The students will understand that once they have asked Jesus to come into their hearts they must continue to grow. They will be able to review the steps to salvation as outlined by the Wordless Book, concluding by naming specific ways they can help their spiritual growth.
Introduction: Show your students a plant. Ask the question: How did the life of this plant begin? Did it start out this size?
Progression of Events:
Climax: We should learn by the account of Timothy that it is possible to grow spiritually. Review memory verse.
Conclusion: Spiritual growth is necessary if we are to be "healthy" Christians.
Response: Your students will review the steps to salvation as suggested by the Wordless Book, concluding by naming specific ways we can help our spiritual growth.
On Paul's second of three missionary journeys, he revisited the cities of Derbe and Lystra where he met Timothy, a young convert. Paul soon saw some traits in Timothy that he admired and wanted him to accompany him on the remainder of the trip. He was on his way to revisit the churches he had established on his first trip and to deliver the decrees of the Jerusalem council to them (Acts 15:18-19).
The Book of 2 Timothy is a personal letter written by Paul, probably during a second imprisonment in Rome shortly before his death. In this epistle, Paul encourages Timothy to hold fast to his faith and the Scriptures even though trials and persecutions were assured (2 Timothy 3:14-15). Paul loved Timothy as a son (1 Timothy 1:2). Paul was acquainted with Timothy's grandmother and mother, Lois and Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5). He was evidently somewhat timid (1 Corinthians 16:10-11) but was very faithful to the work of God. He also seemed to have had many problems with illness (1 Timothy 5:23). Timothy knew what it would cost to follow Christ because he was from Lystra where Paul had been stoned and left for dead. He was deeply involved in Paul's ministry, sometimes carrying Paul's letters to the churches.
Special Unit Instructions:
The final page, (or it may be the cover if you have purchased the Wordless Books) is the green color. You will use this color to stress spiritual growth to your class.
Tell them that the green color reminds you of new life, the everlasting life we can have in Christ. Green is the color of things which are growing outdoors—the leaves, grass, bushes, and trees.
When Jesus gives us a clean heart we are like a newborn baby in God's family. But we don't want to stay babies forever. The Bible tells us to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18), our memory verse for this week. Go over some of the things which will help us grow as a member of God's family. These should include listening to God (learning God's Word), talking to God (prayer), talking for God (witnessing), and worshipping God (going to church and Sunday school).
Use children to stage a tableau, or pantomime actions. Have one reading the Bible, one praying and one witnessing. Tell how that makes them grow for Jesus.
Story of Madugu (CEF Press). A story of a black boy who came to know the Lord through the Wordless Book. A true story, good for reading aloud (Bible store or through CEF).
Begin your review by showing the children a real baby. Comment on its perfect little hands, feet, etc. Ask the children what a baby needs to make it grow. Then bring up a small child, and others progressively larger. Mention that someone gave each of them the things they needed in order to grow. Compare this to the spiritual, having the children help you list the things that are needed for spiritual growth.
Enlarge character on butcher paper who will be Mr. Christian (see Patterns). Accordion-pleat him in the spots indicated, lightly taping him into his shorter form. As you discuss the various things needed to make Mr. Christian grow (Bible reading, prayer, coming to Sunday school, witnessing to others, etc.) untape a section at a time and show the students how he is growing.
Do a brief skit illustrating what things are needed for growth. Give one person inedible objects such as cans, rocks, etc. Give the other real foods. Ask your students which one is getting the right kind of nourishment. Then make a like contrast concerning spiritual growth. If God's Word, church attendance and prayer are important to us, we have the proper spiritual food on which to grow. On the other hand, if we neglect those things but surround ourselves with secular reading material, worldly friends and activities, foolish talk, etc., we will find these things do not contribute to our growth spiritually.