Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: A touch from Jesus heals (Luke 8:43-48; Mark 5:25-34)
 
1. Icebreaker:
  • Who touched me? Have the children sit in a circle. One person sits in the middle and is blindfolded. Children will take turns as the teacher quietly points to each one, to go to the child in the middle and TOUCH that children and quietly run back to the circle. Then the blindfold can be removed and the child can try to guess who TOUCHED him/her. If he guesses it correctly, then that child goes to the middle to be blindfolded, etc.
  • Touch the TeacherBlindfold the teacher and let children take turns touching the teacher’s back. The teacher will have to guess what part of the child’s body touched the teacher’s back – such as a finger, a nose, an elbow, a toe, an ear, etc! Can also let kids be the ones to guess who touched them.
 
2. Story:
  • Last lesson, we learnt about Jesus delivering the evil spirits out of a man in Gerasenes.
  • After Jesus left and came back to the other side of the lake, He was quickly summoned to heal a little girl who was dying.
  • A big crowd followed Jesus as He walked. In the crowd was a woman.
  • The Bible doesn’t put her name, but we know that she had been bleeding for 12 years. How many of you are 12 years old? 12 years is a long time to be bleeding.
  • Besides the discomfort and pain she might have been going through, this woman had to keep away from society, as she was bleeding and considered “unclean”.
  • Do you remember who else were considered “unclean” in Jewish society? Lepers
  • This woman went to many doctors. She spent a lot of money. But instead, she got worse! Nobody could heal her.
  • But she heard there was someone who could heal her — Jesus.
  • So even though she was not supposed to be out in public, she decided to go see Jesus. She thought to herself, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed!”
  • So she crept up behind Jesus and touched the edge of His long cloak.
  • Immediately, her bleeding stopped! And the woman knew that she had been completely healed.
  • Even though there were so many people around Him, Jesus also realised something had happened. He turned around and asked, “Who touched me? I know that power has gone out from me.”
  • The woman knew she couldn’t hide. She came and fell at Jesus’ feet. And she told Him and everyone there what had happened to her. She testified how God had healed her.
  • Then Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.
 
3. Lesson:
  • When all hope is gone, this woman had faith that Jesus could heal her. She confessed it with her mouth, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.”
  • We, too, can exercise faith in what we say. Speak out God’s truth and promises, even when things may seem hopeless. We, too, can reach out in faith and receive our healing and miracle.
  • When we meet Jesus, we cannot remain the same. We will be transformed.
    • Healing takes place
    • We are given a new identity — no longer just “woman” but “daughter”
    • We have His peace
  • Like the woman, all that is left for us to do is to tell others what God has done for us.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that a touch from You is all we need. You have the power to heal us. You have the power to make us Your sons and daughters. Thank you for loving us and working in us. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
 
4. Activity ideas:
  • Craft: Handprints
    • Get kids to trace their palm on multi-coloured paper/card.
    • Cut out the handprint.
    • Write: A touch of Jesus heals on the palm
 
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Youth Bible Study

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood

 

 

Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:43-49, Mark 5:25-34

 

1.       After Jesus returned from the other side of the lake, he was asked to go to heal a very sick girl. As he was on his way, he was surrounded by a great crowd. Who was in the crowd?
A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years.
2.       What were some of the physical, financial and social sufferings she had gone through?
Physical: Bleeding for 12 years. Got worse.
Financial: Spent all she had on many doctors.
Social: Considered “unclean” and not allowed to be in contact with other people.
[Who else in Jesus’ time were considered “unclean”? Lepers]
3.       When all hope was gone, the woman heard about Jesus and faith arose. What did she say to herself?
“If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.”
4.       What happened when she touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak?
Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
5.       No one else saw what she did, but her touch did not go unnoticed by Jesus. He turned around and asked who touched Him because He felt power go out from Him. What did the woman do?
She came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told them why she had touched Jesus and how she had been instantly healed. (She testified of Jesus’ goodness to her)
6.       What did Jesus say to her?
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
 

 

  • When all hope is gone, this woman had faith that Jesus could heal her. She confessed it with her mouth, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” We, too, can exercise faith in what we say. Speak out God’s truth and promises, even when things may seem hopeless. We, too, can reach out in faith and receive our healing and miracle.
  • When we meet Jesus, we cannot remain the same. We will be transformed.
  • Like the woman, all that is left for us to do is to tell others what God has done for us.

