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The Lord Is My Shepherd 

Introduction To Students 

In the Old Testament, the part of the Bible written before Jesus came to earth, there is a collection of 150 prayer and praise poems called "Psalms." The Psalms were, and still are, used to worship and sing to God. The Twenty-Third Psalm is probably one of the most loved and read passages of the Psalms. It was written a long time ago by a young man named David, when he was a shepherd. What is a shepherd? (A shepherd is someone who takes care of sheep.) David eventually grew up to become one of the greatest kings in Israel. 

Over the next several lessons we are going to learn about, Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and memorize the Twenty-Third Psalm. During each session we will do some fun activities to help us learn about this great Psalm, and how we can follow our Shepherd.

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The Lord is My Shepherd (For a fun variation, sing in rounds a cappella. Begin singing softly, and then gradually get louder with each additional round.) 

The Lord is my Shepherd, I'll walk with Him always
He leads me by still waters, I'll walk with Him always
Always, always, I'll walk with Him always.
Always, always, I'll walk with Him always.

Get the Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd lesson


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The Fruit of the Spirit

When Adam and Eve sinned, not only was their intimate relationship with God destroyed, but Godís plan for humankind to be fruitful and multiply, and subdue the earth and rule over it, was postponed, but not thwarted.

When God destroyed the earth in the great flood, he again made a similar command to Noah: to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 8:15-17). The command to be fruitful and multiply was given to Abraham too, when God made an everlasting covenant with him. Throughout time, Godís plan for the earth to be subdued, and Godís people to be fruitful, has steadfastly moved forward, climaxing in Jesus, the Christ, who brings all creation under his feet (1 Corinthians 15:25, 27; Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 2:8).

When Jesus ascended into heaven, his final command to his followers was, ďAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, (because I have subdued it) go and make disciples of all nations (be fruitful and multiply), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

When Jesus cursed the fig tree, because it had no fruit, it was a warning that a life without fruit is cursed (Matthew 21:19). In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul paints a word-picture of a fruit-filled life: ď...The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.Ē These Christian virtues are produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit; not by observing the law and moral  self-discipline. These Christ-like characteristics cannot be squeezed out or forced to occur; in fact they flow naturally from a life that keeps in step with the Holy Spirit, yielding to Him and his prompting (Galatians 5:25).

Teach children about the Fruit of the Spirit

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Soap Cross 

Hold up a bar of soap and ask the children why they use it. Yes, it is used to clean away the dirt. 

In today's lesson we learned about asking God to clean away the sin in our lives so we can live with God for eternity. This craft will help us to remember that Jesus died on the cross to cleanse us from our sins.

What you need: A bar of Ivory Soap for each crafter (other brands do not work as well), a plastic picnic knife, a toothpick. Have a few extra bars on hand in case the soap breaks during carving.

What you do: Draw an outline of a cross on the soap. Make the cross bars approximately 1-1/2" wide. Whittle away the soap a little bit at a time . . . Get the Soap Cross craft with accompanying lessons from the Psalms.

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Bible Bumpers

Can be played indoors or out and used with a variety of Bible stories.

Set up: You will need a chair or place marker (such as a Polyspot) for every player, minus one. Arrange the chairs or markers in a large circle. Use your Bible story to determine the words (a person, place, or thing) that will be used during the game. Write each word on a card and give one card to each player. For example, words from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, from Luke 10:30-37, would be: man, Jericho, Jerusalem, robbers, clothes, priest, road, Levite, Samaritan, donkey, innkeeper, etc. There should be at least two cards with the same word written on them. It's also ok to have more than two cards for each word.

How To Play: Players begin by sitting in the chairs or standing on their place markers. The player without a chair or place marker stands at the center of the playing area. Teacher reads the Bible story. When players hear their word called, teacher pauses, at which time players race to switch places with another player who has the same word. At the same time the . . . get the complete rules for this Bible Game.

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