Sunday, January 26, 2014

26 Januari 2014

Kelas Balita
Coach Dewi
Asst 1 : Jemimah
Asst 2 : Awan

Kelas 1 - 3
Coaches : Susi Tjio (Asst. Fenny)

Kelas 4 - 6
Coaches : Iwan & Shevica

Kings: Jeroboam and the Golden Calves

1. Lesson:
  • Review of Kings of Israel

    • So far, we have learnt:

    • David: God promised David that there will be a Forever King on his throne. 
    • Solomon: Solomon disobeyed God, so God told him that his kingdom will be taken away from him.
    • Rehoboam: Solomon’s son. Did not want to serve the people. People rebelled, and the kingdom was split into 2 — Israel and Judah. Rehoboam ruled over Judah (2 tribes) 
    • Jeroboam: God chose Jeroboam to rule over 10 tribes (Israel)
    • Today we will take a look at King Jeroboam, the King of Israel (Northern Kingdom) 
  •  Jeroboam 
    • God had told Jeroboam: “If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.”(1 Kings 11:38)
    • (note: Under the Old Covenant, God’s presence and blessings were conditional — If Jeroboam obeyed fully, God would be with him and he would be blessed. If he didn’t, he would be punished.)
    • Jeroboam became king of Israel — 10 tribes. 
    • Rehoboam was king of Judah — 2 tribes. 

    • Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, the place of worship, was in Judah. 
    • The Jews from Israel would travel to Jerusalem for their temple worship and sacrifices.
    • Jeroboam thought to himself: If the people from Israel kept going to Jerusalem to worship, they would gradually start supporting King Rehoboam and accept him as their king instead of me! (1 Kings 12:26-27)
    • So Jeroboam decided to make 2 golden calves and set one up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
    • So the people of Israel went to Bethel and Dan to worship before the golden calves, instead of going to the Temple in Jerusalem. This was a sin. God had told the Israelites to worship Him only and not to bow down to any idols, such as the golden calves.
    • Instead of following God and obeying Him, Jeroboam went on to set up his own forms of worship and create god in his own image — 
      • He built more shrines (holy places) on high places
      • He appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites (the tribe that God set aside to serve as priests)
      • He instituted his own religious festivals (copying the ones held in Judah) 
      • He offered sacrifices on the altar (the job of the priests) to the golden calves
    • God sent prophets to warn Jeroboam about his evil ways, but he refused to change … even when his son became very ill and eventually died. 
    • In the end, the prophet Abijah (the one who told Jeroboam that God had chosen him to be king) told him that because of the sins that Jeroboam committed and the sins he caused Israel to commit, God was very angry with Jeroboam and that his kingdom would be taken away from him one day. (1 Kings 14:7-9)
  • Man-made Worship vs True Worship:
    • In Jeroboam’s time, God’s Spirit was only in the Temple in Jerusalem. People could only worship God and make sacrifices at the Temple. 
    • Because he feared losing his kingdom, Jeroboam took matters into his own hands and created his own methods of worship to keep people away from Jerusalem.
    • God gave Jeroboam a wonderful offer of a great dynasty, but Jeroboam did not believe God — he ignored God’s willingness and ability to keep His promises. 
    • He forgot that his kingdom was from God anyway. He forgot God’s promise that as long as he followed God, God will give him a great kingdom and a powerful dynasty.
    • He tried to set up places of worship so people could worship God anywhere and everywhere. 
    • However he failed. That’s because man, even kings, are sinful and unholy.They cannot simply approach God and worship Him anywhere and anyhow. 
    • That’s why Jesus had to come to die for us and to wash us clean so that we can approach God freely anytime.
    • When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman, she said, “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” (John 4:20) 
    • Jesus told her: “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem ... 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. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 
    • Jesus was talking about a time where people would be able to approach God and worship Him anywhere in Spirit and in truth. They didn’t have to go to a temple or a mountain to worship God. 
    • When Jesus died and rose again, those who believed in Him would have God’s Spirit in them, and they would be able to worship God in Spirit and in truth. 
    • Because of Jesus, our Forever King, we can worship God anywhere and approach Him boldly and confidently! Thank you Jesus! 
  • Conclusion: 
    • Solomon was wise but disobedient king. Jesus is our wise and obedient Forever King.
    • Rehoboam was proud and refused to serve the people. Jesus is our servant King who came to give us rest.
    • Jeroboam tried to let unholy people worship a holy God everywhere. Jesus’ death made us holy and opened the way for us to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.

