Each month we will be taking a deeper look at a "life app" and stories in the Bible that go along with it. Each week we will leave with a bottom line to sum up what we had learned that Sunday morning.
Choosing to do what you should even when you don't want to
W E E K 1
We start with a crucial moment from Jesus’ life, found in Luke 4:1-13. After
Jesus’ baptism, He went to the wilderness to fast and spend time with God and
prepare for ministry. While Jesus was in the wilderness, the Devil tempted Him.
Jesus was prepared for this. Even though Jesus was tired and hungry, Jesus used
what He knew from Scripture to fend off the temptation.
Bottom Line: Be
ready to do the right thing. When it
comes to self-control, it’s important to understand the moments when having
self-control might be difficult. It’s also important to have a plan for when
those moments might happen. We pray that kids will leave knowing they can trust
God to help them show self-control.
W E E K 2
In week two, we focus on a word picture Solomon uses in Proverbs 25:28. Solomon
uses the idea of giant city walls keeping people safe as an example for people
to understand the importance of living with self-control. Kids will discover
why ancient city walls are a perfect picture of how self-control can help us.
Bottom Line: When
you lose control, it can cause trouble. When you
choose to remain in control, you keep yourself out of danger. We hope kids
discover the value of relying on God to help them choose self-control even when
W E E K 3
Next, we look at 1
Samuel 24 at a crucial moment in David’s life.
He’s been anointed as the next king of Israel, but King Saul is still around,
and he’s out to get David. As David is on the run from King Saul, he discovers
the perfect opportunity to take out King Saul and be done with their feud.
David paused and realized that taking matters into his own hands was not what
God wanted for him. He didn’t let anger control his actions.
Bottom Line: Don’t
be controlled by your anger. Anger is
a natural response to difficult situations. How we handle that anger is
essential. As we learn to trust God no matter what, we discover how we can
control our anger and not let it get the better of us. God can give us what we
need to find ways to think and calm down before making an unwise decision that
hurts others or ourselves.
W E E K 4
In week four, we discover more about Proverbs 12:18. Solomon
talks about the power of our words. We want kids to learn that by choosing the
right words in a difficult situation, those words can bring healing to the
Bottom Line: Think
before you speak. When faced with a stressful situation,
it can be too easy to blurt out the first thing that pops into our heads.
However, thoughtless words can cause situations to get worse. We hope kids will
learn to think about the words they use with others. We pray the words they use
will help others and point them to Jesus.
W E E K 5
We close out the month with another one of Solomon’s vivid
word pictures in Proverbs 25:16. We help kids find out what happens when we indulge and eat
too much. This proverb isn’t just about how much we eat. Kids will learn that
too much anything, even if it’s a good thing, can have serious consequences.
Bottom Line: Know when to stop. Knowing
when to stop isn’t always easy for kids. Often, it’s a parent or teacher who
helps them realize it’s time to stop what they’re doing and take a break. We
hope that kids start to see that stopping something—even if it’s fun—can be the
wisest choice they can make. We also want them to know they don’t need to do
this on their own. God can help them know when to stop and give them the
strength to do it.