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Who is Jesus Series - Lesson #7

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This English Stonecroft 'Youth Discipleship Teaching' has been adapted from the Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series.

The English Stonecroft Trinity Series - Who is Jesus? is available online from Stonecroft's corporate website.


Welcome, as the Junior Youth arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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1. WELCOME GAME: (10 minutes)

WEIGHT HELPER GAME: Let children try to crawl quickly to the other side of the room and carry something on their back. If it falls off, another child will run to help them keep going by helping them hold it on their back. The teacher can make sure that it is something that would EASILY fall off their back or something that is heavy and would need help in lifting as the child crawls!

2. TEAM GAME: (10 minutes)

HEAVY RELAY: Teacher can make two heavy identical backpacks for children to carry on their backs in a relay game ADD one item each time a team player run to the LINE and will put an item IN the bag and crawl back to their team with the bag on their backs (or just running and carrying the bag); and will then give the bag to the next team player to run to the LINE and get another item in the bag, etc.

(10 minutes)

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4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

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a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review:
During the last week at home you read the Weekly Bible Verses and wrote a short summary of the seven Miracles of Jesus.

Allow the class to share their answers and discuss together.

•  Luke 5:1-8

(How did this miracle impact Peter's life? How do these miracles change your thoughts about Jesus?)


•  John 5:1-9

(Did Jesus have to help him into the pool? Instead what did Jesus command him to do?)


•  John 21: 4-11

(Which disciple was the first to respond to this miracle?


•  Luke 17:11-17

(Can you remember another Samaritan that met with Jesus? Can anyone recall the Good Samaritan story?)


•  Matthew 17: 24-27

(Where did Jesus tell Peter to go and find money?)


•  John 11: 32-44

(What did Jesus tell them they would see if they believed?)


•  Luke 13: 10-13

(What was the response of the woman that was healed?)



b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Matthew 11:28.… CHARGE!

Rest for the weary:

28  "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

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28  "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

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c. Teach the lesson

Jesus saw the multitude of people who came to Him with all of their needs. He reached out to them with compassion and stopped to speak to them. He lovingly and gently met them right where they were. He did not spare Himself in serving them.

Jesus had workingman’s hands while He lived on earth. Honest work, contributing to mankind, is honorable work. Work is elevated by the fact that as a young man, Jesus worked in Nazareth, where He lived with His family. His life, His words, and His works were all approved by God.

Read Luke 3:21-22

21  When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22  And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

God spoke from heaven, declaring Christ to be His Son and stating that he was pleased with Him and all He had done.

Optional: Download Bible for Children 'A man sent by God' PowerPoint to assist with the teaching of the lesson to the Youth

Adapted from Bible for Children.

Jesus humbled himself by allowing John to baptize him because it was important to Jesus to do things God’s way.

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The Bible says that Jesus worked.

The Purpose of Work

1 a. What was Jesus’ work?
John 6:38

38  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

.....................................(to do the will of God)

b.How can we know that what Jesus says comes from God?
John 7:16-17

16  Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority".

.....................................(If we are willing to do God’s will, we will know it comes from God.)

c.Once we know God’s will, how does He help us?
Philippians 2:13

13  For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

.....................................(God makes believers willing and able to obey Him.)

2. How does God enable believers to live good lives in an evil world?

Read Romans 12:2

2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

(Believers should not live by the standards of the world. They should allow God to transform them and change their minds.)

Man was created in God’s image, with a capacity for work—using intellect, will, emotion, and creativity. Work is important to God. He has much to say about it in the Bible. From the beginning of time, before sin entered the world, God gave man work to do. He gave work as man’s natural occupation in the world. It is a privilege.

The fact that God gave man work to do when he was in the Garden of Eden shows that work is clearly a blessing.

Read Genesis 1:26-28

GOD said “let US (Father; Son; Holy Spirit ) make man kind in OUR (Father; Son; Holy Spirit) image (resemblance), in our likeness (characteristics /personality)

(Genesis 1:26a)

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27  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

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What was their work? . . . . . (to fill and subdue the earth and to have dominion or rule over every living thing. Man was to be king of the earth.)

