Repentance

Repentance

 (Bible Overview #42 of 54)

One Main Truth:  A true change is called transformation, Jesus can transform hearts

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1 GAME: Freeze Tag

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game The Unfreezer could Free Other Players / In the Bible Jesus Transformed Zacchaeus’ Heart / In Life Jesus can Transform Anyone’s Heart

  1. Show Players the boundaries that the game will be played in.
    2. Choose a Player to be “It.” Choose one Player to be the “Transformer”
    3. The Player selected to be “It” then chases the others, attempting to get close enough to “Tag” one of them (touching them with a hand) while the others try to escape.
    4. If a Player gets tagged they are now “Frozen” and must stand in place with their arms stretched out until they are unfrozen.
    5. Only the “Transformer” can unfreeze a frozen player, they unfreeze them, by tagging them or by touching their outstretched hand.
    6. Once a frozen Player has been unfrozen they must say “Thank You.” If they do not say “Thank You” they are out for the rest of the round.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 19

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The Unfreezer could Free Other Players / In the Bible Jesus Transformed Zacchaeus’ Heart / In Life Jesus can Transform Anyone’s Heart

Madan Loves Money: Madan was a rich man. He loved his money more than anything in this world. He loved touching it, counting it, possessing it! He could buy whatever his heart desired with his money. He thought he could even buy people and their love with it! His money made him feel powerful. His wife and two daughters loved him a lot but they soon realized that he loved his money more than he loved them. One day they left him. Poor Madan did not realized that his true wealth was his family. Madan soon began to feel lonely. He had no one to care for him. He lived in a big house surrounded by luxury, but there was no love in his life. He apologized to his family but they
knew that his repentance was not true. He still loved his money more than anything in the world. His family did not go back to him.

Zacchaeus: In the time of Jesus, there was a Tax Collector named Zacchaeus. People did not like him because he took their hard earned money from them.

One day, Jesus entered Jericho. He had become so popular that everyone wanted to see Him and soon He was surrounded by a huge crowd. Zacchaeus was too short to see over the crowd. He quickly ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus coming his way. When Jesus reached the spot He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down for I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus came down at once and welcomed Jesus gladly.

Jesus, the Savior: People didn’t like Jesus meeting Zacchaeus. Although Jesus did not say, ‘Zacchaeus, you are a bad man.’ Zacchaeus knew all the bad things he has done. So he said to the Jesus, “Look, if I have cheated or overcharged anyone, I will pay back four times the amount.” After listening to his words of true repentance, Jesus Christ said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Zacchaeus demonstrated a true change of heart.  Jesus loves every sinner, and no sin is too bad to be forgiven. That is why Jesus came into this world and died for us so that we can have eternal life!  Therefore everyone must invite and meet Jesus personally and those who have received Jesus, like Zacchaeus, will never be the same again.

Madan did not repent. He still lied and made excuses. He still loved his money. As good followers of Jesus Christ, we must pray for people like Madan who are unable to genuinely repent. We must share the teachings of the Gospel with them.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The Unfreezer could Free Other Players / In the Bible Jesus Transformed Zacchaeus’ Heart / In Life Jesus can Transform Anyone’s Heart

Memory Verse:  “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:10

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
How did players change or transform from being frozen to unfrozen?
Who could unfreeze you?
What did you have to do to get unfrozen?

2. Bible
What happened to Zacchaeus?
How did he transform, change?
Who transformed him?
Can Jesus still transform people and people’s hearts today?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, thank you for transforming Zacchaeus. Thank you for
transforming me. Please strengthen me to tell others about how you have transformed my life, who should I share with this week? *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Draw a big tree on a chart paper or on the blackboard with few branches.
Also draw a separate picture of Zacchaeus. The children can then play PUT ZACCHAEUS ON THE TREE (blindfolded). There don’t have to be any winners but children will enjoy seeing where Zacchaeus is sitting.

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