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Upper Elementary Sunday Mar 18: Jesus is the Bridge (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • Behaving like a Christian does not make a person a Christian
  • No one can persevere in the Way of the Wise by his own effort; his heart must be changed to love what is good and right.
  • Jesus is the only way to the Father; Jesus is the bridge from the Way of the Fool to the Way of the Wise

Additional Texts: 

Genesis 18:20-19:26
1 John 2:15
Isaiah 35:8-10 

Discussion Questions: 

1. We read about Lot’s wife. Why do you think Lot’s wife turned back? What was in her heart?

2. Can we walk in the Way of the Wise by our own strength?

3. Where do you think your heart is? Is it on the Way of the Fool or on the Way of the Wise?

Application Points: 

1. Make sure your child understands the message of the gospel. You may want to use one of the following explanations:

Quest for Joy– Six Biblical Truths

How to Know God Personally

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Believe in the Lord (Frank Hernandez)

Change My Heart, Oh God (Eddie Espinosa)

My Hope is in the Lord (Norman J. Clayton)

Our Great Savior [Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners] (J. Wilbur Chapman/Rowland H. Prichard)

There is None Like You (Lenny LeBlanc)

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Upper Elementary Sunday Mar 11: The Conclusion of the Matter (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:13 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • The most important thing in life is loving and obeying God.
  • A person can know about wisdom but not walk the way of the wise; a person can know about God but not love or honor God.

Additional Texts: 

1 Cor 10:1-11
Rom 1:21

Discussion Questions: 

1. This week we are learning about Solomon. Solomon knew all about fearing God, but he did not truly fear God. He was wise in his head, but not in his heart. Why do you think the Bible tells us about Solomon?

2. Do you think Solomon was a typical person? Do you think that it is strange to know what is wise but not follow the way of wisdom? Is it unusual to know about God but not love or fear Him? How can this happen?

3. How can you tell if you just have wisdom in your head or in your head and in your heart? Do you want wisdom in your head or in your heart as well? Is your life a contradiction?

Application Points: 

1. Ask your child to make a list of things that are important to him. (This can range from “winning Friday’s baseball game” to “getting a new bike” to “being a good dad when I grow up”). Then ask your child to go through the list and mark off the things that will not be important to him 10 years from now. Then mark off the things that will not be important to him when he is 60 years old. Then reduce the list to only things that will be important in eternity. Discuss with your child what things are of eternal value and why.

2. Discuss Romans 1:21 with your child. Talk about the danger of knowing a lot about the Bible but not loving or honoring God. Give concrete illustrations of this.

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

He Who Began a Good Work in You (Jon Mohr)

I Love You, Lord (Laurie Klein)

Jesus, Lover of My Soul [It’s All About You] (Paul Oakley)

My Jesus, I Love Thee (Williams R. Featherstone/Adoniram J. Gordon)

Trust and Obey (James H. Sammis/Daniel B. Towner)

You Are Worthy of My Praise (David Ruis)

You Shall Love the Lord (Frank Hernandez)

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Upper Elementary Sunday Mar 4: The End of the Path (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of every man;
the living should take this to heart.
Ecc 7:2 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • The wise man perceives his destination.
  • Focusing on their destination (heaven) helps Christians to persevere.

Additional Texts: 

Psalm 73:1-5, 12-14, 16-19
Eccl 7:4
Luke 12:16-21 

Discussion Questions: 

1. What  is the final destiny of the fool?

2. Should we envy the fool?

3. Do you ever think about your “end”? Where do you want your path to end?

Application Points: 

1. Talk  about destinations this week. When you are in the car, talk about where you are going and how you will get there. Look at other cars on the road and guess where the drivers are going. Then talk about the importance of the destination versus the niceness of the car, pointing out that a person could be driving a really nice car but may be going to (name something your child dislikes, such as getting a shot). Show that the destination is more important than the mode of travel.

2. Ask your child if he is ever envious of non-Christians. Brainstorm some practical ideas of things he can do about that.

3. Talk about some of the difficulties in walking along the Way of the Wise and why heaven will be worth the effort of persevering in faith. Explain to your child how to look ahead to the reward of heaven as a means of fighting the fight of faith. (You may want to read and discuss Hebrew 10:32-11:40 with your child.)

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Lord Most High (Don Harris/Gary Sadler)

Standing on the Promises (Lina Sandell/Oscar Ahnfelt)

My Jesus, I Love Thee (Williams R. Featherstone/Adoniram J. Gordon)

There is a Redeemer (Melody Green)

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Upper Elementary Sunday Feb 26: The Wise Trust in God (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Key Themes: 

  • The wise person trusts in God rather than in Himself
  • God promises to keep us in the Way of the Wise- to make us strong- if we trust in Him.

Additional Texts: 

Psalm 78:9-22
Psalm 125:1-2
Isaiah 12:2
Psalm 20:6-8 

Discussion Questions: 

1. What does it mean to trust God with all of your heart?

2. What does it mean to acknowledge God in all of your ways?

3. Why do we need to trust in God rather than in ourselves?

4. What can we do to help ourselves look to God?

Application Points: 

1. Discuss the memory verse with your child. Discuss ways in which we depend on ourselves rather than on God. Help your child understand how he can trust God in various areas of his life.

2. Encourage your child to talk to God about a problem he is having, somthing that bothers him, something he is concerned about, etc.

3. Give your child a penny. Point to the inscription at the top (“In God we trust”) and ask him to read it. Suggest to your child that he put the penny in his pocket (or another appropriate location) as a reminder to trust God in all situations.

