What is my Elementary Child Learning?

If you’re a parent, a teacher, an aunt or uncle, or even just a person who works with kids a lot, chances are that you have some drawings or coloring pages tacked up on the walls of your cubicle or on the side of your fridge. These may not be framed in a museum anytime soon but they are there because you know who made them. You value the kids who made them. You have a relationship with the people who made them.

To put it another way, you respect the art because you know the artist.

During August, we’re talking about respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do. Honestly, it’s easy to respect a flawed painting when you value the person who made it. But when it comes to respecting people, it gets a bit messier.

This month our memory verse comes from 1 Peter 2:17. It just says, “Show proper respect to everyone.” (NIrV) Pretty simple.

But really, it’s not simple, is it? I mean … Respect. Everyone?

If a painting has a few flaws, those are pretty easy to overlook. But people will do and say things that frustrate, anger or hurt us. People—especially those who have some level of authority—may ask us to do something we don’t want to do, or even worse, they may tell us not to do something we really want to do.

In fact, if you think about people only in terms of how they cooperate with what you want, it’s pretty much impossible to show respect. But if we stop and look at people with the knowledge that God made them, then we see things very differently. Suddenly, we can realize two incredible ideas.

First, that God made them.

Second, that God put them exactly where He wants them to be.

Unfortunately, knowing those two things doesn’t make respect any easier. It doesn’t mean that we will agree with everything our boss says. It doesn’t even mean that we submit in every situation—especially if it goes against God.

What it does mean is that we can respect those who have temporary authority in this life, because we know the One who has the ultimate authority, and we trust in Him.

Thankfully, the Bible incudes stories and principles that can help encourage us as we seek to show respect to everyone in our lives.

In Week 1, we’ll take a look at Matthew 8:5-13. Here, we meet a centurion whose servant is terribly sick. This powerful centurion goes straight to the one man he knows can help: Jesus! And when Jesus asks, “Shall I come and heal him?” the centurion shows unbelievable respect for God!

Our Bottom Line is: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything. God set the world in motion. Respect is the proper response to the awesome character of God.

In Week 2, we discover what Paul says about respect. He writes to the new believers in Rome. It wasn’t always easy living under Roman leadership, but in Romans 13:1-5, Paul gives them encouragement and reminds them that God put those people in charge for a reason.

Our Bottom Line is: Respect those who are in charge. When you respect those who are in charge, you’re actually showing respect toward God.

In Week 3, we take a look at 1 Samuel 24. We find David running from King Saul. David has the perfect opportunity to take care of King Saul but trusts God’s timing. David respects King Saul and spares His life.

Our Bottom Line is: Respect those who are in charge, even when they don’t deserve it. Not everyone in authority will deserve your respect all of the time. But God wants us to respect their position of authority and treat them with value as one created in God’s image.

In Week 4, we learn more about James 3:9-12. Our words can be used to glorify God one minute and talk badly about our friends the next. When we’re talking about respect, often it’s our words that we really need to watch.

Our Bottom Line is: Respect others with your words. Our words have power. Let’s use them to value others and treat them with respect.

In Week 5, we’ll close out the month by returning to the book of James. In Chapter 2:1-5 we’ll learn that with God it doesn’t matter what people look like on the outside. We should respect all people because they are valuable to God.

Our Bottom Line is: Respect others because they are important to God. Everyone has value because they were created in God’s image.

We hope that as kids discover what the Bible says about respect, they’ll head into their new school year knowing they can respect those in charge because they know the One who’s in charge of everything.

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By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

What is my Pre-School Child Learning? (August)

It’s the beginning of another school-year, and there’s no better way to start a year than to recalibrate and refocus, so that’s what we’re doing for August. We are spending the entire month introducing the three basic truths to our preschoolers and their parents. We want all three of them to be front and center so everyone (you included) can be reminded what the goal is. Do you remember the goal? We want every child to know God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever. And, we want them to embrace it firmly in their little hearts.

We’ll start the month off by reminding preschoolers that God made them. He made each little eyelash and each little freckle, and that makes them so very special. Genesis 1:26-27

Then they’ll hear how much God loves them and that He has a plan for each and every one of them just as He had a plan for Abraham. Genesis 12:1-7

In fact, God loves them so much He will always seek them out just as the shepherd looks to find the lost sheep. Luke 15:3-7

Finally, they’ll hear the story of Zacchaeus and how Jesus loved Him no matter what. He wanted to be Zacchaeus’ friend forever, and He wants to be our friend forever too. Luke 19:1-8

We’ll also have a fun movie day this month on the Sunday of Summer Camp for those families that aren’t still out at Crescent Lake and will be attending church on the 24th! This month will be a return from our Bible Treasure Adventure to our regular storytelling format as well! We hope that by the end of August your little one will be sure of the three basic truths that all of our lessons this coming year will work to reinforce: God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever!

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