Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 4 – Patience (2 Peter 3:9)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 4 – Patience (2 Peter 3:9)

LESSON: PATIENCE – The Lord God has been patient with mankind.

Memory Verse:  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  – 2 Peter 3:9

(For younger kids: “The Lord is…patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”)

Bible Story: Luke 13:6-9 “The Parable of the Fig Tree”

A man had a fig tree in his garden and came again too see if it had any fruit but he couldn’t find any.  One day, he said to his gardener, “Look, for three years now I have been waiting for this fig tree to bear fruit, and it doesn’t even have a single fig! Cut it down! Why should we let it continue taking up space and using up the soil?”

The gardener replied, “Give it one more chance, Sir! Just one more year!  I will take special care of it and give it fertilizer. If we get figs next year, then that would be good! If not, you can cut it down.”

Context:

Right before Jesus told this parable, some people had been telling Him about some bad people who had been severely punished. Jesus told them this parable to explain to them how God’s love and mercy works. He used the example of a fig tree to explain that God tests our hearts by our “fruits.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think the owner wants to cut down the fig tree? (because it has no fruit.)
  2. How many years has the owner waited for the fig tree to bear fruit? (3 years)
  3. Who stopped the owner from cutting the tree? (the gardener)
  4. What was the gardener’s plan? (to take extra care of the fig tree)
  5. What happens if the tree still doesn’t bear fruit after a year? (it will be cut down)

What does the story mean?

  • The man represents God the Father who checks on each tree he planted in the garden.
  • The fig tree represents the people of God. The fruits are the result of a heart turned to God; the fruits of righteousness or the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in a Christian’s life.
  • Jesus is the gardener who intercedes (prays) on behalf of the people so that God will give them one more chance.
  • This parable is about second chances. The Lord could have chosen to punish all the people who continue to rebel againstim because He has already given the people much time for them to repent and turn to God, but because of His great love and mercy, He has given us another chance to bear fruit.
  • As 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, God has been very patient with mankind, and He has extended His grace to us and blessed us with the gift of Jesus Christ who died for our sins so that we may not perish (be cut down). God wants people to REPENT and allow Jesus to nourish their hearts with His Word. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will eventually show the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)

LESSON: PATIENCE is putting our trust in God.

Memory Verse:  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”– Psalm 37:7

BIBLE LESSON: Saul and David

Things started out really well for David; David had been anointed by the prophet Saul to be the next king; he was given an opportunity to sit close to the royal family as the king’s musician and the armor-bearer, then he became the local hero after killing the giant named Goliath, and soon after that, he got promoted to being a commander of the king’s troops. He had great success in everything he did, and while most of the people were pleased with him, king Saul had become jealous of all the attention and praise David was getting. Eventually, Saul’s jealousy had become so great that he attempted to kill David himself by hurling a spear at him while David played the harp for him. Saul also tried to trick David into going into battle hoping that their enemies would kill him, but to Saul’s dismay, David would always win. Saul even sent men to go to David’s house and kill him, but they too failed in their mission.

David had every reason to seek revenge. He had done nothing wrong to the king; in fact, he had done much good by giving the kingdom of Saul many victories in their battles with their enemies. He wrote some of the Psalms asking God to protect him from his enemies, because David had to flee – he ran from Saul and for 7 years, he had to endure many hardships because of the threat on his life.

On one occasion, Saul pursued David and his men in the desert of En Gedi. Saul went alone inside a cave to relieve himself, but he didn’t know that David and his men were actually inside that cave hiding! While Saul was distracted, David quietly crept up to him and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. As soon as Saul left the cave, David called out to him and humbly showed Saul the corner of the robe he cut. He tried to make Saul see that David never intended any harm to Saul, so Saul had no reason to pursue him and try to kill him.

11Your Majesty, look at what I’m holding. You can see that it’s a piece of your robe. If I could cut off a piece of your robe, I could have killed you. But I let you live, and that should prove I’m not trying to harm you or to rebel. I haven’t done anything to you, and yet you keep trying to ambush and kill me.

