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Sixth Grade

We Worship

Building on the sermon on the mount, the basic three elements of personal worship are prayer, fasting and service

  1. Unit 1:         “We pray (when you pray, go into your room and when you shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” Matt 5:6

The purpose of this unit is to give an introduction to prayer life and its essential elements as the main way to communicate with God.

  1. a) [5 stars] Pray in secret: Our Lord teaches us to pray in secret to the Father:  find stories from the fathers of the desert.
  1.  Does God need my prayers? God loves it when we come to Him in prayer. Or do I need it. “Thousands of thousands of Angeles praise Him. Did God create me to worship Him? “you have no need of my servitude, but I am the one in need of your Lordship” Gregorian Liturgy.
  1. What it means to pray in secret, how it is not contradictory to communal prayers
  1. What it means to shut your door? The door of senses.
  1. How our prayer is a practice of our faith. The focus on God with the eye of the mind and the heart.
  1. How God rewards the prayer openly. What does that mean?
  1. b) Pray to the Father in the name of Christ: Our Lord teaches us to pray to the Father in His name.
  1. References: Eph 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 16:23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” John 16:26 “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you.” Mark 9:38 “Now John answered Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’” Luke 10:17 “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Col 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.” Phil 2:9&10 “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.” 1 Tim 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
  1. How every prayer of the church is finished by the name of Christ. For example, “Our Father who art in heaven… by Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  1. The intercession made by Christ for us is called atoning intercession, which is different than the intercessions made by saints
  1. Christ being the High Priest in heaven acts as the Mediator for all our prayers and requests that we send up to the Father, by Him. The physical example of this is needing to give a prayer to abouna to place on the alter, and the disciples receiving requests from people, and then giving the requests to Christ.
  1. There is 2 types of priesthood: general priesthood that all of us can practice in our own bedrooms and everywhere; ordained priesthood that is the clergy. Both are needed
  1. c) Pray in the Holy Spirit: We pray to develop a relationship with God by the Holy Spirit.
  1. The Spirit is the person of the Holy Trinity that lives in us. We received Him in Chrismation. He fills us with love to God and Our Lord.
  1. Stories of prayerful people: the great friendships with God: David as a young shepherd in the wilderness, how he found ways to continually speak and sing to God. Daniel and the three times of prayer.
  1. d) We pray to God our Father in times of need.
  1. Verse to Remember: Philippians 4:6- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God.”  – Does God need to hear our prayers in order to know of our needs? Two types of knowing: 1. The knowledge of the mind 2. The sharing of experience; like “Adam knew Eve his wife” (Genesis 4:1). And also when Christ says “I do not know you” -Matthew 25:12. When we pray we share with God our experiences and feelings. I am studying for a difficult exam and if God knows whether or not I will pass, why do I need to pray to God- I want to tell him that I need you and that without you I cannot do anything. As a father, God is pleased with us when we call upon him
  1. Promise to remember: Psalm 50:15- “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
  1. Stories of prayers in stress time; Israelites by the Red Sea, When they were hungry and thirsty.
  1. How is it a sin to seek help first/only from others or to be self dependant – the first sin was a self reliant attitude. God will always listen and respond- in one way or another.
  1. The combination of prayer and Fasting :  Hanna mother of Samuel, Jonah and the Nenavites , the moving of the Mokatam. Who do you think to ask for help? We look to God first.
  1. For materials, Ushpizin – the scene of prayer in the beginning.
  1. For conclusion- let them recite the 2 verses (Philippians 4:6 and Psalms 50:15)
  1. e) : We grow in our love to God the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit.
  1. Verses to Remember: John 17:3- “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Luke 10:42- “but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
  1. The more we “know,” God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the more we grow in our love to God the more we want to spend time with Him. The more God fill us with His Spirit to help us grow. There is a difference between knowing God and knowing OF God. Two types of knowing: 1. The knowledge of the mind 2. The sharing of experience; like “Adam knew Eve his wife” (Genesis 4:1). And also when Christ says “I do not know you” -Matthew 25:12.
  1. How would anyone leave their usual life, work, friends, family, and things they used to do? There is a stronger relationship that already took over their being and called them away from their former life (i.e.: Abraham)
  1. The stories of saints who loved the life of prayers. Stories of saints experiencing higher stages of prayer, St. Bishoy how he tied his hair with ropes to keep himself awake during long nights of prayer, St. Isaac the Syrian book (the ascetics of St. Isaac). The monastic movement as a consecrated life of prayer: St Anthony, and St. Macarious
  1. Saint Isaac the Syrian wrote about a monk (could be himself) who was fasting for three days and then he prepared his food at the sunset of the third day, as he stood up to pray before the meal he got so wrapped up in prayer and intimacy with God that he forgot his hunger and even himself. He was awoken by the light of the sun the next morning. Another saint, was praying in his cell when lightning struck the cell and began to burn the cell and everything within, including the hem of his garment. He was completely absorbed in talking to God that he could not feel or hear what was going on around him.
  1. From the stories of Pope Kyrillos VI, He showed us how a person advancing in the life of prayer can become more intimate with God and the Saints, so that the eyes of the heart can be opened and see heaven and the saints. – the story of Saint Steven (visions and dreams etc.) Why do we not experience this? – we have a wrong idea about prayer. A Sunday school servant told his kids that in heaven we praise God at all times like in Tasbeha, so one of the kids said, “I don’t want to go to heaven if it is like that.” – The whole purpose of prayer is to be comforted, because my true comfort is with my creator- to grow and become one with God.    
  1. In paradise and heaven it is breathtaking, overwhelming, beyond description-2 Corinthians 12:2-4- “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago— And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.”
  1. f) [How to pray: The different types of prayers
  1. Blessing: to bless someone means that you are recognizing and appreciating their goodness.
  1. Petition: when we ask God for things, we are doing much more than requesting
  1. Intercession
  1. Thanksgiving
  1. Praise
  1. Sublication
  1. g) [personal assessment – plan in presentation] Preparing for and Benefiting from the Liturgy

