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Materials needed: lemons, pitcher of water, sugar, paper cups, and wooden spoon for stirring.
Tell children that you have something special for them to drink,
then hand them a half of a lemon. Of course, they know that to drink straight lemon juice would be very sour or bitter. Tell them how this lemon they’re holding is like our troubles or trials. Trying to drink straight lemon juice is like trying to handle our troubles or trials on our own.
The Bible says in I Corinthians 10:13 that our temptations or trials (symbolized by our lemon) are something that is common to people.
All of us have troubles we encounter, but how should we handle our troubles?
(Have children squeeze their lemons as hard as they can over a large pitcher of water. You might allow them to lick their lemons after
Just as we let the juice pour out of this lemon, we need to take our trial, or the thing that is bugging us, and pour it out to . . .
We do not need to use fancy words or behave a certain way in order to pray.
Prayer is simply talking to God. What are some ways and situations when we pray?
(Discuss: Before meals or bedtime, in church. With our eyes closed
or open, bowed heads, heads held high, kneeling or standing. When we’re happy, sad, or
we’ve done something wrong.)
We can talk to God anytime and anywhere.
(Hold up a model of a car.)
This is a model of a car. It’s not a real car, but it’s a close copy of what the real car looks like.
The headlights, the doors, the wheels, the fenders, are all in the right place.
One day when Jesus was praying, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus then taught them the Lord’s Prayer. It is a model or guide of how to pray correctly. Over
the next several weeks we will learn the prayer that Jesus taught them and all of his followers
to pray. There is nothing magical about Jesus’ prayer, but it is supernatural. Do you know what
supernatural means? Supernatural is . . .
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Gospel in a Nutshell
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life" John 3:16 (KJV).
Lesson One Overview
Objective: To help children understand and memorize John 3:16, "the gospel in a
Ultimately, the gospel is much bigger than being condensed into a "nutshell." Gospel means "good news," it is more than Jesus dying and rising from the dead to give us eternal life. The gospel is an Old Testament promise that God would reclaim, restore, and push back the curse of sin and death to establish his rule and reign on earth, as it is in heaven. And until Jesus returns to earth to establish a new Heaven and a New Earth,
God's people live in the already and not yet of God's Kingdom rule.
Christians don’t have a religion; they have a relationship.
Have you heard that quip? What exactly does it mean?
God came to earth in the form of a man to communicate with us, to bind us together, to understand our weaknesses, to participate in our suffering, and to be tempted to sin, yet he did not sin. We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
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