KNOWING THE BIBLE by CBH Ministries

GROW, GROW, GROW COURSE
Lesson 11: Service
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Introduction


Do you ever pull petals off a daisy while you recite a little jingle to tell you what you'll be or whom you'll marry some day? That may be fun to do, but it's not a very good guide for life, is it? You need a much better guide in making decisions.

And there is a better guide for you–the Word of God. In Psalm 119 there are 176 verses that talk about the importance of God’s Word, the Bible. Verse 133 says, "Direct my footsteps according to your word." You can make that your prayer also so that your life can be a life of service to God.

1 Samuel 3:1-10 tells the story of the boy, Samuel, and his response to a call from God. Samuel said, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." As a Christian and God’s servant, this should be your response to Him.

To discover some things that the Bible says about service, read An Unjoyful Noise in the story corner, do the homework assignment, learn the verse in the memory corner, have fun in the puzzle corner, and then take the quiz.


Story Corner


This story will help you understand the theme of Lesson Eleven. You may print the story to keep or to share with others.

An Unjoyful Noise

Beth played the flute, and her brother Scott played the clarinet. They were going to practice a special number for the Sunday morning church service, but they couldn't agree on what song to play. "Let's try page 105," suggested Scott.

"Yuk!" exclaimed Beth. "I absolutely hate that song!"

"It's a cool song," insisted Scott.

Beth pulled a face. "I always knew you had bad taste," she retorted.

Scott was indignant. "Look who's talking!" he said angrily. "The last time we played, you decided we should play that chorus we learned at camp. I was embarrassed to be up there with you. It sounded horrible!"

"Did not."

"Did, too!"

"Well, anyhow," said Beth, placing a book on the music stand, "I think we should play 'There Is Joy in Serving Jesus.'"

Scott snorted, but they played through the song. "Bo-o-o-oring," Scott said when they finished.

"Just forget it then!" snapped Beth. "I have better things to do than to sit here and argue with you!" She placed her flute in its case, snapped it shut, and got up to leave.

"Wait a minute," said Mom as she walked into the room. "What's going on here? It sounds like war! I like the words to the song 'There Is Joy in Serving Jesus,' but I certainly didn't hear any joyful sounds when you were deciding what number to play. Why do you two bother to play at all?"

Scott was puzzled. "Because we can play good," he answered. Mom raised her eyebrows. "We were asked to play," he added, struggling to think of of a better answer.

Beth knew that wasn't satisfactory, either. "It's . . . it's our ministry. We hope others will learn about the Lord through our music," she added weakly. "It's our way to serve God."

"That sounds good," said Mom, "but I wonder if you really think about that at all. I wonder if you play for God's glory, or for your own. I wonder if you do it to serve Him or to serve yourself. I think you'd better check on your attitudes."

Mom left the room, and Scott and Beth looked at each other. "Mom's right," Beth said at last. "First of all, let's pray about our music, and then let's start practicing all over again."

by Linda Weddle


Homework


Please print this page and follow the instructions. Doing this assignment will help you remember the theme of Lesson Eleven.

Find Deuteronomy 10:12-13. Here you see what God required of His special people–Israel. It's what He still requires of His special people today–Christians.

As a Christian, you are "to  the Lord your God, to  in all His ways, to  Him, to  the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to the Lord's commands." That is what God wants you to do. Notice that part of the verse says you are to serve the Lord. Are you serving Him?

Maybe you think you're too small to serve the Lord. That isn't true. God is as pleased with the "little" things that are done for Him as He is with the "big" things. The Bible gives examples of children who serve the Lord. In the Old Testament we read of a boy and a girl who served the Lord.

The boy was  (1 Samuel 3:1). He served the Lord by helping Eli, the priest. Is there someone you can help? Someone for whom you could run errands? Someone who needs help with homework?

The girl was a servant of  (2 Kings 5:1-3). She served by telling what God could do through His prophet. Are there those to whom you should give the message about what God can do for them?

In the New Testament, we also read of a boy and a girl who served the Lord. The boy gave Jesus what he had, even though it wasn't very much. He gave  loaves of bread and  small fish (John 6:8-11), and God blessed and multiplied them. What will you give to the Lord? Will you give Him money? Time? Talents?

The girl was  (Acts 12:11-16). No doubt she prayed for Peter. She also served by answering the door, and she carried the message that Peter had been set free from prison. Do you pray for others? Do you have faith that God will answer your prayers?

