18/10/2020 – Respecting Human Life

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 20:13; Genesis 1:26-28; 4:3-8; Genesis 9:1-7; Matthew 5:21-22

Tanggal: 18/10/2020

Ringkasan:

This week children will learn about the Sixth Commandment.

In the Sixth Commandment God instructs us not to murder but to respect and protect human life.

There are some key points which the children will learn from the Sixth Commandment:
1. Human life is precious because everyone is made in the image of God
2. The Bible says that the value of a man is equal to a man and the value of a man is greater than the whole world
3. We must be aware that anger, envy and hatred are the sinful root of murder
4. We should practice to love, do good, show compassion and forgiveness to others

May this lesson remind us to respect and love human life: others and also our own selves.

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 20:13
You shall not murder

Guru:Kurniawan Prasetya Pieth

11/10/2020 – Respecting Authority

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:20-21

Tanggal: 11/10/2020

Ringkasan:

The Sunday School children will learn about God’s 5th Commandment: Honor your father and mother. This is the first of the second part of the 10 Commandments that governs the relationship between human, and it concerns the relationship between children and their parents in the most basic societal unit of family.

God delegates authority over children to their parents. And as children, we ought to honor our parents by giving them our thanks, love, listen, obey and respect. By honoring our parents, we are also honoring God who has placed them as the authority over us.

Our parents are also men and women who are not perfect, and they are also sinners. We need to also pray for them. And we learn to respect them always even if they are imperfect. When our parents have become old, we ought to love and care for them.

Likewise, we ought to learn to respect and obey other God’s delegated authorities on earth. For example, our mentors in the church, our teachers, and the government of the state/ country where we live in.

As God’s children, let us obey our parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord (Colossians 3:20-21).

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 20:12
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Guru:Fendy Nursalim

04/10/2020 – Enjoying God’s Special Day

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 20:8-11

Tanggal: 04/10/2020

Ringkasan:

God has blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy and God wants us to remember it and keep it holy.
God made the Sabbath day for His own glory and for our own good.
Three Rs that are important to help us keep the Sabbath day holy:
1. Remember
When God gave this commandment to Israelites, God wants them to remember that God has free them from the slavery. God also wants us to remember that God has freed us from the slavery of sin that has separated us from God by sending Jesus to the world and died for us.
2. Rest
God said we should only work for 6 days but we should rest as how God rest on the seventh day after creation. On the seventh day God stop creating but God sustains all the creation. It doesn’t mean that we should just sit or sleep and do nothing. We still can do necessity and mercy work on Sabbath day.
3. Refresh
We need to be refresh physically and spiritually. We can be refreshed spiritually by worshipping God. We can worship God privately or publicly. The sermon, prayers and songs can remind us the love of God for us and that God is in control of everything so that we will be refresh and ready for the week ahead. Therefore we need to be focus when we worship.

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 20:8
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Guru:Josephine

27/09/2020 – Honoring God’s Name

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 24:10-16; Romans 10:12-13

Tanggal: 27/09/2020

Ringkasan:

