Anchor Bay Diving Deep #12

On December 6, 2009, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

this week’s question is: Does God answer all our prayers?

God does always answer our prayers, but he doesn’t always give us the answer we want. Suppose you really wanted to go away to summer camp one year. You pray and pray, but Dad and Mom decided they needed you to be at home to help the family. Did God answer your prayer? Yes, even though it wasn’t the answer you wanted.

We should always remember that God is a lot smarter than we are. He knows the future, and he knows what’s best for you. Next time you pray for something and God says no or not right now, thank him for knowing what’s best for you. That’s what the Apostle Paul did when God told him no one time. Read about it in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.

this week’s question is: Does God answer all our prayers?

God does always answer our prayers, but he doesn’t always give us the answer we want. Suppose you really wanted to go away to summer camp one year. You pray and pray, but Dad and Mom decided they needed you to be at home to help the family. Did God answer your prayer? Yes, even though it wasn’t the answer you wanted.

We should always remember that God is a lot smarter than we are. He knows the future, and he knows what’s best for you. Next time you pray for something and God says no or not right now, thank him for knowing what’s best for you. That’s what the Apostle Paul did when God told him no one time. Read about it in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9.

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Anchor Bay Diving Deep #11

On November 29, 2009, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

What do I do when I don’t know what decision to make?

Like we learned in class this week, one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to remind you of God’s Word. But you can’t be reminded of something if you don’t learn it first so here is a list of scriptures that you can look up to help you when you need to make a decision (I’m putting the reference and the first few words of the verse). Look them up, pick a couple to memorize, and watch how the Holy Spirit reminds you of these verses when you need them:

Deuteronomy 6:5-6, “and you must love the Lord your God…”

Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers and the flowers…”

Matthew 19:19, “Honor your father and mother…”

Luke 6:31, “Do to others…”

John 14:26, “But when the Father sends the Advocate…”

Romans 12: 1-2, “and so, dear brothers and sisters…”

Galatians 6:7, “don’t be misled- you cannot mock…”

Ephesians 6: 11-12, “put on all of God’s armor…”

Philippians 4:8, “and now dear brothers and sisters…”

James 1:5, “if you need wisdom, ask…”

What do I do when I don’t know what decision to make?

Like we learned in class this week, one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to remind you of God’s Word. But you can’t be reminded of something if you don’t learn it first so here is a list of scriptures that you can look up to help you when you need to make a decision (I’m putting the reference and the first few words of the verse). Look them up, pick a couple to memorize, and watch how the Holy Spirit reminds you of these verses when you need them:

Deuteronomy 6:5-6, “and you must love the Lord your God…”

Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers and the flowers…”

Matthew 19:19, “Honor your father and mother…”

Luke 6:31, “Do to others…”

John 14:26, “But when the Father sends the Advocate…”

Romans 12: 1-2, “and so, dear brothers and sisters…”

Galatians 6:7, “don’t be misled- you cannot mock…”

Ephesians 6: 11-12, “put on all of God’s armor…”

Philippians 4:8, “and now dear brothers and sisters…”

James 1:5, “if you need wisdom, ask…”

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Anchor Bay Diving Deep #10

On November 22, 2009, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

This week’s question is: What are demons? Should I be afraid of them?

Demons are angels who rebelled against God at the same time the devil, the prince of demons, rebelled. God threw them out of heaven but has permitted some of them to be active in the world until the time he has planned to banish them to hell. Demons can sometimes trouble people through temptation or other forms of harassment such as illness. That’s why the Bible tells Christians to be ready by putting on their spiritual armor (see Ephesians 6: 10-12).

It’s important to remember that although demons try to work against God’s plans, they are totally powerless against him. When Jesus was on earth, he cast out many demons from people, and when he died and rose again, he won the final victory over the devil and the demons.

So Christians can be sure that God will protect them from harm by demons (see 1 John 5:18). But we are called to be on guard against the temptations and suffering the devil and his helpers can trouble us with (see 1 Peter 5:8-9). So put on that spiritual armor- and don’t be afraid because God is way bigger and way stronger than any demon and Jesus has already won the battle!

This week’s question is: What are demons? Should I be afraid of them?

Demons are angels who rebelled against God at the same time the devil, the prince of demons, rebelled. God threw them out of heaven but has permitted some of them to be active in the world until the time he has planned to banish them to hell. Demons can sometimes trouble people through temptation or other forms of harassment such as illness. That’s why the Bible tells Christians to be ready by putting on their spiritual armor (see Ephesians 6: 10-12).

