Our series Super Kids continued this week where we learn about the all the amazing things God has created!
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who is always with you?
Bottom Line: God is always with me.
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Bible Story Focus: When God is with me, I can be strong.
Esther • Esther 2:2–8:17
In the kingdom of Persia the most powerful in the world at that time, King Ahasuerus sent out a decree for many women to come to the citadel of Susa so he may choose a bride. Meanwhile, a young woman by the name of Esther who was raised by her Godly cousin Mordecai made sure she would come to the king’s call, but she knew she would have to hide her faith. Esther found favor with the king who selected her to be the queen of Persia, making her the most powerful woman in the world. However, there was an evil counselor named Haman who wanted to kill every Jew in the Persian empire and the king agreed. Esther and Mordecai began to do what they could to save their people. Esther visits the king unannounced which back then could result in her death, but the king greets her and she asks for a banquet for her and Haman for two days. Finally, the king remembers Mordecai and how he was saved by him and decides to hold the killings and to honor him. Haman was foiled and was punished for his attempt to end the Jewish people thanks to the faith of Mordecai and Esther.
Esther and Mordecai never went back on their faith. When Esther visited the king unannounced it was a move that could have hurt her for it was rude to do so back then but God protected her. When the king made up his mind to follow Haman’s wish it could have gone but by Esther and Mordecai following God’s plan he changed his mind and saved them when Kings very rarely change their minds once it was made up. Through all of this God helped them, but not everyone shares their faith. There are many times in our lives where we don’t feel like God is protecting us when things go wrong, where we don’t feel like he is even there. We hope that through this message that your kids will always remember that When God is with me, I can be strong.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 2 Parent Guide
This Week we continue Lunchroom Friendship where we talk about friendship – Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
Key Question: What does it mean to accept a friend? Even kids will tell you that some people are easier to get along with than others. But just because we get along with some people better than others, doesn’t mean we ignore them or treat them poorly. We’ll help kids figure out how they can be friendly and accept others in a way that honors God.
In Romans 15:7, Paul writes, Christ has accepted you. So accept one another in order to bring praise to God, (NIrV). We see this played out perfectly through Paul and Barnabus. Paul had a terrible reputation, one that was well deserved. But after his encounter with Jesus, Paul changed. Barnabus believed that about Paul, accepted him, and stood up for him as he introduced Paul to the rest of the apostles.
Bottom Line: Friends accept one another. No person is perfect, we have all made our mistakes and we have all had our differences. We pray that through this message they will learn to accept one another just as Barnabus did for Saul.
You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials: God Times Week 2