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Character Building 2022-2023

September
October
November

Key Verse for the Year: Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Key words for the year:  Word, Lamp, Feet, Light, Path 

September: The Word

Week of 9/12 Lesson: The Word, Written for us in the Bible
Week of 9/19 Lesson: The Word, To Noah
Week of 9/26 Lesson: The Sheep Hear His Voice

September Activities and Coloring Pages

Introduction to The Word:

Key Verse:  Psalms 119:105

Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 

The Bible, which is the word of God, has so many purposes! It tells us who God is, how He interacts with us through his Holy Spirit, who we are in Christ, and how we can interact with God. It guides us on how to live, it tells history, it even shares stories and plays. When you put all these pieces together, you see a beautiful picture of who Jesus is. The Bible shows us who God is and helps us get to know Him more, like a puzzle. It also leads us into blessings and peace through the knowledge of Christ. It gives us directions, like a map, on how to have a wonderfully full and joyous life in Jesus Christ. 

Please enjoy using these resources if you like!  Each lesson is to highlight how the Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path of life!  My passion is to teach the truth through the Word and have others understand the value of the Word itself and also how valuable they are through the Word!  Please feel free to expand on the lesson, or use something else!  Thank you for your love for the hearts and souls of others!!  You are amazing!

Song:  Thy Word by Amy Grant 

Extension Activities:

.Lesson on John 1:10-18-good for K-6th

For middle school and highschool students there are short videos explaining the Bible:  

https://bibleproject.com/

*Possibly this could be used as an end-of-year performance. 

September 12th

Logos is the WRITTEN Word of God

Jesus in the Desert- Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit and he became weak, tired and hungry!  He had to fast for forty days and nights. He used the written Word of God, the Logos, to overcome the temptations of the enemy that were put in front of him. 
Back then, they didn’t have a full Bible like we do today, but they had the Pentateuch. This is the first five books in the traditional Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.


Jesus learned them, memorized them and knew them in His heart. The enemy tried to get Jesus to question His value of being the Son of God. He tried to make Him question the goodness of His Father. When he did this, Jesus responded with the word that was written in Deuteronomy 8:3-“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (NIV)

Then the enemy used scripture to try to tempt Jesus. That is why it is important for us to know the Word, not just in our minds, but with understanding in our hearts. Because Jesus knew AND understood God’s Word, He wasn’t able to be tempted.

Then Jesus was challenged to tempt God…”If you are the son of God, throw yourself down-for it is written, He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” But Jesus answered back with Deuteronomy 6:16 “It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” 

Last, Jesus was taken to see all that He could have–all the worldly, beautiful things: power, fame, prestige. To get these things, though, Jesus would bow down to the enemy instead of God. Jesus responded with the truth of the Bible instead of letting wrong thoughts get into His head!

After these struggles, both mental and physical, Jesus was EXHAUSTED. So, God’s angels went and took care of Him.

Because Jesus knew the word, which is the truth, He was able to not give into temptation even when He was weak and tired.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

This means that God knows we will be tempted to do the wrong thing: hurt others with our words, think or say mean things, to not do what our parents ask us to do. And that knowing God’s word is one of the tools we can use to help us do the right thing.

Jesus remembered and knew he could trust His Father, God. The written word kept Jesus safe, led him in peace, and made the enemy leave him alone!  

The same way Jesus walked in a hard place, even when he was weak, is the same way you can walk. Jesus is our perfect example. 

Discussion Questions:

How do we learn God’s word?
Have you ever been tempted to do something that you know isn’t right?
What did you do to overcome it? To not do it?
What is something you can do to make the enemy go away?  What did Jesus do?
How has God shown you his goodness? What does that tell you about how God sees and loves you? 
Does it help you to know that God has been faithful to you?

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September 19th


God’s Word spoken to us!

God spoke to Noah and told him to build the ark to save His family and all of creation  Genesis 5:32, 6:1-22, and 7, 8, 9

The story of Noah shows us that God’s word, His spoken word, is just as important as the Bible, the written word.  God spoke to Noah and gave him directions of what to do and where to go.  Noah was a righteous man and he had favor with God. God wanted to bless him and his family.  Noah and his family were righteous because they had chosen to follow in the path of God. Righteous means to be in right standing with God. Through Jesus, we are always in right standing in God. 