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

My Hope is in the Lord (Norman J. Clayton)

My Trust is in the Name of the Lord (Laurie Jasurda)

Our Great Savior [Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners] (J. Wilbur Chapman/Rowland H. Prichard)

Some May Trust in Chariots (Lynn Deshazo)

Trust and Obey (James H. Sammis/Daniel B. Towner)

Standing on the Promises (R. Kelso Carter/Norman E. Johnson)

Trust in the Lord (Frank Hernandez)

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Upper Elementary Sunday Feb 19: The Wise Look Ahead (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
Prov 27:12 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • The wise person looks ahead.
  • The wise person sees danger and hides from it (they look ahead and make good choices)
  • The wise person sees beyond immediate results to eventual consequences
  • The wise person corrects his swervings to the right or the left (corrects a wrong direction or trajectory).

Additional Texts: 

Judges 11
Judges 16:17-21
Prov 4:27

Discussion Questions: 

1. What happens if we don’t look before we leap?

2. What does it mean to think long term?

3. What are some easy areas in which kids your age can “swerve to the right or the left”?

Application Points: 

1. Talk with your child about the immediate result of bad choices and the eventual consequences of bad choices. Help him to understand that the pleasures of sin are very short-lived and that sin always carries consequences eventually. Perhaps you can share with him a situation from your childhood when you made a bad choice. Let him know the immediate result and the eventual consequence of that choice.

2. During the week ahead discuss possible choices to everyday situations. Encourage him to use his imagination to “look ahead” to the eventual blessing of good choices and the eventual consequences of bad choices. Practice this week so your child can learn to look ahead to where his attitudes, choices, and actions may lead.

3. Keep reminding your child this week that the wise person looks ahead to the outcome of his attitudes, choices, and actions and corrects what is wrong or makes a good choice. The wise person looks ahead and avoids danger to his soul.

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

Great is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas O. Chisholm/William M. Runyan)

He Who Began a Good Work in You (Jon Mohr)

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Kathleen Thomerson)*

Praise the Name of Jesus (Roy Hicks, Jr.)

Standing on the Promises (R. Kelso Carter/Noram E. Johnson)

Trust and Obey (James H. Sammis/Daniel B. Towner)

Trust in the Lord (Frank Hernandez)

You Have Been Good (Twila Paris)

*if you know of a kid-friendly recording of this one, let us know!

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Upper Elementary Sunday Feb 12: The Wise Are Self-Controlled (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Prov 29:11 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • The wise man has self-control; the fool is impulsive.
  • The wise man speaks to himself rather than listens to himself.

Additional Texts: 

Prov 20:3
Prov 16:32
Prov 21:20
John 18:10a
2 Sam 16:5-13
James 3:1-12
1 Pet 2:21-23
Prov 25:28
Prov 14:29

Discussion Questions: 

1. What does it mean to listen to your “self”?

2. Why is it hard to STOP listening to ourselves?

3. Why is it hard to GO and be self controlled?

Application Points: 

1. Discuss with your child the areas in which he exhibits self-control, and the areas in which he needs to gain more self control. Remind your child that lack of self-control is acting on our impulses instead of talking to ourselves and telling ourselves how to react.

2. Remind your child that one way to gain self-control is to speak to yourself rather than listening to yourself. Explain how important it is to tell yourself what you will do, rather than just following your impulses.

3. Make a “stoplight” with your child and label it in the following way:

RED- STOP! Don’t listen to your “self”
YELLOW- WAIT! Think, pray, decide, and talk to your “self”.
GREEN- GO! Walk in the way of the wise. Act with self-control.

Hang the stoplight in a prominent location as a reminder to your child and the rest of the family.

4. Help your child this week to go through the “stoplight” steps toward self-control when he faces situations that test his self-control. Remind him that self-control is more than just “practicing the right steps”. It is an attitude of wanting to control our fleshly impulses. The “stoplight” steps are just a tool to help train a willing heart.

5. Pray with your child for a willing heart.

Worship Songs: 

Sing or listen to some of the following songs with your children throughout your week. Note: Names in parentheses are original authors, not necessarily the recording artist. 

Day by Day (Lina Sandell/Oscar Ahnfelt)

Do to Others (Frank Hernandez)

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior (Kate B. WilkinsonCyril Barhan-Gould)

More and More Like Jesus (Kevin Thompson)

Overcome Evil with Good (Frank Hernandez)

Without Complaining (Frank Hernandez)

The Fruit of the Spirit (Frank Hernandez)

You Are My All in All (Dennis Jernigan)

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Upper Elementary Sunday Feb 5: The Wise Heed Correction (Fear of the Lord)

Key Verse: 

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Prov 3:11-12 NIV

Key Themes: 

  • God’s discipline can be gentle or harsh
  • God disciplines us to teach us to hate sin; God’s discipline is for our own good.
  • God only disciplines us as much as is necessary.
  • We can respond quickly and positively toward discipline or we can be stubborn and refuse to learn easily.

Additional Texts: 

Prov 15:10
2 Samuel 12:1-14
Prov 15:31-32
Prov 17:10
Prov 29:1
Prov 13:1
Prov 9:7
Prov 15:5
Prov 13:18
Prov 12:1
Prov 25:12 

Discussion Questions: 

Application Points: 

1. Discuss what it means to “despise discipline” and “resent rebuke”. Discuss what causes us to despise discipline and resent rebuke.

2. Discuss why discipline is good for us and is an act of love. Give some practical examples and encourage your child to give some as well. Discuss the virtue of responding to gentle correction in order to avoid harsh discipline.

3. Ask your child this week to notice how he reacts to discipline and correction. At the end of the week, ask him to evaluate his attitude toward discipline and correction. Pray together with your child and ask the Lord to give him a positive attitude towards correction.


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