Sunday School Lessons

In the ‘60’s, a TV show set out to provide a mindset of exploration and adventure being pitched as “the wagon train to the stars”. Gene Roddenberry sought to provide a glimpse of society from the viewscreen of a starship. In this show called Star Trek, he identified issues of the day and attempted to provide a solution that a utopian mindset might solve.

If you’ve ever watched the original series you will see that while the option was presented, it was never really the solution. It always seemed to stop short of a being the best option, leaving a question of whether there was a better solution.

Years after the show was cancelled, fan popularity brought back a Motion Picture in 1979 that revisited the slogan: “To seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where noone has gone before.”

The interesting comparison and perhaps the opening that gave Star Trek it’s extraordinary longevity is the fact that during those same years, Christians we’re beginning to be shamed for having the answer that society was so much searching for.

If fact, when Christians began to be silent, society began to go boldly looking for the answer.

In the 60’s the Bible and Prayer were removed from schools, the Apollo 8 Astronauts were sued for reading Genesis aloud on their flight to the moon, homosexuality became a protected legal status in 1967; all the while Christians continue to become more passive and increasingly silent.

On this 40th anniversary of Star Trek the Motion Picture, I think it is appropriate to look at those in the Bible who have boldly gone on before us, having the very answer humanity needs and refusing to be silent. Their lives and precious words can empower us to boldly do the same.

Consider these great heroes of our faith:

  • Moses Boldly went into Egypt to say let my people go.
  • Abraham boldly went into new civilization when God said to go.
  • King David boldly went before his enemies with the power of God
  • Elijah boldly stood before the 450 prophets of Baal and the people saying: “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.”
  • Jesus, Paul, Phillip, Barnabus, Apollos, Pricilla, Aquila, Timothy and John ALL had a testimony of preaching the Gospel and BOLDLY taking the gospel… where it had never gone before.

You don’t have to have a Bible degree to be bold.

Acts 4:13  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

People can tell when you have spent time with Jesus.

Boldly speak the truth

Ephesians 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him

With boldness comes knowledge of where our power comes from.

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Ephesians 6:19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

To keep Christians silent society has shamed the truth, diluted the Bible, populated false teachers, and called evil good and good evil.

Boldness from the Pulpit to the People

2 Corinthians 7:4  Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

Boldness of the People to the World

Colossians 1:23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Conclusion

The final frontier is not the exploration of space or the exploration of our minds; the final frontier is souls. It takes boldness for a Pastor to speak truth and boldness of the people to take the Gospel message to a lost and dying world. Outside these doors lies the greatest adventure you could ever know, Christians have been taught to fear it, hide from it and not speak against it.

But we are told to Boldly Go by our headquarters; to set our coordinates on souls, and perhaps take the Gospel where it has never gone before. Because Christians have been silent for so long… that may be across the street, rather than across the world.

 

This Lesson is a great illustration of how God placed sin into a cup that Jesus bore for us. It also has an visual that shows that by what Jesus did it takes away sin for those who believe.

For this lesson you will need Styrofoam cups, a Large Sharpie, a mid-sized pot and acetone. (Be sure to pour the acetone in the pot before the lesson starts so the kids don’t see what it is. Make sure to keep in a well ventilated area as well.

The Cup of Sin

The Bible has a lot to say about cups. The Bible lists different kinds of cups:

The cup of the wicked: Psalms 11:6  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

The cup of Salvation: Psalms 116:13  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

The bible describes us as a vessel or cup, we get to choose what we will put into our cup…

The Bible has some other names for these cups:

  • The Cup of God’s Fury
  • The Cup of Consolation
  • The Cup of Astonishment and Desolation
  • The Cup of Blessings
  • The Cup of His Indignation

So many seek to fill their cups with the ways and sins of the world: (have them list sins and write them on the cups)

The Last cup write “SIN.”

You see God knew that sin would keep the world from going to Heaven… But God so loved the world that He sent His son Jesus to pay for our sin and whosoever believed in Him, would have everlasting life.

Just as we have a choice of what cup we are and what we want to fill our cup with… we also can choose whether or not we want to go to heaven… or hell.

So God gathered up all the sins and placed them in the cup of sin… and gave them to Jesus. It was a heavy burden to bear:

Take all the cups and stack them.. then place the in the SIN cup

Matthew 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Jesus knew:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

But Jesus made a way to take away our sins:

(put the cups into the acetone) – The cups/sin will melt away.. as they watch this tall column of cups vanish.. read the verses:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 3:1 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Some in here have made the choice to accept the gift that Christ gave…

Others have not.

Some maybe like to play Church trying to be a Christian on Sunday… but acting poorly on other days:

1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

Which cup are you drinking from today?

The bible is full of references of people doing good works.

In fact, you have all heard of good works… afterall… doesn’t everyone tell you to be good?

If you’ve ever been in the boy or girl scouts they even give you badges for doing good works…

But how good… is good enough?

1 Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

So there is a test, a trial that needs to take place to see what will hold up, what will honor God…

What good works this morning… will honor God?

