Jan. 15, 2023: The Nets Filled

Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that “two are better than one,” that is, teamwork is better than working alone. If this is the case, who better to partner with than God himself? Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” But God doesn’t do everything. We rely on His strength and grace, but He places a certain responsibility upon us as well. In this story Jesus gave the instruction; the disciples did the work. Our need for God as our Helper is addressed in this lesson. As finite humans we are limited in our ability and resources. We must have God. But we must also discern what our responsibility is. This is not always easy to discern. God had a solution to the disciples’ problem, and He has one for yours, too. The good news is that success always comes when we partner with God.

Discussion: What responsibility has God given you in your partnership with Him?

Discussion: What attitude should a Christian have when experiencing failure?

Discussion: *Why does God allow us to fail sometimes?

Discussion: When is the best time for God to demonstrate His power in our lives?

Discussion: When is God’s help most apparent?

Discussion: *What is true success? What does Jesus do to help us succeed? What does He leave for us to do toward our own success?

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Jan. 15, 2023: The Nets Filled

FOCUS TEXT: John 21:1-14

KEY VERSE: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

CENTRAL TRUTH: True success comes through the abiding presence of Christ.


I. Human Failure (John 21:1-4)

II. Divine Assistance (John 21:5-11)

III. Divine Provision (John 21:12-14)

2023-01-10T15:42:46+00:00January 10th, 2023|Categories: Lesson Highlights, Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Is Valor?

 Have the class work together to prepare a word picture of Gideon for the character notebook.
Gideon was an active man who fought evil.
Was Gideon a man of valor? Define valor. What were some other characteristics of Gideon that may have contributed to his success? Maybe there were some characteristics that were a hindrance to him. How did he overcome those hindrances?
2018-06-22T09:00:25+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Teacher Helps|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Failure of Self-Will

Lesson 6 - October 8, 2017
Focus Text: Genesis 11:1-9
Central Truth: True success comes only when we live within God's will.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify reasons why they should yield to God’s will.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Powerful Resources (Genesis 11:1-2)
  2. Presumptuous Resolutions (Genesis 11:3-4)
  3. Providential Restraint (Genesis 11:5-9)
2017-10-04T13:06:31+00:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: |0 Comments

How We Experience True Success

In "God's Word for Today", David Fry writes:

The disciples had failed in one of life’s most basic tasks — providing food for themselves. But Jesus had a hot breakfast of fish and bread prepared for them on shore. It wasn’t the breakfast, however, that had caused Peter to jump out of the boat and swim to shore, but the very appearance of Jesus. Suddenly, food became an afterthought. The disciples had no doubt who Jesus was. Once again, Jesus had provided for them. Those words, “Come and dine,” must have been sweet to the disciples’ ears, and much more because they came from the Savior.
John told this story for one purpose: to illustrate how futile the disciples’ efforts were without the help of Jesus. We must have Jesus as our constant companion in order to experience true success.

Discussion: Why must we have Jesus as our constant companion in order to experience true success?
Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 42.

2016-01-15T08:00:22+00:00January 15th, 2016|Categories: Lesson Highlights|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lesson 7: The Nets Filled

Lesson 7 - January 17, 2016
Focus Text: John 21:1-14
Central Truth: True success comes through the abiding presence of Christ.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list at least three ways they can work in partnership with God.
Lesson Outline:

  1. Human Failure (John 21:1-4)
  2. Divine Assistance (John 21:5-11)
  3. Divine Provision (John 21:12-14)
2016-01-11T08:00:08+00:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Lesson Summaries|Tags: , |0 Comments


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