Today we are learning about the third commandment. What is the third commandment? It is about honoring God’s name.
Why is God’s name important? Because it represents God’s image, who he is. If we know God in a wrong, or distorted way, it means we do not know the real God. God wants us to know the real God, the true God.
Do you know what are these? These are the logos of famous companies. Can we use any of this logo for our own product/company? Of course can not. These logos represent the image of the company, for example, mcdonald logo represents the famous fast food company in the world. When we think about McDonald’s, we think about burgers, soft drinks, fries, and ice cream. We can’t just open our burger shop and use McDonald’s name and logo, we can only use it if we sell McDonald’s food.
Names are important. Your name identifies you. When people mention your name, they think of you. Think about some famous people, for example, Lee Kwan Yew, or Albert Einsteins, Donald Trump. Their name tells us about who they are and something about them. Your name tells us who you are and something about you.
God’s name stands for God himself and everything about Him. His name is the most important and wonderful name of all because His name stands for all he is, and all he has done, is doing and will do.
God had revealed his name to the people of Israel. He had told them who he is and had shown them his saving power and care, his faithfulness and love. Even though they could not see Him, God was present with them. His name was a treasured gift to them because His name stands for all that God is. He did not want them to mistreat His name in any way.
What kind of attitude should we have toward God’s name, Words and works? The answer is: Holy and reverent. What does Holy mean? Sacred, exalted, worthy of complete devotion, separated.
God Himself is holy, and He requires His people to have a holy and reverent attitude toward Him and His name. Treating His name right means worshiping Him from a trusting and respectful heart. Do you know who this person in the picture is? This is Pope Francis, the leader of Catholic Church. We might disagree with many catholic’s teaching, but what I want to show in this picture is how he prayed. He lay down completely on the floor to show respect and obedience to God. We should not only show respect to God with our posture or action, but also in our heart, thoughts and in every word we say.
God’s name reveals the nature and attributes of God, and also stands for His Word and His mighty works.
When God revealed His name to Moses, He said His name is “I am”. God’s name tells us that God is everlasting, he is always the same, he is faithful to his promises and he is present with us. God’s third commandment also requires the holy and reverent use of God’s Word. God has revealed himself to us in His Word, the Bible. That is where we learn who God is, what he is like and what he has done and is doing.
We honor God by:listening to the reading and preaching of God’s word, by studying God’s word during the week, by asking God to help us understand and believe His word, by asking God to help us do what he commands, by memorizing God’s word and asking God to write it on our hearts.
God also makes Himself known to us by what He has created and what he has given us. These are known as God’s works. We are reverent toward his works when they cause us to worship and praise God. God commands us to honor Him for what He has made. We are to honor Him for caring for His people, giving them what they need and guiding their lives.
What is profaning? Profaning means to use without reverence or respect, and abusing means to mistreat in a hateful or violent way. So God forbids us to treat anything about Him or His works without reverence or respect or in a hateful or violent way.
This story reminds us that God takes very seriously how we use His name. He forbids us to use His name in any way that dishonors Him, and says He will punish those who dishonor Him and refuse to repent. What are some ways we may say God’s name in a way that displease Him?
In the old testament, God shows us that disrespecting God’s name is a very serious sin. Are we careful with what we say? Do we follow our friends’ way? Do we curse and use bad words?
Who are the men in this picture? These are Pharisees, and Jesus does not like them, because they want to look good in front of others, but inside their heart, they are not afraid of God. God does not want us to appear to honor him by pretending to worship Him, when our hearts are really turned away from Him. He is not pleased when we disrespect His Word or take His blessing for granted. We dishonor Him when we are ungrateful for the things that he has made and given to us.
God has promised that those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. This means that those who respond to God in faith belong to Him, and worship Him alone. We, who call on the name of the Lord, are also called by His name. We are Christians, from the word Christ, and that means we trust in Christ as our savior, believing that God sent Him to save us from our sins. As Christians, we trust and obey God, living in a way that brings honor to His name.
When we interact with friends, sometimes we hear other kids use “OMG”, “Gosh”, or other bad words, and they are proud when using them. They thought that by using those words, they sound cool, or brave. Why do you think in this world there are so many people who use God’s name disrespectfully? It is because this world is under Satan’s influence. The enemy wants us to disobey God. However, as Christians should obey God, and to obey Him requires real courage. Be brave, and do what is right, even though it means we do different things from our friend. Let us pray for our friend who does not honor God’s name, because it means they are under God’s wrath, and they will be punished by God.
In the Lord’s prayer, the opening sentence is “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
Everyday, let us remember that we belong to God. We are to live lives that are holy, because our God is holy. We should confess our sins and repent when we don’t use God’s with respect. Not only in our words, whenever we talk to our friends, but also in our mind, and in our actions. Let us ask God the Holy Spirit, to help us to obey him, by honoring His name.

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 20:7
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Guru:Liana Liep

20/09/2020 – Worshipping God His Way

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 20:4-6; Exodus 32; John 4:23-24; Deuteronomy 4:9-24

Tanggal: 20/09/2020

Ringkasan:

In the Second Commandment, God tells us to worship him in a way that he accepts, not according to our own way. The Second Commandment says that 1) we shall not make a carved image or any likeness; and 2) we shall not bow down to them or serve them.

