- Ten Commandments
- The Book of Esther
- The Armor of God
- God Loves Me Series
- Genesis From Creation to the Patriarchs
- Lord's Prayer
- Easter Celebration
- Books of the Bible
- Fisher of Men
- Salvation Learning Series
- Communion Learning Series
- Giving Learning Series
- Baptism Learning Series
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
6 “You shall not murder.”
7 “You shall not commit adultery.”
8 “You shall not steal.”
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Esther was ‘was lovely in form and features’. Meaning that she was physically attractive. This is why King Xerxes chose Esther to be his Queen. Before Esther became Queen. Mordecai told her it was important to not tell anyone that she was a Jew. The Bible doesn’t tell us why Mordecai asked this of her, but he did. Esther obeyed Mordecai because he was like a father to her and she knew that God would want her to honor and obey the man who was as a father to her.
Mordecai loved Esther very much and he sat at the king’s gate to be near to where Esther lived. One time while he was sitting by the gate he overheard two men planning to kill King Xerxes. He passed this information along to Ether and she told the King. The two men were put to death. Haman was one of King Xerxes’ highest officials in the kingdom. He was a very proud man who asked that King Xerxes make a law that others has to bow down to honor him. Mordecai knew it was against God’s commandments to bow down to anyone but Him. He would not bow down to honor Haman. This angered Haman and caused him to hate Mordecai. He knew that Mordecai was a Jew so that made Haman hate all Jews.
Because Haman hated all the Jews he went to King Xerxes and asked the king to make a law that all the Jews to be killed. He said, “There are certain people who live in your land who do not obey the king’s laws.” The king listened to Haman and made a law that in the month of Adar all the Jews, men, women, and children would be destroyed. God loves His children and protects them from evil. He does not want His children hurt. Mordecai found out that the Jews were going to be destroyed. He had messengers go and tell Esther that she had to do something to stop this wicked plan. When Esther heard this news she was afraid as she knew that the king could have her killed if she angered him. Mordecai encouraged Esther and told her that it was for this time in her life that God had a plan to use her for His purposes.
Even though Esther might die, she decided that she would go to the king and tell him of this wicked plan to destroy her people. Even if it meant she might die doing it. God gave courage to Esther to go before the king. God gives courage to His children so that they can do the work He has for them. Queen Esther was trusting God to show her what to do so when the King asked her what she wanted, she invited him and Haman to a banquet. Because Esther trusted God and His timing she didn’t rush to tell Xerxes about Haman’s wicked plan. Because she waited and acted only when the time was right, God was able to work in other events that would bring together His plan for this situation. She told the king that she was a Jew and there was a law that her people were going to be killed. The king was furious! “Who would dare to think about killing you?” The king loved his wife and the thought of her being killed made him angry. Esther pointed at Haman and said the enemy who wants to destroy the Jews is this wicked Haman!” This shows how God used Mordecai and Esther to save His people from destruction.
Lesson Discussion Points:
We have been placed on this earth at this time in history for God’s plans and purposes. He knows all that is going on around us and He will use us to be a Godly influence in the lives of others around us if we choose to follow and obey Him. It may be that you have never been saved. When a person understands that they are a sinner and the only way that their sin can be forgiven is by believing that Jesus died on the Cross for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. When a person believes in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes inside his/her heart and gives them the power to live a life that pleases God. It is only when the Holy Spirit lives inside of your heart that you can be a good influence in other’s lives. Today you can be saved. Let’s pray together as we read the Bible and ask for God’s forgiveness so that you can do this today.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6: 10-17
The Belt of Truth: The belt worn by a roman soldier was important because it firmly secured the soldier’s weapons needed to fight. If we are to stand up to evil, we must be firmly secured by the truth that is found only in Jesus.
The Breastplate of Righteousness: The typical Roman soldier wore a protective covering to cover the vital organs, like the heart, the lungs, liver, etc. If any of these were injured, the life of the soldier would be in serious jeopardy. If we try to do battle over Satan’s enemies with only our own righteousness, we will never win. We need a righteousness that comes from our Savior.
Feet with the Gospel of Peace: To do battle, a soldier must be prepared to go, and good strong sandals were absolutely necessary. Likewise, before we can do battle, we must be prepared, but our preparation comes from the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news about Jesus, and through it we can tell others how they can have peace with God.
The Shield of Faith: The shield protected the Roman soldier from arrows and sword blows. Our spiritual enemies are constantly throwing arrows and thrusting swords towards us. The best way to deflect these blows is with the shield of faith. When we hold on to our shield, when we hold firm to our faith in Jesus, we can go forth boldly.
The Helmet of Salvation: An essential item for a soldier’s survival. The helmet protects the head of the soldier, where there is the mind and spirit. Our salvation comes from Jesus, and it is a lasting protection until the day we are with Him in heaven.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Roman sword was short and lightweight so they could use it easily. At close range, it was a deadly weapon. The sword of the spirit represents the Word of God. The Word of God is a powerful weapon, especially when used under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Eight lessons about how God loves us, our family, and the world.
God Loves Me
This is one of the most important lesson you will EVER teach ANYONE… GOD LOVES YOU!
* God knows who I am * God knows all about me * God loves me just like I am right now * God is love * God’s love doesn’t ever change.
Prayer to thank God for His love.
Thank you that you love me.
Thank you for knowing me.
Thank you for never changing.
I love you back. Amen.
I am Important to God.
People need to know that they are important to God. The whole basis of the Christian faith rests on the reality that God cherishes us and cares for us. The facts that God knows who we are as individuals and that he cares about each and every one of us are very important to convey to children.
Prayer to thank God that we are each important to him.