 Memory Verse:
    • John 4:23-24 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. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
    • Simplified: John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

19 Januari 2014

Kelas Balita
Coach Junita
Asst 1 : Kasey
Asst 2 : Adeline

Kelas 1 - 3
Coaches : Yungcien (Asst. Dedy)

Kelas 4 - 6
Coaches : Savitri (Asst. Miguel)

Kings: Rehoboam the Proud King

1. Lesson:

  • Last week we learnt: God had prophesied to Solomon that because of his disobedience, his kingdom will be taken away from him. The prophet Ahijah had prophesied to Jeroboam that he would become king over 10 of Israel’s 12 tribes. 
  •  The People’s Request

    • Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, succeeded to the throne after his father, Solomon, died.
    • Rehoboam went from Jerusalem to Shechem, a city about 40 miles north of Jerusalem, to establish himself as king in the north. (This is where Joshua spoke his last words and where Joseph’s bones were buried.)
    • Jeroboam had been an administrator of Shechem during the reign of King Solomon. He was popular there.
    • During the reign of King Solomon, Solomon had many big building projects, such as the Temple and his palace. And the people had to do a lot of the work and pay a lot of the taxes. So the people asked Jeroboam to talk to King Rehoboam on their behalf for some help.
    • Jeroboam and the people of Israel told King Rehoboam, “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”
    • King Rehoboam told the people to give him 3 days to think about their requests.
    • Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?”
    • They replied, “If you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” The elders said that If King Rehoboam helped the people, the people would always serve him faithfully. It was good advice.
    • But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders. Instead, he consulted his friends for their advice.
    • The young men gave King Rehoboam bad advice. They told him NOT to help the people and to make their problems even BIGGER! “Tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”
    • So 3 days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam.
    • The king answered the people harshly. “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”
    • So the king did not listen to the people. He did not help them. This was so that God’s prophesy through the prophet Ahijah would be fulfilled.
    • When all Israel saw that King Rehoboam refused to listen to them, they rebelled against the king and rejected him.
    • Instead they made Jeroboam their king.
    • Only 2 tribes — Judah and Benjamin — remained faithful to King Rehoboam.
    • Revise: Jeroboam was king of 10 tribes (Israel); Rehoboam was king of 2 tribes (Judah)
  • Conclusion: The Proud King vs Jesus: The Servant King 
    • Rehoboam did not consult God. He did not listen to good advice. He thought he was smart enough to make his own decisions. He did not listen to the people. He had no compassion for them. He lorded over them and wanted to show his power and strength.
    • Rehoboam was the exact opposite of Jesus, the Forever King.
    • Rehoboam refused to serve his people. Jesus came to serve and to give His life for us. Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 
    • Rehoboam wanted to put a heavier yoke on the people. Jesus offered an easy yoke, a light burden and rest. Matt 11:28, 30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 
    • Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people. Jesus is gentle and humble in heart. Matt 11:29 …  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
    • Even though Rehoboam was not a good king, God still preserved David’s line so that one day, the best king, Jesus, would come and reign as our Forever King. Thank you Jesus!

2. Suggested Activities
  • Memory Verse: 
    Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Worksheets

Sunday, January 12, 2014

12 Januari 2014

Kelas Balita
Coach Susan
Asst 1 : Felicia
Asst 2 : Tasya

Kelas 1 - 3
Coaches : Iwan & Shevica

Kelas 4 - 6
Coaches : Lusiana & Lily Bun

Kings: The Divided Kingdom

1. Lesson: The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 11)


  • Abraham: God promised, "I will make you a great nation"
  • Jacob: Renamed "Israel" after wrestling with God
  • 12 Sons:
    • Went to Egypt when Joseph was leader 
    • Descendants became slaves
    • God delivered from Egypt
    • Entered promised land as nation of Israel (12 tribes)

  •  REVIEW: KINGS OF ISRAEL<suggest using flashcards or pictures for younger kids to stick up at correct places>

  • God was the King of Israel. He spoke to His people through prophets and judges.
  • But the people of Israel wanted their own king that they could see, like all the other nations around them. (1 Sam 8)
  • God was not happy. But He gave them a king anyway.
  • Saul had NO HEART for God: Disobeyed God
  • David had WHOLE HEART for God: Man after God's heart
  • Solomon had HALF HEART for God: Started well, but ended up worshipping false gods
  • Solomon turned to worship his many wives’ false gods. He did not keep his promise to God to follow the One and Only True God with his WHOLE HEART, as his father David did.
  • Because of that, God told him that his kingdom will be divided (1 Kings 11:9-13).
  • Ahijah & Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:31, 37-39)
    Reference: Ministry to Children

    ACT IT OUT: Get 2 volunteers to act out this scene; Props needed: a large paper cloak — large piece of colour paper in shape of shirt.
  • Solomon had an official who was a good worker. His name was Jeroboam.
  • One day after Jeroboam was finished with his work and was on his way home, God sent a prophet, Ahijah, to meet him. 
  • The prophet Ahijah was wearing a new cloak. <show paper cloak>
  • When he saw Jeroboam, Ahijah took his new cloak and tore it into 12 pieces. <tear the paper cloak into 12 and get the kids to count 1-12>
  • The prophet gave 10 pieces to Jeroboam. Ahijah told Jeroboam that because of Solomon’s disobedience, God was taking away part of his kingdom and giving it to Jeroboam. Jeroboam would be king of 10 of Israel’s 12 tribes. And if Jeroboam obeyed God and worshipped Him only, he will have a great kingdom.
  • The 10 tribes would form Israel; Jeroboam to be king
  • The remaining 2 tribes (Judah and Benjamin) would form Judah; Solomon’s son, Rehoboam to be king
  • Note: For younger kids, you can prepare 12 building blocks to represent the tribes of Israel. Get them to count out 10 blocks and separate it from the last 2.

