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New Testament Lesson
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BIBLE STORY: CHILDREN OF GOD

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 John 2–3

STORY POINT: Children of God love one another with their actions.

KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 1:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day, all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

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The apostle John had been one of Jesus’ closest friends. Along with Peter and James, John was part of the innermost core of Jesus’ disciples. John even referred to himself in his Gospel as “the one whom Jesus loved.” John left Jerusalem and went to Ephesus around A.D. 70. He stayed there as a church leader until nearly A.D. 100.

It is not surprising that 50 years after Jesus returned to heaven, John wrote a letter to help believers understand who Jesus is: the Son of God. At the center of John’s message was one key theme: love. Obeying God’s command to love one another is a mark of believers, whom John describes as brothers and sisters—children of God.

John wrote that God is love, and if believers truly love God—if they truly are His children—they will love one another. Our love, which we draw from the power of the Spirit, should be so deep that we are willing to lay down our lives for one another just as Jesus did for us. It is this deep, genuine love that will cause the world to understand the reality of the gospel.

Love is misunderstood and distorted in our culture today, and the kids you teach have been impacted by this in some way. Many of your kids may see love as just a feeling, as something temporary, or as something that has to be earned. This session provides you with the perfect opportunity to expose the world’s myths about love and remind kids of the truth about God’s love.

Also help kids begin to grasp the idea that followers of Jesus are children of God. This is an identity shared by all believers. As Christians, we can know that Jesus loves us by what He did for us: dying to save us from our sins. We, in turn, can show our love for Jesus by what we do to serve others.

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PRESCHOOL WORSHIP:

ELEMENTARY WORSHIP:

Loving Others
In today's story, we learned what true love is, the same love that God showed us. As Christians and children of God, we are to show our love for one another in both word and deed. What are some ways that you can show love to people around you? Remember that true love is sacrificial and unconditional.

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Old Testament Lesson
Esther Saved Her People

BIBLE PASSAGE:  Esther

STORY POINT:  God made Esther a queen to protect His people.

KEY PASSAGE:  1 Peter 5:10

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:  Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.

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Overview For Parents:

The Babylonian captivity ended when Cyrus, the king of Persia, took over Babylon and let God’s people go home. Some of God’s people—now called Jews (people from Judah)—traveled back to Judah to rebuild the temple, the city, and their lives. Others, however, stayed in Persia where life among the pagans was relatively comfortable.

The king of Persia was now Ahasuerus (uh haz yoo EHR uhs), also known by his Greek name, Xerxes (ZUHRK seez). Esther was a young Jewish girl who became queen of Persia. The former queen had defied the king and was promptly replaced.

Esther had been an orphan, so her cousin Mordecai adopted her. Mordecai kept in touch with Esther while she lived in the palace. One day, the king gave Haman the Agagite a very important position in the kingdom. The king even commanded the people to bow down to Haman. But Mordecai refused.

Haman was a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites. The nations of Israel and Amalek did not get along. Haman was angry, but instead of just punishing Mordecai, he planned to kill all the Jews in the kingdom.

In today’s Bible story, Mordecai turned to Esther for help. After all, she was in a position of power, and the Jews were her people. The stakes were high, but Esther approached the king and explained her people’s plight. Review the details in Esther 7.

Note how Esther described Haman: “The adversary and enemy is this evil Haman” (Esth. 7:6). We too have an adversary—the Devil. He prowls around like a lion, seeking people to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8) He loves nothing more than to destroy believers and hinder the work of God. Satan thought he had succeeded when Jesus died on the cross, but God—who often works behind the scenes—raised Jesus from the dead and defeated Satan once and for all. (See Heb. 2:14-15.)

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PRESCHOOL WORSHIP:

ELEMENTARY WORSHIP:

We All Have A Part To Play
In today's story, we see not only how God used Esther, but how Esther allowed herself to be used as part of God's plan. God strategically put her where she was supposed to be in order to save the Jews. Did you know that God has placed you exactly where you're meant to be for a purpose? He has a plan for everyone, and in His big plan to save sinners, He gives us parts to play too. What are some ways that you think God is using you, or can use you?

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