What A Friend We Have

THEME

Justice-Seeking: Jesus is a friend who will never let you down

MEMORY VERSE

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

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friend. You are my friends, if you do what I command.

NOTES

For children, the biggest thing in their world is not what is in the headlines of the newspaper; it is whom they will sit next to at lunch, or how they can stay away from the class bully. All children have days when they feel like outsiders at school, days when they are ignored on the playground, or have no one to sit with at lunch, or they just can't remember how to multiply or write a sentence. Even worse, they may be the victims of bullies. If these experiences become regular occurrences, children may even begin to hate those who are mean to them.

It's important for parents to listen carefully to their children, and to take their "little" hurts seriously. And it is the wise parent who uses these times to tell their children about the friend they have in Jesus, and to encourage them to pray and look to Him for love, acceptance and encouragement.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. How did Scooter's bad day start?
A. Skink took away the basketball shoes he had been assigned to pick up for Slick.

Q. Why were Liz and Lucille too busy to talk to him?
A. They were working on the set up for the big program at the basketball game.

Q. What do you think Scooter was thinking when Grandpa found him?
A. He was thinking of how he could get back at all those who were mean to him.

Q. Who was Jimmy?
A. Grandpa when he was a little boy.

Q. Whom did Grandpa tell Scooter wanted to be his best friend?
A. Jesus.

Q. What did Scooter do when Grandpa about Jesus?
A. He prayed and asked Jesus to be his friend.

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 a friend like? Can you list some characteristics of a good friend? What does it mean to lay down your life for your friend?
A.
Some ways we can lay down our lives for our friends are when we stand with them when they get picked on; when we help them when they need us; and when we can share something we have that they need.
Q.
How is Jesus a friend to us? How did he lay down his life for us?
A.
Read and discuss Philippians 2:4-6.
Q.
Have you ever felt like Scooter? Have you ever thought that you are no good? What does 1 Peter 2: 9-10, Luke 12:7, and John 1:12 have to say about this?
A.
These verses tell us that we are very valuable to God, we are his children, we belong to his family.
Q.
Have you ever wanted to get back at someone who did something mean to you? What can you do instead?
A.
Read the story of David and Saul in 1 Samuel 24. (For more of the story of Saul and David read 1 Samuel 18-24, 26.) Talk about this story with your family. Why didn't David kill his enemy Saul when he had the chance? (See also Romans 12:17-21.)

SO WHAT?

Is there someone you know who needs a friend? How can you be a friend to that person this week?

Jesus wants to be your friend. Have you ever prayed and asked Jesus to be your friend? If not, why not do it today?
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