Servant-Working: Doers of the Word.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
But be doers of the word, and not just hearers, deceiving your own selves.
The memory verse tells us that God wants more than assent from us. He wants action. It's one thing to agree with what you read in the Bible. It's quite another to do what it says. And yet action is what God calls for. Psalm 50:23 says, "Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and prepare the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." Here the psalmist says that when you offer thanks to God you make a way for him to show you his salvation. The action of thanksgiving makes it possible for God to show you the truth about God.
When we are just "hearers" of the word, and we don't change our lives and let it transform our hearts, we are missing the true expectations of God. And the power of the truth remains bound up in our hearts and lives. James tells us in another verse that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). This is what he means. Assent without action is dead. But when we couple assent with action, we join in the Kingdom adventure of transformed hearts, lives, communities, and cultures. Be doers of the word, not just hearers.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of the little blue robot Liz meets?
Q. Who does Morose work for?
Q. Who is chasing Liz?
A. An angry mob led by Chamelia.
Q. What does the Rock of Truth say?
A. When you have nothing ...
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.
Why does God want action as well as assent?
Action puts clothes on assent. It makes assent real. It makes it visible. It makes it powerful. You don't really believe if you don't act on what you say is true. You can say God says that we must care for the poor, but if we don't do what we can to help the poor, we don't act as if we really believe it. Someone once said that serving others is "love with clothes on." In other words, it is love that can be seen. Do you act on what you believe? Can your faith be seen?