Jesus has authority over evil spirits

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1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus casting out the legion of demons from Luke 8:26-39.
  • Remember what we learnt last week? Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the lake when there was a sudden large thunderstorm!
  • After Jesus calmed the storm, the boat reached the other side of the lake to the country of Gerasenes. (Get them to try to pronounce word)
  • When they went on shore, suddenly, a demon-possessed man came running up to them.
  • This man was under the power of an evil spirit. The evil spirit would attack him and make him do things he didn’t want to do. He was naked! He was dirty.
  • Even though the man was chained up on his hands and feet, with someone always watching him, the evil spirit would cause him to break the chains and go stay in the tombs — where dead people are placed.
  • Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the man.
  • The evil spirits recognised who Jesus was. They were afraid because they knew this was someone who had authority over them.
  • The man fell down before Jesus and cried out loudly, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”
  • Jesus asked, “What is your name?”
  • The evil spirit answered, “Legion”, which meant many demons.
  • The evil spirits begged Jesus not to send them to the bottomless pit but into a herd of pigs nearby.
  • Jesus permitted them. The evil spirits went out of the man and entered the pigs, who ran violently off the cliff, into the lake, and drowned.
  • That must have been quite a scary sight — so many pigs just running off a cliff. Can you imagine how much torture the man was under by these spirits?
  • Those who saw what happened went to tell other people.
  • When they returned, this man was sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. What a transformation!
  • They were afraid and asked Jesus to leave.
  • The man who was delivered from the evil spirits wanted to follow Jesus. But Jesus told him to: “Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you.”
  • And the man went to tell the whole city what Jesus has done for him.
Under power of evil spirits
Under power of Jesus
Naked
Clothed
Attacked and tormented
In right mind
Stayed in solitary places/tombs
Returned to the city to tell
what Jesus has done for him
2. Lesson:
  • So far, we’ve learnt that Jesus has authority over sickness, over death, over nature … and over evil spirits.
  • The evil spirits knew Jesus was the Son of God, and they are afraid of Him!
  • Because we have Jesus in us, we don’t have to afraid of any evil spirits or ghosts or anything scary. We can command them to leave in Jesus’ name.
  • And today, you and I have the Holy Spirit in us. We are under the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to do the right thing. The Holy Spirit clothes us in righteousness. The Holy Spirit gives us the mind of Christ. So we can all go and tell everyone what Jesus has done for us!
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that at Your name, demons and evil spirits will run away. I do not have to fear them. And I thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives in me forever. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Craft: Origami pigs with text “Jesus has power over evil spirits”
  • Poster: “Jesus has power over evil spirits”
 
 
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Youth Bible Study
 

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus has authority over the demons

 
Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:26-39
1.       Last week, where was Jesus and his disciples?
In a boat, crossing the Lake of Galilee.
2.       Who did Jesus meet when He reached the other side?
A demon-possessed man from the town.
3.       Describe this person’s appearance and condition.
Naked. Chained hand and foot. Lived in tombs.
4.       What was controlling this man?
Many demons — Legion.
5.       Where did these beg Jesus to send them into?
A large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside.
6.       What does what happened next tell you about the torment the man was put under?
The pigs rushed down the steep bank and drowned in the lake. The man was under a lot of oppressive powers that caused him great harm and could lead to his death.
7.       The man was delivered, but interestingly, the people’s reaction was fear and they asked Jesus to leave. But what did the man want to do? And what did Jesus tell him to do?
The man begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus tells him to return home and tell how much God has done for him. So the man told the whole town about what Jesus has done for him.
 
8.       State the difference in the man before and after Jesus delivered him.
Under power of evil spirits
Under power of Jesus
Naked
Clothed
Attacked and tormented
In right mind
Stayed in solitary places/tombs
Returned to the city to tell
what Jesus has done for him
  
9.       The evil spirits/demons were afraid of Jesus. They recognised that He had power over them. Do we need to fear the demons?
No. We have Jesus in us, and the demons will also be afraid of us. We can command them to leave in Jesus’ name.

Jesus calms the storm

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Lesson: Jesus has authority over the wind and waves 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus calming the storm from Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-41.
  • One day Jesus and his disciples went into a boat and set off for the other side of the lake.
  • As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep.
  • Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. The wind howled. The waves roared.
  • The disciples — many who were seasoned fishermen — were frightened as their boat began to fill with water. They thought they were going to sink!
  • They rushed to Jesus and woke Him up, “Master, Master, we are going to die!”
  • Jesus rose up. He scolded the wind and the waves, “Peace! Be Still.”
  • And do you know what happened? The wind stopped howling. The waves stopped roaring. And there was peace. Incredible! 
  • Jesus turned to His disciples and said, “Where is your faith?”
    • They had seen Jesus’ many miracles. Jesus was in the boat with them. And yet, they were afraid that they would die.
    • The disciples were still in awe. They said to themselves, “Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
 
2. Lesson:
  • We’ve learned that Jesus has authority over sickness and death. Today we see that Jesus also has authority over nature — even the winds and the waves obey Him.
  • We, too, don’t have to be afraid of the winds and waves, or earthquakes and tsunamis. We can speak with Jesus’ authority over them, too.
  • And when we encounter challenges and problems in life, they may seem like the strong winds and big waves. Our boat seems to be flooded, and we feel like we’re going to sink and drown.
  • It’s important to realise that Jesus is in the boat with us. And if He’s in the boat, we will never sink. Nothing is too difficult for Him. All we have to do is to have faith in Him and trust Him.
  • If you are going through a difficult time now at home or at school, remember Jesus is there with you always. The winds and waves may be big, but Jesus is much, much bigger. We can speak with His authority into whatever situation we are in and see it calm down.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You are in the boat with me.  I do not have to be afraid of the wind or waves. I can trust in You, and You will carry me through. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
 
3. Activity ideas:
 

  • Paper boats:
    • Materials: coloured paper boats; paper plates
    • Make colourful paper boats with origami (design #1design #2)
    • Get kids to stick boats on paper plates
    • Write “Jesus is in my boat. I can smile at the storm.”

  • Small group sharing
    • One group made a large paper boat. Each kid had a chance to sit in it and share about the storms that they may be going through in life. 
    • Then pray for each other.


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Youth Bible Study

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus Calms the Storm
Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-41.

 
1. Where were Jesus and the disciples?
Crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat.
(in Lk 5, we learn that Jesus reached the other side of the lake to Gerasenes, which is next to the Sea of Galilee; good to show a map if you have)
 
2. After a full day of ministry, Jesus fell asleep in the boat in the stern. What happened next?
A windstorm on the lake. Strong winds, big waves, boat filling up with water. 
 
3. Do you think the disciples would have been surprised by it?
Several of the disciples were seasoned fishermen who would have been used to bad storms while fishing. This storm must have been particularly bad and frightening for them to be afraid. They thought they were going to drown and die.
 
