Fruit of the Spirit Goodness
Scripture: And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and, self-control. Galatians 5:22.
Music – Fruit of the Spirit Lunch Pail DVD
Introduction: A tomato is good for so many things. Can you name some things we would use a tomato for? Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich; ketchup, tomato juice; tomato paste; chili soup, salsa, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, tomato sandwich; tomatoes sliced with some salt (a favorite of mine); I have canned tomatoes for soups in the years past. Our lesson is about goodness, and what God has to say about goodness.
10. If you have ever told someone you would do something, and forgot to keep it, stand up.
11. If you have ever lost one shoe and forgot where you placed it, stand up. (Have everyone sit down.)
Message Good Sam
Goodness is having the courtesy to be kind and considerate with others. It is showing gentleness, and compassion toward them. God wants us to show others this fruit every opportunity that we have. He will help us to live a good and honest life before Him. Today in our lesson, some important people forgot what it means to show the goodness of God. Goodness is another word for kindness, righteousness, decency, and good.
Once upon a time, there was a young man who decided to take a vacation. On his vacation, he met many different people. Some were kind, others rude, and a few quite interesting. One day, while on his trip, this young man decided to take a walk at the park near his motel. As he was walking, along came some bad men and knocked him out taking his billfold with his entire money and driver’s license. They left him lying on the ground bruised and bleeding from his head that had received a hard hit.
A business man happened to be going through the park after getting off work late and saw the young man lying on the ground. He noticed his head bleeding, but since he did not want to mess up his new suit, decided to hurry out of sight. A little later, a nurse came passing by. The nurse had been working late having a long day and was afraid of strangers in parks this late in the evening. She did not know if it was a trick to hurt her so she quickly hurried to her car getting inside and locked the door breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Pastor Sam was walking through the park praying for God to lead him in some direction in order to reach the lost in the community. He heard some groaning and turned to see this young man weakly asking for help holding his bleeding head. Different thoughts passed quickly through his mind. “Had someone hurt this man? Did he have a family waiting at home for him? Was this how the Lord wanted him to reach into the community?” Without another thought, he hurried toward the man, knelt down beside him, and asked him if he could help him. He quickly dialed 911, and helped the man to a more comfortable position. The emergency vehicle soon arrived, and took him to the hospital.
The next day, Pastor Sam visited the young man and told him the plan of salvation. The young man confessed his sins and asked Jesus Christ into his heart. Soon, he was better, and began attending Pastor Sam’s church in the community. He became so interested in learning about God and began taking some classes at the local Bible College. God spoke to his heart and asked him to surrender himself to him and serve others by telling them about Christ. He eventually became the youth pastor of this small community church and brought many youth to the Lord. It was not long before the church grew - all because someone was willing to be obedient to the Lord and show goodness to someone in need. There are many people who need our help. Which of these three people showed mercy and goodness? Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” God’s Word says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). Sermon: Kidzministry.net Jeanne McIntosh 2006 All rights reserved.
Questions for Discussion: What do you think about what the business man who passed by the hurting man in the park? What do you think about the nurse and how she felt? How do you think God felt about what the Pastor did? Do you think the man who was hurt in the park would have given his heart to Jesus if the pastor had not helped him that day? What would you do if you saw someone who needed help at school or in your neighborhood? (Share with children about safety and what would be best to do in a situation like that). Sermon Adapted from Luke 10:30-36
Fruit Game Bible Memory
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and, self-control. Galatians 5:22. BEAN BAG (Toss the bean bad and say one word at a time. Have two people at a time do this. When one word is missed or the bean bag drops, another child takes their place)
Skit: King Josiah’s Goodness
Josiah: This will be an exciting year starting third grade.
Mom: It will be very important that you study hard especially this year.
Josiah: I always study hard. Why is this year different?
Mom: You are expected to be the new king.
Josiah: New King! I am only 8. That will be cool! Will I get to carry a sword?
Mom: You will learn many things and always put God first.
Josiah: God is my best friend. That is what my teachers have always told me at the temple.
Narrator: Long live the king! (Wait for audience to repeat)
Mom: Josiah, you need to get ready. The ceremony will be soon.
Josiah: I get to wear a crown?
Mom: You will and although it will be too big and heavy for you, you will grow into it.
Josiah: I like this one! (Puts on crown)
Mom: That one will not do. Come on lets go. We do not want to keep anyone waiting. (Both exit)
Narrator: Long live the King (Wait for audience to repeat)
High Priest: Josiah do you promise to faithful serve you people?
Josiah: Yes sir!
High Priest: Do you promise to read the Scripture daily?
Josiah: Yes Sir!
High Priest: Do you promise to walk in the ways of God Almighty?
Josiah: Yes Sir!
(Places crown on Josiah’s head) All exit.
Narrator: Long live King Josiah! (Wait for audience to repeat)
Narrator: Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-one years. He did what was good in the eyes of the LORD and followed the ways of his father David.
(High Priest enters seating himself. Next: Josiah enter waving his arms)
Josiah: Take away all the idols in this land. I do not want to see them again. They are evil.
High Priest: (Sits in chair) that is good, Josiah. God will be pleased.
Josiah: Tear down all the altars that are used for false gods.
High Priest: That too is good!
Josiah: I am tired; I think I will go back to Jerusalem.
High Priest: Take a needed rest and come back prepared to study hard and rule these people well. (All exit)
Josiah: We need money to rebuild the temple.
High Priest: God will provide. (Servant enters)
Servant: King Josiah (bows)
Josiah: What is it you wish to speak to me about?
Servant: Here is money that was donated to build the temple.
High Priest: Praise be to God!
Josiah: God is full of goodness! We must appoint leaders to supervise this building. Get me some men to supervise the repairs and restore the temple. WE will need to sue this money for all the timber, stone, and beams.
Narrator: Praise God for King Josiah! (Audience repeats) The workers worked faithfully. Praise God for King Josiah! (Audience repeats) The workers worked faithfully. The Levites supervised all the workers and soon the work was completed.
High Priest: Long live King Josiah! (Audience repeats) All exit.
Skit Resource: II Chronicles 34:1-13Kidzministry.net Jeanne McIntosh 2011 All rights reserved.