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Easter Follow Ups

On April 22, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Firsthand

Bible Story: Firsthand (Jesus is crucified, buried, and resurrected) • John 18:12–20:23 (with Philippians 2:3-8)

Bottom Line: I should put others first because Jesus put others first.

Memory Verse: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, NIrV

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death on a cross (John 18:12–20:23). Jesus put us first when He sacrificed Himself. With everything Jesus endured, He had our freedom in mind. And we celebrate His resurrection because He was victorious over death.

Our Bottom Line is: I should put others first because Jesus put others first. It cost Jesus everything to put us first. His humility can inspire us to help someone else, even when it costs us something.

The monthly memory verse is Philippians 2:3.  When we put others first, sometimes we’ll have to make sacrifices. We might sacrifice our pride. We might sacrifice our wants. But nothing we sacrifice will compare with the great sacrifice Jesus made for us.

 

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Basic Elements VBS | June 23-27

On April 19, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), Featured-Auto, by Shoreline

B.A.S.I.C. Elements, a science-inspired, Christ-focused VBS for kids 3yrs to 5th grade is headed to Shoreline the week of June 23rd.  ‘Goggle-up’ and get ready for a week of Bible, beakers, bridges and bags of science-y stuff. AND, from now until April 31st, registration is 2 for the price of 1: $49.00

For more information, or to volunteer to be part of B.A.S.I.C. Elements, email rpina@shorelinechurch.org.

 

Humility Week 2, 4/13-4/19

On April 15, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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First Offense

Bible Story: First Offense (Jesus is arrested and heals the servant’s ear) • John 18:1-11

Bottom Line: I can put others first by letting go of what I want.

Life App: Humility—putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

In the beginning, Jesus was part of creating the heavens and the earth. When God created man, he was in Jesus’ image. There is nothing in Heaven or on Earth that isn’t under Jesus’ command. Yet Jesus chose to be born as a baby and walk among us. He developed calloused hands as He worked in a carpenter’s shop. The dirt of the road caked His feet as He traveled to show love to others. Jesus willingly left the majesty and glory of Heaven to laugh, cry, and fully become a man.

Jesus’ ultimate act of humility on Earth was His sacrificial death. He could have called down an angel army to protect Him, but instead, allowed Himself to be wrongly accused and arrested. He could have been worshipped with a gold crown and royal robes, but instead wore a crown of thorns. Jesus deserved praise and adoration, but sacrificed Himself for us.

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve. Putting others first is not our natural inclination. We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first.

Putting others first will cost you something: your time or money. Maybe it will cost you some pride. But when we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first even if it’s a bit uncomfortable and costs us something.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) Humility is a response to Christ’s example towards us.

(2) Humility is a way we can show others God’s love for us.

(3) Humility can help others see they are important. 

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, when Jesus is arrested in the garden, Peter thought it was time to fight (John 18:1-11). Peter had a different idea of what should happen and used a sword to cut off a soldier’s ear. But Jesus knew His arrest was what God wanted. He showed humility by healing the soldier’s ear.

Our Bottom Line is: I can put others first by giving up what I want. Peter wanted to take action and fight in the garden, but he didn’t wait to consider what Jesus wanted. We often make choices before considering what other people want. We choose our favorite game without asking what our friend wants to play. Instead, we should show humility by allowing others to choose what they want.

The monthly memory verse is: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, NIrV When we are free of pride, we don’t mind putting our friends first and sometimes doing what they choose rather than what we’d like.

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Humility Week 1, 4/6-4/12

On April 7, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Bible Story: Feet First (Jesus washes the disciples’ feet) • John 13:1-17

Bottom Line: I can put others first by serving them.

Memory Verse: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, NIrV

Life App: Humility—putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated

In this week’s Bible story, Jesus serves His disciples by washing their feet. (John 13:1-7) Usually a servant would wash travelers feet before they ate their meal. But Jesus surprised everyone by doing it Himself. He showed that even leaders should put others’ needs first.

Our Bottom Line is: I can put others first by serving them. Serving others often means taking the dirty jobs that no one else wants to do. When we do things like scooping the litter box, taking out the trash, or cleaning the dirty dishes, we are serving our families. This shows that we know their needs are important.

The monthly memory verse is: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, NIrV Our willingness to serve others should never be motivated by getting ahead. We should serve because Jesus set the example for thinking of others before ourselves.

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Forgiveness Week 5, 3/30-4/5

On March 31, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

All the Small Things

Bible Story: All the Small Things (Zacchaeus) • Luke 19:1-10

Bottom Line: When people are forgiven, it can change them.

Memory Verse: “Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13, NIrV

Life App: Forgiveness—deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

This week, we discovered:

In this week’s Bible story, Zacchaeus was seen as an outcast because he was a tax collector who stole money from people (Luke 19:1-10). Yet, Jesus wanted to spend time with him. Jesus offered him forgiveness, which changed Zacchaeus’ outlook on life. He went from taking people’s money to repaying them even more than he took.

Our Bottom Line is: When people are forgiven, it can change them. You never know what your forgiveness might do for another person. It could change them. A parent who is forgiven might try harder to build a strong relationship. A forgiven bully may start showing more respect. God can work through your forgiveness to change someone else’s life.

The monthly memory verse is: Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.Colossians 3:13, NIrV When God forgave us, He opened the door to allow us to approach Him. Through His forgiveness, we are inspired to love, serve, and give to others. His forgiveness changes our eternity. And our forgiveness of others can impact their futures.

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