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Activity + Discussion Guide:

Kids Week 4

Your Best Self | Message Series

Main Idea: Jesus teaches me a new way to live.

Introduction

Today you will be reading through a list of rules and then talking about how they may relate to ones that you can understand and make sense and others that may seem odd when it comes to scripture.

Share Your Story

Let the kids know that you are going to be reading through a list of silly rules. Some of them are real rules and some of them are made up. After you read each rule if they think it is a real rule then they should stand up, but if they think it is a made up rule they should sit on the ground. Play until you read through the whole list, revealing the answers as you go.

  • In Arkansas, you can’t honk your horn near a sandwich shop after 9 p.m. (Real)
  • In Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to feed your cat or dog less than once a day. (Real)
  • In Colorado, you are not allowed to walk backwards across a street. (Made Up)
  • In Delaware, it’s illegal to whisper in church. (Real)
  • In Georgia, it’s forbidden to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. (Real)
  • In Illinois, corn is the only vegetable that you are allowed to grow in the ground. (Made Up)
  • In Montana, you can’t have a pet rat. (Real)
  • In Texas, fireworks are only allowed to be Red, White, and Blue (Made Up)
  • In Wisconsin, cheese has to be delicious, or at least “highly pleasing.” (Real)

Ask them: “If you could make up one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be and why?”

The Bible is full of lessons from Jesus on the right way to live. Some of them we can understand right away, and others may seem like the opposite of what we would want to do. Let’s open the Bible and hear one of these lessons from Jesus, that maybe seem odd to us when we first hear it.

Hear God’s Story

Luke 6: 27 – 31

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”

Create a New Story

    Set up three bucket or baskets are increasing distances from a starting line. Label the first bucket ‘Family,’ the second bucket, ‘Friends,’ and the last bucket, ‘Enemies.’  Take turns throwing the bean bag into each bucket. Explain that it’s easy to love our family and friends but a little bit harder to love our enemies.

    Say: “It was pretty easy to get the bean bag in the first two buckets but harder to get it in the last one. It’s the same with loving people. It’s easy for us to love our friends and family but a little harder to love our enemies but we can still do it. Jesus wants us to the do the opposite of what we want to do.  When someone is mean to us we want to be mean back but Jesus wants us to love others instead.”


    Now I know what you might be thinking: Why should I be nice to someone who is mean to me?  Well, here’s why: Have you ever done anything wrong before? Allow them to share a few times when they have messed up. Even though you have made mistakes before I still love you, your family loves you, and Jesus still loves you. So when someone makes a mistake we should still love them.


    What do you think? Can you love your enemies? How can you show love to those who are mean to you?

Weekly Memory Verse Game: Luke 6:27-28  “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.”

Pass It Along:

Have kids create or learn motions to go along with the verse. You can use the American Sign Language Dictionary to look up signs for the words in your verse. Don’t stop with hand motions, though; encourage kids to involve their whole bodies—stomping, turning, crouching, etc. Let kids be creative!

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