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

THE LIGHT AND MY LIFE – CHILDREN’S HANUKKAH BOOKLET 10

John 8:12 NKJV
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
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Night 1 – The Lord Is My Light And My Salvation
Psalm 27:1 NKJV
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?”
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Night 2 – God’s Word Is A Light
Proverbs 6:23 NKJV
“For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”
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Psalm 119:105 NKJV
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”
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Night 3 – Walk In The Light
1 John 1:5-9 NKJV
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
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Night 4 – Let Others See Your Light
Luke 11:23 NKJV
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.”
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Night 5 – Walk As Children Of The Light
Ephesians 5:8-10 NKJV
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.”
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Night 6 – Don’t Run In Vain
Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
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Night 7 – Glorify God
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
“ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
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Night 8 – A Chosen Generation
1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

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Prayer Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “God Lights Our Way”

STUDY 12Praying God’s Word

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

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

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

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

John 3:18-21 NKJV

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

John 5:24 NKJV

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

John 6:40 NKJV

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

Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

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

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In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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EXAMPLE:

Dear Father,

Thank-you for sending Jesus to be the Light of the World. In Him was found all goodness, righteousness and truth. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I follow His example and walk as a child of the light.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “God Lights Our Way”

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

 

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

And a light to my path.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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

That I might not sin against You.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

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4. 2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

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5. Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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

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

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet

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

Applying Bible Verses To My Life  COMPASS 1

1. Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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2. Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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3. Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

“For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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4. Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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5. 1 John 1:5 – 7 NKJV

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

How do these verses apply to my life?

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6. John 5:24 NKJV

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

How does this verse apply to my life?

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7. John 6:40 NKJV

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

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8. Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

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

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9. Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

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

How do these verses apply to my life?

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G.L.O.W. – God Lights Our Way Booklet

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

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God’s Word In Our Heart

god's word in our hearts

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:11

 

Life Application: We need to hide God’s Word in our heart.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:105

Proverbs 6:23

Ephesians 5:8-14

1 John 1:5-7

Galatians

John 3:18-21

John 5:24

John 6:40

Ephesians 5:8

 

 

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

Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

The Bible Is Our Guide / Instruction Book

Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

“For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

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

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

 

Walk In The Light

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

Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

The Light Of Christ Will Change Us

1 John 1:5 – 7 NKJV

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

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

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

John 3:18-21 NKJV

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

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

John 5:24 NKJV

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

 

John 6:40 NKJV

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

 

Jesus Is The Light Of The World

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

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

Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

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

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

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

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

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Review

1. God’s Word is known as the ________________________

2. The Bible is a __________________ and a guide for living.

3. The Bible was given to _________________ us, not hurt us.

4. The Bible enables us to see

* the _________________ that we are on

* the path that we _____________________ be on

* what’s in store for __________.

* the ______________________ and snares of the enemy

5. We should allow the Bible to give us instructions and _____________________________.

6. The Bible will shine a light on what needs to ______________________.

7. The Bible gives us words of

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8. When we receive Jesus as our Savior we become spiritually _____________________.

9. God expects our walk to ___________________.

10. We must have God’s _________________________ and God’s _____________________.

11. Jesus is the ____________________ of the ____________________.

12. The ___________________ way to God is through _____________________.

13. When the light of Jesus shines on people it will show them as they ____________________ are.

14. The Light of Jesus Christ reveals ____________.

15. The Light of Jesus Christ enables us to see ourselves as we really are and as ___________ sees us.

16. The _________________ believer welcomes the light of Jesus shining in them.

17. The Bible will show us what we need to do in order to draw ______________________ to God.

 

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Parables Of Forgiveness

Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:9

 

Life Application: God desires for everyone to repent.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 18:12-14

Luke 15:3-7

Luke 15:8-10

Luke 15:11-32

John 1:9

Psalm 119:11

Psalm 119:105

2 Peter 3:9

Parables

Sometimes it is hard to get others to understand what you are trying to say. Not everyone has experienced the same things you have. Because God is so awesome and greater than anything we could understand, He had to find a way to tell us everything we need to know about Him. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate spiritual or invisible principals.

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning. At times Jesus taught in parables. Jesus said He used parables to hide the truth from those who don’t want to listen. He used parables to communicate truth to those who already believed in Him.

Parables can also give us a glimpse of what heaven is like and what future things God has planned for us that we otherwise might not be able to understand.

Three wonderful parables concerning the lost are “The Story Of The Prodigal Son“, “The Lost Sheep“, and “The Lost Coin.”

