Free Bible Lesson: Nehemiah

Nehemiah

– Book of Revival

Key Point – Revival is when God changes me!

Memory Verse – Habakkuk 3:2 “…In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, … Show us you power to save us.”

Skit – Two kids playing one breaks down his castle made with Legos

Skit – Game show “Who wants to have revival” a quiz show similar to who wants to be a millionaire only the contestants answer questions that show if they desire revival (want more of God) or if they are mediocre uncaring. The host will ask questions like To have a revival do you need to play with your friends, brush your teeth or pray and ask God to change you. Revival is when God sneezes, God blows his nose, or when God fills our hearts with passion for him. Have one contestant be mediocre one be cold, have the last one be wanting revival. See if the kids can see a difference. Revival comes from God but we must have a desire for it.

Object Lesson – CPR – bringing back to life someone, to revive them. – When someone dies they no longer have life in them they no longer have breath in them. When someone becomes a Christian the Bible tells us it is like they are born again. When we stop loving Jesus it is like when someone stops breathing we slowly start to die spiritually what we need is Jesus to come and breath live into us just like and EMT person does in his ambulance.

Object Lesson – Picture of Charles Finney – explain to the kids how God used Finney to bring revival to this area. Many times in history God has used people to bring revival in our area about 200 years ago God used a man named Charles Finney.

Puppet – Puppet comes up and explain that he has experienced revival because he has changed he clothes. The MC is excited at first then finds out the puppet has only changed his clothes. It doesn’t matter if you change your outside it is you heart that God wants you to change. It is God who changes our heart.

Bible story – Rebuilding a city – Story of Nehemiah how he was sad when he heard that the wall was torn down and needed to be rebuilt. Nehemiah 1:1-11

Revival starts with a personal revelation of the need

  1. See the needs around you. – Revival starts when you become aware of the need. – Nehemiah becomes aware of the condition of Jerusalem and is  and is moved. If we never see needs around us we will never be ready to meet those needs. Nehemiah understood he needed God’s help. Jerusalem was so far away if he was going to do anything he would need God’s help. Revival is our response to God’s initiation. God was speaking to Nehemiah what would he do?
  2. He Prayed – Ask God for wisdom what to do – Nehemiah’s first response to crisis was prayer he asked God for guidance. He needed help because He understood the situation was larger than him.
  3. He Obeyed – Do what you feel God telling you to do – When you pray and God speaks to you, you’r left with one option either obey or disobey. When God speaks to us through his word, through leaders or in that still small voice in our heart we need to do what he is telling us to do.

Nehemiah Small Group –

Activity

Object lesson – Have a battery explain to the kids that you have a battery here, but the only problem is that you don’t know if it has a full charge. The only way to check is to test it you can’t tell from the outside if it needs to be revived you have to see what is on the inside. What can you do with a battery that is empty? You could throw it away but there are some batteries that rechargeable which means it can be filled again to be used again. Revival is when Jesus comes brings new life where to old batteries as well as bringing life to new batteries. Revival is when God changes us!

Questions

  • What is revival?
  • What does it mean to be changed?
  • Why was Nehemiah sad? (because his friends weren’t doing well)
  • What did Nehemiah do?
  • Have you ever prayed for your friends who don’t know Jesus?
  • What is something you want God to change in your life?
  • What can I do as a kid to bring revival? (pray)

Free Bible Lesson: Ezra

EZRA

– Book of Rebuilding the Temple

Key Point –Why Church is important
Memory Verse – Ps. 122:1 “It made me glad to hear them say let’s go to the house of the Lord!”

Skit – Putting God first – It is important in all we do that we put church first. – A boy comes into the house and tells his mom that he is not going to church today because he is going to play baseball. His mom asks him if he thinks that church is important? The boy responds that he definitely thinks that church is important. The Mom asks if baseball means more to him, he says that church does. The Mom then explains to him that our actions tell us and others what our priorities are. We spend time doing whatever is important to us.

