Kidnapped (Part 1)

THEME

God-Worshiping: Looking for God's purposes in bad times.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Ephesians 1:11b

He works out everything to fit his plan and purpose.

NOTES

Our memory verse for this episode says that God works out everything to fit his plan and purpose. Well, what is God's plan and purpose for us? Romans 8:29 tells us that God chose us to become like Jesus. And, Peter says that our goal is the "salvation of our souls" (1 Peter 1:9). God works in and through every circumstance of our lives to fulfill that purpose. The way that God does this isn't always the way we think it should happen. It can be painful. It can be frustrating. But when we view our lives (even the scary parts) in the context of this purpose, it somehow makes these things a little more bearable.

Christians take different routes in their journey toward God and toward Christ-likeness. But there are certain checkpoints through which we must pass. Confession, repentance, and commitment bring us into God's family. Love, obedience, and service characterize our journey toward becoming like Christ.

God's plan and purpose for us has more to do with our relationship to him than where we live, who we marry, if we marry, or what kind of job we do. God will work in and through those things to achieve his plan and purpose. So when you think about God's plan for your life, remember that in all things God's ultimate plan and purpose is that we become like Jesus. And, that we bring him glory in whatever we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What Irish town were Liz and his friends going to visit?
A. Louth.

Q. Why did Morrie get stopped going through the security check?
A. Because he had a penny in his pocket.

Q. Why was Morrie glad when the plane landed in Ireland?
A. He was airsick.

Q. How come Liz and his friends couldn’t find Evan?
A. Because Liz was looking for a boy named Evan and Aven was looking for a girl named Liz. But Aven was a girl, and Liz was a boy.

Q. What is the “garda”?
A. That's what they call the police in Ireland.

Q. What were the kidnapper’s names?
A. Neall and Meara.

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.
What is God’s plan for your life?
A.
That I turn to him in confession and repentance, that I believe in his Son as my Savior and Lord, that I commit my life to him in obedience and service. Have you committed your life to Jesus as your Lord and does the way you live your life show that you belong to God's family? If not, check out the "Good News" and decide to follow Jesus today.

SO WHAT?

Is there something in your life that is scary, or frustrating? Are you moving? Changing schools? Do you have to make new friends? Can you trust that God will use this to bring about his plan and purpose for your life? Talk to you parents about this and pray with them asking God to help you trust in his plan and purpose for your life.
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