Power Actions

POWER ACTION

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TEACHER’S DEVOTIONAL: Every parent loves and cherishes their newborn and all the love & nurturing poured upon the infant is done for a purpose. Parents want to see their child grow up into a healthy and whole adult – rear and release. They want to see their child prosper and one day have a family of their own and continue the legacy.

In the same way Father God wants us to grow in our relationship with Him. We consume milk at the beginning and we’re gradually introduced to meat/ solid food (1 Corinthians 3:2). The milk diet starts the process of empowering us to grow in our relationship with God and live out our faith. In His goodness He has given us simple and practical defensive weapons of warfare. We have to learn how to use these weapons and arm ourselves with them in order to mature in our relationship with Him.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ tells us “enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Complacency in understanding and using our weaponry (i.e. developing intimacy with Father God) only stymies our growth. Being luke warm in our walk of faith won’t get us very far …wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.

Read 1 Timothy 6:11-15 and pursue Him.

 

THE OVERALL MODULE GOALS FOR THE CHILDREN ARE:

  • 1) Understand that the more they get to know God the more they grow in their relationship with Him.
  • 2) Understand that the more they grow in their relationship with God makes their faith (belief) in Him stronger.
  • 3) Understand that when their faith (belief) in God grows stronger they will love and obey Him more and more.

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES:

 

MODULE MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

LESSON #1: KEEPING A PURE HEART

PRECEPT #1: God wants us to have pure (clean, righteous) hearts.

BIBLE VERSE: Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: When we believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior all of our sins are forgiven. Right there and then the blood that Jesus shed on the cross washes away all sin from our hearts. Our hearts are made pure (clean, righteous) and suddenly we feel all of God’s love in us and all around us. Right away we know that God is real and right away we love Him back! This happens because we are now in a relationship with God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Right then and there we see and know that God is real and His love for us is real.

Holy Spirit then comes into us and fills our hearts with more love for God. When this happens we want to love God more and more. We want to spend time with Him and we want to glorify Him. Holy Spirit will help us to glorify God by showing us how to spend time with Him to get to know Him more. Everything that Holy Spirit shows us help us to love and obey God by keeping our hearts pure (clean, righteous) from sin. Let’s go through the powerful things Holy Spirit will show us.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: The activity should be a highly interactive review of fundamental activities all Believers should put into practice. Engage the class in question and answer discussions after each activity is reviewed. Encourage children to share how they are applying or will apply these activities in their personal relationship with God. Solicit testimonies and also give your personal testimony as encouragement to the young hearts. Remember to show children the large Bible and have children repeat each Bible verse after the activity is reviewed.

1) Reading and studying the Bible – The Bible is the word of God. It is one of the ways God talks to us to teach us about who He is, who He made us to be, and how we should live. When we read our Bibles and study what’s in it we learn right from wrong and our faith in God grows stronger. 2 Timothy 2:15a reminds us “Study to show thyself approved.”

2) Memorizing God’s word and using it – The more and more we read and study our Bibles we will start to remember God’s word in our minds and hearts. When we remember God’s word we are able to use it when the devil (satan) tries to tempt us into sin or when he tries to make us feel bad. The devil even tried to tempt Jesus but Jesus used God’s word and didn’t follow temptation. Psalm 119:11 reminds us “Thy word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

3) Sing to God – God loves receiving praises from us. He loves to hear us sing to Him. When we sing to God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) we are saying “We love you Lord! We glorify you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength! Please pour out Your Spirit on us!” Our faith in God and love for Him will grow stronger and stronger. Psalm 149:1 reminds us “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.”

4) Pray to God – Praying to God is talking to God sincerely from our hearts. We can pray to God to tell Him how great and awesome He is. We can pray to God to tell Him that something is wrong. We can pray to God to ask Him to help us or help someone else. We can pray to God for anything or about anything. God loves it when we pray to Him because He loves hearing from us. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us “Pray without ceasing.” God is saying to us “talk to me all the time. Don’t stop. I love you! I want to hear from you!”

ACTIVITY #2:

ACTIVITY #2: Relay to the children that Jesus knew how important it was to pray to God and He prayed to God (the Father) all the time. When Jesus was preaching He even taught people how to pray.

NOTE: Next instruct the children to go to Matthew 6:7-13 and have the class read through the passage out loud (i.e. select readers, read in unison, etc.).

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

  • Our Father in heaven,
  • Hallowed be Your name.
  • Your kingdom come.
  • Your will be done
  • On earth as it is in heaven.
  • Give us this day our daily bread.
  • And forgive us our debts,
  • As we forgive our debtors.
  • And do not lead us into temptation,
  • But deliver us from evil.
  • For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Jesus tells us that when we pray we should always pray from our hearts. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus shows us that we should:

  • 1) Tell God how great His.
  • 2) Let God know how much we need Him.
  • 3) Ask God for what we need.
  • 4) Ask God to forgive us.
  • 5) Ask God to keep us from temptation which leads to sin.
  • 6) Ask God to protect us from the devil (satan).

