Resurrection Sunday: The Cross Exchange

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Cross Exchange

What is the result of the Cross Exchange?

An Exchanged Life!

Because Jesus died and rose again, our old life is GONE. We now live Jesus’ life in us!

Let’s read Gal 2:20 together:
I have been crucified with Christ and
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.

That’s the good news about Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Thank you Jesus!

 

 

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New Covenant Family

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1. Hook

  • Younger kids: Stack ‘em UpGet kids to stack blocks as high as they can.
  • Younger kids: Farmyard NoisesPrepare cards with pictures of 3 different farm animals. Tell the kids they have to make the animal sounds and find others in the same “family”.
  • Older kids: Human knotEveryone stands in a circle. Put their arms across and grabs the hands of someone else (each hand must be a different person). Then try to untangle themselves.

 

2. LESSON: New Covenant Family

  • What is church? <invite responses>
  • Church is not just a group of people coming together every week. It is not an exclusive organisation or country club.
  • The church is the body of people who believe in Jesus — they become a big family.

 

  • What did the early church (Jesus’ disciples) do?
    • Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
    • They gathered together to fellowship and listen to the teaching about Jesus; they had Holy Communion and prayed.
    • They shared what they had with those who needed.
    • They praised God.
    • God performed many miracles and brought many to the church who accepted Jesus.

     

  • Why do we need to be part of this family?
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  • We are all part of a body
    • Church is a living, growing body with Jesus as the head.
    • All of us are part of this body, and we all have parts to play. (1 Cor 12:12-26)
    • 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
    • Use 1 of these ideas/activities to expand this point

     

    • We all need one another
    • In Kyoto, Japan, there is a magnificent bamboo grove, with bamboo trees growing tall, up to 30m, in one season!image
    • A bamboo is tall and thin. How does it grow so tall without toppling over?
    • First, all the bamboo trees are connected by a underground network — all its roots are connected to one another, so they hold each other steady underground.
    • Secondly, once it’s reached its full height, they start branching out and their leaves also grow widespread, holding on to each other on the top.
    • So on our own, we cannot stand. We need to support and encourage each other so we can grow strong and tall together.

     

    • Jesus holds us all together
    • We’ve learned that Jesus is the head of the body. Without the head, the body cannot function. Have you seen anyone walking around without a head
    • In a building, all the bricks need to “interlock” with each other to be secure (illustrate with Megabloks or Lego pieces). The Bible also tells us that Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone — the main/first stone that is laid so that all the other bricks can be aligned to it. It’s the most important brick in the whole building, because without it, the walls will not be straight.

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  • Conclusion: Jesus came to die on the cross so that we can have a relationship with God the Father. All of us who belong to Jesus can call God Daddy. And on earth, we have a whole family of brothers and sisters who can support and encourage us to grow more and more in Jesus’ love.

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New Covenant Worship

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1. LESSON: New Covenant Worship

  • What is worship? <invite responses>
  • Non-Christians also worship their gods and idols.
  • Under the Old Covenant, the Jews also worshipped God.
  • But the reasons for worshipping may be out of fear.
  • There were also a lot of rules, regulations and procedures. E.g. Do you remember Solomon’s Temple? There were elaborate rituals and sacrifices that had to be made from the outer courts, and only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence was manifest.
  • When Jesus came, He wanted to show us a new way to worship God.
  • One day, Jesus was resting at a well in Samaria (John 4). A woman came to draw water from the well, and they started talking.The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

    21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.

