For April, we have been learning all about PERSEVERANCE. Just like runners show perseverance on the track, Christians often have to show perseverance in their faith. Jesus never promised that following Him would be easy. In fact, He said quite the opposite. “In this world you will have trouble.” But in the next breath He encourages His disciple with these words. “But have no fear, I have won the battle over the world.”
Jesus won the battle over the world as He persevered through the worst: rejection, violence, heartache, even death itself—all to rescue us. This is why the author of Hebrews told us to “fix our eyes on Jesus.”
In fact, the author of Hebrews has a lot to say to his audience about perseverance. See, life was very difficult for these early Christian as they were persecuted for their faith. They were forced into hiding. They met secretly in fear of violence. By simply continuing to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, the early Christians were seen as outcasts. So, the book of Hebrews was written to remind those Christians to refuse to give up. Even though life had gotten hard, they needed to keep doing what they knew was best for them to do.
This month, we’ve spent most of our time in the book of Hebrews where we’ve discovered more about what the Bible says about perseverance. We define perseverance as refusing to give up when life gets hard. We have the chance to lean in to them and say: “Don’t give up. Persevere in your faith. Trust God no matter what.”
Throughout Scripture, the writers continually point people of faith to continue their journey relying not on their own strength, but God’s supernatural power. Take our memory verse for example. Isaiah 40:31 (NIrV), “But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.”
Isaiah offers hope to those who persevere and trust in God. They will find strength even when they feel like giving up. Going through those tough times will teach us that God is always there.
When it comes down to it, we all have experienced things that we would have never experienced if we didn’t push through the difficult times. When you get to the other side, you’ll see something that you would have never seen before—if you just believe in what God can do and what God can do in you.
For our elementary kids:
Finally, through Hebrews 12:12-15, kids will learn that others are watching us as we persevere through difficult times. When our friends or family members are having trouble persevering, they can look to our example and be encouraged to stick with it.
Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember you can help others persevere. After we go through a difficult time, we often have a chance to help others through similar situations. We want kids to learn that as they trust God and persevere, they will set an example and encourage others to do the same.
For our preschoolers:
“Love God. Love People.” It’s the greatest commandment in a nutshell. Your actions should show others that you love God and love people. As children get older, they come to realize that by loving others and serving them, they ARE loving God. And, sharing His love with those around her. It’s been a fantastic development to watch, and it’s one we pray will happen in every preschooler we touch with this month’s curriculum.
We ended March with Easter Sunday and we begin April with learning about the early church. Our preschoolers will learn that the early church wasn’t about a building, but about a group of people meeting together to worship and share life with one another. They will learn that they can be just like those people in the early church. They can share and help each other and worship God together.
The theme, “My Neighborhood,” was chosen for this unit because we are to “love our neighbor” and preschoolers are already learning about neighborhoods both at school and through their picture books at home. Throughout the month, we have emphasized that we are to love each and every neighbor in our neighborhood as we talk about who those people might be.
This week’s lessons: