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3- FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - JOY
This week’s destination: FRUIT
OF THE SPIRIT - JOY
Joy/Happy There is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness
is based upon “happenings,” if good things happen, you’re
happy, but if bad things happen we are unhappy. Not so with joy,
joy is a deep inner experience not determined by circumstance. The
joy of the Lord is our strength. You may be happy watching your
Moringa grow? But joyful when you harvest it!
1. Fleeting happiness
2. Lasting joy
A tape measure, a clock, picture of African family, Bottle of bubbles:
Fill a bottle with 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of washing up liquid
and 1 tablespoon glycerine. Happy/ sad faces stuck together. Photocopy
the Bible Verse Card, crayons. Print Smiley faces cut out with parts
of the Bible verse written on the back. . Pomegranate and Super
Fruit handout one for each family. Activity booklets for each child.
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON
Get 1 child to colour the Bible Card prior to the lesson.
1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
HAPPY FACE HUNT: Before class place the HAPPY faces around
the room and children can hunt for them. Write a part of today's
Bible verse on the back of each face. Then the children can enjoy
putting the HAPPY faces in order of the Bible verse.
Optional: View music video Joy, Joy, Joy
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
HAPPY PLACES: Have the children sit on the floor in a circle,
put on some music or get someone to sing a happy song. Have the
children pass around a large cardboard picture of a HAPPY FACE!
When the song stops, the child holding the HAPPY FACE will be the
child to sit out of the next time around, etc. Tell the children
that are out and sitting on the side lines to put on a sad face
until the game is over. Ask children if they enjoyed being HAPPY
or SAD later today they will learn about Jesus’ LOVE
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
Optional: View music video - If you're happy and you know
Optional: View music video – The more we
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Optional: View music video – The joy of the Lord
is my strength.
a. “Back Track” Review
Last week we learnt that we are to love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' this
is the first and greatest commandment but to keep it we must first
appreciate the immeasurable love God has for us
Last week we learnt:
• God’s immeasurable love. (What do we used to measure
length, and height? (Hold up tape measure)
• What measures time? (Clock)
• Love in action. What have you done this week to demonstrate
God’s love? (Allow the children to give testimonies)
• Words without love. (Remember the ‘music!’)
• Looking on the inside.(Remember the framed picture of
an African family.)
b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Romans 14:17… CHARGE!
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,
but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Mix up the HAPPY faces Bible verse and get the children to recite
the verse and place in correct order again. Use the Bible Verse
c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Optional: View It’s about LOVE review song
Object lesson: Start the lesson by blowing bubbles,
get the children to try and catch them. As their laughter rises
explain to them that they are experiencing happiness.
There is just one problem with the happiness that comes from blowing
bubbles -- it doesn't last! The minute you reach out and touch one
of the bubbles, it will burst. Many times we chase the bubble, but
it is always just out of reach and as soon as it touches the ground,
the bubble bursts.
I think this is the way it is in the lives of many people today.
A lot of people are chasing after happiness, but like the bubbles,
happiness is always just out of reach. Or, just when we think we
have it, our bubble may burst. What are some of the things that
people are chasing in their search for happiness?
Money -- Many people think that money will bring
them happiness, but it doesn't. Once you spend it, it is gone, and
you still don't have happiness.
Entertainment -- Many people think that laughing
and having a good time is the same thing as having joy but it isn't.
Many people who are laughing on the outside are crying on the inside.
Popularity -- Some people think that being popular
will bring them happiness. They will do anything or say anything
to make other people like them, but popularity doesn't last. It
is here today and gone tomorrow. There is no lasting joy in popularity.
Jesus knew that people often look for happiness in the wrong places.
He even suggested that we might be happier if we were poor, hungry,
crying, and disliked by others.
Why would Jesus suggest such a thing?
• When we are poor, it may be easier for us to trust in God
to supply everything we need instead of depending on our own wealth.
• When we are hungry for God and his righteousness, we realize
that only He can satisfy our hunger.
• When we are crying, we can trust in God to comfort us and
ease our pain.
• When we think we have no friends, we have a friend in Jesus.
Jesus is a friend who will never leave us.
If the Holy Spirit is within us, we can experience joy even in times
of sorrow as we abide in Christ.
Do you want to find joy? Don't spend your time chasing bubbles.
Look to your Heavenly Father. He is the source of true joy and happiness.
The Bible tells us to be joyful in the God of our salvation!
In our lives here on earth, we will always have hardships, sorrow
and tears. Because of sin, we will never be able to experience a
life without some sadness. But when we repent from our sin and turn
to Christ for our salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit allows us to produce the fruit of joy. We know that God is
our joy and that we experience joy through His Word. James tells
believers to consider it joy when they go through difficult times
in their lives. How is it possible to have joy, to praise God, in
difficult times? (Allow them time to think and offer explanations.)
Joy is very different from happiness. Happiness cannot be present
when someone is sad. But joy can always be present, even in time
as sadness, loss, persecution and difficulties we can praise God
In Proverbs 10:28a we read “The hope of
the righteous brings joy.”
As Christians, we have something the rest of the world does not:
the hope of eternal life with God. After we die, we know we will
live forever with God. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes
and there will be no more sorrow. This gives us joy! We know that
the hard times we experience on earth will not last forever because
of Christ. He is never far when we suffer, but right by our sides.
Knowing this truth allows us to have joy even in the midst of sadness.
6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Get the children to write down ways they can show love to particular
people throughout the week. Spend time in prayer together, asking
God to help each of you produce the fruit of love each day, particularly
this week In the Gospel of John Jesus promised that His joy would
remain in us, and our joy would be full. Let us pray and ask Him
to give us His joy.
TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one ‘Take Home Truth’ and Super Fruit handout one
for each family at the end of the class.
Pomegranates are an ancient fruit and have been thought to have
health-giving properties for millennia.
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