    22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

    23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

    24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

    26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

  • The Samaritan woman said that the Jews worship at the temple in Jerusalem, whereas the Samaritans worship on a mountain. But Jesus told her that the time was coming where it didn’t matter where you worshipped God because you could worship Him in spirit and in truth.
  • Truth: Jesus is the truth.Spirit: When we have Jesus, His Holy Spirit lives in us.So when we have Jesus, we can worship Him in spirit and in truth. You don’t have to be big or tall before you can worship Jesus. If Jesus lives in you, you can worship Him! He loves it when you do.
  • Why do we worship Jesus?
    • The word “worship” = worth-ship; acknowledgment of worth
    • We worship Jesus because He is worthy of worship — His finished work on the Cross. It’s an outflow of thanksgiving from our hearts!
    • Jesus is God
      • Jesus died for us on the cross, taking our sins and punishment
      • Jesus gave us eternal life and His righteousness
      • In Jesus, we have everything! All of God’s blessings.
  • How do we worship Jesus?
    • Worship songs: with our voices (sing), talents (music), hands (clapping/raising hands); when we sing, we declare what Jesus has done and tell everyone why He is worthy of worship
    • But more than just singing, we worship Jesus with our Lives:
    • When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and transform us from the inside out, our lives reflect Jesus — giving Him all the praise and glory. We worship Jesus when we go to school, when we come home, when we meet with friends etc.
  • So the difference between Old Covenant worship and New Covenant worship is:
    • Old Covenant: have to enter from outside and move into the Holy of Holies
    • New Covenant: God’s Spirit dwells in us already. And it flows out from us as we respond to what Jesus has done for us in worship.

 

2. Suggested Activities

  • Worship: choose 1-2 (age-appropriate) songs. Go through the lyrics with the children to show them how it reflects Jesus’ glory and gives Him worth. And lead them to sing it together. Encourage them to lift their hands/clap/pray in thanksgiving to Jesus.
  • Song: I Worship You
  • Ask the children to complete the following poem (sung to the rune of “Row Your Boat”), ending with a rhyming word.
    • Jesus, you are good,
      I will worship you.
      ________________,
      ________________.
  • Close in prayer

New Covenant Prayer

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1. HOOK: Sullen Joe

  • Choose one kid to be Sullen Joe — must be poker-faced
  • Another kid has 30sec to do anything to try to get a response from Sullen Joe (sing, dance, funny faces etc)
    • Without touching
    • From a short distance away
  • If unsuccessful, another kid gets to try.

 

2. LESSON: New Covenant Prayer

  • When praying, many people think God is like Sullen Joe. We have to do all sorts of tricks to get His attention. We say, “Please” and beg and cry to get what we want.
  • Under the New Covenant, prayer is not begging God. It’s not even like writing a wish list to Santa Claus. It’s a conversation with our Father in Heaven.
  • Jesus told this story once:
  • Luke 11 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
  • A common misinterpretation of this story is that we have to be persistent to beg Goduntil He answers.
  • This comes from a wrong image/picture of God:
    • God is reluctant to answer
    • God is probably asleep and doesn’t want to get up
  • However the truth is:
  • God is not a reluctant friend but a Loving Father
    • He is ever ready to hear us and bless us.
    • He is not grumpy; don’t have to be pestered
    • We can go boldly and freely to Him anytime(e.g. son of the President of the USA doesn’t need appointment to see his dad)
    • Knowing God as Father changes the way we pray.
  • God has given us all things through Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross
    • Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
    • We don’t pray to ask God to do something. We look back to the Cross and claim what Jesus has done for us already! We speak it into our lives and see it come to being.
    • Our prayers move from “Please God” to “Thank you God”. We thank God for what He has done for us.
  • New Covenant Prayer:
    • Knowing who our Father is
    • Declaring what Christ has done and expressing our thankfulness

 

3. Suggested Activities

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  • Break into groups to share and get kids to pray for their/each other’s various needs.
  • Close in prayer

New Covenant Giving

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1. LESSON: New Covenant Givingimage

  • Most churches, Christian workers and pastors live off people’s giving. When we give, our money goes to help others and help the Good News about Jesus to go out to more people.
  • In tNCC, the money given by all of you goes towards paying for the rental of this Wisma TA, the electricity and water bills, lunch etc. It also goes towards supporting missionaries and workers all over the world — Cambodia, North Africa, Indonesia, East Malaysia etc.
  • It’s important to understand why we give and how we should give.
  • Under the Old Covenant, people gave by law. God gave this law, the tithe, to provide for the Levites, one of the 12 tribes of Israel that serve God and did not have land of their own.
  • Tithe: a 10th of agricultural produce or the 10th animal in a herd (Lev 27:30-34)

