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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Heaven -- Revelation 21, 22

This morning was my last class for a while. I've been allowed a sabatical so to speak. I've been teaching a Bible class since my nearly 5 year old was 6 weeks old. I haven't been in the same class all the time, but I have been teaching non-stop. I love to teach, but it's time I sat in an adult class and got some refreshing lessons.

I've really enjoyed teaching this group of kids. We've been together for a whole year. We studied the life of Christ for the first 6 months and then the history of the church for the last 6 months. I know I have learned a lot and I hope they have as well.

Our lesson today was on Heaven. We first looked at the words to the song No Night There by Hart Danks and John Clements. The words were taken right out of Revelation 21. I read it to them as a poem.

NO NIGHT THERE

In the land of fadeless day lies the "city four-square,"
It shall never pass away, and there is "no night there."

All the gates of pearl are made in the "city four-square,"
All the streets with gold are laid, and there is "no night there."

There they need no sunshine bright, in that "city four-square,"
For the Lamb is all thel ight, and there is "no night there."

God shall "wipe away all tears;"
There's no death, no pain, for fears;
And they count not time by years,
For there is "no night there."

It is a beautiful song and one I remember singing when I was very young. After reading the song to them and making sure they understood what all the words meant, we read most of Rev 21 and part of 22.

In the reading it talks about how those that obey the commandments will hve rights to the tree of life. We talked about where they had heard of the tree of life before. Then we went back to Gen 3 and read about what God said about the tree of life. It was very neat how the end of the Bible brings up the tree of life again. We talked about how next week they would start studying Genesis again. This time they would be old enough to remember everything we had talked about. They will know where God's Plan is heading as they study it over again.

One of the goals for this class for each child to read through the entire New Testament on their own. I gave them a schedule each quarter and there was a place on their project folder to put stickers as they finished parts of the reading. I had 2 students that completed the assignment and a couple more that did very well with it. It was so encouraging to see these kids (ages 11 and 12) reading their Bibles so diligently. I hope it continues to be a habit throughout their lives.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.

Today's lesson: Discuss Heaven (see above)

Roll Call of Faith -- Read entire passage together

Saturday, December 22, 2007

What Happens After Baptism

Last Sunday we talked about baptism: what it is, why we do it, etc. So, Wednesday night we spent some time talking about what happens after someone is baptized. The kids knew that their sins would be forgiven, but there's a whole lot more that goes on. We talked about about what it means to have your sins forgiven. We talked about the angels rejoicing in Heaven. We talked about eternal life. We talked about how after baptism they could pray to God (God doesn't hear sinners) and how important it would be for them to partake of the Lord's supper on the first day of the week. This brought about a discussion of "not forsaking the assembly".

Tomorrow morning we're going to finish this discussion by talking about what they should do after they become Christians. Of course, some of this can be done now also.

I want to encourage them to study regularly like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).

I want to talk to them some more about prayer. We'll read Phil 4:4-6 and 1 Thess 5:16-18. They need to know that they shouuld thank God and praise God when they pray. We'll also read Luke 11:9 so they'll learn to ask God for whatever they need. Then we'll read James 1:5 and talk about praying to God for wisdom.

We'll talk about loving one another (1 John 4:7-8 and verse 20)

We'll also talk about obeying parents (Ephesians 6:1)

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Roll Call of Faith -- Read entire passage together

Today's lesson: Discuss what happens after baptism (see above)

If there's any time left, we'll review The Whole Armor of God.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Salvation -- A Review of the Plan of Salvation

Now that we've finished our study of the life of Christ and the history of the Church, I want to spend the next 3 classes on some topical material. I want to talk to the kids today about salvation. We've been using the word a lot. We've talked about how we are saved through baptism. I want to make sure they understand why we are saved. They need to know what we are saved from. Otherwise, they won't know what the alternative to being saved is. I want to do a brief review of the whole Bible story and then use the conversions of Acts chart as a review of how we are saved.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards.

Today's lesson: Discuss savlation -- why we need to be saved, what we're saved from, who can be saved, how are we saved

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith introducing the passage.

Sing:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Paul is Shipwrecked and Makes it to Rome -- Acts 28

Tonight we finish Acts. We've been studying it for nearly 6 months. It's been a great study. Tonight we'll talk about Paul's shipwreck and his arrival in Rome.

We just have 6 more class sessions before another teacher takes over this group. I've been teaching this class for a year in January. I think I need a break and I know they need a break from me.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 28

Today's lesson: Briefly tell the story and give them specific people and events to listen for in the reading. Read Acts 28

Project Folders: Read 1 Corinthians 13. Also The Roll Call of Faith

Sing:

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Paul before Festus and King Agripps -- Acts 25 and 26

Even thought there was no lesson plan, we did actually talk about Paul and Felix (Acts 24) last Wednesday night. Tomorrow morning we'll talk about Paul before Festus and Agrippa. The class will be spent mostly in reading chapters 25 and 26. I will make some brief comments before the reading so they'll know who Festus and Agrippa are. I hope they will recognize our reading chapter 26. It is Paul's description of his conversion.

For various reasons, the attendance of our regular students in class has been spasmodic. I don't if we've had a full class more than twice this quarter. Because of this the memory work is coming along a little slower than usual. I hope to give a little pep talk tomorrow and encourage them to work on one at a time. I want everyone to at least have one thing memorized. I know that they are all becoming very familiar with all of the passages and lists to memorize. That's a good thing too.

The visitors visitors that come, are there most of the time. They are all so eager. I don't think most of them (there are about 6 that come and 4 of them are very regular in attendance) have ever heard much of the Bible at all. They just soak it all in.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations: Work on stations before class and for the first 5 or 10 minutes.


Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards introducing Acts 25 and 26

Today's lesson: Briefly tell the story and give them specific people and events to listen for in the reading. Read Acts 25 and 26

Project Folders: If there's time read together The Roll Call of Faith.

Sing: