Who's Number 1?

Session Focus Scripture
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
Dear Family Text

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.

Learning to Be Content