Never Give Up

THEME

Image-Reflecting: Trying to be perfect.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Philippians 1:6

I am sure that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.

NOTES

Have you ever made a resolution only to fail in carrying it out? Have you ever promised God you'll do better, and found that you weren't able to do what you hoped to do, or be who you hoped to be? It's pretty discouraging, isn't it?

Liz, Lucille, and Scooter each have good intentions, and make good resolutions. But none of them is able to meet the challenge of their good intentions. For Scooter, this is especially discouraging because he thinks that God will only care about him if he does well and never fails. So when Scooter fails, he figures that God really doesn't want to have anything to do with him.

Our failings as Christians are not meant to drive us away from God. Rather, they are meant to help us to see our dependency on God and to experience His mercy and forgiveness. God doesn't reject us when we fail. Instead, He assures us that He will continue to work in us and for us until we become like Jesus (Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18).


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Grandpa Anole challenge the kids to do?
A. To do something that shows that they are growing in their faith.

Q. What did Liz, Lucille, and Scooter choose to do?
A. Liz — read the Bible more; Lucille — pray more; and Scooter — be better behaved.

Q. What was Scooter's cousin's name?
A. Marvin.

Q. How did Scooter do with this challenge?
A. Not too well - he lost his temper at the baseball game; he fell into his neighbor's bushes; he was disrespectful to his mother.

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.
Do we have to be perfect before God will love us?
A.
Sometimes we get God's good news all mixed up—instead of the biblical order—God loves us therefore He saves us through Jesus, we think we need to be perfect (in other words, we need to save ourselves) and then God will love us. No wonder we get discouraged. The good news of the Bible is that God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8) and that love caused Him to send His Son Jesus to pay for our sins. Because of God's love in Christ we are forgiven and free to live lives that honor Him. Yes, we will continue to sin, we will continue to need forgiveness, but forgiveness is always available to us in Christ. (Philippians 3:12-14, 1 John 1:9)

SO WHAT?

Say a special prayer of thanksgiving to God for His love and ask Him to help you to be more like Jesus every day.
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