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Wells Of Wisdom

WEEK 9Wells of Wisdom

Memory Verse :1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

Bible Truth: God gives wisdom.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God Gives Wisdom

God will give us wisdom in every area of our lives. This wisdom helps us use facts that we know and truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives. God desires for each one of us to have spiritual understanding.

Ephesians 1:17  NKJV     “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ____________________________

2. ____________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

5. God Gave Solomon Wisdom

1 Kings 3: 12  NKJV     “…behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.”

      When Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice burnt offerings, the Lord appeared to him in a dream. In the dream the Lord asked Solomon what He should give him. Solomon told the Lord that He had been so good to him already. The Lord had shown Solomon great kindness because of David, his father. Then Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart so that he could discern between good and evil as he judged the people.

The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request. Solomon had not asked the Lord for wealth, riches, long life, nor help in defeating his enemies. Instead Solomon had asked the Lord for a wise and understanding heart. Because the request pleased the Lord, He not only gave Solomon what he asked for, but He gave Solomon wealth, riches and honor also.

The Lord had answered Solomon’s request in an abundant measure. The abilities that were given to Solomon were exceptional. Solomon is known to have been the wisest man that ever lived, and that wisdom was given to him by the Lord.

 

6. Game – “Measure Your Life By God’s Word

Need: 2 rulers with the memory verse written on them.

1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV     “Now we have received, not from the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.“

     Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Give a ruler to the first person on each team. At the signal they will say the Bible verse and then pass it to the next person in line. They will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. God Gave Daniel Wisdom

Daniel 2:19  NKJV     “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

      King Nebuchadnezzar’s army overthrew Jerusalem and took the strong, healthy, and intelligent young men captive. One of these young men was Daniel. The king wanted these young men to forsake their God, and to work for him and serve his gods. However, Daniel and his three friends did not forsake their God. They stayed loyal and obedient to God no matter what happened.

God gave Daniel and his three friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. God also gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams.

One night King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him so much he could not sleep. He called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to come to him and tell him his dream. The Chaldeans told the king to tell them the dream and they would give him the interpretation.

The king told them that he would not tell them the dream, and that they were to make known to him the dream and the interpretation. If they could not tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be killed. If they could  tell the king what he had dreamed about and the interpretation of the dream then they would be rewarded and receive great honor.

The Chaldeans told the king that there was not a man on earth that could do both- know what the king had  dreamed and know the interpretation of the dream. The king became very angry and he ordered all the wise men killed. When the king’s order was being carried out they sought Daniel and his friends to kill them. When they came to Daniel he ask why the wise men were being killed. The captain of the king’s army told Daniel all that had happened concerning the king and his dream. Upon learning what had happened, Daniel went in to see the king. He asked the king for a little time, that he might be able to tell the king the dream and the interpretation. The king agreed and Daniel went to his three friend to tell them. The four of them prayed and sought God for the dream and the interpretation.

God revealed the dream and the interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. Daniel was very thankful to God so he blessed Him, thanked Him, and gave Him praise.

Daniel went to the captain of the king’s army and asked him to take him to the king so he could tell the king what he wanted to know. When Daniel approached the king he told him that the God in heaven had made known to him the dream and the interpretation.

After Daniel told the king what God had revealed to him, he received favor, great gifts and honor.

 

8. Game – “Stomp The Balloon”

Need: Slips of paper with the memory verse on them and 2 different colors of balloons / 15 of each color.

“Now we / have received, / not from the/  spirit of / the world, / but the Spirit  / who is /  from God, / / that we might / know the /  things that have / been freely/  given to / us by God.“ /  1 Corinthians 2:12  NKJV

     Cut the memory verses up into sections of two or three words (make 2 sets).Keep each set separate. Blow up balloons, inserting one rolled slip of paper into each balloon before tying.

Divide the group into two teams. Place all the balloons on the floor. At the signal the children will run to the balloons and pop them with their feet in order to get the slip of paper out. The first team to arrange their slips of paper in order is the winner.

 

9. God Gave Joseph Wisdom

Genesis 41:39  NKJV     “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

      Joseph was favored by his father, Jacob, because he was the son of his favorite wife, Rachel. This favoritism caused Joseph’s brothers to be jealous. One day Joseph was sent out into the fields where his brothers were taking care of the flocks of sheep, to check on them.

Joseph’s brothers saw him coming and they plotted to kill him. One of his brothers, Reuben, told the other brothers not to kill Joseph but to throw him into an empty water hole and leave him there. Later on while Joseph was in the empty water hole a group of Ishmaelites came by and the brothers sold Joseph to them.

 

Acts 7:9-10  NKJV     “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”

      Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, who was the captain of the guard in the army of the Pharaoh. While at the house of Potiphar, Joseph found favor and he was placed in charge of everything at Potiphar’s house. Later on when the wife of Potiphar lied about Joseph he was thrown into prison.

While in prison Joseph found favor in the sight of the prison keeper. He placed Joseph in charge over the prison. While in prison God continued to fill Joseph with wisdom and understanding. Joseph was given the ability to interpret dreams.

After a long period of time Joseph was called upon to interpret a dream for the king. God gave Joseph the interpretation to the dream. When Joseph interpreted the dream for the king he acknowledged that God had given Joseph discernment and wisdom. The king placed Joseph over his house and the country. There was no one greater than Joseph except the king.

Genesis 41:37-41  NKJV     “So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

      Because of the wisdom that God had given Joseph he found favor in the sight of the king.

 

10. Game – “Fill In The Blanks”

Need: 2 poster boards and 2 markers.

On each poster board draw a blank for each word of the memory verse. Divide the group into two teams. Set the poster boards and the markers a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the poster board and fill in one of the blanks., then return to their team. The next person will repeat the process. The team that correctly fills in all the blanks to the memory verse is the winner.

 

11. True Wisdom Comes From The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 2:6  NKJV     “For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding”

      The dictionary describes wisdom as knowledge (information) and good judgment, wise conduct, wise words. Wisdom can also mean abiding success or victory. It describes understanding as the power or ability to know; intellect; intelligence; comprehension.

When we have wisdom we use the facts that we know and the truths that we understand to make right decisions in our daily lives.

Real (true) wisdom comes from God and it begins when we place our faith in Him. Fear of the Lord is a deep respect and reverence for God and unto God. When we fear God the thought of Him fills us with awe and wonder. The fear of the Lord is very important in receiving wisdom. Our wisdom depends on our knowledge of God and our submission to His will. To gain true wisdom we must place a high regard on, and honor God and His will for our lives in every situation and circumstance.

Proverbs 1:7  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

 

Job 28:28  NKJV     “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

      There is no use in knowing “things” if you do not know God and reverence Him. Not fearing (reverencing) God is the same as rejecting wisdom. True wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-7  NKJV     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Proverbs 9:10  NKJV     “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

12. Game- “What’s In The Basket”

Need: a basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small pieces of jewelry or hair accessories or beauty items, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

13. Worship Song – _________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Ask God For Wisdom

James 1:5  NKJV     “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

      As a believer in Christ Jesus if we lack wisdom we should pray ask God for it. God will answer our prayer. He will freely and generously give to us an abundant and plentiful supply. When we have to ask for wisdom God will not be disappointed in us. He desires for us to ask Him for anything that we lack, and that includes wisdom and understanding.

How does your life measure up to God’s Word?

Are you growing in respect of God?

How do you regard the things of God?

Are you facing a situation where you need God’s wisdom?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or a light meal 

17. Dismissal

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Wells Of Healing

WEEK 8Wells of Healing

Memory Verse: Matthew 9:35

Bible Truth :  God is concerned about out physical and emotional health.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – God is Concerned About Out Physical And Emotional Health

God is not only concerned about our spiritual health, but He is also concerned about out physical and emotional health. Throughout time God has provided healing in many different ways. Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health; to cure.

Jesus used many different methods in His healing ministry. Sometimes the people were healed because of their faith, sometimes because of someone else’s’ faith. Sometimes He prayed for them, sometimes He commanded the sickness to come out of them. Sometimes He laid His hands on them and sometimes they touched Him.

Like salvation, healing is provided to us through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:5  NKJV     “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

 

1 Peter 2:24  NKJV     “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.”

      God still heals people today, and He still uses many different methods.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________________________

2. ______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Matthew 9:35  NKJV

5. A Gentile Mother’s Faith Brings Healing

Mark 7:29  NKJV     “Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ ”

      After a confrontation between Jesus and some of the Jewish leaders, Jesus took His disciples to an area quiet a distance away. There He intended to rest and teach His disciples. He went to a house where He hoped that no one would disturbed them. However, that did not happen.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples a woman came to Jesus and asked and asked and Him to cast a demon out of her daughter.

Jesus was in the middle of teaching (feeding) His disciples (His children). Jesus told the woman that it was not right to stop in the middle of feeding your children and give their (your children‘s) food to dogs.

The woman was not offended by what Jesus said to her – She understood what He meant. The woman replied to Jesus that even during the meal the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s plates onto the floor.

Jesus rewarded the woman’s faith and persistence by healing her daughter. Jesus told the woman to go home and that the demon had left her daughter.

The woman returned to her house to find her daughter just like Jesus had said – the demon was gone!

Mark 7:24-30  NKJV     “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’ Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”

 

6. Simon’s Mother-In-Law

Mark 1:31  NKJV     “So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”

      One day after Jesus left the synagogue He went to Simon’s house. As soon as Jesus arrived at the house they told Him about Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. The people at Simon’s house had faith in Jesus and they believed that He could heal Simon’s mother-in-law. Jesus went to the woman and took her by the hand, Immediately the fever was gone and her strength returned to her. The woman got up and served Jesus and His followers.

7. Game – “Take Up Your Bed And Walk”

Matthew 9:1-8  NKJV     “So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.”

Need: 2 sleeping bags or blankets rolled up.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a bed roll. At the signal run to the front and say, “Take up your bed and walk”,  then they will run back to their team and give the bedroll to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Healings In Capernaum

Luke 4:41  NKJV     “…and He laid His hands on every one of them and He healed them.”

      Late one evening when Jesus was in Capernaum the people came to see Him. They brought to Jesus everyone that was sick. Jesus laid His hands on everyone of them and healed them.

Jesus took the time to personally lay hands on each one of them and to pray for each one of them. The Bible tells us that each one (every one) of them were healed. The people that had brought the sick people to Jesus had faith in Him and His ability to heal the sick.

 

9.Man With A Paralyzed Hand

Luke 6:10  NKJV   “And when He had looked around at them, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

      Once when Jesus went to the synagogue He saw a man with a withered hand there. The Pharisees watched Jesus very closely while He was in the synagogue. They were hoping to catch Jesus doing something that they thought was wrong or against the law.

Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking so He asked the man with the withered hand to stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. The Pharisees would not answer.

Then Jesus told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he did, his hand was restored, he was made well. When the people and the Pharisees saw what happened (the healing of the man’s withered hand) they became very angry. They thought that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses, however He had not.

 

10. Miraculous Healings

Mark 6:56  NKJV     “Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. As many as touched Him were made well.”

      Jesus had a healing ministry which was widespread. Everywhere that Jesus went the people would carry sick people to a spot that they thought Jesus would walk by. They believed that Jesus had power to heal the sick. The people begged Jesus to allow the sick people to touch the hem, the tassel, of His garment. The Bible tells us that everyone of them that touched it was made well.

11. Game – “Touch The Tassel Relay Race”

When the Bible makes reference to the hem of Jesus’ garment, it is referring to the tassels on His prayer shawl.

