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THREE IMPORTANT TOOLS 

Scripture: Job 23:12; Psalm 119:1–16; Ephesians 4:15; James 5:7–16

Memory verse: 2 Peter 3:18
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Lead—In

Bring a variety of tools for display, such as a saw, hammer, spanner, broom, knife and a spoon. Ask the students what the items have in common.

Explain that the tools are used to accomplish various tasks. Hold up each tool and let the students tell activities in which the tool would be used.

Stress that tools must be used properly if they are to be of help in accomplishing a task. Ask a student what would happen if his mother tried to prepare a field with a hoe that had a broken handle. It would take a long time because she neglected to use the tool properly.

Tell the students this study is about tools God has provided to help them build strong Christian lives. These are important tools that will help the students if they use them properly. These tools can be compared to carpenters’ tools in that they each have a specific purpose and must all be used together for proper construction. If the students will use the tools God has given, their spiritual lives will be strong and well built.

Hearing God’s Word

Ask: “What tools does a Christian need to help him grow in Jesus?” (Allow responses.)

A Christian’s Guidebook

The Bible often speaks of growing in Christ. Our memory verse tells the Christian to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The Bible is the Christian’s guidebook for living. If we do not read the guidebook, we will not know how a Christian needs to live or how to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. The Psalmist wrote, “Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).

God’s Word says we need to accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. We must obey this important instruction if we are to know God. After accepting Jesus, the Bible shows what tools to use to continue growing spiritually. Although God has provided us with good tools, we must do our part and use them or they will not help us. We must work with them.

A man named Job lived in Old Testament times and he loved God with his whole heart. He said he enjoyed God’s commandments more than his daily food. (Ask a student to read Job 23:12.)

In the New Testament James tells Christians to stay true to Jesus and stand firm in their beliefs while they wait patiently here on earth for Jesus to come back for them. (Read James 5:7, 8.)

Bible Reading

The Bible is the tool the Christian uses to stand firm. The Bible gives strength to the Christian by teaching how God wants him to think, act, and talk, and by giving examples of God’s love for him.

Everyone wants to be happy, right? Well, God’s Word tells us how. (Read Psalm 119:1–3 in unison.) The word blessed means “happy” Blameless means “perfect” or “sincere.” Happy are the people who perfectly obey God.

We will be happy when we keep God’s laws and seek Him with our whole heart. We will be happy if we do not deliberately do or say things we know displease God. God has told us to keep His rules diligently.

Ask: “What does the word diligent mean?” (Allow responses.)

To keep God’s laws diligently means to obey Him laws all the time. The person who is diligent in keeping God’s laws does not let up because he gets tired of doing right, or because he is too lazy to do what he knows he should, or because others make fun of him. The diligent Christian follows God’s laws in spite of how he feels or what others do and say.

Ask: “How can we know what is right and what is wrong?” (Allow response.)

The answer is: By reading God’s Word. We cannot know how we should live unless we read the instruction manual for life.

If we read God’s Word and store it in our hearts, it will keep us from sinning. (Read Psalm 119:11.) That makes God’s Word very important. Psalm 119:9 says: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.”

Knowing God’s laws is better than being rich. Not everyone can have lots of money, but anyone can learn and obey God’s laws and have eternal life in heaven. (Read Psalm 119:14, 15.) To meditate is to “think about something and plan to do it.” The Psalmist is saying that he will think about God’s laws, remember them, and obey them. How can we remember or meditate on something we have never heard? It is not possible. First, we must read God’s Word and store it within us. Only then can we think about what He has said, remember His laws, and obey them.

Prayer

Ask: “Can you think of anything else that is necessary for Christian growth?” (Allow responses.)

Prayer is the privilege of talking to God. God hears our prayers and wants us to talk with Him. Following are three kinds of prayers. Each of these will help a Christian grow spiritually.

The first kind of prayer is praying for yourself: asking forgiveness, asking God to help you keep His commandments, and praying for help when you are treated unjustly. It is not wrong to pray for yourself. In fact, asking for God’s help is a way for a Christian to grow.

Ask: “Have you ever had someone treat you unfairly? Did you deserve to be mistreated?” (Allow yes and no responses.)