4. What did they do next?
They came to Jesus, who was still sleeping, and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (or “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”)
They couldn’t believe that Jesus could sleep through the storm while they were panicking away.
 
5. What did Jesus do?
Jesus got up, scolded the wind and said to the waves, “Peace. Be still!” And there was calm.Then He said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?”
(They had seen Jesus’ many miracles. Jesus was in the boat with them. And yet, they were afraid that they would die.)
 
6. We’ve learned that Jesus has authority over sickness and death. Today what do we see Jesus having authority over?
Nature — even the winds and water obey Him.
 
7. For discussion:
a.       Jesus was asleep in the boat. Do you think the disciples would have drowned if they didn’t wake him up?
If Jesus is in the boat, the disciples would not drown.
 
b.      What else could the disciples have done?
They could have spoken with authority over the winds and water because they were Jesus’ disciples.
 
c.       We may not be in a situation where we are in danger of big storms. But have you encountered challenges and problems that may seem like strong winds and big waves? Have you felt overwhelmed before, like you’re going to sink and drown? Share.
 
      It’s important to realise that Jesus is in the boat with us. And if He’s in the boat, we will never sink. Nothing is too difficult for Him. All we have to do is to have faith in Him and trust Him.
      If you are going through a difficult time now at home or at school, remember Jesus is there with you always. The winds and waves may be big, but Jesus is much, much bigger. We can speak with His authority into whatever situation we are in and see it calm down.
      Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You are in the boat with me.  I do not have to be afraid of the wind or waves. I can trust in You, and You will carry me through. In Your name, I pray, Amen.

The Parable of The Sower

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Lesson: Jesus’ Words bear fruits in us 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell Jesus’s Parable of The Sower from Luke 8:4-15.
  • Jesus likes to tell stories. One day, He told a large crowd the parable of a sower (farmer).
  • Once there was a farmer who went to sow his seed.
    • Some of the seed fell on the path, where people walked on. The seed got stepped on, and the birds came and ate them up.
    • Some of the seed fell on dry, rocky ground. The plant grew, but then it dried up and died because it didn’t have enough water.
    • Some of the seed fell on thorns. As the plants grew, the thorns also grew and choked them.
    • Still other seed fell on good soil. When the plants grew, it bore a hundred times more fruit!
  • Later, Jesus’ disciples asked him what the parable meant. Jesus explained:
    • The seed = word of God; The soil = our hearts
    • Path: Those who hear, but have the word taken away by the devil so that they do not believe in what Jesus says
      • Sometimes we hear the Word of God, one of Jesus’ promises, and we do not believe it. Maybe we have been disappointed before, so we reject God’s word. Then we don’t give God’s word a chance to work in our lives.
      • E.g.  Jesus says He has authority over sicknesses. But you say, “Last time I prayed, but I didn’t get healed. So it can’t be true.” Then when you are sick, you don’t believe that Jesus can heal you.
    • Rocky ground: Those who hear and receive the word with joy, but they have no root. When time of testing comes, they fall away.
      • Sometimes we hear Jesus’ word, about His love and His grace, but our heart is still hard — we still rely on ourselves, our efforts, our works. When challenges come, you decide that you want to follow your own way instead of relying on Jesus. So we miss out on seeing Jesus work in our lives.
      • E.g. Jesus says He will never leave you and He will be with you forever. But maybe you think that “Today I was very naughty, so Jesus won’t want to be with me.” So whenever you do something wrong, you hide from Jesus instead of going to Him.
    • Thorns: Those who hear, but as time goes by, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and do not mature.
      • Sometimes we hear Jesus’ word, but we let our fears overcome our faith. Or we rely on the things of this world instead of relying on Jesus. Then we get distracted by all these things that we think can give us security and happiness, and we forget that in Jesus, we have everything
      • E.g. Jesus says He will provide everything for us. But we may think, “I have to provide for my own need. I’ve got to keep working and saving and storing up so that I have enough.” Then as you grow older, you put all your time and energy into your career, you concentrate on making money, and you are so tired and don’t have any time for God anymore.
    • Good soil: Those with good hearts, who hear the word, keep it in faith, and produce fruit a hundred fold.
      • We all can be the good soil — we can all hear Jesus’ word and believe it. Believe in who He is. Believe what He says. Believe that He loves you. Believe that He is good. And as we receive the word of faith, we see it produce lots of fruit in our lives! We’ll see His healing, His blessings, His love, His goodness overflow in our lives.
 

  • The seed is always good seed. God’s word is always true.
  • The more we focus on Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross, we:
    • Don’t let the devil take away His word from our hearts; we will believe what Jesus says and promised
    • Don’t try to depend on our own goodness and abilities; we depend on Jesus and His finished work
    • Don’t be overwhelmed by our fears or chase after other things to make us happy; we’ll go straight to Jesus, our source
    • Will bear much, much fruit, one hundred times more!
 
3. Activity Ideas:
  • Craft: Fruitful seed
    • Print out/draw pictures of a fruitful plant and get kids to stick seeds (e.g. soya beans, kidney beans etc — larger beans will be easier for younger children) at the root of the plant.
    • Or decorate the plant with the seeds.
    • Write around the plant: “God’s word bears fruit in me


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Youth Bible Study
Jesus’ Parable: The Sower
Leader’ Guide
 
Read Luke 8:4-15.
 
1. Jesus told a parable about a sower. The sower sowed seeds that fell on 4 types of ground. What happened to each of them?
 
