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 30th: Investing in the Kingdom
One way we can carry out God’s mission for us in the world is through our giving. When our hearts are filled with God’s love, we become generous. As we watch for God’s work in the world, we can then be the hands and feet of Jesus to those we meet.
Bible Story: A Woman shares food with Elijah • God’s Love for You p. 86 [Malachi • Malachi’s Great Test in God’s Love for You p. 118]
Explore the Story....Let’s dig into God’s Word:
-Read 1 Kings 17:7-24 [3-5th: Malachi 3:6-12] together.
-I wonder what caught your attention in this story?
-I wonder what it means for people to be generous?
-I wonder if you have anything God wants you to share with others?
-I wonder if you’ve ever shared anything with someone (like the children in our story) and trusted that God would take care of you?
-I wonder what happens in our hearts when we are generous?
Tell A Story...Let’s share who we are as followers of Jesus:
-Adults, share about a time when it was a joy to give.
-Adults, do you ever struggle to give your best to God? Share this with your child.
-How have you seen God take care of your needs in the midst of your own generosity?
What if We Lived the Story?....Let’s follow the leading of the Holy Spirit:
-Pray as a family and listen to what the Spirit might be asking you to give to honor God.
-As you are generous, ask the Spirit to help you notice any changes in you. Discuss this with your family.
-Seek God’s leading this week. Ask that the Spirit would help you identify where you are not very generous (with your things, time, money, joy, etc) and ask to be strengthened in that area. Step out in faith and give.
“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