It is difficult to tell our kids no to something because we know it is not a good decision. It is especially hard when they cannot, or will not, understand the why. You would think that after all we have done for them that they would trust us. After all, we have their best interests at heart, right?
So, what makes it so difficult for kids to trust? Why do they think they know better? But, if we are honest, don’t we all do that? God, who knows everything, who knew you before you were knit your mother’s womb, has our best interests at heart but we still think we know better. In fact, we often get mad at Him when things do not go the way we want them to. Why don’t we trust Him?
John 3:16 sums up the magnitude of God’s love and sacrifice for us. It really is the whole reason why we should trust our Heavenly Father. And just like we want our kids to trust us, God the Father wants us to trust Him. So, my challenge for you is that while you take your kids through this lesson, that you would think about where you are not trusting God and let go. Say this out loud with me, “I trust You, God!”
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God gave us Jesus. (Greatest Verse Ever • John 3:16)
Memory Verse: “I trust in God. I am not afraid.” Psalm 56:11, NIrV
Key Question: Who can trust God?
Bottom Line: I can trust God.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story today, was about a very special baby who grew up to do amazing things that only He can do. Who is the special baby God gave us? (Pause). Jesus! Yes, God gave us Jesus! And because God loves us so much He gave us Jesus, we can totally trust Him!
“Today, we’ll make a list of our favorite gifts we have ever been given. Maybe it was a toy or clothes or something yummy to eat.” (Have each family member list something).
“Wow! This is a great list of gifts! But as awesome as these gifts are, the best gift EVER is Jesus. God loves you and me so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever! Ok, let’s pray. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to).
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for allowing us to get such wonderful gifts like (read the list your family made). These gifts are so fun and special. And thank You for giving us the best gift ever, Your Son, Jesus. Help us remember how much You love us so we will always trust You. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.