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12th week of our Journey SPIRITUAL GROWTH - READ THE BIBLE
This week’s destination: THE FIVE MEANS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH – READ THE BIBLE

MATERIALS: 4 Balloons, markers, Bibles – Game 1. Print Personalizes Bible Verses back to back, cut in strips prior to the lesson – Game 2. Paper and marker for hand demo. Print Hand demo Visual Aid. Photocopy Bible Verse Visual Aids for colouring. Photocopy Sword Play Tracks. Paper and markers to trace the child’s hand for hand demo or Photocopy and cut out small hands to give the children.

Mystery Clue’ Witnessing tool:
• Salvation Gift Boxes (Photocopy prior to the Session)

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students. Get the children to colour all the Bible Verse Visual Aids.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Blow up the four balloons, write Matthew, Mark, Luke and John with a marker. Play games throwing the balloons in the air and getting the children to catch them. Then get the children work out the order once they have got it correct throw the balloons in the air again and start the game again.

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Divide the children into teams give out the Personalized Bible verses and get the children to write their names in the blanks. The first team to finish come to the front and read out the edited Bible Verses.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
The BIBLE (See music video and lyrics in the Visual Aid Manual)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Change my heart oh God (See music song sheet in Visual Aid Manual)

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father we thank you for the five means of growing Spiritually. Thank you for your Word that we will learn more about today. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation now during this teaching. Help us to learn to pray and worship you. Thank you for our Christian brothers and sisters who we can have fellowship with. Give us opportunities to share our faith as we stand witness for Jesus and what He has done in our lives. As we do all these things we will grow Spiritually in Jesus name we pray. Amen

5. TEACHING:
a) “Back Track”

• Who can come up and demonstrate how they used the Salvation Track? (Get a child to demonstrate)

Last week we learnt the basics of the “Five Means of Growth.”
Illustrate Truth: A tree
Roots represents going deep into reading the Bible.
Trunk reaches up to Heaven represents Prayer.
Branches spreading into the sky lifting our hands in Worship
Leaves represent Fellowship.
Swaying branches touching other branches represent being a Witness.

b) Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… 2 Timothy 3: 16 … CHARGE!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3: 16)

(Use Bible Verse Visual Aid photocopied and coloured prior to the session)
(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child)

c) Teaching the Lesson - Five Means to Spiritual Growth:

Read the Bible: (God’s Word)

FIVE STEPS TO KNOWING GOD'S WORD
First, give children a piece of paper, large enough for them to be able to trace around their hand. Have the children trace around their hand. After they are finished with the hand, have a volunteer read each of the verses shown below. Explaining why we are putting each instruction on each finger.

Have the children write the corresponding words:

Hear, Read, Study, Memorize and Meditate on the fingers.

(Show Hand Visual Aid)

On the other side of the hand, write the verse references. When finished, suggest the children keep this in their Bibles to use as a bookmark and a reminder to do all five steps to understand the Bible fully and to allow the Word of God to richly fill their lives.

HEAR (The little finger is the only finger you can fit in your ear! Demonstrate)
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.

READ (The thumb is used to turn a page when you are reading, demonstrate)
Revelation 1:3a Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy.

STUDY (Teachers points her finger and tells you ‘Study’ demonstrate)
Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined (studied) the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

MEMORIZE (The tallest finger reminds us of our pledge to God that we will hide His Word in our heart)
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden (memorized) your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

MEDITATE (The ring fingers reminds us that if we love God we want to meditate on His ways)
Psalm 119:15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

Extracts from www.kidssundayschool.com

When you hear God’ Word, read the Bible, study and get to know God, memorize and meditate on the Word, the Bible, you discover who God is and how He wants you to live.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV)

It isn't enough to read and study the Bible. We must put its teachings to work in our daily life.

The Bible is like a cookbook. The Bible has God's recipe for becoming a Christian and living a life that is pleasing to Him. A lot of people read the Bible every day. Many of them even go to Sunday School and study the Bible. But it isn't enough just to read the recipe. Reading the Bible won't make you a Christian any more than reading a cookbook will make you a cook. We must follow the recipe in our daily life.

‘Mystery Clue’ - Salvation Gift Box.

How to colour your Salvation Gift Box:
HEAVEN is always gold or orange like the streets of gold. The gift reminds that Heaven is a FREE gift, remember the Three Gift Skit in Session 1.

SIN/MAN is always a dark colour like brown with black writing. Remember the Long Jump to Jesus game in Session 1, everyone failed to reach the mark. The Bible tells us:

“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

GOD is always white because He is pure and Holy, color the world blue and green and His hands brown. Remember God has two sides to His character. On the one hand God loves us and does not want to punish us, but on the other hand God is just and must punish sin.

JESUS is always red because of His blood He shed for us. Remember His blood on the boy dead in the Bondage of Sin skit in Session 1.

FAITH is blue remember the drowning man in Session 1 who received the ‘Life Savor’

Bible says “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” (Acts 16:31) Jesus is standing at the door and knocking open up and let Him in.

Once we have made a commitment to give our lives to Jesus we will start to grow Spiritually. GROWTH is always green.

How to assemble the Salvation Gift Box:
Cut out the outer edges of the Salvation Gift Box including the Bible Verse Romans 6: 23b.
Fold all the solid lines inward.
Glue tag A (HEAVEN) to the inside edge of side B (GOD)
Fold in the two flaps and glue SIN to them.
Fold in the top two flaps but DO NOT glue GROWTH leave that as the lid that can open.
Place Romans 6:23b inside the box and close the top lid.

How to use the Salvation Gift Box:
‘Can I show you what I have inside my Salvation Gift Box?

HEAVEN is a FREE gift – What stops us from getting this gift?

(Turn the box) SIN/MAN – There has to be a different way –

(Turn the box) GOD’s way – teach about how God has two sides to His character. On the one hand God loves us and does not want to punish us, but on the other hand God is just and must punish sin. Do you see the Problem?

(Turn the box) God solved the problem by sending His Son JESUS. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
How do we receive this gift?

(Turn the box) by FAITH. Jesus is standing at the door and knocking. Would you like to let Him in to commit your life to the Lord and ask Jesus to be your Saviour?

(Turn the box) Then you will start to GROW.

Open the box and remove the Bible Verse “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6: 23

Optional: Use the footprints to teach Romans 6:23
Optional: Use the Gospel Plan Hand to demonstrate

6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer to our Encountering God Handbook for ideas Experience the Holy Spirit Learning Centers creating an atmosphere for this experience.

CLOSING PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father we thank you for your Word, that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching us, for sometimes rebuking us correcting and training us in righteousness. We want to hear the Word because faith comes from hearing the message. Help us to set aside time to read your Word and study and examine the Scriptures every day. We want to hide your word in our hearts so that I might not sin against you as we consider your ways and walk in them. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

TAKE HOME PAGE: Optional: ‘Take Home Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session
Salvation Gift Boxes

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