The Liturgy is the best prayer of the church. In the liturgy we are configured as the family of God and “we get out of our beds to be what Christ called us to be His flesh and bones-his family” – Based on the book of the Eucharist by Alexander Schamiman. If someone told you that Christ was in a certain place and that everyone was going to meet him- what would you do? – Matthew18:20 –“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”- the liturgy is the best communal prayer, which cannot be done with just a priest- he would need at least a deacon or another person. For the same reason, when we go to the liturgy, I should think of praying for and with the church. I should prepare myself as someone who prays for and with the church. This also applies for the type of prayer we are praying, it is mainly for the church and the whole world. The preparation for this prayer would be different than the preparation for my personal prayers; it would take more attention. A prayer for an ordinary person would be for himself or maybe his family and his friends; where as a prayer from a prince would be inclusive of the whole country. 1 Peter 2:9 – “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

  1. How to prepare ourselves for liturgy: (the “cleanse our hearts, eyes, minds, understanding, bodies,  and souls, we prepare ourselves through 3 avenues:

1.Physical: the cleansing of the body, clean clothing, no sexual relations (between husband and wife- which is considered breaking the fast), fasting for at least nine hours, and other feminine purifications – the bleeding would be a problem after communion as blood coming out of the body carrying the grace we collected during the communion – this also applies for patients undergoing surgery on the same day.

2.Mental: text messaging on our way to the liturgy, during the liturgy, music on the way to church, no bad words should come out of our mouths, TV before church, there should be no conflicts or hatred towards one another.

3.Spiritual: vespers, repentance, confession, prayer to God to help us focus during the liturgy

