"By calling this covenant
'new,' he has made the first one obsolete;
and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear" Hebrews 8:13
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lesson will take you to our Bible curriculum
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children in your ministry.
Weíre welcoming in another New Year. As such, Iíd like us to discuss OLD and NEW.
1) What new things did you receive for Christmas? or did you meet
new people, make new friends, etc.?
2) Is new always better than old? Why or why not?
3) How might old be better than new? (Old friends, loved ones, storybooks, pets, etc.)
4) How is new sometimes better than old?
(Show children a Bible and how itís divided into the Old and New
Godís Word, the Bible, is divided into old and newóthe Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament means covenant or an agreement. The Old and New Testaments are Godís written Word, his agreement with his people, meaning it is for those who trust and follow him. The Old Testament was written before Jesus came to earth. Itís the story of Godís people, prophecies, and
promises. We learn of the first people, Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God and how they and all people born after them
were separated from God because of their disobedience. As a result, all living things dieópeople, animals, and plants. In the Old Testament, we
learn of Godís
laws, his rules of how to love God and people. We also learn how
people offered animal sacrifices to be forgiven of their sins. But that was temporary, because God had a permanent plan to rescue people.
God determined that a Savior would be born through the Jewish
people; he would die, once and for all, for peoplesí sins (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 53, Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 10:1-24).
The New Testament was written after Jesus was born. In it, we are told that he is the Promised Savior spoken of in the Old Testament. We learn of his
ancestry and birth, of his life,miracles,
teachings, death, and resurrection. We learn how God wants his followers to live and how we are to
love and serve
others. Yet because of our old sinful nature, which is opposed to God, we must first be born again (John 3:1-8). Through Jesus, we discover how to become new people who
Before Jesus came to earth, people's sins were forgiven through animal sacrifices.
But now, because of Jesus' death on the cross, we don't have to kill animals to be forgiven.
This old world is not always going to be as it is now, having weather-related disasters,
people hating people, cruelty, wars and rumors of wars, sickness, disease, sadness, death, and suffering.
No, this is not how God's good creation will always be or was intended
to be. God is preparing a new Heaven and a new Earth for his children! In Revelation 21:4-5, which is from the last book in the New Testament, we learn that
God will wipe every tear from our eyes. In that day, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain,
because the old order of things will pass away. God will someday make everything new.
We will no longer be tempted to sin or do anything wrong. We will love God and other people just how God originally intended!
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Dear Jesus, thank you for making all things new. Thank you for forgiving our old sinful nature and giving us new birth through your sacrifice on the cross and your
resurrection that gives us new life. Thank you for the hope of a new Heaven and a new Earth. Help us
to love you this New Year. Amen.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" 2 Corinthians 5:17
Fun Bible Facts
There are 39 Old Testament books and the 27 New Testament books.
The Bible was written over a 1500 year period, by a wide variety of authors (as many as 40), from many different locations. Its authors are from all walks of life. Some were kings, some peasants; still others were philosophers, fishermen, doctors, judges, scholars, poets and farmers. Despite the span of time and the diversity of writers, it is one book, with one common purpose: to reveal God's salvation plan to us. The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to benefit all who read it.
Bible Stack-O! is a Bible book game based on the concept of chunking; a technique whereby you memorize small bits of information at a time. Telephone numbers and credit cards are typically chunked. Psychologists have determined that 5-7 bits of information is the optimal amount per chunk. Therefore, when teaching children to memorize, it is best to divide the information into smaller bits of information and then commit it to memory before moving on to the next bit of information.
Happy New Year!
Copyright 2017 Sarah A. Keith