In February, Eden’s Kids are learning about Cooperation (working together to do more than you can do alone). Our lessons for the month are:
Think about the Israelites building the tabernacle. We’ll look at different passages throughout Exodus 28, 31, 35 and 39. God could have had Moses do the work on his own, but instead God called expert artists, craftsmen, and all kinds of people to work together to build this incredibly intentional place of worship.
Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done. Cooperation starts with God. When we work together, we can do the work He has for us to do and accomplish more than we could ever do on our own.
There’s this really great and rather bizarre story in Exodus 17:8-13, where Joshua is battling a group of people called the Amalekites. As the battle starts, Moses is standing on a hill with his brother Aaron and another guy named Hur. And there Moses is, holding up the staff of God. As long as Moses keeps his arms up, the Israelites are winning. But when he drops his arms, the Israelites start losing. So Hur and Aaron make this really great decision. They hold up Moses’ arms—and with God’s help, the Israelites are victorious.
Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed. Just like Hur and Aaron, it’s important for a child to realize that working together isn’t just about doing something for yourself. You can work with other people to help them win at life too.
In Luke 5:17-26, we find the life of one paralyzed man who just happened to have some really good friends. When His friends heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get him to Jesus. In fact, as friends, they cooperated, tore a hole in a roof, and dropped their friend down in front of Jesus while He was teaching. And as a result of their faith and cooperation, a miracle happened.
Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life. When we work with others, we not only help them, but we can help God change their life.
In our final week, we look at how the Early Church worked together in Acts 2:42-47 to help those who were in need. And when they cooperated, people noticed. When other people saw all of these different kinds of people working together, they came to know Jesus.
Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus. Our kids can learn how to be the church even at a young age. Just think about the impact they could have on the world when they realize that how they work together could impact a person’s relationship with Jesus.
Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of February in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.