12 I’ll let the Lord decide which one of us has done right. I pray that the Lord will punish you for what you’re doing to me, but I won’t do anything to you.” – 1 Samuel 24:11-12(CEV)

APPLICATION:

David found himself with an opportunity to kill Saul, but he chose not to. David instead chose to show the meaning of “grace.” “Grace” is underserved favor; it means receiving something good even if we did not deserve it. Instead of complaining, he prayed. Instead of killing Saul, David tried to show Saul how he honored him as God’s chosen king. Instead of taking revenge for all the bad that Saul had done to him, David has chosen to show him grace by just cutting the edge of Saul’s robe instead of killing him. David hoped that by proving that he did not intend to harm Saul, he could persuade Saul to stop trying to kill him.

David also showed how to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” David could have killed Saul when he had the chance and so become king; this would be to fulfill through his own actions the promise of God to him when Samuel anointed him. But did David do this? No. David chose to wait patiently for the Lord’s time because he knew that the Lord will always uphold the good and the righteous; he will punish the evil and make things right. We may not know when and how God is going to do this, but we can trust that God will always do what He says He will do; we need only to trust Him. Just like David, we should not be angry or frustrated, because anger can lead to sin. All sinners will disappear and be destroyed, but if we trust the LORD, we will be blessed. God hears all our prayers and His goodness and justice will prevail.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Read: Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

nov 18 2013 Psalm 37 7 coloring page

 

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 2 – Patience (Isaiah 40:31)

LESSON: PATIENCE is waiting on the LORD with hope in our hearts.

Memory Verse:  “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Simple Explanation: (for younger students) 

Verses from Isaiah 40

Truths from God’s Word

v. 28  “Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”

The Lord our God created everything; and He is a loving God, merciful and; and we may not always understand His ways, but we can always trust Him.

v. 29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

When we call on His name, He will listen. He is our helper and our source of strength.

v. 30 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;”

If we only use our own strength and wisdom, or the strength and wisdom of other people (such as the government officials or even our own parents and teachers), we can only do so much. The wisdom and strength of people is not enough.

V. 31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;    they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

But if we trust and depend on God, no storm is too big, no pain too great, no obstacle too difficult. God will help us overcome and be victorious. He will not let us fall; He will lift us up, sustain us and strengthen us.

Bible History (for older students)

Isaiah 40 is written by the prophet Isaiah mostly for the people of Jerusalem. Isaiah lived during the time when God’s people had already separated into two kingdoms and people kept on turning away from the true God. Many of those who became kings of both the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah) were evil kings who worshipped idols and led the people to sin. God has been very patient with His people and sent them prophets to warn them, and has also allowed them to suffer under the hands of other pagan nations so that they would return to Him, but they kept disobeying God and time was running out for them. Because their sins had become too great, God was going to let them be defeated by their enemies; their cities would be destroyed and even the magnificent temple of Solomon would be completely ruined, and many of their people would be taken into captivity while the rest will be scattered among the nations.

 

It was a sad time because the people were going to get what they deserved. God made a covenant with the Israelites all the way from the time of Abraham. Covenant means “promise; and God is faithful to His promises. God made a promise that He would protect His people and bless them if they obey His commandments and do not worship other gods (the false idols of the people who lived around them). But, starting from King Solomon and all throughout the next 250 years of the Kings, the kings themselves turned away from God. They disobeyed God by marrying the women from the pagan nations and these pagan women led them to worship their false gods. The priests of the Lord were supposed to serve the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but now they served in the worship of false idols. Eventually, things became so bad that they even put their false idols made of stone or metal in the temple of God Himself, the magnificent temple that King Solomon had built so that the Lord God would “dwell” or “live” with His people.

Because of their great sins and because the people did not follow their part of the covenant; God removed His protection from them and let them be captured by their enemies. But Isaiah now speaks to them about God’s grace. Grace means “underserved favor. It means getting something good which we do not deserve. And because God loves His people even though they sinned against Him, He is now telling them through Isaiah that He has a plan, a good plan; and that one day, a Savior will come. God will restore His nation completely. Though there are many things that we don’t understand and there will be many trials and problems and difficulties, God is now telling them, and even us, that we have a reason to hope. God is true to His promises, we can be sure of that.

Additional points to ponder: How do we know we can trust God?