2.       How did Jesus explain the parable?
  • Seed = Word of God
  • Soil = Heart
  • Path = Those who hear but the devil takes the word out of their hearts before they can believe and be saved.
  • Rocky ground = Those who hear and receive the word with joy, but they have no root. When time of testing comes, they fall away.
  • Thorns = Those who hear, but as time goes by, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and do not mature.
  • Good soil = Those with good hearts, who hear the word, keep it in faith, and produce fruit a hundred fold.
 
  • The seed is always good seed. God’s word is always true.
  • The more we focus on Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross, we:
    • Don’t let the devil take away His word from our hearts; we will believe what Jesus says and promised
    • Don’t try to depend on our own goodness and abilities; we depend on Jesus and His finished work
    • Don’t be overwhelmed by our fears or chase after other things to make us happy; we’ll go straight to Jesus, our source
    • Will bear much, much fruit, one hundred times more!

The Gracious Moneylender

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Lesson: Forgiven much, Love much
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus being anointed in the Pharisee’s house from Luke 7:36-50.
  • Suggested prop: a bottle of perfume for “smell effects”
  • One day, a Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to his house for dinner.
  • As Jesus was eating at the table, suddenly a woman came to him. This woman had a bad reputation in the town. The Bible describes her as someone who lived a sinful life.
  • This woman started crying at Jesus’ feet. Her tears streamed down and wet his feet, and she wiped the feet with her hair. She had a very expensive and precious alabaster jar of perfume — it was probably her most treasured possession. She poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet. (spray some perfume in the air or at feet so that the kids can smell it)
  • When Simon saw this happening, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is.”
  • As we know, Jesus knows our thoughts even when we don’t speak them out. Jesus decided to tell Simon a story:
    • Two people owed money to a moneylender. One owed 500 denarii, while the other owed 50 denarii. (1 denarii = 1 day’s salary)
    • None of them could pay their debt.
    • The moneylender decided to forgive both their debts.
    • Which of these two people will love the moneylender more?
    • Simon answered, “The one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
  • Jesus said, “You have judged correctly.” Then Jesus  turned to the woman and said to Simon:
    • Simon: did not give any water for Jesus to wash His feet
    • Woman: wet feet with tears and wiped with hair
    • Simon: did not give Jesus a kiss
    • Woman: has not stopped kissing feet
    • Simon: did not put oil on Jesus’ head
    • Woman: poured perfume on His feet
  • Both Simon and the woman had sins — both had debts they could not pay.
  • But only the woman realised and understood that Jesus had forgiven her many sins. That’s why the woman’s response was so great! She had been forgiven much, so she loved much.
  • Whereas Simon the Pharisee was probably self righteous and did not realise he also needed his sins to be forgiven. So as he thought he had not much to be forgiven, he also showed little love to Jesus.
  • Difference: Simon invited Jesus into his house, but the woman invited Jesus into her heart.
  • Jesus assured the woman: “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” The woman no longer had to go out as a “sinful” woman, but as one who knew she had been forgiven.
 
2. Lesson: Good News for today!
  • When we realise how much Jesus has done for us, we cannot help but to love Him in return.
  • That’s the amazing grace of God!     
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that while we were still sinners, when we couldn’t pay our debts, when we were Your enemies, You loved us and forgave us. Thank you for Your amazing grace in our lives. Amen.
 
3. Activity Ideas
  • Craft: Perfume bottle
    •  Print out perfume bottle on white card.
    • On 1 side write: Jesus makes me lovely
    • On the other side: Get kids to stick colourful crepe paper to decorate. Then spray some perfume on the crepe paper.
 
  • Wordsearch 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Parable: The Gracious Moneylender (Luke 7:36-50)
 
1. Who invited Jesus to dinner?
Simon, a Pharisee
 
2. Who made an uninvited appearance at the dinner? What did she bring with her?
A woman in that town who lived a sinful life.
An alabaster jar of perfume — probably her most treasured possession.
 
3.  Jesus could read what the Pharisee was thinking. Where else have we learned that He demonstrated this ability?
When He healed the paralytic who was brought by his four friends to Jesus (Luke 5:22).
 
4. Jesus then told a parable. How many men owed the moneylender money? How many couldn’t pay? How many had their debt forgiven?
Two men owed money. Both men couldn’t pay. Both had their debt forgiven.
 
5. Between the Pharisee and the woman, which of them had sin in their life? Which of them couldn’t be perfect? Which of them had their debt forgiven?
Both of them.
 
6. Which of them realised how much they had been forgiven?
The woman.
 
7.       State the differences between how the Pharisee and the woman treated Jesus:
Pharisee
Woman
Did not give Jesus water to wash His feet
Wet Jesus’ feet with tears; wiped with hair
Did not give Jesus a kiss
Had not stopped kissing Jesus’ feet
Did not put oil on Jesus’ head
Poured perfume on His feet
 
8.  At this time, Jesus had not yet died on the cross. But the woman knew that He was the one who loved her and had the authority to forgive her many sins. How did Jesus send her off?
By saying, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
 