  • Maps of Israel, pre and post division:



        • Ahijah ends his prophecy with, “I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.”
        • Although Solomon was unfaithful, God was always faithful.
        • Despite Solomon’s disobedience, God did not forget His promise to David that he will have a forever kingdom (2 Sam 7:16). God promised David that David’s family would have a king to rule forever.
        • David was from the tribe of Judah, and one of his descendants would be the forever King and known as the Lion of Judah.
        • Do you know the Name of this King who was born from David’s family? (Jesus)
        • Because of Solomon’s sin and disobedience, his once glorious kingdom was divided and separated.
        • Because of our sin and disobedience, we were divided and separated from God.
        • But Jesus came to fulfil God’s promises as a forever King and a Saviour for all of us, so that we may be reconciled/united with God again. Thank you Jesus!

        2. Activity Suggestions: 
        • Memory Verse: Get kids to memorise
          2 Cor 5:19
            God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
        • Song (to tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”) 
          • The kingdom was divided, split in 2 (2x)
            The kingdom was divided (2x)

            The kingdom was divided, split in 2

            Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2 (2x)

            Israel got 10 tribes (2x)

            Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2
        • Worksheet

        Sunday, January 5, 2014

        5 January 2014

        Kelas Balita :

        Coach Carrie 
        (Asst. Laila & Javelyn)

        Kelas 1-3 :
        Coach Susi Tjio 
        (Asst. Fenny)

        Kelas 4-6 :
        Coach Swanky

        Team Praise and Worship :
        Music by Maxteen Ministry 
        "Alvin, Alvaro, Kevin" with Coach Andrew

        Worship Leaders &amp; Ice Breakers : 
        Andy & Miguel

        Seek first His Kingdom

        1. Icebreakers 
        • Play a simple age-appropriate icebreaker. Some examples:
          • Freeze! 
            Play praise music and lead the children in movements (stepping side to side, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, tiptoeing, following the teacher in a circle, slapping their legs, doing jump and jacks, reaching up high and down low, etc). Have an assistant shut the worship music off and have the students freeze, standing completely still.  Play the music again and repeat multiple times.  For an added challenge, while students are freezing, recite a memory verse and begin again.
          • Simon says  
            One teacher is Simon.  Simon yells out a command such as, “Simon says, march in place!”  The students would then follow the command because “Simon says” to do it.  If Simon does not use the phrase “Simon says” before stating the command and a child still follows, then that child will be seated and is out of the game until the end of the round.  Play continues with eliminations until one child remains who will become the next Simon.

          • I spy with a little eye 
            Get kids to take turns spying out objects or people in the room. You may want to put some props around (e.g. stuffed animals, pictures from Bible lessons from last year etc) or get kids to sit in a circle and spy out each other. E.g. “I spy with my little eye someone wearing a red dress.”
          • Blanket game 
            Get all the kids to introduce themselves. Divide class into 2 teams. Hold a large blanket in between. Each team sends a representative to sit in front of the blanket. When blanket is dropped, first side to shout out name of the other wins a point for their team.

        2. Lesson
        • At Christmas time, some of you had a list of presents that you wanted. Maybe it’s a new Transformers. Or a Barbie doll. Or a truck. Or a book.
        • As we enter this new year, what is it that we want? Is it good results? Favour with your parents? Good health? Nice new clothes? A holiday? PSP?
        • We all want and need good things in our lives. And God our Father wants to give us good things. He wants to bless us tremendously every day. We just need to look to Him. He is the source of everything.
        • Jesus tells His disciples (Matt 6:25-33): DON’T WORRY! 
        • Don’t worry about: 
          • What you will eat 
          • What you will drink
          • Your body
          • What you will wear

        • Jesus gave us 2 examples: 
          • Birds of the air: They don’t sow or reap or store, but the Heavenly Father feeds them.
          • The flowers of the field: They don’t labour or spin. They are here today and gone tomorrow. Yet God dresses them in more splendour than King Solomon.

        • You and I are worth much more to God than the birds and the flowers. 
        • God who provides for the birds and the flowers will provide for you and for me. We don’t have to run after all these things like people who don’t know Jesus. 
        • Jesus says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
        • It’s not because of our own goodness that we deserve all these, but because of Jesus’ goodness, Jesus’ righteousness.
        • We are blessed because Jesus was so good. 
        • So let’s chase after Jesus instead. Go after His kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. Recognise and remember that it’s His goodness in us that qualifies for any and every of God’s blessings. Chase Him, worship Him, spend time with Him … because He loves you and wants to spend time with you.
        • This year, 2013, let’s not chase after all these things — good results, favour with your parents, teachers and friends, good health, nice new clothes, holidays, PSP etc.
        • Let’s look to Jesus and His righteousness in us, and we KNOW that ALL these things will be given to us as well! 
        • As we learned in Psalm 23, as the sheep follow the Shepherd, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. 
        • Chase Jesus, and all these blessings will chase after us!