In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train1 of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!” (ESV)
King Uzziah’s death marked the end of an era. His reign had been long and prosperous. Uzziah became king when he was 16, and he reigned over Judah for 52 years.
Uzziah had listened to the prophet Zechariah; he feared God, and God made him prosper. But Uzziah’s pride got the best of him. (See 2 Chron. 26:16.) God struck Uzziah with leprosy. Then Uzziah died.
Under Uzziah’s leadership, God’s people had turned away from the promises of God and trusted in the promises of the world around them. God had promised to bless the entire world through Abraham’s family, but God’s people were rebellious. Instead of a blessing, they set themselves up to receive God’s judgment.
But God’s plans and promises were not thwarted. God sent the prophet Isaiah to preach a message of hope. Even though God was going to correct His people through judgment, His purpose was one of grace through which God would receive glory. God planned to send a Messiah who would bring salvation to the world.
(The Gospel Project)
Ideas to convey –
Isaiah 6 opens with Isaiah worshiping in the temple. What is amazing is that Isaiah is running to God when there is a time of national sadness. Isaiah was worshiping God who was still on the throne even though Uzziah had died. Isaiah trusted God.
Isaiah loved God and was a prophet of God most people would think he was super Holy that he was a goody-goody. And it’s true Isaiah was a prophet who loved God and tried to follow his commands. What we see though is when Isaiah is confronted with the God of the universe all he can say is Woe! not wow! But Woe! Woe is different from Wow. Wow is more like look how cool that is. Woe is more like I’m in deep, deep, trouble. Isaiah was made aware of his sinfulness, and he was undone. He couldn’t stand in God’s presence with his sin.
One of the things I have learned from blogging for quite a while now is that most people that read my blog are from smaller churches, and many are volunteers. The information I found through the helped to change my perspective on how I blog, what I blog and reinforced why I blog. I’m starting new on my blog where I make available the leader commentary that I am starting to give my team to provide them with the historical/theological framework for the Bible story they are telling as well as key ideas and application points. I hope that you find them useful. The first one is Elijah and Jezebel.
Elijah and Jezebel.
Elijah has just experienced one the greatest moments of his ministry. One of the most dramatic signs of God’s blessing on a leader. In this chapter, we see the humanness of Elijah he is not painted as a superhuman conquer of Baal. He is scared, he was hungry, he felt all alone, and he felt sorry for himself.
After such a dramatic victory at Mount Carmel Jezebel sends Elijah a letter warning him and threatening him. Why not send soldiers to kill him? Why use psychological tactics? Warren Wiersbe says this:
“Elijah was now a very popular man. Like Moses, he had brought fire from heaven, and like Moses, he had slain the idolaters (Lev. 9:24; Num. 25). If Jezebel transformed the prophet into a martyr, he might influence people more by his death than by his life. No, the people were waiting for Elijah to tell them what to do, so why not remove him from the scene of his victory? If Elijah disappeared, the people would wonder what had happened, and they would be prone to drift back into worshiping Baal and letting Ahab and Jezebel have their way. Furthermore, whether from Baal or Jehovah, the rains had returned, and there was work to do!”
Wiersbe, W. W. (2002). Be responsible (p. 143). Colorado Springs, CO: Victor.
The letter had its intended effect. Elijah started running for his life. He didn’t ask God what’s next. He failed to see the protection and provision of an all-powerful God who had just demonstrated to Elijah and all of Israel how powerful he was and how weak Baal was. Elijah retreated to the desert tired, hungry and alone. He finally cried out to God that God would take his life. God sent an angel to him there under the broom tree. Elijah slept and ate food the angle of the Lord prepared for him.
God drew him to Mt Horeb (Mt.Sinai) it was on Mount Sinai that God asked Elijah a question. Elijah responded in a very self-focused way. He said they (Israel) had done very bad things I have done many good things. Jezebel wants to kill me, and I am the only person left who loves God. In response to Elijah’s answer, God sent an earthquake, a windstorm and a fire followed by a still small voice. God gave Elijah directions, encouragement, and grace. He gave him his
next assignment then told him he wasn’t alone there were more 7,000 people in Israel who still called on the name of the True God.