  1. Participation: It is very important to say all of the responses during the liturgy, most of these responses will be asking God to have mercy on us. Especially during the litanies that ask for mercy for everything and on behalf of everyone. Try not to repeat the words without understand what you are praying
  1. Attentiveness: Especially during the reading and the Bible, and try to get out with some sort of personal message for my benefit. Do not sit beside a friend that will distract you from the liturgy and prayer. Be attentive during the liturgy and don’t distract yourselves with cell phones.
  1. Make every effort to partake in the Holy Communion.  Always remember that the body and the blood is on the altar or will be on the altar
  1. Although the liturgy is a communal prayer, it is an ideal time to open my heart to God and ask him for help and guidance.
  1. h) [Clarify more of the “I” and the “WE” – Idea was consistantLiturgy is the prayer of the church: We celebrate as a family. Why should we come to church to pray together?
  1. We are called as the family of God coming out of the world to worship God together in one voice, one heart and one spirit.
  1. The liturgy is a perfect image of the church as we gather around the body and blood of Christ to offer ourselves in prayer. We belong to the church and the liturgy is the time and the place where we make that belonging true. How our lord said in St. John’s Gospel, when I am lifted up, I will draw all men to me. Go through the liturgy, presenting different parts, and highlight unity.
  1. Examples, we use “we” and not “I” in almost all the responses. We sing in one voice.
  1. We kiss one another We pray for the whole church and the servants and for the whole world and place to gather everything in our hearts and minds.
  1. And then we remember the dead and the departed and the saints who are have gone before us to heaven to keep them alive with us in the church.
  1. We partake of the one bread. We drink from the same cup
  1. Our solidarity is pleasing God the father to see his family in unity. Christ the son of God, offered himself to bring all the scattered children of God into one. The unity happens through the bonding of love by the Holy Spirit.
  1. Unit 2 : We listen to God  (speak Lord for Your servant is listening- Samuel 3:9)

The purpose of this unit is to: present the word of God as the central mean to know God and to understand his will and to love him more. Also it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Also highlights the role of tradition in keeping the word of God and explaining it.

  1. a) God Our Father speaks to us. He initiates the relationship.
  1. He spoke to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samuel and  12 disciples (Church)…
  1. The meaning of the covenant: a “family bond” like the bond between a husband and wife, the siblings, the parents and the children
  1. Grace is the feeling that is felt in the covenant which is between the family members of God
  1. The main way God speaks to us is in the Bible
  1. Other ways God speaks to us: the Church: the readings of the liturgy, the sermon, in confession, through spiritual advice from the fathers. He can speak to us in any way and in any form.
  1. b) God our Father speaks to us in the Bible
  1. The Focus of the Bible is Christ