9. When we know how much Jesus has done for us and how much He has forgiven us, what response can we have?
Love Him.

Jesus raises the widow’s son from death

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Lesson: Jesus has authority over death (Luke 7:11-16)
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus raising the widow’s son from death from Luke 7:11-16.
  • Last week we learned about Jesus healing the centurion’s servant in Capernaum.
  • Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain (Na’in). His disciples and a large crowd followed Him. After all, this was a man who could heal the sick and perform many miracles.
  • When Jesus came to the town’s gate, He saw a dead person being carried out with a large crowd following behind.
  • This dead person was the only son of a widow.
    • What’s a widow? A widow is a woman whose husband has died.
    • How many of you have mummies who work in the office? In those days, married women didn’t go out to work as they had to take care of the household. They depended on the men in the household to provide for them and protect them.
  • When this woman’s husband died, she would have depended on her son to take care of her. But now, her son, her only son, had died. She was alone, helpless and very sad.
  • When Jesus saw the widow, His heart went out to her. He had compassion on her. And He said, “Don’t cry.”
    • Jesus understood what the widow was going through.
    • Many times, when something bad happens, when we feel alone, helpless and very sad, we think nobody understands. We wonder where God is. But the truth is: He is there, He understands, and He is filled with love and compassion for us.
  • Then Jesus went and touched the coffin of the dead man.
    • According to the law then, touching a dead body was a taboo — it would make you “unclean” for 7 days.
    • But Jesus didn’t let that stop Him. Remember how Jesus touched the leper even though the leper was unclean and contagious?
    • While others may be afraid to let unclean things make them unclean, whatever Jesus touched became clean.
  • Then Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
  • Those who saw this miracle were filled with awe and praised God. And news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
 
2.  Lesson: Good News for today!
  • Last week, we learnt that Jesus has authority over sicknesses. When He commands healing, healing comes. When He commands sicknesses to leave, sicknesses leaves.
  • Today we see that Jesus has authority over death too. When He commands life to come, life comes. When He commands death to leave, death leaves. Hallelujah!
  • Not only did Jesus have power over death, but God’s only Son also defeated death by rising from the dead. And He gives us eternal life so that we can live forever with Jesus.
  • Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b; Memory Verse) 
  • So as children of God, we don’t need to fear death. We can speak Jesus’ life into ourselves, other people, our situations etc knowing that Jesus has won the final victory for us.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You conquered death so that we can have Your eternal life in us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
 
3. Activity Ideas:
  • Crossword Puzzle
 
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Miracles: Jesus raises the widow’s son from death
Read Luke 7:11-16.
 
1.  What was it like for a widow to lose her only son?
In those days, married women depended on the men in the household to provide for them and protect them. When this woman’s husband died, she would have depended on her son to take care of her. But when her only son died, she was alone and helpless.
 
2. How did Jesus respond when he saw the widow? What does this tell us about our God?
Jesus had compassion on her. He understood what she was going through.
Many times, when something bad happens, when we feel alone, helpless and sad, we think nobody understands. We wonder where God is. But the truth is: He is there, He understands, and He is filled with love and compassion for us.
 
3. Jesus went and touched the dead man’s coffin. What was so unusual about that? (cref Numbers 19:11)
According to the law then, touching a dead body was a taboo — it would make you “unclean” for 7 days.But Jesus didn’t let that stop Him. Remember how Jesus touched the leper even though the leper was unclean and contagious? Unclean things didn’t contaminate Jesus; instead whatever He touched became clean!
 
4. Last week we learnt that Jesus has authority over sicknesses — He commands sickness to leave, and it leaves. In this case, what does Jesus demonstrate His authority over?
Death — He told the dead man to “Get up!” and he sat up and began to talk.
 
5. How did Jesus ultimately defeat death? And what does that mean for us today?
By dying on the cross and rising from the dead 3 days later. He gave us eternal life so that we can live forever with Jesus.
 
6. Memory Verse: John 10:10 I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
 
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Jesus heals the centurion’s servant

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus has authority over sicknesses
 
 
1.  Game: Simon Says
 
2. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s servant from Luke 7:1-10.
  • Last week we learned about Jesus teaching on the mountain. After Jesus finished teaching, he went to Capernaum.
  • A centurion heard that Jesus was in town. A centurion is a very important man. He had about 100 soldiers or more under his command.
  • One of the centurion’s favourite servants was sick and about to die. The centurion had heard about Jesus and knew Jesus could heal. He sent some Jewish elders to ask Jesus to come and heal the servant.
  • The Jewish elders pleaded with Jesus, telling them that the centurion was a good man who loves the Jewish nation and built their synagogue. So Jesus went with them.
  • When he was near the house, the centurion sent some friends to Jesus to say: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
  • The centurion understood what it meant to have authority because he had soldiers under him. He knew if he tells his soldiers to go, they will go; if he tells them to come, they will come; if he tells them to do this, they will do it.
    • Just like the “Simon Says” game. When “Simon” gives an order, everybody follows and obeys.
  • The centurion recognised Jesus’ authority over sicknesses and diseases. He trusted that if Jesus says the servant will be healed, he’ll be healed. He didn’t even need to step into the house.
  • Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith. He told the crowd following him that “I have not found such great faith, even in Israel.”
  • And when the centurion’s friends returned to the house, they found the servant completely well!
 
3. Lesson: Good News for today!
  • Indeed, Jesus is a man of authority. At one word, at His name, sicknesses and demons flee.
  • And when Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He demonstrated His power and authority over sin and death. Jesus himself declared, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt 28:18) — Memory Verse
  • The best part is that He has given us the same authority and power through His Holy Spirit — “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8).
  • So as children of the living God, you and I have the authority to speak Jesus’ healing to those who are sick. We can tell the sicknesses and diseases to be gone in Jesus’ name, because Jesus took those sicknesses on the cross 2000 years ago. And when we tell them to be gone, they will be gone!
  • Is any of you sick today? Put your hand on the part of your body that’s not feeling well.
  • Or do you know anyone sick today? Think of that person.
  • Let’s speak with Jesus’ authority to the sickness: Sickness (pain, runny nose, cough, headache etc) — you don’t belong in this body! You’ve been nailed to the cross 2000 years ago. So be gone in Jesus’ name. By Jesus’ stripes, I’ve been healed. Amen!
 
