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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: God is love. It is His goodness (His love and kindness) that has brought you and me to repentance. It is His blood that was shed on the cross and body broken all for love’s sake …all for our sake. Think of what your life would have been like had you never heard the Good News – the message of your salvation. What might your life look like without a relationship with Jesus, Holy Spirit’s indwelling, and communion with the Father?
How would you ever know of a love encounter so awesome that it’s simply indescribable? How would you ever know of the love of the Father if you had not first comprehended and received it through the life of the Son? How would you know? How would you know that God loves you? He died for you. You are special and perfect in His eyes. He wants the very best for you. He will protect you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You are always accepted by Him because He will never reject you. How would you know all of this had you never been introduced to Jesus, God in flesh?
Would you know that you can call upon Him in the day of trouble and He will give you rest? When going through trials and tribulations would you have hope and know that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning? How would you know that no weapons formed against you shall prosper? In times of lack would you be able to understand that God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus? When going through health issues would you know that He has sent His word and healed you, and delivered you from your destruction? How would you know that He works all things out for your good? How would you know that in His presence there is fullness and joy?
The blood of Jesus has saved you. The blood of Jesus has delivered you. The blood of Jesus has healed you. Thank God for the Good News!
Read Titus 3:1-8 and share.
THE OVERALL MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:
- 1) Understand that God created everyone on earth and wants a personal relationship with each of them.
- 2) Understand that Jesus died on the cross to save everyone on earth from sin.
- 3) Understand that Jesus has commanded us (all Believers) to tell everyone on earth about His kingdom so they can have a personal relationship with God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
- 1) Bible Verse Arsenal – Lesson 17 Good News
- 2) Lesson 17 – Good News – The Lord’s Prayer
- 3) Full Armor of God – ABCs
- 4) 8X11 sheets of drawing paper (for art work)
- 5) Crayons, markers, and color pencils
MODULE MEMORY VERSE: Acts 2:21 – Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
LESSON #1: THE GREAT COMMISSION
PRECEPT #1: Jesus wants us (all Believers) to tell everyone about Him and His kingdom.
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 28:16-20 – Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 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.SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION:
SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION: Jesus called His disciples to the mountain. When the disciples went to the mountain and saw Jesus they worshipped Him. The scripture tells us that some of the disciples doubted this means that some disciples had little faith (belief) and some of them had big faith (belief). Then Jesus told all of them “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Jesus was saying “I have been given the right to command everything and everyone. I’m Boss (Ruler) over everything and everyone in heaven and on earth.” After Jesus told His disciples this He commanded all of them (disciples with big faith and disciples with little faith) to go and tell people about Him and His kingdom so others could be saved from sin (born again). Jesus also commanded all His disciples to teach the new Believers how to obey Him.
Before Jesus’s death and resurrection (coming back to life) He use to take His disciples to different places to preach to people and teach them about God and His kingdom. Jesus would bless people by healing them, feeding time, and showing kindness and love to them. He did all of this to teach people about God and His Kingdom so they could believe in Him and have a personal relationship with God. Jesus wants us to tell people around us about Him.
There are many people on earth – many little kids like you and adults like me who don’t know about Jesus. Some of them have never heard His name (Jesus) and this hurts His heart a lot. It hurts Jesus’s heart because He died on the cross to save them. He died on the cross so that everyone on earth could have a personal relationship with God (the Father, Son (Him/ Jesus), and Holy Spirit). Jesus doesn’t want anyone to be separated from God this is why He defeated sin; remember sin separates us (pulls us away) from God.
ACTIVITY #1: Pass out large sheets of construction paper and crayons to the children. Instruct them to draw a picture of something that they’re really interested in, something they really like to do or something they really care about.
After the children have completed their drawings have each student share with the class what they drew. Make sure to have each student tell why what they drew means a lot to them (NOTE: Ask them to relay how it makes their heart feel). Remember to give positive feedback and encouragement after each presentation.
Next, after all the students have presented relay to the class the following: Do you know that Jesus cares about what each of you care about? Do you know that Jesus is interested in the things that you’re interested in? Jesus cares and He’s interested in everything that matters to you because He loves you! He can help you in the things you like to do and He can help your family too. Jesus can help you in any area of your life.
NOTE: If the children want to ask questions engage them in an open discussion. Remember to be conscious of always pointing/ directing them to Jesus (i.e. the Good News) in your responses. Also always give positive feedback and encouragement.