2Peter 1:16 and John 5:39

  1. The Bible is written by different holy people over a long period of time, but inspired by the Holy Spirit of God
  1. The Bible is the story of our family of faith where God’s Covenants with His people are preserved (like our family story). list the covenants (refer to the lesson on the Revelation of God)
  1. The Bible has the instruction to the Church: the Bible is the supreme authority in the Church and the source of all what we practice
  1. c) The Holy Spirit kept the word of God through history in different forms
  1. The role of oral tradition in the old and the new church
  1. 2Timoth 1:13
  1. Book of Jude – Prophecy.
  1. Jude 1:14
  1. 1 Timothy 3:15 (Pillar and Ground of truth = church)
  1. Abouna Angelos says…Protestant church will not last another 100 years.
  1. Luke 1:1
  1. Oral Tradition first, then written words. (Moses learned and wrote about the genealogy from his parents and descendants.
  1. The role of church fathers in keeping the right teaching and explaining the word of God for us
  1. The Holy Spirit inspired the church fathers to keep the word.
  1. Church fathers must be in consensus
  1. Who gave us the Bible? The church. The cannon of the Bible (St. Athanasius for example)
  1. Given by the church
  1. The word of God told us that the Bible is the true book.
  1. No separation between disciples, church (church is the witness).
  1. St. Augustine – in times of Roman Empire they used to have specific slave who carries child’s backpack.  Slave would wait for the child.  The slave would guard the books with his life. (Jews held onto bible not knowing that it would lead to God…in other words they never read it)
  1. Dead sea scrolls – today we have almost the entire bible…Isiah’s book has not changed.
  1. d) God our Father speaks to me personally in the Bible
  1. The word of God changes my life. Story of St. Antony’s conversion and the Story of St. Augustine’s conversion
  1. “love your Enemy” Who is your enemy today? Who hurt me today? Who is on my black list?
  1. The word of God speaks to me personally if I am willing to hear. If we listen carefully during the liturgy and keep reading the Bible closely, I come to discover that God speaks to me in a personal way in the Bible
  1. The word of God purifies my heart and my mind. Jesus said to His disciples, “you are already clean because of the words which I have spoken to you.” (Gospel of John)
  1. Disciple and the monk and the basket. (read the bible and retain)
  1. When we displace the bad thoughts with the bible thoughts – temptation is displace by good words from God.
  1. St. Seraphim – used to read everyday one full Gospel.
  1. e) God our Father gives us a living word: the parable of the sower and the seed
  1. The word of God is alive. If I take it in and give it a chance to go to my heart through careful listening, the word itself will bring fruits naturally. Reference the verses about the living word of God from St. Paul and St. Peter
  1. Types of soil and the obstacles to the life of the word:
  1. Absolute resistance to hear- the road
  1. Partial resistance to hear- the rocky places
  1. Complete acceptance with competition of cares and desires, procrastinators- the thorns and thistles. Most of us are of this type
  1. No resistance and no competition to the life of the word- good soil
  1. f) God our Father speaks to us in a special way in the liturgy
  1. The Holy Spirit inspired the church to arrange the readings of the liturgy of the word. how can we learn to listen to the message of the Spirit? (“Whoever has ears let him hear what the Spirit wants to say to the churches”)
  1. There are 5 books of reading in the church: “Katamaras”
  1. One for ordinary time, weekdays- structured around the saints of the day, or the feast
  1. One for ordinary time, Sundays- structured around our Lord’s life and teaching
  1. One for Lent- has 7 themes. They are used as an instruction for the Catechumens
  1. One for Holy Week- all related to repentance and the Cross
  1. One for the 50 days after resurrection- all around the post-resurrection Gospel
  1. g) God’s word is my daily bread
  1. It is not by bread alone man lives, but by every word that comes out from the mouth of God
  1. How to read the Bible:
  1. Pray before reading the Bible: “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening”
  1. Read a story or a parable or a teaching that makes a complete point
  1. Try to understand what God wants to say to you. This might mean reading it a few times
  1. Avoid generalizing: for example, when you hear “what benefits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul,” we have a tendency to think that this means any person should not be concerned about material things more than his spiritual life. This is generalizing. The real reading should be: how I am trying to gain the world today? Example, I am trying very hard to gain a certain friendship or convince my parents to buy me a new iPod, etc. today I am trying to gain the world through the toy and I will be miserable and agitated, to the degree that I might not talk to my parents and forget the commandment of God to honor my father and mother.
  1. Highlight the verses in your Bible with a marker and you can use different colors to mean different things. For example, gold for commandments; blue for comfort; green for hope; pink for warnings, etc
  1. Do not forget to thank God for what you received after reading
  1. Note for the servants: give the kids passages and have them practice doing these things
  1. Unit 3: We make our souls ready to receive God’s word and to speak to Him
  1. a) Fasting helps us receive the word of God
  1. “It is not by bread alone man lives, but by every word that comes out from the mouth of God”
  1. Moses prepared himself with fasting before receiving the 10 commandments. The Israelites fasted for 40 years in the wilderness to prepare them to enter the Promised Land
  1. Our Lord Jesus Christ, before starting His service, fasted for 40 days
  1. We fast before we listen to the word of God in the church, and before taking Communion, which is the Word made flesh
  1. b) Fasting helps prayer
  1. Story of Nehemiah
  1. Story of Esther
  1. Explain what St. Makarious talked about in his sermon on the spirit vs the body. And what St. Paul mentioned in one of his letters. Also how we should pray in the spirit, not just with the body. It is very difficult sometimes to pray when we have not fasted
  1. Bring items from the fraction of Lent, how “fasting and prayer”  is repeated
  1. c) We fast as an offering to God
  1. By giving up food and drink, we offer to God our life
  1. What is the difference between fasting for God and fasting for medical reasons?
  1. What is an acceptable fasting? Isaiah 58:1-14
  1. Unit 4: God our Father gives us His Spirit

The purpose of this unit: the Holy Spirit who lives in us continues the works of Christ within us. The Holy Spirit rebukes. The Holy Spirit comforts and gives gifts and fruits. There is nine fruits, three virtues, seven personal gifts, and seven gifts to the church.

