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9th week of our Journey - Four Questions!

This week’s destination: DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE?
• The children must understand the Spiritual condition about the person they are about to share with.
• Understand how to proceed in their Gospel Presentation based on these questions.

MATERIALS:
Games: Two boxes. Various things for Game 2 eg a book, a shoe, a seed, a small plant, a fruit, bottle of water etc..
Teaching: Print music song sheets. Photocopy Sword Play Track. Print Eph 2:8 Military Cadence. Photocopy Bookmark, Two Question Hearts. Materials for Salvation Key Ring: Five different colored beads, yellow, white, red, blue, green. Yarn or wool small key rings and glue. Optional skit (Print Signs: ‘JC Service Station’, CHRIST-ler, The Dat-SIN, Me-Mobile, Lack-Assurance, Mr. Good Wrench, print paper wrench, 8 chairs.)

‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tool:
• Bookmark
• Girls: ???? Question Heart Necklace.
• Boys: Multi colored bead key ring

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students.
As the children arrive give them the Bookmarks, scissors, crayons and glue. (Get them to practice sharing the Gospel)

1. OPENING GAME: (10 minutes)
Whisper game:
Children sit in a circle the Trainer starts the game by telling the first child a statement: ‘Heaven is a free gift, it’s not worked for or deserved’ The first child whispers in the ear of the child next to them. They pass on the whisper all around the circle. The last child repeats the whisper to the Trainer who started the game. (Sometimes it ends up different to how it started, that is how rumors spread) This can be repeated using different statements from the Gospel Presentation. The Trainer at the end explains to the children how easy it is to misinterpret what other people say and they must listen very careful. The last two round are the two questions.

• “Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven some day?”
• “If God asked you, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” What would you say?”

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes) 20 questions
Split the group into two teams select the first leader in each team. Hide an object in a box. Each team tries to identify a person or object in 20 questions or less. Eg A book– Is it an animal? (No) Is it a plant? (No) Is it an object? (Yes) Do you wear it? (No) Do you drive in it? (No) Do you live in it? (No) Do you read it? (Yes) Is it a book? (YES)

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes):
Jesus Loves the Little Children (See Music song sheet)
Optional: In Him we live move and exist (See Music video and lyrics)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Open the eyes of my heart I want to see you (See Music song sheet and video)

Prayer: Open the eyes of our hearts Lord we want to see You high and lifted up shinin' in the light of Your glory pour out Your power and love as we pray holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, heaven and earth are filled with your glory. Open our hearts now to this teaching, in Jesus name we pray. Amen

5. TEACHING:
a) “Back Track”

• Did you go on a “Fishing Trip” this week? Who wants to come and share?
Optional: Play the Fishers of Men video

• How did you share your testimony this week?
(One child in invited to come and demonstrate the use of the ‘One Door Dollar Bill’ introduction)
(One child in invited to come and share their testimony using the ‘Blank Piece of Paper’)
(One child in invited to come and share their testimony using the ‘Lak-A-Word Book’)

• ‘Two Hearts’ come and share the before and after that best describes their change of life following their Salvation.
(PS Make sure if any child does the Back Track incorrectly, don’t criticize the child, just have a Trainer do it correctly)

• We want your testimonies to be Short, Salty and Sticky!!
Remember because people are short of time, we want them to be thirsty to hear more about Jesus and we want them to remember what God has done in my life and what He can do in their life as well.

b) Sword Play (Wave the Power Sword Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child)
Ready…Swords up… Colossians 4:6… CHARGE!
After three days they found him (Jesus) in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)

c) Teaching the Lesson (15 minutes)

Before you ever share the Gospel Plan with someone we must ask permission. Then so we can be effective we want to know their Spiritual condition. It’s good to know their opinion about whether they will be in Heaven some day. Also we need to know what they are trusting in to get to Heaven.

Now we are going to learn two very important questions that are going to help us to understand their Spiritual condition. In fact, these are the two most important questions anyone can ever answer.

