Michelle Anthony – God is provider
How is God provider in your life? We tend to think of God as provider by the thing he provides.
We focus so much on the provision we lose sight of God as provider.
When I look at the need – Where I am lacking that produces in my an anxiety.
I focus on the provision itself – What happens when it doesn’t come through in the way I am hoping it will.
When we focus on the need we forget about the story of what God is doing in the midst of provision. God is trying to show us who is his through the story he is writing.
What God is doing is far more important than what God gives.
John 2.1 – 11
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Galatians – Book of Freedom
Key Point – We are free to love Jesus
Memory Verse – Galatians 5:1 “We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong.”
Bible Story – Peter is freed from prison by an Angel of the Lord – (Acts 12)
True freedom comes from
Peter truly loved Jesus he told others about Him even when it got him in trouble. He even went to jail because he was telling others about Jesus. Because Jesus died for our sins we are free to tell others about how much He loves us and we love Him. The more we obey Jesus the more free we are. The less we obey Jesus the less free we are. When we love Jesus and obey Him we will always walk in freedom, because Jesus will take care of us. Peter went to Jail for telling others about Jesus, but Jesus took care of him and sent and Angel of the Lord to free him from Jail.
Corinthians – The Book of Giving
Key Point – Why do we give and who do we give to?
Memory Verse – Proverbs 28:27 “27 whoever gives to the poor will have everything he needs”
Skit – Hal the hoarder – A guy who hoards what he has never gains friends and never blesses anyone because he is so worried about losing what is his instead of being a giver.
Skit – Mom and Son – there is a homeless looking man sitting on a bench a mom and a child walk by the mother hurries by trying to protect her son from the homeless man. The son stops and asks the mom if they can give money to the homeless man. The mom immediately says no. The boy then explains that in kids church he learned that God blesses those who give to the poor. The mom doesn’t really know what to say. She says what do you mean. The boy explains that the he learned in kids church that the Bible promises us that the more we give to the poor and to those in need the more God will bless you in every way. I want to give that man some money mom but Pastor Sam says that I have to ask your permission first and whatever you say we should do we will do. The mom thinks for a while and decides that they will go over and give the homeless man some money. They do and they share God’s love with the man. He is very grateful. The boy is very excited that God can use them. The mom says to the boy thank you for obeying God. I think that I learned something very important today. They walk off talking about how they can’t wait for the next opportunity to give to someone in need.
Object Lesson – Does God need our money? No, but he wants our hearts? The bible teaches our hearts and our money are connected. Bring a 20$ bill on the stage with you and ask the kids if you gave them the 20$ what would they spend it on? Boys prob video games Girls perhaps American Girl something or Barbie. We spend money on what we find valuable. When we give our money to God it says two things, 1. That he is infinitely more valuable than anything we can own. 2. That we trust God to take care of us better than we can take care of our selves, better than our parents can take care of us.
Object Lesson – Hold money in your hand very tightly show how hard it is to take out and then show equally how hard it is to put money into the hand.
Bible Story – Widows mite – it is not how much you give but how you give. What moved Christ heart was they widow gave all she had. In the same way God gave us his best in Christ. Our giving should be the extravagant response of a thankful heart. Realizing all that God has done for us in Jesus, makes us grateful and gratefulness results in generosity. Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
Puppet – Puppet confused because he gave a quarter to a poor person and he still doesn’t have 2 game boy advances. The MC explains that having 2 game boy advances is not necessarily something he need to survive. The puppet disagrees. The MC explains that God promises us that he will provide all our needs, but one thing we can’t do when give to people who need it. Is give with a wrong heart attitude, giving only to get.
– Book of Repentance
Key Point – How to say you are sorry?
Memory Verse – Romans 2:4b “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.”
Children’s Sermon, Bible Story –Tell the story of Zacchaeus. The tax collector – Restitution.
Luke 19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
How do you know when someone is sorry? Repentance is more than to say you are sorry it is to change the way you act. We know because they change. The Bible explains in Romans How to repent(say we are sorry). Rom. 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom. 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Confess with your mouth – Acknowledge what you have done wrong.
Ask for Forgiveness
Change don’t stay the same – Believe in your heart that you are changed
Salvation is a free gift. God’s gracious gift toward you produces a change in your life. Zacchaeus Repentance was a byproduct of the grace shown to him that he didn’t deserve.
– Book of Holy Spirit
Key Point – The Holy Spirit helps normal people do Awesome things.
Memory Verse – Acts 1:8 “8 But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power.”
Children’s Sermon, Bible Story – Peter preaches and 3,000 people get saved – Acts 2:14-42
Holy Spirit Gives you Power
Holy Spirit Gives you Boldness
Holy Spirit Helps you do all that God wants you to do.