This Week's Bible Lesson
November 1st: Please Come!
Main Point: God can make GOOD come out of a BAD situation!
Bible Passage: Acts 15:36-16:15
Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9
Elementary students will benefit from both discussion and activities.
Pre-schoolers will be more engaged in activities, but 4-5 year olds might be ready for some discussion as well.
- Have you ever had a bad disagreement with a close friend? How did it end? Were you able to work it out?
- Do you feel more like a Barnabas (encouraging, compassionate) or a Paul (focused on his goal, strategic, tells the hard truths)? Who do you think you would side with in their argument?
- Do you ever find it hard to stop being angry, or forgive others? Is there anything that helps you calm down when you feel angry?
- Can you think of a time in your life when God was able to make good things come out of a bad situation?
- Bible Detectives. Follow these clues to find out what else the Bible says about how to handle conflict with other people. If your child is unfamiliar with looking up bible references, show the the table of contents in the Bible so that they can help you find where the right book of the Bible is. Clue 1 - Proverbs 15:1 Clue 2 - James 1:19-20 Clue 3 - Philippians 2:4
- Conflict Scenarios for discussion: Discuss how you would handle the following situations. 1. You are playing baseball with some friends, and one person on your team is in a bad mood, and playing very poorly. You feel that they aren’t trying very hard, and you want to do well at the game.What should you do? 2. After Christmas, one of your friends is bragging about the expensive presents that they got. You might a little jealous, but mostly just frustrated that they are bragging. What would you do? 3. You have one friend who is saying mean things about another friend. You want to stand up for the insulted friend, but you also don’t want to start a fight. What would you do?
- For Toddlers and Preschoolers: Remind your child that in today’s story, two friends had an argument, and they hard a hard time agreeing. Role play a conflict with your child, using their stuffed animals as characters. Coach your child on how the stuffed animals should use kind words to work out the conflict. Example 1: Peter the Parrot and Donnie the Dump truck want to play together, but they can’t agree on what they want to play! Peter Parrot feels frustrated that Donnie won’t play ball, and Donnie Dumptruck feels sad that Peter won’t play blocks. Can you help them reach a compromise? Example 2: Tommy Tiger said something mean to G.I. Joe that made him feel sad. Can you help G.I. Joe tell Tommy how he feels using kind words? Will Tommy Tiger say he’s sorry? Will G.I. Joe forgive Tommy?
- Cooperative Game: In Today’s story, Paul and Barnabas had a hard time agreeing. But even when they went their separate ways, they were still on the same team - They were on God’s team, working to spread the good news about Jesus. Let’s practice cooperating as a team, too. Blow up a balloon, and work together to see how long you can keep the balloon up in the air. Count how many hits you can get as a team. (And be encouraging like Barnabas! Cheer each other on, and if someone drops the balloon, use kind words like “good try!” Or “We’ll keep trying!”)
- Memory Verse Game - Galatians 6:9 “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.” (Preschoolers should only say up to the word “good.”) First, explain to the kids what “reap a harvest means.” The phrase comes from when farmers work really hard to plant and care for their crops, they end up getting lots of food at the end. In this verse, it means “your work will pay off,” but in the context of doing good generally. God will bless you. Say the verse to the children in small sections, having them repeat it back to you. Do this several times. Next, practice doing actions with the verse.
(Wag pointer fingers, like saying ‘no’)
(Hang your head and let your arms and shoulders droop down)
Of doing what is good
For at the right time
(Tap your wrist, like your checking your watch)
We will reap a harvest
(Mime digging with a shovel)
If we do not give up.
(Lift hands up in the air, palms facing up. Lower your hands down, palms down.)
(Hold up 6 fingers, then 9 fingers)
- LIVE IT
Pray together, asking God to help you resolve your conflicts in a respectful way. Ask Him also to give you wisdom to know when to compromise, and when to hold your ground.
- When conflicts arise during the week, look for opportunities to use kind words, and show compassion and forgiveness.
REMEMBER: God can make GOOD come out of a BAD situation.
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