John 10:22-39 (2)


Jesus, the Son of God
Reading: John 10:22-39
Additional reading: John 20: 19-31
Blanks: Messiah, believe, one, works, God’s Son, understand

(1) Have you heard the word, Hanukkah?
It is one of the Jewish holidays.
Usually, during the Christmas time, they celebrate this Hanukah.
In English, it is called the Festival of Lights.
Then they light this menorah.
They light one candle per day for 8 days.

Hanukah is also called the Feast of Dedication, because they rededicated the temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 BC.
Their story goes like this.
So now it was about two hundred years before the time of Jesus.
(2) The Jewish people then were living under the rule of the Greek kings of Damascus.
But one of the kings control of the Temple in Jerusalem and forced the Jewish people to abandon their God, their customs and reading of the Torah, the bible.
(3) He also forced them to bow down to other idols at the very Temple in Jerusalem.

The Jewish people were really upset by this.
So, four Jewish brothers raised up an army to regain the temple.
(1) After three years of fighting, they were able to regain the Temple and rededicate it to God.
That is what they wanted to remember every year during this Hanukkah.

So, when Jesus came along, after about 200 years later.
They wanted to know whether Jesus would also raise up an army and establish the Jewish Kingdom in the land.
They wanted to know whether Jesus would be their new king chosen by God.

(1-2) So, during this Hanukah, when Jesus was at Solomon's Porch in the temple area in Jerusalem, the Jewish people gathered around him and asked:
“How long are you going to keep us guessing?
If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly."

Then, Jesus said something like this:
“Think about my miracles that I am doing in my Father's name.
That should explain you about me.
Think about my teachings.
Don’t you think I am a little different?
Those who follow me and listen to me understand this.
My Father has given them to me.
So, I know them.
And they will be with me and with my Father forever.
I will give them eternal life so that they may live forever.
I can do that because my father is in me and I am in the father.
I can do that because I and the Father God are one."

When Jesus explained it like that, they tried to kill him, thinking Jesus was violating their cultural way of using words.
They hated when Jesus said that he was the Son of God.
Because they understood that Jesus was saying that he was God.
So, they were like:
“If you keep on talking like that, we are going to kill you.”

But as for Jesus, they need to understand this.
This was the very reason why Jesus was performing miracles.
Jesus was trying to help them understand that Jesus is the Son of God.

But they didn’t even want to hear it.
They only wanted to know whether Jesus would do what they wanted.
Otherwise, Jesus was out.

But, Jesus insisted on it and talked about it, even though they hated it when Jesus talked about his identity.
Jesus decided to talk about it, until they understood, because then Jesus could really help them.
Jesus could really start his ministry in them.
Then, Jesus could give them the better thing: the eternal life.
Jesus could teach them to live forever.
So, they needed to accept his authority, and believe who he was.
Then Jesus could help them live forever, because he had the authority of God.

Now let’s talk about you.
(1) God may give you a calling.
You may receive a very valuable mission from God.
Then God may ask you to follow your calling.
But some people may not understand it.
They may say otherwise, because they don’t know God’s plan for you.
Now then, what would you do?
Would you follow God, even though people don’t understand you?

If you follow God, God will celebrate because of you.
God may say:
“That is why I created you.
That is why I’m peacefully guiding you.
Follow me. Then you will become truly you in my way.
Then not only you but also your people will be benefited because of you.
Because of you, people will learn the mind of God.
Because of you, they will learn to live in faith.

Then you may say later:
“Ah! That is why Jesus wanted me to work for this.
That is why Jesus was guiding me and leading me in this way.”

(1) That’s what happened with Jesus.
People didn’t understand him.
But Jesus knew what God wanted him to do.
Jesus understood his calling.
So, today, Jesus wanted people to understand that he was the Son of God.
It is good for them that they understand.
Because then, Jesus could give them eternal life.
That was why Jesus wanted then to understand him.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for dieing for us to give us eternal life.
Help us to understand.
And help us to work on what you want us to work on.
In your name, we pray.


