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5 - FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - PATIENCE
week’s destination: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - PATIENCE
This week we’re going to learn that patience is modelled by
our God, is made possible through Christ, and is a fruit of the Holy
Before class print out the Review Game Cards, fold and glue them
so the verse is at back of the card. . Photocopy the Bible Verse
Card, crayons. Oranges/apples and a knife. Paper and marker, or
chalk for chalkboard. Guava and Super Fruit handout one for each
family. Take Home Truth and Activity Booklets.
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON
Get 4 children to colour the Review Cards and the Bible Verse Card
prior to the lesson.
1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
Review Game Card game.
In class hold up the cards one by one and review each fruit and
the Bible verse that goes along with the fruit. Give treats to any
child that can remember all the verses.
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
In this game, one person plays the "traffic signal" and
the rest try to touch him or her. At the start, all the children
form a line about 15 feet away from the child acting as the “traffic
signal.” The “traffic signal” faces away from
the line of kids and says "green light.” At this point
the kids are allowed to move towards the traffic signal child. At
any point, the traffic signal may say "red light!" and
turn around. The children must freeze in whatever position they
are in. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred,
they are out. The children are kept waiting in this position for
a while then play resumes when the stop light turns back around
and says "green light.” The first player to touch the
traffic signal wins the game and earns the right to be traffic signal
for the next game.
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)
Optional: View ‘I am waiting on the Lord’ music video,
use music sheet and lyrics
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP (5 minutes)
Optional: View ‘Everlasting God’ music
video, use music sheet and lyrics.
a. “Back Track” Review
Remember last week you to learnt about the third fruit which was?
(Peace) True peace comes when we remember that God is on
What robs you of peace? (Worry) When we’re worried
we’re thinking about ourselves and the problem we’re
having. To stop worrying, we need to get our eyes off ourselves
and to remember that God has everything under control.
What is another big peace robber? (Fear) What a wonderful
gift Jesus has given us -- peace of mind and heart. We no longer
have anything to fear. Whenever we find ourselves in the dark or
in the storms of life, Jesus is with us.
Use the Review Cards to test how well the children remember the
Optional: View/sing ‘A song of Patience’
music video with lyrics. (See Music Folder)
b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… John 5:7b… CHARGE!
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop
and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.” James
Use the Bible Verse Card as a visual aid.
c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)
Optional: View ‘Patience teaching video’ and
RAP music video (See Music Folder)
Object Lesson: Have a few oranges to pass out..
Take out a knife and slowly, slowly begin to slice up the oranges.
Take your time! Lots of time! When you notice them becoming impatient,
ask: “Can anyone tell me what patience is?” (Allow
time for response and different ideas.) The dictionary tells
us patience is the bearing of pain, misfortune, or annoyance without
anger, irritation, or complaint. So patience is going through something
very hard, or just something very annoying, without getting angry
or complaining. “What is the opposite of patience?”
(Impatience!) Did it make you irritated when I was taking
so much time to pass out the orange slices to you? What are some
things you go through each day that make you impatient? (Write
their thoughts on the chalk board or paper provided)
Each day we will face situations that test our patience. These
can be small things, like someone taking their time when you are
in a hurry or very big things, like waiting on God to heal a family
member. As we learn to be patient in the small things, God will
prepare us to go through the bigger things.
As our Memory verse tells us there are no shortcuts with growing
crops, no amount of yelling will make your Moringa tree grow any
quicker! . In the same way a farmer can’t do a thing to hurry
his crops up.
In ancient Palestine, the farmer counted on the rains around the
end of October to soften up the land so he could begin his ploughing
and planting. Then in March or April, when the plants began to ripen,
the massive spring rains would come, assuring a successful harvest.
In this process, the farmer had to wait….patiently. Panicking
wouldn’t help. Crying wouldn’t help. Yelling at friends
and family wouldn’t make it come quicker. Questioning God’s
love along the way couldn’t even squeeze one drop out of the
sky. All the farmer could do was wait, pray, and trust – i.e.
Knowing that the rain will come, the farmer realizes that he may
as well wait for it joyfully and peacefully with a smile on his
face. All fruits of the Spirit.
When we are struggling to be patient with another person, we should
remember God’s patience toward us. Do you think God has a
short fuse? (No) No, our God is very patient. In the Bible,
it says that love is patient and kind. God is love and he is very
patient. And this is what Nehemiah 9:17 says, “You
are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become
angry. God is slow to anger. God has a very long fuse. Thank Him
for that right now!
The question isn’t how much longer must we wait? The question
is how should we wait? The answer: PATIENTLY. Because God says that
“Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…Patiently.”
King David said in Psalm 46:10 “Be still,
and know that I am God.” Trust that the God who works all
things out for your good will guide your life along the path it’s
supposed to go, yes, but also at the pace it’s supposed to
You ought to be patient with your family Has your mom or dad ever
frustrated you? Maybe she's cranky in the morning; maybe he's a
grouch when he gets home from work. Parents can be that way. The
Bible assumes the same thing. It warns parents to not "provoke
[their] children to wrath". Why? Because we're liable to do
just that. When your parents are having "one of those days"-you
need to be patient with them. Don't argue with them or sulk; be
as quiet and sweet as you can and wait for the mood to change.
Your friends can get on your nerves. The more time you spend with
them, the more likely they'll annoy you. How do you avoid this?
How do you stay good friends with your friends? By being patient.
Strangers can also be very annoying. You're in a hurry and they
won't get out of the way.
Enemies can make you mad. They bully you, or lie about you, or
do other bad things to hurt you. You need to be patient with all
these people. Do you know why? Because Jesus Christ was! And He's
your example. His parents embarrassed Him; His brothers hated Him;
His friends disappointed Him; His enemies persecuted Him. But He
bore patiently with them all.
6. APPLICATION / ENCOUNTERING GOD
Encourage the children to come and sit quietly and patiently in
the presence of God, waiting on Him.
TAKE HOME PAGE
Give one ‘Take Home Truth’ and Super Fruit handout one
for each family end of the class.
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