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Finding Treasure (Matt. 13.44-46)

There are times when a life-changing opportunity comes your way that would be foolish to pass up. Jesus uses two examples of people coming across items of untold value and then trading everything they had to lay hold of those things. There is nothing as valuable or important as accepting Jesus as our king and faithfully following him. When we understand the value of the kingdom we see everything as an opportunity to see God’s kingdom come. We want our children to understand that following Jesus affects every area of their lives!

Lesson Focus

  • Nothing is more valuable or more important than God’s kingdom.
  • Jesus gave everything so that we could have relationship with God.

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Seeds and Soils (Luke 8.4-15)

The parable of the sower is the only parable for which Jesus offered an in-depth interpretation. The main point at the end of the parable is that our response to God’s word depends on the condition of the soil of our hearts. When our hearts are committed to Jesus then his teachings take root and we become fruitful. We all want the children that we teach to receive God’s word in faith and to grow in their relationship with the Lord. This is a great opportunity to help them see that they can nurture their faith by being aware of the things that interfere with spiritual growth.

Lesson Focus

  • Our relationship with Jesus grows like a seed.
  • We respond to God’s word by hearing and following Jesus.

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The Rich Fool (Luke 12.13-21)

Jesus helps his followers understand that gathering material wealth doesn’t gain you anything in the kingdom of heaven. It’s possible to have material wealthy but have a heart that is far from God. God’s intention for us is that we would be rich toward him, meaning that we don’t base our decisions purely on what we can gain and we don’t put our confidence in material possessions. We want to communicate to the children that the things we have are a gift from God and should be used in a way that honors God.

Lesson Focus

  • Being rich toward God is more important than the stuff we have.
  • Everything we have is a gift from God.

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The Good Samaritan (Luke 10.25-37)

Jesus helps his followers understand that the kingdom of God isn’t driven by religious ritual but rather by love. Sometimes we try to look for excuses to not love and care for others. God wants us to see that there are no limits to who should be our neighbor. Imagine a world in which everybody treated others in the way that they would want to be treated! This lesson is designed for elementary aged kids.

Lesson Focus

  • Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  • God wants us to love all people.

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