PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Biblical Educator, start the lesson by asking “Who likes to do exercises?” (Let them answer) “Why do we exercise?” Because is healthy, to make our bodies to be strong. So today we are going to exercise our brain. You know why? Because when we exercise our brain we also make our faith stronger. Let us see who remembers what we have been talking about in the previous Sundays. (Show them the posters).
VERSES TO MEMORIZE
“Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, LORD…” (Psalms 19.14)
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”(Proverbs 15.1)
“I hate and detest falsehood…” (Psalms 119.163)
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”(Proverbs 10.11)
HINT: We can use the clothesline and the caterpillar to make them to memorize in a fun way. Write each word separately and make them memorize the verse, then hide a word and ask what word is missing, continue to do that till they memorize all the words.
Biblical Educator, prepare a small box with stripes of paper with questions on it, each child will chose one and answer the question.
How did Jesus heal the servant of the centurion?
Did Jesus touch the sick man?
What would you do if a friend swears at you?
Complete the sentence: “To avoid arguments we must answer __________.”
What is falsehood?
What made Gehazi sick?
What did Naaman do to be healed?
If you lie what do you have to do?
Who is the father of lies?
Why did Gehazi lie?
Give me an example of good words.
How should we behave to our friends?
Why should we not swear?
Have you already seen someone arguing? How do you think they feel?
Who are our neighbours?
Colouring – Use the leftover drawings from the previous four lessons, if you don’t have any left you can print them from the magazine.
Matthew 21.28-32 and Psalms 119.163
Purpose of the meeting:
Teach teenagers that we must be sincere and truthful
The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves” (Proverbs 13.5)
Initiating the meeting:
Take to the classroom a poster with the sentence: “We sell counterfeit goods”. Start this meeting by asking: Let’s say you are at the Shopping Centre, looking for specific goods but they’re hard to find. Suddenly you pass in front of a store that sells what you are looking for but at the front door there is a poster (show them the poster and observe their reaction). What would you do? Would you buy that product or would you go back home empty handed? (Wait for their participation and you will see that they probably wouldn’t buy from that store). Nobody likes to be fooled, right? If we wish others to be true to us, we must be true with them. We will talk more about this in today’s study.
Consequences of lying (part 2)
A man called his two sons to work for him. The first son said he would go; and the other, without thinking twice, said no. It happened that the son who said yes didn’t go but the other son regretted saying no, and went to help his father.
We could talk about the attitude of the first son that didn’t keep his word. We know many people make a vow to give to God but later they go back on their word, but let’s meditate on the other son’s decision.
Sincerity is a characteristic of the children of God and the other son was sincere saying no, however he regretted not submitting to his father's request.
The submissive are humble towards authority from God.
The unruly deeply displease God. Many children are unruly and disobedient to their parents; we must follow the example of the Lord Jesus that, even living in this world, submitted Himself to God the Father until the end.
In the last meeting we gave the example of Gehazi, a servant that didn’t submit to his Masters will, Prophet Elisha. (Elisha had rejected the gifts offered to him by Naaman for his healing). Gehazi lied for his own benefit. He had opportunity to confess his sin but something very important was missing: “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…” (Luke 3.8). He didn’t regret his actions and suffered the consequences. The person who has the habit of lying does it with so much conviction that he/she ends up believing in theirs own lies! But those who wish to have a new birth, know that they should keep away from this practice for it is written in the book of John: “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (8.44) It means that the liar becomes his son. We always reap what we sow; liars harm themselves, the person who lies will lie more and more until there is no control and that’s what happened with Gehazi.
It is written in the Word of God: “I hate and detest falsehood.” (Psalm 119.163). The Psalmist expresses in this verse his repulse against lies. We must be the same way, for Jesus is the truth and those who wish to follow Him must also be truthful.
Activity for the 6th Meeting
Educators, if possible prepare a snack for the group. Start by dividing the class into groups of six. Ask them to create short plays according to: “I hate and detest falsehood.” (Psalm 119.163). They should create scenes where there will be liars who will suffer the consequences of lying.
Each group will have few minutes to get organized and present. Ask the groups to pay attention to one another’s performances. At the end, talk to the class about the plays and distribute the snack.