Luke 16: 1-13

Taking good care of the little things in life
Reading: Luke 16: 1-13 (10-11)
Props: A tricycle

Jesus said something like this.
Anyone want to read?
(3) "Whoever can be trusted with little things can be trusted with big things.”

Now let’s try to understand these.
First, what is this?
Right, it is a tricycle.
Do have something like this at home?
Or do you have a bicycle at home?
Now do you take good care of your tricycle or bicycle?

You may drive this now.
But when you grow up, you will probably drive a car.
Do you think so?
Now if you have a car, do you think you will take good care of your car?

I can say this:
If you take good care of your toy, wagon, tricycle, bicycle, you will probably take good care of your car.
Usually, those who take good care of little things in life will take good care of big things!
So, if you take good care of a little thing, we know, you can be trusted with big things.
Because those who take good care of little things, probably take good care of bigger things.

So, Jesus said something like this.
(3) He said:
"Whoever can be trusted with little things can be trusted with big things.”

So, let’s take good care of little things in life.
Let’s take good care of a little toy or a little money.
Then we will know how to take good care of big things.
Then eventually God will trust you with bigger things.

So, if you love your brother and your sister and your friends and share your stuff or your toys with them, God will know that you can be trusted with more people and with better things.
Then God may help you to love more people around you.

So, if someone asks you to do something, try to do a good job for them.
Try to take good care of somebody else’s stuff.
Then, God will trust you and give you what is yours.

Sometimes, something may look small.
But if we take good care of little things first, then we can be trusted with big things.

Let's Pray:
Jesus, thank you for taking good care of us.
Help us to take good care of little things in life.
Help us to learn so that we may take good care of yours later.
In your name, we pray.

Now, we are going to go back to our seat and continually worship God here together with our parents.
So, if you want, you can take one of this pen and this legal pad.
Then you can write down your thoughts or draw pictures as you worship God together here with your parents.
If you want, take one.


John 7:17


Reading: John 7:17
Additional reading: John 7:17, John 6:63, Philippians 2:13

People had various opinions about Jesus.
Some people were very skeptical about Jesus.
Some people really wanted to know whether Jesus was from God or not.

(1) Then Jesus said this: John 7:17

Jesus suggests trying out some of his teachings.
Then they would know whether his teachings are really from God or not.
Somehow they would know.
Those who try to practice his teachings will know.
It may takes some times.
But they will know.

To those who want to know God’s will, Jesus may ask the same thing:
“Try out my teachings. Then you will experience the works of the Holy Spirit. Then you will come close to God. You will come closer to me. You may grow in faith through those experiences to know my will.”

(2) Then in Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus says:
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

So, Jesus asked them to build their life based on what Jesus said.
Then God will guide them and help them.
They will experience God’s guiding hands and God’s help.
Then they will have more reasons to trust in Jesus.

When you wonder whether Jesus is God, try to practice what Jesus said.
Then you may know whether Jesus is God or not.

Jesus is still speaking to us.
Those who want to hear him need to obey what Jesus said.
Then they may know his will.
(3) Jesus speaks because we need to follow his will.
But sometimes, we may not pay attention to it.
So, Jesus asks us to pray.
Through prayer, we can find the will of God.
Then through some spiritual experiences, we may find our calling.
You may sense that Jesus wills and prays through us. (Philippians 2:13)

When we really try to know the will of God, God will speak to you.

Some people just know when God speaks to them because they have been praying about it.
It is not difficult to find the will of God.
If we want to know the will of God, it is easy to find the will of God.
God will help us to find out.
We should not make it difficult.

So, we are going to study to know how God speaks to us.
Some say that they sense it in our stomach area.
They felt something in their stomach area when God speak directly to them.
God is spirit. God may guide you through feelings. You are spiritual beings.

Or sometimes, it is in our mouth.
So we may speak God’s will without knowing.
If you are like this, you may need to journaling.

Sometimes God may speak audibly. But you may not notice because it sounds like your own voice or someone else.

Have you ever felt that God has been speaking to you?
(testimony: letter, like my own voice)


People may have different intelligences.
So they may pray differently.
They may discern their calling differently.