 

New Covenant

  • Under the New Covenant, we are not under the Law, so we no longer have to give by law (because we HAVE to).
  • However many Christians still give out of 2 wrong reasons:
    • Insurance: God will punish me if I do not give
    • Investment: God will bless me if I give
  • What is the right attitude in giving?
    • Know our Source of Blessing
      • In Jesus, we have everything that we need. On the cross, He took our poverty and gave us His ample supply!
      • He has more than enough for us, so we don’t have to be afraid of not having enough.
      • 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
    • Because we are already blessed, we can bless others
      • We don’t give so we can receive.
      • We give because we have already received from Jesus.
      • Matt 10:8 Freely you have received; freely give.
    • Give from the Heart
      • 2 Cor 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
      • Give generously. Give happily. Give joyfully.
      • True giving comes from a happy heart, and it gives us a happy heart.
      • The more we give, the happier we become.
      • That’s why in tNCC, we don’t pass around offering bags every service to ask you to give money. We just provide boxes around the halls so that you are free to give whenever and however much you wish.
  • How can I give?
    • I can give my time, money, gifts
    • When we serve in ministry, we are giving our time.
    • When we give part of our allowance, ang pow money, birthday money, we are giving our money.
    • We can also give things, e.g. toys, clothes, food, to those who don’t have as much as we do.
    • Christmas is coming up. Instead of just looking for what toys or presents we want to receive, let’s think about what we can give and how we can bless those who are less fortunate than us!

 

2. Suggested Activities

Baptism — New Life in Christ

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1. LESSON: Baptism — New Life in Christ

  • In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples and Peter preached the gospel. 3000 people wanted to receive Jesus that day!
  • They wanted to know what to do next. Peter told them, “Repent, and be baptised, every one of you.” (Acts 2:38)
  • Repent: to “change your mind” and believe that Jesus is the only way.
  • Baptise: an outward act to tell everyone that we believe Jesus is the only hope for salvation.
  • Significance of Baptism:
  • Water Baptism is a declaration of our faith in the finished work of Jesus; it is NOT a ritual to ensure salvation.
  • When we are baptised, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  • We die with Christ — our old self died with Him.
  • We rise again — we have new life (Jesus’ life) in us now.
  • Romans 6:3-5
    Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  • Colossians 2:12 And you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
  • Baptism is an act of faith. Faith is the “active ingredient” at baptism, and without faith, baptism means nothing. This is what distinguishes baptism from bathing.
  • When we have faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross, then we can identify with Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection.
  • We need to understand and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for our sins and that He was raised from the dead.
  • In being baptized into Christ we “clothe” ourselves with Him or “put on Christ”. When God looks at us he does not see our sins, but Christ’s righteousness instead.
  • In Genesis 3:21, after Adam and Eve sinned (and died spiritually), God provided them with animal skins to clothe them and give them a covering. This required the shedding of the blood of animals. In the Old Testament a sacrifice for sin always required the shedding of blood.
  • Under the New Covenant the shedding of blood was still required, but this time it was to be by the sinless Lamb of God that Jesus Himself shed on the cross. And just as God clothed Adam and Eve, so too, He now clothes us — but now it is with Christ Jesus. Amen!

