Authority

KINGDOM AUTHORITY
 

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Jesus trust us. Our Savior sincerely trust that we meant every word of the confession made when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. He stands steadfast in His work on the cross. Sin’s grip and power over us has been destroyed and satan defeated by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He said “It is finished!” and He meant it.

Jesus believes in us. We’ve heard the Gospel of truth and we believed. He believes that our confession is real. Our Savior believes that we will be faithful in our love and obedience to Him …this is why He has given each of us His authority. Jesus Christ believes in us! The God of the universe believes in you and me!

He trusts that each of us will use the authority He has given to us for His glory. He trusts that we truly understand and believe that His work has been done. He trust that we know and understand that we are to occupy until He comes. He trust that we’ll take His authority (exousia) given to us, rely on His power (dunamis) placed in us, and go to all nations with the Gospel of peace. He trust that we’ll live out the work of the cross in us and through us. He trust that we’ll take the authority given to us and use His name. He trust that we’ll speak into the dry places and call them rivers of living water. He trust that we’ll take the authority bestowed upon us and heal the sick, help the needy, bind & lose, and set the captives free. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

It is finished! He has done it! The work is done! Use the authority that you’ve been given and do as He has commanded …the harvest is plenty!

Read John 21:1-17. It is finished; occupy until He comes.

 

THE OVERALL MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that Jesus Christ has authority over everything.
  • 2) Understand that Jesus gave His authority to all those who believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
  • 3) Understand that as Believers they are to use the authority Jesus gave them to spread the kingdom of God.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 

LESSON #1: JESUS’S AUTHORITY

PRECEPT #1: Jesus has authority (rulership) over everything.

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 8:5-10 – Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION:

SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION: Jesus and His disciples came to a town called Capernaum to teach and preach about God and show people how much God loves them. When Jesus was standing with people around him a high ranking Roman officer called a centurion came to Jesus begging for His help. The centurion told Jesus that one of his servants was very sick; he begged Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus said yes that He would go to the centurion’s house and heal the servant. As soon as Jesus said that the centurion said something great! The centurion said “But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” The centurion’s faith (belief) in Jesus was great! The centurion knew with out a doubt that Jesus was the Son of God! He believed in Jesus!

Right away the centurion gave Jesus (and everyone standing around them) a very special reason for why he believed that Jesus could heal the servant right away without going to his house. He said “I am also a man with authority.” The centurion explained how he tells the army soldiers what to do and they obey him because He has authority over them. What the centurion was saying is “Jesus you’re the boss over everything! Everything in this world listens to you and obeys you! Jesus you only have to tell sickness to go and it will leave!” Jesus was happy to see that the centurion’s faith was great!

Authority means “the right to command”, “boss of”, “rule over”. When Jesus commanded something or someone to come they would come, when Jesus said go they would go, and when Jesus said stop they would stop. Anything Jesus told (commanded) would listen and obey Him because Jesus has authority.

Jesus told us that He is the ruler of everything. In Matthew 28:18 it tells us that “Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus used His authority to teach and tell people about God. Mark 11:28 tells us that the priest and scribes who heard Jesus teach would question him – “And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”’ They didn’t understand that Jesus was God (the Son) and had authority.

Jesus used His authority to show God’s love by healing people from sickness, broken hearts, and troubled minds. He showed God’s love by feeding people, praying for people, and showing kindness to those that others didn’t like or stayed away from (like Zaccheaus and the woman at the well). Jesus used His authority to bless others and spread the kingdom of God.

ACTIVITY #1

ACTIVITY #1: Instruct the children that you’re going to give them some examples of how Jesus used His authority. Tell them that after each example you’ll ask “Why?” and they are to shout out “Jesus has authority!” To help you get started below are some examples:

  • 1) You say “Jesus called each of His disciples and they immediately stopped what they were doing and joined Him! Why?” The children should then shout out “Jesus has authority!”
  • 2) You say “Jesus commanded the fig tree to dry up and immediately it did! Why?” The children should then shout out “Jesus has authority!”
  • 3) You say “Jesus said to the wind “Peace, be still” and the wind immediately stopped blowing! Why?” The children should then shout out “Jesus has authority!”
  • 4) You say “Jesus said to Lazarus (who was dead) “come out” and Lazarus immediately came back to life! Why?” The children should then shout out “Jesus has authority!”

