Conversation Starters: One Great Purpose

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Praise God for His creation!

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Where do I fit in? It’s easy to fill our lives with things and activities. Busyness can drown out the quiet, nagging question that asks: What’s the purpose of all I’m doing? What have I really accomplished? God created us for so much more than what we often settle for. He created us with purpose and for a purpose. Life becomes rich and full as we discover and live out God’s purpose for our lives.

Concept: One Great Purpose

Preschool

Genesis 1:20-25, 30

LIFE POINT: On the fifth day, God said, “Let the waters be filled with living animals and let birds fly in the sky.” God made the very largest of sea animals and every other living animal that moves in the water. He filled the waters of the seas, oceans, and rivers with fish and creatures of all kinds. He made birds with wings to fly in the sky.
On the sixth day, God made all the wild animals, farm animals, and animals that crawl on the ground. He made everything that has life in it. He gave the animals food to eat from the plants He made. God had made all the different kinds of animals in two days. God looked at all the animals He had made and saw it was good.

LIVE IT OUT: Children love animals. If you have a pet, give your child some responsibility for helping care for that pet. Depending on your child’s age, he can give food and water, bathe, walk, and clean up after the pet. Remind your child that the pet is a creation of God.

Kids

Genesis 2:4-24

LIFE POINT: In just six days, God had created an amazing world from nothing. God spoke, and everything was created: light; the sky; the sun, moon, and stars; seas; dry land; every kind of animal; people. God had spoken everything into creation. But God formed man out of dust of the earth and breathed life into him. God planted a beautiful garden in Eden and placed the man in the garden. God provided every kind of tree that grew food. The garden had everything the man needed.
God knew that it was not good for the man to be alone. The man needed a helper. So God brought all the birds and animals to the man. The man gave a name to each one, but none of them was like the man. None could be the man’s helper. So God caused the man to sleep. God took one of the man’s ribs and used it to make a woman. They were the first family.

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss with your child what the term “in God’s image” means. What about the creation of people was different from all other things? List some special characteristics your child has that are special to her.

Students

Isaiah 43:1-7

LIFE POINT: We were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
• How has God used specific moments in your life to teach you more about Himself?
• What distracts us most from enjoying God’s love?
• What does it look like to glorify God in our everyday lives?

Discuss the following quote:

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”1—John Piper

LIVE IT OUT: Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:

• CHRIST: Take time this week to sit down with your student and enjoy who God is by slowing down and intentionally spending time with Him.
• COMMUNITY: Identify places in your community with volunteer needs that you and your student can fulfill. Use the opportunity to serve with your student and display the character of God toward others.
• CULTURE: Encourage your student to reread the Scripture from this week looking specifically for how it describes our relationship with Christ, and then use the message to encourage others.

1. John Piper, “Christian Hedonism: Forgive the Label, But Don’t Miss the Truth,” desiringGod [online], 1 January 1995, [accessed 4 March 2016]. Available from the Internet: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/christianhedonism


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Conversation Starters: One Great Creator

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Karah

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: How did we get here? Some people wrongly assume this question only has two views: science has the answer in evolution or religion has the answer in faith. Many scientists, however, hold to neither evolution nor faith, but they believe in an Intelligent Designer. Intelligent design presents a stronger argument than the random, purposelessness found in evolution. The Bible goes beyond talking about an intelligent designer; it gives us a picture of the character of the Creator.

Concept: God Created Everything

Preschool

Genesis 1:1-19

LIFE POINT: In the beginning God made the world. The world was dark and empty. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. He called the light day and the dark night. He made the first morning, the first evening, and the first day. On the second day, God separated the water. He called the space above the water sky. The night came and then a new day. On the third day, God spoke, and there was land and water gathered in place on the earth. He filled the land with all kinds of trees and plants. He made trees that grow fruit and plants that make seeds. God saw it was good. The night came and a new day. On the fourth day, God said, “Let there be lights in the sky.” He made the moon and stars to give light at night. He made a brighter light, the sun, to give us light for the day. God looked at everything He had made and saw it was good.

LIVE IT OUT: Late springs and early summer are great times for outdoor exploring. Use these times outdoors to call attention to all that God has made. Take time to pray with your child and thank God for His creation.

