I’ve been writing some bible lesson plans for our school and for the whole academic year 2013-2014, we’ll be focusing on the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. The lessons are adaptable for all ages. Feel free to use the lesson plans, some of which are also inspired by other writings I’ve found on the net as I researched on the topics. The bible coloring pages are also from the net and the links are included for your reference. I’ll link all of the lessons to the page “Free Bible Lessons” for easier reference. May all these be used to spread God’s Word and may all the glory and praise be for the Lord our God now and forevermore! Be blessed!
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 6 PART 2 – Goodness (Matthew 1:21)
LESSON: GOODNESS – The good news is Jesus
Memory Verse: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
Bible Lesson: The Reason for the Season
- Why do we celebrate Christmas? We have parties, put up decorations and Christmas trees, buy gifts and sing carols and make Christmas cards, but do we really know why we are celebrating?
- Let us ask ourselves: Have we ever done something wrong? Have we ever hurt anybody or said unkind things? Have we ever told a lie or take something that isn’t ours? Have we ever felt jealous or angry at somebody? If so, that makes all of us sinners. As sinners, we are destined to “perish” or to be punished for our sins. God is a holy God, and sin cannot come near Him.
- John 10:11 tells us that Jesus is our Good Shepherd. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” We are the sheep. Did you know that when a sheep rolls over to its back (ex. maybe to scratch their back if it’s itchy, much like how a dog does), it is unable to roll over again to a standing position? It’ stuck! It looks up to the sky and just stays there; if nobody helps the poor sheep to get up, it will die. Sometimes sheep which are left upside-down die because of the heat of the sun, others die because of lack of food and water, or sometimes from gases that build up in their stomach that cut off their circulation. An upside-down sheep is in very big trouble. (Read about upside-down sheep here: they are actually called “cast” sheep)
- We can say that if a sheep rolls over to its back, it made a big mistake. It’s just like when put ourselves first and do what we want to do and not what God wants us to do – we sin; we make a big mistake. And just like the upside-down sheep, we cannot help ourselves when we sin. We are “helpless.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd who takes care of the sheep. Just as when a sheep falls over or gets lost or maybe gets sick, the shepherd does what is needed to make the sheep all right again. The shepherd leads the sheep to lie down in green pastures and still waters. He protects the sheep from wild animals and other dangers. He finds the lost sheep and brings them all together inside the sheepfold at night to keep them safe and warm. And when a sheep rolls over to its back, the good shepherd makes sure that he helps it get back on its feet again.
- In the same way, Jesus came to the world so that our relationship with God the Father can be restored. God made us, but we can’t make a relationship with God on our own. But through Jesus, we now have a way back to the Father. Because we cannot help ourselves, God is the one who reached out to us to save us – through His son Jesus.
- 2,000 years ago, a baby was born in Bethlehem to a virgin named Mary. This child was called the “Messiah” or the promised savior — Jesus came to save the world. When the angel of the Lord appeared the shepherds, he said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you GOOD NEWS that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10) What is the GOOD NEWS? – It’s JESUS!
- A savior has been born! Jesus is the reason for the season! John 3: 16 tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
- Christmas is not about Santa Claus or gifts or parties and Christmas trees. It’s about God’s greatest gift for all mankind; His only Begotten Son — Jesus Christ — “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” And that’s a wonderful reason to celebrate.
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 6 PART 1 – Goodness (Matthew 5:16)
LESSON: GOODNESS – Shining for Jesus
Memory Verse: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
“Scripture interprets scripture.” We believe that the BIBLE is the Word of God and that it is true. When we read a verse or story from the bible, we seek to learn its “message” or “interpretation.” A correct interpretation of the Bible will always be consistent with the rest of the Scriptures; the bible will not contradict itself. Let’s practice interpreting scripture by using other verses in the bible to help us understand the meaning of this Matthew 5:16:
- “In the same way, let your light shine before others” – Where does this light come from?
In the book of John chapter 1, we find the following verses that tell us about the ‘’LIGHT:”
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
Who is the true light? (Jesus – He is the Word that became flesh and he is the true light that gives light to everyone else)
Light comes from Jesus, and so to “let our light shine” means we need to have the light of Jesus in us first. When we have this light, we can then also “shine for Jesus” by spreading this light to others.2.
- “that they may see your good deeds” – What are good deeds?
Galatians 5: 19-23 shows us the difference between good and bad deeds:
Bad deeds – Galatians 5:19-21 (Easy-to-Read Version)
Good deeds – Galatians 5:22-23
|19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20 worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21 being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this.||22 But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.|
- “and glorify your Father in heaven.” – How do we glorify our Father in heaven?