Always remember praying is talking to God sincerely from our hearts.

Next, teach the children the ACTS model of prayer. Use the construction paper letters as you present the activity. After teaching the children the model go through a few practice examples with the class. As always make it engaging and highly interactive.

  • A – ADORE; This means to love, worship, and praise God. When God hears our words of praise to Him it makes Him smile.
  • C – CONFESS; This means to tell God our sins (wrong/ bad, offense, disobedience). Remember God love us and He will always forgive us.
  • T – THANKSGIVING; This means to tell God thank you for all the great things He does for us and others.
  • S – SUPPLICATION; This means to ask God for what we need and want. It also means for you to ask God for the needs and wants of others around us.

Close the activity by relaying to the class that reading and studying the Bible, remembering & using God’s words, praising God in songs, and praying for others as well as ourselves helps us to grow up as strong Believers. When we continue (keep on) doing these things we get to know God more and more and our love and faith in Him grows.

WRAP UP:

WRAP UP: Restate precept #1 – God wants us to have pure (clean, righteous) hearts.

  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: CONFESSION OF SINS

PRECEPT #2: Telling God our sins keeps our hearts pure (clean, righteous).

BIBLE VERSE: 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION:

BIBLE VERSE INTERPRETATION: To love God is to obey God; to obey God is to love God. When sin gets into our hearts we disobey God. Sin makes our hearts dirty (unclean, feel bad). When we follow temptation (bad/ wrong thoughts) that come we will sin. Sin is bad/ wrong and it hurts us and others. Sin also hurts God very much.

Remember another thing sin does is it keeps us away from God. Sin separates us from God. This means sin pulls us away from God. It does this by making us feel bad, guilty, ashamed, and even afraid of God when we do something bad/ wrong or when someone does something bad/ wrong to us. Sometimes we feel so bad, guilty, ashamed, mad, angry, and afraid until it becomes hard for us to pray to God, obey God, and sometimes even believe in God.

Jesus wants us to always be and feel safe. God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is our safe place. We can go to God anytime we have a problem or feel bad. We should never feel ashamed to tell Him anything. We should never keep secrets from God because He already knows; so let’s tell Him everything. God promises each of us in 1 John 1:9 “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God will always forgive us if we tell Him our sin (wrong/ bad, offense). If someone sins against us (does wrong/bad) to us we should tell God and He will heal our hearts and help us to forgive them.

ACTIVITY #1:

ACTIVITY #1: Relay to the children that when we sin we need to talk to God and tell Him what we did. We need to do this so God can clean our hearts because He wants us to have pure (clean, righteous) hearts.

Next, walk through the following process and steps of confession of sin to God. Remember to make the exercise highly interactive by engaging students sharing their experiences and testimonies. Remember to share an appropriate experience or testimony from your own life as encouragement. Use the construction paper word posters as you present.

1) Recognize – This means to see clearly and understand. When we sin Holy Spirit will help us see clearly and understand (recognize) that we did something bad/ wrong. Holy Spirit will convict us of sin.

2) Admit – This means to own up/ come clean. When Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin we should not ignore Him. We should admit that we have done bad/ wrong.

3) Confess – This means to tell. When Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin we should tell God about the bad/ wrong that we did. We should do this right away. Also, this means if someone does bad/ wrong to us we should tell God what they did (NOTE: We should also tell our parents or the adult in charge).

4) Request – This means to ask. After we tell God what we did wrong we should ask Him to forgive us. Remember God promises to always forgive us and to clean our hearts. He does this by taking the sin out of our hearts.

After we confess our sins there are other things that we should always do to help our hearts stay pure (clean, righteous).

1) Forgive – This means to stop being mad. We should stop holding a grudge toward the person who did or say bad/ wrong to us. We should stop being mad at ourselves. We must pray “Dear God I forgive the person for what they did to me. In Jesus name amen” and/ or “Dear God I forgive myself. In Jesus name amen.”

2) Request – This means to ask. We should always Holy Spirit to fill us with His love. We must pray “Holy Spirit please fill me with your love and peace. In Jesus name amen.”

3) Repent – This means feel sorry for the bad/ wrong (sin, offense) we did. We should stop doing (turn away from) the bad/ wrong we did. We should keep on loving and obeying God.

Close by stating God tells us in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Whenever we have problems, whenever we sin, whenever someone sins against us we can call on God and tell Him. He will always help us.

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY):

WRAP UP (THE OVERALL MODULE TAKE AWAY): God wants you to have a pure (clean, righteous) heart. When you learn about God by studying your Bible, praising Him in songs, talking to Him in prayer, and telling Him your sins through confession He will keep your heart pure (clean, righteous).

  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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