May 2, 2021
Run the Race
LIFE APPLICATION | Commitment—Making a plan and putting it into practice
MEMORY VERSE | Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8, NIrV
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Over and Over
Training to Win the Prize
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (supporting: Matthew 22:36-40)
BASIC TRUTH | I can trust God no matter what.
We kick off the month with something Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25. So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard, (NIrV). Paul used running in a race as a way to talk about our relationship with God. A growing relationship with God isn’t something that happens overnight; we need to practice it. The verse sets up the rest of the month for how we can practice our faith.
Bottom Line: Keep practicing what matters most. What matters most? We think it’s a growing relationship with Jesus. When it comes to getting things done, more often than not, you need a plan. The same is true in your relationship with Jesus. We hope kids learn some practical steps to make a plan to prioritize growing an everyday faith in Jesus.
Message to Parents
Really good worship is truly one of those times when I feel God’s presence in and around me. The right person with the perfect song can bring anyone to a sobbing ball of joyful tears. This week, instead of a motivational parenting tip, we thought you could just take this in and be filled in the moment. Enjoy this time with Him!
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, your running shoes, cell phone and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Peace means proving you care more about each other than winning an argument.
Tell them, “This month in Grove Kids is all about commitment which is making a plan and putting it into practice. Long distance runners know this. They understand you can’t run a marathon without training. You can’t go from sitting on the couch one minute to running 26.2 miles without any preparation. It takes practice.”
“Faith, following Jesus every day, kind of works the same way. If we want to grow a stronger faith, a faith that actually makes a difference, we need a plan. And once we have a plan, we need to actually execute or practice that plan.”
“Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 with your kids.
Today’s verse reminds us to run, or to keep practicing our faith, with the end in mind. Just like runners keep going toward the finish line, we need to keep going, to keep practicing what matters most.”
Here’s a great video to share with your kids and talk about His sacrifice for us, just like the Hoyt Father Son Team!
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