4. Activity Ideas:
  • Quiz: Divide kids into 2 teams and get them to answer some questions on the story today.
    E.g. Where was Jesus? Who was sick? Who was sent first to Jesus? What did the Centurion do for the Jewish people? etc

    •  To answer, the kid has to put up his/her hand and say “Yes Sir”. Those who don’t say “Yes Sir” or who shout out the answer will be disqualified.
  • Craft: Roman Centurion Paper Doll
  • Crossword Puzzle: 
 

The Wise and Foolish Builders

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Lesson: Jesus is our Firm Foundation 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of “The Wise and Foolish Builders” based on Luke 6:47-49.
  • Jesus liked to use a lot of stories when He taught the people. These stories are called “parables”.
  • One day, Jesus was on a hill teaching the people about God.
  • He told them that:
    • no matter how good man was, he could never be good enough for God’s standards, based on his own works and efforts
    • God loves His enemies and is kind to those who were evil
    • If we know that only God can make us good enough, we will live right and treat others right.
  • After teaching these things to the people, Jesus told them a parable about two men.
    • These two men were building a house.
    • One built his house on the rock — he dug deep to make sure he had a solid foundation.
    • The other decided to build his house on the sand.
    • Both houses looked nice when completed.
    • But one day, a heavy rain came. The wind blew, the flood rose.
    • The house on the rock got wet, but it stood firm.
    • However, the house on the sand fell flat and was destroyed.
2.    Lesson: Good News for today!
  • How many of you saw the news and pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? <show some pix to the kids> This reminds us that in such storms, many things are easily destroyed. Our hope and faith cannot be on them.
  • When we build our house on sand, we’re building on our own abilities, our intelligence, our achievements, our money … we think that we are good enough for God. But when the storms come, we realise that whatever we have built cannot stand.
  • But when we build our house on the rock, we are building on the sure foundation — Jesus. Jesus calls us to “come to Him and hear His words and put them into practice.”
  • Only He is good enough for God. Only He can make us good enough for God.
  • And when we believe and trust in Him, we can stand firm till the end.
  • Do we want to build our life on ourselves or on Jesus?
  • Pray: Thank you Jesus that You are our sure foundation. You have done a perfect work on the cross, and all we can do is to trust in You and not be shaken. Thank you for keeping us safe in the storm. In Your name we pray, Amen.
3. Activity Suggestions:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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YOUTH BIBLE STUDY
 
LEADER’S GUIDE
1.    Read Luke 6:27-45. Jesus was teaching people on a hill. He told them a lot of things. What were some of them? 
      Love your enemies, don’t judge others, what’s in the heart determines what comes out of the mouth
 
2.    What do you think His intentions were in teaching these things?
       Whatever good man thought he could do on his own works and efforts, Jesus raised the standards higher, e.g. Love others à Love your enemies.Vs. 35: God loves His enemies and is kind to those who were evilVs: 43-45: If we know that only God can make us good enough, we will live right and treat others right.
 
3.    In the parable Jesus told, what were the differences between the ways both men built their houses? What were the results that when the storm came?
        One man built his house on the rock — he dug deep to make sure he had a solid foundation. When the flood came, the house stood firm because it was well built.The other decided to build his house on the sand, without foundation. When the storm came, the house collapsed and was destroyed.
 
4.    Jesus said that the man who hears His words and puts them into practice is like the one who built his house on the rock. What do you think that means?
        We need to build on the right foundation. We cannot build on our own abilities, intelligence, achievements, money etc and think that we can be good enough for God. Because when the storm of God’s judgment comes, what we built cannot stand.Instead, we have to build our house on the sure foundation — Jesus. Only He is good enough for God. Only He can make us good enough for God. And when we believe and trust in Him, we can stand firm till the end.
 
5.    What foundation are you building your life on?
        Jesus
 
·       Pray: Thank you Jesus that You are our sure foundation. You have done a perfect work on the cross, and all we can do is to trust in You and not be shaken. Thank you for keeping us safe in the storm. In Your name we pray, Amen.

Jesus heals the paralytic

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus has the power to forgive sins
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus healing the paralytic from Luke 5:17-26.
  • One day Jesus was teaching in a house in Capernaum.
  • The Pharisees and teachers of the law came from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem to hear him teach.
  • The house was very crowded.
  • Some men, carrying a paralysed man on a mat, tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
  • Who knows what “paralysed” means? (Someone who cannot move his body and limbs)
  • They had heard that Jesus was healing many people. So they wanted Him to heal their friend too.
  • But there were so many people in the house and they couldn’t get in!
  • Oh no! What do you think they could do?
  • Suddenly, they had an idea. They would bring their friend up to the roof and lower him through the tiles!
  • So they carried their friend to the roof and started removing the tiles. Then they lowered him carefully, slowly, down, into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
    • Act it out (optional): Prepare a “mat” with a string tied to each corner of it. Place a small doll or object to depict the paralysed man. Choose 4 volunteers and get them to stand on chairs. Give them each one of the strings and have them lower the “mat” down slowly to the floor without dropping the man.
  • Everybody must have been so surprised to see a man come down from the roof!
  • Jesus was pleased at the four friends’ faith. Then He told the paralysed man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
  • Isn’t that a strange thing to say? The paralysed man was waiting for Jesus to heal him, but Jesus just told him that his sins were forgiven.
  • The Pharisees and teachers of the law were not happy. They began thinking to themselves, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
  • Even though they didn’t say it out, Jesus knew what they were thinking. He asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Get up and walk’? But I want to tell you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”
  • So Jesus said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”
  • Immediately, the man stood up in front of them, took up his mat and went home, praising God.
  • Everyone was amazed and praised God. They said, “We have seen remarkable things today!”
 
