Monday, October 21, 2013

Our American Heritage- week 4

This is my last week of lesson plans for teaching young kids about our American Heritage. I really challenge you to truly pray if this is something God wants you to do. I myself have been (honestly should be praying more about it) thinking about doing it in Sunday School at my church. But if we want to be more serious about what is going on in our nation spiritually, this got to be something you should check out. BUT PRAY FIRST.
Scenario 4- read and discuss by showing how God’s word can be use to help them that situation- allow 5 to 10 minutes

Your older brother or sister shows you something on youtube that you know that your mom and dad would not approve of. What do you do? What do you think God would want you to do? 
1 John 2:15-17, Eph 6:1-3, Phil 4:8 or if you found any verses yourself
Also, if you have other scenarios besides mine, USE THEM. These are only what I came up with : )

Bill of Rights- challenge them to say all 10- maybe give a prize who can say them all or the most- 5 min

          Lesson: What can I do?
The goal for this lesson: finish the story of Peter and John and how God’s word can help them make their schools and our world a better place.
                   Verse: Acts 4:4-31 and 2 Tim 3:14-17

The Lesson (remember this is only a brief outline for you to add or take away and allow God to lead you)
Review last week’s lesson and continue on to see how Peter and John responded to their situation.
Read Acts 4:4-31 and see what God shows you as a teacher based off of what you want to share with the kids for this lesson.
My thoughts: The next morning, Peter and John gets out of jail and go before the teachers of the temple. One bad thing happened and 3 good things happened. The bad thing was that the elders, rulers and scribes told Peter and John that they no longer could speak the name of Jesus anymore. Now the 3 good things to happen were:
1)  The 1st verse of the lesson said that “many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand ”(Acts 4:4). YAY!!!
2)  The temple teachers heard the Gospel. YAY!!!!
3)  And the best part yet is that Peter and John went back to their companions and seek council, encouragement, and to pray.
More on #3. When they went back, they acknowledged who God is, quoted scripture, acknowledged God was in control, and prayed to God. They acknowledge God as creator of heaven, the earth, and the sea and was in it all. The scripture they quote was Psalm 2:1-2 that stated “‘Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’
What’s cool about this scripture was that David said this in the past, which was a prophecy of what was going on for them right now. They took it even one step further and stated that God ordained for the Jews, Pilate, and Herod to kill Jesus. And to end this time of encouragement and seeking council, they ended with prayer for God to see these threats and to grant them boldness. AMEN!
This is what is happening today. People are telling us we cannot talk about God in public or pray in public or have God’s word in school. They are raging against the Lord Jesus Christ, being lovers of themselves, and deceiving people to not follow Christ.  Peter and John could have felt rejected and hurt and stopped talking about Jesus. But because they know God by what He has showed to them by His words and being empowered by the Holy Spirit, they prayed for boldness. Paul also gave Timothy instructions on how to deal with those types of people.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and see what God shows you as a teacher based off of what you want to share with the kids for this lesson.
My thoughts: The Bible is our solution. Paul tells Timothy to continue on learning what he has been taught, and from his childhood, to remember the scriptures he was taught. Just because you are a kid does not mean that God’s word cannot change your life too (1 Timothy 4:12). God’s word, just like Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” Doctrine= God’s rules, reproof= to rebuke, correction= to remove errors, instruction in righteousness= to teach one good things. We can use God’s word for everyday use and especially in order to stand up for God. His word is living and powerful and pierces our souls and minds (Hebrews 4:12). God’s word is the key to make you do anything. You can be the one, through God’s power in you, who makes a difference. We need to approach God and ask for boldness. Yes, it is scary to stand up for what you believe in when everyone is not, but it only takes one person to read God’s word and trust in. How do you not know that there are others who want to do the same thing but are afraid? You can start something in your schools to make a difference; but it only comes from God and His word.
Close with a personal challenge from you and a Gospel invitation.    

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