Thank you that you care about each of us!
Thank you that we are important to you!
Thank you for loving us!
We love you back! Amen.
God Loves My Family
Families are central to the life of a child. They represent his/her world, especially when the child is very young. Children often do not understand that all families are not the same as theirs. This lesson is offered to help talk about how God created families so that we could love each other, and take care of each other. In families parents and children have different roles. Everyone in a family is important. This lesson helps children think about who is in their family and what our responsibilities are to each other. Let the children know that God loves all the members of their family and that it is good for us to love our family members too.
Prayer to thank God for making families.
Thank you for making families!
Thank you for our families!
Help us to love everyone in our family!
I Can Love God Back
God loves us! We teach the children that they can love God back!! The amazing thing about this is that no one can EVER take that away from them!! Everyone can love God all you want! He is big enough to take all of our love, from all of us, all of the time. And the REALLY amazing thing is that He never stops loving us. So, no matter how much love we give God, He gives us back MORE!!!
Prayer to thank God that He loves us and we can love Him back.
Thank you for loving us!
Thank you that we can love you back!
What is Faith?
We talk about what faith is. Children readily accept this spiritual concept and drink it all in without batting an eyelash. Children are amazing in their capacity to do just that. And when they finish listening to this lesson, they will understand faith as well as any grown-up. We believe this is why Jesus said that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” when referring to little children.
Prayer to thank God that He gives us faith.
Thank you that you love us!
Thank you for giving us faith!
Thank you that we can know you and trust you!
God Never Changes
Stability is so important for children. It is really great for them to learn that God never changes. So many things in their lives may change. People grow older, friends come and go, and schedules change. But no matter what else may change, God is good and He never changes. This is a very reassuring concept for young children to grasp.
Prayer to thank God that He will always love us.
Thank you that you never change!
Thank you that you love us forever and ever!
We love you back!
What is Forgiveness:
Teaching children about the Forgiveness offered by God through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the most important and life changing thing we can ever teach anybody. We are sowing seeds that will lead to the salvation of others!
Prayer to thank God for sending Jesus and for forgiveness of our sins.
Thank you for loving us.
Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus.
Thank you for forgiveness of sin through him.
God Loves Everybody!
We talk to children a lot today about tolerance, and about treating others equally or fairly. We talk and talk and talk. But many times we don’t give them a reason for them to treat others as we ask. This lesson lays the foundation for all human relationships. The reason we are to treat others well, or as we wish to be treated ourselves, is that God loves everybody! Since God created all of us, and loves all of us, and values each of us, we should follow His example and love others as He loves them.
Prayer to thank God for loving us and that He taught us to love others.
Thank you for loving us.
Thank you for helping us show love to others.
Thank you that you love everybody!
We love you back! Amen.
Six lessons about how the true meaning of Christmas.
1. What is Christmas?
At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birthday! Mary was Jesus’ mother. God is Jesus’ father.
2. The Promise of a Savior King/Journey to Bethlehem
God had promised that the Savior was to be born in Bethlehem. An angel talked to Mary and Joseph. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. The Savior, God’s Son (Jesus) would be born soon! God was keeping His promises!
3. No Room at the Inn
The Savior was to be born soon. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. There was no room for them in the inn! Baby Jesus was born in the stable in Bethlehem.
4. Of Shepherds and Angels
The Savior, Jesus, was born in Bethlehem. Angels told the Good News to the shepherds. The shepherds came to worship Jesus.
5. Wise Men from Afar
The wise men saw a star in the sky. They knew the star meant that the Savior had been born. They went searching for the Savior. When they found Him they gave Him gifts and worshiped Him. Jesus is God’s gift to us!
6. The Flight to Egypt (God Watches over Baby Jesus)
God sent an angel to warn Joseph about some danger! God told them to escape to Egypt. Joseph did what God said to do. The LORD watched over Jesus and His family! He watches over you too!
- Adam and Eve
- Cain and Abel
- Noah and the Ark
- Abraham’s Call
- Isaac – The Son of Promise
- Isaac and Rebekah
- Jacob and Esau
- Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors
- joseph in Egypt
To help the children with the sequence of events, we are creating a timeline. Each week after the lesson, we review the timeline and add to the timeline (a picture, craft, etc.) to represent the lesson completed.
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
From the Book of Matthew:
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.
38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue himnow if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[f] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
The Burial of Jesus
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Over the last half of 2017, we will be learning about the books of the Bible. Along with memorizing the names of the books, we will be reading verses from each book and talking about how they can help us in everyday life.
Old Testament (39 Books): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
New Testament (27 Books): Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.
I’va Newheart will be visiting to help the children remember all 66 books of the Bible, using songs and puppets.
We’ve been exploring the New Testament reading about how Jesus calls us to be “Fisher of Men”. Below are some of the verses studied in this lesson series.
5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, “[a]Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, [b]James the son of Zebedee, and [c]John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw [a]James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.20 Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away [b]to follow Him.
Other activities included word searches, crossword puzzles, crafts and video’s on how we join God’s family. A sample activity is below.
We are learning about Communion. One of the tools being used is
Communion: A Bible Study Workbook for Kids by Richard E. Todd. Below is a sample page from the workbook.
The kids are also having fun doing other crafts/activities and watching video’s to better understand the meaning of Communion.
“Who says giving is only for adults?” We are learning about Tithing. One of the tools being used is Giving: A Bible Study Workbook for Kids by Richard E. Todd. Below is a sample page from the workbook.
“Who says giving is only for adults?” This workbook on giving helps kids learn what tithing is, why we tithe and can be used to discuss what our Chruch does with the more that is given.