NBC Children Sunday School Manual For July 7, 2024 : Topic – GOD’S LOVE IS FOREVER.

NBC Children Sunday School Manual For July 7, 2024 : Topic – GOD’S LOVE IS FOREVER.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON FOR CHILDREN

NBC SUNDAY SCHOOL OUTLINE

UNIT SEVEN: PRAYING WITH HOPE

DATE: SUNDAY, 7TH JULY, 2024.

TOPIC: GOD’S LOVE IS FOREVER.

Bible Passage: Lamentations 3:22-28.

Memory Verse: “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22

OBJECTIVES:
By the end of the lesson, younger and older children should be able to:
1. Explain what God’s love mean to them;
2. Desire to wait patiently for the salvation of the Lord;
3. Share with their friends what to do to wait patiently for the salvation of the Lord.

SUGGESTED TEACHING MATERIALS:
The Bible, a picture of a love sign, a bowl of salt, a picture of a young boy carrying loads, cardboard, scissors and pencils.

BACKGROUND TO THE PASSAGE:
The book of Lamentations consists of five poems written by prophet Jeremiah. They were probably written within a few years of Jerusalem’s destruction. The part of chapter three that we are studying today is about words of comfort to the people of God when they were in trouble. Studies showed that Jeremiah wrote this poem when he was imprisoned and persecuted. He did that as a way of interceding for Israel. Jeremiah expresses hope in God, His unfailing love and faithfulness, and the salvation and restoration that can be found in God. He also encourages the Israelites to trust in God’s divine and never-failing mercy. Though God allowed the Israelites to be taken captive because of their sins, He is a loving Father. He gives His children another opportunity to repent of their sins because His love for them is unconditional.

MAIN THRUST:
God’s love towards mankind is great.

ACTIVITIES:
1. Ask the children if it is possible to count a pinch of salt. Use the illustration to explain how much God’s love is.
2. Ask the children to write the names of people they love on paper and ways to show them love.
3. Lead the children to compose a song about God’s mercy or sing, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases….”

BIBLE STUDY

Prepare Ahead: Be prepared to explain the meaning of God’s faithfulness to children with various illustrations.

Teach the memory verse and the theme song.

INTRODUCTION:
Rahila went on vacation to Lagos from Kano. She stayed with her aunt for her holiday. During the holiday, her aunt took her to the Beach. When Rahila saw the sea, she was excited and surprised to see such big water. She exclaimed, “I have never seen water as big as this before.” She curiously asked her aunt, “where did this water come from, and where does it end?” Her aunt smiled and answered, “Rahila, this is the sea. Nobody has ever seen where it starts and ends.” Just as the sea has no beginning and end, that is how the love of God is endless and unfailing.

TEACH THE LESSON

A. THE UNFAILING LOVE Of GOD
[Lamentation 3:22-23]

Prophet Jeremiah realised God had been faithful even when they (the Israelites) were not. Despite that, God still treats them with compassion. He did not punish them as their sins deserved. If God allowed the consequences of their sins to come upon them fully as they should, all of them would have been destroyed. However, God, in His mercy, did not allow such to happen to them. He kept renewing His mercies with them every day. The tender mercies and compassions of God are new every day. God kept allowing them to repent and start anew with Him. That shows the merciful nature of God. When we sin against God, He provides the opportunity for repentance. He does not want us to perish. His happiness is to see us repent and come back to Him. When we do, He is ever ready to accept us. Even when He punishes us for our sins, the punishment is to bring us back to Himself. It is never as big as your sins deserve. That is how great the faithfulness of God is.

B. THE LORD As OUR PORTION And HOPE
[Lamentation 3:24-25]

Jeremiah exercises faith in the Lord and regards Him as his portion. The confession of the Lord as his portion serves as a message to the Israelites. He charges them to trust in the Lord completely as their all in all, life and death, time and eternity. The Israelites are to see the Lord as all they have so that they shall not be destroyed by the challenges of life. If they should surrender their all to the Lord, they shall continue to be happy. All their expectations shall be met. When all their needs are met and their prayers answered, the experience will make them stronger in faith and trust God more. Because of that, they will seek God more and more. Anyone who believes in God and waits on Him always experiences the goodness of God.

C. THE BLESSINGS OF WAITING ON THE LORD
[Lamentation 3:26-28]

Jeremiah’s encouragement to hope in the Lord continues. He affirms that it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Not only that, it is good to do the waiting on the Lord from a young age. The Israelites were encouraged to be prompt in their obedience to the Lord. They must repent from serving other gods and be loyal to the living God alone. You should not only say you believe in God but also do what He commands you to do. Serve the Lord when you are still young and can use all your power and energy to serve. That is what God wants you to do. In times of trouble, do not be confused and start seeking solutions everywhere. Instead, go to God secretly and pray for an answer. It is the Lord that has allowed what happened to be. He alone is powerful to bring a lasting solution.

LET US TALK

QUESTIONS:
1. How can we describe God’s love towards man?
2. What can we do to wait patiently for God? .1
3. What happens to those who hope in the Lord?

PRACTICAL LESSONS:
God is ever merciful; that is why we have not perished.
Everyone that waits on God will enjoy His goodness in full.
Wait on the Lord for salvation because only Him can save.

Practical Lesson Comes to Life:
Think and write down different ways God has been good and faithful to you, and show unconditional love to yours.

Promise Based on the Lesson:
I will hope in the Lord Jesus for my salvation.

Closing Prayer

Happy Sunday in Advance.

Remain Inspired & Be Lifted!

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