Who's Number 1?
|1. Learning to Be Content||I'm called to be content by trusting God for everything I need and avoiding greedy thoughts or desires.||Exodus 20:17; Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:15; Philippians 4:11b-13; Q&A 64|
|2. Growing in Faith||God's commandments let me know how sinful I am, how much I need Christ's forgiveness, and how I can live in a way that pleases God.||Mark 10:17-30; Q&A 65|
|3. Jesus Is King of Kings||God rules everyone in the world—both those who worship God and those who don't.||Mark 12:1-12; Q&A 66 & 67|
|4. Following Jesus||I'm called to follow Jesus, trying to please him in every part of my life and to tell others the good news of salvation in Christ.||Matthew 25:14-30; Q&A 68|
|5. Love All People||I am called to love and respect all people because God created us all.||James 2:1-4, 8-9; Q&A 69|
|6. Respect Human Life||Life is a gift from God, so I'm called to care about the well-being of others, especially those who cannot care for themselves.||Matthew 18:1-7; Q&A 70|
For the next six weeks we’ll be focusing on the question “Who’s Number One?” by looking at several Bible stories and teaching from Q&A: A Summary of Biblical Teachings. These are the passages and themes your young teen will be exploring:
Session 1: Exodus 20:17; God Clothes the Grass of the Field (Learning to Be Content)
Session 2: Mark 10:17-30; 1 John 3:21-24; The Rich Young Ruler (Growing in Faith)
Session 3: Mark 12:1-12; Parable of the Vineyard (Jesus is King of Kings)
Session 4: Matthew 25:14-30; Parable of the Talents (Following Jesus)
Session 5: James 2:1-4, 8-9; Show No Favoritism (Love All People)
Session 6: Matthew 18:1-7; The Greatest in the Kingdom (Respect Human Life)
Pass It On
Here are some ideas for how you might engage your child in a faith discussion:
- Session 1: Work together with your son or daughter to make a “gratitude list”: five to ten things for which you’re thankful. Make sure your child sees that he or she is included in the list! Let your child hear you say a short prayer thanking God for providing for the needs of your family.
- Session 2: Share with your child a question you would ask Jesus if given the chance. (Session 2)
- Session 3: As a way to pray for God’s kingdom to come, commit to saying the Lord’s Prayer together each day.
- Session 4: Take the time to share with your son or daughter one way you live out your responsibility as a member of God’s kingdom. How are you using the talents and gifts God has given you?
- Session 5: If this is not a part of your child’s normal experience, take him or her somewhere where they might see or interact with a diverse group of people. Talk together about ways in which all people are the same and are to be respected and loved as children of God.
- Session 6: Discuss together a way in which your family could serve in mission together and provide care for a person or family in your community that is in need.