 

The Lost Sheep

Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for socializing with sinners. On one of these occasions Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep.

Matthew 18:12-14 NKJV           

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Luke 15:3-7 NKJV          

“So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

In this parable a shepherd is out in the fields with one hundred of his sheep. While there one of his sheep stays away from the others. Knowing that the sheep was in great danger due to being separated from the others, the shepherd leaves his ninety-nine sheep where they are and goes out to search for the lost one. Knowing the value of each and every sheep and that a sheep apart from its shepherd is defenseless and in grave danger, the shepherd searches and searches for the one who strayed away.

When the shepherd finally finds the missing sheep he is overcome with joy. Instead of criticizing or reprimanding the sheep for straying, the shepherd lifts the sheep onto his shoulders and takes it back to the others. Due to the weight of the sheep this would not have been an easy effort, however the shepherd did not mind because he was so happy. He gladly bore the discomfort and the pain because of his heart of compassion. Upon returning home, he tells his friends what happened and he invites them to celebrate with him over the return on the one sheep that strayed away.

The Parable Of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10 NKJV           

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

In the parable of the lost coin, a woman has ten coins and she looses one in the house. She lights a lamp and begins to search for the coin. She was very diligent in her search. She swept the entire house in her efforts to find the coin. She was very careful to look underneath things and in the dark corners. The woman valued the coin and she was willing to search until she found it. She was very, very happy when she finally found it.

The Parable Of The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32 NKJV           

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

The parable of the prodigal son is one of the most well-known stories of Jesus. Prodigal mean extravagantly wasteful, spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness.

In this parable, Jesus told a story of a man who had two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his inheritance early. Normally a son would receive his inheritance at the time of his father’s death. The fact that the younger brother wanted his money early showed a rebellious heart and a disregard for his father’s authority.

Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to waste his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living. After a period of time his money runs out and a severe famine hits the country. The son finds himself in very bad circumstances.

Eventually he is so desperate he takes a job feeding pigs. To Jewish people pigs were unclean animals. They were not even allowed to touch them. He is so hungry that even the pigs food looked good to him. One day the prodigal son begins to think of home, where even his father’s hired hands ate better than him in this foreign country.

Finally the young man comes to his senses. He decides to return to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy.

As the young son is walking back on his father’s property, the father sees him and runs out to hug him. The father who had been watching and waiting, receives his son back with open arms of compassion. He is overjoyed by the return of his lost son. Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a giant feast in celebration in his son’s return.

Meanwhile, the older son is in the fields working. When he returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his brother’s return. The older brother becomes so angry over the celebration that he won’t even go in the house. The father wanted his older son to celebrate with them so he went outside to try to convince him to come in, however the older son still refused to come in.

Conclusion

The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great love of God towards us. Just like the father in the parable was able to see the younger son when he was still a long way off, God is watch for the lost to return to Him and receive His mercy and compassion. God seeks after us and reaches out to us. When we come to Him in humility, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed that he had fallen as low as he could possibly go. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit rock bottom before they come to their senses and recognize their sin.

To God, each and every person that is away from His is viewed as lost. One meaning of lost is unable to find the way to a place. Our sin causes us to stray away from God and become lost. Just like the shepherd in the parable, God considers each and every one us valuable. God has a heart of compassion and it is not His desire that any perish. He has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through Jesus Christ. Like God the Father, Jesus loves the lost. It was that great love that led Him to sacrifice His life on the cross to take our punishment for our sin.

Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and is restored to a right relationship with God.

In the parable of the lost coin the woman has ten coins in her house when she looses one of them. The ten coins could represent people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior – they are “in the house” of God. However, one of these people fall into sin and becomes lost (separated) from God. They need to be found.

It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a lifestyle of sin. This is referred to as backsliding. The person is still loved by God and He desires for them to he found and restored unto Him. Like the woman in the story, God shines a light into the situation by the power of the Holy Spirit and through His Word.

Jesus provides the light for sinners to be found.

John 1:9 NKJV             

“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”

Psalm 119:11 NKJV          

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:105 NKJV            

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path”

The person, though in sin, is still valuable to God and He will do whatever He has to do in order for them to return to the other valuable coins in His house.

Upon finding the coin the woman calls her friends and neighbors in order to share the good news. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for rejoicing.

 

2 Peter 3:9 NKJV                

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

God is always seeking sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church, and rejoices when they are found. He is not content for any person to be separated from Him.

