Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 3 – Peace (Psalm 46:10)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 3 – Peace (Psalm 46:10)

LESSON: PEACE – How to have peace in our hearts.

Memory Verse:

Be still, and know that I am God.”  – Psalm 46:10

Lesson Presentation:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. 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 see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for 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.
  1. 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.

September 23 2013 Psalm 46 10 coloring page

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Memory Verse:

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”– Matthew 22:37-39

Lesson Presentation:

  1. God gave Moses two tablets containing the Ten Commandments in Mt. Sinai.
  2. The Israelites have tried to keep theses commandments from that time until the time of Jesus. But no one could really obey these commandments completely.
  3. Jesus summarized the commandments into only two: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.
  4. When we LOVE GOD, then we:

1st Commandment:              Put God first

2nd Commandment:             Have no idols

3rd Commandment:            Will not misuse God’s name

4th Commandment:             Keep the Sabbath holy through worship and rest

5.    When we LOVE OTHERS, then we:

5th Commandment:             Honor our father and mother

6th Commandment:             Don’t kill or hurt others

7th Commandment:             Don’t commit adultery

8th Commandment:             Don’t steal

9th Commandment:             Don’t lie (bear false witness)

10th Commandment:           Don’t covet (envy)

6.  Jesus made it clear that what God wants from us is not to simply obey out of obligation or fear, but we do what God wants because we first have LOVE in our hearts.

7.  When our hearts are guided by the LOVE of GOD, then good things follow. We don’t even have to think very hard about obeying the Ten Commandments. When we LOVE GOD, we instinctively do what is right and seek to do things that please God. When we LOVE OTHERS, we also seek to do good to others and not cause them any harm.

8.  Pray for each other for God to send the Holy Spirit to each of us so that we may always be guided by God’s love in all we say, think or do.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 2 – Love (Matthew 22:37-39)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)

Memory Verse:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Lesson Presentation:

  1. Write the verse on the blackboard and have the students read it.
  2. Ask the students what they think the verse means.
  3. Discuss the following key words from the verse:
    1. God loved – God did what he did because of his great love.
    2. The world – This means ALL of us.
    3. He gave – God showed his love by giving us his very best – his own Son.
    4. Whoever believes – What we need to do is believe – have FAITH in Jesus
    5. Not perish – There is a real place called hell which is reserved for people who reject God’s Son and choose to live a life away from God.
    6. Eternal life – God has prepared a special place for those who believe in Him where there will be no more tears, pain or suffering … this wonderful place is called heaven.
  4. Substitute a student’s name to the verse so that it will read like this:

For God so loved (person’s name) that He gave His one and only Son, that if (person’s name) believes in Him, (person’s name) shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. • Say, “I would like us to recite this verse again, but this time, I want us to recite it as a blessing to each other.”  Divide group into pairs. If you have an odd number of participants, you can stand in to make the last pair. Say, “This time when you say the verse, I want you to substitute the name of your partner for some of the words.” Have the group recite the verse as a blessing for each of their partners.
  2. Say, “That was great! Now I think we are starting to see that Jesus died for each one of us. Even if your partner was the only one in the world, Jesus would have died for him or her.”
  3.  Substitute the pronoun “me”  and “I” to the verse for it to read like this:

For God so loved ME that He gave His one and only Son, that if I believe in Him, I shall not perish but have eternal life.

  1. Say, “Now I want to recite the verse again, and this time, you are going to substitute yourself for some of the words.” Have each person recite the verse out loud simultaneously, substituting “I” and “me” in the appropriate places.
  2. Ask the students, “How does that make you feel?”
  3.  Say, “Do you see? Jesus died for you! He loved you so much that He was willing to take your punishment for sin. Jesus died for everyone, and He died for anyone….anyone who would accept the gift of His death on the cross. I hope you will accept His gift.”

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Lesson Source: http://teachingthem.com/tag/john-316-object-lesson/

Coloring Page Sources: http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-316.html

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OPTIONAL BIBLE STORY: Genesis 22 (Abraham tested)

ADDITIONAL STUDY GUIDE:

http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/why-did-god-tell-abraham-kill-his-son-isaac

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 1 – Love (John 3:16)