January’s Virtue – Resourcefulness

January’s virtue that we’ll be teaching in Elementary classes is Resourcefulness: using what you have to get the job done.  Below is a message from Melanie Williams, editor in chief of 252 Basics, the company that writes our curriculum, on Resourcefulness.

 

Taking Care of Business

To say God is resourceful is something of an understatement.  After all, God not only owns all resources, He made them—-from nothing.  In the beginning God created everything, and then God did something else incredible: He made humanity in His own image (Genesis 1:27).  As humans created in God’s likeness, we’ve been given certain God-like characteristics, like resourcefulness.  But not just for the sake of being resourceful.  Resourcefulness has a purpose: to work, to get the job done.  Look up “work” in the Bible, and you’ll find God has much to say about work.  We have a lot to say about work too, phrases that are sprinkled throughout our vocabulary: Work ethic, worker bee, and work force.  Workaholic and work stoppage.  Work on, work off, work out, work over.  Our vocabulary shows our ambivalence about work.

 

And yet God made us to work: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

 

Commanded us, even, to work: “Six days do your work …” (Exodus 23:12, NIV).

 

With diligence, according to Jesus: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me” (John 9:4, NIV).

 

And all our work is for Him, ultimately: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23, NIV).

 

Essentially, resourcefulness boils down to the why and how of our work: The fact that God gives us work, so we need to work like we’re working for Him, even when no one’s watching, doing our best, and trusting that God will do His part and that He will give us what we need to get the job done.  So this month we’re “taking care of business”—-using what we have to get the job done.

 

Week 1:

Work like you’re working for God.

(A principle of work, Colossians 3)

 

Week 2:

Work hard even when no one’s watching.

(The ant and the sluggard, Proverbs 6)

 

Week 3:

Do your best, and trust God to do His part.

(Hezekiah and the wall, 2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 32)

 

Week 4:

God gives you what you need to get the job done.

(God does miraculous things through Moses, Exodus 4)

 

 

WANT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT JANUARY’S VIRTUE?

Go to www.252basics.org.  On the video player, select Virtue Video #1 to hear Reggie Joyner speak on Resourcefulness.

The Greatest Gift

 

This month our focus in Elementary classes is on the virtue of Generosity which means making someone’s day by giving something away.  This past weekend, December 13/14, your children learned that God gave us the greatest gift when He gave us Jesus.  John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  God loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus.  And if we believe in Him with our hearts, and ask Him to be our Savior, we will receive eternal life.  We will live with Him forever.  God loved, so God gave.  If we believe, we receive.  And that’s what Christmas is all about.

 

Please follow up at home by talking with your child about the salvation message they heard in Kid’s Quest.  Encourage your child to ask questions and go to the Bible for answers.  Pray for and with your child.  Encourage them to talk honestly with God.  Affirm and encourage your child as you see them take steps to follow Jesus in wisdom, faith, and friendship.

 

Want our help to have spiritual conversations with your child?

  • Click here to learn about 30-Day Spiritual Formation Journey, a parent’s course to learn how to use Kid’s Quest tools and resources at home sponsored by the Marriage & Family Ministry.
  • Click here to learn about Starting Zone classes which equip parents to lead their child to Christ.

 

 

December’s Virtue – Generosity

December’s virtue that we’ll be teaching on in Elementary classes is Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away.  Below is a message from Melanie Williams, editor in chief of 252 Basics, the company that writes our curriculum, on Generosity.

Christmas Wrap
What are you wrapped up in this season? It is so, so easy to get caught up in the wrappings and trappings, the give and get, of Christmas, to be distracted from what’s real. James 1:17 (NIV) says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” So we know that God is the Giver of all good things. And we know that, since He wants us to be like Him (Ephesians 5:1), He wants us to be givers.

But we also know that God’s generosity has a purpose. God gives generously to us so that we may be generous toward others: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and … your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV). See the connection between gratitude (what we talked about last month) and generosity? When we recognize God’s generosity to us, it yields gratitude in us, which in turn feeds our generosity toward others. But generosity is not just about money. It’s about all our stuff, including our time and energy. And it’s also about our attitudes about our stuff.