God spoke to Noah, because at that time, nothing was written.  He spoke to Noah and told him what He was planning and then told Noah what to do so that he and his family could be saved from the flood. 

God told Noah to build a huge boat. It took a lot of trust and faith on Noah’s part to obey and do what God asked!  Especially since it took him 40 years to build it!! He was 600 years old when it was finished! And when the boat was finished, Noah, the animals, and Noah’s family loaded up in the boat and the whole earth was flooded.

When we are trying to understand how God’s word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path, we have to remember that He also speaks to us. Because Noah was ready and willing to listen, he heard God’s voice and obeyed His directions!

Do you know what happened at the end of the flood?  God made a covenant with Noah and his family that he would never flood the Earth again!  He put an symbol in the sky for them to see. The rainbow! 

The rainbow is the symbol of God’s promise that He will never flood the earth again and that His grace and mercy will always be given to us.

Questions:

Do you feel safe knowing that God watches over us?

What if he asks you to do something that has never been done before? Would you respond like Noah?

What did the story of Noah and the Ark teach you about how God speaks to us?

Take a minute and listen to what God wants to tell you!  Write down a word, or draw a picture of what you think he is saying to you! Put the date on it and save it! It is ok if you don’t get anything right now, He is still with you loving you. 

Does knowing what Noah accomplished, encourage you to know you can accomplish what God has planned for you?  

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September 26th

Shepherd and Sheep Hear His Voice- John 10:1-18

Key verses: John 10:1-18, Psalms 23

We know we can hear Him through several ways:  His Word, the Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and spending time in prayer.

Read John 10:1-18

Discuss and Learn:

Who or what is a shepherd?  There are still shepherds today in small communities around the United States and other countries.  They take care of the flocks of sheep!  They protect them and lead them to places where they can eat and drink. A shepherd uses a staff to lead the sheep. The shepherds lead the flocks from the corral through the gate into open spaces for the day, and then back again into the safety of the corral at night so that outside predators don’t eat them or harm them.  

What do you think happens when one sheep gets lost or forgets to go with the herd?  The shepherd goes to find it and leads it back to safety. A shepherd is committed to their flock and is the one responsible for guiding the sheep, protecting them, and attending to their needs. 

Think about a corral- it is made to give the sheep a safe place to roam freely within safe boundaries.  Jesus, through the Word of God, gives us a corral to move about freely in safe boundaries.  We don’t have to worry as long as we are with Him.  That is why Jesus says that He is the gate to safety (John 10:7-8).  He warns us that if someone tries to go into the corral through some other way, they are a thief, and are not good!

This video is pretty hilarious (how to herd sheep)–has a good part about how to free the unstuck sheep and how to gently get them to go where you want them to go–short and sweet and humorous:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNVmP0280I4

Interesting fact:

From the mountains of the American West to the highlands of Peru and Chile, you’ll find shepherds tending flocks of thousands of sheep.

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Elementary Activity Links For September:

Elementary Activity links:

Coloring Pages:

Various Activities and Color Pages for Elementary Students

References:
https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/a-lamp-andhttps://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-lesson-word-is-a-lamp.html-a-light

https://ministry-to-children.com/lamp-to-my-feet-bible-lesson-from-psalm-119/

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October

October : Our  Lamp Through Jesus Christ

Week One and Two: October 3-7, 10-14 Jesus is the Light
Week Three and Four: October 17-21, 24-28, Jesus is a Lamp

Activities
Middle/High School

Key Verse:  Mark 4:21

And he was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on a lampstand?

Week One and Two:

In the parable of the lamp, Jesus tells us when we receive God’s word, and we allow it to take root in our hearts, we share the word with others, thus producing fruit. 

Discussion:

When we talk about His word being a lamp and light to our feet, we are actually admitting that we are blind without Jesus and his word to guide us!  Jesus is the light.  

John 1 helps explain how He iis the Word,  Light , Human and God all at once!  The darkness of the world was so great, God knew that light once again needed to shine. Jesus came so that we could have light once again and be adopted into His family through the forgiveness of our sins. 

