes us acceptable to God, our Father. He paid for our salvation (made us acceptable to God) with His own life and blood.


14. Candy Canes


Candy canes can remind us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he came up with the idea of a red and white candy cane. He incorporated several aspects of Jesus‘ life: the birth, the ministry, and the death of Jesus.
The candy maker began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.
The candy was made hard to symbolize that Jesus is the solid rock, the corner stone, and the foundation of the church.
The candy was made in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior.


John 10:11
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


The shape of the candy also represents a shepherd staff. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He wisely and tenderly provides for all our needs. He also protects and watches over us. Like a shepherd, reaching down with his staff, He reaches down into the low and dangerous places of this world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep have gone astray.
The candy was stained with red stripes. Three small stripes were used to show the trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three small strips also represented the stripes of the scourging Jesus receives by which we are healed.
The large red stripe was for the blood Jesus shed on the cross so that we can have eternal life.
Over time this candy became known as the candy cane – for many, a meaningless decoration at Christmas time. However, the meaning is still true. God loved us so much that He sent His very own Son, Jesus Christ, to become our sin offering.


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Our Responsibility As A Light – Sixth Night

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Colossians 1:12  NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do. The light within them is to be shared. Our task is to spread light, to illuminate the world with the light of God’s Word.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV

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

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shining through us. There are people watching each and every one of us. May what they see be the light that they need to create a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth  in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

As the moral climate of this world becomes darker and darker it is very important that Christians let Christ shine through them. Darkness will not go away by itself. By allowing the light of Christ to shine through us we are in essence creating more light, which makes the darkness disappear.

 

Father,

Thank You that You have qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Holy Spirit, help me to fulfill my responsibilities. Let everything I do and say point people to You, O Lord. When people look at me may they see Jesus shining through me. May what people see in me be the light that they need to create a hunger for You within them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Christians Are Lights – First Night

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Matthew 5:14 – 16  NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The sun gives off light and the moon has no light except the reflected light from the sun. Just as the moon has no light except that from the sun, we have no light except from Jesus. Christians are the reflective light of Jesus, the Light of the World.

Since we only have the light of Jesus, and no light of our own, we must be very careful to make sure that nothing comes between us and Jesus. We don’t want anything or anyone to block the light of Jesus shining in and through us. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus, and that light is given to penetrate the spiritual darkness of this world.

 

Father,

Thank-you for the light that You have given us through Jesus. Help me to be the reflective light of Jesus, the Light of the World. Don’t allow me to let anything come between me and Jesus. I don’t want anything or anyone to block the light of Jesus shining in and through me. As I reflect Jesus let that light penetrate the spiritual darkness of this world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Let Others See Your Light – Fifth Night

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Luke 11: 33  NKJV

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.”

We are not to hide the light of Jesus Christ in us or keep it to ourselves (don‘t be stingy). As followers of Jesus, we are to take the light placed within us and share it with others.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see the nature of Jesus in us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. Just as the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true believers lighten the darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.

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Dear Father,

By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to let the light that You have placed within me to shine. Don’t allow me to hide the light of Jesus Christ in me or keep it to myself. May I always share it with those around me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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

Light – Book 6

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Prayer Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “God’s Word In Our Heart”

STUDY 12Praying God’s Word

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

“For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the 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 that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.’ ”

1 John 1:5 – 7 NKJV

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Dear Father,

I thank-you for Your Word. May I always hide it in my heart that I may not sin against You. It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It’s reproofs of instruction are the way of life for me. I was once in darkness, but now Your light shines all around me. By the power of the Holy Spirit may I walk as a child of the light and discern what is acceptable to You, O Lord. Keep me from fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Cause my fellowship with You to grow and help me to practice the truth. May the light that You have placed within me light so shine before men that it glorifies you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “God’s Word In Our Heart”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life  COMPASS 1

1. Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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2. Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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3. Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

“For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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4. Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the 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 that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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5. 1 John 1:5 – 7 NKJV

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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6. John 5:24 NKJV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

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7. John 6:40 NKJV

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

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8. Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

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9. Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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Inheritance and Responsibilities

INHERTANCE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:12

 

Life Application: Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ

Bible Text:

Colossians 1:12

Matthew 5:16

Colossians 1:12

Matthew 5:16

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:14-16

Matthew 5:14

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:15

Matthew 5:13-16

Hebrews 10:24-25

Revelation 3:10

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.”

 

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

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

Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. We can do this by letting our lights shine for Jesus.

Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us.

There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

Reflective Light

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

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

The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a “crooked and depraved generation” so that they would be able to “shine like stars”, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

 

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

 

Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15 NKJV

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

 

Creating A Thirst

Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to “season” each other and to “preserve” the lost.