So, people may hear God differently.
Some people need to sit quietly to think and pray.
Some people need to walk to think and pray.
Some people need to pray out loud.

The important thing is to really try to listen to God.
Then you can hear.
Then later we can check it to see whether we are hearing right.
As we get to know Jesus, we may discern better.
Then we may just know what his will is and when he speaks.

God is very close: closer than you think.
Sometimes, we just need to notice.

So, we want to learn of God.
Then we may know how God speaks.
We may know which voices are from God and which are not.
You will learn which teachings are from God.
You will know when God speaks to you.

So, we are going to have some exercises.

(1) So, here is the first exercise:
Pray about what the will of God is for you.
Then write them down.
I will give enough times for this.
Write down everything that you know is the will of God.

(4) Secondly, I want you to write down everything that makes you peaceful.
Looking at these questions, write down your answers:
What or who brings you peace?
What or who makes you smile?
Who or what energizes you?

(6) Thirdly, to know yourself, try to write your answers here.
On the right side, write down the answers for O.
One the left, write down the answers for X.

This practice is also good for your mental safety.
You need to know these things.
In order to find the will of God, sometimes, you need to know yourself.
You may need to study yourself just like scientists study their machines.
If you know what kind of person you are, you can take care of yourself better mentally and emotionally for God.
So, you need to know what make you peaceful.
What are the things that you can do to make you feel peaceful and good in God?
What are the things that make you feel bad and tired?

(3) Then when you feel not so good, look the list that you made.
Then you can change your mood by changing the things you do.
You may make you feel good by doing the things that make you feel good.

Some people may know only what they don’t like.
Don’t be like them.
You need to know what you love to do and do it.

(8-15: explain)

Then try to find your way back to God.
You can always come back to God

If you want to find out your calling, or your profession, you need to find something that is on the right side.
Even if you think you may not be earning a lot of money, you need to choose what is on the right.
Then you would be happy.
But if you choose what is on the left, you will not be successful and not very happy.
It is so obvious.
How can you compete with those who do things just for love and just for pure joy?
It is so obvious.
It is like this.
If you don’t like to play basketball, you should not choose to play basketball for your job, no matter how much you are going to be paid for playing basketball.

(Daily check)

There is a lot of voice in this world. You need to listen to the voice that really matters: your inner voice through which God speaks.

Let’s pray:


Luke 4: 18-19


Jesus, our Jubilee
Reading: Luke 4: 18-19
Additional reading: Leviticus 25: 8-22, Lev 25: 3-5, Isaiah 61:1-2, Luke 4:18-19, Leviticus 25:1-28, Mark 2:23-28
K-hymn: 484
Blanks: forty-nine, jubilee, return, crops, safely

(1) One time, Jesus explained his ministry like this:
“The Spirit of God is on me.
God has anointed me to tell good news to the poor.
God has sent me to set the prisoners free.
God has sent me to have the blind people see again.
God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly.
God sent me to announce the year of the God’s favor.”

What is the year of the God’s favor?
It is the year of Jubilee.
Do you know what is jubilee?
Let me explain:

For our spiritual life, resting is very important.
(1) So, in the Old Testament, God wants Jewish people to rest regularly.
God asked them to rest on the seventh day.
So, remembering God, they should not work.
Their people should not work, either.

God also asked them to rest on every 7th year as well.
Every 7th year is called the year of Sabbath.
So, for the whole year, they should not work on their land.
They needed to rest and let their people rest for one year.

Can you imagine this?
It is like every seventh year, you don’t go to school and your parents don’t go to work.
Nice, huh? Or would it be too boring?

Likewise, they rest on the forty-ninth year: 7*7=49.
You can understand why, right?
But then God asked them to rest on the 50th year, as well.
So, they rest for two consecutive years: forty-ninth and fiftieth.
God promised that they would have enough food, because God would give a great harvest in the 48th year.
Also, they could eat whatever the land naturally produced.

The 50th year is called the year of Jubilee.
In jubilee, there is a special law that they need to practice in order to help each other live peacefully in their lands.

