Happy May, y’all! This month, we’re talking to our kids about determination.
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 ch
urch 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:
We start our discussion about determination in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John are arrested for healing a man and teaching about Jesus. They are brought before the Sanhedrin where they tell them to stop talking about Jesus or face severe consequences. Peter and John show determination as they proclaim that nothing can keep them from talking about Jesus.
Bottom Line: Keep going even when it gets hard. Life will be difficult. As much as we might try, we can’t escape hardships. But in those times, we can trust God to give us what we need to show determination and keep going.
For our preschoolers:
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!