Let’s suppose you were to go to a doctor because you do not feel well. The doctor may ask you several questions such as – ‘do you have a sore throat where does it hurt?’ The doctor may also ask for some tests like taking your temperature, look at your throat or listening to your heart and lungs. These examinations would help the doctor to find out what is wrong with you. It would help him to make a diagnosis about your condition.

Optional: The JC Service Station skit (Print off from the Visual Aid Manual)

(The Teacher/Trainer asks the class) “Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven some day?” (The class may answer … Yes/No/Maybe)

(The Teacher/Trainer asks the class) “If God asked you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?” (The class may answers …Jesus/Good works/Not sure)

(Teacher/Trainer discusses with the children the three possible answers)

‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing tool: Here are some more tools to help you share the Gospel. Bait to catch more fish!
• Bookmarks
• ???? Question Heart Necklace for the girls (Use Visual Aid provided in manual or downloaded)
• Multi colored beaded ‘Salvation Key-Ring’ for the boys (Use Visual Aid demo to assist assembly)

The ???? Heart Necklace for girls:
Two pieces of paper are folded in half at the top. A heart is traced on the front with the hinge at the top so the children attach a string to go around their neck. The children should write on the outside of the heart…
‘May I ask you two questions??
They open the heart up to reveal the next question.
‘Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven some day?’
They open heart again to real the last question “If God asked you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?”

Salvation Key-Ring’ Multi colored beaded key ring for the boys:
Material: Multi-colored yarn or wool, 5 different colored beads, yellow (Heaven,) white (God,) red (Jesus,) blue (Faith,) green (Growth) a little circular key ring. Cut a few pieces of yarn into 6” strips, fold in half and thread through the beads ensuring that the yellow is at the top and the green at the bottom. Slip in the key ring, use super glue or varnish to secure to beads, or tie a knot at the top and bottom.

Plan a “Fishing Trips” – ‘On-the-Journey Training’ (OJT)
Our Follow Me Evangelism series is almost over and we want to take our team out to share their Faith using the Witnessing Tools: The 5 Diamond drama, 5 Fingers, Dollar Bill, Piece of Paper, the heart necklace and the multi-coloured bead key-ring etc. Into schools, other churches, other communities or villages.

Optional: Several of Jesus' disciples were gathered beside the Sea of Galilee. The group included Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee.
Suddenly, Peter said, "I'm going fishing." "We'll come too," the others said.
So they got in the boat and they fished all night, but caught nothing.

As the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn't make out who it was. Jesus called out to them, "Have you caught any fish?"
"Not a thing,"
the disciples called back. "Throw your nets on the right-hand side of the boat and you'll catch some!" Did they do it? Yes they did! Did they catch any fish? They caught so many fish that they couldn't even pull the net into the boat!

Then the disciple that Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" When Peter heard that, he jumped into the water and headed for shore. The others stayed with the boat and dragged the loaded net to the shore. When they got there, they found Jesus cooking breakfast -- fish over a charcoal fire and some bread.

"Bring some of the fish you've just caught," Jesus said. Peter dragged the net to the shore and there were 153 large fish. "Now, come and have some breakfast," Jesus said. Then Jesus served them fish and bread.

Oh my! It just doesn't get any better than that. Breakfast on the beach with the risen Lord! What would have happened if the disciples had refused to throw their nets on the right-hand side of the boat? They would have missed out on a wonderful breakfast on the beach with Jesus. What happens when you and I refuse to do the things Jesus has called us to do? We miss out on the wonderful blessings that he wants for us!

Extracts from http://www.sermons4kids.com/breakfast_on_the_beach.htm

6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Refer to our Encountering God Handbook for idea.

CLOSING PRAYER:
• Pray for opportunities for the children to share their testimony
• For courage to share their faith using their ‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tool

TAKE HOME PAGE: Optional: ‘Take Home Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session.
Bookmark, ?? Heart question Necklace, Multi colored bead key ring

NEXT WEEK: We are going to introduce you to growth in the natural and the Spiritual.

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