Conversation Starters: Our Love for Jesus

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Karah

11c14a06-5719-42b6-a54c-e027524f71a9THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: As we go through different stages in life, we change. And as we change, our interests change. Old interests take a backseat, and we find new interests. We find new, exciting things we love to do and lose our love for the former things. It’s all a part of growing and maturing. But what if this happened in our relationship with Jesus? In Revelation 2, we get a glimpse into a church that had been busy doing many things for God but ultimately lost their “first love” for Jesus. It can happen to us too, but there is a solution.

Concept: Our Love for Jesus

Preschool

John 4:1-30

LIFE POINT: Jesus and His disciples traveled through the land of Samaria. Jesus knew the Jewish and Samaritan people did not like each other, but He chose to rest in Samaria. Jesus was tired and thirsty. His helpers went into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman came to get water from the well. Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritan woman was surprised that a Jewish man would ask her for a drink. Jesus told the woman about God. The woman was interested in what Jesus said. She said, “I know that God will send someone who will explain everything about God to us.” Jesus told the woman, “I am He.” The helpers were surprised to find Jesus talking with the woman. The woman went into town and told everyone that she had spoken with Jesus. The people came to see Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child make a book about Jesus. Fold two sheets of paper together to make a book shape. Provide markers to draw pictures of Jesus. Help him print I Love Jesus on the front of his book.

Kids

John 4:1-30

LIFE POINT: Jesus and His disciples traveled through the land of Samaria. Jesus knew the Jewish and Samaritan people did not like each other, but He chose to rest in Samaria. Jesus was tired and thirsty. His helpers went into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman came to get water from the well. Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritan woman was surprised that a Jewish man would ask her for a drink. Jesus told the woman about God. The woman was interested in what Jesus said. She said, “I know that God will send someone who will explain everything about God to us.” Jesus told the woman, “I am He.” The helpers were surprised to find Jesus talking with the woman. The woman went into town and told everyone that she had spoken with Jesus. The people came to see Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Ask your child how she can show that she loves Jesus. Take her suggestions and help her plan a few activities that show Jesus’ love through her.

Students

Revelation 2:1-7

THE POINT: Come back to a love for Jesus that fills your life. What are the things in your life that have drawn you away from your love for the Lord? Tell your student about a time when something distracted you from your passion for Christ. Discuss this quote:

“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame. ”1 —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:

If he or she plans to complete Never Forget:
• Share with your student a memory of something great God did for you. Then ask him or her to do the same.
• Talk about how recalling these memories can help draw you back to God when you wander from Him.

If he or she plans to complete A Helping Hand:
• Spend time praying with your student for a friend who has wandered from God. Talk about how he or she hopes to reach out and help that friend.

1. “ Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes,” BrainyQuote [cited 18 November 2015]. Available from the Internet: https://www.brainyquote.com.


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