So this month we’ll focus on generosity–making someone’s day by giving something away. We’ll talk about not letting things become more important than people, showing others how valuable they are when we give, and not letting stuff get in the way of serving others and loving Jesus. And, of course, how God gave us the greatest gift when He gave us Jesus. So, let’s get wrapped up in what this season is REALLY all about: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8, NIV).

  • Week 1: Don’t let things become more important than people.
    (The parable of the rich man, Luke 12).
  • Week 2: God gave us the greatest gift when He gave us Jesus.
    (Jesus is born, Luke 2, John 3:16).
  • Week 3: When you give, it shows others how valuable they are.
    (Wise men visit Jesus, Matthew 2).

Week 4: Don’t let stuff get in the way of serving others and loving Jesus.
(Jesus and the rich ruler, Luke 18).

Peace and Merry (early) Christmas!
Melanie

Project Generosity —
December is also the perfect time to let kids take an active role in showing gratitude for all God has given them and generosity by giving to others. We will be encouraging our children to participate in our December Missions Project which supports The Daily Food Pantry, a ministry of MBC that supports the physical needs of people in our community.  Details in my next post.

Give Thanks To The Lord

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

 

This weekend, November 22/23, children will be reminded that God wants us to take time to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives.

 

In Preschool clases and 2nd-5th Grade classes, we are sending children home with a decorated Thanksgiving Prayer Box.  As your family thinks of things you are grateful for in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, write them down on a piece of paper and place it into this box.  If you have younger children, encourage them to draw pictures of what they are thankful for.  On Thanksgiving Day, open the box and share your blessings together to celebrate what God has done.

 

On behalf of the entire Kid’s Quest Team, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November Virtue – Gratitude

This month in Elementary, we’re teaching on the virtue of Gratitude: Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.  Below is a message from Melanie Williams, editor in chief of 252 Basics, the company that writes our curriculum, about Gratitude:

Gratitude is different from most of the virtues we talk about. It’s a characteristic God doesn’t have but expects us to have. Think about it: God, our all-powerful, self-sufficient Creator, doesn’t NEED anything, never got anything from anyone, and will never have to express gratitude. But He inspires gratitude (Psalm 100). Every good thing comes from God (James 1:17), so gratitude is a proper response toward Him. In fact, if we didn’t express gratitude, we wouldn’t be recognizing who God is and what He’s done for us. Plus, Jesus modeled gratitude for us (Luke 9:16). And He had something to say about it directly. Read Luke 17:11-19, about the ten lepers meeting Jesus. This encounter shows that the opportunity to demonstrate gratitude occurs every time someone meets a need for someone else. Unfortunately, only one of the ten chose to express gratitude. We don’t know why the other guys didn’t return. Maybe they were so caught up in celebrating with family and friends they didn’t even think about it. Or maybe they thought that what was given to them was something they’d earned – sort of an entitlement mentality. This month we are going to explore how to stop the busyness and “you owe me” excuses and REWIND AND REMIND ourselves exactly what has been done for us. We will take time to just say thank you. We will remember how others have helped us. We won’t let an entitlement mentality infect our thinking, causing the wrong attitude to spoil our gratitude. We are going to make sure we let others know we see how they’ve helped us and take time to celebrate what God has done.

So, in November we’ll be talking about GRATITUDE, letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.

Week 1 is about Jesus healing 10 men with leprosy (Luke 17). Bottom Line: Take time to just say thank you.

Week 2 is about the list maker: Paul, making a list of those he’s thankful for (Romans 16). Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.

Week 3 is Jesus’ parable of the vineyard workers (Matthew 20). Bottom Line: Don’t let the wrong attitude spoil your gratitude.

Week 4 will focus on the main feasts celebrated in Old Testament days (Exodus 23). Bottom Line: Take time to celebrate what God has done.

And for the 5th Week: A 252 Basics special edition on one of five “faith skills”: Give to God (serve and invest). This is a “bridge” lesson, spanning gratitude (in November) and generosity (in December). You don’t want to miss this one!

Peace,
Melanie