You can serve God, too. You serve Him by serving others. Are you willing to serve in even small ways? Perhaps you can serve the Lord in a more formal way, too–that is, by doing a specific job at church, Sunday school, or Bible club.

Here are a few suggestions: work in the church nursery, mow the church lawn, participate in a nursing home program, sing a special number, play an instrument in church, help put up a church bulletin board, sing in the junior choir, wash dishes after a church supper, or make a poster for VBS. Would be able to help in one of these areas?


Caring and Sharing

Choose one or more of the following assignments and put it into practice this week.

  •  Do one of the things listed above.

  •  Lead in prayer in Sunday school or Bible club.

  •  Read Scripture in Sunday School or Bible club.

  •  Offer to bring devotions in a youth meeting.

  •  Offer to go with your Sunday school teacher to call on a new member.

  •  Help straighten the room after a youth meeting.

  •  Ask a parent or teacher to help you find a place to serve in church, Sunday school, or Bible club.


Memory Corner


Learning this verese will help you remember the theme of Lesson Eleven.

Here’s an easy verse to learn. That is, it’s easy to memorize. It will be easy to say with your lips, but perhaps it will be less easy to say it with your life.

To Learn: Psalm 100:2 "Serve the Lord with gladness." (KJV)

That looks simple, doesn't it? Now it's time to memorize it—and learn what it means.

"Serve the Lord with gladness." It's nice to be served, isn't it? It's nice to be waited on—to have someone who does whatever you ask him to. But wait a minute! This verse doesn't say, "Be served." It simply says, "serve." You are to serve—to do whatever God asks of you. You've already studied some ways to do that. Now say the word several times. "Serve." It's easy to say, isn't it? But don't just say it. Do it.

"Serve the Lord with gladness." Whom are you to serve? The Lord. Not yourself. Don't sing, pray, or work in the nursery, or do anything just to make yourself look good or just because you enjoy it. The things you do to serve God should bring glory and praise to Him, not to yourself. "Serve the Lord." Learn the whole phrase and make up your mind to serve God.

"Serve the Lord with gladness." Don't serve the Lord with grumbling. Don't serve Him with quarreling. Don't serve Him reluctantly. "Serve the Lord with gladness!" Serve Him eagerly and joyfully. Be happy to do what you can for the Lord who has done so very much for you.

Now add the reference. "Serve the Lord with gladness." Psalm 100:2. Say the reference several times. It may be the hardest part to memorize, yet the easiest part to learn since it doesn't require any action.

The New International Version translates this verse as, "Worship the Lord with gladness." Worship is one of the many ways we can serve God by bringing glory to Him.


Puzzle Corner


Please print this page. Do the puzzle as a family, with friends or by yourself. It will help you remember the theme of Lesson Eleven.
 
In this crossword puzzle, the words going across tell some ways you serve the Lord by serving others at home. The words going down tell some ways to serve the Lord at church or Sunday school.




ACROSS

2. wash _____

4. set the _____

5. mow the _____

8. run _____

9. take out the _____

 


DOWN

1. play an _____

3. _____ a special number

6. help in the _____

7. lead in _____

 
 
 

Quiz

Choose the correct answer for each of the following questions:

Use These Bible Verses To Help Answer The Questions:
Acts 9:1-7 | Deuteronomy 10:12-13 | I Samuel 3:1 | II Kings 5:1-3 | John 6:8-11 | Acts 12:11-16 | Psalm 100:2 |

 
 ____    
1. In which Bible reference do you find the servant of Naaman's wife?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
2. In which Bible reference do you find a boy with bread and fish?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
3. In which Bible reference do you find Saul (later called Paul)?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
4. In which Bible reference do you find Samuel?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
5. In which Bible reference do you find Andrew?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
6. In which Bible reference do you find Rhoda?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
7. In which Bible reference do you find Eli?
 ____    1 Samuel 3:1
 ____    Acts 9:1-6
 ____    II Kings 5:1-3
 ____    Acts 12:11-16
 ____    John 6:8-11
 
True or False
 
8. It's okay to grumble while you serve the Lord, so long as long do serve Him.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
9. Even boys and girls can serve the Lord.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
10. You don't need to know right now what you'll be when you grow up.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
11. You deserve praise for the things you do for the Lord.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
12. You can serve God by serving others.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
13. As you serve God right now, doing the best you know how, you can trust Him to show you what you should be when you grow up.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
14. You should wait until you're bigger before you try to serve the Lord in a public meeting.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 
15. God is just as pleased with the "little" things you do for Him as he is with what some people consider "big" things.
 ____    True
 ____    False
 

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