Matthew 9:35  NKJV     “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”

Need: 2 prayer shawls or larges pieces of cloth or scarves.

Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a prayer shawl (or a piece of cloth / scarf). At the signal the first person will put on the prayer shawl and run to the front and say the memory verse, then run back to their team and give the shawl to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

12. Man By The Pool

John 5:9  NKJV     “And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked…”

      As Jesus walked by the Sheep Gate on His way into Jerusalem He saw a man laying on one of the porches by the pool of Bathesda. This man had had an infirmity for thirty-eight years.

The pool of Bathesda was a double pool that was surrounded by five porches. During this time many sick people lay beside the pool and waited for the water to move. At certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water in the pool. Whoever stepped in the water first after it was stirred up would be healed.

Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made well. The man did want to be made well but he did not have anyone to put him into the pool when the water was stirred up. Jesus told the man to take up his bead and walk. Immediately the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.

 

13. Deaf-Mute Man

Mark 7:35  NKJV     “Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.”

      As Jesus was traveling through the Sea of Galilee the people brought a man who was a deaf-mute. They begged Jesus to lay His hands on the man and heal him.

Jesus took the deaf-mute aside, away from the crowd. Then He put His finger in the man’s ear and He put spit on His finger and touched the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and then said to the man, “Be opened.” Immediately the man’s ears were open and his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.

 

14. Game – “God Heals In Many Ways”

God heals in many different ways.

* sometimes the healing comes through doctors and medications

* sometimes the healing is miraculous- a miracle / without the help of a doctor

* sometimes the healing is immediate

* sometimes the healing is a process – it takes time

* sometimes the healing comes through death – This is one way that we do not like to consider, however it is a reality.

We must trust God no matter what way He chooses to heal. There will be times that we do not understand why He choose a certain way, but we must hold on to the truth that He is God and He see the “bigger picture”. God has a plan for every person born and we will never know the entire plan. Understanding will only come after we are in heaven. We must remember that God loves us and He wants the very best for us.

    Isaiah 55:8-9  NKJV     ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Need: 1 empty medication bottle and music.

Have the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children the empty medication bottle. When the music starts they are to pass the bottle around the circle. When the music stops the child holding the bottle is out of the game. Restart the game and continue to play until only one person is left or until time runs out.

 

15. Naaman

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”    

       A general in the Syrian army, name Naaman, had leprosy. He was the highest ranking officer in the Syrian army. Naaman was a man of high social standing and importance, even to the king himself.

2 Kings 5:1 NKJV     “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper.”

          Despite Naaman’s great importance, his leprosy could eventually lead to his separation from society. Leprosy was contagious and incurable causing Naaman to be in a hopeless situation. Even though Naaman was a man of high rank, influence and riches he was still a desperate man.

2 Kings 5:2-3  NKJV     “And the Syrians had gone on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.’ ”

 

A young girl that was taken captive from Israel was a servant to Naaman’s wife. One day this young girl told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman.     

2 Kings 5:4-6   NKJV     “And Naaman went in and told his master, saying,

‘Thus and thus said the girl who is here from the land of Israel.’

Then the king of Syria said, ‘Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.’

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand

shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing.

Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to

you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to

you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.”

         Naaman told the king what the young girl had said about the prophet. The king instructed Naaman to go to the prophet for help. When  Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house to ask to be healed, instead of meeting Naaman himself, Elisha sent his servant to tell him.The servant told him that

Elisha said to wash in the Jordan River seven times.

2 Kings 5:11-13  NKJV    “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, ‘Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ “ ‘Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage.And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more than, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’ ‘ ”

          When Elisha did not do things the way Naaman thought he should, he turned around to go back home, angry and unhealed. Finally, Naaman humbled himself and listened to the good advise of his servants. He obey the prophet, Elisha, by doing what he was told.

 

2 Kings 5:14  NKJV     “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

           Naaman almost let his pride get in the way of receiving his healing. When Naaman stepped out in obedience he was healed of his leprosy. God used the prophet and Naaman’s obedience to heal the leprosy.

 

16. Game – Jig-Saw Puzzle Race

Need: 2 poster boards – different colors

Write the memory verse on two poster boards (different colors), then cut them into jigsaw puzzle pieces (cut them each into 6 or 7 large pieces).

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in rows. Tell each team what color their puzzle will be. Place the puzzle pieces for the puzzles in a pile a short distance in front of the lines. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and get one of their pieces then run back to their team. The process will continue until they have all their pieces and have their puzzle put together.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

17. Worship Song – _____________________________

 

18. Challenge and Altar Obedience Points To Faith

Naaman was healed because he finally humbled himself and was obedient to God. By being obedient he showed his faith in God to heal him. He placed his trust in God.

When we humble ourselves and place our faith in God for salvation, through Jesus, we can receive forgiveness of our sins. We must believe in order to be healed and we must believe in order to be saved.

Believing means accepting something as true or real so that it affects what a person thinks  and how they live.

 

John 3:16  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 1:12  NKJV     “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

Acts 16:31   NKJV     “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Have you believed in Jesus for salvation?

Is what you believe affecting your life in a positive way?

Do you need a healing touch from God? Does someone you know need a healing touch?

19. Crafts 

20. Refreshments or a light meal. 

21. Dismissal

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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 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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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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Wells Of Power

WEEK 4Wells of Power

Memory Verse : Zechariah 4:6

Bible Truth: Our power comes from the Holy Spirit.

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – From The Wells Of  Power 

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. After a period of time the rebuilding slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.

God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

 

Psalm 68:35  NKJV     “O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

       God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength.

This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

4. Memory Verse

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

5. Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV        “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

      The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

 

Acts 6:5-7  NKJV        “And this saying pleased the whole multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”  

       Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

 

Acts 6:8-10  NKJV       “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

       Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

Acts 2:42-43  NKJV     “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

 

Acts 5:12  NKJV     “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

       We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.

