On the Same Page

THEME

Community-Building: Working together

MEMORY VERSE

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

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.

NOTES

We all have gifts, given by God, to use for service in his kingdom. Does it surprise you to know that you have special, God-given gifts? Do you know what they are? God entrusted the message and expansion of his kingdom to believers and God has given believers the empowerment of the Spirit to enable us to do this awesome task. Often the gifts of the Spirit are talents and skills that we have that are enhanced by the Spirit so that they can be used effectively for the purposes of the kingdom.

It may seem that your child is too young to think about or show evidence of spiritual gifts. But some of the gifts are evident at an early age, or at least the things that will be foundational to the development of their gift.. A child who quickly turns to prayer may be exhibiting the early use of the gift of intercession. The leader on the playground may grow up to be a leader in the church. Personality and passions are a part of the gift package that the Spirit gives to believers. Passion about playing a musical instrument may be an early expression of the gift of creative ability. A child with the gift of empathy may grow up to have the gift of shepherding.

Talking with your family about spiritual gifts is important. If you want to learn more, attend a class at your church or check out what resources your pastor recommends. Faith Alive Resources has books for adults and children that are helpful. You can order the books "Discover Your Gifts" in a student or adult version. Visit them at www.faithaliveresources.org.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What does Liz decide to do in order to have more music to play on WLZR?
A. He decides to form a band.

Q. Who are the members of the band and what instruments do they play?
A. Lucille-keyboard, Morrie-bass guitar, Liz-guitar, Granny-drums.

Q. What is a “hook?”
A. It's a word or phrase that helps people remember the song.

Q. What is the hook in the song that Liz writes?
A. God is in control.

Q. What “sweetener” did they add to the music?
A. Johnny's violin.

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.
A.
Read all of 1 Corinthians 12 and discuss the imagery that Paul uses here to describe how God gives spiritual gifts to all believers and how they are to work together for God's kingdom. (Other passages on spiritual gifts are Romans 12:3-11; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11.) Talk to your child about the gifts you see evident in their lives.

SO WHAT?

Do you know what gifts God has given you? What is one thing you can do to serve God with your gift?
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