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RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL (AGE 6-8) TEACHER’S MANUAL SUNDAY 4TH OF APRIL 2021 LESSON THIRTY ONE (31)
TOPIC: DISCIPLE THE SHEEP
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MEMORY VERSE: “The disciple is not above his master but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Luke 6:40
BIBLE TEXT: Luke 15:1-8
Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
LESSON AIM: The children will learn to stay connected to Jesus in order to disciple others
CHILD RELATED TRUTH: Stay connected to Jesus to bring others to Him
INTRODUCTION: Children! Have you ever seen grapes before (Allow responses). Grapes taste good and are a healthy thing for us to eat. Grapes are attached to a vine to grow, the vine is a very important part of the plant because the vine collects the water and sunlight and allows the grapes to grow. What do you think would happen if the grapes were not attached to the vine? If the grapes were not attached to the vine
they would die. In life, we are like grapes and Jesus is like the vine. As long as we stay close to Jesus (or attached to the vine) we will do good things. The farther away from God that we are, the harder it is to do well. We need God to live, just like the grapes need their vine to live. God is our vine.
PROGRESSION OF EVENTS:
1. Jesus says that He is the grapevine and God is the gardener.
2. God cuts every plant that does not produce fruit
3. He prunes the branches that produce fruits so that they can produce more
4. Jesus told His disciples that they have already been pruned and purified by the messages He has given them
5. Jesus told His disciples to remain in Him so that He can remain in them
6. A branch cannot produce when it is severed from the vine so they cannot be fruitful unless they remain in Jesus
GOSPEL CONNECTION: Before we are saved an
Jesus, our lives are often filled with bad fruit. We are sinners and before we follow Jesus and stick to him, the only fruit we can make is the bad fruit of sin. Sure, we can do good things before we are saved, but the Bible has something to say about righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 says we are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. So Jesus came into the world to input us with His righteousness by dying for our sins on the cross because of the love of God. (John 3:16)
7. If they remain in Jesus, they will produce much fruit
8. Anyone who does not remain in Jesus is useless
9. Jesus told them that if they remain in Him and His words remain in them that they will get whatever they ask
CLIMAX: Jesus said if they produce much fruit, they are truly His disciples
CONCLUSION: Jesus told them that bearing fruit will bring glory to God
CHALLENGE: The grape branch will die if it gets cut off from the vine. We have to stay attached to Jesus in order to grow. So Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We need to remain in, cling close to Jesus, in order to grow as Christians. Without Jesus, we die spiritually, If we want to go to heaven and spend all of forever with Jesus, we have to stick with Him. Jesus is the true vine. We remain in Him by obeying His commands and loving Him. Jesus provides us with what we need to live fruitful lives. Jesus helps you to grow when you stay connected to Him so that you will be able to bring others to God
INVITATION: To stay connected to Jesus, you need to call on Him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:13)
SUNDAY: JOHN 6:22-29
MONDAY: JOHN 6:30-40
TUESDAY: JOHN 6:41-59
WEDNESDAY: ACTS 1:1-8
THURSDAY: ACTS 1:9-14
FRIDAY: ACTS 1:15-19
SATURDAY: ACTS 1:20-26