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(Take the balloons and have the children call out good works and write then on the balloons.)

Once you have collected them all (in a container) Place them over… the fire (candle of flame)

Note: a candle has a tendency to be blown out when the balloon pops

As you pop each good work exclaim that there must be some work that will stand the test of fire… there must be some work that is good enough!

Then… after all the balloons are popped:

Romans 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So if there are no good works that will stand the test… How can we get to heaven…

What IS good enough

Jesus Said:

John 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

(Take the balloon filled with water… Write JESUS on it and hold it over the flame.

Note: the Balloon doesn’t pop)

It’s not good works… it’s Jesus!

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  • Jesus is the only way to heaven, not good works.
  • Jesus will past the trial by fire
    Jesus will save you!
  • But How?

Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Have you ever called on Jesus to save you?

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Addl.

Titus 1:16  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Colossians 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

Suitable for kids of all ages! 

Supplies Needed

  • None

Gameplay

Instruct the children that whoever goes the longest without making any noise (this includes talking, giggling, whispering…) will recieve a reward.

Tips

  • Try to get the children distracted, ask one of them a question, make funny faces or start singing a favorite song.
  • No one is to try to cause a child to make noise by touching them in any way.
  • If the game is taking to long give the children a challenge they must do without making noise.

 

Suitable for kids of all ages!

Supplies Needed

  • 2 Balls of yarn
  • Stopwatch

Gameplay

The children with the balls of yarn are to find the end, grab ahold of it and say their name and one interesting fact about themselves. They should then throw the yarn to someone else on the bus (without letting go of their end) who will do the same thing. Continue this until the worker says time is up or the yarn runs out. Choose two of your workers to be the participants. They are going to race one at a time through the web without breaking any strands. When a strand is broken there turn is over. Who ever gets the farthest is the winner, if they both complete the course then the one with the best time is the winner.

Tips

  • Pre pick your contestents and have them sitting up front so they dont have to work their way to the front before they play.
  • If you can, choose a male and a female worker to be your contestants. Kids love girl against boy challenges.
  • Tell the children to throw it to someone who has not had a turn yet.

Suitable for kids of all ages!

Loud and Soft

Supplies

Small prizes to hide

Slips of paper with the memory verse

Rules

Give every child a memory verse paper then choose two children to play your game, one will be your “hider” the other your “seeker”. Send your seeker out of the room with a helper while the hider hides the object somewhere in the room, after your hider is finished call your seeker into the room to find the object. While the seeker is looking for the object the rest of the class should be saying the verse the closer the seeker gets to the object the louder the verse should be said, the farther away your seeker gets the quieter the verses should be said. Once the seeker finds the object it becomes theirs to keep. Choose new players and repeat as time permits.

 

Tips

If you have time allow your hiders to get a chance to seek so they get a chance to win a prize.

If you are on time constraints you can set a time limit for them to find it in, if they cant find it before time is up the hider reveals the spot and the seeker doesn’t get the prize.

Children love to see their teacher/workers finding the prize.

Suitable for kids of all ages! 

The Corner Game

Supplies

  • Slips of paper with memory verse  
  • small prizes

Rules

  • Give each child a verse paper
  • Choose one child to stand facing the corner he/she will be your guesser
  • Choose at least one child by a tap on the head (after your guesser is facing wall) this child will read the verse in the craziest voice they can.
  • if the guesser correctly guesses who was reading the verse they recieve a prize. If the guesser is unable to figure out who read the verse then the reader reveals himself and gets the prize.
  • Choose new players and repeat as time permits.

Tips

  • Don’t choose children who are asking to be chosen or waving around their hands because the guesser probably heard or saw them.
  • Dont pit close friends against one another.
  • For your final round choose every child (except the guesser) to read the verse.

 

Suitable for kids of all ages! 

Supplies

  • Toy/Bible or other gift
  • Small Prizes/Candy 
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Music

Preparation

Wrap the gift as you would a regular present. After the main gift is wrapped continue wraping the present one layer at a time putting one of the small prizes or a pice of candy in every layer. There is no limit on how many layers you can do but keep in mind it should be enough to last for a few minutes but not so many that the present is never reached.

Gameplay

 Put the children in a circle, give the gift to one of them and tell them which direction to pass it. when the music starts the gift must be passed from child to child until the music stops. Whoever is holding the gift when the music stops is allowed to open one layer and gets to keep what they find inside. Continue until the present is reached.

Tips

  • If you have a large group of children you may consider making two presents and passing them simultaneously.
  • If a child is caught holding onto the present while the music is playing they should be given a warning if they are caught again they should be removed from the game.
  • Set a limit for how many small prizes a single child can get and if they get the present after this they should give the prize to the person beside them, however all should be eligible for the big gift.

Suitable for kids of all ages!

Gossip/Telephone

 Supplies

  • None Needed

Gameplay

Split class into two teams. Whisper a phrase into the first personsear on each team. Each player must whisper it to the next person  in line until it reaches the end. The winning team is the team whogets it closest to the original statment, if there is a tie the winning team will be the one who finishes first.