Why did God give the Second Commandment to Israelites who were brought out of Egypt? Because at that time, the Egyptians worshipped many false gods and these false gods were worshipped as idols. People wanted to see who or what they were worshipping, so they made idols or statues out of wood, stone or metal. But God wanted Israelites to worship Him in a different way from Egyptian’s practice.

From the story in Exodus 32, children learned that Israelites failed to keep God’s commandment. Not that they did not know the true God whom they should worship, but they wanted to worship God in accordance to their own way. They asked Aaron to craft a “God” according to their idea of what God is like. But both “worship of false god” and “false worship of true God” are false worship.

In this current age, we may not necessarily worship a visible statue/image, but we may worship other forms of idols (approval, success, comfort, games, etc.). Moreover, the Bible tells use how we should worship God, that is to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

There are learning points that children need to remember:
1. We must not worship God according to our own ideas of what God is like.
2. We must not worship God according to what other people think God is like.
3. We must not add to our worship of God things that he himself has not said in his Word.
4. We must worship God in light of who He is (God is spirit).
5. We must worship God in accordance to His Word and trust in Jesus (who is the truth).

Ayat Hafalan:

John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth

Guru:Kurniawan Prasetya Pieth

13/09/2020 – Worshipping God Alone

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 14, 15, 20:3

Tanggal: 13/09/2020

Ringkasan:

The Israelites had seen God keep his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and how he used his mighty power to deliver them out of Egypt. God fought against the Egyptians and showed to both the Israelites and the Egyptians that he alone is God.

After the display of all these miraculous events, God gave the 10 Commandments to the Israelites through Moses on Mount Sinai. The very first commandment is that God told the people not to have other gods before him. Given the cultural context where the Israelites lived, it is easy for them to be influenced by their neighboring nations (in Egypt or in the Promised Land, Canaan) and adopt their practices. All the nearby nations worshiped a variety of false gods and idols. They bowed down to man-made statues that could be seen and touched but were powerless. God wanted Israelites to be different. He had bound himself to his people in saving love and grace, showed them his glory and given them his presence. In response he required Israel’s loyalty and exclusive worship.

What is required by the 1st Commandment? Westminster Catechism answered (to question 46) as follows: the 1st Commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God, and to worship and glorify him accordingly.

How do we worship and glorify God according to his Word? 1) By worshiping God alone, 2) by putting our faith in him and 3) by obeying him in all we do.

May this lesson remind us to take God’s first commandment to heart and be aware of all the false gods and idols that surround us today.

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 20:3
You shall have no other gods before me.

Guru:Fendy Nursalim

06/09/2020 – God is our redeemer and law-giver

Bahan Alkitab: Exodus 19

Tanggal: 06/09/2020

Ringkasan:

When Israelites was slaved by Egyptians, they are helpless to fight against Egyptians to free themselves. But with His love saved them. After saving them, God gave them His laws so that Israelites can be sacred (special) compare to other nations as they are God’s treasured possession.
God didn’t give His laws in Egypt because these laws are not meant to be preconditions for Israelites to fulfill before God save them. God give His laws for Israelites own good.
Israelites should obey God’s law because they are for their own good and because they love God who has saved them from slavery and made them His people.

We are like Israelites, we are not slaved by others but we are slaved by sin. We are helpless to free ourselves from the sin. But God loves us, He sent His only Son to die for us so that whoever believe in Jesus will be free from the slavery of sin.
God wants us to be His treasured possession as well which is His children.
We should obey God’s laws because they are meant for our own good and because we love God who has saved and make us His children.

Ayat Hafalan:

Exodus 24:3
Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.”

Guru:Josephine

30/08/2020 – God gives Eternal Life (Lesson 13)

Bahan Alkitab: John 14:1-7, 15-27, John 16:1-16, Revelations 1:9-18, Revelations 21:1-22:9

Tanggal: 30/08/2020

Ringkasan:

We go back to the time right after Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples. Jesus knew that He would leave all the disciples soon, so He gathered all the disciples together, and He said to them that He was going to His Father’s house to prepare rooms for the disciples. The disciples did not truly understand what Jesus meant. One of the disciples, Thomas, then asked, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”. Those are 2 very important questions. Jesus then answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Let us review God’s salvation plan again. God wants to offer admission to His Kingdom. Therefore, He sent Jesus as His First Ambassador to go to mankind to do the salvation work. Jesus obeyed. He descended from the kingdom of heaven to earth as baby Jesus, died on the cross, was resurrected. Finally, Jesus returned to His Kingdom, setting up an Embassy for Christians. Jesus as the First Ambassador has done all the work to re-establish the relationship between God and Man. Now everyone can go Heaven… can’t they? No, we still need a passport to go into the Kingdom of God. This passport is Jesus Christ. Only those who believe in Jesus Christ could be admitted into the Kingdom of God. Those without, will be rejected.

