9) What do you think Jesus wants us to understand about believing in
him? (Believing is more than understanding that Jesus existed or died
for our sins. In fact, the Bible tells us that even the demons believe
in Jesus [James 2:19]. Believing means to trust your entire life on
Jesus, then turn from your sins and follow him. The Bible tells us
that faith without good works is dead [James 2:26]. If we have true
faith, then good works is the natural result of following Jesus.
Believing is more than understanding something about God in your mind.
Believing is understanding in your mind what the Bible teaches us
about God, trusting in Jesus to save you and following his example
with our actions. If your life doesn't show a progression of becoming
more and more like Jesus, then you should examine what you believe and to whom you are
trusting for your salvation.)
10) When you do good to others, who does Jesus say you are really
11) When you don't help others, who are you not serving?
Pray: "Dear Jesus, thank you for
teaching us what it means to really follow you. Help
us to trust you and to do good to those we meet.
Game: "Sheep &
Set Up: Establish a large playing
area. On one side of the playing area establish a "pen" for
the sheep using flags, ropes or hoses. On the other side of the
playing area establish a "pen" for the goats. Divide the
class into thirds. One third are the shepherds, one third are the
goats and one third are the sheep. Give one color of arm bands (or
colored clothes pins) to the
goats and another color to the sheep. DON'T TELL THE SHEEP AND GOATS
WHAT THEIR COLOR REPRESENTS. Before the game begins tell only the shepherds
which color represents the goats and which color represents the sheep.
Also tell the shepherds which "pen" the sheep and goats must
be sent to.
How To Play: The sheep and goats begin
at the center of the playing area with the shepherds standing to the
sides. At the go, teacher yells, "Divide the sheep and
goats!" At which point the shepherds attempt to tag the sheep
and goats. If a shepherd tags a sheep or goat, he or she leads the sheep or goat
to the sheep or goat pen (which was designated before the game began). Once all the sheep and goats are in their pens,
teacher tells the players who the sheep and goats are. Play continues
as long as time allows with players taking turns being the shepherds,
sheep and goats.
After The Game: Ask the players,
"When the end of the age comes, what do you want to be, a sheep
or a goat? Obviously we want to be "sheep". How can we be
sure we are God's sheep? (Allow for discussion. Refer to the
explanation under question # 9, above.)
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