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September 26th - Preschool - Jesus Will Return

BIBLE PASSAGE:Revelation 19–22

STORY POINT:Jesus said that He is coming back soon.

KEY PASSAGE:Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 26th - Kids - Hall of Faith

Bible Passage: Hebrews 11

STORY POINT:God works mightily through people who have faith in Him.

KEY PASSAGE: 1 Chronicles 16:31

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to rescue sinners.

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September 19th - Preschool - Before the Throne

Bible Passage: Revelation 4–5

STORY POINT:Everyone and everything will worship Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 19th - Kids - Jesus will return

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 19–22

STORY POINT:Jesus will return, destroy evil, and make all things new.

KEY PASSAGE: Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 12th - Preschool - Letters to the seven churches

BIBLE PASSAGE:Revelation 2–3

STORY POINT:Jesus sent messages to seven churches.

KEY PASSAGE:Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 12th - Kids - Before the throne

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 4–5

STORY POINT:All people and creatures will worship Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE: Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 5th - Preschool - John's vision of Jesus

BIBLE PASSAGE:Revelation 1

STORY POINT:Jesus showed Himself to John.

KEY PASSAGE:Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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September 5th - Kids - Letters to the Seven Churches

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 2–3

STORY POINT:Jesus told churches to not give up.

KEY PASSAGE: Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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August 29th - Preschool - Defending the Faith

BIBLE PASSAGE:Jude

STORY POINT:Jude said to remember what is true about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 29th - Kids - Johns Vision of Jesus. 

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 1

STORY POINT:Jesus appeared to John in a vision.

KEY PASSAGE: Revelation 11:15

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

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August 22nd - Preschool - Children of God

BIBLE PASSAGE:1 John 2–3

STORY POINT:People who are God’s children love one another.

KEY PASSAGE:Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 22nd - Kids - Defending the faith

BIBLE PASSAGE: Jude

STORY POINT:Jude urged believers to stand up for what is true.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 15th - Preschool - Brothers in Christ

BIBLE PASSAGE: PHILEMON

STORY POINT:Paul wanted to make peace between his friends.

KEY PASSAGE:Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 15th - Kids - Children of God

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 John 2–3

STORY POINT:Children of God love one another with their actions.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 8th - Preschool - Paul's Shipwreck

Bible Passage:

Acts 27–28

STORY POINT:Paul trusted God to keep him safe.

KEY PASSAGE:Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 8th - Kids - Brothers in Christ

BIBLE PASSAGE: Philemon

STORY POINT:Paul encouraged Philemon to treat Onesimus as a brother in Christ.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 1st - Preschool - Paul Before Rulers

Bible Passage: Acts 24–26

STORY POINT:Paul told rulers about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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August 1st - Kids - Paul's Shipwreck

BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 27–28

STORY POINT:Paul trusted God to rescue him.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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July 25th - Pre school - Running The Race

BIBLE PASSAGE:Philippians 3

STORY POINT:Following Jesus is like running a race.

KEY PASSAGE:1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is sanctification? Sanctification is how God makes us more like Jesus.

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July 25th - Kids - Paul Before Rulers

1BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 24–26

STORY POINT:Paul was willing to do hard things to share the gospel.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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July 18th - Preschool - Together in Jesus

BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 2–3

STORY POINT:The gospel brings together everyone who has faith in Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:1 Timothy 6:12BIG

PICTURE QUESTION:What is sanctification? Sanctification is how God makes us more like Jesus.

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July 18th Kids - Running The Race

BIBLE PASSAGE: Philippians 3

STORY POINT:Following Jesus is like running a race for a wonderful prize.

KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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July 11th Preschool - Paul was arrested

Bible Passage: Acts 21–23

STORY POINT:God protected Paul.

KEY PASSAGE:1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is sanctification?

Sanctification is how God makes us more like Jesus.

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July 11th Kids - Together in Jesus

BIBLE PASSAGE: Ephesians 2–3

STORY POINT:The gospel brings together different people as the church.

KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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July 4th Kids - Paul was arrested

Bible Passage: Acts 21–23

STORY POINT:God protected Paul so he could preach about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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July 4th Preschool - Paul's Third Journey

BIBLE PASSAGE:Acts 18–21

STORY POINT:Paul told as many people as he could about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is sanctification? Sanctification is how God makes us more like Jesus.

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June 27th Kids - Paul's Third Journey

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BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 18–21

STORY POINT:Paul used every opportunity to tell people about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 6:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

June 27th Preschool - Paul Gave Hope

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BIBLE PASSAGE:1–2 Thessalonians

STORY POINT:Believers have hope because Jesus will come again.

KEY PASSAGE:Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

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JUNE 20TH KIDS - PAUL GAVE HOPE

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BIBLE PASSAGE: 1–2 Thessalonians

STORY POINT:Paul told the church to stand firm as we wait for Jesus’ return.

KEY PASSAGE: Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

JUNE 20TH PRESCHOOL - NO OTHER GOSPEL

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Bible passage: Galatians 1–3

STORY POINT:

Paul taught that believers are saved by faith in Jesus alone.

KEY PASSAGE:Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.


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JUNE 13TH PRESCHOOL - PAUL'S SECOND JOURNEY

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

Acts 15–18

STORY POINT:

Paul and Silas told many people about Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:

Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visited on his first journey to see how the new believers were doing.

Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey, which is recorded in Acts 15:36–18:22. The pair traveled through Syria and 2 Cilicia (sih LISH ih uh), encouraging believers and strengthening churches. The number of believers in the churches increased daily.

Paul and Silas obeyed the Lord’s call to go to Macedonia. Two major events happened while Paul was in Macedonia. First, a woman named Lydia became a believer. Paul and Silas had gone to the river to pray. They spoke to the women at the river. God opened Lydia’s heart to the good news of the gospel.

Then, a jailer became a believer. This happened when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. Late at night, an earthquake rocked the prison. The prisoners could have escaped, but they stayed where they were. This was a huge relief to the jailer. Had the prisoners escaped, the jailer would have been punished. In fact, the jailer was ready to kill himself when Paul shouted, “We are all here!” The jailer asked Paul and Silas how to be saved. They told him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The man believed and was baptized.

Emphasize the Christ connection as you review the Bible story with preschoolers. Lydia was saved and the jailer was saved because they believed in Jesus. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift. He did all the work to save us by dying on the cross. We do not need to earn salvation; we can receive it by repenting and trusting in Jesus.

JUNE 13TH KIDS - NO OTHER GOSPEL

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

Galatians 1–3

STORY POINT:

Believers are saved and
grow in godliness by faith in Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:

Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

During his second missionary journey, Paul started several churches in Galatia. Some time later, false teachers crept into these churches and began teaching that there was more to salvation than faith in Jesus. They said that obeying the law of Moses was essential too.

Many of the Galatian believers became confused and believed the lies of the false teachers. They turned away from the gospel Paul had shared with them. Paul wrote a letter—the Book of Galatians—to correct them and reemphasize a proper understanding of the gospel.

Paul asked the Galatians how their salvation could be started by an act of the Holy Spirit but then completed by their own conduct. That was foolishness! What the Holy Spirit began, He would also complete.

Jesus’ half-brother James had written a letter to early believers, concerned about Christians’ interpreting grace to mean they didn’t have to obey God. In Galatians, Paul addressed the opposite problem: Christians who focused so much on obedience that they forgot grace.

James’ message was that grace will always lead to obedience. Paul’s message compliments James’ message: Obedience is impossible apart from grace. Grace and obedience work together in perfect harmony.

This week’s session provides a wonderful opportunity to help your kids understand that obedience matters. The Bible is full of instructions and commands that we are to obey; however, the beauty of the gospel is that our ability to obey comes not through our own effort but through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit changes our minds and hearts so that we want to obey God, and He also empowers us to obey. All of salvation—from first trusting to faithful obedience—is God’s gift to us through Jesus.


