My pledge Lesson 11

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My pledge Lesson 11

My pledge 11

  • In the past I have made mistakes; however, I know God will help me, by creating opportunities for me to make better choices in the future.

What does the Bible say?

  • Choices (Luke 15:11-24)
  • Opportunities (Revelation 3:7-8)
  • Labels (Isaiah 43:1; 1 John 3:1-3)

Group discussion

  1. What does this pledge mean to you?
  2. How do the bad choices you made in the past affect your life and those around you today?
  3. If you have learnt valuable lessons from making bad choices in the past, how are you going to make better choices going forward?
  4. The parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-24 is well-known. Read it again.
    1. Which bad choices did the younger son make (verses 12-13)?
    2. What were the consequences (verses 14-16)?
    3. What motivated him to come to his senses about the mistakes he had made (verses 17-19)?
    4. What was the father’s attitude when his son decided to return home (verses 20-24)?
    5. Since the father in this story represents God, what does it tell you about the way God will handle all the bad choices you have made in life?
  5. Name three goals you can set for your future.
  6. Good choices result in good opportunities. This is confirmed in Revelation 3:7-8.
    1. The church in Philadelphia chose the right way – they followed the teaching of Jesus and were faithful to Him (verse 8). What opportunities did the Lord offer them as a result of their good choice (verse 7)?
    2. If the Lord would say to you: “I have opened a door in front of you, which no one can close”, how would you feel and how would you respond?
  7. Your true identity lies in Christ, so labelling yourself a “prisoner” is not acceptable.
    1. What can you start doing right now to give yourself a new label?
    2. If you apply Isaiah 43:1 and 1 John 3:1 to yourself, what new label can you claim for yourself?
    3. How will this new label and identity influence your behaviour (1 John 3:2-3)?
  8. How important is it to encourage yourself when no one else believes in you?
  9. How will you convince the prison wardens and your family that you have made a choice to change for the better?

Interesting facts about South Africa

South Africa has many interesting cities and towns. Our country has three capital cities: Pretoria, home of the Voortrekker Monument; Bloemfontein, the city of roses and Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world. Another big city is Johannesburg with its gold mines. These cities obviously have much more to offer than the things mentioned here.

There are also many smaller rural towns with a unique South African flavour that you won’t experience anywhere else in the world. Some examples are Grahamstown, famous for arts and culture and the place where the 1820 Settlers landed; Paternoster, famous for its lobster and white-washed fisherman’s cottages; Simon’s Town, where the South African Navy is stationed; and Wellington in the heart of the Boland with its many wine farms.

Some well-known regions include Namakwaland, famous for its annual display of colourful flowers; and the Karoo, famous for its ancient Khoisan rock art, fossils and museums.

Activity

Tell each other which cities, towns or areas you like most in South Africa and why.








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My pledge 11

  • In the past I have made mistakes; however, I know God will help me, by creating opportunities for me to make better choices in the future.

What does the Bible say?

  • Choices (Luke 15:11-24)
  • Opportunities (Revelation 3:7-8)
  • Labels (Isaiah 43:1; 1 John 3:1-3)

Group discussion

  1. What does this pledge mean to you?
  2. How do the bad choices you made in the past affect your life and those around you today?
  3. If you have learnt valuable lessons from making bad choices in the past, how are you going to make better choices going forward?
  4. The parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-24 is well-known. Read it again.
    1. Which bad choices did the younger son make (verses 12-13)?
    2. What were the consequences (verses 14-16)?
    3. What motivated him to come to his senses about the mistakes he had made (verses 17-19)?
    4. What was the father’s attitude when his son decided to return home (verses 20-24)?
    5. Since the father in this story represents God, what does it tell you about the way God will handle all the bad choices you have made in life?
  5. Name three goals you can set for your future.
  6. Good choices result in good opportunities. This is confirmed in Revelation 3:7-8.
    1. The church in Philadelphia chose the right way – they followed the teaching of Jesus and were faithful to Him (verse 8). What opportunities did the Lord offer them as a result of their good choice (verse 7)?
    2. If the Lord would say to you: “I have opened a door in front of you, which no one can close”, how would you feel and how would you respond?
  7. Your true identity lies in Christ, so labelling yourself a “prisoner” is not acceptable.
    1. What can you start doing right now to give yourself a new label?
    2. If you apply Isaiah 43:1 and 1 John 3:1 to yourself, what new label can you claim for yourself?
    3. How will this new label and identity influence your behaviour (1 John 3:2-3)?
  8. How important is it to encourage yourself when no one else believes in you?
  9. How will you convince the prison wardens and your family that you have made a choice to change for the better?

Interesting facts about South Africa

South Africa has many interesting cities and towns. Our country has three capital cities: Pretoria, home of the Voortrekker Monument; Bloemfontein, the city of roses and Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world. Another big city is Johannesburg with its gold mines. These cities obviously have much more to offer than the things mentioned here.

There are also many smaller rural towns with a unique South African flavour that you won’t experience anywhere else in the world. Some examples are Grahamstown, famous for arts and culture and the place where the 1820 Settlers landed; Paternoster, famous for its lobster and white-washed fisherman’s cottages; Simon’s Town, where the South African Navy is stationed; and Wellington in the heart of the Boland with its many wine farms.

Some well-known regions include Namakwaland, famous for its annual display of colourful flowers; and the Karoo, famous for its ancient Khoisan rock art, fossils and museums.

Activity

Tell each other which cities, towns or areas you like most in South Africa and why.

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