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Read: Pass It On

 READ: PASS IT ON

This is the text of Pass It On which has been put together from the ideas and words of 5-11 year old boys and girls working in groups.

Pass It On was written by boys and girls, for boys and girls who want to help other boys and girls to discover more about knowing Jesus for themselves.

The contents of Pass It On may may freely copied.

PASS IT ON – a guide to being ready to help boys and girls who want to learn more about:

1. The Bible  2.  Holy Spirit Gifts  3. Prayer  4.  Speaking for God  5.  Praise and Worship  6. Living for Jesus  

 

1.THE  BIBLE

The  Bible is a book.

It  is a big book – some parts can be hard to read.

It  was written by a number of different people.

God  gave them the words so that they could write it.

 The  Bible is true – it’s not a lot of made up stories.

The  Bible is about God.

The  Bible is about Jesus.

God  speaks to us today through the Bible.

The  Holy Spirit is the key to understanding the Bible.

It’s  a really great book – God really loves you very much.

It’s  got lots of exciting stories and miracles – and it’s all true.

It  shows you how to fight for what’s right.


HOW TO GET TO KNOW THE BIBLE

Ask  someone to help you.

Use Bible reading notes – there are some good ones for children.

Pray before reading – ask God to help you to understand.

Start with the Psalms or the New Testament.

Go to a church or group where you can hear the Bible stories.

Ask as many questions as you like.


IDEAS FOR HELPING OTHERS

Tell them the interesting bits – parts that are special to you.

Ask  them questions to see how much they know.

Ask them in a way which will help them to talk and take part.

Preach or teach them what is in the Bible.

Use pictures of Bible stories and talk about them.

“I LIKE THE BIBLE BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY AND  I LIKE READING  ABOUT JESUS.”

 

2. HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS

The Holy Spirit is a friend.

The Holy Spirit is a gift from God.

The Holy Spirit gives us gifts.

The Holy Spirit helps us to do things for God.

The Holy Spirit loves us and looks after us.


Holy Spirit gifts are presents from God. We can enjoy using them and help other people enjoy God by using them.

The  Holy Spirit gives lots of different gifts. Here are some of them: love, kindness, friendship, truth, life, trust, peace, pictures, hope, other people, forgiveness, thoughts, tongues, healing, dreams, houses, food, wisdom, miracles.

One example of a Holy Spirit gift is the gift of having faith – being able to trust  God. Trusting in the Lord is believing that God can do things – really miraculous things that we can’t see – and knowing that he is doing things for us when we pray for help. Reading the Bible, when you hear about all the miracles that God does, makes you feel,  “Great! This is a God that can keep me safe.”

To  grow in the gift of having faith (and other gifts), reading the Bible is really  important – it tells you about the kind of God that we put our trust in.

There are different ways to get a gift from the Holy Spirit. Here are some of them:

Pray – ask for it yourself.

Be ready to receive it.

Get other people to pray for you.

Sit quietly and wait for God to give it to you.

Singing to worship Jesus.

 

3. PRAYER

PRAYING IS:

talking  to Jesus.

telling God how you feel, telling God about your problems.

asking for healing for yourself and others, asking for health.

asking  for help, asking for forgiveness.

asking  God for things for friends and family.

being  quiet with God.

thanking  God for what he’s done.

listening  to what God wants to say to you.

 

YOU CAN PRAY:

thank-you prayers, asking prayers, worship prayers.

out loud, in your thoughts, with others, on your own, in worship, to bless people.

using tongues/singing/dancing.

in a group all out loud at the same time.

 

PRAYING  HELPS YOU:

when  you are stressed.

to  discover the answer to your problems.

when  you are scared or lonely or hurt.

 

WHEN  PRAYING:

DON’T  say things that you don’t mean.

DON’T  be careless or hurried.

DON’T  have your mind on the wrong things.

You can pray anywhere at any time. It’s good to pray every day. Jesus  said it’s good to pray in a quiet place, on your own.

Reading  the Psalms helps you to know how to pray.

God  answers prayer, but not always in the way we expect!

 

4. SPEAKING  FOR GOD

SOME  OF THE WAYS WE CAN SPEAK FOR GOD ARE:

praying out loud.

worship.

gift of prophecy.

asking God for pictures that are special for others.

God may show us things in the Bible to say.

 

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WE CAN SPEAK TO ARE:

friends, relatives, church, neighbours, teachers, people on the streets, people who don’t know Him.

 

SOME  OF THE THINGS WE CAN SPEAK ABOUT ARE:

Jesus died for our sins.

the Holy Spirit.

the Bible.

heaven.

God made them, He loves them.

worshipping God.

praying.

warning about the Devil.

God  can heal people.

your church.

being  baptised.

love, joy.

peace with God.

love Jesus.

 

SOME OF THE PLACES WE CAN SPEAK FOR GOD ARE:

playground, school, at church, on holiday, at home, in the streets, open air, in a shop, in your house, anywhere.

God  may call us to speak for him where we live, or take us to a different part of the world!

 

 

5. PRAISE AND WORSHIP

Worship  is to please God.

It is thanking Him for what he’s done and giving him all you’ve got.

It  is telling God what we want to say and how we feel about Him.

Jesus  wants us to be real and to have the help of the Holy Spirit when we worship.

We should praise and worship with an open heart.

 

WE SHOULD PRAISE AND WORSHIP BECAUSE:

God is great.

it makes God happy.

it makes us happy.

God made us.

we  have a good father.

Jesus  is our first brother.

 

In Psalm 66 verse one it says:“Praise God with shouts of joy, all people! Sing to the glory of his name; offer him glorious praise!”


HERE  ARE SOME DIFFERENT WAYS OF PRAISING AND WORSHIPPING:

singing, using instruments, waving flags and streamers, dancing, shouting for joy, bowing down, lifting up our hands, praying, lapping, smiling, speaking, movements, drawing/art, writing, reading the Bible, being willing to learn, meals with other Christians, communion, being in a worship group, working, speaking and singing in tongues, being quiet.

 

YOU  CAN GROW IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP BY:

giving help to people in need.

giving time to sing/pray/dance when you are on your own.

finding good songs to sing.

making  up your own words or music to praise God.

 

 

6. LIVING FOR JESUS

LIVING FOR JESUS MEANS:

doing what God wants, dedicating your life to Jesus, giving him all you’ve got (time, money, where you live, thoughts, prayer, praise and worship), serving Jesus and doing what he tells you, being friends with Jesus.

 

WE CAN LIVE FOR JESUS BY:

worshipping, doing what he says, praying for people, showing people that we love him, choosing to do the right thing, praying with friends, loving Jesus every day, praying when things go wrong, being kind to other people, loving the people we are
with, saying sorry when we realise we have done wrong.

 

WE SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR THINGS THAT CAN GET IN THE WAY OF US LIVING FOR JESUS:

Satan catching our attention – making it easy for us to do bad things and lying to us, friends trying to get us to do bad things, making things that interest us more important than they should be, the bad influence of some friends, adverts, pop songs, TV programmes and books.

Sometimes you may find it hard to live for Jesus. If you are hurting inside because people are treating you badly because you are a Christian, or someone close to you has died, or there are problems in your family, or bad things have happened to you, then it is good to pray about it and tell a friend who can help.

Psalm 46 says, “God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

 

WE CAN HELP OTHERS TO LIVE FOR JESUS BY:

telling them about Jesus, telling them what Jesus says, praying for them, inviting them to church, setting a good example, being friends to them, loving them.

“Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope and patience never fail.” 1 Corinthians 13 v 4-7

 

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