Feb
15
to Mar 15

God Helps Me Love Others

1 John 4:7-11

“7 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. The person who loves has become God’s child and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. 10 True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. God sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. 11 That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.”

WHY IT MATTERS

Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment for us as children of God is to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind. This means loving Him with everything that we are, everything that we have and in everything we do. Then he says for us to love our neighbor as well. This is not always easy, but the Bible teaches us how. As children of God we are loved with his real and perfect love. God showed us this love when he sent Jesus, his Son, to take our place, dying for all the bad things we’ve done. This was so that we could be with God forever. When we receive God’s love, the love for our neighbors, friends and family grows in our heart. Now, with God’s help, we can love people so much better than we can on our own because His love is perfect.

WHAT IT’S TALKING ABOUT

Jesus’s disciple John wrote this letter probably while living in the city of Ephesus almost 2,000 years ago! John wanted to tell people reading his letter how important God’s love is. He tells everyone that if you love God, you will know how to love others. He tells us that God is love and when we love like him we are showing the world what he looks like.

MEMORY VERSE

“...God sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins. That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other.” 1 John 4:10-11

QUESTIONS:

Parents, ask your child these questions and discuss with them:

  1. Read the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus to your kids. You can choose to read from a kids Bible if they are younger. Then read John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 and John 15:13. God loved us so much he gave his one and only Son to take our place and die for our sins so that we could live with Him forever. We get to be called children of God because of his love for us. God has enough love to cover everyone in the whole world.

  • What are some ways God shows his love for us?

He gave his Son for us. He forgave us of our sins and invite us to be his children. He cares for us, he gives us his words and his presence. He gave us a big beautiful world to live in, he gave us a family.

Talk about the ways you and your child feel God’s love for you personally.

2.  Talk about how we can love God with all of our heart and mind and       strength. Read 1 John 14:19. God says because we are loved by him we can love him with every bit of our life, with all of our heart and mind and strength.

  • How do love Him with all of our heart, our mind and our strength?

We love him by knowing what he says and obeying Him (heart and mind). We love him by spending time with Him and knowing his heart for us and others. We love him by our actions and with everything he has given us (strength).

Talk about the ways your child can love God this way and how this might look in their everyday life.

3. As we experience God’s love for us and we love God, he asks us to then go and love our neighbors. The Bible says that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourself. If we know how much we are loved and how special we are to God, we will see ourselves as God sees us. Read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. God tells us to love other people as much as he loves us. This kind of love is God’s perfect love and comes from Him. Not only are we told to love our friends and neighbors but even people who might be unkind to us. Explain to your child that the samaritans and the Jewish people weren’t friends but because God first loved us we can love others no matter what.

  • How do you think we love with God’s love? Who can you love this way?

When we are loved by God and we love him, he fills our hearts up with His love. His love is perfect and never fails. His Spirit who lives in your heart will help you love others with God’s perfect love. Talk with your child about who they interact with daily and who they can make a choice to love. It is a choice, it’s not just a feeling, it’s an action. Explain that when we love others they can show God’s love to people that maybe have never felt it before.

SET AN EXAMPLE:

Parents: Kids learn a lot about what love looks like by watching you. You can help them understand God’s selfless sacrificial love by modeling it at home. We encourage you to be intentional this month about things you do to show love to your kids and then remind them that God loves them even more than you do. Also you can model showing love for others with your kids. As a family you can go meet your neighbors and see if they need anything, or you can volunteer together and serve the needy in the city. Take time to stop for the one, lend a hand and tell people about God’s love while you’re with your children.

PRAY TOGETHER:

Father God, thank you for loving us so much and for sending your son to die for us so we can live with you here and in heaven forever. Fill our hearts with your love and help us to know and live every day in your love for us. Help us to love other people like you do so that people will come to know your love. In Jesus’ name Amen.

ACTIVITY

  1. Make a checklist with your children and help them fill out ways that they can love their neighbor/friends this week. A love list.

  2. 1 Corinthians talks about love. Help your child write the qualities of love that are in the love chapter. You can write them out and have them draw pictures next to them or write them on note cards and go over them every morning as you eat breakfast. Love is patient, love is kind etc.

SPEAK TRUTH WITH  YOUR CHILD:

The bible has a lot of verses about love, they have been compiled into a list that reads like a love letter. Read God’s love letter over your child this month.