In John 15:8, Jesus tells us what brings glory to the Father:
8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
What brings glory to the Father is seeing his children bear the fruits of being followers of Jesus. We shine for Jesus when we reflect His character and do acts and deeds that show how the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are working in our lives – and these bring glory to our Father and heaven and lead others to praise God.
In the book “Mere Christianity,” author and theologian C.S. Lewis describes the idea of how we can shine for Jesus. He explained how we know that “the moon does not make its own light. It simply reflects the light of the sun. The moon appears to shine not because of what it is by itself, but only because it is able to reflect the rays of the sun.
In the same way, we who are Christians or followers of Jesus do not have our own light. There is only one true source of light – God. God has made His light available for us through His Son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive this light and our purpose is revealed to us; we are to reflect Christ in our lives.”
Sometimes, a person can appear to do good deeds such as acts of kindness and or generosity for another person but it is not out of a heart aligned to God. They may actually do such things because they want others to notice them and give them praise, or maybe they want something in return such as a reward or returned favor. Acts that are from a selfish heart rarely ever leads people to praise God. Instead of the glory being for God, the glory becomes for the person who did the kind gesture. This is not what Matthew 5:16 talks about.
Good deeds are deeds that flow out of a heart that is aligned to the heart of Jesus. Jesus demonstrated to us perfect love, perfect joy, perfect peace and all the other fruits of the spirit in their own perfection. As children of God, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides us and leads us to becoming more and more like Jesus. Therefore, as we pray and listen to God’s voice, read His Word and seek to obey His commands, we cannot help but also demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Slowly, but surely, as we learn to yield ourselves to God more and more each day, change is taking place in our lives and we become more and more like Jesus everyday.
Almighty Father, be glorified! All praise belongs to You our God! Truly Lord, you are the source of all that is good. Fill us with Your light through the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we may always be able to shine for Jesus. May all that we say, think or do bring glory and praise to You our God! In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray, Amen!
“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” – Job 26:7
The Bible shows itself to be scientifically accurate in at least 3 major points in astronomy:
- It says that the Earth is suspended in nothing, (Job. 26:7 ).
- It says the Existence of ocean currents in the Seas, (Psalm 8:1 ,3 ,6 ,8)
- It says the Stars are Innumerable, (Gen. 15:5 ).
I grew up not knowing the bible in this way; I mean, sure, I have been told it is the Word of God, but I don’t remember it ever being considered as a source of scientific facts.
Now that I’m homeschooling my kids with books that have a biblical worldview, my eyes have been opened to ideas such as “young earth theory”, “creation vs. evolution” and the like.
It is very new to me, certainly a lot to be learned and unlearned, especially about evolution — I mean, for 30 years of my life I really believed we humans came from apes. How was I to know any better? That was the only thing taught in schools back then, and its still is generally what is taught until now. (Something needs to be done about this, you know?)
But, there is a time for everything. Thank You Lord for opening our eyes to the truth that is in Your Word!
As we play with some clay, we talk about some facts about our solar system, such as how the earth revolves around the sun once a year and also rotates on its axis every 24 hours. I tried my best to explain and illustrate how day turns into the night as the earth spins around its axis.
Then we paint our own galaxies in the bathtub. We used food color mixed in with flour, a little water and some dishwashing liquid.
It was not only fun; it was a great way to have the kids involved in cleaning the bathroom without them even knowing it. LOL!
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.” – Genesis 1:14
Honestly, the real reason for our sudden interest and exploration in astronomy was the news about Comet ISON which is expected to be brightest this coming November 28, 2013.
With all the crazy happenings all over the world (earthquakes, floods, famine, wars — you know, all that stuff in Matthew 24), the Lord is telling us to look to the heavens and understand, these are “signs” that “mark SACRED TIMES.”
Watch this video for more info:
God bless us all!
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 4 – Patience (2 Peter 3:9)
LESSON: PATIENCE – The Lord God has been patient with mankind.
Memory Verse: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
(For younger kids: “The Lord is…patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”)
Bible Story: Luke 13:6-9 “The Parable of the Fig Tree”
A man had a fig tree in his garden and came again too see if it had any fruit but he couldn’t find any. One day, he said to his gardener, “Look, for three years now I have been waiting for this fig tree to bear fruit, and it doesn’t even have a single fig! Cut it down! Why should we let it continue taking up space and using up the soil?”
The gardener replied, “Give it one more chance, Sir! Just one more year! I will take special care of it and give it fertilizer. If we get figs next year, then that would be good! If not, you can cut it down.”
Right before Jesus told this parable, some people had been telling Him about some bad people who had been severely punished. Jesus told them this parable to explain to them how God’s love and mercy works. He used the example of a fig tree to explain that God tests our hearts by our “fruits.”
