The Promise of Morning (Psalm 30:1-12)

Psalm 30:1-12
 

Theme: Weeping and sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Memory Verse: Psalm 30:5

  • Trials and tribulations are a part of life.
  • God does not always remove us from the difficult situations of life.
  • Being Christian doesn’t mean we escape the pain of life and of sin.
  • We can still trust God even in the most difficult circumstances.
  • We can trust that God causes all things to work together for good. (Romans 8)
  • Difficulties are temporary and but a vapor compared to eternity.

 



One Body. One Lord. One Faith (1 Corinthians 12:4-14)

1 Corinthians 12:4-14
 
Theme: We are all united as one in Christ.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:4
 
  • Not everyone is made the same.
  • God has made us unique.
  • The uniqueness given to us by God allows us to serve him in many different ways.
  • We should enjoy the differences in each other.
  • Our differences working as one together show the power of God in us.

 



Defending My Rights (1 Corinthians 9:1-7)

1 Corinthians 9:1-7
 
Theme: We must discipline ourselves in our relationship with God.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:19
 
  • Paul had every right to demand payment from the church to support him.
  • Paul did not serve in order to get paid. He served at the demand of Christ.
  • Paul adapts his message to be able to reach everyone, however, without compromise.
  • Paul encourages us to run the race in such a way as to win it.
  • We must discipline ourselves lest we be overtaken by sin.

 



Freedooommm!! (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
 
Theme: The freedom we have should not hinder another’s freedom or growth
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 8:3
 
  • We have to be careful not to impose on another the maturity we think we have obtained.
  • The standard is Christ. We are not to compare ourselves with each other.
  • What may look good to us in comparing to another person still falls short of perfection.
  • We are to give of ourselves for the good of others.
  • Sometimes putting others first means our needs go unmet.
  • Putting others first means we don’t get all we are entitled to at times.
  • Read 2 Corinthians 6:3-13. Discuss the sacrifices Paul says they make and have made.

 



Devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:20-28)

1 Corinthians 7:20-28
 
Theme: Devotion to God is the most important thing in life.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 7:19b
 
  • We are devoted to God in everything which means we follow God in everything.
  • We will have troubles in this life.
  • We can trust God with our troubles.
  • We do not allow our circumstances to determine whether or not we trust God.
  • Just because we pray about something and don’t get the answer we want doesn’t mean God did not hear us or act on our prayer.
  • No matter what we are to obey God.
  • God is absolutely sovereign and does whatever he pleases to do.
  • We worship despite painful or grieving circumstances.
  • Trust in God.

 



Separation of Church and State (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)

1 Corinthians 6:1-8
 
Theme: We are to be wise with each other and settle matters between us in a wise manner.
 
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:6
 
  • We should handle things amongst us and not involve those outside the church.
  • Those outside the church cannot understand the dealings inside the church.
  • We should be wise enough and mature enough to handle issues amongst ourselves.
  • We should have enough respect for leadership to willingly follow them.
  • We are to treat each other like brother and sister, rightfully dealing with each other. We should not treat each other poorly.
 

 



1 Kings 18 (How to Call Down Fire from Heaven)

2 Chronicles 6:18-21
 
Theme: God hears our prayers when we pray.

Memory Verse: 2 Chronicles 6:19

  • God listens to our prayers when we pray
  • When we pray, we must pray with God’s will as the center of our prayers
  • Selfish prayers and prayers that are not inline with God’s will are not answered
  • God answers every prayer. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes no. Sometimes not yet.
  • We are not only to pray for ourselves but also to pray for others
  • Part of our prayers are to ask God to forgive us for our wrongs

 



God’s Message to Joshua

Children’s Church:

Joshua 13:1, 14:10-12
 
Theme: God uses you no matter your age.

Memory Verse: Joshua 13:1

  • God does not have a certain age or qualification for someone to be used.
  • God does not require a person to be educated to a certain level or to have all the right training.
  • All God requires for a person to be used is to have a willing heart of obedience.
  • Having obedience requires trusting in God that He knows best.
  • We as people tend to rely on our own understanding.
  • What are some jobs in the church the children can do?
  • What can the church do to better serve the children and to let them serve? (I am interested for them to give me their feedback on this one)

 



The Importance of Church Discipline (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)

Children’s Church:

1 Corinthians 5:6-13
 
Theme: Church discipline is necessary to protect the integrity of the church.

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:6

  • We should be wise in the friends we choose.
  • Association brings assimilation
  • Usually the copying of behavior works in the negative direction. (Good people copy bad behaviors more than bad people copy good behaviors.)
  • Those that claim to know Christ should know better and act better.
  • If someone claims to be a Christian in the church and does not act like it, we are called to not associate with this person because they are a liar and do not practice the truth (1 Corinthians 5:11, 1 John 2:4).
  • This is especially true of leaders in the church. We should not submit to the authority of a leader who behaves in this fashion. In fact, those leaders should not be in leadership and should be replaced to protect false teachings from spreading.
  • We practice church discipline in order to protect the Gospel message. If a person is not changed and constantly changing to improve, there is no proof of God working in them.


How to Treat Servant’s of Christ (1 Corinthians 4:1-13)

1 Corinthians 4:1-13

Theme: The church has a responsibility to care for pastors and care for each other.

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:7

  • Pastors and church staff are servants of Christ. The church has a responsibility to care for its leaders.
  • How we judge our leaders is according to Christ, not according to our standards.
  • We should not compare one person with another. Rather, we should compare ourselves with the standard of Christ.
  • We encourage each other in order to serve with each other.
  • Pastors and staff are the least of all. They are meant to be servants, not exalted.
  • As a result of the normal order of church, pastoral staff and volunteers are often put down and struggle with loneliness and feeling unloved.