Wilderness Club

THEME

Community-Building: Teamwork

MEMORY VERSE

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

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

NOTES

Which is easier-to work by yourself, or to work with a team? Which brings a better result? Sometimes it is easier to just do the work yourself-but usually the result is better if it is the result of the work of a team. The process can be painful and time consuming, but the final product is almost always better.

Christians are called to be team players. The "one another" verses make this clear--verses like John 13:34 - "Love one another," Romans 12:10 - "Be devoted to one another," Romans 15:7 - "Accept one another," - Instruct one another," Galatians 5:13 - " Serve one another." (Also see Ephesians 4:2,32; Ephesians 5:21; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11.) Christians work together and rely on each other to follow Jesus truly and to serve him effectively.

Galatians 6:2 describes Christians working together as "bearing each other's burdens." That means propping up those who grieve with love, encouragement, meals and prayers. That means walking alongside an addict through the valleys of fear and failure and helping them know God's grace and forgiveness. That means giving a helping hand to those whose responsibilities threaten to overwhelm them. That means accepting those who are lost in the fog of depression and despair and waiting with them for the brighter days that will come again.

Even children can help bear a burden. They can be kind to the schoolmate who is having a bad day. They can help their younger sibling with getting dressed, or doing homework. They can help a parent with a household chore. Teaching children this at an early age will help them be genuine disciples of Jesus.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Liz think that GAL 62 stood for?
A. He thought it meant is was a patch for girls.

Q. What did Lacey take with to the wilderness campout?
A. A hair dryer.

Q. Who told a spooky story to the kids?
A. Granny Gecko.

Q. Why did Spike sneak out of the tent?
A. He wanted to get back at Lacey for teasing him.

Q. What kind of clouds did they see?
A. Cumulonimbus.

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 "the law of Christ?" How does carrying each other's burdens fulfill this law?
A.
The law of Christ refers to the teachings of Jesus, particularly what Jesus says in John 13:34, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." When we help others with the burdens they are carrying, we love them. How did Jesus love us? He lay down his life for us. That's a very high standard. Are we willing to lay down our own wishes, priorities, schedules, in order to help someone else?

SO WHAT?

Do you know anyone who has a burden? Does your brother or sister have a test or project due at school that you could help with?

Do you have a burden that you could use some help with? Tell your parents about it and see what they suggest.
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