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JUNE 6TH PRESCHOOLERS - THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

Acts 15

STORY POINT:

Jesus is all we need to be saved from sin.

KEY PASSAGE:

Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that the new followers of Jesus—the Gentile believers—needed to obey the Law of Moses in order to be right with God.

Paul and Barnabas debated this issue with other church leaders in Jerusalem. They met together to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? When Paul addressed the council, he insisted that God saves Gentiles the same way He saves Jews: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.

Paul testified to the things God had done among the Gentiles. God had given Gentiles the Holy Spirit. James cited the prophets Amos and Isaiah in support. The group agreed that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He alone is all we need to be saved. They also agreed that they should not make salvation more difficult for Gentiles by adding unnecessary rules.

The church chose two men—Judas and Silas—to go with Paul and Barnabas to the church at Antioch. They wrote a letter for the Gentile believers there, encouraging them and giving them instructions for how to live as followers of Christ.

The message for the Gentile believers was important: Whether Jew or Gentile, salvation comes only through faith in Christ. No one is saved by the law but by grace alone. Emphasize to the preschoolers you teach that, while the Bible does give us plenty of instruction for how to live, sinners are made right with God only by the grace of Jesus. Salvation is a gift. To receive this gift, Jesus is all we need.

JUNE 6TH KIDS - PAUL'S SECOND JOURNEY

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

Acts 15–18

STORY POINT:

Paul and Silas planted new churches.

KEY PASSAGE:

Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visited on his first journey to see how the new believers were doing.

Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey, which is recorded in Acts 15:36–18:22. The pair traveled through Syria and Cilicia 2 (sih LISH ih uh), encouraging believers and strengthening churches. The number of believers in the churches increased daily.

Paul and Silas obeyed the Lord’s call to go to Macedonia. Two major events happened while Paul was in Macedonia. First, a woman named Lydia became a believer. Paul and Silas had gone to the river to pray. They spoke to the women at the river. God opened Lydia’s heart to the good news of the gospel.

Then, a jailer became a believer. This happened when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. Late at night, an earthquake rocked the prison. The prisoners could have escaped, but they stayed where they were. This was a huge relief to the jailer. Had the prisoners escaped, the jailer would have been punished. In fact, the jailer was ready to kill himself when Paul shouted, “We are all here!” The jailer asked Paul and Silas how to be saved. They told him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The man believed and was baptized.

Emphasize the Christ connection as you review the Bible story with kids. Lydia was saved and the jailer was saved because they believed in Jesus. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift. He did all the work to save us by dying on the cross. We do not need to earn salvation; we can receive it by repenting and trusting in Jesus.


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MAY 30TH PRESCHOOLERS - LETTERS TO CHURCH LEADERS

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

1–2 Timothy; Titus

STORY POINT:

Paul wrote letters to leaders in the church.

KEY PASSAGE:

Matthew 28:19-20

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is our mission as Christians? Our mission is to make followers of Jesus from every nation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

Titus was a Gentile believer. He had traveled with Paul too. Now Titus was on the island of Crete to help train more church leaders. Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice, and he gave instructions for all the church leaders.

Paul warned Timothy and Titus that being a leader was difficult at times, but God had chosen them to be leaders. Their role as leaders put them in a position to serve God. Paul hoped that recognizing this would help them persevere and live in a way that pleased Christ.

As you share with your preschoolers, help them see the value in God’s gift of church leaders. Look for ways to support your leaders so that your preschoolers value them, love them, and respect them. Consider ways your group can encourage your leaders.

At the same time, emphasize that God is at work in them and that they too might be leaders in the church one day—perhaps one day soon. Help your preschoolers see that being a leader is a great privilege to help point others to the gospel.

Finally, be sure that your preschoolers understand that church leaders do not lead on their own. All church leaders follow the leadership of Jesus, who was a servant-leader to us. He gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sins.

