We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Alina Schirrmacher!!! Congratulations Alina! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Nathan Schirrmacher, Jaiona Miller, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.
WHO DESERVES OUR HONOR AND PRAISE?
Honor means to show highest respect, to give great credit, to treat with value and worth. Some people honor athletes…they give great respect and value to Lebron James, Steph Curry, or Tom Brady — because of their talent. Some people honor singers and bands, like Toby Mac or Kari Jobe, because they like their music. Some people honor their coaches, teachers, or friends. As humans we will naturally give honor to someone…we like to look up to people, admire them, and often it is because we want to be more like them. We are impressed by their talent, or we are jealous of it and wish we could be them. When we honor someone, they receive our focus and attention — we think about them often, talk about them a lot, and we would only pay attention to them if they were around. So, who receives greatest honor in your life?
If I asked who DESERVES the greatest honor in your life, most of you would probably answer, God or Jesus. But the real question is, DO you give GOD the greatest honor in your life? Or do you spend more time honoring someone other than God? Now, the Bible DOES command us to honor our parents and to honor those in authority over us, but today we are specifically talking about God. Do you think about God often, you do talk about God often, do you realize that God is always with you? If you truly give God all the honor He deserves, you will in turn honor your parents and those in authority, because you will want to obey God’s Word. Honor brings about obedience. God is POWERFUL. God is in CONTROL of all things. There is no one in life who can compare, and yet often times we honor people we have never even met more than we honor God. Today’s Bible story talks about a time when a group of people honored a PIECE OF WOOD more than they honored God. Let’s take a look at this Bible story…
SIMON SAYS HOW MANY…?
Here is a fun little competition. You need two people to compete with each other. So either, you ask the questions and two other people race to answer…or…someone else asks the questions and you race another person to answer. To make it more fun, grab a deck of cards and give each person competing one of the suits (hearts, clubs, diamonds, etc.) making sure they have numbers 1 (ace) through 10 (the jack, queen and king are not needed). Once each competitor has their set of cards, proceed to ask each question. Each question will be answered with a number…so the first person to hold up the card with the correct number on it wins that round. See who wins the most rounds.
- How many wheels are on a tricycle?
- How many days are in a week?
- How many innings are in a baseball game?
- How many quarters are in one dollar?
- How many donuts are in a half dozen?
- How many hands does one person have?
- How many sides are on a stop sign?
- How many toes are on one foot?
- How many pennies make up a dime?
- How many gods are there?
ANSWERS: 1=3; 2=7; 3=9; 4=4; 5=6; 6=2; 7=8; 8=5; 9=10; 10=1
“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.