Jesus also promised the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him, and it was fulfilled when it came down upon the disciples during the Pentecost in Jerusalem, 10 days after Jesus ascended to heaven. The Holy Spirit granted the apostles with miraculous power and strengthen their faith as they continued to spread the Gospel.

What is the kingdom of God? We glimpsed a little bit of what is to come through the book of Revelation written by John. Jesus came to John on the island of Patmos to show John the visions. The important visions shown are the door and the throne of God in Revelations 4, the multitude of people in Revelations 7, and the new kingdom of heaven and earth in Revelations 21.

How wonderful is the vision that God showed to John! Many apostles and Christians endured hardships for Christ. Many of them were persecuted, or even now, in 2020, many are persecuted. Yet they still endure. Why? Because they believe in Jesus, that they will have a room in the Father’s house, in the eternal Kingdom of God.

Ayat Hafalan:

1 Corinthians 2:9
But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Guru:Ronny

23/08/2020 – Only Jesus Can Forgive My Sins

Bahan Alkitab: Luke 22:31-62; John 21; Galatians 2:11-14

Tanggal: 23/08/2020

Ringkasan:

Just before Jesus was arrested, he warned his disciples that Satan had asked to try them severely. Peter was confident, and declared “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus replied,”I tell you Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

When the soldiers seized Jesus, the disciples ran away, deserting him. However, Peter and John returned and followed at a distance as Jesus was taken to the house of the high priest. In the courtyard, where servants were sitting around a fire warming themselves, Peter three times denied being a follower of Jesus. The rooster crowed immediately after his third denial, reminding him of what Jesus had foretold. Peter went off and wept, demonstrating true repentance – deep sorrow for having offended God and a desire to turn away from sin.

When Jesus appeared to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee after he had risen from the dead, he asked Peter three times,”Do you love me?” Perhaps the three questions reminded Peter of his three denials. He has given the opportunity to commit himself to the Lord. Jesus forgave Peter and restored him as an apostle.

Just like Satan had asked God to let him test Job, so he asked permission to test the disciples. God never loses control of forsakes His children, He sets the boundaries for Satan’s evil work. Satan’s attempts to shake and crush the faith of the disciples helped refine them and make them stronger servants of Christ.

Ayat Hafalan:

Psalm 145:21
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever

Guru:Liana Liep

16/08/2020 – I Need the Lord to Save Me

Bahan Alkitab: Matthew 14:13-16; Mark 6:45-51; John 6:16-21

Tanggal: 16/08/2020

Ringkasan:

For the past 1.5 months, children have learned from the Old Testament stories about an overarching theme of “Trusting God Who Cares for Me”. Today children learned about trusting Lord Jesus Christ.

Children have learned that God provides all our needs, but our greatest need is indeed the forgiveness of our sin. Who can forgive our sin? Only God, our Lord Jesus Christ. But how do we know that Jesus is God? The miracles he performed are the signs that he is God.

Today children learned the story of miracles that Jesus performed when he was on earth: Jesus fed the 5000, Jesus walked on the water and Jesus healed the sick.

Just like Peter who cried out “Lord, save me”, we know that we are all helpless sinners, and we need God to save us and we should trust Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.

There are few points which children have learned from this today’s lesson:
1. We believe in Jesus because he is God, the promised Savior. The miracles he performed are the signs that he is God.
2. We should confess that we are helpless sinners and we need God to save us.
3. In our helplessness, we should trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.
4. When we put our trust in Jesus, we should look at Jesus that only he can save us.

Ayat Hafalan:

Psalm 145:20
The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy

Guru:Kurniawan Prasetya Pieth

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