Monthly Archives: June 2013

Super-Natural Resources (Parable of the Sower)- Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 30

This month we are going back to the basics, where we’ll learn from Jesus’ life, teaching, and example.

These are the basics: Wisdom—I need to make the wise choice; Faith—I can trust God no matter what; Friendship—I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Wisdom: Jesus taught that the best way to learn what we should do is by listening to God’s Word. The Bible teaches us the wise choice for many situations.

Faith: Jesus came to earth to physically show us God’s love. We can grow stronger faith in God because we have seen what He did through Jesus.

Friendship: Jesus walked every day with His friends, allowing them to get to know Him, teaching them, and helping their hurts. By following Jesus’ example, we can know how we should treat others.

When we return to these ideas we can begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us.

 

13JUNE_BL_Week5_InstagramThis week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Jesus tells a story about a farmer who sows seeds in different types of soil (Matthew 13:1-23). Some seed fell along the path, some in rocky places and some among thorns. But the seed that fell on good soil produced a harvest.

The seed is like God’s Word, and the soil is like people who hear God’s Word. If we listen to God and do what He says, we will be good soil and see great growth. Our Bottom Line is God is doing something in me when I do what He says.

The monthly memory verse is: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 NIrV Growth is not simply about knowing what God says; it’s also about doing what God says. Learning God’s Word and applying it to our lives is the best way to grow like Jesus.

 

At Home 

Download this week’s at home resources!

GodTime (July, Week 5) – weekly devotional for kids 

Parent Cue (July, Week 5)– for parents 

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July 2013 Sneak Preview: Base Camp

7014JUNE_MATRIXJesus’ followers witnessed so many amazing things while He walked the earth with them. They saw Jesus perform miracles and they heard Him teach a whole new way of thinking. Through it all, God was preparing them to carry Jesus’ ministry into the world. He was teaching them the basics:

Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice.

Faith – I can trust God no matter what.

Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

When we focus on these ideas, we can also begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us. We’ll learn from Jesus’ teachings that we, too, can make a difference.

The monthly memory verse is: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden,” Matthew 5:14, NIrV. When we choose to love God by loving others, you will help God’s love shine on all people.

In Week One’s Bible story, Jesus loves and forgives Peter for denying Him (John 18-21). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me so I will love the people around me. When we love the way Jesus loves us, we forgive when others wrong us, we serve and help meet others’ needs, and we sacrifice what we want for what’s best for others.

In Week Two’s biblical principle, Jesus is teaching the people how to be kind to others, even people who mistreat you (Matthew 5:41-41). In Jesus’ time, the Roman guards could force people to carry their belongings for a mile. But Jesus taught that, to show God’s kindness to the guards, the people should go an extra mile. Our Bottom Line is:God is doing something in me so I will love people who are hard to love.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Jesus commands His followers to go into all the world and tell about God’s love (Matthew 28:16-20). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me to show the world who He is. Each of Jesus’ followers had a story of when God had shown them love, and they were able to share that story with other people.

In Week Four’s Bible story, Jesus commanded that we should love God with all our hearts and love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Our Bottom Line is:God is doing something in you to change the world around you. Often, one of the best ways we can love God is by loving His people. Regardless of who the person is or what they’ve done, God still loves them, and we can too.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sundays June 9-23: Listening, Honor and Respect

The Preschool-Kindergarten class has been continuing in our Proverbs Wisdom series by learning about some of the most foundational building blocks of Wisdom.

On June 9, we looked at Listening to be Wise. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parents Handout – Listening

On June 16, we looked at Honoring our Parents. Check out our Parent Handout here: Parents Handout – Honor

On June 23, we look at Respecting God (the Fear of the Lord). Check out our Parent Handout here: Parents Handout – Respect for God

 

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sundays June 23-30: Joseph’s Brothers Sell Him

Bible Text: Genesis 37:4-36

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages  80-86

Key Point of Passage: Joseph’s brothers planned to kill him because they were so jealous of him, but God saved his life through two of his brothers.

