Wells of Salvation
Our Sunday school topic for today focuses on the benefits that we as children of God reap when we accept Jesus into our hearts and believe unto Salvation of our souls.
Handout: Wells of Salvation
1. Ask the students - Can you for a moment think of a well of water? You go to that well when you are thirsty and need a drink to refresh your body. Now, imagine a well of energy for when your body slows down in the evening after you have worked all day. Imagine a well of rest when you get sleepy that you could draw from to receive rest instead of sleeping. We as children of God have access to such wells. Not so much in the physical realm but in the spiritual. There are wells to draw from that our Father provides for us as we journey along. A well of peace for when our minds get troubled, a well of rest when our souls are tired and weary from the labor. There is a well of gladness in times of sorrow, a well of comfort when our spirits are broken. A well of forgiveness when we sin and do wrong. How do we get to these wells and how do we activate them? We activate them through the power of the Holy Spirit through open communication with our Father on a daily basis. We must keep that connection to God with prayer and meditation on His word.
2. Ask the students - What are some of the benefits, we as children of God reap when we choose to accept Christ as our own personal Savior? Of course we reap everlasting life. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We also gain the blessings of God and escape His wrath. When God looks at one of His children, He sees the blood of His Son Jesus, which takes away our sins, and He is pleased. Therefore, His wrath goes one way, and His blessings and favor comes our way, not because of anything we did or deserve, but all because of Jesus. We become heirs and joint heirs with Jesus. Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Galatians 3:29 " And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. The covenant and promises of God made to Abraham, is not imputed to us as born again children of God. We reap the benefits of His goodness, not because of anything we have done, but all because of Jesus, because of who He is, because of His obedience and sacrifice for the sins of the world.
3. Just like in the Biblical record of the life of King David, we read in 2 Samuel chapter 9, the story of Jonathan's son Mephibosheth. Jonathan was King Saul's son and he and David were the best of friends before David became king. David and Jonathan had a love and bond like no other. Jonathan dies with time and David becomes King. It was custom then for any new king to kill all family members of the previous king so that no one will try to overtake the kingdom, this was a known custom. However, one day David after David became King, he begins to think back about his dear friend Jonathan and asks around if there is anyone left from the house of Saul so that He may show kindness for Jonathan's sake. King David eventually finds Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth, who is living in the poor land of Lodebar, and who is lame on both of his feet. Mephibosheth has done nothing to deserve kindness from the King, and is surprised to find the goodness shown to him, he doesn't understand that when King David looks on him, he sees his beloved friend Jonathan and is pleased. So his wrath is turned away, and his blessings fall upon Mephibosheth for the rest of his days. 2 Samuel 9:7 " and David said unto him, Fear not, for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father, and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually." Hallelujah!!! When God looks at us, if the blood of Jesus has been applied to our hearts, He does not see our sin, instead He sees His Son, and we, as unworthy as we were...we reap the blessings as His wrath is turned another way...Praise His Holy name!!!
4. What are some of the benefits you look forward to when it's quittin' time?
5. What does the Bible say?
6. Describe the joy and personal reward of humble dedication - the indwelling Christ
7. Challenge students to serve others in humility this week
Have each one explain some of the benefits they have received since becoming a child of GOD.
John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
Thank you Almighty Father,
For salvation wells my soul drinks from.
For Your wells of peace and prayer,
and that to Your mighty throne, I can boldly come.
Thank You for the wells of song,
that play continually upon my heart.
and for the wells of your lovingkindness,
that You've shown me from the start.
Thank you for wells of trust and comfort,
that ease my pain and wipes the tears I cry.
Thank You for sweet wells of Salvation,
that never shall run dry.
(In the name of JESUS...Amen.)
April 4, 2008
GOD Bless You