It’s important to remember that although demons try to work against God’s plans, they are totally powerless against him. When Jesus was on earth, he cast out many demons from people, and when he died and rose again, he won the final victory over the devil and the demons.

So Christians can be sure that God will protect them from harm by demons (see 1 John 5:18). But we are called to be on guard against the temptations and suffering the devil and his helpers can trouble us with (see 1 Peter 5:8-9). So put on that spiritual armor- and don’t be afraid because God is way bigger and way stronger than any demon and Jesus has already won the battle!

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Anchor Bay Diving Deep #9

On November 15, 2009, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

this week’s question is: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Like God the Father and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is God. Wait, does that mean there are 3 Gods? Nope! At the heart of the Christian faith is a giant mystery. (No, not the kind a detective solves. This mystery is a truth that is not easy for humans to understand). Here it is: there is only one god, but he has always existed as three persons- the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy spirit. Just like Jesus came to earth with a special purpose- to save us- the Holy Spirit has a special role too. Actually he has a few.

Here are some of the things he does: The Holy Spirit shows people their sin so that they’ll believe in Jesus and be saved (John 16:8). He lives inside of Christians (see Romans 8:9-11) and helps them live in a way that honors Jesus (see Galatians 5:22-24). the Holy Spirit living in us is God’s seal of ownership on us. And the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts that we can use to serve God.

Check out these lists of spiritual gifts

Romans 12: 6-8

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11

1 Peter 4: 10-11

Holy Spirit also helps us remember God’s word and helps us to pray which we’ll be learning about in class the next couple of weeks!

this week’s question is: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Like God the Father and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is God. Wait, does that mean there are 3 Gods? Nope! At the heart of the Christian faith is a giant mystery. (No, not the kind a detective solves. This mystery is a truth that is not easy for humans to understand). Here it is: there is only one god, but he has always existed as three persons- the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy spirit. Just like Jesus came to earth with a special purpose- to save us- the Holy Spirit has a special role too. Actually he has a few.

Here are some of the things he does: The Holy Spirit shows people their sin so that they’ll believe in Jesus and be saved (John 16:8). He lives inside of Christians (see Romans 8:9-11) and helps them live in a way that honors Jesus (see Galatians 5:22-24). the Holy Spirit living in us is God’s seal of ownership on us. And the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts that we can use to serve God.

Check out these lists of spiritual gifts

Romans 12: 6-8

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11

1 Peter 4: 10-11

Holy Spirit also helps us remember God’s word and helps us to pray which we’ll be learning about in class the next couple of weeks!

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Anchor Bay Diving Deep #8

On November 8, 2009, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

This week’s question is: What does it mean to be a Christian?

First of all, to be a Christian means that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. You’ve realized that you are a sinner and that the only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus who died on the cross to take punishment for your sins. Knowing Jesus as your personal Savior means you’ll spend eternity with him in heaven and have him as your best friend here on earth! Way to Go!

But there’s more to it than that. Being a Christian also means that we live our lives each day in a way that honors Jesus. A true Christian has Jesus living inside his or her heart (see Colossians 1:27). So a Christian can’t just go on living as he or she feels like. Christians are supposed to love Jesus and grow in faith and obedience to him with each new day (see Colossians 3: 1-17).

Sure, sometimes we mess up, but Jesus is always there to help us get back on the right track again. Sometimes obeying Jesus is hard. but God gives every Christian a special gift to help- the Holy Spirit. When you believe in Jesus the Holy Spirit comes and changes your heart so that living for God is something you want to do, not just something you have to do. Cool huh?

This week’s question is: What does it mean to be a Christian?

First of all, to be a Christian means that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. You’ve realized that you are a sinner and that the only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus who died on the cross to take punishment for your sins. Knowing Jesus as your personal Savior means you’ll spend eternity with him in heaven and have him as your best friend here on earth! Way to Go!

But there’s more to it than that. Being a Christian also means that we live our lives each day in a way that honors Jesus. A true Christian has Jesus living inside his or her heart (see Colossians 1:27). So a Christian can’t just go on living as he or she feels like. Christians are supposed to love Jesus and grow in faith and obedience to him with each new day (see Colossians 3: 1-17).

Sure, sometimes we mess up, but Jesus is always there to help us get back on the right track again. Sometimes obeying Jesus is hard. but God gives every Christian a special gift to help- the Holy Spirit. When you believe in Jesus the Holy Spirit comes and changes your heart so that living for God is something you want to do, not just something you have to do. Cool huh?

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