What’s the most amazing gift you ever received? What made it so special? Even the simplest of gifts become more special when they’re given out of love. This month as we study what it means to be generous, we’re going to see that generosity is joyfully sharing what God has given you. The best place to start is by looking at the most generous giver of all.
GENEROSITY: Joyfully sharing what God has given you.
MEMORY VERSE: “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” PROVERBS 11:25 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: God gave generously.
Our God is radically generous. He doesn’t give out of obligation or because He needs something in return. He gives because He loves us unconditionally. He doesn’t just give us food, shelter, family and friends, although all of those things are wonderful. The most amazing gift of all was that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, rose again and offers us the free gift of salvation. His free gift leads to our freedom from sin, shame, and separation from Him. Now the choice is yours. Will you accept it?
- Read Romans 6:23 and 5:8. What do we deserve because of our sin? Do we have to clean ourselves up to be good enough to receive his gift? Why or why not?
- Read John 3:16. What did Jesus do for us? Why did He do it? Why is He so important?
- Read Ephesians 2:8-9. Are “works” bad things? Can they save us? Why or why not? Why should we still do them?
- How would you explain God’s free gift of grace to a friend?
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
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Teacher: Meal Time
Parents, this is a great week to remind your kids about the truth of the Gospel. Have someone write out Ephesians 2:8-9 in big letters so everyone can see it and use the following questions to talk about it with your family. What gift does God offer to anyone? What happens when you accept this gift? Do any of us deserve this gift? What words tell you that? Can any of us pay God back for this gift? Why do you say that? What is one way you can praise God for this gift?
Friend: Drive Time
Write each word of the memory verse (Proverbs 11:25) on a post-it note and stick them somewhere in your car. Remove one sticky note every day and see if you can still say the verse! If you can, keep going until there are no post-its left!
Read John 3:16 together. Thank God for being radically generous with you and giving you everything you have. Thank Him not just for things but also for the people in your life and the places He lets you go. Thank Him most of all for the generous gift of His Son, Jesus.
This weekend all of the elementary kids went home with a Thankfulness Calendar. God has given us so many different things that we often take them for granted. Every day this month, have every person in your family share one thing God has given them that they are thankful for and write them on the calendar. See how full you can get your calendar and be sure to praise God for how generous He always is with us.
Thank God for paying a debt that you owe but could never repay. Thank Him for revealing the truth of the Gospel to you when you were dead in your sins.
Next week we will continue with the character trait, GENEROSITY!
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