Hey ROCK families!
We can’t wait to see you this Sunday as we move up to our next grade/age levels. For instance, if you were in Kindergarten A last week, you will be in 1st grade A this week. We will be here Sunday morning to help guide you to the new rooms, if you have any questions. We are also happy to have Stephanie Purdy, our Children’s Council Chair in the lobby Sunday morning sharing information on everything happening in Children’s Ministry – plan to come a bit early and visit with her. Click HERE for her letter to all of our families. And we can still use servants for the fall – please click HERE if you can help in our classrooms Sunday mornings. Now, onto this Sunday and what the kiddos will be learning…….
When you hear the word, obedience, what comes to mind?
Perhaps the last time you got a speeding ticket.
Or what you wish your kids would learn.
Maybe you think about that old hymn many of us sang growing up in church.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
(And for those of you now singing that song for the rest of the day, sorry about that.)
The phrase “Trust and Obey” may come off trite and cliché, but the point of the phrase is nonetheless true. Trust and obedience go together. That’s why we define obedience like this:
Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do.
Our obedience demonstrates that we trust people who are in charge, as well as, shows God we trust His plan for our lives. But we don’t always get it right, do we? And our disobedience breaks our relationship with God.
All throughout Scripture, we see how God responds to that disobedience. While there were consequences, God continued to love the world and made a way to restore our broken relationship. With that in mind, this school year, we’ll walk kids through God’s One Big Story of God’s plan to rescue us by sending Jesus, His only Son.
Obedience, we can’t get around it. Obedience is something everyone has to work on whether we’re 9, thirty-nine, or seventy-nine. We can’t wait to see what God will do in each of our lives as we discover more about what the Bible says about following and obeying God and those He’s put in authority over us.
For our Elementary friends:
In the final week of August, we’ll discover that God’s promises to Abraham are starting to come true. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gives birth to a son. They name him Isaac. But then in Genesis 18, 21, 22, we discover that God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Abraham trusted what he knew about God and obeyed believing that God would make a way of escape for Isaac. Eventually, Abraham’s family becomes a great nation and another Son would arrive on the planet. Jesus would become the ultimate way of escape for the whole world.
Bottom Line: I should trust and obey because there’s a bigger plan. Like Abraham, God might be asking us to do something that we don’t quite understand. But as we read through the Bible, we read about how God has been faithful throughout history. We can trust what we know about God to trust and obey right now.
For our Preschool friends:
We will start the month reminding preschoolers that God made them. In fact, we will review that God made everything, but the most important thing He made was people—because He wants to have a relationship with us!
Then, our preschool friends will hear the story of Abraham and how God had a plan for him. Just as God had a plan for Abraham, He has a plan for us too. God loves us so much and has a plan for us. THIS WEEK: we’ll tell the parable of the lost sheep to illustrate just how much God loves us.
We’ll end the month with a preschool favorite, the story of Zacchaeus. Jesus loved Zacchaeus and wanted to be his friend even though Zacchaeus had made some bad choices. Jesus is our friend even when we make bad choices too.
It’s a great month full of exciting stories and fantastic activities as well as a really cool theme! Can’t wait to BLAST OFF with you!
Here’s this week’s lessons: