Modern St. Patrick

THEME

God-Worshiping: God is the God of second chances.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Titus 2:11

For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people.

NOTES

How many of us think that saving a soul is more important than getting even? It's hard to imagine risking life and limb to bring the message of salvation to people who've treated us badly as St. Patrick did. It reminds me of the Jonah story. God told him to bring words of warning to the people of Nineveh. I'm sure that Jonah ran away from this assignment because these were the very people who killed, kidnapped, tortured, and displaced his people, maybe even members of his own family. He didn't want to bring words of warning and grace. He wanted to bring words of impending and unavoidable destruction.

But God offers forgiveness and second chances to people that we would consider beyond forgiving, beyond God's hand of grace. Are we willing to tell even our worst enemies about God's grace? Are we willing to demonstrate God's grace in our own lives?


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What story did Aven's dad have the kids act out?
A. The story of Patrick.

Q. What happened to Patrick when he was a young man?
A. He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave.

Q. What did Patrick do after he returned home?
A. He decided to return to Ireland to tell them about God and his love for them.

Q. What is the main ingredient in black pudding?
A. Pig's blood.

Q. What is the main ingredient in white pudding?
A. Sheep's brain.

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.
Grace is something that God gives us, even though we don’t deserve it. Why can’t we get grace for ourselves?
A.
There is nothing that we can do that is not tainted by sin. Even the good that we do is contaminated by selfish desires-and it is our pride that wants us to be able to earn grace rather than receive it unearned, undeserved. That is why the Bible says God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5b-7). Only people humbled by their complete helplessness to be good enough for God can come to God with empty hands that God fills with his grace. Praise God for his grace!

SO WHAT?

Sometimes the way that people learn about God's love and forgiveness is through you. Do you know someone who you need to forgive? Do you know someone who needs to hear about God's love and forgiveness? Are you willing to tell them? Pray for God to give you an opportunity to do this.
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