Can you imagine what it would be like to be a superhero?
You could do things like soar from building to building on webs SHOT FROM YOUR WRIST like Spider-Man, fly through the air like Superman, hang with a team like the Justice League or even create super techno-gadgets like Batman.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be part of those stories?!
And it’s not just the super powers! Superheroes stand up for what was right—even when the situation is dangerous or scary. Their conviction drives them to find the courage to stand up to evil, even when no one else seems to care or stands by petrified in fear.
No matter what, the superhero comes to the rescue.
Almost all kids want to be superheroes and dream of being cast in the pages of their own comic books. I wonder if that’s because most kids don’t know that they can already play a part in an amazing story. It doesn’t take some super power to stand up and start acting like a superhero.
That’s why we’re taking the months of June and July to discover what it means to Stand Up: Get in the Story as we learn more about conviction.
Conviction is standing for what’s right, even when others don’t.
Let’s take Jesus for example. Even for Jesus, the Son of God, it wasn’t always popular to do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing meant hanging out with tax collectors, blessing the little children or even forgiving someone who had done something wrong. No matter what it was that Jesus needed to do, He did it because it was the right thing to do.
But doing the right thing often made Jesus stand apart from some of the rich and powerful people of His time. They didn’t like what He was doing or saying, but Jesus never let those crowds persuade Him to go against what God, His Father, wanted Him to do. Even when it meant going to the cross to die, Jesus knew that it was the right thing, and He did it.
Jesus was able to live with conviction because He knew the will of His Father, and that gave Him strength and courage. In the same way, God has given us the ability to know what is right and the ability to do it. You see, when we are fueled by God’s character, we will stand up for the things that matter to God.
For our elementary kids:
We’ll finish out the Stand Up series back in the New Testament with Peter and John in Acts 4. They get in trouble for sharing the message of Jesus. When they’re put on trial and told to stop talking about Jesus, they stand up for what’s right and tell everyone that they will keep telling others about Jesus no matter what will happen to them.
Bottom Line: We can stand for what’s right because Jesus is alive. We hope kids understand that Jesus’ death and resurrection was a game changer. Our life can have purpose because of what Jesus did. We can show conviction by trusting Him no matter what.
Because showing conviction and standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy, we thought it would be a great idea for the kids to memorize Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His mighty power.” (NIrV) This is a great reminder for kids that they can trust God to help them stand up for what’s right.
We’re looking forward to finishing out a great summer helping kids discover that God created them in His image to join the story that He’s telling in the world. We hope they figure how they can Stand Up and have conviction.*
For our preschoolers:
Have you been having an AWESOME time at Camp Splish Splash?! Camp Splish Splash will continue in July helping everyone know that God’s way is perfect.
In July, preschoolers will hear all about Moses. They will learn how God had an amazing plan to save him by having his mother place him in a basket in the reeds. Then, they will hear how God led Moses to part the Red Sea by holding up his staff. Finally, they’ll hear how Moses used that same staff to hit a rock and provide His people with water.
Do you see what is going on here? Lots more water stories. It’s Camp Splish Splash after all!
The preschoolers will end the month by learning the story of Naaman and how they can do what God says even when it’s hard. Why should they do what God says? Because God’s way is perfect!
Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!
*By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com. Used by permission.