 

2. Suggested Activities

  • Ask kids who have been baptised to share their testimony.
  • Close in prayer

Covenant Meal

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1. LESSON: Covenant Meal

A. Review on Cross Exchange (quick review)

  • Jesus was PUNISHED so that we might be FORGIVEN (Isa 53:6)
  • Jesus was WOUNDED so that we might be HEALED (Isa 53:5b)
  • Jesus was made SIN that we might be RIGHTEOUS (2 Cor 4:21)
  • Jesus DIED that we might be ALIVE (Isa 53:12b)
  • Jesus was CURSED that we might be BLESSED (Gal 3:13-14)
  • Jesus became POOR so that we might be RICH (2 Cor 8:9)
  • Jesus was SHAMED that we might be GLORIFIED (Isa 53:3)
  • Jesus was FORSAKEN that we might be ACCEPTED (Matt 27:46; Eph 1:5-6)

 

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B. Jesus introduces the New Covenant Mealimage

  • Every Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Communion. The Holy Communion is also known as the New Covenant Meal. Jesus tells us to do this as often as we can, in remembrance of Him.
  • What is the significance of the New Covenant meal?
  • <discuss> Not a snack. Not a ritual. Not a magic formula. To remember what Jesus has done on the Cross — the Cross Exchange.
  • The night Jesus was betrayed, He sat down for supper with his disciples to celebrate the Passover.
  • Jesus knew He was going to die on the cross, and on that cross, He will be cutting the New Covenant with God.
  • As they were eating at the table, Jesus did 2 things:
    • Took the BREAD and broke it, giving it to His disciples
      • He said: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
    • Took the CUP, gave to His disciples
      • Saying: “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

C. What the bread and cup symbolises

  • imageBREAD: Jesus’ Body was broken so mine can be healed and whole
    • The unleavened bread had no yeast, was baked, pierced and striped; Jesus broke it before giving it to the disciples
    • On the cross: Jesus’ body would be torn apart for us (broken). It would be whipped (striped) and pierced (by the soldier’s spear).
    • imageAll the bad things/punishments we deserved fell on Jesus, so that we can have all the blessings of the Cross Exchange.
    • Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions (wrong doings), He was bruised for our iniquities (sins); the chastisement (punishments) for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
    • When we eat the bread, we remember what Jesus has done on the cross for us.
      • If we are sick, we remember that we have Jesus’ healing.
      • If we are poor, we remember that we have Jesus’ riches.
      • If we are feeling forsaken, we remember that we are accepted in Jesus.
  • imageCUP: Jesus’ Blood was shed for my complete forgiveness and righteousness
    • imageJust like the Passover Lamb’s blood was spread over the Israelites’ door posts, keeping them safe from the angel of death, Jesus’ shed blood caused God’s punishment and judgment for our sins to pass over us. (Exodus 12:13)
    • Jesus paid our punishment with His blood.
    • Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
    • When we drink the cup, we remember that what Jesus has done on the cross for us.
      • He took our punishment, so that we are forgiven
      • He was made sin that we are righteous
      • He was shamed that we are glorified
  • Under this New Covenant, it’s no longer about what we do or don’t do, but everything about what Jesus has done on the cross for us!
  • Every time we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we proclaim the death of Christ! We remember the exchange on the Cross!
  • We also proclaim that we are part of God’s covenant people.

 

2. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES: Covenant Meal

  • Have the kids sit down quietly. Pass out the bread and the cup.
  • Hold up the bread. Say, “This bread symbolizes the body of Jesus that was broken for us so that we can enjoy His wholeness and healing. If anyone of you has a sickness, imagine Jesus on the cross with the same sickness … the same headache, or pain or flu. He took it all for you. So that today, you have His divine health.”
  • Pray: Thank you Jesus that Your body was broken so mine can be healed and whole. Amen.
  • Eat the bread.
  • Hold up the cup. Say, “This cup represents the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for you and me. This blood paid the punishment of our sins. So today we don’t need to be punished anymore. All our sins are forgiven and we can stand righteous before God.
  • Pray: Thank you Jesus that Your blood was shed so that I can be completely forgiven and righteous before You.
  • Drink the cup.

If there’s extra time, break into small groups for sharing and prayer.