This has happened to almost everyone at some time. When you are mistreated, God wants you to pray for those who mistreat you. This will help you become a stronger Christian and it may help them to become better people too.

The second kind of prayer is prayer for other people, or intercession. “The earnest {heartfelt, continued} prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available—dynamic in its working” (James 5:16, The Amplified Bible). Who is a “righteous” man? He is anyone whose sins have been forgiven and is living for Jesus. If you have repented of your sins and asked forgiveness, and are living for God, you are a “righteous” person. This means you can pray the powerful prayers this verse talks about.

God hears and answers our prayers when we pray in His will. We will know His will when we read His Word.  James 5:16 tells us that our prayers are important when we pray for others. God will help the people we pray for, and something exciting will also happen to us. Our own Christian lives will be strengthened when we pray for others.

The third kind of prayer is praise and worship. This is not a prayer for ourselves or for anyone else; it is a time when we tell God how much we love Him. It is a time when we praise God and thank Him for who He is—wonderful, perfect, holy, and almighty—and what He has done for us. A prayer of praise and thanksgiving is another way of strengthening our Christian lives.

Witnessing

Prayer is a valuable building tool.

Ask: “Can you think of anything in addition to reading and obeying the Bible and prayer that would help us grow in Jesus?” (Allow responses.) Witnessing to others about Jesus will help us grow.

Ask: “What is a witness?” (Allow responses.)

A witness is a person who tells others about something he has personally seen or experienced. We can be witnesses to others in two ways. One way is by simply telling people what Jesus has done for us and what a difference He has made in our lives. When we tell others what Jesus has done for us, it will help them realize that He is real and can do the same for them. Then they may want to come to know Jesus as we do. As we tell others about Jesus, it also reminds us of all the wonderful things Jesus has done and renews our excitement about serving Him.

Ask: “What is another way we can let people know Jesus has changed our lives?” (Allow discussion.)

By the way we act! People can tell we love Jesus by our actions. Do we obey God and do what pleases Him? The things we do show others whether or not Jesus controls our lives.

Ask: “What is the difference between a life that is given to Jesus and one that is not?” (Allow discussion.)

Remember our lesson on remaining in Jesus, like branches remain in a vine? Remaining in Jesus is the way to have a fruitful life that shows love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How does a person stay in Jesus? (Have a student read John 15:10.) He remains in Jesus by keeping God’s commandments. How do we know what God’s commandments are so we can keep them? The answer is: By reading His Word—the Bible.

Accepting God’s Word

(Ask a student to read James 5:8.) James 5:8 says a Christian should stand firm in Jesus. The same verse also says a Christian should be patient. Other verses in James 5 tell us not to grumble or complain but to be patient in suffering. That reminds us of a fruit of the Spirit – patience. By being patient even when things go wrong, we will show others Jesus is living in us.

A Fallen Soldier

Daniel Diallo was a Fulani living in Burkina Faso. As a youth he invited Jesus Christ to be his personal Saviour. He became a soldier of the Cross, actively sharing his faith with others. His heart was burdened for the salvation of his family and the Fulani people.

Daniel’s own family members were greatly disturbed over his decision to leave Islam and follow Christ. They murdered him. He died a martyr’s death because of his faith in Jesus Christ, but God’s ways are higher than our ways.

Daniel did not die in vain when he shed his blood for a people he loved. His supreme sacrifice was a turning point in reaching the Fulani with the gospel. Many began accepting Christ as their Saviour, a church building was erected and a Bible school established.

A fallen soldier of the Cross was the seed God used to produce a vibrant church!

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Young Fulani Parents

1. Recognize that their children are a gift from God,
2. Willingly accept responsibility for their children's health, education and spiritual needs,
3. Study the Bible and learn to follow Jesus as their Saviour.

Prayer Promise

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 1:4). 

Remember: THREE IMPORTANT TOOLS

Memory verse: 2 Peter 3:18
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

1. God helping me, I will read the Bible every day.
2. I will give at least ten minutes a day to pray, to talk to Jesus.
3. I will speak to at least one person every day about spiritual things: students or my family or those of another tribe.

Pray for young Fulani parents.

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