Skit – We need each other – Fellowship – A sort of nerdy boy gets picked on by a group of bully types they make fun of him because he goes to church. They pick on him and push him over he falls down and starts to cry. A older Christian comes out and sees the boy crying and asks what is the matter the boy doesn’t want to talk about it. The older Christian recognizes the boy from his church, lets the boy know that they go to the same church and that part of being Christians is that we are there for each other, we need each other especially when we are going through a hard time. That is a great reason why we go to church because we need each other the boy feels much better leaves encouraged.

Object Lesson – Crutch Vs. foundation – church is not a crutch to hold us up but a foundation which to stand upon. – Have someone stand with two crutches The MC will explain Church is not a crutch we lean lightly upon show how easily the crutch can be knocked out from under us easily church must be a firm foundation that we stand on.

Object Lesson – Rope to chair vs. 2×4 to chair – Take two folding chairs tie a rope from one chair to the other and try to walk from one chair to the other (be careful because this is part of the object lesson) as soon as you steep on the rope the two folding chairs will collapse. You will explain that when we stop coming to church it affects not only our relationship to God but also our relationship to others as well but when God is in control and we are attending church we have a strong relationship with God we have a stronger connection to God and to others. (Place a 2×4 from folding chair to folding chair and walk across easily.)

Bible Story – Ezra 3:7-13 Ezra & Israel rebuild the Temple

God’s people were living in exile they had been taken into slavery to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. God began to move on the heart of king Cyrus. He told the people of Israel who were in exile that God wanted Him to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, that all who wanted to go back an help with the work he would give them gold, silver an livestock.

Ezra 1:2-4
2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
” ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ ”
God revealed to Cyrus how important the temple was how important worship was. Can you believe that a evil king that wanted to see the temple rebuilt so many of God’s people returned and they began to devote themselves to the rebuilding of the temple.

As the people started to build the temple God began doing amazing things.

Ezra 3:7-13 says

Rebuilding the Temple
7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and gave food and drink and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, so that they would bring cedar logs by sea from Lebanon to Joppa, as authorized by Cyrus king of Persia.
8 In the second month of the second year after their arrival at the house of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers (the priests and the Levites and all who had returned from the captivity to Jerusalem) began the work, appointing Levites twenty years of age and older to supervise the building of the house of the LORD. 9 Jeshua and his sons and brothers and Kadmiel and his sons (descendants of Hodaviah [a] ) and the sons of Henadad and their sons and brothers—all Levites—joined together in supervising those working on the house of God.
10 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the LORD, as prescribed by David king of Israel. 11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD : 
       “He is good; 
       his love to Israel endures forever.” 
      And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Sounds amazing doesn’t it. There was so much excitement over the temple and rebuilding it so that they could worship God like they had in the past.

Why is church important in our lives just like it was in the time of Cyrus, Jeshua, and Ezra.
It’s the foundation our lives are built on. – Understanding that Jesus has a rescue plan that he came to earth lived a sinless life and died for your sins and mine helps build a foundation for us to respond to God. We know what he did it’s important that we take time each week to remember, respond, renew.

1. Church helps me Remember – It Ezra it says some of the people watching the temple be rebuilt were crying because they remembered what the temple was like before it was destroyed and were so thankful that it was being rebuilt. Never forget what Jesus has done for us. When we meet each week it’s vital that we remember what Jesus did for us and why.

2. Church helps me Respond – In Ezra some who were watching and responding were shouting for joy because they were so excited for what God was doing. Church should be a place that is exciting. What Jesus is doing in our lives should be uncontainable. When we remember what Jesus has done for us it give us the power to respond to the work of the Holy spirit in our lives. It helps us to make wise choices and respond to what God wants to do in us every day of the week.

3. Church helps me Renew – When we remember and respond it will renew our passion and faith in Christ. We will be strengthened by what Jesus did when we remember but also when we share what Jesus did with others. It is so important that we have friends in our lives that we can talk about what Jesus did.

