Becoming True Worshipers-Worshiping God because He is our Teacher

 

The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy Christian life. The Beatitudes do not provide specific directions on how we should live our lives, as the Ten Commandments do. Rather, they inspire us to adopt a certain mindset or vision for our lives, namely, the vision of Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes challenge us to be people of virtue. Virtue is a firm attitude, mindset, or disposition to do good. For the virtuous person, doing good is a habit. Through the Beatitudes, Jesus calls us to change our vision and learn that in order to be happy (blessed), we must be peace-loving, merciful, clean of heart, and meek.

 

Living the Beatitudes is a lifelong task because the Beatitudes turn upside down the values of the world. The world sets up the rich to be first; Jesus puts the poor on top of the world. The world tells us to seek happiness at all costs; Jesus saw happiness in mourning. The world values power over others; Jesus praised the meek. The world encourages self-fulfillment; Jesus told us to work for justice. The world says that the merciless succeed; Jesus proclaimed blessed the merciful. The world announces, Go for the gold!; Jesus taught us to keep our hearts pure. The world honors the winners of wars; Jesus celebrated peacemakers. The world sees the persecuted as losers; Jesus declared them the winners.

 

So what are some ways that we can develop the Beatitudes in our own lives? First, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is already at work within us, drawing us toward God and inspiring our desire to be a Beatitudes-type of person. Second, like anything we hope to develop in ourselves, we must be open, learn, and study. Pay attention to the people you know who model a particular beatitude. Think of ways you can model their behavior in your own life. Finally, talk with God in prayer. Ask him to help you out and to teach you how to develop the Beatitudes in your mind, heart, and actions.

 

http://www.loyolapress.com/about-the-beatitudes-for-teens.htm

 

This theme of “Worshiping God” will be continued throughout 2014 as we teach our children to become worshipers in spirit and in truth.

Scripture:  Psalm 25:4-5,  Matthew 5:1-10,

Memory verse for this rotation:  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

James 1:19

Memory verses :

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

John 4:23

 

Concepts:

1. Matthew 5:1-10 is in the NewTestament. It was written as a promise to the people of God. We will have Joy if we live our lives with the attitudes that Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes.

2. We praise God because He is our teacher.

3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must live a life of faith in the God to help us have the right attitude in all situations.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long

Psalm 25:4-5

Background information   http://christianity.about.com/od/topicalbiblestudies/f/beatitudes.htm[/embed]

Nursery/Toddler Resources:

Lessons:

STORYTELLING

Storytime: LOC07-04-attitudespreschool

coloring page: preschool beatitudes sheet coloringbook_beatitudes

Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:

Sing “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” Other verses are “Oh be careful little ears

what you hear,” “Oh be careful little feet where you go,” “Oh be careful little mouth what

you say.” Another song you can sing is “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your

Hands,” stomp your feet, say amen, etc.

Games:

Hop and Stop: preschool game

5-12 Year Old Powerzone  Workshops

Every class will read two of the beatitudes each week and discuss them for the first 20 minutes. All classes will gather outside for games after the lesson. See games below:

Scripture/Bible Game: beatitudes crossword beatitude_match  beatitudes_equations hidden_word

Lesson ideas :

CURNT222 batitudes lesson

-Journal writing

Brainstorm ways that we can have attitudes described in Mathew  5:1-10. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three examples of the Beatitude for that week. Ask students to describe ways that you can show faith in Jesus helping you to change your attitude.

 

Outside Games

What’s in your heart?

(group)

Children will play this simple game to reinforce

the things that should be in our hearts.

Materials: ping-pong ball, large cup, words on

small pieces of paper: love, peace, hatred, fear, joy,

kindness, patience, impatience, meanness, unloving

Place the papers printed with words into

the cup.

Children will take turns trying to throw a

ping-pong ball into the cup from a short

distance away.

If a child gets the ball in the cup, he/she

pulls out a word from the cup.

The child decides whether that is a word

that describes something that should be in

our hearts.

Keep the words that have been used out of

the cup. Continue until all of the words

have been used up.

 

Emptying relay

(group)

This game can be used to teach the message of

the first beatitude. We are poor in spirit when we

empty ourselves so that God can fill us.

Materials: four small buckets, foam packing peanuts,

two long-handled spoons, two blindfolds

Play a relay game in which the object is to

be the first team to empty a bucket.

Provide each team with two small buckets.

Fill one bucket with packing peanuts or

other material and set it at one end of the

playing area.

Place the empty container at opposite side

of the room, at the starting line.

Give each team a long-handled spoon and

a blindfold.

The blindfolded player must follow the

directions shouted by teammates to direct

him or her across the room to the correct

bucket.

Once there, the player removes a scoop

from the bucket, returns to the team,

and deposits the spoonful into the empty

bucket.

After teams have completed a rotation

or time limit, the team who has emptied

 

Charades

Children Act out each of the Beatitudes. their team mates try to guess which one.

 

 

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