2. Lesson: Good News for today!
  • Last week, we learnt that Jesus had the power to heal. All who are sick can go to Him and He can make them whole.
  • This week, we see Jesus do another amazing miracle — He healed a paralysed man, someone who probably hadn’t walked or moved in years!
  • But more importantly, Jesus forgave the man’s sins. In the Bible times, sicknesses were seen to be a result of sin.
  • The Pharisees and teachers of the law were upset that Jesus said He forgave the man’s sins because only God could forgive sin.
  • So Jesus was actually saying that He was God. And He proved it by:
    • Knowing what the Pharisees and teachers of the law were thinking, even though they didn’t say anything aloud.
    • Asking the man to get up, pick up his mat and walk.
      • If Jesus were not God, the man’s sins would not have been forgiven, and he would still be paralysed.
  • Jesus not only had the power to heal this paralysed man but He also had the power to forgive sins!
  • The Pharisees and teachers of the law were probably not happy about that. But everyone else was amazed, and they all praised God!
  • None of us here are paralysed. We all can run and jump and play. Thank God for that!
  • But we were all paralysed by sin before. It was a sickness that no one could cure, except God.
  • Praise the Lord that Jesus came to take away all our sins and sicknesses. He tells us, “Your sins are forgiven!” And because of this forgiveness, we can now walk in the light of God! Hallelujah!
  • Memory Verse: But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Luke 5:24)
  • Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you that You came to die for me. You took all my sins and sicknesses on the cross. Because of You, I am forgiven and can now walk in God’s ways. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
  • Assure kids that Jesus has forgiven them of their sins!
 
3.  Activity Suggestions:
a.       Craft: Mat
  • Materials: A5 cards with slits and strips of colour paper
  •  Have the kids sit in smaller groups.
  • Get kids to make a mat by weaving the colour paper through the cards.
  • Then write the memory verse on the mat.
 
b. Activity Sheets:
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Miracles: Jesus heals the paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)
Read Luke 5:17-26.
1.         What town was Jesus in? What was its significance? (cref Mark 2, Matt 4:12-16)
Capernaum; this is where Jesus stayed when He had just begun His ministry (fulfilling another prophecy about the Messiah)
 
2.         Who was some of those who were there to hear Him teach in the house?
A large crowd, including Pharisees and teachers of the law from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem.
 
3.         Jesus had power to heal the sick. Who came to see Jesus for healing? What obstacles did they face, and what did they do about it?
A paralysed man on a mat brought by some men. They could not enter the house due to the crowd, so they went onto the rood and lowered him on the mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
 
4.        What was Jesus’ reaction?
He was amazed at their faith and said, “Friend/Son, you sins are forgiven.”
 
5.         How did the Pharisees and teachers of the law react? Why were they upset?
They thought to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks  blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” They were upset because Jesus was likening Himself to God.
 
6.         Even though they did not speak it out, amazingly, Jesus knew what they were thinking in their hearts. Why do you think Jesus told the paralysed man that his sins were forgiven when he was obviously coming for physical healing?
In those times, sicknesses were sometimes seen to be a result of sin. Jesus knew that while this man wanted to walk again, his real need was forgiveness of sin and freedom from condemnation.
People knew Jesus had the power to heal, but Jesus established the fact that He alone had the authority and power to forgive sins — that He was God.
 
7.         How did Jesus prove that He was God?
·         Knowing what the Pharisees and teachers of the law were thinking, even though they didn’t say anything aloud.
·         Healing the man so he could get up, pick up his mat and walk. (If Jesus were not God, the man’s sins would not have been forgiven, and he would still be paralysed.)
 
8.         Write today’s Scripture memory verse (Luke 5:24)
“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”
 
Good news for today:
    • None of us here are paralysed physically. Thank God for that!

 

  • But we were all paralysed by sin before. It was a sickness that no one could cure, except God.
  • Praise the Lord that Jesus came to take away all our sins and sicknesses. He tells us, “Your sins are forgiven!” And because of this forgiveness, we can now walk in the light of God!
  • Let’s thank Jesus for taking our sins and sicknesses on the cross and setting us free to walk in Him!

 

 

Jesus heals the leper

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is able and willing to heal 
1. Game: Tag
  • Have one kid wear a hat or something distinctive. This kid has to try to tag the other children.
  • All other children have to keep away from this kid.
  • Once they are tagged/touched by this kid, they have to go behind the kid and hold his/her shoulders. The more children the kid touches, the longer the chain of children behind him/her.
  • Game ends when there are 10 or 15 kids in the chain.
    (play by ear, according to crowd and time; avoid over rowdiness)
 
2. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus healing the leper from Luke 5:12-16.
  • Picture ideas #1#2
  •  Act it out idea: use baby powder to cover face, arms etc to depict leprosy; wipe off when “healed”
  •  Jesus went to town one day and met a man with leprosy.
  • Who knows what leprosy is?
    •  Leprosy is a disease that affects the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. It can cause fingers and toes to be shortened and deformed. It’s an infectious disease. In the Bible, leprosy can also refer to other infectious skin diseases.
    •  Just like the game, if you are too close to the leper, you could get infected with leprosy yourself. So nobody liked to be near a leper. If they saw a leper coming, they would go far, far away.
    • These lepers were outcasts; they had to stay outside of town. When they come into town, they had to announce loudly, “Unclean, unclean” to warn others of their presence.
    • Can you imagine what it’s like to live like that?
  • This leper must have been so tired of living this way. When he saw Jesus, he forgot all the rules of staying away from other people.
  • He fell face down to the ground and begged Jesus, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
  • This man must have heard of Jesus’ miracles. He knew Jesus could heal him. But was Jesus willing? Maybe he wasn’t good enough to be healed. Maybe Jesus couldn’t be bothered about someone like him. Maybe Jesus didn’t want to be contaminated by him.
  • How do you think Jesus reacted?
  • Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. Isn’t that amazing? Nobody wanted to be near lepers. Nobody touched him for years. And here was Jesus, touching him! Jesus could have just stood at a distance and healed the man, but He reached out and touched him, showing His love.
  • Then Jesus said, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately … the leprosy left him! Praise the Lord!
 