  • Isaiah is one of the most famous prophets in the Bible. Many of the prophecies he made especially about the coming of Jesus Christ have been fulfilled. The whole Bible is filled with such prophecies that history has shown us to have occurred just as prophesied. This is one way God gives us assurance that if He says in the Bible that it is going to happen, then, it will surely happen.
  • For this chapter in the book of Isaiah, the prophecy being made was an assurance to God’s people, the Israelites, that though many bad things will happen to their nation, God wants them to know that He has not completely abandoned them.
  • God has a covenant or “promise” to the Israelites, and that is, if the people would obey God’s voice and follow His commandments, then God would bless them and protect them from their enemies. But if they turn away from God and disobey his commandments (for example: the making of idols and worshipping them as mentioned in the warning in Deuteronomy 4:4), then God would allow them to suffer in the hands of their enemies. Their cities and homes will be destroyed and they would lose possession of their land. They will be scattered among the nations.
  • Israel has broken the covenant (or “promise”) they made to God, which was to love and serve Him only and not other gods. True enough, Israel was defeated many times and in fact, during the time that Jesus was on earth, the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. On 70.AD, much of Jerusalem and the SecondTemple was completely destroyed.
  • In 1948, after almost 2000 years, Israel again became a nation. In 1967, they regained control of Jerusalem after the Six-Day-War.
  • In just half a decade, this small nation which is constantly under threat of war from the surrounding Arab nations has become one of the most powerful nations in the whole world.
  • Just as God has fulfilled the promise of sending the Messiah 2,000 years ago, God will also fulfill his promise of a new heaven and new earth in the future, where there will be no more suffering, no pain and no tears.
  • At present while we are patiently waiting for the Lord’s second coming, we can depend on His Word that if we put our hope in Him, call on His name and have faith in Jesus, we will overcome any trials and challenges in our lives.

God is good! If we put our hope in Him and trust Him with all our hearts, then He will sustain us! 

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 1 – Patience (Hebrews 6:15)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 1 – Patience (Hebrews 6:15)

LESSON: PATIENCE is not easy, but we need to be patient and trust God.

Memory Verse:  “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” – Hebrews 6:15

BIBLE STORY:

The biblical account of Abraham, Sarah, and their son Isaac is found in Genesis 17, 18, and 21 .  Read the story from your Bible OR tell it in this condensed version .

God appeared to Abram and promised him 3 things:

  1. That he would become the father of many nations
  2. That God would give him and his descendants a new land to call their own
  3. That through him, all nations of the world would be blessed by God.

Abram was puzzled, especially with the first promise. This was because he and his wife, Sarai, were very old and had no children.  How could he have many descendants when he had no children of his own? Abram was already 75 years old and Sarai was 65 – they were already supposed to be grandparents at their age!

But, God keeps His promises. When Abram was already 99 years old, God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah and promised that He would bless them with a son the following year.  Abraham fell face down and laughed when God told him that he would be a father.  Sarah laughed, too, when she overheard the news that she would become a mother.  They were just too old to become parents!  It seemed impossible! But is anything really impossible with God?

True enough, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when their baby boy, Isaac, was born… just as God promised! Abraham and Sarah needed patience when they were waiting for their promised son.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:

  • Direct the children to stand in a circle. Since Abraham was 100 years old when his son, Isaac, was born, tell the children that you are going to count to 100, with each of the children giving a number in numerical order.  When someone reaches the number 5 or a multiple of 5, he says “Be Patient!”

Example:  The leader says 1, the next player says 2, next is 3, then 4, and then the next player says “Be Patient!” Play continues with 6, 7, 8, 9, and then “Be Patient!” After the number 99, EVERYONE shouts:  “Be Patient!”  The quicker the count, the more difficult the game.  If a person misses his number or forgets the count, he sits down at his place in the circle.

  •  Younger children will enjoy singing the familiar song “Father Abraham.”

DISCUSSION:

Encourage the children to give examples of times when they have needed patience.  Promote conversation and discussion with these questions:

●   What are some things that require patience?   (Learning to play a musical instrument, waiting for a seed to grow, waiting until you’re old enough to do something, etc.)

●   Name a situation that you are waiting for or  something that you want to happen in your life. Why is God’s timing more important than your timing?

(Answers will vary.)

Lesson resource: http://www.veggietales.com/downloads/1-Abe%20and%20the%20amazing%20promise.pdf

Nov 4 2013 Hebrews 6 15 coloring page