Fifth graders are spending the month of June learning about the Holy Spirit. This week they will be learning that the Holy Spirit empowers the to be witnesses for Jesus. Acts 1:8 says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses.”

As they learn the story from Acts of Peter preaching and 3,000 people turning to Christ at one time, teach your children that they Spirit gives them the power to tell their friend about Jesus. Furthermore, it is only through the enabling of the Spirit that they can successfully help their lost friends.

God Protects (June 15)

June 10, 2008

This week first-fourth graders will be learning that they can trust God to protect them. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.” Children will learn the biblical truth that God protects as they learn the story of Elijah, Jezebel, and God’s provision of him when he fled in fear (1 Kings 19:1-18).

Every person and child has something that they would like God to protect them from. Ask your children what that one thing is. Then assure them that God will protect and provide for them in those tough times. It is true that bad things do happen to people and sometimes these bad things can include disease and death. However, let your children know that even in these times their God has never forsaken them, He still loves them and that ultimately their suffering is part of God’s ultimate plan for the world. And ultimately, all suffering and bad things were put to an end through Jesus’ death on the cross.

Fifth graders are spending the month of June learning about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Last week they learned of the nature of Holy Spirit. This week they will learn about how the arrival of the Holy Spirit was promised (and subsequently fulfilled).

Jesus told his disciples, “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit – the Father will send Him in My name – will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”(John 14:26)

It is comforting to know that the Holy Spirit was sent for the express purpose of teaching us and reminding us of things that we have learned from God’s Word. Impress on your children this week the majesty, grace, and love of God that he so freely gives us in the gift of the Holy Spirit. God has not just left his people out of the loop – instead he has given us the most perfect gift of all, His indwelling Spirit.

During the month of June, 1st-4th graders are learning about certain attributes of God. Last week they learned that if we obey God and keep his commands he can use us to do marvelous and miraculous things (the story of Joshua and Jericho). This week children will learn the famous account of how God used David, while giving him divine power and skill, to defeat Goliath and the Israelites, thereby bringing glory to His name.

Talk to your children this week about how God will give them the power they need to accomplish what He wants from them. God never calls us to do things without properly equiping us. He equipped David to defeat Goliath. In fact, he over-equipped him because David only needed one stone but had five with him. Ian’t it just like man to over-prepare when God perfectly-prepares? Teach your children to trust God to give them power to do what He wants them to do this week.

Teacher Appreciation

June 2, 2008

Yesterday we had a teacher appreciation luncheon for all of our Sunday school teachers (birth-5th grade). One of the cool things about serving at an established church is that some teachers have taught for a long time. We started a wall of service recognizing those lifetime teachers. We had one lady who has been teaching third grade girls for 43 years, a co-teacher that has been teaching the same class for 35 years and a first grade male teacher who has been teaching for 25 years. We also have a couple that has been holding babies for 33 years straight. Being that I am only 29 years old, it amazes me the long-time dedication, love, and sacrifice that teachers like these make. When they see Jesus in Heaven he will indeed tell them, “well done good and faithful servant.”

If you serve at a church that doesn’t appreciate its teachers publicly on a regular basis, I highly recommend it. It is both a humbling and rewarding time for all involved.

Since the new promotion year starts this Sunday, June 1st, I thought I’d introduce a new weekly segment on this blog – a preview of this week’s Sunday School lesson. Parents, you can help till the soil by speaking to your children of these biblical principles as the weekend nears.

If you have a 1st – 4th grader, this week in Sunday School your child will learn about obeying God and following His plans. from the passage of Joshua 6:1-21. (5th graders will be learning about the Holy Spirit this month and I will have a segment of that topic up tomorrow)

The important thing to remember about this story is that God, not Joshua and the Israelites, defeated Jericho. However, because Joshua and the Israelites obeyed God and followed His plan for their lives they were able to be a part of the victory and bask in God’s glory in the process.

What a blessing to be used by God to accomplish His will for our lives. When we live in accordance to His will we will always fall down on our faces in worship of Him. His will may not be our will but it will always be the most perfect route for our lives if we will simply obey and follow Him.

Talk to your children this week about obeying God and following His plans that are revealed for us through Scripture. Tell them what a blessing it will be from the Father of all blessings.