Unit Intro: Love God, Love Others
As followers of Jesus, we walk in the footsteps of generations of believers before us--heroes of the faith. Through exploration of the Story of God, witnessing people’s hearts and lives changed by Christ, we learn to see the world in a new way: to love and serve God. By the power of the Spirit, we obey and seek God’s will, putting on the full armor of God, and investing in the Kingdom. God relentlessly pursues us and those around us. We join God, and in the footsteps of Jesus, we become peacemakers, seek justice, mercy, and compassion; and carry out our mission to “go and make disciples.”
July 23rd: Ready
As God’s agents in the world, we are equipped with the perfect tools designed to help us navigate our mission: to love a broken world in Jesus name. Paul describes God’s tools like a suite of armor, designed to protect, embolden, and equip a warrior in battle. The armor of God does just that for God’s people.
Bible Story: “God’s Armor” Ephesians 6:10-18 [and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27]
Explore the Story....Let’s dig into God’s Word:
-Read Ephesians 6:10-18 together. Draw it out in picture form or dress up so that you might visualize it together.
-I wonder which piece of the armor is your favorite?
-I wonder which piece of armor is most important to you?
-I wonder with which piece of armor you’d like to put on more often?
Tell A Story...Let’s share who we are as followers of Jesus:
-Share a story about how you have used one of the pieces of the armor of God.
-“Our fight is not against human beings.” How does this perspective affect you life? Adults, share this with your child.
-What “prize” (from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27) would you like to win - regardless of the focus of your life right now. Share this with your child.
What if We Lived the Story?....Let’s follow the leading of the Holy Spirit:
-Create space in your schedule and in your house to meet God this week, seeking to put on the full armor of God. Be creative with the space; set it up in a way that will help you focus on putting on the armor of God.
-As you get dressed each morning this week, ask the Spirit to remind you that God will equip you for every good work.
“Be like the Son of Man [Jesus]. He did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free.” Matthew 20:28
The following are lessons for the PreK-5th Grade Mission Unit: Love God, Love Others. Lessons are available for Sunday morning teachers to prepare and for parents who would like to use lessons at home.
July 2nd - No Kids Ministry - Gathering in the Park