THE RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLE MEN

 CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH WORLDWIDE
CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
(KINGDOM OF GOD FAMILY)


Theme:

The Exemplary Child


UPPER ELEMENTARY


LESSON TWENTY-TWO

TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:11


MEMORY VERSE: Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me - 2 Timothy 4:11 (RSV)


LESSON OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should have

1. have understood what it means to be reliable and dependable;

2. made up their mind to be reliable and dependable; and

3. understood that today's failure is not the end of one's life.


INTRODUCTION

Glory to God for the wonderful lessons we learnt last week. The new topic we shall be looking at, for another two weeks, is about a young man who loves to follow Christ but was initially afraid due to inexperience. He submitted himself for mentoring and he later became every reliable and dependable in the things of God.


WEEK ONE: THE LOYAL DOCTOR LUKE

November 14, 2021

While some of his friends have been sent out on missionary assignments, others, such as Demas, have turned their back on Paul and abandoned him. This is Luke is the only one still with him. This is Luke the physician (Colossians 4:14) who travelled as a missionary with Paul, during his first imprisonment. He appears to have been extremely loyal to Paul, remaining as his final friend during his second imprisonment. In addition, he wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. It's possible that Luke served as Paul's secretary at some point in time. How loyal and reliable are you?


LESSONS

1. Paul had a lot of friends who were also workers for Christ.

2. We must be careful and not allow anything to stop us from following Christ.

3. God wants us to be loyal to Him as servants.


WEEK TWO: THE RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLE MARK

November 21, 2021

This week, we saw Paul's second friend who was mentioned in our memory verse - he is Mark. This is John Mark, a young man whose mother hosted early believers in her home in Jerusalem. He travelled with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, leaving them early early to return to Jerusalem (Acts 13:13). When Paul and Barnabas prepared for a second trip, they divided because Paul refused to take Mark with them, while Barnabas who was Mark's relative chose to remain with him and took him on his own journeys(Acts 15:36-40). Whatever the reason for absconding the other time, we do not know, but we believe. Mark later appeared with Paul during his first arrest on Rome (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24.


Interestingly, this once-rejected Mark wrote one of the Gospels which bear his name. And while Paul was nearing the end of his life and ministry, he sent for Mark, describing him as very useful for the ministry. The end is always better than the beginning.


LESSONS

1. When parents are godly, it helps children to love the Lord and follow His ways.

2. The downfall of a man is not the end of his life.

3. A life lived in God's way will attracts a lot of good things.


QUESTIONS

1. Who is the friend that left Paul?

2. Who is Luke

3. Described John Mark and mention things we can learn from his life.


PRAYER: Lord, help me to be useful, reliable and dependable in Jesus name.

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