 

6. Game – Index Card Cover-Up

Need:   2 poster boards, 30 index cards, and two rolls of tape.

Write the memory verse on the two poster boards (leave a little space between each word).

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Divide the group into two teams. Tape the poster boards and the index cards a short distance from the teams.

At the signal the first person from each team will run to their board and say the memory verse. They will then tape over one word and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

*note – do not cover up the words “Zechariah 4:6  NKJV”

 

7. Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8  NKJV    “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

      Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41  NKJV       “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

        The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go. When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of power to us.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

 

John 7:37-39  NKJV       “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

      The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

      This rivers of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.

 

8. Game – Power To…Balloon Pop

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV      “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Through the Holy Spirit God gives us the power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him.

Need:  20 balloons, 20 small slips  of paper, 2 large trash bags

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to live for Him.”

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me power to speak for Him.”

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me power to do wonders and signs.’

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to work for Him.’

On four slips of paper write: “God gives me  power to be a witness for Him.”

 

Roll the slips of paper up and place in the balloons before you blow them up. After the balloons are blown up place them in the trash bags. YOU WILL NEED TWO SETS OF 10 BALLOONS – BE SURE TO KEEP THEM SEPARATE. Each set contains 2 of each of the five sentences.

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams up. Place the bags of balloons a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the balloons and bust one of them, retrieving the paper from within. They will run back to their team and the next person will do the same. When a team has all 10 papers they will match them up in stacks of two. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

9. Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

 

Micah 3:8  NKJV      “But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,

And of justice and might,

To declare to Jacob his transgression

And to Israel his sin.”

      The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God  because of their sin. Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

 

Micah 7:18-19  NKJV      “Who is a God like You,

Pardoning iniquity

And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in mercy.

He will again have compassion on us,

And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins

Into the depth of the sea.”

     God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.

 

10. Game – “Teamwork”

Need: Index cards (or small pieces of paper), red marker, blue marker and  green marker.

Write the memory verse on index cards – one word per card. Make three different sets, each one written with a different color.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     Divide the class into three teams. Tell each team what color their team is. Then have the class form a circle. Mix all three sets of the cards up and scatter them on the floor in the center of the circle. At the signal all the children will  gather their teams cards and put the memory verse together. The first team that correctly has the cards in order is the winner.

11. Worship Song – _________________________________

 

12. Challenge and Altar – Power Comes From God

As a child of God, He will give us power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him.

 

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

     In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

 

A – Admit that you have sinned.

Romans 3:23     “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

B – Believe in Jesus.

Acts 16:31      “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

1 John 1:9     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

     Allow time for the children to pray and ask for salvation and for power to live for God, power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for God, and power to be a witness for God.

13. Crafts

14. Refreshments or a light meal

 

15. Dismissal

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Wells of Faith

WEEK 3Wells of Faith

 

Memory Verse: Mark 9:23

Bible Truth: All things are possible with God.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – Only Believe 

When we believe we accept something as true or real in such a way that it affects what we think and how we live. In order to please God we must believe without a question what He says about Himself and what He will do. This belief is often referred to as faith.

Hebrews 11:6  NKJV         “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

       There may be times in our lives, no matter how much faith we think we have, that we are nagged by doubt and have a sense of hopelessness. Like the father in Mark 9:24, we should ask God to help us with our unbelief. Each new trial that we face is an opportunity for our faith to grow.

 

Mark 9:23-24  NKJV      “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the Father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ ”

       If we have even a small amount of faith anything is possible. Jesus compared a mustard seed to faith. Just like the mustard seed, our faith starts out small but it grows and grows and grows.

 

Matthew 17:20  NKJV     “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from hereto there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’”

Luke 17:6  NKJV     “So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ___________________________________

2. ___________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse:

Mark 9:23      “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”    

5. Lazarus

A friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, became very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus about their brother. They knew that Jesus loved them and they thought that He would come right away to heal their brother. Jesus explained to His disciples that Lazarus was sick but it would not lead to death. He also told His disciples that God would be glorified through it. Jesus knew that death would not be the final result. However the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus did not go to Lazarus immediately. He stayed where He was for two more days. Then Jesus told His disciples that it they were going to Judea again. The disciples questioned Jesus about going back to Judea because the Jews there wanted to kill Him. Jesus told them that Lazarus was asleep and that they were going there to awaken him. The disciples thought that Jesus meant that Lazarus was asleep as in taking a nap or resting. Finally, Jesus told them that Lazarus was dead. Jesus was going to go and raise Lazarus from the dead, which would demonstrate in an undeniable way that He was God’s Son. Four days after Lazarus had died Jesus arrived to find Lazarus already placed in a tomb and the mourners with Mary and Martha. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she ran out to meet Him a couple of miles away. Martha told Jesus that if He had been there that her brother would not have died, however she knew that whatever He asked God for He (God) would give Him (Jesus). Martha knew that Jesus was God’s Son and that after a person died if they believed in Jesus they would live again in – that they would be resurrected in the last day. Because Martha believed without a question what Jesus said about Himself and what He could do, she also knew that Jesus could do whatever He wanted to. She knew that Jesus could raise her brother back to life just like He had done to others before.

Jesus stayed where He was and Martha went back to the house to get Mary. When Mary saw Jesus she fell down at His feet crying and said the same thing that Martha had said. Jesus was moved with compassion and He asked where Lazarus’ tomb was. They took Jesus to the tomb and Jesus instructed them to roll away the stone from in front of it. Because of their belief in Jesus, Mary and Martha were about to see God’s power in a way that they had never seen before.

Jesus lifted up His face to heaven and began praying out loud. After He finished praying, with a loud voice, He cried, “Lazarus, come forth!” At the sound of Jesus’ voice, Lazarus was made alive again ad he came out of the tomb, still wrapped in grave clothes. The people that had followed Mary and Martha to Jesus and the tomb were instructed to unwrap Lazarus.