MAY 30TH KIDS - THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

Acts 15

STORY POINT:

Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus.

KEY PASSAGE:

Acts 4:12

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that the new followers of Jesus—the Gentile believers—needed to obey the Law of Moses in order to be right with God.

Paul and Barnabas debated this issue with other church leaders in Jerusalem. They met together to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? When Paul addressed the council, he insisted that God saves Gentiles the same way He saves Jews: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.

Paul testified to the things God had done among the Gentiles. God had given Gentiles the Holy Spirit. James cited the prophets Amos and Isaiah in support. The group agreed that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He alone is all we need to be saved. They also agreed that they should not make salvation more difficult for Gentiles by adding unnecessary rules.

The church chose two men—Judas and Silas—to go with Paul and Barnabas to the church at Antioch. They wrote a letter for the Gentile believers there, encouraging them and giving them instructions for how to live as followers of Christ.

The message for the Gentile believers was important: Whether Jew or Gentile, salvation comes only through faith in Christ. No one is saved by the law but by grace alone. Emphasize to the kids you teach that, while the Bible does give us plenty of instruction for how to live, sinners are made right with God only by the grace of Jesus. Salvation is a gift. To receive this gift, Jesus is all we need.


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MAY 23RD PRESCHOOLERS - THE CHURCH DIVIDED

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

1 Corinthians 1–6

STORY POINT:

Believers come together because of the gospel.

KEY PASSAGE:

Matthew 28:19-20

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is our mission as Christians? Our mission is to make followers of Jesus from every nation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the first century, Corinth was an important destination in the Roman Empire. The city was located on a narrow area of land connecting the southern end of the Greek peninsula with the mainland to the north. When Paul visited Corinth on his missionary journeys, the city was full of people with various cultural and religious backgrounds.

Corinth was a strategic place to plant a church. Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half with Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. On the Sabbath, Paul went to the synagogues to teach God’s message to the people. When the Jews refused to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, Paul preached to the Gentiles. Many Corinthians believed and were baptized. (Acts 18:1-18) Finally, Paul returned to Antioch in Syria.

About six years passed. Paul was in Ephesus when he heard a report that the church in Corinth was struggling. The people in the church were arguing and suing each other. In some ways, they lived just like the people in Corinth who were not believers. So Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church—the Book of First Corinthians—not only to instruct them on how to live but to answer questions they had about the faith.

As you teach preschoolers from 1 Corinthians, focus on church unity: Because of Jesus and what He has done, believers can humbly come together as one body. Emphasize that Paul gave practical instructions so that the believers would know how to live—not as a way to earn God’s favor, but to live in light of their salvation.

Paul spent a significant portion of his ministry meeting with believers and encouraging them to keep the faith. Jesus’ mission for the church is for believers to come together to worship God and to share the gospel.

MAY 23RD KIDS - LETTERS TO CHURCH LEADERS

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BIBLE PASSAGE:

1–2 Timothy; Titus

STORY POINT:

Paul told church leaders to trust and obey God.

KEY PASSAGE:

Matthew 28:19-20

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:

What is our mission as Christians? Our mission is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

Titus was a Gentile believer. He had traveled with Paul too. Now Titus was on the island of Crete to help train more church leaders. Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice, and he gave instructions for all the church leaders.

Paul warned Timothy and Titus that being a leader was difficult at times, but God had chosen them to be leaders. Their role as leaders put them in a position to serve God. Paul hoped that recognizing this would help them persevere and live in a way that pleased Christ.

As you share with your kids, help them see the value in God’s gift of church leaders. Look for ways to support your leaders so that your kids value them, love them, and respect them. Consider ways your group can encourage your leaders.

At the same time, emphasize that God is at work in them and that they too might be leaders in the church one day—perhaps one day soon. Help your kids see that being a leader is a great privilege to help point others to the gospel.

Finally, be sure that your kids understand that church leaders do not lead on their own. All church leaders follow the leadership of Jesus, who was a servant-leader to us. He gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sins.