NOTE: Go through the statement-response activity until you feel they children understand that authority means “the right to command”, “boss of”, “rule over” and that everything and everyone obeyed Jesus all the time.

ACTIVITY #2:

ACTIVITY #2: Hand out coloring sheets of Jesus in ministry for the children to color. Before coloring have a general question and answer discussion with the class of how Jesus used His authority to teach people about the kingdom of God and spread the kingdom of God. Once the children have completed coloring have each child explain how Jesus is using His authority the picture they’ve colored.

Close the activity by restating that every thing and every person Jesus told (commanded) to do something did it because Jesus had and will always have authority.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 – Jesus has authority (rulership) over everything.

  CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

 

LESSON #2: BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY

PRECEPT #2: Jesus has given us (people who believe in Him) His authority.

BIBLE VERSE: Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: Jesus used His authority to spread the kingdom of God. When we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and brings the kingdom of God into us. Jesus wants us to spread the kingdom of God to others by doing all the things He did. Jesus loved people, told people about God, prayed for people, helped people, and Jesus demonstrated (showed) God’s power to people.

Remember authority means “the right to command”, “boss of”, “rule over”. Jesus gave us His authority so that we could be able to spread the kingdom of God. Jesus wants all of us to tell and show people how much God loves them. He wants people to believe in Him so they can be saved from their sins. Jesus wants people to have a relationship with God.

Sometimes the devil (satan) will try to makes us feel like we don’t have any authority or he’ll try to stop us from using our authority. He tries to stop us by tempting us with sin, accusing us (saying bad and untrue things about us) or condemning us (putting us down to make us feel bad). When the devil tries to do these things always remember that he is a liar and bad guy. Pray to God and command the devil to leave you alone in Jesus name. Always remember Jesus is truth and He is a good guy. Believe what Jesus said; know that He (Jesus) has given us authority and no one can take it away.

Jesus also tells us in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” This means to:

  • 1) Keep a pure (clean, righteous) heart.
  • 2) Always confess your sins to God.
  • 3) Let the fruit of the Spirit grow in you.
  • 4) Always keep on the full armor of God.
  • 5) Use the gifts of Holy Spirit to bless others and glorify God.
  • 6) Pray for yourself, other Believers, and people around you.
  • 7) Love God, yourself and others.

Remember to love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God.

Have children energetically repeat after you:

  • 1) “I believe in Jesus!”
  • 2) “Jesus has given me His authority!”
  • 3) “I will use my authority!”
  • 4) “I will let my light shine!”

ACTIVITY#1:

ACTIVITY#1: Read Matthew 28:18-20 to the children or have the class read the passage: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.””

Next dissect/ break down the passage and the commandment given to us (Believers). Follow-up with a question and answer format discussion of the following:

  • 1) What does it mean to have Jesus’s authority?
  • 2) What does Jesus’s authority personally means to each of you?
  • 3) How can each you use the authority that you’ve been given as Jesus has commanded us to do in Matthew 28:18-20?

(OPTIONAL) ACTIVITY #2

(OPTIONAL) ACTIVITY #2: Teach the children a song praise song that will a) exalt the awesomeness of Jesus Christ, b) motivate the children’s hearts to use the authority He has given given them, and c) encourage the children to let their light shine!

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): Jesus has all authority and has given it to each of you who believes in Him. Jesus commands each of you to use your authority to spread the kingdom of God with others. Let us obey God and do it.

  CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE):

CONCLUSION (THE BIG PICTURE): Conclude by telling the children the Good News: We all make mistakes and do wrong and bad sometimes. When we do wrong and bad it is called sin. Sin is disobedience to God. We all sin. Sin separates us from God. God the Son (Jesus) came to save us from sin. Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Bible says “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). This means that if you A) admit that you are a sinner because you have done wrong and bad; B) believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, died on the cross, and came back to life to take away all of your sins; C) confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into your life; Jesus will come just like you ask!

Jesus Christ (God the Son) will come into your life and cover you with His love! Jesus will take away all your sins and you will be forgiven! He will love you and never stop loving you! He will never leave you! Jesus will send God the Holy Spirit to live in your heart. Holy Spirit will help you and fight for you! Holy Spirit will show you how to obey God. Holy Spirit will give you power to overcome (defeat) sin. Holy Spirit will help you spread God’s love to others! You will be in a relationship with God and you will never be separated from God again!

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