Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 4 – Peace (Psalm 34:14)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 4 – Peace (Psalm 34:14)

Memory Verse:  “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14

 

Bible Verses from Romans 12:9-21

Interpretation / Application

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Even if it seems like everybody is doing something which you know to be wrong and it is “acceptable,” it is still wrong. Stand up for what you know is right.
10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Be nice to each other. Avoid arguing, and instead, show respect for other people’s opinions.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Read your Bible and pray everyday! Go to church to worship God every Sunday.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Do not worry when God does not seem to have a quick answer to a prayer. Wait patiently.
13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Be generous with your time, money and talents because all these are gifts from the Lord.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Do not say bad things about other people, even if they hurt you. Pray for them instead.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Do not be envious when other people get good things; learn to be happy for others. And don’t laugh at other people’s mistakes.
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.c Do not be conceited. “Huwag magyabang!” Be humble and try to be friends with all kinds of people. Do not think you are better than anyone else.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Always think of how you can be a blessing to others. Be a good example.
18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do what it takes to keep peace, even if it means sacrificing what you want for the sake of others.
19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d says the Lord. Do not take revenge on anyone that has hurt you. Forgive others even if they do not ask forgiveness; ask God for help to forgive as He forgave us.
20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”e Show kindness to those who are unkind. Sometimes, they are unkind because they have been hurt by others before. Be a channel of the blessing of  healing, comfort  and love.
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Defeat the enemy by being a soldier of Christ.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 2 – Peace (Matthew 5:9)

LESSON: PEACE – Blessed are the peacemakers

Memory Verse:

“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.)

  1. Have you ever gotten into a fight with one of your friends?
  2. How do you make up and get to be friends with that person again? Do you go tell them you’re sorry?
  3. 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?
  4. Read Matthew 5:9 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (NIV).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
    PRAY: Ask God for help in being a peacemaker like Jesus.=

Source: http://freechildrensbiblelessons.blogspot.com/2011/07/blessed-are-peacemakers.html

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 1 – Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 3 PART 1 – Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

LESSON: PEACE
Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Memory Verse:

”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 other 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.

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 2 – Joy (Psalm 37:4)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 2 – Joy (Psalm 37:4)

LESSON: JOY

Memory Verse: “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4

Bible Story: 2 Kings 4:8-17: THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN AND ELISHA

Lesson Presentation:

What does “Delight yourself in the Lord” mean? This verse tells us that we are to find JOY in pleasing God. It implies putting God first in our lives and living our lives the way he would want us to.

  1. A good example of a person who delighted herself in the Lord is the Shunammite woman. The Shunammite woman was not a member of the chosen people called Israelites, but like the Good Samaritan, she did not hesitate to show compassion for a Jew. She saw Elisha as a man of God and felt in her heart a desire to bless him by providing him with food every time he passed by their village. After some time, she thought it would be good to build a room for Elisha so that he would have a comfortable place to stay in whenever he travelled to Shunem. She acted out of love for her neighbor and this pleased the Lord.
  2. The Shunammite woman did all these good things for Elisha out of the goodness of her heart, without expecting or asking for anything in return. In fact, when Elisha asked her what he could do for her to show his gratitude, the Shunammite woman basically said she didn’t need anything because she was content to have a home with her people. It was Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, who revealed that the Shunammite woman had no child.  And we know by her reaction that it was an innermost desire of her heart to have a child that she did not want to have her hopes raised if she wasn’t going to have one.
  3. Truly, we should not do good things so that others will repay us, but instead GLADLY show kindness to others out of the goodness in our hearts because this delights God. Remember that the 2nd greatest commandment is to love our neighbor. In the case of the Shunammite woman, when she showed genuine love and compassion for Elisha the prophet, the Lord saw her heart. And through Elisha, God blessed the Shunammite woman with the desire of her heart — a son.
  4. In our daily lives, when we show genuine love and compassion for other people, especially when we SERVE GLADLY and GIVE CHEERFULLY, we are delighting ourselves in the Lord. And though we do not do good deeds to be rewarded, we often find ourselves being blessed in one way or another because God is faithful and wants to bless his children who please Him.
  5. When our delight is the Lord, then OUR HEART’S GREATEST DESIRE IS TO BE WITH HIM, and so more than any material possession or earthly gift, it is his loving presence in our lives that is the greatest blessing we do receive.

SCRIPTURE READING:

2 Kings 4:8-17: THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN AND ELISHA

8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”

11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’”

She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”

14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked.

Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”

15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”

“No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”

17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.

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Making God’s Word Simple and Practical

Nehemiah 8:8, 12 NIV

8 “They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.”

12 “Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”
The reading of God’s Word brings about the fruit of joy when its meaning is made clear; God has given certain people in the church such as pastors and teachers the gift of exhortation so that the Scriptures may be explained and others may understand. Diligent study, prayer and meditation play a big part for those called to preach, and careful attention and an open and teachable heart a must for those who listen. But in all this, true knowledge and understanding — along with the wisdom on how to use what is learned — comes from the Holy Spirit.

BJU Bible Class scroll craft

BJU Bible Class scroll craft

We are blessed because we have the Word of God as a lamp to our feet and a light on our path (Psalm 119:105), but how can it be so if people complicate it and make doctrines and teachings that make it hard to understand? Let us therefore allow God’s Word to be what He intended it to be — a bright star that guides our way as we move away from the darkness of this world and into His glorious light!

As I grow in God’s grace each day, I’ve found that the best way for the Bible to be understood is to make it practical. Use every opportunity and circumstance to reflect and apply bible verses and allow it do its work in our lives. We try to learn and memorize scripture but it will only get to really shine its light on us when we find ourselves in a situation where we are able to actually apply it.

Learning God's Word thru crafts and coloring pages

Learning God’s Word thru crafts and coloring pages (BJU Bible Class crafts and Kids Church activities)

In our case, it could be as simple as going on what we initially assumed to be an uneventful and fairly short car trip to claim the iPhone5 that my husband won for me from a facebook contest (Yey! It’s really free! What a wonderful gift!) But, as all good trips go, we got lost. For three hours we drove through the night trying to find the office where to claim the phone. At first we were fine, singing along with really nice acoustic versions of Hillsong praise and worship music, but eventually, our nearly 1-year-and-a-half-old Sam started to get bored and so did 5-year-old Ate Allyra. So it became a lesson in patience and creativity, because we all tried to keep our cool while inventing a million and a half ways to keep the kids busy in the car. We also used the opportunity to teach about prayer, and since we were lost, the most logical bible story that came to mind was the parable of the lost sheep. I asked my daughter whom she thought would be able to find the lost sheep, which at that time meant US, and without hesitation, she replied, “The Good Shepherd!” So she led us in prayer and it went something like this:

“Father God, our Good Shepherd, please help us to be found and protect us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

Simple, right? But it was truly heartwarming to hear our little one pray so innocently, and trusting our Father God, our Good Shepherd, so fully.

Indeed, there are so many spiritual applications to the parable of the lost sheep; it has been preached and taught in so many ways, but I believe that for our family, that particular “Word of God” became most “alive” for us that day. And of course, God is truly faithful, we eventually got found, claimed our free gift and went home.

As I love to claim and exclaim, “God is good, ALL THE TIME!” Be blessed!

Writing and Experience story

Writing and Experience story