Church needs to be an exciting place. When we understand that God loves us no matter what it helps us trust him and when we trust him we want to spend time with him. We want to spend time with people who share our love for him. Our love for Jesus should be an uncontrollable unstoppable force that spills into every area of our life. If we don’t feel that way we need to stop and ask God to fill us with passion for the things He is passionate about. One of those things is the church. Lord help us be passionate about your church.

EZRA SMALL GROUP

Activity
Have the kids write a note and draw a picture thanking the Pastor and his/her family all that they do. Telling them that they are thankful for church, their church.

Questions

  1. What do people put before God?
  2. Why is church important?`
  3. Do you like church?
  4. Church helps make you strong.
  5. When it’s time for church are you happy or sad?
  6. If you were given a choice between your favorite thing to do (watch TV, play with friends, play Sony Playstation) and going to church what would you do?
  7. Why?
  8. What do our friends at church help us do? (Our friends in church help to make us strong.)

Free Bible Lesson: 1 & 2 Chronicles

1 & 2 Chronicles

– Book of Israel’s History

Key Point –Difference between good and bad kings
Memory Verse – Acts 13:22 “…God said about David ‘David the son of Jesse is the kind of person that pleases me most! He does everything I want him to.’”

Skit – Have people come out and act like a king – kids guess which is good or bad – Have people come out with crowns on their head doing something either good or bad, the bad king could say something like lets all bow down to the giant chocolate bunny, the good king will say why don’t we worship Jesus. The bad king does obvious bad things the good kind does obvious good things.

Skit – Who you listen to – makes you a good or bad king. – Interview each one and find out the differences between good and bad kings – Have one person be the host of a “talk show format type thing”. His two guests are a good king and a bad king. Have the interviewing host asking questions finding the difference from good and bad kings. (questions could include things like: Who do you talk to most, who do you listen to most, what do you do for fun)

Object Lesson – Soap & pepper – as soon as the soap hits the water the pepper scatters – you will need a glass pan fill it with water place it on the overhead projector, pour pepper over all the water it should cloud up and appear much darker than before the pepper was placed on the water explain how when we sin it clouds our heart and when Jesus comes in he brings life and Joy that push away darkness. To push away the pepper as you are explaining what Jesus does when he comes into your life drop a few drops of dish soap all the pepper should automatically go to the edges.

Object Lesson – Light overcomes the darkness. – turn down the lights and ask the kids if they think that darkness is stronger or if light is stronger? (let them answer) Tell them that light always overcomes darkness. The Bible tells us that greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world.

Puppet – Puppet comes up with a crown on it’s head the MC greets the puppet and the MC asks the puppet if he is a good king or a bad king the puppet asks what’s the difference. The MC explains the difference between a good and bad kind is how much you love Jesus. Good kings love Jesus a lot bad kinds don’t love Jesus at all.

Bible Story

1 Chron. 15 – David bringing back the ark. – Was a man after God’s own heart.
2 Chron. 28 – Ahaz – Evil king set up places to worship other gods

1. Good kings – Obey quickly/ Evil kings – do whatever they want to do. – If you want to be a man or woman after God’s heart you have to be a person who obeys quickly. Someone who finds out what God wants you to do and do it quickly.
2. Good kings – know how to say they are sorry/ Evil kings – never admit they are wrong. – Was David perfect? No he made plenty of mistakes what made him different from evil kings like Ahaz is David knew how to ask forgiveness when he made a mistake, he knew he needed God’s forgiveness of his sin.
3. Good kings – Trust God/ Evil kings – Trust themselves. – To be a man or woman after God’s heart you have to trust God not yourself.

Small Group

Activity –
Bring some things that taste good (Sugar, Sweet Chocolate) and some things that taste bad (Salt, Bitter Baking Chocolate). Have four kids come forward and give them each one thing to taste. Two will get what is good two will get what is bad explain to the kids after they have tasted their items that you can’t always judge what someone is like from the out side (because salt and sugar look alike, sweet chocolate and bitter baking chocolate look alike). You tell weather someone is good or bad by seeing how they live their life.

