Week 1 (July 5th):
We start the month continuing Daniel’s story in Daniel 4. King Nebuchadnezzar has had yet another crazy dream and sends for Daniel to tell him what it means. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t good for Nebuchadnezzar. It would have been better for him to have listened to what Daniel said in the first place.
Bottom Line: If you want to stand for what’s right, listen to someone who listens to God. We hope kids learn that they can save themselves from a lot of trouble if they listen to the wisdom other people have to offer.
Week 2 (July 12th):
We’ll look at Daniel 5. After several years have passed, there’s a new king in town: Belshazzar. He throws a huge party. Then, a hand appears and starts writing on the wall! Daniel comes and interprets the writing. Even though what he said would definitely put a damper on the festivities, he tells the king the truth.
Bottom Line: You can stand for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. God can help you stand for what’s right, even when what you need to say might not be the news people want to hear.
Week 3 (July 19th):
For week three, we finish up our journey through Daniel’s life with probably his most famous story. That’s right—the Lion’s Den. In Daniel 6, we discover that even in the face of death, Daniel’s habit of praying to God was unbreakable. God came to the rescue and Daniel was saved.
Bottom Line: Get in the habit of standing for what’s right. Kids will learn that the more they stand up for what’s right, the easier it gets. When you have a relationship with God, you realize that He will help you show conviction.
Week 4 (July 26th):
We’ll finish up with the Life App, conviction, by learning from the New Testament with Peter and John in Acts 4. They get in trouble for sharing the message of Jesus. When they’re put on trial and told to stop talking about Jesus, they stand up for what’s right and tell everyone that they will keep telling others about Jesus, no matter what will happen to them.
Bottom Line: We can stand for what’s right because Jesus is alive. We hope kids understand that Jesus’ death and resurrection was a game changer. Our life can have purpose because of what Jesus did. We can show conviction by trusting Him no matter what.
Because showing conviction and standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy, we thought it would be a great idea for the kids to memorize Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (NIV) This is a great reminder for kids that they can trust God to help them stand up for what’s right.