What work were they to do?

Read Genesis 2:15

15  Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Notice the words “to tend and keep it.” Adam was to cultivate and keep the Garden of Eden.

However, work was corrupted and degraded by man’s sin.

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After sin entered the world, God said man would have to toil to make a living from the sin-cursed earth. Sin caused work to result in weariness.

Optional: Download Bible for Children 'The start of man's sadness' PowerPoint to assist with teaching the lesson to the youth

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The Bible never speaks of work or labor as evil. Some people think of work as something bad—to be avoided if at all possible. The book of Ecclesiastes (ih-klee-zee-AS-teez) in the Old Testament was written to establish the futility of a life based on earthly possessions. It states that all of man’s work is vanity. That is true when the motivation for work is solely for worldly or selfish purposes.

When we work under God’s direction, He continues to create through us. Our work actually extends God’s original creation! We take the materials and abilities He has given us and make new things for our use and enjoyment. God created trees and of the trees we make laundry products, paper, musical instruments, and houses. God created electricity and we learn to make it work for us through things we invent—from toasters to computers. There is a sense in which we are coworkers with God in extending His original creation, which pleases Him and gives special meaning to the work we do.

Our work provides for our material and physical needs. Working provides a very important emotional need. We find joy in providing for the needs of our loved ones. We find pleasure in being able to give to people who have needs.

Through work, Christians learn discipline, gain confidence, and learn to serve others. As they work to provide for themselves and their families, they come in contact with people who need to hear about Jesus.

Those who work with Christians should see a difference in their moral standards, in their commitment, and in the dignity and respect with which they treat others. They will be aware of the Christians’ consistent pursuit of excellence in their work and will desire to have what they have. Unbelievers will realize that real Christians are different.

3 . The New Testament continually emphasizes that God calls all people to work. What do these Bible references tell us about work?

a. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 . . . . .

10  For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat."

(God expects us to work. If we don’t, we should not be allowed to eat.)

b. Romans 12:10-11. . . . .

10  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11  not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

(We are to work and serve the Lord wholeheartedly.)

Ask someone to read the following verses in the New Testament and then ask another person to read the verses with the substituted words given in Question 3

4. Write the following verses, substituting “employees” for “slaves” and “employers” for “masters.”

Read Ephesians 6:5-8 . . . .

5  Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6  not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7  with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8  knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.

We are to do our work as if we are working for the Lord and not only for people. Is this just an idea people have or is it direction from the Lord?

The next question gives us the answer.

5. What do the following Bible verses tell us about how we should work?

a. 1 Corinthians 10:31 . . . . .

31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

(Do everything for God’s glory.)

b. 1 Corinthians 16:14 . . . . .

14  Let all that you do be done with love.

(Show love in everything you do.)

c. Colossians 3:23 . . . . .

23  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

(Work with all of your heart, as if working for the Lord.)

If we do everything for God’s glory,
all of our work is sanctified—
which means it is set apart for God’s use.

The work God gives us to do requires that we be honest and diligent. The work must be honorable and performed in a way that brings eternal glory to Him.

What is your work? . . . . . (Allow each person to answer.)

Would these occupations be considered Christian work? . . . . . (Allow each person to tell why they answered as they did.)

Whatever our work, it can be Christian work if we have received Jesus as our Savior and Lord and are allowing Him to direct our lives.

What can people do at home, at work, or wherever they spend their time, that will reveal they are Christians? . . . . .

Allow the group to discuss this application question in practical ways. Discussion may include a lifestyle that expresses itself in neighborliness, kindness, integrity, acceptance, thoughtfulness, honesty, consistency, clean language, and wholesome activities.

What does the Bible say about how those around us know that we are Christians?

Read John 13:34-35 . . . .

34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Love reveals that Christ lives in a person. All that Jesus said and did revealed God’s love, who He is and what He is like. That is our work. We are to reveal God’s love to those around us.

Another important thing for us to consider when we talk about work is rest or relaxation. God gave the Jewish people a pattern of work and rest they were to follow. They were to work six days and rest one day.