Kids

Genesis 1:1-2:3

LIFE POINT: The world was dark. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. He called the light “day” and the dark “night.” On the second day God separated the sky from the water. On the third day, God made the dry land. Then God spoke and trees and plants of all kinds were created. God placed in the sky the sun for day and the moon and stars for night. This was His work on the fourth day. God spoke and the water was filled with every kind of fish and water creature. The sky was filled with birds. The fifth day ended. On the sixth day, God made every kind of creature that lived on the land. God made people: male and female. He created them to be in His own image—to be like Him.
Creation was complete. God saw everything that He had made and saw that it was good. And on the seventh day, God rested.

LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about ways to take care of God’s creation. Discuss different areas—
animals or plants—that she is most interested in. Develop a strategy together for a project your child can
complete.

Students

Psalm 33:6-9, 13-15; Colossians 1:15-17

THE POINT: God created us and knows each of us.
• How does accepting the reality of a Creator affect our lives?
• Where do we see evidence of God’s care and concern in shaping our hearts?
• How do these verses impact your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?
Discuss the following quote:

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”1—Abraham Kuyper

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Work alongside your student to find ways that God is working all around you and in you each day.
• COMMUNITY: Humanity was designed to live in community and encourage each other to grow in faith together. Gather a group together this week to study how creation reflects God’s love.
• CULTURE: We have been made in God’s image, and as His children, we can reflect Christ’s love for the world to see. Discuss how this may look in your daily life with your student.

1. “Abraham Kuyper > Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 1 February 2016]. Available from the Internet: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/385896.Abraham_Kuyper.


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Conversation Starters: Love Gets Involved

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Karah

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Anyone can be nice, and the world applauds random acts of kindness. Random acts of kindness are a good thing, but are they enough? It’s easy to be nice and kind when we feel like it, but the needs of others are not always convenient. Jesus called us to a higher standard: a standard of love that goes the extra mile. He shared a parable to illustrate what loving compassion looks like.

Concept: Love Gets Involved

Preschool

Luke 10:25-37

LIFE POINT: To help people understand the importance of helping others, Jesus told this story:
A man was traveling down a road. Some robbers hurt the man and robbed him. They left the man lying beside the road. Two different men came down the road. When they saw the hurt man, they both crossed the road and kept walking. Then a Samaritan man came along. He wanted to help. The kind man put medicine and bandages on the man. He put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. The next day the man gave the innkeeper some money to take care of the hurt man. Then Jesus asked, “Which of the three men was kind?” The man listening to the story said, “The one who helped the hurt man.” Jesus said, “Go and help others, too.”

LIVE IT OUT: Clap hands with your child and say the following chant: “H – E – L – P; I can help.” Ask your child to name a way he can help. Continue to clap and chant and encourage your child to name ways he can help.

Kids

Luke 10:25-37

LIFE POINT: An expert in the law asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered by telling a story.
As a man came down the road, robbers attacked him. They robbed him, beat him, and left him almost dead. A priest came by. Then a Levite came. When each saw the hurt man, he crossed to the other side of the road and kept walking. Then a Samaritan man came along. He wanted to help. The Samaritan put medicine and bandages on the man. He put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. The next day the man gave the innkeeper some money to take care of the hurt man. Then Jesus asked, “Which of the three men was kind?” The man listening to the story said, “The one who helped the hurt man.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

LIVE IT OUT: Guide your child to choose someone and show Jesus’ love to that person. He could provide lunch for a homeless person or invite a new friend to a play date. Encourage him to reach out and form a new relationship.

Students

Luke 10:25-37

THE POINT: Love for God includes a costly love for others. When have you seen a random act of kindness?
• What is the relationship between loving God and loving others?
• What prevents us from taking action to love others rather than just talking about it?
• How do we move from random acts of kindness to an intentional lifestyle of costly love?
Discuss the following quote:

“Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.”1 — Andrew Murray

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do the Live It Out Activity for the week. Here is
a suggested way to help your student:

If he or she plans to complete the Daily Reading:
• Take time to discuss your student’s scripture readings from this week.

1. http://www.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-topic/quotes-about-fellowship/


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Conversation Starters: Give Generously

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Karah

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: There is great value and virtue in working hard, earning money, and managing it well without waste. But our money is not for ourselves alone. The Bible calls us to be generous. We belong to God and, therefore, all we have belongs to Him. We are to earn, use, and manage our money wisely, but our money is ultimately for His glory. We express our trust in Him and further His kingdom by meeting the needs of others.

