Have you ever cleaned out your garage or a closet and been shocked by what you found? An old letter jacket or class ring, a favorite toy from when you were a kid, or a piece of clothing that you saved up your own money to buy. Things that were once your most treasured possessions have been reduced to something in a box that you probably never use or even think of. The promises of the world are like these things – they seem so awesome and life-giving when you first believe them and they may even make you happy for a little while, but eventually, they get worn down and you have no use for them. Instead, God’s Word points us to put our hope in something much longer lasting – promises that come directly from the Lord that last forever.
HOPE: Having confidence in God's promises!
MEMORY VERSE: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: The world's promises are temporary, but God's promises last forever.
Jesus often used stories to teach important lessons in the Bible, called parables. One parable he told was about a very rich man who was in charge of a farm that produced a lot of crops. In fact, he had so much stuff he didn’t know what to do with it all! One day, he had what he thought was a great idea! He decided to tear down all of the barns around his farm and build even bigger ones so they could hold all his stuff. This man was excited to sit back and enjoy all his wealth and his stuff for the rest of his life. But what he didn’t realize is that our earthly lives don’t last forever. Soon, the man died and suddenly, all his wealth and stuff didn’t matter at all. The promises of world are temporary, like this man thinking that because he was rich his life would be easy or that his security in life could be found in his success. But the promises of God last forever! In the book of Revelation, we can read some of God’s awesome promises that He’s made to those who have put their trust in Jesus. He promises to be with His people forever, that one day he will wipe away every tear and there will be no more sadness, and so much more! We can see that these promises are true today in the way that God is always with everyone who has a relationship with Him through Jesus and how God is our Comforter when we’re going through something hard. But unlike the worldly promises the man in Jesus’ parable was putting his hope in, God’s promises will still be just as true when all the temporary promises of the world are in our rearview mirror.
READ LUKE 12:16-21
- Was building the buildings for his crops wrong? (No) So what was the big deal? What did he hope in? (Himself, his wisdom, and what he owned)
- When you die, do you get to take any of your stuff with you? (No) What happens to it? (Someone else gets it, it gets thrown into the trash, or it falls apart)
- Reread verse 21. What does Jesus say is the most important thing? (Having a rich relationship with God) How long does our relationship with God last? (Forever!)
READ REVELATION 21:3-7
- Go through these verses and make a list of God’s promises. (ex: God will live among His people and be with them forever as their God, He will comfort the people and promises there will be no more death, pain, or crying, He will make all things new, etc.)
- How long will these promises of God last? (FOREVER!) Can you imagine getting to enjoy God and His promises forever and ever? How amazing do you think that will be?
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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
Teacher: Meal Time
Reread Revelation 21:3-7. Review the promises you see from God in these verses. Which of these promises are you most excited about right now? How can knowing these promises of God change our lives?
Friend: Drive Time
Play “Spot the Lie” as you drive around this week, focusing specifically on the world’s promises vs. God’s promises. Whether it’s billboards, talking about movies or shows you’ve watched, or thinking about each of your destinations, where do you see the world trying to convince you that you should put your hope in temporary promises? What truth from God can you use to combat those lies?
Think and talk about a time when you have been or may be tempted to believe the world’s promises instead of God’s. (ex: money or more toys will make you happy, being on the winning team is what matters most, lying will keep you out of trouble, etc.) Pray and ask God to help you to put your hope in His promises instead of anything temporary here on earth. Thank Him for being so trustworthy and for always keeping His promises.
Write each word of the memory verse (Romans 15:13) on an index card. Shuffle the cards together and see if you can put them in the correct order. Do it again, but time yourself to see how long it takes. You can even have a competition within your family to see who can do it the fastest!
Thank God for all the earthly blessings He has given you. Ask Him to help you put your hope in Him alone and steward your resources wisely so that you can be an example of hope to others.
Next week, we will begin our new word, obedience, and learn about following God's commands!
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