It is like this.
(1) Let’s say that there are four families: the family A, B, C, and D.
Then in the year 30th, B needed some money.
(2) So, the family B sold their land to the family A.
Then in the 40th year, C and D also needed some money.
(3) So they sold their lands to the family A.
But when the family A bought their lands, A only bought the permission to use the land and produce crops until the Jubilee.
So, what happened in the year 50th on Jubilee?
(4) The family A returns the land to its original owner.
So, B, C, and D receive their lands back for free.
This is the redemption of the lands sold.

During the jubilee, all the lands go back to its original owners.
So, everyone can have their own land back for free.
Then they can have a new start for their new life.

God asked them to practice this law because the land was very important to make a living at that time.
If they can have their own land like this, they can relax and rest properly.

Together they need to practice this law for the benefit of all generations. Then every generation could have a new chance to use their land.
Every generation could have an equal opportunity to use the land.
Then, they would have less poor people in their land.

So, the family A could not say on the year 50th:
“Oh, well, I just decided to keep all the lands for myself.”
No, they cannot do that.
Because the land belongs to God.
God made the land.
God is the ultimate owner.
So, God says:
“Share the lands like this.
You are not going to stay here forever.
You are here for awhile and you will be gone.
So, share the lands like this.”

That is jubilee.
Jesus also wants to proclaim jubilee.
But because Jesus is God, Jesus can do something more.
Jesus can proclaim spiritual jubilee.
Jesus can free people physically, socially, and spiritually.

Yes, Jesus can redeem people spiritually.
Then, in order to free people spiritually, Jesus forgives people.
If they are forgiven, they can have a new life.
So, Jesus wants to free people from their sin.
How can he do that?
He needed to die to pay the price of our sin.
Since we cannot obtain our forgiveness, even if we die for our sin, Jesus died for us on the cross to obtain the perfect forgiveness.
Then he rose back again and said:
“Now you are truly reconciled with God.
Now you can have the everlasting peace, everlasting forgiveness and everlasting rest through Jesus Christ.”

Jesus also wants to heal people inside out.
You know, if they have a new heart, they can truly live a new life.
So, Jesus gave people the Holy Spirit.
Then the Holy Spirit will create in them a new heart.
Then people can be merciful to each other.
They will share what they have.
They will share their portion in life.
Then other people can also find their resources that are given by God.
They can find their opportunity to use their talent and contribute.

Then, even the poor can find their own portion of blessings.
Then they can share their own resources with others.
Then because everyone’s experiencing God’s generosity like this, it will be much easier for them to love each other as God loves them.
Like this, Jesus wants to free people physically, socially and spiritually so that they may find rest in him.

God wants to give us rest.
So, we need to rest and give each other rest.
Then we get to know God more, understand God more, and experience God more.
Usually, when we rest, we hear God, too.
So, try to rest regularly.

So, think about these questions.
How do you rest?
What do you do to rest?
How do you find rest in Jesus Christ?
If you rest well, you can enjoy your time with God and grow spiritually.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for all your works in our life.
Thank you for forgiving us.
And thank you for giving us good rest.
So, help us to love your people, by giving people rest.
Then as we rest in you, help us to love you and your people, as you love us.
In your name, we pray, amen.


John 20:19-23


Let's try to keep our faith always up in our hands
Reading: John 20:19-23
Prop: a yo-yo
Blanks: peace, receive, forgive

(1) I have brought a yo-yo.
Have you played with a yo-yo?
Can anyone of you show how to yoyo?

(1) The most basic and important move of yoyo is to make yoyo go up and down; up and down.
The yoyo is just made for this.

Let’s say that this yoyo is our faith.
Sometimes, our faith can go up and down, up and down; up and down, right?
When our faith is up, we believe in God and that God is in control and that God will lead us and guide us.
But when our faith is down, we are not sure.
We are not sure where God wants us to go.
Then we may get scared or worried.
We may start complaining a lot.

Yoyo is made to go up and down.
But our faith is not made to go up and down.
Our faith needs to be always up.

We don’t want to drag our faith either. (dragging yoyo)
Then we may even lose their faith.