I know everything about you...Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up...Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways ...Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ...Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image ...Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your life ...Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were born ...Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I made the world ...Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake ...Psalm 139:15-16

I planned out every day of your life ...Psalm 139:15-16

I decided the exact time of your birth and where you would live ...Acts 17:26

You are beautifully and wonderfully made ...Psalm 139:14

I made you while you were in your mother's belly ...Psalm 139:13

And it is my desire to pour out my love on you ...1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father ...1 John 3:1

I am the perfect Father...Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from me ...James 1:17

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ...Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love...Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ...Psalm 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing ...Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you ...Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasure ...Exodus 19:5

If you look for me with all your heart, you will find me ...Deuteronomy 4:29

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ...Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager ...2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ...2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ...Psalm 34:18

I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ...John 17:23

Jesus died so you and I could be together...2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the best way to show you my love ...1 John 4:10

I gave all that I loved so you could love me back...Romans 8:32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ...1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love ...Romans 8:38-39


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Dec
3
to Dec 30

God's Armor

Ephesians 6:12-13

12 “Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. 13 That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.”

Memory Verse: “Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness…” Eph 6:12

WHY IT MATTERS

The bible tell us that we are not to fight against other people but against our enemy the devil. He doesn’t like God’s children and fights against us in a lot of different ways that we can’t always see with our eyes. The bible explains he is behind all of the bad stuff in the world . We are not afraid because God has given us his own armor to fight with and helps us stay strong. If we fight God’s way we will win every time because God has already beaten our enemy.

WHAT IT’S TALKING ABOUT

Paul wrote this letter to a church that was in a city called Ephesus almost two thousand years ago. He wrote this letter while he was in prison for preaching about Jesus. Paul was teaching them that their real enemy was not people but the devil who was fighting against them.


QUESTIONS:

Parents, ask your child these questions and discuss with them:

1.Ask them about a movie (or book) they have seen with a clear good and bad guy, (like Kung Fu Panda, Incredibles or The little Mermaid.) Who was the good guy? Who was the bad guy? Discuss the movie for a few minutes with the kids. Define that a good guy is the hero and the bad guy is the enemy. Do we have an enemy in real life?

YES In real life, our enemy is the devil. Our hero is Jesus. Satan doesn’t like God and is always fighting his children, trying to ruin things, just like the bad guys in the movies. Do you know why the enemy fights us?  He does not want us to live for Jesus or tell other people about him. He also doesn’t want us to live in heaven with God forever. But the bible says that God is our Protector and that he won’t let any harm come to us that could keep us from him. (Psalm 121) So we don’t have to worry because God is on our side and we have his armor and his super strong help!

2.  It sounds pretty awesome to have God’s own armor right? What is the

difference between the armor that God gives us and regular armor that we could

buy at the store?

The bible says that we must put on God’s armor. We can only fight satan with God’s help and the armor that Jesus made it possible for us to have. God sent Jesus, his son, to fight against the enemy 2000 years ago on the cross and Jesus won! Because Jesus paid for our sins and defeated the enemy we can win every battle against satan.

3.What do you think this armor looks like and what does it do for us?

The bible explains it in a way we can understand it, like a warrior’s battle armor! The armor is like super strong protective clothes that cover us from our head to our toes. It protects us from the enemies attacks, so we can stand strong and not move from God's plan for our life.

(Parents you can read Ephesians 6:12-17 then after ask them to pick out the pieces of the armor they heard, then ask them what that item might do in battle for someone, like belt holds the pants up)

-BELT (Truth) knowing the truth God says about us and our life.

-SWORD (Word of God) we need to talk to God in prayer and read the bible so we can know the truth that he wants to tell us. Sometimes God speaks a specific word to our heart or speaks to us through reading the bible.  We can use God's words to us like a sword!

-HELMET (Salvation) knowing we are always His children and he always loves us helps us to protect our mind and the thoughts that we believe  

-SHIELD (Faith) believing in our heart that God is good and what he says is truth keeps us safe.

-BREASTPLATE (Righteousness) Righteousness means to completely make God happy with everything we do. Even though we make mistakes sometimes we just need to be sorry and God forgives us. Jesus is totally perfect in everything he does and he puts his perfection on us as a shield to protect us because he loves us.

