Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want them to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world. Our character trait for June is DILIGENCE.
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READ & DISCUSS This:
Genesis 1:26-2:3 NLT
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
- What does the passage above say that God was doing? (He worked for 6 days to create the world.) What are some of your favorite things that God created? What did God say about the people He made? (He said they were very good.)
- Reread verses 1:28 and 2:15. What did God tell Adam and Eve to do? (Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, rule over all the animals, tend and watch over the garden. He gave them work!) Why is work a good thing? (God Himself worked for 6 days to create the world, and we know that everything He does is good. He created man and woman in His own image and gave them work to do in the garden.)
Genesis 3:17 NLT
17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
- What was one of the consequences for sin that you see in this verse related to work? (God gave people work to do but now, because of sin, it became hard. From that point on, work would be difficult and challenging.)
Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- What work did Jesus give to all His disciples? (Go tell everyone about Him, make disciples, baptize and teach them.) We can be His disciples too when we put our faith in Him so we have the same job as the first disciples! Does this mean we all must move to a different country to be missionaries? (No, but God may want some of you to go. Jesus is telling us we can make disciples wherever we go.)
Our Most Important Work: This week our activity together as a family is to do the work that Jesus has asked us to do. Share the gospel! Together as a family practice sharing the gospel with one another. Pray together for opportunities to share the good news of Jesus and the salvation He offers us with others. Be on the lookout this week for opportunities to share the gospel. You can share with friends in your neighborhood, with cousins, or anyone that you meet! Let us be diligent to do the work that God has called us to do.
NARNIA Study Guide
The Knights of Narnia are challenging families this summer to read through the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Click here to download the Narnia Study Guide. This PDF will walk you through which chapters to read each week and then give you questions to answer as a family.