Our series Super Kids continued this week, all kids want to be Super Kids, and they can when they realize that God is always with them. Because God is with them, they can be brave. Because God is with them, they can be strong. Because God is with them, they can be courageous. Because God is with them, they can be wise.
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 courageous.
Rahab and the Spies • Joshua 2:1-22; 6:1-25
Joshua and the Israelite army marched a long way from the wilderness to reach the Holy Land, they chose the city of Jericho as their next attack. Jericho was one of the most well-defended cities of the time and was well kept. So Joshua decided to send 2 spies to watch the land and the city, they entered the city and came to the house of Rahab who lived right next to the cities walls. The king of Jericho had discovered there were spies in the town and sent men out to find them. When Rahab heard of this, she hid the men well under flax on the roof and told the guards that the men had come to her but had already escaped through the city gates before they closed at dusk. Following this info, the guards rushed out of the city gate to chase after the false lead, and the spies were saved. Rahab went to the men afterward and told them that she knows the Lord has handed the city over to the Israelites and knew what was to happen to the city. So she made a bargain with the spies to tell Jonathan to look in kindness to her and her family by sparing them. The spies then instructed her to bring her family to her house the day the attack comes and hang a scarlet rope from the window so that the family will be saved. Rahab gave one final piece of advice for the spies that once they left the city to hid in the hills where the guards will not find them. The city fell to the Israelites and the spies kept their promise and the army spared Rahab and her family.
Had the guards found the spies, Rahab would have surely been put to death so why did she do it? Rahab knew that God was with the Israelites and held her faith that God would protect her family. We may never have to protect spies or put ourselves in a dangerous situation, but we still have times where it is hard for anyone to have the courage to stand for what we believe. So we hope that through this example that kids remember our point from this weekend: When God is with me, I can be courageous.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 3 Parent Guide
This Week we continue Lunchroom Friendship where we talk about friendship – Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
Key Question: When a friend hurts you, how do you respond? When kids are teenagers, it doesn’t take long for best friends to become worst enemies. We hope to guide them through figuring out strategies for how they can respond when they get hurt by a friend. It’s inevitable that friends will get into an argument, but when kids are equipped with how to respond, forgiveness might be an easier option for building bridges in the broken relationship.
In Colossians 3:13, Paul writes, Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you, (NIrV).Towards the end of the book of John, we see through Jesus and Peter. After denying Jesus three times, Peter was feeling guilty and ashamed. But Jesus still had plans for Peter. Jesus forgave Peter and restored the broken friendship. And when we put our faith in Jesus, Jesus offers that same forgiveness to us. In turn, we can offer forgiveness to others.
Bottom Line: Friends forgive one another. While it’s true that people will do things that hurt us, we need to be willing to let it go and forgive because God forgave us first.
You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials: God Times Week 3