June 6, 2021

You Are Special

By Max Lucado

Job 33:4

The Spirit of God has made me,

and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Preschool Series - MISSON

In this series, children will learn that Jesus loves us so much, and he wants us to share his love with others. In fact, Jesus gives us a job to do: to share his love with the whole world! It’s a big job, but together with God’s help, we can do it.

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16–20

Read the story

The Great Commission Flip Book.pdf

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

Romans 10:15b (NIRV)

Let's do the actions!

How [hold your hands palms up as if asking a question]

beautiful [point at your face and smile]

are the feet [stamp your feet]

of those [point to others]

who bring [pull your arms back in towards you]

good news! [pump your fists in the air]

Big Idea: Jesus gives us a job to do.

Sing and Dance!

Time to Colour!

Key Verse Colouring Page - June (1).pdf

June Series: JAMES - LIVING IT

When we call ourselves followers of Jesus, or Christians, we can't just say we follow Jesus, and not live like it. We must show it by how we live. Living for Jesus means living a different way, following in the way of Jesus as we understand it in Scripture, and as we work it through in community, the church. Our life, our words, and our actions must line-up with the label: Jesus-follower.

You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient.

Colossians 3:12 (NIRV)

Kids

Let's talk about it!

What’s one thing you do differently than most of your friends?

For example, do you put ketchup on something others find strange? Or do you carry around an unusual object?

God wants us to be like Jesus.

What are some ways that we might live differently than other people because we love like Jesus?

Big Idea: Living for Jesus means living a different way.

Read Colossians 3:12

Who are God’s chosen people—the “dearly loved”?(Us!)

What are we told to put on? (Tender mercy and kindness) As if they were what? (Our clothes)

Then the verse says, “Don’t be...” what? (Proud)

What does it mean to be proud? (Feeling overly good about your accomplishments)

What are we supposed to be instead? (Gentle and patient)

Let's colour!

Key Verse Colouring Page - June.pdf

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

When you were younger, was there someone you wanted to grow up to be like? Who was it?

Why did you want to be like them?

We’re looking at the book of James in this series. He wrote about what it means to follow Jesus. James helps us understand how our lives should be transformed as we get to know Jesus better.

Read James 2:14–17

How would you say these verses in your own words?

What’s an example of something you believe you should do (or a way you should be), but you don’t actually do it?

When we live for Jesus, our lives should look different from those who don’t know him. When we’re unable to see clearly or we lack judgement, it’s called a blind spot. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us examine our lives, so we find our blind spots. Then we can ask God to transform us!

We all have blind spots...

How does Jesus want you to treat your siblings or friends? How do you actually treat them?


How does Jesus want you to treat your parents? How do you actually treat them? Do you listen to them? Do you go behind their backs or ignore what they’ve asked of you?


Did Jesus gossip? How does Jesus want you to talk about others? What do you actually do?


Do you ever lie or bend the truth? Did Jesus lie? What does Jesus want you to say? What do you actually say?


Do you take it out on others when you’re frustrated? What does Jesus say about anger? How does Jesus want you to deal with anger? How do you actually deal with anger?


We all have blind spots! What might it look like if we chose to live differently and follow Jesus’ example in each of the areas we just discussed?


Big Idea: Living for Jesus means living a different way.

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Have you ever used the phrase “I LIVE for that!” (i.e., that’s my favourite thing and I wouldn’t be the same without it)?

If you’ve said something like that, what were you talking about?

How does that thing have an impact on how you live?

What do you think it means to live for Jesus? How would you explain that to a friend?

How do you know what it means to live for Jesus?

Big Idea: Living for Jesus means living a different way.

Read James 1:22–25

How would you briefly recap this passage in your own words?

Is there anything that doesn’t make sense?

It tells us to do what God’s word says. First, you need to know what that is!

Do you ever read the Bible for yourself? If so, when? If not, what would help you get started?

Read your Bible!!

Where can you find what Jesus did and said?

If you could only read one book of the Bible, which one would you choose? Why?

The Sermon on the Mount shares Jesus’ most important teachings. It’s found in Matthew 5–7.

Huddle

What are some things people often do that are the opposite of what Jesus teaches?

When is it most difficult for you to live Jesus’ way?

Is there something you do to remind yourself or help yourself live Jesus’ way in that moment?