YEAH! Church - Sunday, July 25, 2021
"Stories of Jesus” – How I live my life matters. If I just live my life for me, I cannot go and live with Jesus in heaven, because only people who are friends with Jesus can go there. We need to learn to be ‘sheep’ who follow Jesus and do what He says, not ‘goats’ who often get into trouble, eat garbage and only care about themselves.
Today’s Lesson - “I Just Want to be a Sheep…Baa Baa!”
Jesus’ Story – “Parable of the Sheep and Goats”
Matthew 25:31-46, NLT
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[g] 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ 45 And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
• When Jesus comes back, He’s going to divide all people into one of two groups—sheep and goats. Who is a ‘sheep’ and who is a ‘goat?’ How can He tell them apart?
• Jesus wants us to care for other people as though we were caring for Him. How does Jesus say we can do that?
• Jesus wants us to show love to people, because of the love He has shown us. How has Jesus shown love to us?
• Loving others is something we must do. What will happen if we disobey God instead?
Matthew 25:40 - “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
Prayer - Thank you, God, that I can be one of Jesus’ ‘sheep.’ I want to be ready to follow you and show others how much I love you, by being loving to them as well. Help me not to just do things my own way, but to always obey you.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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