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out.

 

Seasoning

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful).

As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Preservative

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

As Christians we have been “preserved” from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

 

Revelation 3:10 NKJV

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

 

Review

1. Christians have a __________________________ to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

 

2. Everything we do and say should ___________________ people to God.

 

3. How can you point others to God?

 

4. What is light?

 

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5. God has given each of us _______________ that can be used to point people to Him.

 

6. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

 

7. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot ______________ Jesus.

 

8. We should never hide what God has done for us. Why?

 

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9. _________________________________ must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

 

10. Light brings ______________________________ or shows the way.

 

11.We must make sure that nothing comes __________________________ us and the light of Jesus Christ.

 

12. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the _______________ of the Lamb and the ___________ of our testimony.

 

13. As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a ___________________ way.

 

14. We should stir up ____________ in others.

 

 

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

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God Lights Our Way

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Theme : Lights, glow sticks

Memory Verse : Psalm 119:11

Bible Truth: Hiding God’s Word in my heart will help me not to sin.

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

God’s Word is described as light and as a guide for living. Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light is also something that brings understanding or shows the way. It gives us instructions on how to live as a child of God. It was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us.

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

 

Psalm 119:11  NKJV    “Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I  might not sin against You.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ___________________________________

2. ___________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 119:105  NKJV     “Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

5. Bible Pledge

Bible Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy Word.

I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

And I will hide it’s words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

6. The Bible Is Our Guide  / Instruction Book

Proverbs 6:23  NKJV     “For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

         God’s Word is a guide book for living. It gives us understanding and guidance. It enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we should be on. It shows us all that is in store for us as well as the pitfalls and snares that the enemy tries to place in our path.

God’s Word should be our constant companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Even when it gives us words of rebuke it shows us how to change and offers words of hope, encouragement and love.

7. GameBottle Toss

Need: two tables and bottles of water

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams into two rows. Set up two tables a short distance from each group and mark a line three feet away from each table. Give the first person on each team a bottle of water. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the line and toss the water bottle onto a table and get it to land upright. When they do they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Walk In The Light

As a Christian we are instructed to walk in the light.

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the 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 that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

9. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need :

1 pair of tweezers for each team

Small breath mints

2 small bowls for each team

Divide the group into teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

10. The Light Of Christ Will Change Us

1 John 1:5 – 7   NKJV     “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

          When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our position changes. We were once in darkness, evil, but at salvation we become righteous and full of light through Christ Jesus. We were spiritually dead but are made spiritually alive.

God expects our walk to change since our position changed. We must walk worthy of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received. There is no darkness or evil in God. If we truly want fellowship with God we can’t have any in us either. We must have God’s standards and God’s morals. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from sinning against God.

John 3:18-21  NKJV     “He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

          As we allow God to shine a light into our life it will change us. The Light of Jesus Christ was sent to this world by God the Father so that not none would be lost and that all would receive eternal life. If we believe in Jesus and His name we are not condemned and we receive life instead of judgment.

John 5:24  NKJV     “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

John 6:40  NKJV     “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

11. Game – Separate The Candles

Need:

Small boxes of birthday candles – four different colors

8 small bowls (need two sets of four bowls marked with the colors of candles that you are using.)

Divide the children into two teams. Give each child a small box of birthday candles.  Line the teams into two rows. Place 4 bowls on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and put their candles into the correct bowls. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

12. Jesus Is The Light Of The World

Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the only way to God. Those that do not believe in Jesus or His name are condemned and they will receive judgment. God sent His Son, Jesus, to this world to light the way to Himself. Throughout history and in this present age, people offer many excuses for not accepting Jesus as their Savior and the Lord of their life. The excuses they give are an attempt to hide what is really in their heart. Deep in their heart they do not want to accept Jesus as the Lord of their life. They do not want the light of Jesus to shine in them because if it does it will show them for what they really are – a sinner that does not want to change and who does not want to draw closer to God.

We must never forget that the Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we really are and as God sees us. The true believer, however, welcomes the light of Jesus shining in them. The light will help people see what they need to do in order to draw closer to God.

Ephesians 5:8  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

          When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are changed. We were once children of darkness and sin but, we become children of the light  and righteousness.

Our new life must reflect that change in us in every area of our lives. We must allow God to light our way.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

14. Challenge – Altar

Just as God lights our way, we too should be a light for others. Our lives are a message to everyone we come in contact with. We are to let our light shine everywhere we go. In life people listen more to what we do than what we say.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV     “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Through you others will see Jesus. You will either brighten their world or you will darken it by your behavior, your thoughts, your words, and your actions. You have an effect on those around you.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Craft 

17. Dismissal

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