Last week we looked at Jesus teaching concerning oaths & vows (integrity or truth in our inward parts), this week we will be continuing to look further at Jesus quintessential sermon. In todays message from the Sermon, Jesus addresses the inequality of the Rabbis application of the law concerning male and female relationships especially as it relates to Adultery, & Divorce.
LESSON SNAPSHOT: THANKFULNESS
Be thankful for God’s plans.
Kids will choose one talent, gift, or trait God has given them that they are thankful for.
Jeremiah 1, God calls Jeremiah
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV)
God is our creator, and he has a special plan for all of us. That’s a great reason to be thankful, and a great reason to be obedient.
Apples are part of God’s creation. God created apples for our enjoyment, and for our nourishment. God put seeds inside apples so that we could plant and grow apple trees, and he created apple trees to grow more apples.
What are some of your favorite treats that include apples?
Every part of God’s creation – from the sun to the tiniest insect – has a purpose. It’s all part of the amazing creation God made for us. He gave us apples, flowers, animals, the sun, moon, and stars to show us that he loves us. And just as God has a purpose for all these things, he has a purpose for us.
God has given each of us talents and gifts that are unique. He has made plans for each one of our lives. He wants us to play a part in sharing his love with our friends. Let’s thank God for those blessings and ask him how we can use our gifts to glorify him.
Have the kids draw a picture of themselves using one of their gifts to serve Jesus.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where nobody ever lied to us? We’ve grown so accustomed to living in a world where dishonesty, corruption, vice, and deception are the norm. In this section of Jesus Sermon on the Mount he addresses oaths & vows as a way to address integrity, again stressing that unless your righteousness surpass that of the Pharisees & teachers of the law you will in no way enter the Kingdom of God.
A common complaint about church people from those looking at us from the outside is that we appear to be a self righteous and judgmental lot, not unlike the Pharisees and teachers of the law. It must have seemed a lot like that to those following Jesus too so In Jesus quintessential Sermon on the Mount he will address the law as well each of the three pillars of Judaism.
This is Jesus quintessential sermon. Following his introduction with the Beatitudes Jesus continues. This week, Jesus tells the crowds that they are to be Salt & Light and that he did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill it.
Matthew 7-The Foolish Builders & The Narrow Gate
We know exactly where a train is going because the train must follow the track. In our lives, it can be a lot harder to “stay on track” and know which way to go. But if we follow Jesus and build our lives on Him, we can have confidence that we are headed in the right direction.
Pretend you are a builder. Draw or build a house using what you have at home that could withstand a storm like the one described in the first video.
After going public last week- teaching in the synagogue and meeting the physical needs of those around him by healing the sick, this week Jesus leads his disciples and about 5000 followers to the location of the Sermon on the Mount. He will then begin to elaborate on the good news of the Kingdom of God to those who feel disenfranchised in the current religious climate.