New School

THEME

Justice-Seeking: Radical forgiveness.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

John 12:26

Whoever serves me must follow me.

NOTES

Could you forgive a person who killed a member of your family? That would be almost impossible, wouldn't it? And yet it is this kind of radical forgiveness that speaks loudly to our neighbor that Jesus is Love and Jesus is Lord. There are people who have done this-the Amish people who forgave the gunman who burst into their school and killed seven of the students there; people in South Africa who for decades lived as second class citizens, deprived of basic human rights, forgave those who supported this system of government and used it against them; people in Rwanda who forgave those who killed their wives, husbands, children, and parents. How do they do this?! This kind of forgiveness is possible only by the power of God at work in the hearts of the victims. It is only possible when we see ourselves as forgiven.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What school is Liz now attending?
A. Reptarium Middle School.

Q. Where is Morrie going to school?
A. The high school.

Q. What group does Skink want to get into?
A. Kumodos.

Q. What is the leader of the Kumodos’ name?
A. Newt.

Q. What is their social studies teacher’s name?
A. Mr. Basilicus.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.

In this episode how did Liz and Lucille walk the way of Jesus?

A.

Even though Lanny was mean to them they helped him out when he was in trouble. To walk the way of Jesus is to do what Jesus would do in a situation. In Matthew 5-7 we can read Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" where Jesus explains how his followers are to behave. In this sermon Jesus says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:44-45).


SO WHAT?

Is there someone who you need to forgive? Ask God for the desire and the strength to do it today.
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