This Sunday we will finish up our series on FRIENDSHIP. We have learned a lot about what is takes to be a friend and what a friend we have in God!
God desires a relationship with us. That’s why He created us in the first place. When we sinned and broke that relationship, God continued to pursue us. God sacrificed His only Son to make it possible for us to have a relationship with Him again.
Jesus demonstrated friendship in the most generous way possible. He showed us the greatest love when He laid down His life for His friends. He went to the cross, not on principle or for a cause, but because of love and wanting to be with us forever.
Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
Key Question: How can you be a friend this week? At some point in a person’s life, he or she is going to need someone they can trust to help them through it. Kids know what’s happening in their friends’ lives. However, they don’t always know how to help. Through the discussion this week, we hope to help kids come up with simple ideas they can put into practice to encourage those friends no matter what they’re going through.
We close out the month with something Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, So encourage each other with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that is what you are doing, (NIrV). When Job experienced trial after trial, his friends decided to help. They didn’t bring meals or tell jokes. Rather, they came along side and grieved with Job. Now, we find out they didn’t always get it right, but for that first week, they let Job know that they were there for him.
Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another. Kids might not always know what to say or do when it comes to helping cheer up their friends. We pray they discover that they can encourage each other even if it simply means being a shoulder to lean on.
This week we begin “Learning our Bibles” for 3rd graders at 9:45. Be sure to bring your Bible and meet in your usual class, room 206. During this 8 week series, the 3rd graders will not be attending Large Group.
THIS WEEK FOR PRESCHOOLERS our story is focusing on “When God is with me, I can be wise”.
We’ll finish the month with the story of Joshua and how he knocked down a city wall by just walking around it! God told Joshua to lead his men to walk around the city of Jericho’s wall without weapons, just trumpets. That must of sounded pretty unusual to Joshua, but he was wise and trusted God and did what God said. This story is a favorite of preschoolers everywhere.
We want our preschoolers to grow up knowing that God will use them to do super things when they trust that He is with them and do things His way. THAT is what makes a super kid…well…super!