Who is Jesus?

Jesus Himself asked that question. Jesus asked His disciples “Who do people say I am?” The disciples answered, " Some say you are John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and other say Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." Then Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus said, “Blessed are you Simon Peter; for no man told you this, but my Father which is in heaven.”

People today also have their own answer to that question. But how can people really answer the question, unless they have read about Him. We hope this site will help you to find the answer to the question, “Who is Jesus?”

Thursday, February 11, 2016

John the Baptist..Chapter 3..John the Baptist Prepares the way for Jesus


Taken from Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3:2-18, and John1:19-27

Let’s have some fun with the lesson.  Have the children help you out, by reading parts.

Teacher:  Here begins the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.  From the Bible, in the Book of Isaiah, who was a prophet ..God said

God:  Look I am sending my messenger before you, and he will prepare your way.  He is a voice shouting in the wilderness.  Prepare a pathway for the Lord’s coming!  Make a straight road for Him!  Fill in the valleys, level the mountains and the hills!  Straighten out the curves!  Smooth out the rough places!  And then all people will see the salvation that is sent from God.

Teacher:  This messenger was John the Baptist.  A message came from God to John, who was living out in the wilderness.  John began to preach in the Judean Wilderness.

John the Baptist:  People should be baptized to show that they have turn to God to be forgiven.  Because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Teacher:  John wasn’t saying that you are forgiven of your sins just by being baptized.  What he was saying was that you should turn to God to be forgiven of your sins and then be baptized to show others that you have turn to God. 

John was different than other men.  His clothes were made from camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist.  His food was locusts and wild honey.  People came from Jerusalem, all over Judea, and all over the Jordan Valley.  The people came to see and hear John preach.  When the people confessed their sins, John would baptize them in the Jordan River.  John was preaching to a crowd of people, and he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized. Pharisees and Sadducees were Jewish Priests. And John said,

John the Baptist:  You bunch of snakes!  Who warned you to run from God’s coming judgment?  Prove by the way you live, that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God.  Don’t just say, we’re safe, for we have Abraham as our father.  That proves nothing!  God can change these stones here into the children of Abraham.  Even now the ax of God’s judgment is raised, ready to cut your roots.

Teacher:  Now what is John talking about here?   John knew that the priests followed the law of God, but they didn’t understand the Word of God.  For John wanted them to turn from their sins and turn back to following God. So John called them a bunch of snakes.  
How do we prove by the way we live, that we have turned from our sins and turned to God?  Just to name a few things: You obey your parents, don’t lie about anything, and don’t steal anything.  God sees everything you do, and He hears everything you say, so watch what you do, and what you say, and obey Him. 

When John said, “Don’t just say, we’re safe, for we have Abraham as our father.”  What did he mean? To put that so you will understand it, let’s use an example:  Say you are the child of a judge.  Now, you go out and steal something, are you to get away without being punished for stealing, just because you are the child of a judge.  No, you would be punished just as anyone else would be.  That’s what John was talking about, just because they were children of Abraham didn’t mean God would let them get away with doing anything they wanted to do.  They had to obey God. 

When John said, “God can change these stones here into children of Abraham.  How can God to that?  Nothing is impossible for God.  Just think, God create the world we live in, the animals around us, and He created people as well.  If God can do all of this, He can do anything.

When John said, “Even now the ax of God’s judgment is raised, ready to cut your roots.  What does that mean?  Okay, let’s do another example:  When you disobey your parents and keep on disobeying them.  What do you think your parents will do?  Mine would punish me.  That’s the same way with God, when you keep disobeying God and don’t turn back to Him, and ask for forgiveness and start obeying Him, in the end He will judge you.  When you no longer obey God and turn to do evil whose child do you become, God’s child or the devil’s child?  Think about it.  Now, John went on to say,

John the Baptist:  Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

Teacher: What does that mean?  John isn’t really talking about trees or fruit like we would think of.  Example again:  If people say they are Christians, but they keep living their lives disobeying God and refusing to turn to God.  They aren’t really Christians they are just saying they are. But, God knows the differences!  If you are a real Christian other people know it, by the way you treat them and others, and Christians will do their best to obey God, and not give in to temptation, and they love to tell others about their faith in Jesus, and what Jesus has done for them. 

John has really been preaching to these people.  So the crowd of people asked him,

The people:  What should we do?

John the Baptist:  If you have two coats, give one to the poor.  If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.

Teacher:  Some corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized also,

Tax Collectors:  Teacher, what should we do?

John the Baptist:  Show that you are honest, make sure that you collect no more taxes than the Roman Government tells you to.

Teacher: There were even some soldiers that came to be baptized.

Soldiers:  What should we do?

John the Baptist:  Don’t take money by violence or threats, and don’t accuse people of things that you know they didn’t do.  And be happy with your pay.

