Oh my my, it’s finally July!!
Summer is one of those times of the year, when you hope to escape your normal day-to-day and head off on a family vacation. Perhaps you have a passport and hope to fill it with stamps and visas from around the world or maybe you keep albums filled with photos from the places you’ve seen and the people you’ve met along the way.
But when you think about it, these aren’t just passport stamps and travel photos, they are stories capturing moments we lived. As we travel the world and experience the different landscapes and cultures, often we can’t help but notice that no matter where in the world we are, God is already there and up to something amazing.
The prophet Isaiah writes, “The whole earth is filled with God’s glory.” And that glory was made real when 2,000-some years ago a REAL human was born, lived a perfect life, died, and rose again. Of course, that man is Jesus. And throughout the past 2,000 years since, His story—His LIFE—has been changing the world.
This summer we’re excited for kids to experiencing that life-changing story of Jesus first and put their faith in Him.
We’ll talk about faith like this: Believing that what Jesus did can change me.
Our hope is that kids discover that no matter where they are in the world, the story of Jesus can change them too.
This summer, we get to view the story of Jesus through a man whose life was radically changed when we encountered the story of Jesus. He went from a person who did whatever it took to stop the message of Jesus from spreading to one who ended up writing most of the New Testament of the Bible and dying for his faith in Jesus. This man, as you may have already guessed, is Paul. He went all over the known world preaching the Story of Jesus. We’ll explore where in the world Paul was and how we fit into his story too.
We continue our look at Paul’s journey in Acts 15:1-35 with an important meeting that happened in Jerusalem. Paul and the rest of the disciples were arguing about if people who weren’t Jewish had to become Jewish in order to follow Jesus. At the end, they decide that the story of Jesus is for everyone. Nothing should stand in the way of people coming to faith in Jesus.
Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is for everybody. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’re from. God’s gift of salvation, through Jesus, is for everyone. When kids start understanding this, we hope that it inspires them to help ALL their friends find out more about Jesus.
Our Memory Verse is Ephesians 2:8. “God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift.” We can’t earn God’s grace. And while it cost God His own Son, it costs us nothing. It’s God’s gift!
For our preschoolers:
We’re having so much fun with Creation Station that we just can’s stop! This month, your preschoolers will continue to be introduced to the days of creation one train car at a time. What’s been your favorite car so far?
As we approach day six of creation, know that we will spend two days on this super special day. Not only did God make animals on day six (and all preschoolers love animals), but God made US on day six! Yes, God made you and me! This is always such an exciting day to share with our smallest friends. I love to see their eyes get big and round when they hear that they are part of the creation story. God made people too!! Not only did He make people, but He made us to have a relationship with Him. That’s such an awesome part of the story to share.
We will finish the Creation Station unit with a Creation Station Celebration. It’s time to party and thank God for everything He made. We will use this last week of July to review all the days of creation and celebrate each and every one. It will be another great month!
Here’s this week’s lessons:
Happy Independence Day!!!