  1. a) How we receive the Spirit
  1. Baptism and Chrismation: how we receive a small tongue of fire that we need to ignite through means of grace. How? Prayer, fasting, the word of God, the sacraments, especially confession and communion, and acts of service and love
  1. What happens when we sin? We do not put out the fire that we took from baptism, but we dim it. Otherwise, we would need to be baptized again and that cannot happen because Christ died only one time. And He promised not to take His Holy Spirit from us (Psalm 50).
  1. b) 5 Symbols of the Holy Spirit
  1. Fire: the Holy Spirit produces in us a burning desire to love God and to love others, what motivates us to serve, forgive, sacrifice. Refer to the story of Nadab and Abiho in Lev 10. How did they bring a strange fire that was not given to them by God to serve God with; we ought to serve God and others by the Holy Spirit from within, not from human power or zeal. What is the sign of spiritual zeal? James 3:14-18
  1. Oil: the Holy Spirit consecrates, teaches, heals, and indwells. How the oil was used in the Old Testament to consecrate. Examples: alters like Jacob, people to become prophets like Elisha, and kings like Samuel with Saul and David. How the oil was used for healing; examples: the story of the Good Samaritan, the disciples used to anoint sick people with oil, the letter of St. James asks the priests to do the same. How the oil was used to anoint the Catechumens after giving them the teachings. We do the same today in baptism, as we ask the Holy Spirit to open the heart to keep the teachings- “sermons oil.” The Holy Spirit indwells in the mystery of Chrismation through the oil of Myron, a means of the laying of hands of the bishops.
  1. Dove: meekness and peace, because His fruits are: peace, kindness, gentleness, when the Spirit in us is dimmed we experience violence in the heart and the mind. How do you see this manifested? Violent thoughts and violent feelings- you want to hurt somebody, your parents, your brother or sister- something that you would never find in Christ.
  1. Wind: in Greek “pneuma”. You cannot control where He comes from or where He goes to. You cannot predict His coming or His going. (John 3) He moves everything. Example: moves the sail of the ships, and changes things; He changes the climate- brings clouds and brings good things for the trees and the earth. He leads us to God. If you get the theme from Elijah’s story, God spoke to him in a nice breeze. It feels good to be in a nice breeze.
  1. Water: the Spirit is very essential to our life, as water is essential to our bodies. We can last up to 40 days without food, but we cannot last 10 days without water. Water is essential to cleaning: the Flood and the Red Sea.
  1. c) We love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ; that’s how we get filled with the Holy Spirit
  1. Refer to Revelation to the world by St. Seraphim of Sarov. When we use the means of grace, like prayer, fasting, reading the Bible, and practicing the Sacraments, to reach to love of Christ and also when we do acts of mercy and service for the sake of Christ and in His name, we get filled with the Holy Spirit.
  1. Parable of the 10 virgins. The 10 virgins are Christians who are expecting Christ. The oil is the Holy Spirit. The market is the world. The 5 wise are those who served in the world for the sake of Christ; the 5 foolish are the ones who did all kinds of actions not for the sake of Christ.
  1. i) The Holy Spirit gives me six gifts and three virtues. He gives the church seven gifts:
  1. Three virtues: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
  1. Six personal gifts: Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”
  1. Seven gifts to the church, gifts of ministry: Romans 12: 5-8  “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
  1. d) I am filled with the Spirit?
  1. Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  1. Joseph and the Fruit of the Spirit
  1. Unit 5: We serve God:

This unit purpose: is to study the 4 levels of service. In service we fulfill our role as the image of God and His special people on earth to service others. How we image God’s serving love portrayed perfectly in the image of Christ. Service also is another mean of igniting the fire of the Holy Spirit.

  1. a) Our Lord calls us to serve with Him         Our Lord came to serve:
  1. How, although He is the King and Master, he came to serve us “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” Matthew 20:28. The washing of the feet
  1. He called us to serve Him by serving others. He asked St peter to: “ feed my lams” and not to “die in my place”.
  1. He called us to do acts of serve in secret (specially giving money or other gifts), if possible. And sometimes openly: (that they may see your good deeds)
  1. b) Our Lord called us to Grow in life of service #1
  1. He commanded His disciples to witness for Him in:  Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the world: likewise we are called to grow in service:
  1. Myself : caring for my spiritual and physical needs. By doing this we build ourselves to be able to serve others. A rock that is strong in itself, will be able to carry the weight of a wall. A builder would not pick a rock that is cracked to carry weight.:

1.Watch for your spiritual health. Know that your soul hungers and thirst, manifestations of spiritual sickness are usually wrong desires and sinful appetites (the prodigal son craving pigs food). How to be “spiritually fit” “spirit builder”. The

  • · Exercises of the spirit are: prayer and fasting and
  • · power bars” of the nutritious word of God and His body and blood.

2.Manage your time wisely

  1. My family: caring for their physical and spiritual needs

1.The most excellent service we can give to our parents IS OBEDIENCE

1 Samuel 15:22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. We obey by:                   a. working hard in school

b. come when we are called

c. do as we are told

d. serve in the house

2. Watch out for selfishness in dealing with siblings: symptoms of

sickness in relation to siblings: Jealousy (misery because I do not have what they have) , envy (need to destroy what they have). Using “I” or “me” too frequent, fighting, name calling and swearing. Not finding ways to spend time together.

  1. c) Our Lord called us to Grow in life of service #2

My family of faith:  as we have physical parents, we also have a spiritual father, who we also need to obey:

a. working hard on my spiritual needs

b. come to church on Sundays and church celebrations

c. listen to and follow his advise

d. serve the church in anyway even small acts of cleaning, or filling water, landscaping and preparing for feasts. ..etc.  note to servants: (make a yearly class project to serve)

 

  1. God calls us to be Holy:         “Holiness” = Separation & Putting on Christ

The purpose of this unit is to get the children to understand their call to be holy. And holiness is two actions. Separation from the world and sin; the second action is putting on Christ. This unite would include the biblical story of the Israelites out of Egypt and how they were called to receive the commandments of God. As a positive aspect of sanctification, we too, were separated from the world through our baptism. And we are given the inscription of the spirit on our heart in Chrismation. We renew this in confession and communion.

  1. a) God called his people out of Egypt separated them from the world in the baptism of the Red sea. And gave them the commandments as a way of sanctification to make them holy and gave them a commandment: “be holy as I the lord your God is holy. Explain holy= very special. God holy people= God’s very special people.
  1. b) God called us to be his special people.
  1. Through the sacraments of the church. How our parents gave us as a sacrifice to God in baptism. Since then we belong, to God one by one, and we are called a new creation in Christ. The old creation was made from one man, Adam from the dust; the new creation is made from one person, Christ. And how God our father gave us His Spirit to dwell in us so we become a temple for the Holy Spirit. And these are the two steps of our sanctification. That is how we become God’s very special people.
  1. What happens when we go back and turn our back on God? The way is always open in two actions. One, through repentance and confession. We separate ourselves from the world and sin. Two, we partake of Christ’s body and blood to be filled over and over again with his Spirit.  As other means of grace that fills us with the Holy Spirit.
  1. c) Our lord Jesus Christ, commanded us to be watchful and protect our special status.
  1. The people of God after reaching the promise land and being sanctified were continuously under attack from their neighboring countries to bring back to serve other Gods and break the commandments.
  1. Tell the story of king Hezekiah, when the army of Sennacherib mocked Hezekiah’s God and how King Hezekiah spread the letters of Sennacherib on the altar of God for God to deal with it. How we also get attacked by the world and the devil to renounce our holiness. Describe the different ways the devil attack us.
  1. d) Our lord Jesus Christ called us to be pure. T
  1. he purity of the eyes is the way to keep the body pure. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” Matthew 6:22 and 23. Here our lord speaks of the light on two levels. If we close our eyes we can only see darkness. On that level he is telling us that there is physical darkness inside our bodies and the only way we can get light is through the eyes. The eyes than are the windows of the house. The other level is when the eyes bring in lust. Now this is spiritual darkness that corrupts the whole members of the body, the heart and the mind. It can lead to the corruption of the hands and feet.
  1. How the media plays a major part in bringing darkness to our lives, through the eyes and ears. The ears can be spoken of the same way. The devil’s target is to destroy the temple of God. And corrupt the new creation.
  1. Unit 4: God leads His people by the Judges and Kings of Israel
  1. a) Joshua
  1. b) Deborah
  1. c) Gideon
  1. d) Samson
  1. e) Samuel
  1. Unit 5: God our Father gave us a family through: the Holy Sacrament of Marriage- “It is not good for man to be alone”
  1. a)

