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Grow and Go - Spiritual Growth- Session #1

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.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher, 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)

Optional: Download ''The BIBLE' Music video, sheet music and lyrics

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Change my heart Oh God, may I be like You' Music video, sheet music and lyrics



 
 

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:

Download Session #1 Spiritual Growth Series Visual Aids

a) Review

At the end of the Water Series remember we learnt that sin was ugly slimy and takes all our energy away from God. Sin hides our inner beauty and separate us from God.

When a caterpillar is turned into a butterfly (Metamorphasis) it sheds it's outer hard shell, the Chrysalist, and out comes a beautiful delicate colorful butterfly that is pretty and playful, nothing like a catterpillar!

Optional: Download 'Butterfly Life Cycle' visual aid

Optional: Download 'The Butterfly song' Review music video

 

Optional: Download 'Butterfly Song' Review visual aid colouring pages

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)

Optional: Download Bible Verse Visual Aid.

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.

Optional: Download '5 steps to knowing God's Word' visual aid colouring pages

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

Optional: Download 'God's story the BIBLE' video

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.

6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD:

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 BIBLE VERSE:

Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each child.

DOWNLOAD Take Home Bible Verse Visual Aid

TAKE HOME ACTIVITY:

‘Take Home Activity Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session

DOWNLOAD Take Home Activity Quiz Book

Children's Sermons from Sermons 4 Kids | Object Lessons...

NEXT WEEK: We are going to learn that to live closer to Jesus, it is important that you faithfully pray. It is good to have a fixed time of prayer every day. We can also pray at any time during the day.

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