 

6. A Boy Healed

After Jesus had been on up on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John, He came back down to where the others disciples were. There was a great multitude of people there with them. One of the people in the crowed, a father, came to Jesus and told Him that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. The son had several problems. He had an evil spirit living in him causing him to be unable to speak. The evil spirit also caused the boy to have seizures. During these seizures the evil spirit would try to kill the boy. Jesus questioned the father about how long the boy had been that way. After listening to the father Jesus told him that all things are possible to those that believe. The father said that he did believe, and he asked Jesus to help him with any unbelief.

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. The spirit cried out, then it came out of the boy. When this happened the people that were standing around watching thought the boy was dead. Jesus took the boy’s hand and helped him up. The boy was alive and well!

 

7. Game – “Backwards Verse”

When we believe in God all things are possible, even when it seems like things are not going the way that they should.

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes

     Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a poster board to write on. At the signal each team will write out the memory verse, one letter and one person at a time. The verse is to be written backwards! Begin with the Scripture reference and write each word from the right to the left.

The first team to finish with the words in the proper order wins.

8. A Nobleman’s Son Healed  

Jesus returned to the city where He changed the water into wine. While He was there a royal officer in the king’s army heard that Jesus was there. The officer (the nobleman) went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. The boy was so sick he was about to die. He asked Jesus to come with him.

Jesus told the father to go his way and that his son was alive. The officer believed Jesus and he went on his way. On his way home, the officer was met by his servants. They told him that his son was alive and well.

Because of this miracle the boy was healed and the family received salvation – they believed in Jesus as God’s Son.

 

9. The Centurion’s Servant Is Healed

One day Jesus went to the northwest corner of Galilee to the town of Capernaum. In this town was a centurion, an officer in authority over 100 other men. This centurion was well like by the Jews in that area because of the things that he had done for them and the way that he treated them. This centurion had a servant who had became very ill and was about to die. When he heard that Jesus was in town he sent some of the Jewish elders to Him to ask Him to come and heal his servant.

When the elders had told Jesus about the centurion, all that he had done for them and about his sick servant, He went with them. The centurion found out that Jesus was indeed coming to his house he sent some other friends out to give a message to Jesus. The centurion told his friends to tell Jesus that He did not have to come to his house, all He had to do was say that his servant would be healed. The centurion did not feel that he was worthy of Jesus coming into his house.

The centurion was a man of authority and he knew what authority meant. He acknowledged that Jesus had authority over life, death, sickness, and health – he knew that all Jesus had to do was say that the servant was well and he would be well.

 

Authority: the right to control, command, or make decisions; power to enforce obedience; the rightful and legitimate exercise of power.

      Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith and because of it the servant was made well instantly. As we put our faith in Jesus and believe on Him we too recognize the authority that Jesus has. Jesus has the right to control, command, and make decisions concerning anything and everything about us.  He possesses the same authority as God.

 

10. Game – “Mustard Seed Relay Race”

Need : Two packages of seeds (you can make a fake package of seeds if you need to) and a poster board.

Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds. Write the words “Nothing Is Impossible With Faith”’ written on it.

 

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’”

     Divide the children into two teams. Line the two teams up in two rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to crawl to the sign. Stand up and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

11. Jairus’ Daughter Is Restored To Life

One day when Jesus arrived in Capernaum He was greeted by a multitude of people who were waiting for Him. As Jesus was speaking to the people a man named Jairus approached Jesus. His twelve year old daughter was very sick and about to die. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be made well.

Jairus was an important man in Capernaum. He was one of the rulers of the synagogue, and his job was supervising the worship services that took place in the synagogue. Like many of the Jewish leaders, Jairus was very aware of Jesus’ miraculous powers. Jairus was a desperate man. He had a great need and he knew that his only hope was in Jesus.

As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house they were approached by some people from Jairus’ house and told them that the girl had died and not to trouble Jesus any longer. When Jesus heard what the people had to say, He told Jairus not to be afraid and to believe. Jesus did not want Jairus to believe the report that the people gave him, instead Jesus wanted Jairus to believe in Him and not to be worried about what he had heard.

After this Jesus allowed only three of His disciples (Peter, James and John) to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. When they arrived at Jairus house there was a lot of commotion. The people were crying (very loudly) over the girl’s death. Jesus asked the people why were they causing such a commotion, and that the girl was only asleep.

The people laughed at Jesus because of what He said and they made fun of Him. Jesus then made all of the mourners get out of the house and He went into the room where the girl was laying. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus.

Jesus took the girl by her hand and told her to get up. Immediately upon hearing the words of Jesus, the girl arose and began to walk around the room. Her parents were amazed.

Jesus instructed the parents to give the girl some food and for them not to tell anyone what had happened. By not telling what happened it would give Jesus time to leave the area. Jesus did not want to be known as just a miracle worker. And he did not want the people seeking Him for the wrong reasons.

12. Woman Healed By Touching Jesus

While on His way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was surrounded by many people. There were so many people that they were bumping into each other.  Some were even trying to reach out to touch Jesus as He made His way through the crowd.

There was a woman who was very, very sick. While at home she thought about the things that she had heard about Jesus. She believed that Jesus could make her well. She left her house and began to look for Jesus. It didn’t take her long to find Him because of the large crowd of people.

It was so hard for her to even get close to Jesus, with all the pushing and shoving going on. But the woman was determined to get to Jesus, even if she could only get close enough to touch the back of His clothes. She truly believed in her heart that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and she would be made well.

The woman did what she set out to do – she reach through the crowd and touched Jesus. When she did Jesus immediately stopped. He had felt healing power leave His body and He knew that someone had been healed.

After Jesus found out who had touched Him, He told the woman that it was her faith that had made her well!

