Conversation Starters: Distinct in My Love
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We love … everything. Think about all the things we use this four-letter word about during a given week. We love burgers, puppies, ice cream, fall days, vacations, action movies, and lots of other things. But Jesus is calling us to something more. As Jesus’ followers, we are called to love in the way He does—unconditionally.
Concept: Distinct in My Love
LIFE POINT: Jesus traveled across the lake. A crowd followed Jesus. The crowd saw Jesus heal many sick people. Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with His disciples. He saw the crowd coming. Jesus knew the people were hungry. Jesus asked Philip where they could buy bread for everyone. Philip said it would take a lot of money. Andrew, another disciple, said that a boy had a lunch of five small loaves of bread and two small fish. Jesus told the people to sit down. About five thousand men were in the crowd. Jesus took the bread and fish, prayed, and thanked God for the food. Jesus had the helpers give people food. Jesus fed all of the people with the boy’s small lunch. When all the people had eaten all they wanted, the helpers gathered twelve baskets of leftover food.
LIVE IT OUT: Print the words “Thank You, Jesus” at the top of a sheet of paper. Tell your child that
Jesus loves her and helps her have what she needs. Provide markers or crayons for her to draw pictures of things she needs.
LIFE POINT: Many people followed Jesus wherever He went. They wanted to see the miracles He did healing the sick people. Jesus sat on a mountainside with His disciples. Jesus saw the crowd coming. He asked Philip, “Where will we get food for these people?” Philip knew they would not have enough money.
Andrew said, “Here is a boy who has five small loaves of bread and two small fish, but that couldn’t feed this many people.” Jesus said, “Tell the people to sit down.” There were 5,000 men! Then Jesus took the loaves of bread and gave thanks to God. He gave pieces of bread to the people. Then Jesus did the same thing with the fish. Everyone had plenty to eat. After everyone had eaten, Jesus said, “Gather up the leftover pieces.” The disciples did just as Jesus told them. They filled twelve baskets with the leftover fish and bread!
LIVE IT OUT: Has your family ever been the recipient of a miracle? The Bible records many miracles
performed by Jesus. Find some of these miracles in the Bible and read about them. Guide your child to
illustrate her favorite.
THE POINT: Love everyone without limits. What is something you love to do? If you loved and prayed for someone who hated you, how do you think it would it change you both? Discuss the following quote:
“Love is counting someone else’s needs and interests as more important than your own needs or interests or comfort.”1 — Timothy Keller
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student 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 Priority Prayer:
• Help your student understand the importance of offering and accepting forgiveness.
• Pray for your student, that they would forgive as God has forgiven them.
If he or she plans to do Kindness:
• Help your student come up with ways to love and serve his or her peer group this week.
1. “Quotes › Authors › T › Timothy Keller › Love is counting someone else’s needs and…,” AZ Quotes
[online], [accessed 11 June 2015]. Available from the Internet: www.azquotes.com/quote/672402