Jesus Can Help My Friends
This week we share the story in Mark 2:1-12 of 4 friends that helped in a very practical way. You see, when Jesus came to town these friends knew that if they could just get their disabled friend in front of Jesus, then he could be healed.
This moment in history is a wonderful example of how we can help bring our friends closer the Jesus. Why?
Because Jesus can help my friends.
This week, Imagine the End, by focusing your energy on the things that make a lasting impact. Who do you know that needs to come closer to Jesus? How will He use you to draw them near? Jesus can help your friends, just as He helps you.
Elementary (Kindergarten – 3rd grade)
In our Bible story this week we meet Gehazi, Elisha’s trusted servant (2 Kings 5). When Elisha helps a high-ranking official, but will not accept payment, Gehazi lies to receive valuable gifts from the official. Then, when Elisha asks Gehazi about the gifts, he lies again to cover it up. Since Gehazi can no longer be trusted, he loses his health and the gifts he wanted so badly.
Our Bottom Line is: when you are not truthful, you lose trust. If we consistently use words that aren’t honest, people start to doubt if any of our words are true. When they doubt our words, it’s difficult to gain their trust. Honesty is also about living truthfully and acting on what we say.
Our memory verse this month is: “An honest person has respect for the Lord.” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV. A person who respects God uses truthful words, keeps their promises, and follows through with what they say. They earn the trust of others. Truthful words build stronger relationships with others and with God.
This week, Make it Personal, by allowing God to reveal to you where you have been less than truthful. What can you do to become a person of truth?
Club 45 (4th & 5th grade)
The Servant King
Jesus suffered and died so that God’s plan could be accomplished.
This week we explore Matthew 26 & 27 and Hebrews 2:17-18 to see the most dramatic and powerful seven days in history. Those seven days were Jesus’ last days. For those around Jesus and for the people of Jerusalem, those seven days were extremely confusing. We want to take your preteen on a journey to better understand what Jesus went through to save us from our sin.
This week, Make It Personal, by exploring Matthew 26 & 27. Why was He called the Servant King? How did He serve people? What is one thing you will do differently after reading this passage?