 

13. Game –Jig-Saw Puzzle Relay”

Need: 2 poster boards

Write the memory verse on two poster boards (different colors), then cut them into jigsaw puzzle pieces (cut them each into 6 or 7 large pieces).

 

Mark 9:23  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’”

     Divide the children into 2 teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Tell each team what color their puzzle will be. Place all the puzzle pieces for the puzzles in one pile a short distance in front of the lines. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

14. Paralytic Man Healed

Jesus had been away from His home town of Capernaum for many days ministering to people. When He returned  the people in the town found out that He was back and they crowded around the house where He was. There were so many people that came to see and hear Jesus that you could not even get in the house where He was speaking.

There was a paralyzed man in this town that had friends who were concerned about him. The friends believed that if they could get their paralyzed friend to Jesus he could be healed. So they placed their friend on a mat and they picked him up by the corners of it. They then carried their friend to Jesus. When they arrived at the house where Jesus was speaking they could not get into the house because the crowd was so large. They were determined to see Jesus. They decided that in order to get their friend to Jesus they would have to take him onto the roof and lower him down into the house through the courtyard opening.

When Jesus saw the faith of the man and his four friends, He declared that the man’s sin were forgiven and He ordered the man to get up and walk. The man’s friends were overjoyed when he did exactly what Jesus told him to- he got up and began to walk. He was no longer paralyzed. Jesus had healed him because of faith.

 

15. Bartimaeus

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, sat by the road. Bartimaeus heard voices off in the distance. As the voices grew closer, they sounded excited. He asked those standing around what was going on. They told him that Jesus was coming. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus and His power to heal. He wanted to see and he knew that Jesus could restore his sight, if only he could get His attention.

Bartimaeus began to cry out to Jesus, even when those standing around told him to be quiet. Finally, Jesus heard him and He stopped in His tracks. Jesus told Bartimaeus to come to Him. He did and Jesus healed him.

16. Worship Song –  ___________________________

17. Foundation Object Lesson

Set several Styrofoam or plastic cups on a table. Place some rocks inside some of them. Set a fan at one end of the table.

A strong foundation is important to your faith. Jesus is our foundation and anchor of faith. When I turn on the fan the Styrofoam cups without the rocks in them blow away. The cups with the rocks in them stand firm.

Jesus is the firm foundation and anchor of our faith. When you have Jesus as your anchor, then you can stand strong in your faith.

 

18. Challenge and Altar – Salvation Opens The Well Of Faith

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of faith to us. God can use all the things that we go through to show us something special about Him and to draw us, and others, closer to Himself. During our hard times and our trials we must never stop believing in God. Wonderful and miraculous things can be done with even the smallest amount of faith. We must believe without a question what God says about Himself and what He can and will do.

Allow time for the children to spend some time in prayer asking God to help us grow in their faith and for strength not to give up. Also pray for those who have never accepted the living water that Jesus offers.

Have F.A.I.T.H. – Plan of Salvation

A person can have the living water that Jesus offers by trusting in Him and asking Him for forgiveness.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV     “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

“F” IS FOR FORGIVENESS

We cannot have eternal life in heaven without God’s forgiveness. We must ask for forgiveness.

“A” IS FOR  AVAILABLE

Forgiveness is available to everyone and anyone. The price and the penalty for your sin has already been paid.

“I” IS FOR IMPOSSIBLE

It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. Because of who He is: God is loving and just. His judgment is against sin.

“T” IS FOR TURN

Turn means to repent. We must see our sin the way God does and turn from it by turning to Jesus.

“H” IS FOR HEAVEN

When we accept Jesus as our Savior we become a child of God and have the promise of eternal life in heaven with our Father, God.

19. Crafts 

20. Refreshments or a light meal 

21. Dismissal

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Wells of Living Water

WEEK 2Wells of Living Water  –  Spiritual Satisfaction

Memory Verse: John 7:37

Bible Truth: Jesus is living water.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – Water Satisfies

Nothing tastes as good as a big drink of cold water when a person is thirsty. The water will only satisfy you for a while. Soon you will need another drink of water. The Bible tells us that Jesus can give us a drink of water that will last forever. Not water that comes out of a faucet or a bottle, but a special kind of water.  Jesus can give us the water of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers constantly satisfies. We can have this “living water” by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

John 7:37  NKJV        “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

5. Jesus Declares That He Will Give Living Water

John 7:37  NKJV       “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’ ”

       Shemini Atzert, is the eighth day that was added to the Feast of Tabernacles during the time of Ezar. This day became known as “The Great Day of the Feast.” On this day the High Priest would pour water from the pool of Siloam into a basin at the foot of the alter. The water was a symbol of God’s Spirit. During the temple times the custom was to draw from the Siloam springs a “libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving.

It was on the eighth day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring, that He was the source of living water.

 

John 7:37-38  NKJV      “On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

       Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him, rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for a drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only One that can truly satisfy their thirst.

 

6. Game – Pass The Water Bottle Memory Verse Relay

Need:  2 bottles of water

Write the memory verse on two bottles of water.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a bottle of water to the first person on each team. They are to pass the water to the person behind them and so on. When the water gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. 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.

 

7. The Woman At The Well

Jesus and His disciples visited a city in Samaria. Jesus was a Jew and usually Jews and Samaritans did not like each other. Many Jews would travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus loved the Samaritans, so He took His disciples to visit them. Just outside the city, Jesus sat down to rest near a well while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat. While resting, Jesus met a woman who needed “living water.” This woman, a Samaritan woman, came to the well and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. The customs of the area prohibited public conversations between men and women who were strangers. The woman asked Him why He asked her, a Samaritan to give Him a drink. Jesus responded to her question by telling her that if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for a drink. Jesus continued to talk to the woman about living water.

After a period of time the woman asked Jesus to give her the water that He was talking about. At this point Jesus began to tell her about her life. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her husband to Him. Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a sinner. Thinking that Jesus was just a prophet she began to discuss worship to God with Him.

