Sabbath School meets at 10:30 am every first Sabbath of the month. We are currently studying the Fruits of the Spirit.
It's that time of year again! Beautiful sunshine, warmer weather, a little refreshing rain, and lovely things blooming mean that SPRING is here! The Kids and I took a break from our Fruits of the Spirit lessons to learn once again God has a wonderful plan for us. He wants us to be like Him and Jesus and to be part of His Family forever. That was His intention when He created us. Gen 1:26
Bur first we played a game...
Just as God wants us to remember His weekly Sabbath, God wants us to remember His Annual Sabbaths too! They are to help us remember the Steps in His Plan.
PASSOVER helps us remember the First step in God's Plan: For Jesus to willingly give His life to we could be forgiven of our sins and be clean before God.
God wants us to remember through the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD that the next part of His Plan for us is to put sin out of our lives and to put Jesus in.
How do we do this?
We told a story that will help explain. It is in the book of ACTS,
After Jesus was put to death, He was dead 3 days and three nights, just as He said He would be. Matthew 12:40
After this time, some of His followers went to where He was buried.. and He was gone!! Before very long, they realized that He had risen back to life!!
Jesus spent a total of 40 days with His friends before He went back up to heaven to stay. He told them to stay in Jerusalem, and that He would send a gift. Acts 1:4
10 days after this they were gathered together in a house there, celebrating Pentecost.
Suddenly they heard a loud sound, like the wind blowing..the sound filled the whole house and they saw fire over top of each other's heads!! What an amazing sight this must have been! They began to speak all different languages. ACTS 2:1-4
What mighty force caused this remarkable thing to happen?? It is the same thing that helps us to have Love Joy Peace Patience Kindness Goodness Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self control. It is the Holy Spirit of the Living GOD.
Remember the game we played? We talked about how God's Spirit is like the wind. Wind cannot be seen, but its effects can be felt and heard — just like the Holy Spirit. We cannot see it, but we can feel the effects of God's presence and His power.
People who have accepted Jesus' death on their behalf, (PASSOVER) and are willing to obey Him (DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD) get baptized and have hands laid on them. They then receive a small part of God's power to help them to be obedient to Him, just like Jesus' followers did in our story. God wants His First Fruits (us) to help Him gather the larger Harvest, when All mankind will have a chance to Love and Serve our Creator. These events are pictured by the Holy Days that occur in the Fall. We will cover them in a lesson later this year.
Here are the Wind Catchers we made as part of this lesson. They are to remind us to let God work on us with His Spirit.
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