Teacher:  Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know if John might be the Messiah.  Even the Jewish leader wanted an answer to that.  So they sent priests and temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John,

Temple people:  Do you claim to be the Messiah?

John the Baptist:  I am not the Messiah

Temple people:  Well, then, who are you?  Are you Elijah?

John the Baptist:  No

Temple people:  Are you the Prophet?

John the Baptist:  No

Temple people:  Then who are you?  Tell us, so we can give an answer to those who sent us.  What do you have to say about yourself?

John the Baptist:  I am a voice shouting in the wilderness.  Prepare a straight pathway for the Lord’s coming!

Temple people:  If you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?

John the Baptize:  I baptize with water those who turn from their sins and turn to God.  But right here in the crowd is someone you do not know, who will soon begin His ministry.  He is far greater than I am.  He is so much greater that I am not even worthy to be His slave.  I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Teacher:  Do you know who John the Baptist is talking about?  It was Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Well that the end of our play, we hope you enjoyed it.



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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Prayers



 

Prayer Request

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Are you are someone you know needing prayers.   If you would like to submit a prayer request, we will place it on the prayer list of the Candy Kitchen Mission Church prayer team.  We ask that you tell us the name of the person that the prayer is for.  If you want to used only the first name instead of the whole name that’s okay.  We also need to know the reason that you or the person needs prayer, so we will know what to pray for. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Narrow and Wide Roads


We will start out with John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me..



Discussion:
This is one of the most important verses in the Bible.
  • How can we know the way to God? 
    •  We can not find the way to God by ourselves, for there is only one way to get to God and that is through Jesus Christ.  You see Jesus is the only way to God, because Jesus is both God and man.
  • How can Jesus be both God and Man?  
    •  Well, let’s start with man first, Jesus was the son of a woman named Mary and that caused Him to be human.  But to understand that Jesus is also God we have to do some digging into God’s Word, the Bible.

In Genesis chapter 1 we learn that God created the heavens and the earth.  God also spoke things into being, like when He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  So you see God spoke the earth, sea, day, night, grass, and trees into being.  

What has that to do with Jesus is also God?   Well, just hang on a minute and let's do some more digging in  the Bible.
Now, in John 1:1-3 we learn, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  All things were made through Him, and without the Word nothing was made, that God had made.”  You know that sounds strange.  But just think for a minute, when you talk doesn’t words come out of your mouth.  These words you speak aren’t they part of who and what you are?  Let’s say you want to plant a garden and you need seeds to grow what you want to plant in your garden.  But as a child you can’t drive yourself to the store.  You have to ask someone to drive you to the store, and by asking someone you had to speak words.  These words are your words, and they are part of you.  But, if you didn’t speak them how would anyone know you needed to go to the store.  That what God did, He spoke the Word and the Word created whatever God wanted done.

Now let’s dig a little more deeper into God’s Word, the Bible.  In John 1:14 we learn that God’s Word became flesh, and He lived among us and we saw His glory, the glory of the only begotten Son of God, and He was full of grace and truth.


Now let’s see what we have learned by doing some digging:
  1. God made this world we live in by speaking it into exists
  2. The Words God spoke was part of God, and through the Words God spoke everything was made.
  3. We learned that God Word became flesh, which means a person, and this person lived here on earth with us, and this person was called the Son of God, and He was full of God’s grace and truth.

So now I ask you:
 
Who is the Son of God?      Jesus
Who is the Word of God?    The Word of God became flesh, and was called the Son of God,  Jesus
Where does the Word of God come from?  God spoke the Word, the Word became flesh, and was called the Son of God. So the Word came from God just as the words we speak come from us.  So wouldn't that make Jesus also God?

So we are to trust Jesus to take us to God, the Father.  But, some people think that if they live there life doing what they can to help others they will go to Heaven.  Now I ask you, is that what the Bible, God’s Word tells us?  No!!  For the Bible tells us, “There is only one way to get to God, and that is through Jesus.

Some people say that believing that Jesus is the only way is a very narrow road to follow in order to get to Heaven.  But really the road isn’t to narrow.  For the road is wide enough for the whole world, if the world would only choose to believe in Jesus.  But, most of the world doesn’t want to believe in Jesus, they think they can find another way to God.  They just don’t understand why Jesus is the only way to God.  Instead of trying to find other ways to God, they should be saying, “Thank you, God, for sending Jesus so we can have a way to get to you!

  • As the way, Jesus is our path to God, the Father
  • As the truth, Jesus is the only way to God
  • As the life… when we believe in Jesus, He becomes part of our life, we know that He died for our sins, that He was buried in a rich man’s tomb, that He rose on the third day and now He is in Heaven sitting on the right hand of God.  We know that as believers we will someday be able to spend forever with Jesus
 What did you mean by the narrow road?  Well let’s do some more digging and see.
Let’s read Matthew 7:13-14
13…..Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
14….. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

When we talk about a narrow gate, that is the gate that leads to eternal life.  Now these verses doesn’t mean that it is hard to become a Christian, but that there is only one way to live forever with God, but only a few have decided to walk the narrow road that leads to God.  I know that living God’s way may not be popular with other people, but living God’s way is the right way.  God’s way is to believe in His Son Jesus Christ and for us to live our life for Jesus, trusting in Him.

Now let’s look in Luke and see what is written about the narrow gate.
Luke 13:22-24
22…..Jesus traveled through the towns and the villages, teaching the people as He made His way to Jerusalem.
23…..Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
24…..Jesus said, “Make every attempt to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I tell you, many will try to enter the narrow gate and will not be able to.”

Discussion:
Jesus knew He was going to Jerusalem to die, but He kept on preaching to large crowds of people.  Nothing was going to keep Jesus from His mission.

You see finding salvation requires more than some people are willing to do.  They don’t want to believe in Jesus or change the way they live, they like what they are doing.  But the truth is we can’t save ourselves, we need Jesus.  We need to seriously have a wish to know Jesus, and try very hard to follow Him.

Now I ask you, what do you think about what you have read?  






What is Salvation?


Let's start with John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

What this verse is saying to me:
This verse shows us that God loved us so much that He gave the life of His only Son for us.  Jesus took our punishment! He paid the price for our sins!  Then He offered us the new life that  He had bought for us.  What we have to do is except the gift that He offers us by believing in Him.  And believing in Jesus leads to everlasting life.  But, believing in Jesus is more than knowing that He's the Son of God, it also means putting our trust and faith in Jesus, For He alone can save us.

What makes you say that Jesus alone can save us?

Let's take a look at John 14:6
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
As we said in the lesson “The Narrow and Wide Roads”:
  • As the way, Jesus is our path to God, the Father
  • As the truth, Jesus is the only way to God
  • As the life, when we believe in Jesus, He becomes part of our life, we know that He died for our sins, that He was buried in a rich man's tomb, that He rose on the third day and now He's in Heaven sitting on the right hand of God.  We know that as believers we will someday be able to spend forever with Jesus.
 
How do we know we will be able to spend forever with Jesus?

Well there are a lot of verses that tells us a true believer will have eternal life.  Here are a few of them:
John 3:15
Whoever believes in Jesus should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:17
For God didn't send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through His Son might be saved.
John 6:47
Jesus said, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
1 John 5:11b-13
God has given us eternal life, and this life is through His Son, Jesus Christ.  For He who believes in Jesus Christ has life, but he who doesn't believe in Jesus, the Son of God, doesn't have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, may know that you have eternal life, and that you may keep on believing in the name of the Son of God.

What happens to the people who don't believe in Jesus?

Let's take a look at some verses that tells us what happens to an unbeliever:
John 3:18
He who doesn't believe is condemned already, because he hasn't believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Discussion:
The word condemned means guilty and judgment is passed on them. 

John 8:24b
For if you don't believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
Discussion:
Now the word He in the above verse is Jesus.  And when you die in your sins you are forever with the devil, instead of Jesus.

John 3:36b
He who doesn't believe in the Son of God shall not see life, but the wrath of God will be on him.
Discussion:
The wrath of God means God's judgment and since they don't believe in Jesus they will end up with the devil in the fires of hell forever.

 
Receiving salvation is simple:

Let's see what Romans 10:8-10 has to say:
      8..The word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming.
Discussion:
The word proclaiming means what we are telling other people.

9..    That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord,” and you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved.
10..For it is with your heart that you believe, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Discussion:
Has anyone ever asked you , “How do I become a Christian?”  Well Romans 10:8-10 gives you the answer.  Salvation is as close as your own mouth and heart.  If we believe in our hearts and say with out mouths that Jesus Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved.

Think about what you just read.  We hope you come to the right decision.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

How Do I Pray?


This lesson is taken from Micah 3:1-2b,4;    Luke 18:9-14;   John 16:23b and 24b
                                         I John 5:13b-15;    Ephesians 6:18;    Matthew 6:5-15

Prayer is a way that we communicate with God, also reading the Bible is another way.
We will be going through a lot of different subject on praying.  So let’s get started.

I.                    God doesn’t hear a person prayers if they are purposely sinning?

Listen, you leaders of Israel!  You are believed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and you love evil.  Then you beg the Lord for help in times of trouble!  Do you really think God is going to listen, after all the evil you have done?  God will not hear you, and He will even hide His face from you, for all the evil that you have done on purpose.