-SHOES (being ready to share about Jesus) These shoes help you to stand strong! And you use them to go and tell others about Jesus and to love people like he loves them.

4. What are some ways that you can use this armor in your daily life?

When your scared at night, you can talk to God and he will tell you that he is with you, and you can remember that he tells us he will protect us and that he never leaves us. Or if someone says something mean to you at school, you don’t let it bother you because you know that you are a child of God and that he loves you and said that you are wonderfully made. (You can ask your child to come up with some ideas as well, to help them relate this to their own life.)

SET AN EXAMPLE:

Parents go over the armor with your child and talk about how you use your armor every day. Give them an example of when you were in a spiritual battle and what you did in response. Explain how we use this is our everyday life, since we don’t have an actual armor to put on. Tell them how you believe in God’s word when the enemy sends doubt your way. Or how when you are dealing with a hard situation you can stand strong in words that God has spoken to you from the bible or in your heart etc.

PRAY TOGETHER:

Father God, thank you for loving us so much and for sending your son to die for us so we can live with you here and in heaven forever. Thank you for your armor and for helping us to know how to use it. Teach me your truth and your words, help me to listen to you and obey you. Show me how I can share your love with others around me. In Jesus name Amen.

ACTIVITIES

  1. Have your child (if they can draw, otherwise you can do it) draw themselves dressed up in the armor. Help them to label each item. Put the picture somewhere where they will see it and go over the armor daily.  Remind them that their victory is always in Jesus, through obeying his words and staying close to Him in prayer.

  2. Memory Game. Cut thick paper into 12 squares and draw a piece of armor on half of the cards, on the rest of the cards write what each piece of armor does. Then place them face down and play a memory game with them.


SPEAK TRUTH WITH  YOUR CHILD

We learn through repetition. Have your child say this with you each day:

I am God’s child and because of Jesus I am protected from the enemy!

God makes me strong with his armor!

I have a belt of God’s truth that I can live by.

I have a sword of God’s words to me where I know what God is saying about my life.

I have a helmet that protects my mind and thoughts.

I have a shield of faith and I know that God always keeps his promises to me.

I have a breastplate that reminds me that God is always happy with me because of Jesus.

I have shoes that make me ready to share Jesus with my friends and family!

I am strong and ready for any battle!


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Nov
5
to Nov 25

God Gives Me Power to Help Others

1 Corinthians 12:4,7

“There are different kind of gifts; but they are all from the same Spirit... Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person, to help everyone.”

Why It Matters

We are God's children! We can trust that he will always be with us and help us. He loves us so much and nothing can ever change that. Because we are his children he gives us his power to help others and show them how much God loves them.

What It’s Talking About

Paul wrote this letter to a church that was in a city called Corinth. This was a new church and Paul was trying to teach them new things about God. He was teaching that there is only one God and telling them to get along with one other and love each other.

Questions:

Parents, ask your child these questions and discuss with them:

1. Who is your favorite super hero?! What is his/her super power?

The Holy Spirit gives us gifts like superpowers! Everyone who believes in Jesus can have them. God made us each very special and different and he gives us all different gifts as well.

2. What are some of the superpowers God gives us?

If someone is sick God can use us to pray for them to be better. God tells us things in our hearts that can help others or about how much he loves them. We can pray to God in a special language that he gives us. You can love others like God does. You can encourage people and help them to see that they are important. You can give help to people that need it. You can teach your friends about God…

3. What do you think these super powers are for?

They are for us to love people and tell them about Jesus. We can help people at church, home, school or even people we just met!

4. How do you think you could you use your superpower to help someone?

Examples: praying for someone who doesn’t feel good or telling someone how much Jesus loves them and what he is saying about them.

Set An Example:

  • The best way for kids to see gifts and how they work is to watch you! As you pray for people and they see them healed or if they see you loving others or helping in your community.

  • Parents, tell your children about a gift you have and explain how you use it.


Pray Together

“Father God thank you for your gifts that you give us. Please help us to learn how to use our superpowers more everyday. Show us how to love people like you do. Thank you for making us each special and different. In Jesus' name Amen!

Activity

Have your child draw a self-portrait and then write down on their picture some things they are good at and what they love to do to help people. (…if they can write, also you can help and do this for them if they are younger.)


Speak Truth Over Your Child

Encourage your child in your own words and tell them what you see in them and how you believe God will use them.

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