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CHILDRENS SUNDAY SCHOOL

September 4, 2016
TOPIC: JOY AS A KINGDOM VALUE
Verses: Psalm 100; Habakkuk 3:17-18

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I. KIDS TALK WITH GOD


Loving Father we thank You for this time together and we pray that Your joy and
peace would rest upon us and that we would be filled to the overflowing with Your
Holy Spirit, during this time together.

Thank You that when few or many meet together to glorify You, You are right in the
midst of us and we pray that our time together would be productive and honoring
to You.

Increase our love for one another and for You. Instill in our hearts the hope of our
salvation, and surround each one of us with Your love and joy and use us channels
to minister to others in need this we ask in Jesus name,

Amen.

II. SING AND WORSHIP


III. BIBLE READING

Psalm 100 endures forever; his


1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the faithfulness continues through all
earth. generations.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs. Habakkuk 3:17-18
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are 17 Though the fig tree does not bud
his[a]; and there are no grapes on the
we are his people, the sheep of his vines,
pasture. though the olive crop fails
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and the fields produce no food,
and his courts with praise; though there are no sheep in the pen
give thanks to him and praise his and no cattle in the stalls,
name. 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
5 For the Lord is good and his love I will be joyful in God my Savior.
IX. CLOSING PRAYER
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IV. DISCUSSION OF TOPIC
JOY AS A GOOD FEELING
What is Joy? Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy
Spirit, as it causes us to see the beauty of Christ in the word and in the world.
Christian joy is a good feeling. By that, I mean it is not an idea. It is not a
conviction. It is not a persuasion or a decision. It is a feeling. Or I use the
words interchangeably here an emotion. One of the marks of the difference
between an idea and an emotion or feeling is that you dont have immediate
control over your feelings or your emotions. You cant snap your fingers and
decide to feel something. JOY IS NOT A THING. IT IS A FEELING.
For example, say you are going camping. You wake up, and there is this gigantic
silhouette of a bear outside your tent, a grizzly bear. He seems hungry. You dont
say, Now, let me think about this. There is a bear. Bears are big. Bears are
dangerous. Conclusion: I should feel fear here, so I will now decide to be afraid.
Emotions dont work like that. Thinking works like that, but feeling doesnt. It
happens to you, which means that the Bible is filled with commands that we do
things that are immediately outside our control to do commands to rejoice, to
fear, to be grateful, to be tender-hearted.
IN THE SOUL
The second part of my definition is that the good feeling is in the soul. By that, I
am drawing attention to the fact that it is not in the body. The soul, the
immaterial part of my personhood, experiences joy. The body may feel the
effects of that. I may get butterflies in the stomach. I may have a spring in my
step. There may be tears of joy rolling down my face. None of those effects in
my body, though, is itself joy. They are all distinct from joy.

IN THE HOLY SPIRIT


The third part of the definition is these movements of the soul are produced
by the Holy Spirit, which is clear because I cannot make these things happen.
They are called the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the [Holy] Spirit is
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and]
self-control (Galatians 5:2223). Therefore, the joy in my soul overflowing
towards God is coming from the work of the Holy Spirit.

A SIGHT OF JESUS
The fourth piece is that the Holy Spirit does this work, not magically without
my mind being engaged, but by causing me to see the glory and beauty of
Jesus Christ.
IN THE WORD AND THE WORLD
The last piece is that we see him in his word and in the world. It is obvious
that the most authoritative and clearest place where we see the beauty of
Christ is in his word, the Bible. That is why the Holy Spirit inspired the word,
so that we could read the word and know Christ. The Spirit gives us eyes to
see the beauties of Jesus that call joy up out of our hearts.
It is not just in the word that we see Christ. We see him in his gifts and in
people. We see him in his gifts of nature. We see him in his gifts of food and
in all of the good things that our Father in heaven gives to us. Every gift of
Christ to us is intended to be a communication of something of himself. So we
see Christ not only we taste Christ not only in his word, but also in his
works.

V. ACTIVITY
Draw in a piece of paper an activity that brings you joy with the Lord and
color it.

VI. EXPLAIN OF WORK


VII. BEST IN WORK
VIII. REFLECTION
IX. CLOSING PRAYER