Ideas to convey –
God takes care of us. – God is gracious. He takes care of us. He watches over us. God didn’t just protect Elijah from the evil queen who wanted to kill him. God provided food for Elijah, so he could rest and be strengthened. We serve a God who wants us to love and serve him but who also cares deeply about the things most gods wouldn’t he cares about the small things that matter to us. In caring about the small things and taking care of the small things in our lives, it gives us the confidence to trust him with the big things in our lives.
Our God is powerful and personal. – In this story we see a God who both powerful and personal. We saw last week how he sent fire to consume Elijah’s offering and prove to all of Israel He is the one true God. He then sent an angel to provide food for Elijah. We see God as powerful and personal. We see through the wind, fire, and earthquake that God has power over nature. We then see how in the still small voice how our God is at the same time intensely personal.
When we deserve judgment, he gives us grace. – We see throughout this story how even when Elijah was upset and felt like giving up God never gave up on Elijah. Despite everything, God couldn’t stop loving Elijah.
Elijah saw a big God. He saw God do powerful things, but he still had enemies. He still got afraid, and he ran. What is amazing is that when he ran God was always with him. God showed him how he was powerful and personal. How he does big amazing things like burning up all of Elijah’s offering with fire and then very personal by sending an Angel to provide food to bring strength to Elijah. We serve a God who can do anything he used prophets in the Old Testament to show people what he was like they were not perfect, Elijah got upset and felt scared. But God perfectly reveled to us what God is like by sending us Jesus. Jesus showed us God’s power and lived as a person. We are comforted knowing that even when we feel scared or lonely Jesus not only understands but gave his life so we can have confidence that same confidence that Elijah needed. We aren’t alone there are many others that trust in the name of Jesus, and we have God who came and lived and died for us so we have hope. Jesus shows us even in the small things that we think don’t matter to him that he is our protector, provider and savior. He loves you because He loves you.
Key Point –What is the church and what is my place in the church
Memory Verse – Ephesians. 4:16 “Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly…” (NLT)
Children’s Sermon – Bible Story – Tell the story of the first church – Acts 2 –
The Church Helps me Grow
The Church Helps me Know
Know God more
Object Lesson – Have a plant show the kids how healthy the plant is explained to the kids the components that make a healthy plant – it has good soil, water, sun, fertilizer ect.. If we are missing any of these components the plant will die. When we are healthy we have attend church we worship, we read our bibles and we love others. Coming to church helps us to be a healthy Christian.
Skit – Lonely Boy, Have a skit where there is a boy who is very sad and very lonely. A group of kids come up to the boy and invite him to kids church he doesn’t want to go because no one cares about him. They say ok and leave. He continues to talk about how he feels so alone, the kids come back and ask if he wants to go to get some ice cream he says that he doesn’t want to because he doesn’t know anyone. He leaves sad because no one wants to be his friend.
Skit – Mr. Know it all – He comes out and knows everything about everything. You ask him how many feet are in a yard he knows, you ask how far the earth is from the sun he know, you ask how much the human head weighs he knows. The MC asks how he knows so much and he says that he reads books and goes to school. The MC then asks what was the name of God’s Son? Name two disciples. What are the two things the church helps us do? How many books of the Bible are there? Mr. Know it all is flustered he doesn’t know any of that and tells the MC that he doesn’t know that stuff he has never even heard about it. MC explains that just like we learn about planets and measurements at school and from school books we learn more about Jesus at church and by reading the Bible. The more we read the more we go the more we know.
Object Lesson – We all come together in one place to meet with God. We come to church to worship God. Have two people tied together with rope or wearing a large shirt show how they don’t accomplish anything when they are going in different directions. But when they are united like the early church was united they accomplish much.
Object Lesson – Every part does something else we need each other – Think of trying to walk with no feet – Think of picking something up without any thumbs. We all need each other we all make up the church. Some people are seen a lot some are not seen as much.
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.