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Friday, June 3, 2022

June 5

Keep reading for Fighter Verses resources.

Don't forget to register for VBS (June 13 - 16) -

Supported Ministry for this week is Reach the Forgotten -

Children's Church Lessons:

  • Toddlers - Peter Followed Jesus.  God wants us to love Jesus.  The passage is John 21:1 - 17 and the memory verse is Hebrews 9:14
  • 4 & 5-year-olds - The Church's Power.  Christ sent the Holy Spirit to empower His church.  The passage is Acts 1:4, 5, 8, 2:11 and the memory verse is Acts 1:8
  • 1st through 5th grade - God gives provisions and Victory.  God provides for our needs.  The passage is Exodus 15:22 - 17:16 and the memory verse is John 15:9, 10.

This week's Sunday School's Fighter Verse for 2 years old through 5th grade & the adults is Philippians 4:11 - 13.

Philippians 4:11 - 13 is a great verse to begin our summer study because it is a great place to begin our fight against sin and our spiritual growth.  Contentment and Strength in the Lord. 

The BIG IDEA for this week's passage is "Being content means trusting that God will give you what you need."

In thinking about this passage did you ever realize that the book of Philippians is a letter that Paul wrote from prison around 62 AD to a church in a city, Philippi, where he was arrested around 49 AD.

His writing "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content" was not merely a dry teaching comment.  It was a life experience they witnessed.  Read about it Acts 16.

In verse 11, Paul writes that he has learned that he has to be content.  Then in verse 13, he writes "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."  Because Paul "learned," he could "do."  And he encourages the Philippians a contented life through the book.  Here are some examples.  

  • Paul is writing from prison to encourage the Philippians to find joy and contentment. (1:7)
  • Paul's suffering has advanced the gospel (1:12)
  • Paul tells them to "do all things without grumbling." (2:14)
  • Paul says "whatever gain I had, I counted as loss" (3:7)
  • In one verse Paul tells them twice to rejoice (4:4)
There are a lot of resources for teachers and parents to talk with kids about this passage.
Gimme Heart vs. Happy Heart activities, missionary resources.
Parents, you can check out the teacher resource page for things to talk about or do you with kids this week -

With all the activities remember the two main things to do are learn the verse and remember the BIG IDEA - "Being content means trusting that God will give you what you need."

Official Fighter Verses resources for Philippians 4:11 - 13 

FREE Thankfulness online booklet.  A great quote from Susan Lutz "When you are thankful, it helps you to realize that you are not defined by your problems or your circumstances."

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