Kids - Friends Around the World
Jesus is Our Friend - Week 3
July 20-21, 2019 |
Friends Around the World is a four-week curriculum that is used to teach elementary-age kids that God is our friend, he wants us to be his friend, and he wants us to share friendship with everyone in the world. This video series will teach kids the biblical reason for global outreach while exploring different parts of the world.
Tell people everywhere about Jesus' love.
- God created his world to love him and be his friends, but people messed up. God needed to save his people! Who did he send to do that? (Jesus)
- What were some things that Jesus did as a man on earth? (Jesus healed people, made friends with lonely people, fed people, and told people about God.)
- What did Jesus do to save the world? (Jesus died and forgave all the wrong people had done. Three days later, Jesus came back to life.)
- When Jesus came back to life, he told his friends about a very important mission. What was that mission? (We should tell everyone everywhere about God’s amazing love and how we can be friends with him forever.)
- In the video, how Did Agent Max Wilder choose to be a friend? Did he give, pray, or go? (He decided to go.)
- What were some things you learned about our friends in Uganda? (Points of discussion: food, animals, tribe)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
The story of the Bible culminates in Jesus, who is a tangible reflection of a good and faithful God whose heart has always been for us, his people. Paul tells us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God and that in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, meaning we know what God is like when we look at Jesus. So who is Jesus?
He is God…with us. And God with us changes everything. Jesus lived a life exactly like ours and experienced our mess and darkness in its full reality, but he never sinned. His presence with us declares to us that he is not afraid to get down in the dirt with us. But because he lived life perfectly and without sin, took on our darkness at the cross and rose again three days later, he is able to set us free and call us out of the darkness, sin, and shame that keep us small, insecure, and stuck doing all the things we don’t want to do. His life gives us new life.
The clear message of Jesus was that God’s presence is readily available to us, which makes new life possible, and because of that, we should rethink everything. We can trust him with every part of who we are. When we do that, we partner with him in becoming more like him. We become the kind of people that love like him. The kind of people that aren’t afraid of other people’s messes. The kind of people that are trustworthy and honest, that bring peace to chaos, restore broken things, and treat others with goodness and kindness because we see all people, including ourselves, as image bearers of a good, creative, trustworthy God.
The message of Jesus is more than surprising. It’s scandalous. God became human to live like the people he loves, to save the people he loves, so we could live our lives in the freedom of friendship with him and partner with him to restore the world.
It’s really good news.
How would you answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”
How has the message of Jesus, that God’s presence is here and available to us, changed your life?
Have you ever thought of being a partner with God in helping to restore broken things around you? How does this purpose change your perspective in your day to day life?