As Jesus talked to her about God the woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. She ran back to the city and began to tell everyone about Jesus. She asked them to come with her and she would show them the “man who knew everything I did.” Because the woman told people about Jesus, many of the people of the city went out to meet Jesus for themselves. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

 

8. Game – Fill The Cup Relay

Need: 2 spoons, 2  containers of water, 2 very small cups and towels for clean-up

Divide the children into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a spoon and a container of water. The first person on each team is to fill their spoon with water and carefully carry it to their cup and pour the water in it. They will then run back to their team, and the next person will do the same. They will continue until their cup is full. The first team to fill their cup is the winner.

 

9. Jesus Gives Living Water

When we receive salvation through Jesus it opens up the well of satisfaction to us.

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV       “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

       Everyone has sinned and is separated from God because of it. This separation causes us to have a “spiritual thirst” that only God can satisfy. We cannot change ourselves or satisfy our own thirst. We must be willing to admit that we are a sinner and that we need Jesus to give us “living water” (eternal life). Just like the Samaritan woman had to admit her sin in order to receive “living water”, so must we.

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV       “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

John 3:16  NKJV       “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

10. Game – Cup Stacking

Need: 20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor).

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar

Jesus challenged the woman at the well to consider her spiritual condition. The first step we must take in order to receive the living water that Jesus offers is to see our sin the way God does. Each one of us must examine our own life.

We must see our sin as God see it (admit that you have sinned.)

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”     Romans 3:23

      We must believe in Jesus.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”     Acts 16:31

We must confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”     1 John 1:9

     After the woman received the living water that Jesus offered her, she was so full of joy and thankfulness that she told many others about her experience. If you have received the living water that Jesus offers, you too should tell others. If you find that witnessing to others is hard, ask God for help.

 

15. Refreshments or a light meal

 

16. Crafts

 

17. Dismissal

 

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Wells of Salvation

WEEK 1Wells of Salvation

Memory Verse:  Isaiah 12:3

Bible Truth:  We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – What Is A Well?

A well is a hole made to draw up fluids,  a hole or shaft that is dug or drilled into the ground in order to obtain water, brine, petroleum, or natural gas. It is also a source of something, a source providing a freely and abundantly available supply of something.

God is our source of everything that we need or could ever desire. He provides for His children freely and abundantly. His provisions are always available.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.  ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse:

Isaiah 12:3      “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

 

5. From The Wells of Salvation

 

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 55:1  NKJV      “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come to the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price.’ ”

       During the Bible times, the provision of springs and wells was regarded as a gift from God, or a divine gift. As a child of God we can draw from any of the many “wells” that God offers. In the above verse, thirsts is a metaphor for desiring what satisfies a person’s spirit. An invitation is given for everyone who is “thirsty” to come to the waters to receive what satisfies.

 

Isaiah 44:3  NKJV        “For I will pour water on him who is thirst,

And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,

And My blessing on your offspring”

Psalm 42:1  NKJV      “As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.”

6. Game- Wells Match-Up Game

God provides us with wells of living water, belief, power, peace, love, blessings, healing, wisdom.

Isaiah 12:3  NKJV      “Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation.”

Need: 16 envelopes

Make 2 slips of paper with the word “satisfaction” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “belief” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “power” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “peace” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “love” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “blessings” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “healing” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “wisdom” on them. Put each slip of paper in an envelope.

Need 16 children to play this game. Give each child an envelope. At he signal they must open it and find the match to their word.

7. Go And Sin No More

The day after the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus went to the temple early in the morning. He sat down and began to teach the people that came to Him there. As Jesus was teaching a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him whom they said was caught in adultery. These men knew what the Law of Moses stated concerning adultery, but they were hoping to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the Law.

 

John 7:53-8:1-11  NKJV“And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

      Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ”

          True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. True repentance is to ‘Go and sin no more.’ When we have repented of our sins it is referred to as being “saved” or “Born Again.”

 

8. Game – Salvation Match-Up

Need: Slips of paper with salvation verses on them – divide each verse in half.

Examples: Titus 3:5, Psalm 51:1-2, Isaiah 1:16, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 51:7, 1 John 1:9, John 3:16

Give each child a slip of paper. At the signal they will need to find the person who has the second part of their verse. They will need a Bible to check to see if they are correct. The children that correctly finds their partner is the winner.

9. Benefits of Salvation

Our salvation through Jesus Christ not only restores us to a right relationship with God, but it does a whole lot more. It also supplies what is necessary for life and provides what brings us joy. In Isaiah 55:1, the words “wine and milk” are symbols of complete satisfaction. Our salvation truly brings us complete and abundant satisfaction.

 

Isaiah 55:1-2  NKJV        “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come o the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.’ ”

      Through our salvation we can enjoy many other benefits, favors, and, gifts from God. We can receive anything which is for our good or advantage. Christians may drink from any of the many “wells” that God provides. A few of them are spiritual satisfaction, belief/faith, power, peace, love, blessings, and healings.

 

Psalm 68:19  NKJV     “Blessed be the Lord,

Who daily loads us with benefits,

The God of our salvation.”

 

Psalm 116:12  NKJV       “What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me?”

Psalm 103:2  NKJV      “Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

      As we drink from the wells that God provides to us we must never forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. It would have been enough for God to just save us from eternal separation from Him, however He did not stop there.

Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can receive much, much, more. The benefits that we are provided with are endless. We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

10. Game – Balancing Soap Relay

Need: 2 bars of soap and 1 poster board.

Write the following on the poster board:  “Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a bar of soap. Tape the sign a short distance away from the teams. The first person on each team is to balance the soap on their head, hurry to the sign . At the sign they are to take the soap off their head, read what the sign says ( Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.) then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner

 

11. Accessing  the Wells

We can access the wells of spiritual satisfaction, faith, power, peace, love, blessings, wisdom, and healings by becoming a child of God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become part of God’s family.

