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# 45th week of our Journey – GENTLENESS
This week’s destination:
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - GENTLENESS
This week we’re going to learn about "Gentleness”
Paul tells the Philippians’ “Let your gentleness
be evident to all.” Philippians 4: 5a
• Super Fruit for this week is the Breadfruit
Photocopy the Bible Verse and 6 footsteps cut them out prior to
class. Photocopy Fruit Flash Cards. crayons. Dolly. 2 hard boiled
eggs, 2 spoons. Print Music Song Sheet found in Visual Aid Manual.
Breadfruit if in season.
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Get the children to colour the Bible Verse Card, footsteps and colouring
pages prior to the lesson.
Remember when your Moringa was just a small plant, how gentle you
needed to be with it or branches would break off and you could damage
(Hold up an egg) Eggs are also very fragile and can easily
break you have to be very gently when handling eggs.
1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Hold your hand behind your back “Guess which hand I am holding
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Split the group up into two teams. Split each team into 2 and position
at opposite ends of the room or field.
Explain to the children they have to be very gentle to balance
the egg on their spoon and run down to the other group, they then
have to very gently hand the egg and spoon over to the next child
who runs down to the far group and repeats until everyone in the
team has run with the egg The first group to finish wins.
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
(Use Music video and lyrics found in Visual Aid Manual.)
Fruit of the Spirit
Ready OK Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
too, wooooo hooooo gen-tle - ness and self-control.
Hey - We got fruit how bout you?
We got the fruit – ya, ya Fruit of the Spirit
We got the fruit – ya, ya this is how we live
We got the fruit – ya, ya Fruit of the Spirit
Gifts that only God can give
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling
(Use Music video, Music Song Sheet and lyrics found in Visual
Prayer: Father as we are Your chosen people, help
us to be holy clothing ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience. Help us to pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance and gentleness showing Godly love in Jesus
a. “Back Track” (5 minutes)
For the past few weeks, we have been studying the fruits of the
Spirit. Can anyone name all the fruits of the Spirit, or tell me
what verse we find them in? (Galatians 5:22-23)
Last week you learnt about "Faithfulness”
God is faithful. He took the first step in your Salvation, He called
you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus. He is not going to abandon
what He started. He will bring it across the finish line because
God is faithful. Even if we are unfaithful or faithless, He remains
Optional: Play You are so Faithful
Review video (Use Music video)
b. Sword Play (5minutes)
Ready…Swords up… Titus 3:2b… CHARGE!
“Always be gentle toward everyone.” (Titus
(Use the Bible Verse Card as visual aid. Place
the footprints on the floor in order and get volunteer to come and
follow the footprints saying the verse out loud, remove the first
footprint and repeat. Then remove another footprint repeat. Until
there are no footprints left and the children can recite the verse.)
c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
as a Fruit of the Spirit is an outward action but it comes from
a person’s inner attitude – being humble. Some might
think that being gentle is a sign of weakness, but the truth is,
it is “God’s power used in love.” When we are
motivated by God’s love, then surely we can give a gentle
answer in any situation and it brings the peace of God to whoever
gets to hear it.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but
a harsh word stirs up anger.” –
Bible Story: (1 Samuel 25)
David and his friends were in the Desert. While they were there,
they were kind to the shepherds who were with them in the fields.
Those shepherds were servants of a rich but foolish man named Nabal,
his wife was named Abigail.
When it was time to shear the sheep, David sent some of his men
to Nabal to ask him for a gift which he would be kind enough to
give, considering that David and his men helped protect his sheep
in the fields. Instead of giving a gift, Nabal insulted David, and
this made David so mad that he planned to kill Nabal in revenge.
When Abigail heard about this, she acted quickly and wisely. She
gathered food and other supplies and went to David to make peace
With kind and gentle words coming from a humble heart, Abigail helped
David to see it would be wrong for him to kill Nabal. She asked
for forgiveness in behalf of her husband and through her careful
gentle words, David’s heart was changed. Read 1 Samuel
When a meek or humble person decides to speak to
an angry or highly emotional person, his initial goal would not
be to prove who is right or wrong, but simply to show respect and
kindness, even if the other person is using very hurtful words.
This kind of gentleness is something that comes
from the Holy Spirit, and to attempt to do it using only our own
human abilities would be futile. It takes time and prayer and allowing
the Spirit to mould us in order to bear His fruits.
Even in correcting others, the Bible tells us to
do it gently – because God calls us to be humble and recognize
that none of us are perfect.
Therefore, we leave it up to God to judge the world;
our role is to encourage one another and to be gentle and kind and
most of all, to pray that God will touch people’s hearts and
bring them to repentance and belief in Jesus Christ so that they
might be saved.
Gently pick up dolly and start to rock her in our arms. Do any of
you have a baby brother or sister? (Allow time for them to respond.)
How do we handle babies? (Allow time for response. Continue
to rock dolly) Babies are fragile. We have to be careful with
them. We are never rough with babies because it will hurt them.
We treat them with gentleness. God desires for us to be gentle in
our actions, our words, and our attitudes!
Jesus models gentleness to us by calling all of
those who are tired and suffering to find rest in Himself. He gently
leads us, like a Shepherd with His sheep.
(Show Shepherd coloring Bible Verse)
SUPER FRUIT: LAM VERITAB (Breadfruit) TEACHING
Photocopy the ‘Lam Veritab Handout’ one for each family.
Teaching about the nutritional and medicinal qualities of the fruit.
A sapling, God willing will be supplied to each school, church or
orphanage utilizing this curriculum.
6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer
to our Encountering God Handbook for ideas for this important section
of the session. Experience the Holy Spirit Learning Centers creating
a Spiritual atmosphere. Have a time of silence.
Ask the following questions:
Is gentleness a part of who you are right now?
Do your words show gentleness or are they harsh?
Do you show gentleness with your actions?
Are you a protector, a listener, a comforter to
your friends and your family?
Let’s ask God together to grow the fruit of
gentleness in our hearts this week. During your prayer, thank God
for His gentle way with us, for His son, for it is only through
Him that we can be changed and produce the Fruit of the Spirit.
Remember the specific situations your children are
going through. Invite them to share afterwards their needs. Praise
God for the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, the gentleness we are able
to have because He lives within us and for His great gentleness
CLOSING PRAYER: Our Father in Heaven
help us to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who
asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. But help us
always to do this with gentleness and respect. In Jesus name. Amen
TAKE HOME PAGE:
Give one copy of the ‘Take Home Truth’ to each child
at the end of the class.
Optional: Give the children the Take Home Quiz activity booklet.
NEXT WEEK: We will learn in detail more of the
‘Fruit of the Spirit’ next week we’re going to
learn about "SELF CONTROL”. The Super Fruit for next
week is a Soursop, try and bring some for the next session.
view Session #46.