Next, instruct the children to draw a image of Jesus in their pictures (NOTE: They can draw Jesus standing and watching them, watching over them, etc.).
After they’ve completed the drawing of Christ follow-up by relaying the following: Jesus cares about what each of you care about. Just like in the pictures you all made He (Jesus) is always right there with each of you – helping, loving, and caring for all of you.
ACTIVITY#2: The activity is two-fold – 1) help the children get comfortable with verbally expressing (sharing) what Jesus means to them with others and 2) teaching the children the ABCs (Accept, Believe, Confess) of leading another to Christ. NOTE: Split the activity up into 2 separate exercises.
Depending on the size of the class put the students into small groups.
Next, open the activity by relaying to the children the following: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Everyone on earth wants and needs love. Many people don’t know that Jesus loves them. Romans 2:4b tell us “the goodness of God leads you into repentance.” Remember repentance means to feel sorry for doing bad/ wrong and turning away from bad/ wrong (sin). It’s good to tell people that God is love and Jesus loves them. Let’s tell others about Jesus just like He commanded us to do.
ACTIVITY #3: Continue with the following to introduce sharing your faith: A great way to tell a person that Jesus loves them is by first telling them what Jesus means to you. After you share what Jesus means to you then you can tell the person that Jesus loves them too.
Next, have each student verbally express (share) what Jesus means to them (i.e. Jesus cares about me and my family, Jesus makes me feel safe, Jesus loves me, etc.). If a child is timid or just doesn’t want to share with the group don’t force the child instead give positive and supportive encouragement …they’ll come around in their own time.
ABC (Accept, Believe, Confess)
NOTE: Use the ABC sheet when presenting. Also go through the ABCs with the children until they have memorized the simple three steps for sharing with others.
Next relay the following: After you tell the person what Jesus means to you and you let them know that Jesus loves them too you can ask them if they know Jesus. If they say no you can ask them if they want Jesus to come into their life? If the person says yes then tell them about the ABCs:
- 1) A - Admit that we are sinners because we all do wrong and bad.
- 2) B – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth, and died on the cross to take away all of our sins.
- 3) C – Confess that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to come into our lives; Jesus will come just like we ask!
Close the activity by stating: It’s a great thing to have Jesus in your life and Holy Spirit living in you but sometimes people may say no – they don’t want to know Jesus. If that ever happens then ask the person if you can pray with them. Tell the person that Jesus still loves them. Pray for God to bless the person and their family. Remember to make sure to pray that one day the person will know Jesus.
(OPTIONAL) ACTIVITY#4: Relay to the children that another great way to tell another kids about the Jesus is by teaching them the Lord’s Prayer.
Next, pass out copies of the Lord’s Prayer to the children and read it together. After reading the prayer explain the meaning of it to the class. When explaining the verses refer to precepts from previous lessons (i.e. Holy Spirit will help keep us from temptation by showing us good/ right from bad/ wrong, Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, etc.). NOTE: Remember to give short review points of perviously taught precepts as the purpose of this activity is to teach and explain the Lord’s prayer to the children in order for them to teach and explain it to others.
1) “Our Father in heaven”
- God is our Father who made us. He lives in heaven.
2) “Hallowed be Your name”
- A praise to God to say that He is holy.
3) “Your kingdom come”
- A declaration for God to be the ruler over all things.
4) “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
- A declaration for God to do what He wants to do (rule) on earth as He does in heaven.
5) “Give us this day our daily bread.”
- A request for God to provide for us and support us this day.
6) “And forgive us our debts,”
- A request for God to forgive us of sins (disobedience, bad/ wrong, offense) that we’ve done.
7) “As we forgive our debtors.”
- A statement that we forgive (and will forgive) others who sin (do bad/ wrong) towards us.
8) “And do not lead us into temptation”
- Keep us from getting tricked by the devil by believing in bad/ wrong thoughts and following them (acting them out by what we do and say).
9) “But deliver us from evil.”
- A request for God to help us not sin and a request for God to protect us from evil.
10)“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”
- A praise to God saying that He is the ruler over everything. God has all the power and honor forever.
WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): Jesus saved you from sin so you could have a personal relationship with God (the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit). Believing and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the only way to have a personal relationship with God. You should go out and tell everyone about Jesus so they can have a personal relationship with God (the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit) too.
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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