Jesus is our gentle king and he works in us through his Holy Spirit to bring about gentleness in our lives! Gentleness means that we work toward the welfare of those around us, rather than being rude and inconsiderate. Continue reading Gentleness – Fruit of the Spirit
Faithfulness is living out our allegiance to Jesus as our Lord. Barnabas was filled with the Holy Spirit and he was filled with faith. He encouraged the church in Antioch to be faithful and the city saw that they belonged to Jesus! Continue reading Faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit
When God created the world he said that it was good! Today there are many things that are not good, but when we draw close to Jesus and walk by the Spirit we grow in goodness. Continue reading Goodness – Fruit of the Spirit
Kindness is the quality of compassion and care shown in the words and deeds of Jesus Christ and characteristic of God’s dealings towards the weak and poor. Those who follow Jesus are called to express kindness to one another. As the Spirit softens our hearts, we are able to be kind to one another! Continue reading Kindness – Fruit of the Spirit
Patience is the ability to endure the effects of evil and sin. As a fruit of the Spirit it’s something that’s important to us as we grow to become more like Jesus.
Many children struggle with thoughts of worry and anxiety. When we are reconciled to God through his son Jesus, the Holy Spirit testifies to the peace we have with God and stirs us to be at peace with others! Continue reading PEACE – Fruit of the Spirit
Knowing Jesus produces in us a joy that is greater than our immediate circumstances. Despite being persecuted, the disciples in Antioch were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit! Continue reading Joy – Fruit of the Spirit
We want our children to know and experience the unwavering love of God! One of the greatest gifts that we receive when we put our faith in Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Being connected to God through the Spirit gives us new life and produces in us the same kind of love that God has for us! As believers we get to show others the love of Jesus.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 2 Tim3:16a
The Bible is the most important book ever written. It is the living word of God. It’s Divine Author is the Holy Spirit, who moved over 40 people to write under His guidance. We need to understand where it came from, what’s in it and how to use it. This lesson will focus on Genesis and is meant to help the kids start navigating their bibles and learn who wrote it and why.
This parable told by Jesus is a third part to the two that precede it, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. In all three something or someone is lost, looked for, found and then rejoiced over. In this story the son represents the lost sinner who repents, the father represents our compassionate God, and the brother represents the attitude of the Pharisees. It is important for us to understand that God has compassion for everyone, no matter how bad/lost they have been. Anyone can be forgiven if they truly repent. Likewise, we who have also experienced forgiveness and life in Christ should rejoice when others come to Christ.
“In his great mercy he has given us… an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you!”
– 1 Peter 1.3a, 4 (NIV) Continue reading The Prodigal Son