 

Review

1. Many times God uses something we see and understand to explain or illustrate _____________ or invisible principals.

2. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual ______________________.

3.Jesus said He used parables to ___________ ________ ____________ from those who don’t want to listen.

4. Jesus also used parables to communicate _________________ to those who already believed in Him.

5. Throughout his ministry Jesus was often criticized for __________________________with sinners.

6. How many sheep did the shepherd have out in the field?

 

7. How many sheep strayed away from the shepherd?

 

8. Was the sheep in any danger when it strayed away from the shepherd?

 

9. Are we in any danger when we stray away from Jesus, the Great Shepherd?

 

10.What does the shepherd do when he realizes that one of his sheep is missing?

 

11. Were are the sheep valuable to the shepherd?

 

12. What did the shepherd do when he finds the lost sheep?

13. Upon returning home what did the shepherd do?

14. In the parable of the lost coin a woman has ____________ coins.

15. How many coins did the woman loose in the house?

 

16. In her search for the lost coin, what is the first thing that she did?
17. The woman was very _______________________________________ in her search.

18. What does diligent mean?

19. The woman was very ____________________________ to look underneath things and in the dark corners.

20. The woman ______________________ the coin and she was willing to search until she found it.

21. Are “lost” people valuable to God?

 

22. What was the woman’s response when she found the lost coin?

23. What does prodigal mean?

24. How many sons were in this story?

 

25. What did the younger son ask for?

 

26. What did the younger brother’s request show?

27. Once received, the son promptly sets off on a long journey to a far away land and begins to __________________

his fortune on wild, sinful, and reckless living.

28. After a period of time a severe _________________________ hits the country.

29. After his money runs out the son is so desperate he takes a job __________________ __________________.

30. How did the Jewish people feel about pigs?

31. What did the pigs have that the son desired?

32. When the younger son comes to his senses, what did he decided to do?

33. When the father sees his son coming down the road, what does he do?

34 . Immediately the father turns to his servants and asks them to prepare a great feast in _____________________

of his son’s return.

35. Where was the older son when the younger one returned home?

 

36. When the older son returns he discovers a party going on to celebrate his brother’s ____________________.

37. Was the older brother happy and overjoyed at his brother’s return?

 

38. How did the older brother show his anger over his brother’s return and the celebration?

39. What did the father do when he heard that the older son would not come in and join the celebration?

40. Did the older son ever join them inside and celebrate with them?

41. The parable of the prodigal son is a wonderful picture of the great ____________________ of God towards us.

42. God is watching for the lost to return to Him and receive His _______________ and _____________________.

43. When we approach God in _______________________, He washes away all our sins and wrongdoings.

44. What does humility mean?

45. When the son took a job feeding pigs it showed what?

46. Like this son, some rebellious and sinful people must hit _______________ ___________________before they

come to their senses and recognize their sin.

47. When we refer to someone as being lost, what do we mean?

48. God has sent the Holy Spirit to search for the lost and to draw them to God through ___________________ _________________.

49. It was Jesus’ great love for us that led Him to ___________________________ His life on the cross to take

our punishment for our sin.

50. What happens in heaven when someone is “found”?

51. It is possible that after accepting Jesus as their Savior, a person can walk away from their relationship with God by returning to a ______________________ ___________ _______________.

52. When a person turns their back on God and walks away from Him, the person is still _______________ by God.

53. According to Psalm 119:11, why is it important to hide God’s Word in your heart?

54. According to Psalm 119:105, what is God’s Word to us?

55. When a person is in sin, God and He will do _______________ He has to do in order for them to return to Him.

56. When a sinner is restored to fellowship with God, whether it is the first time or the one hundredth, it is a cause for ________________________________________.

57. According to 2 Peter 3:9, what does God desire?

58. God is always _____________________________ sinners, those in the world and those sitting in the church.

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God Lights Our Way

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Theme : Lights, glow sticks

Memory Verse : Psalm 119:11

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

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

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

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

And a light to my path.”

 

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

That I  might not sin against You.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ___________________________________

2. ___________________________________

4. Memory Verse

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

And a light to my path.”