He loves his beautiful creation, he came to redeem us and reconcile us back to himself. He needed us to see again how to love, live, and lead others into the kingdom of heaven. All nations are wanted and needed in the kingdom of heaven; not one is to be left behind. The lamp lights where our feet step so we don’t step on sharp objects or fall into a hole. The light of His word shows us the path to take, like a spotlight highlighting the right way to go.

 There are many places in the Bible that show us that Jesus shows up in the midst of darkness. He shows up with His warm, loving light, and brings healing, peace, joy, and clarity through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of our sins.  He puts our feet back on a solid place to stand so we don’t fall and rely fully on his grace and mercy.  He is the solid rock that we can always stand on. We know He leads us by His Word and teaches us through his Holy Spirit.

Activities:  

Discuss the verses, John 1: 1-19

Who and what was in the beginning? How many things were made through the Word? Who is the word that became flesh?   Does darkness overcome light?  Who is the light?  Who is the Word?  What do we receive from Jesus?  How do we know what God looks like and is like?

References:

A Lamp and A Light by Paul David Tripp

Lamp to My Feet by David Lawry

Week Two:

Matthew 5: 14-16 Lamp

Jesus tells us many things about our identity in this scripture: 

  1. We are a light to the world.  
  2. We are like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.  
  3. We are a lamp that should not be hidden under something. 

We are to shine before all people so that they may see us be like Jesus and praise God themselves! These are amazing clarifications of who God sees us to be!  We are all these things because we were created in God’s image, and when we know and accept Jesus, we carry His light in us through the Holy Spirit!  

His light is truth, and His truth brings freedom to people around us.  The light in us creates a safe place for people to feel loved, wanted and cared for.  Being a light on a hill is like a lighthouse. Even more so, to light the world. 

Questions:

There are two different pictures here to show you what the Earth looks like at night from space.  

What do you see? What is giving light?  What do you notice about the dark places? What do you think God means when he says we are the light of the world?  Are we like the moon?  A reflection of God because we are made in his image? Why does he not want us to hide what is in us through Jesus?  He says we give light for everyone that is in the house.  Does that mean we can speak the truth and it will show people the way to go?  Yes, it does!! There is only one truth, and His name is Jesus. He is the way, truth and life and he comes to give us life abundantly. The enemy lives in the darkness, trying to hide his schemes of destruction and death to steal from us.  Why do you think Jesus is telling us to be the light when we know the truth?

Activity:  Take a minute and pray and ask God where does he want you to shine?  Your home, with friends, with the homeless, the sick, in your church?  Draw a picture of your light shining for Jesus on something that is important to your heart.  Or write down where you see Jesus shining through you.

Elementary Activity links:

 Psalm 119:105 Bible Skill Activities

Your Word is a Lamp Bible Lesson

Coloring pages:

Light Of The World Coloring Page | Sermons4Kids

A variety of ideas on Pinterest

Light Bulb In Front Of A Globe | Kidadl

Song with video: This little light of mine

“This Little Light Of Mine”

This Little Light  Worship

Middle School and High school:

Nineteenth century preacher, Charles Spurgeon, wrote about this verse: 

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. We are walkers through the city of this world, and we are often called to go out into its darkness; let us never venture there without the light giving word, lest we slip with our feet. Each man should use the word of God personally, practically, and habitually, that he may see his way and see what lies in it. When darkness settles down upon all around me, the word of the Lord, like a flaming torch, reveals my way. Having no fixed lamps in eastern towns, in old time each passenger carried a lantern with him, that he might not fall into the open sewer, or stumble over the heaps of ordure which defiled the road. This is a true picture of our path through this dark world: we should not know the way, or how to walk in it, if Scripture, like a blazing flambeau, did not reveal it. One of the most practical benefits of Holy Writ is guidance in the acts of daily life: it is not sent to astound us with its brilliance, but to guide us by its instruction. It is true the head needs illumination, but even more the feet need direction, else head and feet may both fall into a ditch. Happy is the man who personally appropriates God’s word, and practically uses it as his comfort and counselor,—a lamp to his own feet.” (Treasury of David).

References:

Tripp, Paul David: A Lamp And A Light

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