Jesus is my good friend!
In John 14:1-4 Jesus tells the disciples something very important. They have lots of questions about what He is saying and are obviously distressed (14:1). Jesus proceeds to talk about going away and preparing a place for them (and us). But the most important instruction he gives to the disciples is in v1. He tells them to “….adhere to, trust in and rely also on me.”
Jesus is telling them that no matter what, don’t be worried, just trust Him! Stay close to him, rely on him. He will make it all ok. Isn’t that what a good friend does? Your preschooler relies on you the same way. They stay close, trust we will make the best decisions for them and rely on us at all times. You are the good friend that they learn about Jesus through. Sort of sobering huh? How can we make sure we are the best example of the good friend that Jesus is to our kids? By letting him also be that good friend to us.
Fight for the Heart this week by talking to your preschooler about what a good friend Jesus is to you. Tell them about all the ways He shows His love to you, and show that same love to them. Let them see you clinging to, trusting in , and relying on your good friend, Jesus. They will do the same.
Elementary (K-3rd Grade)
Jesus has overcome the world!
This week we continue with our virtue, Hope-believing that something good can come out of something bad. Your student will see an example of hope in the story of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin (Acts 3:1-10).
When Jesus left, he told the disciples to go about doing good and telling everyone about God. Peter and John did this! Everywhere they went they met people who needed to hear and see that Jesus had overcome the world. In Acts3, as they were walking to the temple, they met a crippled beggar. The beggar asked them for a gift. He was thinking money. Peter had another idea! Peter got the man’s attention and told him to get up and walk! Jesus didn’t come to provide a temporary fix. He overcame the world and all the trouble we might have while we live here! The crippled beggar was healed and given new life…and he responded by walking and leaping and praising God! He was now telling others about what God had done…and Jesus’ ministry continues through us today.
Create a Rhythm with your student by making a list of all the great things God has done in your lives. Talk about them and be ready to tell others! Practice telling each other!
Club 45 (4-5th grade)
BULLIES: TAKING DOWN GOLIATH
This week your preteen will be learning ways to “Beat the Bullies”. Goliath was a bully. David didn’t play his game though. He established who God was and who he was because of God. Then he won! There are multiple ways kids are bullied these days. We will be talking about real life examples and giving your kids tools to help them win!
You might hear your student say “I don’t play that!”. That is the number one way to overcome a bully….just don’t play his game! We want your student to be as confident in God as David was so they can walk away from a bully. We want them to know that they don’t have anything to prove and that God will always come through for them.
Create A Rhythm with this list of things we can all do when confronted by a bully. Talk about these options with your preteen so when they are faced with a situation, they know what they are going to do, how they are going to react. We fail because we don’t have a plan. Help your student develop a plan so they can “Beat the Bullies”!
– LEAVE THE SCENE
– STAY AWAY FROM THEM
– LEARN KARATE 🙂
– TELL AN ADULT
– BECOME THEIR FRIEND
– DON’T LET THEIR ACTIONS BOTHER YOU
– DON’T LET THEIR ACTIONS CHANGE WHAT YOU DO
– PRETEND YOU DON’T HEAR THEM
-PRAY FOR THEM!!!!