Tips

  • Give each team the same phrase
  • No one should repeat the phrase, if the player missed it them must simply relay it as best they can.
  • Makes a great illustration for teaching on gossip.

Preached by Chaplain Rick Brewer 9-18-13

1 Timothy 3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

It is important to worship and to come to church, but it is also important how we worship and what we do at church. We are dealing with, for the first time in modern times, a generation of people through the age of 45 that have never stepped foot in a church before.  In this message I want to outline some things that you should and shouldn’t do.. Because some of the things we do in Church we do because we simply never have been taught differently.

1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

One of the issues facing the modern church is the fact that people have gotten away from somber worship, and simply can not sit still. This is both for children and adults that have never grown up in church and understood that there is a need for being still and quiet in a church service. When we are disruptive in our movements or checking messages on our phone or drawing pictures or whispering; it creates a distraction for those that may very much need the message that’s being preached. To the end that a lost person made need the very message that’s being preached in that their eternity may be fixed on that one sermon. It would be a tragic thing that distraction kept a lost man from getting saved.

1.  The night before church.

Get things laid out the night before… so you are not rushed and aggravated in the morning.

Preparation is key to worship, oft times when we are not prepared we rush around on Sunday morning frustrating ourselves and our children to the point that it is not an enjoyable event to come to church. when we do get the church we sit in the pew and brude never really getting anything the message. Our children pick up on this as well and creates an environment of rebellion.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

2.  Pray before the service

Pray for your Pastor – He’s got a big job. one key point in worship is the belief or understanding that it’s all done by the pastor, the pastor is simply the one helping to orchestrate the worship. The participation of the congregation is not only necessary but a key portion of the worship service. The spirit in the church can be affected by the spirit of the people and felt by visitors. It is very important that we take the time to pray for our pastor and pray for the service that God is able to use the congregation in a way that will profit the body of Christ.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

3.  Come to worship (Leave the attitudes at home)

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. [20] Despise not prophesyings.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Attitude in worship is everything. It affects how is church service starts, how people interact with one another and how the church service will end. When we come to worship and we bring with us our attitudes and prejudices they can vastly affect how the Holy Spirit will be able to work in that service.

4.  Sing – Fundamental part of worship

Psalms 100:2 – Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Singing is a key part of worship, but it is also one of the most abused of our worship attributes. If we are singing from our hearts the hymns and songs of God we don’t need drums and guitars and instruments of the world to make it more exciting. Oft time worship leaders will seek to bring in the world’s music in order to bring a form of excitement, that is an imitation of worship. True worship through song is lifting up God’s Hymns, God’s Scripture and God’s people’s voices…to him. When we sing we should sing from our hearts to the Lord lifting up our voices high contributing praise. It should not be considered a chore or even something boring, is a key and necessary part to worship.

5.  Pray not play… one letter could mean eternity

I said that to say this, when we come to church we should be coming to church for one reason and that is to worship and celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ. While the church is not a building it should still not be mistreated to the fact that it becomes a jungle gym. I find it interesting that kids are taught from a very young age that they are to be still and quiet and whisper in a library but those same courtesies are not expected in a church service.

6.  Pay attention – Again.. People don’t know because they have not been taught..
 
The song book holder is not a foot rest… Electronic devices used by kids are a distraction for themselves and for those around them.. Parents need to be aware.
There is a difference between having folks in a worship service who have never learned how to sit still, and simply allowing it because we don’t want to take the time to teach them… Because what better place to learn.

Example: When Angelia was two and three years old we were taking her to church. We knew that it was a good age to start to teach a child how to sit still and when it was appropriate to play and when not. She was disciplined many times during a church service and sometimes parents would come up to me after the service with displeasure because I was doing so, but those same parents six months later were praising my daughter’s ability to sit still in church and being so young. The Bible says we are to train up a child in the way that they should go, that includes how you should act in church.

1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

Who wants to see someone saved?

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

These little distractions are just what satan needs to keep someone who from getting saved…

More than likely a new person will sit in the back.. What will he see?

Are we representing Christ?

7.  Invitation – perhaps our most sacred time.

Pastor sometimes develop habits they may be from the way that they preach, a style or just little things that they like to do or say. I recall my pastor in Germany when he was time to preach he would take his watch off and lay it on the pulpit, and when it came time for the invitation he would always put his watch on. So when he would put his watch on all across the congregation you would hear Bible covers zipping up, velcro opening and shuffling around of papers… This created such a huge distraction to where even if someone was convicted and wanted to get saved there would be so much activity that they would quite frankly forget why they even wanted to get saved! We must refrain from anticipating the end of the service knowing that invitation is our most sacred time, and it is when people who were convicted as part of the message get things right with God.

Invitation is not the time to prepare to leave, it is the time you do business with God. – Distractions will keep others from doing so.

If we come to church prepared to leave… How did we worship God?

Is He the God of convenience?
Or the God of the Universe?

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.