Covenant Review

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1. LESSON: Covenant Review

0929 Covenant Review

A. What is a Covenant?

  • God is a covenant-making God:He makes promises with His people, and He keeps them!
  • A Covenant is:
    • More than a contract
    • 2 parties/people –> 1 (e.g. marriage)
      • What’s mine is yours; what’s yours is mine
      • Someone hurt you = someone hurting me
      • For life; till death do us part
    • Usually signed by blood or exchange of personal belongings (e.g. wedding rings)
    • Penalty for breaking covenant = death
  • There are 3 major covenants in the Bible:
    • Abrahamic Covenant
    • Mosaic (Old) Covenant
    • New Covenant (like the name of our church, tNCC)
    • We also looked at David and Jonathan’s Covenant, which is a picture of God’s kindness to us for Christ’s sake

 

B. Key lessons from Covenants

(highlight key points and Christ lesson; keep it short and sweet)

i. Abrahamic Covenant

  • imageGod promised Abraham many good things:
    • Promised Land
    • Abraham’s family > great and blessed nation
    • Abraham’s seed will bless all families of the world
    • Gen 15:1 “I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
  • God cut a Covenant with Abraham between animals torn into 2:
    • Only God walked through the animals, while Abraham slept
    • This covenant cannot fail because God cannot fail — Unconditional
  • Christ lesson:
    • At the cross, Jesus cut the New Covenant with God — hence it cannot fail!
    • At the cross, Jesus took the punishment for our sin — His body was broken and bloody just like the animals.
    • Jesus is the promised seed of Abraham that will bless all the families of the world!

 

ii. Mosaic Covenant

  • imageAfter bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, God made a Covenant with them to:
    • Teach them His 100% perfect standards
    • Set them apart as a different nation
  • Conditional Covenant:
    • OBEY FULLY = BLESSED
    • DISOBEY ANY = CURSED
  • Mission impossible: Even though the Israelites all said “Yes, we will obey!” they failed again, again and again.
  • Christ lesson:
    • Only a PERFECT man could keep God’s laws 100%.
    • Jesus is the only perfect man who ever lived!
    • Jesus:
      • Lived a sinless life
      • Fulfilled the WHOLE law
      • Took ALL the curses we deserved
      • So that we can receive ALL the blessings in Him!

 

iii. New Covenant

  • imageBecause Israel couldn’t keep the Old Covenant, God promised them a New Covenant.
  • In Jeremiah 31:33-34, God promised:
  • “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israelafter that time,” declares the Lord.

    I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.

    I will be their God, and they will be my people.

    No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

    because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”

    “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

  • The biggest difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is:I WILL vs THOU SHALT NOT
  • Not about what we can do, but what Jesus has done!
  • New Covenant = ALL ABOUT JESUS!

 

iv. David & Jonathan’s Covenant

  • imageDavid and Jonathan were best friends. They made a Covenant with each other — What’s mine is yours. What’s yours is mine.
  • When David became king, he looked out for Jonathan’s family so he can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake.
  • He found Mephibosheth — Jonathan’s son who was crippled.
  • Because of his covenant with Jonathan, David showed Mephibhosheth kindness and gave him:
    • Assurance: Do not fear
    • New Life
    • Restoration
    • Provision
    • A Place at the King’s table
    • Sonship
  • Christ lesson: Because of Jesus, we receive the kindness of God!
    • Jesus gives us:
      • Assurance: No fear
      • New Life (Eph 2:4-5)
      • Restoration —Jesus came to restore us to the Father and all the Adam lost in the garden of Eden (Joel 2:25)
      • Provision (Phil 4:19)
      • A Place at the King’s table (John 6:53)
      • Sonship (Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.)