We want to keep our faith.
We want to cherish our faith.
In other words, we want to experience God clearly and powerfully.

How then can we keep our faith?
Is there something that we can do?

We can pray daily.
We can study and think about Jesus and learn more of Jesus.
We can talk about our faith with our Christian friends.
We can gather together to worship God.
We can check whether our faith is up.
Then we may be able to keep our faith always up.
Then we may be able to continually trust in Jesus.

We want to learn about Jesus and keep our faith in him.
Then Jesus can make our faith perfect.
We can also learn about how Jesus maintained his faith so well.
Then we may also maintain our faith and keep our faith like him.

In the bible, there was someone whose faith was up and down.
Do you remember his name?
(2) Do you know what his name is?
His name was Thomas.

When Thomas was with Jesus, he had a strong faith.
But what happened after Jesus died?
His faith went down.

Even when Jesus came back to life, Thomas didn’t believe at first.
He didn't believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.

But when Thomas saw Jesus with his own eyes, his faith went up.
Then he believed again!
Thomas believed that God is in control. (slowly)
Then he became the man of faith.
He believed that Jesus is truly alive and that Jesus is in control.

Jesus wants us to have faith and keep our faith.
Jesus wants us to believe that Jesus is good all the time.
Jesus wants us to believe that Jesus loves us.

In order to keep our faith like this, I would like you to practice one thing.
I would like you to pray daily.
You may need to set aside a time of prayer.
Try to give a certain portion of your time to God.
Some people try to give at least one hour of their time daily.
Then during these times, they read the story of Jesus and pray.
In this way, they keep their faith.
They may increase their time of prayer as God guides you.
In the beginning, this may be difficult for you.
But you may sense that Jesus guides you and leads you.
I guarantee that then later, you will love this time with God.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, give us your faith.
Help us to keep that faith with us so that we may live our life having your faith all our lives.
We pray this in your name. Amen.


VBS 2013 - short talks


VBS talks during the gatherings of whole groups (SonWest Roundup)
Props: eagle toy, telescope

Let's begin with a prayer:
God, thank for you this old town.
Help us to learn of you.
Help us to play and enjoy with you.
Thank you for loving us and caring for us.
In your name Jesus, we pray, amen.

Day 1 – morning:
How are you?
Welcome to our old town.
In this town, we have restaurant, sheriff office, theater and so on.
You are going to visit one of these places.

(1) Also in this town, sometimes, we see this animal.
What is this?
Right, it is called Armadillo.
Armadillo has a good skill.
(2) He can do this!
He can fold his body like this to protect himself.
God creates this animal to do this so that he could avoid some difficulties in life.

You know what?
God also want to protect us from difficulties in life.
So, God sends us Jesus.
Also God sends Jesus to save us from our sin and from ourselves, as well!

So the bible explains like this:
(1) Let’s read together:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Do you know what “eternal life” means?
Right, it means living forever.
It means that we live forever.
Because of Jesus, we can live forever, being connected with our Eternal God
So, we want to give thanks to Jesus.
Not only that, but also we want to learn more of Jesus here, as well.

Now you can get lost here.
So, we have our teachers ready to guide you.
Follow your teacher well. OK?
Here is…. (You may introduce teachers.)

Day 1 – afternoon:

Now since we are here at this old town.
We are going to see this animal.
Let’s see.
(2) What is this?
Yes, it is Lizard.

(1) You know what?
Lizard always feels cold all the time.
So, they need the sun’s power to get warm.
When their body gets warm, they can move around and do their things.

We also need the power from God to move and have our beings.
So, God sends Jesus Christ to give us the power to live and do what God wants.
So, Jesus said this:
Let’s read together:
“In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart!
I have overcome the world.”

What does “overcome the world” mean?
It means “win the world.”
It means that Jesus is more powerful than this world.
So, we don’t need to be afraid of anything, if we are with Jesus.
Because Jesus is more powerful than anything or anyone in this world.
So, Jesus can help us live and change this world for the better.

OK. See you soon.

Day 1 - (Leaving)
Props: a cup with clean water and a cup with dirty water.
Do you remember this?

