Episode ThemeCommunity-Building. Things that divide us are not stronger than Christ who unites us.
For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
LET'S GET STARTED
Intro: Before listening, think about:
1. Galatians 3:28. “For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” What does it mean to be “all one”? Does that mean that everyone needs to be the same? How do you show community?
2. In the Bible, in Nehemiah 4, the Israelites were rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, and the work was difficult, and they got discouraged. The work stopped when everyone gave up. To get the work done, Nehemiah organized everyone into teams. With their shields and swords, half would stand on guard and protect everyone. The other half would build the wall. Then they’d switch and take turns. Also Nehemiah organized all the workers by families so that the work could get done well as everyone supported each other.
Now, listen to “We are One”.
ALL ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Liz and the gang’s soccer team face fierce opponents when they face the Lagarto City Junior Dragons. Gaby Tegu joins Liz’s team. Is she a new friend? Whose side is she on anyway?
- Liz’s knowledge of Spanish is limited. What words does he say when he greets Gaby?
- What kind of sundae did Gaby eat at Daddy-oh’s?
- List some negative names that Liz, Cole and Spike used to describe the Lagarto City Junior Dragons team.
- At the end of the episode, what does Liz discover about the other team when he joins them in their huddle?
SO NOW WHAT?
In this story, Liz and the gang play a competitive soccer game against the Lagarto City Junior Dragons. Whenever we play a sport, like soccer or basketball, or play a game, like cards or Scrabble, do you think that God cares who wins the game? No, he doesn’t.
However, he does care how you play the game, and how you treat your teammates and how you treat your competition. The bible says in Colossians 3:17, "and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him." Think about this verse when you are playing that next board game or when you are on the baseball diamond. “Sportsmanship” means playing by the rules and being gracious in victory or defeat. Give thanks to God for the teammate that you can play with, and give thanks for the people on the other team even if they win that game and you don’t.
Organize a family games night. You could play a sport outside together or find a favorite board game.
Encourage each other to avoid saying phrases like, "No fair!", "You cheated!" or "It wasn't my fault we lost!" Find ways to encourage every player by saying “Way to go!”, “Nice play” and “You did a great job.”
The tricky part is that sometimes you might react before you even realize it. The best thing is to cool down and give yourself a second chance to congratulate the winner. Playing games might lead to a lot of arguing, so it’s best when everyone decides to play fair. That might mean giving the other players the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes you might even feel cheated, but you can only do your best. The great thing is that people like playing with good sports, people who enjoy the game and enjoy playing with others.
Answers to Story Quiz
1. He says, “buenos tacos” . 2. Gaby ate a cricket sundae 3. They called them “the enemy”, “monsters”, “they are nothin’”, “bad guys”, “Lame-o City”, “nasty competition”. 4. He hears them saying the Lord’s prayer together and so he discovers that they are Christians like he is.