In October, we’re learning about Individuality (discovering who you are so you can make a difference). Our lessons are:
Week 1 (October 4):
We know from Acts 16:1 that Timothy was the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek Father. That means Timothy grew up understanding the Jewish heritage and the stories of Moses, alongside hearing about Greek gods and pagan rituals. This unique part of his story would position him to play a significant role in taking the story of Jesus to the Gentile world. Paul also had a unique story too, which he shares with Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:12-16.
Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference. As kids hear both of these stories, we want them to begin to understand that Jesus wants to use their story to make a difference, just like He did with Paul and Timothy.
Week 2 (October 11):
We’ll look closer at Acts 16:1-5 and discover that there were also some unique abilities in Timothy’s box that people around him must have noticed. Paul could see it, too, because he decided to take Timothy on a missionary journey with him.
Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference. You can help kids discover the unique ways God has gifted them. As they realize this, we can encourage them to use those gifts to make a difference.
Week 3 (October 18):
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 and 25-27, Paul explained to the church at Corinth that we are all parts of one body. Everyone has a unique story and unique talents, but we can’t live out our calling alone. We need each other. Timothy grew to realize that one of the greatest things in the box of his potential were his relationships with other Christians.
Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we can make a greater difference.Kids will learn that when they partner with other people, God can use those gifts to impact the world is a huge way.
Week 4 (October 25):
We’ll finish the month by digging deeper into our memory verse, 1 Timothy 4:12. After spending time with Paul traveling from city to city preaching the news of the gospel, Timothy ended up back in Ephesus, and he had some experience under his belt. Even as a young man, he was able to lead this significant church.
Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now. We want our kids to understand that they don’t have to wait to use the gifts God has given them. The next generation can do some amazing thing right now if the present generation starts helping them unpack their potential.
Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of October in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (1 Timothy 4:12). Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.