Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 3 – Peace (Psalm 46:10)
LESSON: PEACE – How to have peace in our hearts.
”Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
Psalm 46 talks about how God is our refuge (place of protection) and our strength, and how God is always there to help uswhen trouble comes our way. It tells us not to be afraid even when things like earthquakes, floods and even wars happen around us because our God is an Almighty God and He will take care of those who call on His name.
Tell the story from the bible (Mark 4:35-41) about how Jesus calmed the storm.
Summary: Jesus and his disciples were on a boat. When Jesus was taking a nap, a fierce storm came down on the boat. The disciples woke up Jesus because they were scared that they were going to drown. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Then the storm simply stopped. The disciples were amazed that Jesus could calm a storm.
Question: What does this story tell us about Jesus?
Jesus is powerful and even the wind and the waves obey Him.
Jesus is able to protect us from the storm.
Ask: Do you know of any other bible story when God also controlled the wind and the waves? (Lead the children to the story about Moses and the parting of the Red Sea from Exodus 14).
Summary: The Israelites had just left Egypt and were now free, but then Pharaoh changed his mind and had his army follow them. They were trapped because the Red Sea was in front of them while Pharaoh’s army was behind them. Moses told them in verse 13-14, “Do not be afraid.Stand firm and you will seethe deliverance theLordwill bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never seeagain.TheLordwill fightfor you; you need only to be still.” And Moses did what the Lord said and stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the wind to divide the waters and give them dry land to walk on.
Question: What does this story have in common with the first one?
God showed Moses and the Israelites that He can control the wind and the waves of the Red Sea, just like Jesus was able to control the storm.
What do these 2 stories show us?
God and Jesus are one. Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.” – John 10:30
IN ORDER TO HAVE PEACE, we need only to BE STILL. This means to STOP WORRYING and LET GOD BE GOD. True peace comes from knowing this truth (Psalm 46:10) in our hearts so we do not have to worry when problems and trouble comes. Instead, we can trust God, pray to Him and thank Him knowing that our God is an all-powerful God who loves us and will take care of us. When we call on Jesus, He will surround us with His peace in our hearts for He is the Prince of Peace.
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)
LESSON: PEACE – Blessed are the peacemakers
” Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”– Matthew 5:9
Lesson Presentation: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)
Ask students, Have you ever gotten into a fight with one of your friends?
How do you make up and get to be friends with that person again? Do you go tell them you’re sorry?
What if the fight was the other person’s fault? Could you still be the one to go talk to them first, before they told you they were sorry, and try and be friends with them again?
Read Matthew 5:9 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (NIV).
What do you think a “peacemaker” is? It’s someone who makes peace between two people. When two people get into a fight, a peacemaker can help them stop fighting and help them be friends again.
Did you know that Jesus was our peacemaker? He made peace between us and God. We were in a fight with God. We were always doing wrong things and not listening to God and God could have punished us for those things. But instead, God wanted to have peace with us. And even though we were the ones who were doing the wrong things, even though we started the fight with God, God was the one who sent Jesus to talk to us and to make peace between us and God. Jesus died on the cross for all those wrong things that we do and now, if we believe in Jesus, we have peace with God. Jesus came to us first, to make peace between us and God.
Jesus wants you to go to your friends first, too, even when you weren’t the one who started the fight, to make peace with them. If you do that, if you will be a person that tries to make peace with other people, you will be like Jesus and God will be happy with you.
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 1 – Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace
”For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
Lesson Presentation: (Teachers: You may choose to make a brief explanation about the others names, but the main focus is about Jesus as the ‘Prince of Peace.’)
1. This verse from the book of Isaiah is a well-known prophecy about the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is called by many names that reflect the different aspects of his person and how he deals with us.
2. Names of Jesus:
a. Wonderful counselor – While “wonderful” can also mean “marvelous” or “awe-inspiring,” counselor means “adviser” or one who helps others. This is why we should listen to his teachings and strive to obey them.
b. Mighty God – Jesus tells us in Mark 10:27 that “All things are possible with God.” Truly our God is an Almighty God.
c. Everlasting Father – In the book of John chapter 1, we learn that the Word was with God from the beginning, and this Word, the one that was made flesh and dwelt among us, all things were made through Him and by Him (John 1:1-3, 14). And we know that this is referring to Jesus, who is our “Immanuel” or “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus revealed to us the character and nature of the Father.
d. Prince of Peace – The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is our Prince of Peace.
i. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Every single person has committed a mistake or made bad choices that caused pain, conflict and suffering.
ii. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior” (Colossians 1:21). Sin has made us “enemies” of God. The bad things we do separate us from a holy God and keep us away from His love.
iii. “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”(Romans 5:10). But even when we deserved to be punished, God so loved us that He made a way for us to be “reconciled” or be at peace with Him again. Jesus came to restore peace between God and men.
iv. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). When we humble ourselves and acknowledge that the only way to be at peace with God is to believe in Jesus, then we are able to receive the gift of salvation and eternal life.