January 10, 2021

Rules for Life: Play well. Finish Strong

LIFE APPLICATION | Responsibility—Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you

MEMORY VERSE | Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large.

Luke 16:10a, NIrV

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes

BIBLE STORY

Give It Away

Bigger Barns | Luke 12:16-21

BASIC TRUTH | I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

In week two, we head to Luke 12:16-21 where we find a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was focused on the wrong thing. As a successful farmer, his land produced a large amount of crops. He decided to build bigger and bigger barns to collect it all. He might have a had a lot for himself, but he failed to think about how he could have helped the people around him.

Bottom Line: Share what you have. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of someone’s generosity, but other times we get to show responsibility by sharing and being generous to others. When we realize that God has given us everything we have, we’re more likely to share with others. We pray that as kids learn more about the parable of the rich man, they’ll discover ways they can be responsible with how they share what they have.

Message to Parents

It’s hard to know these days what we should share with our kids regarding all the craziness in the world and more recently in our own backyard.  How do you explain to a child why people are rioting and fighting and refusing to get along…and why that doesn’t line up with what we’re trying to teach them biblically? 

We found a great article that gives parents a little perspective on how to approach these incidents with our kids and at the same time offers strategies to keep ourselves in check in order to explain them! 

How to talk to kids about a national tragedy.

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, some change and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Responsibility means showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.

Ask them, “How much money would you need to be rich?” and lay out one coin.  “This much?  Ok, maybe more?”  Lay out another couple coins.  “No, really, how about all the coins?  No?.  How much would it take to be rich?  Let’s see what the Bible says.”

Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Tell them, “Did you catch the first part of the verse that says, ‘Command the rich’? Maybe you’re thinking, ‘Yeah, but this verse talks about the rich doing good. I’m not rich.’ Hold on, you’re not off the hook yet. Read the second sentence.”

Ask them to be rich in doing what? “Good things! Good things have nothing to do with money or stuff. Good things can include: being helpful, showing courtesy to others, putting others first, listening, being kind.”

Explain to them that, “God wants us to be rich in good things and good deeds. He wants us to take our responsibility to love others seriously and to share what we have. As you pray today, picture one person you see almost every day. Ask God to help you “be rich in good things” toward that person this week.”

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