Memory Verse: (They) planned to harm (him), but God planned it for good (Genesis 50:20).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him?

2)      What did they plan to do to Joseph?

3)      How do you think God feels when brothers and sisters are mean to each other?

4)      How did God protect Joseph through two of his brothers?

 

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday June 16: Joseph’s Dreams and his Brothers

Bible Text: Genesis 37:1-11

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages  74-79

Key Point of Passage: Joseph’s had dreams that his whole family  would bow down to him, but the dreams made them angry; his brothers hated him because they were jealous of him.

Memory Verse: (They) planned to harm (him), but God planned it for good (Genesis 50:20).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Which son did Jacob make a special coat for? Why?

2)      What happened in Joseph’s two dreams?

3)      Why did the dreams make his family angry at him?

4)      Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him?

5)      Does God want us to be angry at jealous with each other?

 

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Follow the Leader (Calling of Matthew)- Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 23

This month we are going back to the basics, where we’ll learn from Jesus’ life, teaching, and example.

These are the basics: Wisdom—I need to make the wise choice; Faith—I can trust God no matter what; Friendship—I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Wisdom: Jesus taught that the best way to learn what we should do is by listening to God’s Word. The Bible teaches us the wise choice for many situations.

Faith: Jesus came to earth to physically show us God’s love. We can grow stronger faith in God because we have seen what He did through Jesus.

Friendship: Jesus walked every day with His friends, allowing them to get to know Him, teaching them, and helping their hurts. By following Jesus’ example, we can know how we should treat others.

When we return to these ideas we can begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us.

This week, we’re discovering:

13JUNE_BL_Week4_InstagramIn this week’s Bible story, Jesus calls Matthew to follow leave his post as tax collector and follow Him (Matthew 9:9-13). Most of the Jews hated Matthew, but when Jesus accepted him, it showed that anyone could follow Jesus.

Our Bottom Line is God is doing something in me to help me follow Him. No one is too bad or too good to follow Jesus. God, through the Holy Spirit, is working in us to grow us to be more like Jesus.

The monthly memory verse is: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 NIrV When we respond to God and follow where He leads, we will see ourselves develop in wisdom, faith, and friendship. Then we will be able to set the example for other people.

 

At Home 

Download this week’s at home resources!

GodTime (June, Week 4)weekly devotional for kids 

ParentCue (June, Week 4) – for parents 

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Cave Dwelling (Lazarus Raised from the Dead)- Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 16

This month we are going back to the basics, where we’ll learn from Jesus’ life, teaching, and example.

These are the basics: Wisdom—I need to make the wise choice; Faith—I can trust God no matter what; Friendship—I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Wisdom: Jesus taught that the best way to learn what we should do is by listening to God’s Word. The Bible teaches us the wise choice for many situations.

Faith: Jesus came to earth to physically show us God’s love. We can grow stronger faith in God because we have seen what He did through Jesus.

Friendship: Jesus walked every day with His friends, allowing them to get to know Him, teaching them, and helping their hurts. By following Jesus’ example, we can know how we should treat others.

When we return to these ideas we can begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us.

This week, we’re discovering:

13JUNE_BL_Week3_InstagramIn this week’s Bible story, Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, dies (John 11:1-44). Lazarus’ sisters and their community couldn’t understand why Jesus didn’t heal Lazarus before he died. But when Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, they realized Jesus had everything under control.

Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something big to help me trust in Him. When we face big times in life, we can be confident that God is growing us. God may not fix all our problems, but He’ll give us the strength to get through it.

The monthly memory verse is: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 NIrV Sometimes growing is difficult, but we know God wants what’s best for us and we can trust Him.

 

At Home 

Download this week’s at home resources!

GodTime (June, Week 3) – weekly devotional for kids 

ParentCue (June, Week 3) – for parents 

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