* God loves everyone and wants us to become members of His family.

John 3:16  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

* Sin separates us from God. Everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness. Sin is disobeying God in any way.

Romans 3:23 NKJV     “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

James 4:17  NKJV     “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

* The punishment for sin is separation from God. This is spiritual death. But Jesus took our punishment for sin by dying on the cross.

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.”

 

1 Peter 2:24  NKJV    “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

* Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

1 John 1:9  NKJV     “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

* After we accept salvation through faith, we need to tell others that we have received Jesus as Savior.

Romans 10:9  NKJV     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

* We should grow as a new Christian through Bible reading, daily prayer, regular church attendance, and obeying God’s commands.

 

12. Game – Pass The Gift Relay Race

Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Need: Two boxes wrapped up as gifts. Place a snack inside (enough for the entire group) before wrapping them up.

Divide the group into two teams and line them up in rows. Hand a gift to the first person in each row. They are to pass the gift to the person behind them and so on. When the gift gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and pass the gift 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. At the end of the meeting, allow each team to open the gifts and share what’s inside.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Accepting Jesus’ Sacrifice and Forsaking Sin

Throughout the Bible when people had an encounter with Jesus they were changed. Jesus did not condemn them.  However, He did show them their sinful state by challenging them to consider their own sinful  / spiritual condition.

Before we can receive salvation we must recognize our sinful condition. We were born into this world as a sinner, separated from God. We can not change this condition ourselves. As a sinner man wants his own way, not God’s way.

Jesus gave the people He encountered hope and forgiveness. Then they were instructed to, “Go and sin no more.” They were to forsake their sins.

 

Forsake: to abandon, to withdraw companionship, protection, or support from, to give up, renounce, or sacrifice something that gives pleasure .

 

Hebrews 10:26-27 NKJV     “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”

     After we receive the forgiveness that Jesus paid for we must heed His words of “Go and sin no more.“ We must not sin willfully. To sin willfully means persistent, deliberate rejection of the good news (Jesus‘ sacrifice), the gospel.

Persistent : incessant (unceasing,  continuing for a long time without stopping) or unrelenting (determined and unyielding), or existing or continuing for an long time.

Deliberate : intentional (done on purpose, not by accident ), thought out, and done intentionally.

     If a person rejects the sacrifice of Jesus, there is no other sacrifice for their sins. If a person refuses to be freed from sin, there is nothing to deliver them from the fearful expectation of judgment.

 

Have you encountered Jesus in a way that has challenged you to consider your own spiritual condition?

Have you heeded Jesus’ words of “Go and sin no more.”?

Are you allowing deliberate or persistent sin to remain in your life?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or light meal.

17. Dismissal

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Masquerade

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Theme: Masquerade / Princess Ball

Memory Verse: Esther 4:14 

Bible Truth: Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction-  What Is Purim

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, was used in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed.

Esther 3:7  NKJV    

In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar”

     Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

 

Esther 9:18-19  NKJV  

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

Esther 9:26-32  NKJV  

“So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs:

1.) __________________________________

2.) __________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Esther 4:14  NKJV    

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

5. A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV  

   “But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

6. Game – “Cup Stacking”

Need:  20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor also)

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     Divide the class into two equal teams. A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” 

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV   

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

8. Game – Pass The Ball Relay Race

Need: 2 balls.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a ball to the first person on each team. They are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the ball 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 ball 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.

9. Ways To Celebrate God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. She had to disguise her true identity.

Esther 2:10  

   “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.”

Ways To Celebrate Purim

* Dress up in costumes and masks

* Have a drama (play) about Esther

* Make baskets of holiday treats to give to someone you love

* Have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

* Make “Haman Ear” (Hamanitaschen) cookies

* Sending presents to one another

* Parading through the streets dressed up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman

* Wear costumes to keep your identity a secret

* Have a bonfire – burn a replica of Haman

* Make a “snowHaman” then burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

* Build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow.

* Draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the reading of the book of Esther throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.”

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim ( if you do) , you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed.

10. Game – “What’s In The Basket”

Need: A basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small items  to put in the basket, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

11. What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

* Our footsteps are ordered by God.

* Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

12. Game – “Review Tic-Tac – Toe”

Need: poster board , 16 index cards , tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. What is Purim?

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people.

2. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning ____________________.

Lots

3. God is ___________________________________.

Faithful

4. God _____________________________________ on our behalf.

Intervenes

5. Who is the enemy that is out to destroy us?

Satan

6. When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find _____________ in His sight.

Favor

7. We must prepare ourselves to look like the ______________ of Christ.

bride

8. God promises to ____________________- You cannot be overcome.

preserve

9.  God is in control, even when you cannot ____________ Him.

See

10. God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are _____________________ of it.

Unaware

11. We should never stop ____________________ in the salvation that God has given us.

Rejoicing

12. Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to ____________ others.

save

13. Every person born is in danger of ___________________________ from God because of sin.

Separation

14. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them ___________________ in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.)

thrown

15. You must realize and admit that you have _________________.

Sinned

16. Jesus is the only _____________ we can be saved.

way

17. It is only through Jesus’ _______________ that our sins are washed away.

Blood

18. Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of ______________ not to go.

Excuses

19. At Jesus’ death the ___________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Veil

20. Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the ___________________ of Jesus.

blood

21. Salvation is a _________________ thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

personal

13. Worship Song- ________________________

14. Esther’s Example

Step One: Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

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

Romans 6:23  NKJV    

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

Step Two: Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9  NKJV     “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31  NKJV   

  “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Step Three: Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV   

  “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  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”

1 John 1:9  NKJV   

  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

15. Challenge / Alter

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few,  are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

Give the children an opportunity to pray.

 

16. Refreshments or a light meal.

 

17. Crafts

18. Dismissal

 

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