Concept: Give Generously

Preschool

Luke 21:1-4

LIFE POINT: One day Jesus and His helpers were at the temple. Jesus was sitting by the boxes where people gave money. He watched as people dropped their money into the boxes. Some rich people put in a lot of money. The coins made a loud sound as they fell into the boxes. Then a poor woman walked up to a box. Jesus watched as she put two tiny pieces of money into the box. These coins hardly made a sound as they fell into the box. Jesus said to His helpers, “This woman gave two small coins. She gave more money than anyone.” Jesus’ helpers probably wondered what Jesus was saying. How could the woman’s two coins be more than all the money given by the rich people? Jesus explained that the rich people had only put in some of their money. The woman had given all the money she had.

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child see you giving an offering at church? Begin to foster a giving attitude in
your child by giving him money each week to give in Sunday School or put in the offering plate in worship. Remind your child that God wants people to give money to help the church.

Kids

Luke 21:1-4

LIFE POINT: As Jesus was teaching in the temple, He watched the rich people there. Many came and dropped money into the temple treasury. They had much money. The coins made a loud noise as
they dropped. Then, a poor widow came. She dropped in two very small coins. The coins made very little noise. Jesus turned to His disciples. He said, “This poor widow has put in more than all of the people.”
The disciples may have been surprised. The rich people had dropped a large amount of money into the offering jar. Jesus said, “The rich people gave from their extra money. This widow put in all she had to live on. She gave everything!”

LIVE IT OUT: Elementary and preteen kids are able to give to church, especially if they have an allowance or part-time job. Explain to your child that giving to help God’s work is one way to obey Him.

Students

Proverbs 11:23-29

THE POINT: Use what you have to invest in the lives of others. What’s the most generous act you’ve witnessed? What moves you to be generous? Why is it vital for Christians to be known as generous?
Discuss the following quote:

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”1 —C.S. Lewis

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do the Live It Out activity. Here are
some suggested ways to help your student:

If he or she plans to complete the Daily Reading:
• Take time to discuss your student’s scripture readings from this week.

1. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 1952).


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Conversation Starters: Invest Resources Wisely

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Karah

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The origin of that phrase is at least 400 years old, but the principle is far older. Even the Bible speaks to the wisdom of diversifying our investments. That may not seem like a “spiritual” matter, but the Bible call us to be good stewards, and therefore, it calls us to be wise in all aspects of our life and finances.

Concept: Invest Resources Wisely

Preschool

Acts 18:1-4, 11, 18-19, 24-28

LIFE POINT: Paul went many places teaching people about Jesus. While Paul was in the city of Corinth, he met a man named Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. They loved Jesus and wanted to learn more about Him. Aquila and Priscilla invited Paul to stay at their house. During the day, Aquila and Priscilla worked to make tents. Paul knew how to make tents, too. Paul worked together with Aquila and Priscilla to sew tents while he was staying at their house. Aquila and Priscilla traveled to another city with Paul to help
him tell people about Jesus. Aquila and Priscilla met Apollos. He loved Jesus. Aquila and Priscilla invited Apollos to come to their house where they taught him more about Jesus. Apollos was very glad to learn more about Jesus. Apollos then began traveling to other cities to tell people all he had learned
about Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child’s teacher to share a picture or story of your child working with someone in
her class. Show the picture to your child or share the story with your child at home. Congratulate your
child for working with others to help care for the church.

Kids

Matthew 25:14-30

LIFE POINT: A man was going on a trip. He gave one servant five talents, a second servant two talents, and a third servant one talent. Then the owner left. The first two servants used their talents to make more. The third servant took his one talent and buried it! When the owner came back, he asked for his money. The first two servants showed the money he had. The owner said, “Very good. You have done well with a little. I will put you in charge of more things.” The third servant said, “I was afraid. I took the talent you gave me and buried it. Here it is for you.” The owner was not happy. “You are lazy and wicked. At least you could have put the money in a bank. Give this man’s talent to the servant with ten talents! Take this man away from me.”

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child understand how to use money wisely? If she has an allowance, begin teaching her to save and give in addition to spending her money.

Students

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

THE POINT: When it comes to your resources, plan and use them wisely. What are different ways people respond to the uncertainty of the future? How have you reacted to misfortune in the past? In what areas of life do you feel uncertain about the future? Discuss the following quote:

“The world asks, ‘What does a man own?’ Christ asks, ‘How does he use it?’”1 —Andrew Murray

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to study Ecclesiastes 11 this week. Take time to find a few study materials for your student to use as they read this scripture.


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