What does it mean to be a good person? Someone who is generally nice to others? Who volunteers with a nonprofit or who goes to church every week? The truth is that on our own, we’re not good at all! All the good things we try to do by ourselves will never measure up to how amazing our good God is. Our goodness is an overflow of God’s goodness to us. This week, the story of Peter reminds us that a relationship with Jesus means being forgiven and given opportunities to reflect His goodness to others!
GOODNESS: A Heart that Reflects the Excellent Character of God
MEMORY VERSE: “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart." LUKE 6:45 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Our Goodness is an Overflow of God’s Goodness to Us
The rooster crowed. The Messiah turned and looked at Peter. Peter wept bitterly as he remembered Jesus’ words, “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me” (Luke 22:61 NLT). Days later, the resurrected Jesus appeared to His disciples beside the Sea of Galilee! Three times Jesus asked Peter if Peter loved Him, and three times Peter affirmed his love for Jesus. Three times. Jesus tasked Peter with feeding His sheep, a sure sign that Jesus had forgiven Peter’s denial of Him. It is also an encouragement to us that God can use imperfect people to accomplish His perfect mission.
- Read Luke 22:54-62 What did 3 different people say about Peter? (Three different people said they thought he was one of Jesus’ disciples.) How did he respond to each person? (Peter denied it. He said they were wrong.)
- Read John 21:15-19 What question did Jesus ask Peter? (Do you love me?) How many times did He ask it? (Three times) How did Peter respond each time? (He said, “Yes Lord, you know I love you.”)
- How did Jesus show GOODNESS to Peter? (Jesus continued to love Peter and forgave him for denying him 3 times. Jesus didn’t give up on Peter even though he had sinned.)
- What does Jesus tell Peter to do? (Feed my sheep.) What do you think that means? (Jesus was telling Peter to take care of the people who believed in Him. Jesus wanted Peter to teach, lead and care for the early church because they would need someone to care for them.) Why do you think Jesus gave this task to Peter? (Maybe to show that God can be glorified and His goodness can shine through even imperfect people.
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Teacher: After Dinner
Read Luke 6:45. Talk about things we feed our minds and hearts and how we see them come out in what we think, say, and do. Ex: TV shows, video games, people we’re friends with, what we read, music choices, etc. What things do you need to start feeding your mind or stop letting into your mind so that God’s goodness will be more on display in your life? Commit to starting or stopping at least one thing from your list this week.
Friend: Drive Time
We’ve been learning all month about God’s goodness, so now, take some time as a family to praise Him for it. Turn the volume up and sing a favorite song together! Here are a couple suggestions:
Read Psalm 103:9-12. Try to explain how far the east is from the west. It’s pretty tough, huh?! God’s forgiveness for us is unlimited! Is there anything you need to confess and ask forgiveness for? Take some time to pray now and ask God to forgive you. Rest tonight in God’s promise of forgiveness.
Learn or review the memory verse as a family. Write it with wipe off markers on your bathroom mirror. Practice “popcorn style,” where each family member says one word until the entire verse is completed. Write it on an index card and keep it in the car. As you’re learning it, let each person explain what they think it means in their own words.
Thank God for His excellent character and love. Ask Him to fill you with His goodness so you can’t help but overflow with goodness in all areas of your life.
Next week we will finish the month of April with a Timeline Weekend! We will learn and review three parts of our Bible Timeline: Exile, Return, & Silence.
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