God wants friends to help each other.
Building on the stories of David’s life, this week we remember his best friend Jonathan and witness how David sought out a way to help Jonathan’s family even after Jonathan was gone. Have you ever had the opportunity to help someone simply because of who they were connected to?
Mephibosheth did nothing to earn David’s favor. He was simply the son of Jonathan. That alone was his merit.
Isn’t this a great picture of our relationship with our Heavenly Father? We can do nothing to earn His favor. The only merit we have comes from Christ.
This week, Make It Personal, by reading 1 Samuel 20:14-17 & 2 Samuel 9:1-13. Read these passage multiple times over a few days. Then write out your thoughts: What do you observe about God in this passage? What elements of His character, attributes and attitudes do you see?
Elementary (K-3rd grade)
Stewardship is taking care of what you have
because it all belongs to God.
This week we open up Luke 12:16-21 to learn the Parable of the Rich Man. We want kids to know that when you trust God, you don’t keep all you have for yourself.
It’s too easy in our culture to believe that everything we have is ours to keep. I mean, why wouldn’t it be? We worked hard for it. We deserve it!
Or do we?
Although God is capable of accomplishing His will any way He chooses… He chooses to accomplish His will through us. This can mean that sometimes He gives us more so we can give some away. He gives us more so we can meet the needs of those around us. He gives us more so that together we can be better.
We want your elementary student to know that blessings are not designed to terminate on us. They are designed to multiply through us. And that’s our driving motivation for giving.
Make It Personal this week by sharing with your child how God met a need you had through some else’s generosity. Then brainstorm with your family: How can you make this a common practice in your own life?
Club 45 (4th & 5th grade)
Lesson 5: Mighty Warrior
- How God can use our failures to show the world how awesome He is.
- How we are forgiven of our failures because of how awesome God is.
- How we are more than conquerors because we are on our awesome God’s team!
This week we’re going to talk about the things in our life that can make us feel powerless and weak. You see, your preteen is at a point in their life where they are trying to figure out who they are. Life can feel a little daunting. Our friend, Gideon, found himself in a daunting situation. And as we unpack this moment in scripture we see that boldness is Christ is easier said than done.
Our memory verse this week is “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
A great scripture for a tough topic.
This week, Make It Personal, by taking your preteen out for ice cream. Talk about a time you felt overwhelmed and daunted. How did you handle it? Allow your student to see how you have struggled to grow in your faith. As you share, you help your student understand that following Jesus isn’t always easy… but always worth it.