Holy bodies lead to Holy Marriages.

Stand against the ideas of worldly practices.

Build the picture of the body is a God created body and it MUST remain holy.

Concept of Holiness.

Relativism  – everything is relative to the Eye of the beholder “if its ok for you its ok for me” “I am free to do what I want”

French revolution – governing the civil laws

Corruption in the church, protestantinism, relativisim, revolution,

Understand the concept of no time.

Light is the decisive matter of time.

God exists in the stillness.

Look to the prayers of “Our Father…” , pause to feel the response of God in our hearts through the Holy Spirit

  1. b) The image of God is the family, imaging the unity of the Holy Trinity as the perfect family, and also the union between Christ and the Church
  1. Unity in nature as an example of the Holy Trinity’s perfect unity. Examples of bees and ants
  1. What it means for the two to become one: to think of each other’s needs as their own. If the husband is hungry, the wife thinks that “we are hungry” and she goes to serve. If the wife is tired, the husband thinks “we are tired” and goes to serve. If the child is sick, the parents think “we are sick.”
  1. When we were sinful, Christ thought “we are sinful” and He went to the Cross

Adam & Eve

Eve created from Adam, Children created from Eve who was created from adam {resembling the Trinity.  The Father, the Son & Spirit.

Woman – part of man.

One entity one life

What God has joined let no man asunder.

  1. How God created Eve after Adam, so he would be responsible for her; and from him, so she would belong to him
  1. How God asked Adam to name animals to make him share in the decision of making Eve
  1. He made her out of the rib so she would be equal to him, and closer to his heart. “Flesh of my flesh, and bone of my bones.” (this is grace)
  1. When they were in the presence of God, they were in unity; but when they sinned, they were separated from each other

[ADD AS NOTE IN LESSON IF QUESTIONS ARISE]

Where did divorce come from? Matthew 19

  1. How the Israelites had hard hearts and they could not live the life that God wanted for the family. The men wanted to marry more than one wife and to get rid of their wives whenever they liked. Otherwise, they would have to kill them. So Moses allowed them to have divorce.
  1. How our Lord Jesus Christ taught us that there is no divorce except for adultery (cheating). Why is He saying this? First because God created them one woman and one man for life. Secondly, adultery kills the unity. The man doesn’t think at all “we” he only thinks “I”
  1. Bring stories of good marriages and fidelity. Abraham and Sarah. Isaac and Rebecca, Aquilla and Priscilla, and the Church and the house

d)  God did not give us boyfriends and girlfriends (this lesson can be split into 2 lessons- optional)

  1. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend is selfish. There is no blessing. It may seem “cool” in the sight of the world and my school friends, but it is made by the world to destroy the image of God and confuse us. Refer to Joshua Harris’ book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  1. The media, “TV, movies, songs, radio, internet,” sells lies to twist the Truth of God’s creation and make money.
  1. “making love” is actually making babies and making sin. True love is pure and from God, so it’s holy, and seeks the other not the self. Refer to the movie, “True Love” by Joshua Harris
  1. Not everything that makes me feel good is safe. Tell the story of Samson

E) REVIEW LESSON – boundaries for teens – book (find author) same author of seven habits of…..

Split class into boys and girls

Boys – talk to them about puberty and sex

What’s involved?

How it happens

Foreplay – Leading to intercourse

Purpose behind sex

Outcome

Girls – talk to them about puberty and sex

What’s involved?

How it happens

Foreplay – Leading to intercourse

Purpose behind sex

Outcome