Questions
Do you know someone who is a bad person?
What are they like?
Do you like being around them?
Do you know someone who is a good person?
What are they like?
Do you like being around people that are good?
Was Jesus good or bad?
Why?
Are we suppose to be like Jesus?
10.What is one thing you can do this week that is good not bad?

Free Bible Lesson: 1 & 2 Kings

1 & 2 Kings

– Book of sowing and reaping

Key Point –What you do to others will be done to you.
Memory Verse – Job 4:8 “…only those who plant seeds of seeds of evil harvest trouble.”

Skit – 2 people sows seeds one sows a bad seed gets bad tasting fruit the other sows good fruit and gets good tasting fruit – One person comes out pretending to toss seeds around saying things like “I am going to do what I want”, “I am going to watch that TV show my parents don’t want me to” ect… He is planting bad seeds. Another planter comes out pretending to toss seeds he is saying things like “I am going to read my bible”, “I am going to listen to my parents” ect…He is planting good seeds. The bad seed guy makes fun of the good seed guy saying that his fruit is going to taste bad. They each take an apple and the guy who planted the good seed takes a bite of his perfect apple, while the bad seed guy takes a bite of his apple and it is rotten and brown he is grossed out and shows the kids his bad apple and doesn’t know why it turned out so bad. (The bad apple is made by punching a bunch of holes in the back of the apple then letting it sit out all night or put it under a hairdryer so that the air will turn the inside brown.) The MC will take both apples and show the kids the difference between planting good and bad seeds in your life.

Skit – Two people come out to plant a garden. – While the MC is talking two people come out confused about where they are supposed to plant the garden. They heard the MC talking about sowing seeds and they are ready to plant a garden. The MC explains that he was talking about how in the Bible it talks about sowing seeds meaning your actions. What you do and say are seeds. You can say nice things encouraging things like you are so talented God is going to really use you. Or you can plant bad seeds meaning you can say things like “you are never going to be or do anything good.” The gardeners are a bit confused at first then they understand that we are not planning a garden in the ground but in our hearts and what we say and do determines whether we will have fruit or weeds in our life.

Object Lesson
– Punching bag – Hit it and it comes back to hit you. – Everything we say are do has a consequence. If I say that I am no good that others are no good I am planting seeds that will affect me and others around me. It is like this punching bag I can hit it and think that me hitting the punching bag will make me feel better but it won’t. The bag actually comes back after you hit it and hits you. It’s like that principle in the Bible what you sow you will reap. I would be crazy if I thought that I would get an apple tree by planting a watermelon seed wouldn’t I. Yes! We need to make sure we are sowing the love of Jesus into all those around us.

Object Lesson – Bring in a dog or a picture of a dog and explain how if you treat the dog well it will be nice if you treat it bad it will be mean. – How we treat this puppy will determine what kind of a dog it will be. If we sow love into this puppy it will grow up to be a loving dog, but if we sow hate the puppy will grow up to be a mean dog. People are much the same way. We need to be always sowing love into peoples lives.

Puppet – Puppet comes up and explains how in a few weeks he is going to have more toys than anyone. MC asks how the puppet is going to get toys he listened in [your kids ministry]. MC explain you sow what you reap whatever you plant will grow. There is no such thing as toy seed so you are going to get something other than toys. Puppet comes back and is sad he planted a bunch of beans not toys.

Bible Story

Galatians 6:6-10
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1. You get what you plant
– Have a plant up with you and a seed explain that seeds can only become like the plant they were taken from.  You will never get an apple seed to produce watermelons ect….. If you want others to be kind to you be kind to others.

2. Plant eternal things – some people spend their lives doing things that make them happy and don’t care for others. They work for money to buy things. The apostle paul is saying that we need to sow not according to our own nature or own desires, all the things we want but we need to spend time sowing eternal seeds. What is an eternal seed? Focusing on building God’s kingdom, practicing righteousness, peace and joy and by showing others about God’s rescue plan for their life.

3. Don’t give up – Plants don’t grow overnight if you sit and stare at a plant you are going to get board, discouraged and give up. If you keep doing the right thing over and over you will see good results. It’s can be discouraging to keep watering a seed when you can’t even see that’s it there but if you keep watering it. You will see that one day it will pop out of the soil. 

