Happy Mother’s Day, y’all!
Thanks for using your mom super powers of wisdom and grace to nurture and guide all our kids and lead them in the faith. “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” ~Proverbs 14:1 This month, we’re talking to our kids about determination. Who is more determined than a mom?!
Determination is a response of the character of God.
Throughout Scripture, we can discover that God has been faithful to His people. He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He sent Jesus to rescue us from our sin. He remained faithful to the early church as they spread the message of Jesus throughout the world. When we see how God gave His people what they needed to continue following Him, we can respond with determination believing that God will give us what we need to finish what we start.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us have determination.
When Jesus gave His disciples the incredible mission of spreading the message of the Gospel throughout the world, He didn’t make them do it alone. Instead, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to show faith and determination in the face of whatever might happen along the way. When we put our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers us to finish what we start.
We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about determination—deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.
Our Memory Verse for May comes from Galatians 6:9.
In Galatians 6:9, we read, “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV). When Paul wrote this verse to the church at Galatia, he encouraged the followers of Jesus to show determination and keep doing good. We may not see results right away, but in time, God will help us see that finishing what we started was worth all of the effort.
Let’s see how determination shows up in the early church and the first followers of Jesus as they worked to accomplish the mission He had for them.
For our elementary age kids:
In Acts 10, Peter was a Jewish follower of Jesus. Cornelius was a Roman commander. These two were unlikely friends even in the best of circumstances. But through a couple of visions, these two men were about to cross paths. And through this meeting, Peter discovered the mission Jesus gave the disciples was way bigger than he originally thought.
Bottom Line: Keep going even when the job is bigger than you think. There are times we start a job and soon realize that it will be a much larger endeavor. Our first instinct might be to give up all together, but we need to keep going. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can push through and show determination right up until the end.
For our preschool age kids:
It’s time to “Come to the Castle” and hear stories from the King. We can’t wait to share both this theme and these stories with you. As we travel through the stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Hagar, Gideon, and Daniel, your preschoolers will learn that . . . …
God is always with me.
God hears me and gives me what I need.
God teaches me the way to go.
God protects me.
It’s a fantastic month that is sure to help your preschoolers know that God is with them all the time, and God’s got it.
Here’s this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!