This past weekend we combined our classes (by grade/age) for summer and began our new journey into the Orange Strategy together. So how fitting that the summer lessons theme is Harmony: Together is Better. Where we last left our friend, Paul, the church had started, no longer were there just a handful of disciples. These were growing congregations filled with people from all walks of life. And needless to say, they didn’t always get along. They disagreed and argued. They had a hard time forgiving and serving each other.
Several of the apostles began writing about how to live together as believers. These writings are not presented in the form of a story. They are letters. They are sermons. Delivered by people and for people, they are historic, but they are not really a story. But we think it’s important that kids experience those letters and sermons, too. So to help illustrate these important truths, we’ve wrapped them in a summer-long story about friendship. We’re taking the summer to look at what the New Testament letters have to say about friendship.
Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. Each week, we’ll take a look at a “one another” principle that gives us a framework for loving others the way God loved us.
This month, let’s think about how:
(1) Friendship is a reflection of the love that God shows us.
(2) Friendship is a response to the love we experience through Jesus.
(3) Friendship goes beyond the people in our immediate circle.
This week, we’re discovering:
An important principle about patience. People can be frustrating sometimes, so it can hard to be a good friend. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:2 that we should put up with one another.
Our Bottom Line is: Friends are patient with each other. From a brother or sister who knows how to push their sibling’s buttons to a friend who just won’t give you some space, being a friend can be hard when people are frustrating. Not only is this is a good reminder for kids, but also for parents and leaders too. When we start to realize that life isn’t all about us, showing patience becomes a whole lot easier. Our new curriculum, Orange, has great “Parent Cues” that we’ll be putting out each month, starting in July, both in hard copy on the welcome desks Sunday morning and in these posts. For June, we’ll post the cues here for you to help you bring this lesson home. For this month’s cue, use these conversations starters at mealtime:
Ask a kid: Who has been a good friend
to you by teaching you something?
Ask a parent: How can we teach our
friends in a way that is kind?
In addition, they have live podcasts on the topic of the month. In this month’s Parent Cue Live, they discuss whether our goal should be balance or passion. Download the podcast on www.OrangeParents.org.
Also check out www.Studio252.tv and the Parent CUE App for your smartphone.
For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
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