Read Exodus 31:15a . . . . .

15  Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord .

The Sabbath was established as a part of the Law of Moses, which God gave the Jewish people. Many Christians observe Sunday as the Lord’s Day, instead of the Saturday Sabbath, because they are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Do you know why we no longer live under the Law of Moses? The Bible says Jesus fulfilled the law for us and we are no longer under the more than 300 Mosaic ceremonial and moral laws. Since Jesus fulfilled the law, those who accept His sacrifice are free from bondage to the Mosaic Law.

Read Matthew 5:17. . . . .

17  "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."

How thankful we should be that we are living after Jesus fulfilled all of the Law’s righteous demands. The perfect life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ free us from the heavy burden of trying to observe all the Mosaic Law.

Jesus taught the disciples the necessity of resting from the pressures of their work.

Read Mark 6:31a. . . . .

31  And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while."

When we talk about rest, we do not necessarily mean a vacation or holiday. But rather, a favorable response to the invitation Jesus extended to us in Matthew 11:28-30 . . . . .

28  "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

This tells us we are to stop our rushing to accomplish more and spend time with Jesus to get to know Him. One way to listen to Jesus speak to us personally, is to read the Bible and consider what Jesus is saying.

Leisure is taking time to get acquainted with God and with people. We can rest as we spend time with others, listening and enjoying our families and friends. This kind of rest refreshes us.

Consider how you spend your leisure or free time. Is it truly a rest time?

6. a. God has told us what He wants us to do in John 6:29.

29  Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."

What is it? . . . . . (to believe in the One He sent)

b. Whom did God send, and why?

Read John 3:16 . . . .

16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life

(Jesus, to be our Savior)

Our work and good deeds do not earn a home for us in heaven. Belief in Jesus and accepting Him as our Savior does that. But things that we do after we are born into God’s family are tested, and we are rewarded accordingly.

Read 1 Corinthians 3:13-15. . . . .

13  each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14  If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15  If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

When we have pure motives for what we do and when we do it under the Lord’s guidance with the strength He supplies, our life’s work will stand the test. But, when we do good deeds with our own strength and for our own glory, those deeds will not stand the test. The work we do for God’s glory will be rewarded, but it will not save us.

God wants us to be living under His direction. Our full-time employment is being a Christian. The secular work we may do only pays our living expenses.

Believing in Jesus and living in all of our relationships as He wants us to do, is Christian work—whatever our earthly job may be. Our job title does not establish whether we are doing God’s work or not. We are doing Christian work when we live a godly life in whatever situation we find ourselves.


Closing Prayer

Thank God for the work He has given you to do. Tell Him how you feel about your work. Write your prayer here in your Weekly Bible Reading page.


Print the Bible Memory Verse Visual aid and Take Home Bible Verse one for each child.

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Weekly Bible Reading - LESSON #7

Print 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings', one for each youth to take home.

During the week, read the Bible verses below about resting in God, memorize a verse from each passage and write your Memory Verse to recall in class

1. Exodus 33:12-16

12 Then Moses said to the Lord, "See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.' 13 Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people."

14 And He said, " My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

15 Then he said to Him, " If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."


2. Psalm 23

1 The  Lord  is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the  Lord Forever.


3. Psalm 55:4-8

4 My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
6 So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
8 I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest."


4. Proverbs 3:21-26

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes-
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the  Lord  will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.


5. Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the  Lord , "He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the  Lord , who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 "Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation."


6. Isaiah 14:3-7

3 It shall come to pass in the day the  Lord  gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:

"How the oppressor has ceased,
The golden city ceased!
5 The  Lord  has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
He who ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted and no one hinders.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
They break forth into singing.


7 •  Philippians 4: 4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.


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NEXT WEEK: Lesson #8 we will learn Why Jesus Came. We will realize that the consequence of sin is death, recognize man’s inability to pay his own sin debt and learn why Jesus left heaven’s glory to come to this sinful earth. We will fully realize the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross and be given the opportunity to give your life to Jesus and learn how to share your Faith.


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