My pledge Lesson 12

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My pledge Lesson 12

My pledge 12

  • I will never think less of myself for being a prisoner.
  • I am imperfect, but God will never reject me; therefore I will never reject myself.

What does the Bible say?

  • Rejection (Isaiah 53:3; 2 Timothy 1:8, 15-18)
  • Acceptance (Romans 15:7; 1 Timothy 1:12-17)
  • New creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Group discussion

  1. What does this pledge mean to you?
  2. As a prisoner, how does it make you feel when society says, “Lock them up and throw away the key”?
  3. While Paul was in prison, he also experienced rejection. Some people were ashamed of him and deserted him (2 Timothy 1:8, 15). What did it mean to him that Onesiphorus was not ashamed of him because He was in prison (2 Timothy 1:16-17)?
  4. Isaiah 53:3 is a prophecy of how Jesus would be rejected. Read it and think about it. How does it encourage you when you feel rejected?
  5. How difficult is it to love yourself when others reject you?
  6. When fellow prisoners irritate you, how surprised would they be if you acted kindly towards them? How does Romans 15:7 challenge you to accept others who do not deserve it?
  7. The Bible says when we accept Jesus we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-18).
    1. Paul himself is a good example of what it means to become a new creation. Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17. He says he was the worst of sinners, but how did God change his whole life?
    2. Would the friends that are living with you be able to testify about how God changed your life in his great mercy?
  8. When you cry at night while no one is watching, do you cry because you hate being in prison, or for what you have done to yourself?
  9. How will you start to accept yourself?
  10. Jesus accepts us just as we are, yet He wishes to make beautiful changes in us so that we can be more Christ-like. Does this mean that we will look just like Jesus on the outside, or will we become more like him on the inside? What would Jesus need to change in you? See 1 Timothy 4:12.

Interesting facts about South Africa

While most countries have 1 or 2 official languages, South Africa has 14 official languages. Some of these are English, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Venda, Ndebele, Tsonga, Swazi and Tswana. Sign language for deaf people has also been declared a national language in 2014. There are many unofficial languages, too.

Prison gangs have their own lingo and slang words, but this does not come from God. The Word of God (the Bible) is the best language to use.

Activity

1. How many languages can you speak?
2. Draw Jesus smiling at you, while you are saying “I love you Lord” in your own language.








Sections

My pledge 12

  • I will never think less of myself for being a prisoner.
  • I am imperfect, but God will never reject me; therefore I will never reject myself.

What does the Bible say?

  • Rejection (Isaiah 53:3; 2 Timothy 1:8, 15-18)
  • Acceptance (Romans 15:7; 1 Timothy 1:12-17)
  • New creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Group discussion

  1. What does this pledge mean to you?
  2. As a prisoner, how does it make you feel when society says, “Lock them up and throw away the key”?
  3. While Paul was in prison, he also experienced rejection. Some people were ashamed of him and deserted him (2 Timothy 1:8, 15). What did it mean to him that Onesiphorus was not ashamed of him because He was in prison (2 Timothy 1:16-17)?
  4. Isaiah 53:3 is a prophecy of how Jesus would be rejected. Read it and think about it. How does it encourage you when you feel rejected?
  5. How difficult is it to love yourself when others reject you?
  6. When fellow prisoners irritate you, how surprised would they be if you acted kindly towards them? How does Romans 15:7 challenge you to accept others who do not deserve it?
  7. The Bible says when we accept Jesus we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16-18).
    1. Paul himself is a good example of what it means to become a new creation. Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17. He says he was the worst of sinners, but how did God change his whole life?
    2. Would the friends that are living with you be able to testify about how God changed your life in his great mercy?
  8. When you cry at night while no one is watching, do you cry because you hate being in prison, or for what you have done to yourself?
  9. How will you start to accept yourself?
  10. Jesus accepts us just as we are, yet He wishes to make beautiful changes in us so that we can be more Christ-like. Does this mean that we will look just like Jesus on the outside, or will we become more like him on the inside? What would Jesus need to change in you? See 1 Timothy 4:12.

Interesting facts about South Africa

While most countries have 1 or 2 official languages, South Africa has 14 official languages. Some of these are English, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Venda, Ndebele, Tsonga, Swazi and Tswana. Sign language for deaf people has also been declared a national language in 2014. There are many unofficial languages, too.

Prison gangs have their own lingo and slang words, but this does not come from God. The Word of God (the Bible) is the best language to use.

Activity

1. How many languages can you speak?
2. Draw Jesus smiling at you, while you are saying “I love you Lord” in your own language.

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