What do you think this is? (Dirty water)
What do you think this is? (Clean water)

What would you do if someone gives you this kind of water to drink?
Will you drink it?

But in many part of the world, people don’t have clean water to drink.
So, they drink this kind of water.
If they drink this water, what would happen to them?
They would get sick very often.
They might get a bad stomach pain.
Or they may die.

So, there are many organizations that are working to provide clean water to them.
(1) One of them is called, the Living Waters for the world.
In fact, we want to send some money to them.
How can we do that?

You know what?
When you come here, your parents gave us some money to teach you and take good care of you.
Why don’t we send that money to this organization that provides clean water?
Sounds good?
Then, we can now help people together to have clean water.
Sounds good?

Since more people might come, we will let you know on this Sunday how much we are sending.

Did you have fun?
Tomorrow we are going to have water sliding.
So bring your swimsuit and your friends, ok?

Let's pray:
God, we welcome you in this place.
May you come and give eternal life.
And may you give clean water to each nation so that they would drink and be healthy.
With their good health, may they also learn of you, too so that they may have the eternal life.
In your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Day 2 – Morning

(3) Now in this old town, we see more animals.
What is this?
Right, it is a horse.
We can ride on them.

Every cowboy or cowgirl needs a horse.
Why is that?
(1) Because this horse can give them a good ride to their home.
This horse knows the way very well
So, the horse can take them to their home very easily.

Jesus can give us a ride to our eternal home.
Jesus also knows the way very well.
Jesus knows how to get there.
Jesus can even help us to go and find God.
Jesus can also help us to become God’s family!

How can he do all that?
To answer that question, Jesus said who he is.
Let’s read together:
“I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

What does it mean?
Jesus can not only rise from the death and live but also make people to live again.
If we believe in him, Jesus can give us life and help us live a good life forever.
Jesus has the power to make us live according to the will of God.
So, we are going to ride with Jesus today.
Ok, see you soon.

Day 2 – afternoon

(4) What is this?
Right, it is a cow.
Do you know what cow provides for us?

Cow provides milk.
With this milk, we can make cheese, yogurt, and ice-cream and so on.
God gives us cows so that we can have these foods.

You know what?
Jesus can also provide our food.
Jesus can provide our spiritual food.
It means Jesus provides good spiritual teachings and life so that we can live forever, because of him.
Then spiritually, we are not going to be hungry or thirsty anymore.
We will be spiritually satisfied and happy.

Jesus explains it like this.
Anybody wants to read this for us?
“I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.
Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

We eat Jesus because he is our spiritual food.
Then Jesus can help us to live a good life.
Because of Jesus, we can live a spiritual life with God.

So, let’s give thanks to Jesus who provides all these food.
And let’s live with him forever.

Did you have fun?
Now let's give a big hand to all the teachers who prepare this.
Give a big hand to God who provide this.
Also give a big hand to all of you who come here.

Now do you know what time you should come tomorrow?
You need to come 11 o'clock, ok?
See you soon.

Day 2 - (Leaving)

Let’s pray:
God today, thank you for helping us to know your love.
Thank you for your love.
May we also love you back, by loving people.
May we also love our parents.
May we also love our friends.
May we love each other.
In your name we pray. Amen.

Day 3 – morning

(5) What is this?
It is called Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs live together.
They like to take care of each other; love each other and comfort each other.
(3) They may even pray for each other.

Jesus also asks us to love one another.
Jesus asks us to tack care of each other, and love each other, knowing that we are all God’s family.

So, Jesus said this:
Anyone wants to read this for us?
“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Say "love."
Louder, say "Love."
Say, God is love.
Say, Jesus is love.
Great that is what God is.

Jesus is love.
Jesus wants to be known for his love.
So, Jesus asks us to love one another just like he loves us.
Then when we love each other, everyone will know that we belong to Jesus.
Everyone will know that we believe in Jesus.

So, Jesus asks us to love everyone with the love of God so that God can take care of people through us.

Let’s love Jesus and make him known by loving everyone, so that Jesus can live and do greater works among us.