5. Bible Pledge

Bible Pledge

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

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

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

6. The Bible Is Our Guide  / Instruction Book

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

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

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

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

7. GameBottle Toss

Need: two tables and bottles of water

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

8. Walk In The Light

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

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

9. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need :

1 pair of tweezers for each team

Small breath mints

2 small bowls for each team

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

10. The Light Of Christ Will Change Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Game – Separate The Candles

Need:

Small boxes of birthday candles – four different colors

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

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

12. Jesus Is The Light Of The World

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

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

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

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

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

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

14. Challenge – Altar

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

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

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

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Craft 

17. Dismissal

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G.L.O.W. – God Lights Our Way

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Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105

Life Application: God lights our way.

Bible Text

Psalm 119:105

Psalm 119:11

Proverbs 6:23

2 Timothy 3:16

Ephesians 5:8-14

1 John 1:5-7

John 3:18-21

John 5:24

John 6:40

Ephesians 5:8

God’s Word can be described as light and as a guide for living. Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light is also something that brings understanding or shows the way.

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

And a light to my path.” 

          The Bible gives us instructions on how to live as a child of God. It was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to sin.

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

That I  might not sin against You.”

Bible Pledge

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

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

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

Guide / Instruction Book

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

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

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction  are the way of life”

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

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV     “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

Walk In Light That God Has Given Us

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

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

          Manifest means to show something clearly, to make something evident by showing or demonstrating it very clearly.

          When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our position changes. We were one in darkness and evil, but at salvation we become righteous and full of light through Christ Jesus. We were spiritually dead but are made spiritually alive. God expects our walk to change since our position changed. We must walk worthy of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received.

          Worthy means  fully deserving something, usually as a suitable reward for merit or importance, respectable, morally upright, good, deserving respect, and good.

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

          There is no darkness or evil in God. If we truly want fellowship with God we can’t have any in us either. We must have God’s standards and God’s morals. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from sinning against God.

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

     As we allow God to shine a light into our life it will change us. The Light of Jesus Christ was sent to this world by God the Father so that not one would be lost and that all would receive eternal life. If we believe in Jesus and His name we are not condemned and we receive life instead of judgment.

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

 

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

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

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

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

     When we accept Jesus as our Savior we are changed. We were once children of darkness and sin but, we become children of the light and righteousness. Our new life must reflect that change in us in every area of our lives.

Review

1. The Bible is our guide for living. What does guide mean?

2. Give examples of the following:

How has the Bible lead you in the right direction?

How has the Bible influence you?

How has the Bible advised or counseled you?

How has the Bible effected the way you  behave or act?

How has the Bible helped you learn something?

3. The Bible gives us instructions on how to live as a _____________ of God.

4. The Bible was given to us by God for our own good – not to hurt us, but to help us. How has the Bible helped you?

5. The Bible enables us to see the path that we are on as well as the path that we _______________ be on.

6. The Bible shows us what is in _____________ for us.

7. The Bible shows us the pitfalls and snares that the _____________ tries to place in our path.

8. What is a pitfall?

9. What is a snare?

10. God’s Word should be our ____________________ companion, always in our minds and hearts giving instructions and directions.

11. When we are not living up to God’s standards the Bible will shine a light on were we need to change. Is it always pleasant for God to shine a light on an area in our life that needs to change?

Why or why not?

12. Along with rebuke, the Bible offers words of hope, __________________________and love.

13. What does rebuke mean?

14. All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. What does doctrine mean?

What does reproof mean?

What does correction mean?

What does instruction mean?

15. According to Ephesians 5:8-14 believers

* are to find out what is ________________________ to the Lord.

* are not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of ____________________.

*  are to __________________ the unfruitful works of darkness.

16. When a person accepts Jesus as their Savior they are made ____________________ alive.

17. God expects a believer’s _____________ to change.

18. Believers must walk _________________ of the Lord and the forgiveness that we received.

19. If a person says that they have fellowship with Jesus and walk darkness they _____________, and do not practice the truth.

20. When a person walks in the light as Jesus is in the light, we have ______________________ with God.

21. There is no ________________________ or ____________ in God.

22. We must have God’s _______________________ and God’s morals.

23. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will keep us from ________________ against God.

24. What happens to a person who does not believe in the name of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God?

25. People who practice evil hate the light – they love the ______________________.

26. Why does a person who practices evil hate the light?

27. What will God’s light do to your life?

28. Those that do not believe in Jesus will receive ______________________.

29. The Light of Jesus Christ reveals sin and enables us to see ourselves as we _____________ are and as God sees us.

30. The true believer ______________________ the light of Jesus shining in them.

31. When we accept Jesus as our Savior our life must reflect what?

32. When we hide God’s Word in our heart it will help us not to ______________.

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