Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lesson - The Disciple and the Beginning (30 Jan 2010)

OBJECTIVE: To understand that God created man in His image and that we are perfect in God’s sight. Although we have sinned, Jesus blood has made us perfect again in God’s eyes.

Read Genesis Chapter 2

1. List the difference between the man and the other animals.

2. What does it mean to have man created in God’s image?

3. Why did God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden?

4. What lesson can we learn from God in how to live our lives?

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Blind Men and the Elephant

In an ancient village, a parable tells, all the people were blind. One day while walking on the road, six men from that village came upon a man riding an elephant. The six men, who had heard about elephants but had never been close to one, asked the rider to allow them to touch the great beast. They wanted to go back to their village to tell the other villagers what an elephant looked like.

The rider agreed and led each of the six men to a different part of the elephant. All the blind men touched and stroked the elephant until they were certain they knew what the animal looked like.

In great anticipation they returned to their village to report their experience. The villagers gathered around to hear about the elephant. The first man, who had felt the animal’s side, said, " An elephant is like a great thick wall."

"Nonsense," said the second man, who had felt the elephant’s tusk. "He is rather short, round, and smooth, but very sharp. I would compare an elephant not with a wall but with a spear!"

The third man, who had touched the ear, took the exception. "It is nothing at all like a wall or a spear," he said. "It is like a gigantic leaf made of thick wool carpet. It moves when you touch it."

"I disagree," said the fourth man, who had handled the trunk. "I can tell you that an elephant is like a giant snake."

The fifth man shouted his disapproval. He had touched one of the elephant’s legs and concluded, "An elephant is round and thick, like a tree."

The sixth man had been allowed to ride on the elephant’s back, and he protested, "Can none of you accurately describe an elephant? Clearly he is like a gigantic moving mountain!"

To this day, the men continue to argue, and no one in the village has any idea what an elephant looks like.

The Bible describes God in many different ways - because He is experienced in many different ways. He is the Creator of the universe, but He is also the faithful friend. He is the righteous judge, but He is also the forgiving Father. For us to understand God, or for us to understand the Bible, we must carefully study the Word of God in its entirety. Whenever we perceive only one view of God, or one view of the truth, we are likely to be misled.

One of the reasons that so many people still don’t understand the Gospel is because Christians can’t agree on what it is. We Christian must strive to find the common ground between us and to present a united front to the world. Jesus.

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Bee Sting

A vacationing family drives along in their car, windows rolled down, enjoying the warm breeze of the sunny day. All of a sudden, a big black bee darts in the window and starts buzzing around inside the car. A little girl, highly allergic to bee stings, cringes in the backseat. If she is stung, she could die within an hour.

“Oh, Daddy,” she squeals in terror. “It’s a bee! It’s going to sting me!” The father pulls the car over to a stop, and reaches back to try to catch the bee. Buzzing around toward him, the bee bumps against the front windshield where the father traps it in his fist.

Holding it in his closed hand, the father waits for the inevitable sting. The bee stings the father’s hand and in pain, the father lets go of the bee. The bee is loose in the car again. The little girl again panics, “Daddy, it’s going to sting me!” The father gently says, “No honey, he’s not going to sting you now. Look at my hand.”

The bee’s stinger is there in his hand.

Paul exulted in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? He has Satan’s sting, the sting of death, the sting of sin, the sting of deceit, the sting of feeling worthless. Jesus has all of those stingers in His hands. When you see that nailed-scarred hand, realize that, on your behalf, Jesus took all the pain that Satan could throw at Him. He reduced Satan to a big black bee that’s lost its stinger - all Satan can do is buzz. That’s victory that Jesus won for you.

Taken from Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lesson - The Disciple and the Beginning (23 Jan 2010)

OBJECTIVE: To understand that God is all mighty and that everything is possible through him, even creating the world in 6 days.

Read Genesis Chapter 1

1. Can you name the order of creation? What would be the most difficult to create?

2. What would be the most contradicting subject in regards to creation? What would be the issue at conflict?

3. What was God most glad about in relation to His creation?

4. What is the most important lesson that you can learn from Genesis 1?