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As the World Turns
Teacher Guide ~ Day B3

"Prayer is the key, in the hand of faith, that unlocks heaven's storehouse."
Ellen White

Spiritual Focus:

Being like Jesus is the goal of being a Christian.  Christ-likeness.

Memory Verse: 
  Philippians 4:6-7

Hymn:   #478 Sweet Hour of Prayer  and #483  I Need Thee Every Hour

Student Activities:




Needed:  An envelope or paper bag for each student with the Five Certificates and a piece or two of candy in it. "PRIZE" should be written on the front of the bag or envelope.

Class Explorations and Discussions:  Philippians 3

Read Philippians 3:13 - 14. 

Introduce prize bags or envelopes:  Do you like to participate in contests? Most contests have only one winner or maybe a second-place and third-place winner. This is a contest where everyone who plays can be a winner. Look at these prize bags. I want everyone to have one, but you must agree to play. Who will play? [Look for agreement to play.]

This is how we will play. The goal of the contest is to become more like Jesus each day. To be allowed to play, you must be willing to follow Jesus as your Savior. I know what you are thinking. You want to know what is in the prize bag! Let us look inside. [Select a bag and review the contents. The contents are five labels with a phrase and related Bible verse and some sweet candy treats. Read the related scripture cards:

1. Citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)
2. A New Creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
3. Certificate of Eternal Life (John 5:24)
4. Ticket to Resurrection of Life (John 5:29)
5. GRAND PRIZE: Becoming like Jesus
    (Philippians 3:9 - 10)

This candy is to remind you that following Jesus is a sweet experience!

The game we have been playing is called Life. Everyone can play. Paul said in Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Paul is telling us that the goal is NOT going to heaven.  The goal is to take the time God gives us on earth to become more and more like Jesus. We do that by letting God change us from the inside out. First, inwardly in our hearts, and then outwardly in the way we live and behave. Eternal life begins the moment we are born again (that is, born spiritually by our faith in Jesus). We look forward to that day of resurrection when we will be given our new heavenly bodies. Meanwhile, we spend our lives following Jesus. It is all about Jesus: learning to love Him and serve Him, day by day, and becoming more and more like Jesus every day.

Read Philippians 3:15, 20 - 21.