Conversation Starters: Lead Obediently

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d9de1ed7-be95-4612-af4e-d20e90b38bbaTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: The 2010 remake of The Karate Kid is about a boy named Dre who relocates with his mom from Detroit to China. Dre was popular in Detroit, but not in China, and he soon finds himself the target of the class bully. After Dre meets a maintenance man who also happens to be a master of kung fu, he becomes enthusiastic about learning how to fight his way toward respect. But Dre learns that kung fu is not about fighting. It’s about patience, maturity, and consistency. God calls us to a life of trust and obedience, and sometimes that obedience is learned in unusual ways.

Concept: Lead Obediently

Preschool

Joshua 6:1-21

LIFE POINT: God told Joshua exactly how to take the city of Jericho. Joshua put the plan to work. Joshua directed some priests to carry the ark of the covenant. Other priests were to blow trumpets in front of the ark. Soldiers marched in front of and behind the priests. Joshua commanded the people to not say anything until he gave the signal. Every day for six days the priests and soldiers marched around Jericho one time. On the seventh day, they marched around Jericho seven times. The trumpets blew a long blast. Joshua yelled, “Shout!” The people shouted! The city wall fell! The people walked right into the city! They shouted and praised God.

LIVE IT OUT: Play a guessing game with your child. Ask questions such as “What do you do when it rains? What do you do when you’re hungry?” Comment that God always knows what to do.

Kids

Joshua 6:1-21

LIFE POINT: God told Joshua exactly how to take the city of Jericho. Joshua put the plan to work. Joshua directed some priests to carry the ark of the covenant. Other priests were to blow trumpets in front of the ark. Soldiers marched in front of and behind the priests. Joshua commanded the people to not say anything until he gave the signal. Every day for six days the priests and soldiers marched around Jericho one time. On the seventh day, they marched around Jericho seven times. The trumpets blew a long blast. Joshua yelled, “Shout!” The people shouted! The city wall fell! The people walked right into the city! They shouted and praised God.

LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about ways she has seen God’s power. Remind her that sometimes God’s power is shown in the small things. Challenge her to express her ideas in a drawing, poem, or other another artful way.

Students

Joshua 6:1-5, 12-16, 20

THE POINT: Leaders keep doing what God tells them to do. How would you define “persistent obedience”? Talk with your student about a time he or she chose to persist instead of giving up. Discuss the following quote:

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.”1 — Jonathan Edwards

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

If he or she plans to complete Lead on Your Knees:
• Sit down with your student and talk about the ways he or she is a leader in your home.

If he or she plans to do Everyday Lessons:
• Talk with your student about ways he or she can be more prepared to recognize God’s guidance and instruction during everyday tasks like school, sports, homework, chores.
• Take time to praise God for the unusual ways He teaches us important lessons.

 

1. “ Jonathan Edwards Quotes,” Goodreads [cited 18 November 2015]. Available from the Internet: http://www.goodreads.com.


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