January 13, 2015 -- Issue #2



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Bible Memory Verse

"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates" Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NIV)

Teach children in Sunday School and Children's Church about God's Commandments.



fruit of the spirit lessons for children
The Fruit of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22-23. Fruit trees don’t force their fruit to grow. In the same way, we don’t make our Spirit-fruit grow either; this is the job of the Holy Spirit when he lives in our lives and we learn to follow and obey him more and more.

Begin class time by showing a tangerine to the children. Ask, "How did the fruit become fruit." (A farmer planted a seed in good soil and proper lighting. It was watered, fed fertilizer and probably sprayed for bugs. The tree grew and was pruned. After several years the tree flowered, and the fruit began to grow. Finally the fruit ripened and was picked. This process takes years before the fruit is ready to be picked and eaten.) 

Ask, “Who did all the work?” (the farmer) Did the tree have to work at producing its fruit? (No, it naturally occurs when it is cared for properly.)

The Bible talks about Spiritual Fruit. In the same way that a tangerine naturally grows from a tangerine tree when it is properly cared for, Spiritual Fruit naturally grows and occurs in a person’s life when he or she is a believer and follows and obeys Jesus more and more. The spiritual fruit the Bible talks about is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Peel the tangerine and separate the sections. Point out that the fruit has different sections, but it is one fruit. In the same way, the Fruit of the Spirit has many parts, but all the parts show us what a follower of Jesus should look like on the inside. In fact, the Fruit of the Spirit is what Jesus is like! (Separate the sections, and as you do, have children call out the attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When a child calls out a fruit name, hand him or her a piece of tangerine.) 

Learn more about the Fruit of the Spirit.




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