 

2. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  • Matching Game
    e.g. Match pix of Abraham with pix of baby Isaac; pix of David/Jonathan with pix of Mephibosheth; pix of Moses with pix of 10 commandments; pix of Jesus with red heart
  • Memory Game
    e.g. Have 2 sets of each pix. Face downwards. Get kids to find a pair of the same pix.
  • Quiz
    On key lessons of Covenants; Christ lesson; memory challenge (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
  • PostersProvide 4 A3-sized posters with name of Covenant (and pix) and markers. Divide kids into 4 groups. Get each group to work together and write about one of the Covenants — what they learnt from it, the Christ lesson, Scripture verse etc.
  • Close in prayer

The New Covenant Foretold

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1. HOOK: “Can you do everything?” challenge

  • Make an agreement/contract with the class. If anyone can do everything that you ask them to do, they get rewarded. Have ready the reward/treat and display it. Get them to agree. Write with large handwriting on a big piece of paper of paper

    “ (your name) will give chocolates/treats to the children if they can do everything she/he asked them to do”.
    “Signed____________
    (on behalf of the children)”

  • Get a representative from the children to sign the agreement and you also sign.
  • The challenge has to be difficult so much so that no one meets it. You can start with a “Simple Simon” game: What Simon says, everyone must do. When Simon didn’t say, no one must do. (Get another helper to help you catch those who didn’t follow what Simon said). Let’s start – Simon says “Lift your right arm”, Simon says “lift your left arm”, Simon says, “jump”. Simon says “wave your hands”. Stop. (If they stop keep jumping and waving the hands, they are out because Simon didn’t say so. They have to keep jumping and waving the hands. You have to say it quite fast to catch them and may vary the actions).
  • If there are those who managed to win the game, try to give the winners a quiz where they have to answer all the questions.
  • You may use other games, but the objective is to show that no one can do everything they are told to do.
  • Now you can use the game to illustrate your point. “Remember the Old Covenant?” “Who did God make the covenant with?” Israelites. “Were they able to obey everything in God’s law?” No. “The game we played (can you do everything challenge) was something like the Old Covenant”.
  • Tell the class, “I want to change the agreement so that I can give chocolates/treats to you even when you can’t do everything I asked you to”. Tear up the piece of agreement in front of the class, and similarly you and the representative of the children sign:

    “ (your name) will give chocolates/treats to the children”.
    “Signed____________
    (on behalf of the children)”

  • Tell them you will distribute the treats to all children at the end of the class.
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2. LESSON: The New Covenant foretold

imageA. The Problem with the Old Covenant

  • We just played a game where we had to change the agreement so that you wouldn’t lose.
  • But do you know that God did exactly that. He made a New Covenant because the people couldn’t obey the Old Covenant.
  • Who did God make the Old Covenant with? The Jews/Israelites.
  • The Old Covenant/Law was good. It showed us God’s holiness and perfection.
  • But there were 2 big problems. First, we could not fulfil our part. Second, it could not help us keep it. E.g. it was like a mirror — it showed us our faults and mistakes, but it couldn’t help us change. <bring a mirror as a visual aid if u like>
  • About 600 years before Jesus was born, God told his prophet, Jeremiah to tell the people that he would make a new covenant with his people and it will not be like the Old Covenant.

 

B. God promised a New Covenant

  • God made all these promises in Jeremiah 31:33-34

    “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
    I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
    I will be their God, and they will be my people.
    No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
    because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”
    “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

  • Who did God make the New Covenant with? Jesus.
  • It’s ALL about what Jesus does for us. Not about what we can do for God.
  • The biggest difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is:I WILL vs THOU SHALT NOT
  • New Covenant = ALL ABOUT JESUS!

 

C. What God promised in the New Covenant

imagei. God’s Law written in our minds & hearts

  • Under the Old Covenant, there were altogether 613 laws for the Israelites to obey. If you break one, it is the same as breaking them all. It is impossible to remember and obey 613 laws!
  • Today, we don’t need a rule book to tell us how to live our lives anymore.
  • As the Holy Spirit lives within us, he will guides us so we will know what we should do or not to do in any situation. As our minds are renewed and our hearts transformed, we will live in response to all the Jesus has done on the cross for us!
  • Just like in class: Jesus loves us so much, so we can love one another — don’t disturb our friends, listen to our teacher etc.

imageii. He is our God, We are His People

  • We always belong to Him.

iii. We will know God

  • Under the Old Covenant, only the high priest can enter the Holy of Holies in the temple, where God’s presence was to offer animal sacrifices to God once a year. Other people cannot enter the Holy of Holies. Under the New Covenant, we are made clean and righteous by Jesus’ blood. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, the Holy Spirit who comes and lives within us. He will never leave us!
  • As we have the Holy Spirit, we can all know God personally, whether we are 4 years old or 80 years old, whether other people think we are important or not.
  • Jesus is our BFF!

iv. Our sins are forgiven and forgotten

  • When he was on this earth, Jesus kept the whole law and did not sin. On the cross, he took all our curses, all our punishment so that God forgave our past, present and future sins and remembers them no more.

