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Josiah Chooses to Follow God: Elementary Lesson for Week 4 of November

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, King Josiah was very young when he started ruling (2 Kings 22-23). He could have followed in the footsteps of the kings before him and disobeyed God’s law. But when he heard God’s words read from the scrolls, he realized this was not wise. He decided to tear down the temples and idols to other gods and refocus Judah on God’s law.

 

Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Proverbs 22:3 says, “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.” This verse encourages us to stop and think before we follow what others are doing. Just like Josiah taught us, even if others are doing something, that doesn’t mean it’s something we should do. We need to look carefully and make sure we’re making a wise choice.

 

The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV Nothing we want—not riches or popularity—compares with the value of living wisely. Following God’s wisdom is worth any sacrifice we might have to make.

 

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Rehoboam Listens to Fools: Elementary Lesson for Week 3 of November

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, King Rehoboam needed to make an important decision (1 Kings 12:1-15a). He asked the elders of the kingdom for advice. Then he asked his buddies and they disagreed with the elders. The king decided to agree with his buddies, and his decision led to a split in the nation of Israel.

 

Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm.” (NIrV) The people we hang out with will always influence the decisions we make. We want to choose friends who will encourage us to be wise, not people who will push us to do foolish things.

 

The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV Good friends will help us remember what is most important. When we’re trying to make a decision, they will point us to God’s wisdom to help us make the right choice.

 

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Choose Your Words Carefully: Elementary Lesson for Week 2 of November

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Biblical principle, Solomon, the wisest person who ever lived, teaches us to choose our words wisely. “Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18, NIrV) Speaking without thinking can cause damage. But wise words can help.

 

Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, think before you speak. When we’re upset or emotional, we may be tempted to blurt out hurtful words that we might regret after we’ve calmed down. But taking a moment to think about the other people’s thoughts and feelings allows us to choose our words wisely. Imagine the great friendships we could have if we used our words to help others and heal situations.

 

The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.” Proverbs 8:10, NIrV Taking the time to think about choosing wise words will help us build stronger relationships. And strong relationships are more valuable than any treasure we might find.

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GodTime Sheets for Elementary: November

Download the GodTime Sheets here so your kids can do them during the week…

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Also, here is the monthly Parent Cue with ways to help your kids connect to what they are learning…

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Solomon Chooses Wisdom: Elementary Lesson, Week 1 of November

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, we remember God’s promise to Abraham that he would receive the Land of Canaan. But the great city of Jericho was blocking Abraham’s family from moving into Canaan (Joshua 6). They simply needed to courageously trust God and the land would be theirs.

Our Bottom Line is I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises. God promises to never leave us. God promises to give us hope and a future. Sometimes it’s our fear that keeps us from ever living in the promises God has given us.

The monthly memory verse is: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 NIrV. Many of God’s followers will tell you their greatest adventure started when they trusted God into a decision they were afraid of. And in the end, they never regretted living courageously and believing God’s promises.

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Elementary Kids’ Theme for November: Wisdom

For Elementary Parents- Understanding this month’s theme: WISDOM

The Bible gives us one story from Jesus’ childhood, and in that story we find Him in the temple. Jesus spent several days sitting among the teachers listening and asking questions. Luke 2:47 tells us that everyone was amazed by His understanding. Jesus took time to understand God’s plan for His life. He knew that God was source of all wisdom. Jesus made discovering God’s wisdom a priority in His life.

 

Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. When we seek wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us. He will help us figure out the wise choice when we need to make a decision. We can find God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and asking trusted Christ-followers.

When we don’t put wisdom into practice, we make foolish choices that have unwanted consequences. We also demonstrate that we don’t value God’s Word, since the Bible is full of wisdom. Making unwise choices makes us look foolish to others around us.

When we follow Jesus’ example, we will search for wisdom. We’ll learn what we should do, make choices that help us grow better relationships, and learn more about God. Working to apply wisdom to our lives shows that we believe God’s Word is true.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) Choosing wisdom is not always easy. God’s Word is full of truth we can apply to our lives.

(2) The Bible challenges us to respond to others with wisdom even when it costs us something.

(3) Showing wisdom proves that God is at work within us.

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Survivor Man (Joseph- Gen 30, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42-46)- Elementary Lesson for Sep 1

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In this week’s Bible story, Joseph lived a life of courage (Genesis 30, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42-46). Joseph could have despaired when faced with several difficult situations, but rather he remained faithful to God, trusting that God must have a bigger story at work.

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Our Bottom Line is I can be brave because I know God is with me. As kids approach a new school year, sports team, or art class, they can push past their fear because God is with them. When kids are afraid of being alone or being in the dark, they can have courage because God is with them.
The monthly memory verse is: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3, NIrV Our trust in God is the source of our courage. Just like Joseph knew God was working to make things good in his life, we can have the same confidence and move courageously into fearful situations because we know God is with us.

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Download this week’s devotional for kids– GodTime (September, Week 1)

Download this week’s parent resource– ParentCue (September, Week 1)

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by | August 28, 2013 · 9:00 am