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Lesson 2

Luke 1 – 6, Mark 5

Jesus

what was he really like? Fill in the missing words in this list of the events of Jesus’ life. Use the Bible references to help you. Luke 1:26–37 Mary receives a surprising visit from who tells her that Luke 2:8–20 Some shepherds receive a surprising visit from who tell them that Luke 2:25–35 Simeon receives a surprising visit from and he tells them that Luke 3:21–22 John the Baptist gets a surprise when he baptises Jesus, because he hears

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Luke 5:1–11 Some fishermen get a surprise when Mark 5: 22–24, 35–43 Jairus gets a surprise when

‘Jesus loves and cares for everyone, no matter who they are.’

Luke 5:27–28 Matthew gets a surprise when

Is this true? What are the reasons for your opinion? Use the lines below

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� Key verse

This very day in King David’s hometown a Saviour was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11(CeV)


Luke 6 – 20 L e s s o n 3

Jesus

just an ordinary man?

What do we learn about Jesus’ power in the following miracles: Calming the storm

Feeding five thousand

Healing the blind man

What do we learn about Jesus’ character in his relationships with these people: The sinful woman

The children

The business people in the Temple

Why do you think so many people followed Jesus and wanted to be one of his friends?

� Key verse

The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost. Luke 19:10 (CeV)

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Lesson 5

Various passages about prayer

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Pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 (niV)

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What does this verse tell us about how to pray?

Different types of prayer

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Various passages about prayer

Lesson 5

Some of David’s prayers Psalm 86:1–4 A prayer for help by David Please listen, LORD, and answer my prayer! I am poor and helpless. Protect me and save me because you are my God. I am your faithful servant, and I trust you. Be kind to me! I pray to you all day. Make my heart glad! I serve you, and my prayer is sincere.

Psalm 109:1–5

A psalm by David - A prayer for the LoRD’s help

I praise you, God! Don’t keep silent. Destructive and deceitful lies are told about me, and hateful things are said for no reason. I had pity and prayed for my enemies, but their words to me were harsh and cruel. For being friendly and kind, they paid me back with meanness and hatred.

Psalm 118:1 The LoRD is always merciful Tell the LORD how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.

Psalm 117

Come praise the LoRD

All of you nations, come praise the LORD! Let everyone praise him. His love for us is wonderful; his faithfulness never ends. Shout praises to the LORD!

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� Key verse Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (CeV)

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L e s s o n 15

Matthew 5:16; ephesians 5:1-2; James 2:14-17

How does God want us to live?

Helping those in

need

How have we received help from God?

My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? If you know someone who hasn’t got any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, ‘I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.’ What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead! James 2:14–17 (CeV) What do you think is the main point in this passage from the Bible?

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Matthew 5:16; ephesians 5:1-2; James 2:14-17 L e s s o n 15

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Caroline Chisholm 1808 – 1877

Caroline Chisholm was often heard to say,

‘Well, what are we going to do about this?’ She was a woman of action, who cared deeply for those in need. Her faith in God motivated her. Caroline was born in England in 1808, and arrived in Sydney in 1838 when the colony of NSW was still young, and very ‘rough and ready’. She was shocked to find the conditions of many young women, who had come to Australia looking for a better life but found they had no job, no food and nowhere decent to live. They were forced to live on the streets, and many became prostitutes just to survive. What did she do? She invited some to live in her own house and started working to set up a group home for others. She got government support and started an employment service to help the women find good jobs. Within two years she had found jobs and a place to live for over a thousand young women. For the rest of her life she worked to help those in need.

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� Key verse Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (CeV)

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L e s s o n 16

Psalms 34, 55 and 62; Matthew 11:28

HoW Does GoD WAnT uS To lIve? Did you know? ➔ in hurdle events 10 hurdles are placed in each lane. ➔ Male hurdlers race in 110 metre and 400 metre races. ➔ Female hurdlers run 100 metre and 400 metre races. ➔ Men’s hurdles are slightly higher than women’s hurdles.

Dealing with

stress

Tim has trouble doing his homework:

Kylie has trouble with her parents:

My problem is that I...

My problem is that I...

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My strategies: When I have a big problem I: □ Write about it in a secret diary □ Stay awake at night thinking about it □ Tell my parents □ Tell a good friend □ Tell God □ Try not to think about it and hope it goes away

□ Keep it a secret □ Veg out in front of the TV □ Eat □ Go for a run or play sport □ Try and fix up the problem myself □ Search through the Bible for help □ Try to think of someone else and how they coped with a similar problem □ Other …

➔ in a hurdle race the competitors are not penalised if they knock over a hurdle, but it can affect their balance and slow them down.

AnTHonY Benn Anthony Benn is an Australian track and field athlete. He specialises in 400m hurdles. Check out what he has to say. ‘There are many “hurdles” in life and I find personally that the best way to overcome them is by trusting in the Lord. I know the Lord gives me strength to deal with my problems so I can overcome them. is

One of my favourite Bible verses is where Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest”. Matthew 11:28 (nRsV) Jesus calls us to put our trust in him in everything we do. It’s great comfort for us to know we have a God who is interested in us.’


Psalms 34, 55 and 62; Matthew 11:28 L e s s o n 16

� Key verse The LORD is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. Psalm 34:18 (CeV)

Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns. God is our place of safety. Psalm 62:8 (CeV)

some helpful strategies to deal with stress... 1. Talk to God about the problem, ask for his help and remind yourself how much he cares for you and what is happening to you. 2. Remember his word (such as Psalm 23, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 62:8). 3. Talk to someone who could give you good advice. 4. Don’t give up!

selections from Psalm 55 Listen, God, to my prayer! Don’t reject my request. Please listen and help me. My thoughts are troubled, and I keep groaning because my loud enemies shout and attack. They treat me terribly and hold angry grudges. My heart is racing fast, and I am afraid of dying. I am trembling with fear, completely terrified. I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace. I would go and live in some distant desert. I would quickly find shelter from howling winds and raging storms. It was my closest friend, the one I trusted most. We enjoyed being together, and we went with others to your house, our God. I ask for your help, LORD God, and you will keep me safe. Morning, noon, and night you hear my concerns and my complaints. My friend turned against me and broke his promise. His words were smoother than butter, and softer than olive oil. But hatred filled his heart, and he was ready to attack with a sword. Our LORD, we belong to you. We tell you what worries us, and you won’t let us fall. I trust you, LORD!

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