 
3. Lesson: Good news for today!
  • The prophet Isaiah tells us that Jesus will “carry our sicknesses and diseases”.
  • But even though we know Jesus can heal us, sometime we don’t think He wants to.
  • We think that maybe He won’t heal us because we’ve been naughty or we’re not good enough. We think maybe He’s got more important things to do. We think maybe He wants us to be sick so we can learn a lesson.
  • But the truth is that Jesus took all our sicknesses on the cross when He died. He is able to heal us. And more importantly, He is willing! He is reaching out to touch us with love and compassion!
  • If anyone of you are sick today, put your hand on the part of the body that’s not feeling well. And pray this prayer: “Thank you Jesus that when you died on the cross, You carried all my sins and sicknesses. Thank you Jesus that you are able to heal me. Thank you Jesus that you are willing to heal me. In Jesus’ name, I receive my healing. Amen!”
  • Memory Verse: “He carried our sicknesses and our diseases.” Isaiah 53:4.or “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Mark 1:41
 
4. Activity Ideas:
a. Craft:
  • Materials: Notecards and band aids
  • Have the kids sit in 3 small groups.
  • On one side of the notecard: Stick 2 band aids on it as a cross and write the memory verse on the card.
  • On the other side of the notecard: Write a prayer of thanks for Jesus’ healing for themselves or other people. “Thank you Jesus for healing me of _________” or “Thank you Jesus for healing my mummy of ___________”
  • Pray together with each kid.
  • Assure kids that Jesus is able and willing to heal them all the time!
 
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Youth Bible Study
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus is able and willing to heal 
Read Luke 5:12-16.
 
1.       Who did Jesus meet in the village?
A man covered with leprosy.
 
2.       What is leprosy?
Leprosy was a dreaded and infectious skin disease that leads to physical disfigurement due to loss of sensation at the nerve receptors (they cannot feel pain) and degeneration of tissue.
 
3.       How were people with leprosy treated? (cref Lev 13:45-46)
According to the Law, people with leprosy were considered “unclean” and shunned. They had to live apart from their family, outside the town, and shout “unclean” when in the presence of others. In the Old Testament, leprosy was a sign of God’s judgement and a consequence of sin.
When Jesus came, He demonstrated God’s grace and compassion by showing love and healing to lepers.
 
4.       What did the man do when he saw Jesus? Why do you think he said that?
He fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
He probably heard of the miracles Jesus had been performing and knew He was able to heal him. But he wasn’t sure if Jesus was willing to or not. Maybe he wasn’t good enough to be healed. Maybe Jesus couldn’t be bothered about someone like him. Maybe Jesus didn’t want to be contaminated by him. Maybe Jesus thought he deserved to have leprosy.
 
5.       How did Jesus respond? Why do you think He did what He did?
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. He said, “I am willing. Be clean!”And immediately the leprosy left him.
Nobody wanted to be near lepers. Nobody touched him for years. Jesus could have just stood at a distance and healed the man, but He reached out and touched him, showing His love.
But more importantly, Jesus said that He was willing to heal the man. And He tells us the same thing today: Whatever our sickness or problems, He is willing to heal and solve them for us! In fact, He already did at the cross 2000 years ago!
6.       What did Jesus tell the man to do next?
Jesus told the man not to tell anyone about the miracle but to go show himself to the priest and offer the sacrifices as a testimony to them. This was so the man could be reconciled back to his family and society.
 
7.       Still the news got out, and people flocked to Jesus who was still willing to heal them of their sicknesses. But where would Jesus often go to and why?
He would withdraw to lonely places to pray. He knew that all good things came from God. He could only give what He had received from God, not from His own strength. So Jesus loved to spend time with His heavenly Father and receive from Him.
Likewise, whatever we do or give, it has to come from the overflow of our lives, not from our own selves or strength. So before we serve or minister, we should spend time with God and receive from Him. Then it will overflow from our lives to others around us.
 
Lesson:
  • The prophet Isaiah tells us that Jesus will “carry our sicknesses and diseases”.
  • But even though we know Jesus can heal us, sometime we don’t think He wants to. We think that maybe He won’t heal us because we’ve been naughty or we’re not good enough. We think maybe He’s got more important things to do. We think maybe He wants us to be sick so we can learn a lesson.
  • But the truth is that Jesus took all our sicknesses on the cross when He died. He is able to heal us. And more importantly, He is willing! He is reaching out to touch us with love and compassion!
  • If anyone of you are sick today, put your hand on the part of the body that’s not feeling well. And pray this prayer: “Thank you Jesus that when you died on the cross, You carried all my sins and sicknesses. Thank you Jesus that you are able to heal me. Thank you Jesus that you are willing to heal me. In Jesus’ name, I receive my healing. Amen!”
  • Memory Verse: “He carried our sicknesses and our diseases.” Isaiah 53:4.