Questions for discussion:
- Why do you think the owner wants to cut down the fig tree? (because it has no fruit.)
- How many years has the owner waited for the fig tree to bear fruit? (3 years)
- Who stopped the owner from cutting the tree? (the gardener)
- What was the gardener’s plan? (to take extra care of the fig tree)
- What happens if the tree still doesn’t bear fruit after a year? (it will be cut down)
What does the story mean?
- The man represents God the Father who checks on each tree he planted in the garden.
- The fig tree represents the people of God. The fruits are the result of a heart turned to God; the fruits of righteousness or the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in a Christian’s life.
- Jesus is the gardener who intercedes (prays) on behalf of the people so that God will give them one more chance.
- This parable is about second chances. The Lord could have chosen to punish all the people who continue to rebel againstim because He has already given the people much time for them to repent and turn to God, but because of His great love and mercy, He has given us another chance to bear fruit.
- As 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, God has been very patient with mankind, and He has extended His grace to us and blessed us with the gift of Jesus Christ who died for our sins so that we may not perish (be cut down). God wants people to REPENT and allow Jesus to nourish their hearts with His Word. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will eventually show the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1 NIV)
There are times when you simply stop whatever you’re doing and just STAND IN AWE OF OUR GLORIOUS GOD.
Today was one of those days.
No need for lots of words to explain anything. Just a sincere heart praising God for His awesomeness. Praise the Lord!
Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 5 PART 3 – Patience (Psalm 37:7)
LESSON: PATIENCE is putting our trust in God.
Memory Verse: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”– Psalm 37:7
BIBLE LESSON: Saul and David
Things started out really well for David; David had been anointed by the prophet Saul to be the next king; he was given an opportunity to sit close to the royal family as the king’s musician and the armor-bearer, then he became the local hero after killing the giant named Goliath, and soon after that, he got promoted to being a commander of the king’s troops. He had great success in everything he did, and while most of the people were pleased with him, king Saul had become jealous of all the attention and praise David was getting. Eventually, Saul’s jealousy had become so great that he attempted to kill David himself by hurling a spear at him while David played the harp for him. Saul also tried to trick David into going into battle hoping that their enemies would kill him, but to Saul’s dismay, David would always win. Saul even sent men to go to David’s house and kill him, but they too failed in their mission.
David had every reason to seek revenge. He had done nothing wrong to the king; in fact, he had done much good by giving the kingdom of Saul many victories in their battles with their enemies. He wrote some of the Psalms asking God to protect him from his enemies, because David had to flee – he ran from Saul and for 7 years, he had to endure many hardships because of the threat on his life.
On one occasion, Saul pursued David and his men in the desert of En Gedi. Saul went alone inside a cave to relieve himself, but he didn’t know that David and his men were actually inside that cave hiding! While Saul was distracted, David quietly crept up to him and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. As soon as Saul left the cave, David called out to him and humbly showed Saul the corner of the robe he cut. He tried to make Saul see that David never intended any harm to Saul, so Saul had no reason to pursue him and try to kill him.
“11Your Majesty, look at what I’m holding. You can see that it’s a piece of your robe. If I could cut off a piece of your robe, I could have killed you. But I let you live, and that should prove I’m not trying to harm you or to rebel. I haven’t done anything to you, and yet you keep trying to ambush and kill me.
12 I’ll let the Lord decide which one of us has done right. I pray that the Lord will punish you for what you’re doing to me, but I won’t do anything to you.” – 1 Samuel 24:11-12(CEV)
David found himself with an opportunity to kill Saul, but he chose not to. David instead chose to show the meaning of “grace.” “Grace” is underserved favor; it means receiving something good even if we did not deserve it. Instead of complaining, he prayed. Instead of killing Saul, David tried to show Saul how he honored him as God’s chosen king. Instead of taking revenge for all the bad that Saul had done to him, David has chosen to show him grace by just cutting the edge of Saul’s robe instead of killing him. David hoped that by proving that he did not intend to harm Saul, he could persuade Saul to stop trying to kill him.
David also showed how to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” David could have killed Saul when he had the chance and so become king; this would be to fulfill through his own actions the promise of God to him when Samuel anointed him. But did David do this? No. David chose to wait patiently for the Lord’s time because he knew that the Lord will always uphold the good and the righteous; he will punish the evil and make things right. We may not know when and how God is going to do this, but we can trust that God will always do what He says He will do; we need only to trust Him. Just like David, we should not be angry or frustrated, because anger can lead to sin. All sinners will disappear and be destroyed, but if we trust the LORD, we will be blessed. God hears all our prayers and His goodness and justice will prevail.
Read: Psalm 37
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
*photocredit: Idea from http://thebibleisonebook.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html
Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from August until October 2013.