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D. Conclusion:

  • Today we have learnt that under the New Covenant:
  • Everything is done for us by Jesus! We just need to believe in Jesus to receive all the blessings of the New Covenant!
  • The Holy Spirit guides us and is always with us.
  • God is our God, and we belong to Him.
  • We can all know God personally.
  • God forgives our past, present and future sins and remembers them no more.
  • Who would like to belong to God and know Him personally? <pray>

 

3. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  • To reinforce that the Holy Spirit is always within us and he will remind us of Jesus, sing:
    Every move I make I make in you Jesus
    Every move I make I make in you Jesus (actions)
  • Memory verse: Jeremiah 31:33-34
    • Print 2 sets of these verses; cut out into phrases/words (for younger kids, use longer phrases). Get the kids into 2 teams to fix it all back together.
    • Or worksheet.
  • Matching Game: 2 posters — 1 grey in shape of tablets of stone; 1 red in shape of heart.
    Prepare 10 “You shall not”s in black; Prepare “I will” in red with accompanying pix.
    Get kids to match the “You shall not”s to the grey tablets; and the “I will”s to the red heart.
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David & Jonathan’s Covenant

Categories: Children's Church

1. ICEBREAKER

  • Play any simple game between 2 teams. Tell them that the winning team will decide the forfeit for the losing team.
  • After the game, get the winning team to show kindness to the losing team by giving them a prize, even though they do not deserve it.

 

2. LESSON: David & Jonathan’s Covenant

A. David & Jonathan (1 Sam 18:3-4)

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  • Covenant between friends: What’s yours is mine; what’s mine is yours
  • The Exchange of robes: Putting on each other’s identity
  • Jesus took the form of man so He could die for us. When we receive Jesus, we put on His identity (Gal 3:26-27) so we can be children of God.

 

B. Mephibhosheth (2 Sam 4:4; 2 Sam 9:1,3, 5-7, 9-13)

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  • Son of Jonathan
  • Name means “a thing of shame”
  • Crippled in both feet; orphaned; scorned and living in fear; a “dead dog”
  • David remembered his covenant with Jonathan: “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Sam 9:1)
  • Mephibosheth: How do you think he felt? Fell on his face. “Here is your servant.”
  • David said to him, Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” (2 Sam 9:7)
  • He shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” (2 Sam 9:11)

 

C. imageGod’s Covenant of Kindness

Because of his covenant with Jonathan, David showed Mephibhosheth kindness and gave him:

  • Assurance: Do not fear
  • New Life
  • Restoration
  • Provision
  • A Place at the King’s table
  • Sonship
  • Because of the New Covenant, we receive the kindness of God!
  • Ephesians 2:4-9 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages, He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

imageJesus gives us:

  • Assurance: No fear
  • New Life (Eph 2:4-5)
  • Restoration —Jesus came to restore us to the Father and all the Adam lost in the garden of Eden (Joel 2:25)
  • Provision (Phil 4:19)
  • A Place at the King’s table (John 6:53)
  • Sonship (Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.)

 

D. Conclusion

  • WHO ARE WE? We are the Sons of the King
  • WHERE DO WE DWELL? In the Land of the King
  • WHAT DO WE CONSUME? The bread of the King
  • In Christ, with Christ, through Christ, the Covenant of God’s Kindness is shown!

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse Activity: Galatians 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
  • Worksheet (click for PDF)

130915 David and Jonathan Covenant Worksheet

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