Discussion:
The leaders, who should have known the law and taught the law to the people, had put the law down and had become the worst of sinners.  They were taking advantage of the very people they were to serve.  All sin is bad, but the sinner that leads others into sin is the worst of all.

Then when they prayed to ask God to help, was when they found out that they were in trouble, for God hid His face from them because of all the evil that they had done on purpose.  We should remember that we should always do our best to follow God and we shouldn’t turn away from God on purpose and do what is evil.
 
II.                    Things we need when we pray:

1.      Pray with humility
Jesus told this story:
Two men went to the temple to pray.  One man was a Pharisee, and the other man was a dishonest tax collector.

The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:
I thank you God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there!  For I never cheat, sin, or commit adultery.  I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.

Now the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even to lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed.  Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow and prayed:
O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.

I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home being righteous before God.  For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored.

Discussion:
The people who lived near Jerusalem often went to the temple to pray.  A temple is like a church, it is a place to go to worship God.

The Pharisee didn’t go to the temple to pray to God, but he prayed loud enough so all the people close to him would know how good he was.  He was being self-righteous. 
Self-righteousness is dangerous, it leads to pride, causes a person to find fault with other people, and keeps the person from learning anything from God.  Don’t let pride cut you off from God.

Now the tax collector went to the temple to pray to God.  He prayed for mercy for he knew he was a sinner.  The tax collector’s prayer should be our prayer because we all need God’s mercy everyday.  

 2.      Pray without doubting
When you pray and you need wisdom, and want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him.  God doesn’t mind you asking Him, and He will gladly tell you.  But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer you, for a doubtful mind is as changeable as the waves of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.  People like that shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord.  For they can’t make up their minds, they go back and forth in everything they do.

Discussion:
Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and He will give you what you need to have the ability to make wise decisions.  Christians don’t have to stumble around in the dark, trying to come upon the right answer.  You can ask God for wisdom to guide you.  Wisdom begins with respect for God, being able to tell right from wrong.  To learn God’s will we need to read God’s Word and ask Him to show you how to obey His Word.  Then we must do what God tells us.

To believe and not doubt means not only believing in God, but also believing that He loves us.  It’s relying on God and knowing that He will hear and answer your prayers.  We must put away any bad thoughts when we pray to the Lord.  God doesn’t grant your every thoughtless or selfish prayer.  Remember that you can trust God, so commit yourself to God and don’t doubt Him.
 
3.      Pray according to God’s will
To you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life, you can be sure that God will listen to you whenever you ask Him anything in line with His will.  And if you know He is listening when you ask Him something, you can be sure that God will give you what you ask for.

Discussion:
This verse here is about God’s will, not about our will,  When we communicate with God, we don’t demand what we want, rather we ask God what He wants.  When we pray God’s will, He will listen, and we can be sure that He listens.  So when you pray let’s God’s will be done, not your will.
 
4.      Pray in Jesus’ Name
The truth is, you can go directly to God and ask Him what you need and He will give you what you ask, because you use My name.  Ask using My name, and you will receive, and you will have joy.

5.      Pray all the time
Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Stay alert and always keep in your prayers Christian everywhere.

Discussion:
How can anyone pray on all occasions?  Well one way is to live your life God’s way.  Then the way you act and live becomes a prayer to God.
 
III.                    Did you know that Jesus taught His disciples how to pray?

Jesus said,” When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly.  Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

When you pray don’t go on and on as people of other religions do.  They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again.  Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him!
Pray like this:
            Our Father in Heaven
            Hallowed be your name.
            Your Kingdom come
            Your will be done
            On earth as it is in Heaven
            Give us this day our daily bread
            And forgive us our sins,
            As we forgive those
            Who have sinned against us.
            And do not lead us into temptation
            But deliver us from the evil one.
            For yours is the kingdom
And the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Okay, let’s take a closer look at the prayer.
 
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name.
Hallowed means Holy.  We are to give God honor, praise, for He is Holy.  This is to let us know that we should “Let God’s name be treated differently from all other names.
Your Kingdom come
Jesus described His Kingdom as He preached the Sermon on the Mount.  This asks God to achieve His purpose in the world.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
This is surrendering your will to God’s will
Give us this day our daily bread
This is asking God our provider to supply our needs for the coming day.  This is also to remind us to live in the resent and not to worry about tomorrow.
And forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those
Who have sinned against us.
If you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.  When you say this part of the prayer, you are asking God to give you a forgiving heart. 
And do not lead us into temptation
But deliver us from the evil one.
God doesn’t lead His children into temptation.  Jesus here reminded His followers that we need to pray to God to be delivered from evil.  We cannot defeat Satan on our own, we need God’s help.
For yours is the kingdom
And the power, and the glory forever. Amen
God’s kingdom is forever, and we that believe will live forever with God.