Don’t give up doing what’s right show righteousness, peace and joy towards others and you will see that God will do great things in your life and in the lives of others. Because how you treat others in how you will be treated the seeds you plan will produce either good or bad fruit the choice is yours.

Small Group –

Activity – Have two kids get up and stand with their left foot on a marked spot on the floor. Have them grab each other’s left hand see, which kid, can pull the other off balance. Who ever kid that can maintain their balance will win. Explain to the kids that just like in the game we just played our actions affected other. In life our words affect one another. The things we do affect one another. What we sow we will reap.

Questions
Have you ever been mean to someone else?
Why were you mean?
Do you like it when others are mean to you?
Are more people nice to you when you are nice?
Why or why not?
Have you ever done something that you wished you  didn’t?
What does the Bible mean when it says what you sow you will reap?
If we love Jesus our whole life are we going to have a good life or a bad life?
Why or why not?

Free Bible Lesson: Book of Ruth

RUTH

– Book of God’s Guidance (providence)

Key Point – God helps me everyday

Memory Verse – Luke 1:78 “…This light will shine to guide us into a life of peace.”

Skit – Tour Guide – He guides us when we don’t know were to go. – Have a person take a group of people on a “tour” around the kids church room room. Have the tour guide come in set up a sign that says tour starts here. Have people come up to him lost because they don’t know where to go the tour guide explains that he will be conducting his tour in a few minutes, meanwhile more confused, lost people line up for the tour none of them know where to go. They are all confused lost and frustrated. The tour guide stands on a chair and speaks through a megaphone explaining to everyone where to go what to do etc…

Skit – Boy puts his hand on his head asks God to guide him. –  A boy decides that he is going to let God guide him in everything that he does so the boy places his hand on his own head that way he will know where God is leading him. He has many choices between strait sugar or vegetables, TV or the Bible etc… his hand always leads him to the wrong thing with his hand still on his head he asks his mom she explains that is not how God guides us He uses parents, pastors, the Bible to guide us not our own hands. If we want to do something that is against what our parents, pastors, or the Bible tells us, it probably is not God guiding us.

Object Lesson – A large stick – Explain how a shepherd guides their sheep – Shepherds use a stick like this to guide their sheep in the right way to go. In Psalm 23 it talks about how your rod and staff comfort me.

Object Lesson – Flashlight – Turn out the lights and show how God guides us with his Word – Take a large flashlight and explain how when all the lights are out and you turn on the flashlight that light overcomes the darkness. It tells us in the bible that God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path meaning that the Bible helps to guide us. We have God’s light the word of God will guide us even in the darkest scary times God will guide us.

Puppet –God even helps us with the little things – Puppet comes up rather sad because he has a small problem not a big one. He thinks that God only has time for big problems, He only has time to guide us through big problems. The MC explains that God even cares about our small problems and will guide us through them if we ask him to.

Bible Story – Ruth 2:1-9 God uses Boaz to provide for Ruth.

Ruth Meets Boaz

1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, from the clan of Elimelech, a man of standing, whose name was Boaz.

2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3 So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelech.

4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!”
“The LORD bless you!” they called back.

5 Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, “Whose young woman is that?”

6 The foreman replied, “She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”

8 So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.

How does god Guide us?

  1. Through circumstances
  2. Through Family
  3. Through obedience
  4. Through the bible.


RUTH SMALL GROUP

Activities – Cell leader draw a compass on the chalkboard or on a piece of paper and explain that this is a device that helps us when we are lost and don’t know our way home. God is like a compass that helps us find our way to heaven. God helps us when we are lost.

Questions

  1. How does God help us?
  2. Has God ever helped you?
  3. Has God ever helped your family?
  4. Do you think that God loves you no matter what?
  5. Do you think that God only cares about big things?
  6. Did God take care of Ruth?
  7. What did God do for Ruth?
  8. If you asked God for His help do you think He would help you?