Pray For God’s Help

Living for Jesus means we are different because we pray for God’s help.

Bible Base – Matt 7:7-12

Remember Josh’s difficult maths homework?

He asked for help…..

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He did some searching for answers…..

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And in the end, he decided the best person to ask, was the one who made the question, he went and “knocked on”

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He got the help he needed to do the work by asking, seeking and knocking.

God will give us all we need to live for Him when we come to the one who “set the work” and ask, seek and knock for help.

Remember the impossible challenge, get the ball in the box without crossing the line!  you had to ask for help!

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It’s impossible to live for Jesus without His help!  So pray!

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Making door hangers to remember knocking for help

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Making personal prayer diaries..

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Write it down, and look back to see how God answers!

Do Not Worry – Trust Our Good God

Living For Jesus means we are different because we trust God to give us what we need and not worry.

Bible Base: Matt 6:25-34

God is our loving Heavenly Father He knows what we need, and He knows how to give good things!  We have food to eat and clothes to wear, and all kinds of brilliant things because God is good!

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Our lunch boxes are full each day!

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When we remember how good God is, and that He doesn’t make mistakes it will help us to trust Him, and not worry.

When we Live for Jesus we remember what matters and don’t spend all of our time worrying about clothes, food and money.

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You designed some amazing outfits, it’s great to wear nice things!  But remember how stressed Chloe got about getting ready for that party?

She needed to remember that having a heart made more beautiful every day by following Jesus was more important than just what she was wearing!

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God made the flowers beautiful, He doesn’t make mistakes, he made you as you are on the outside, he wants a heart that looks beautiful by living for Jesus.

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God made the birds, they don’t have supermarkets or kitchens, they know that they will find what they need.

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The same Good God cares for us, trust Him and do not let worry grow in your heart.

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So when you look in the mirror, remember the God who makes the flowers beautiful and feeds the birds can be trusted to care for you, and give you all you need to live for Him.

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Live – For what lasts

Bible Base – Matthew 6:19-24

Jesus taught us on the mountain how to live for Him.

We’re mountain top living for the King of Kings.

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2 kinds of Treasure

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1 you can keep, 1 you can’t!

1 in heaven, 1 on earth

Jesus taught that the things of this world don’t last, so they are not what matters most.

 Jesus and what he promises us is what we will keep forever.

That’s real treasure!

Remember the 2 different treasure boxes

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That out of date phone, those terrible glasses, that too small kit!

All treasure he couldn’t keep, treasure that wore out, treasure that could be spoilt or stolen, treasure on earth.

Things we should use and enjoy by remembering it doesn’t last and isn’t what matters most.

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The other treasure box was full of stuff that seemed worthless, an old badge, juice bottle, sunglasses?

But they were things we made at Holiday Bible club, the bits were there to remind him of the things he learned about Jesus that he would never forget, a treasure that will last!

Your Work

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Making a time line of how long things last

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Making treasure boxes

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Re-designing an advert so it told the truth!

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A treasure box, filled with reminders of how to live for Jesus.

a light, a bag of salt, a heart for others

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Jesus is the best treasure, we’ll never lose Him, He’s always with us.

Through Him we are forgiven and promised heaven.

Love – Even when it hurts!

Bible Base – Matthew 4:43-48

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Jesus is teaching His followers on the mountain how we should live for Him.

Who should we love?  Who should we be kind to?

This is Green

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Green has different people in his life, some who are lovely and kind to him, meet Yellow,

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Yellow is a friend.

But green has other people in his life, who are not kind, who are mean and nasty, meet Blue!

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You can’t see it in this picture, but he just spat in his eye!  Blue is an enemy for sure!

So who do you think green should be mates with?

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Well the Bible teaching Pharisee experts said, God says “love your neighbour”, so that means be nice to people who are nice to you, and it’s OK to hate your enemy.  But Jesus said, “LOVE your enemy, pray for those who are mean to you.”

Who should Green be friends with?

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Both!

Jesus asks us to do what is really hard, how is that possible?

When we remember what Jesus has done for us, how even on the cross he prayed for those who were hurting Him.

When we understand that Jesus died to save us when we were still His enemies,

This love will fill our hearts.

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And reach out to all around us

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Jesus gave His life so we can be friends with God again.

This same Jesus asks us to follow Him, to be like Him, and He promises to be with us to help us.

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Love, even when it hurts!

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Pray for those who are mean to you

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Stand out for Jesus, by being like Him.

Stand Out For Jesus

Bible Base – Matthew 5:13-16

When we live for Jesus we are different.

We stand out in the world like…….

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and……

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Salt is amazing, it only takes a tiny bit to make a massive difference, salt adds flavour, it stops the rot, it makes food taste noticeably different

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As noticeable as pickled onion monster munch in a world of plain crisps, or a fresh apple in a mouldy fruit bowl

We should stand out for Jesus where He puts us

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In our dark dens, you could really see the light shine,

Our lights should shine bravely in a dark world, not be hidden away.

WHY?

So people think we are “brilliant”?

NO………

Matthew 5:16 NIV
[16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

so people know how BRILLIANT God is.

Life lived in the dark is tough, remember how much harder it was to do the obstacle course with a blindfold on.

As our very own Olivia Newton John demonstrates!

 That’s like life without Jesus, difficult in the dark

life without Jesus is dull, rotting and flavourless.  The world needs our flavour bringing light.

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So when your friends ask you in school, what did you do at the weekend, will you say, ” I went to church, it was boss, I did a blindfold obstacle course in my roller boots and ate strong crisps to learn how to stand out for Jesus”

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Go on, I dare you!

The Sermon on the Mount

NEW SERIES!

Jesus took His followers up a mountain, and taught them what it means to live for Him, What people who Belong to His Kingdom are like.

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We are going to learn what it means to live for Jesus today, how we should be different as His followers, and have an expedition of our own!

Week 1 – Pack Your Bag

Matthew 5:1-3

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What do we take to Jesus, what can we bring to live for Him?

My long prayers? my big fat Bible? My good deeds, is that what I need to follow Jesus?

Jesus told us that, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

the poor, those without anything, are accepted and approved by God and part of His Kingdom

What I need to follow Jesus and live for Him is to understand that I bring nothing, an empty bag, and trust Jesus for everything.

Mountain Time!

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Follow the right way

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Keep going even if it’s tough!

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Bravely Stand Out

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Ask Advice from people who’ve been there before you

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Beware of Danger

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Enjoy the View!

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Scare people looking after you ……….. Optional!

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All down Safely!

ready to take what we learn on the mountain to live for Jesus

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