Spiritual Maturity

How to Overcome You

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

It’s hard to do the right thing sometimes. Sure – in a vacuum, we can usually determine what God’s way is in any situation, and we’d like to think that’s the decision we would make. Real life doesn’t happen in a vacuum, though, and in the heat of the moment, our sin-nature sometimes wins out over our God-nature. The struggle is real.

1. Discussion 

Romans 8:5-6 [ESV] “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

Q . Have you ever set your mind to do the right thing, and then changed and did the wrong thing in the moment? What made you change?

Q . What are one or two battlegrounds in your life where you wrestle often between doing things God’s way and doing things your way? 

Why do you think it’s such a challenge?

2. Challenge

Galatians 5:22-24 [NLT] “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

When we devote ourselves to studying the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction, we strengthen the push for God’s way in our mind and weaken the push for self and sin.

Q . In the struggle to do right, do you normally focus on pushing the sin-nature down or building the God-nature up? Which should it be?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in you to teach you a better way. Ask the Holy Spirit to grow His outlook and attitudes in you so you can win more and more of the struggles in life.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

How To Be A Faithful Follower

1. Power Verse

Matthew 16:24 (ESV) “…If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”

What’s Up: I Will Follow God With All Of My Heart!”

This week, we start a brand new series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” From the amazing life of Elisha, we learn how to be faithful followers of God! In this lesson, we learn some valuable lessons from the story of Elisha being called to follow the prophet, Elijah. If Elisha had not learned to be a good, faithful follower, he never would have become the powerful, godly leader that he became.

2. Read

1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2 (NIRV)  Elisha was plowing in a field. Elijah went up to him. He threw his coat around him. He ran after Elijah. Then he started to follow Elijah. He became Elijah’s servant. The Lord was going to use a strong wind to take Elijah up to heaven. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here. The Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “I won’t leave you. And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.” There was a group of prophets at Bethel. They came out to where Elisha was. They asked him, “Do you know what the Lord is going to do? He’s going to take your master away from you today.” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied. “So be quiet.” So the two of them walked on. Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan River.  Elijah rolled up his coat. Then he struck the water with it. The water parted to the right and to the left. The two of them went across the river on dry ground. After they had gone across, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me. What can I do for you before I’m taken away from you?” “Please give me a double share of your spirit,” Elisha replied.“You have asked me for something that’s very hard to do,” Elijah said. “But suppose you see me when I’m taken away from you. Then you will receive what you have asked for.” They kept walking together. Suddenly there appeared a chariot and horses made of fire. Then Elijah went up to heaven in a strong wind. Elisha saw it and cried out to Elijah, “My father! You are like a father to me! You, Elijah, are the true chariots and horsemen of Israel!” Elisha didn’t see Elijah anymore. Then Elisha took hold of his own garment and tore it in two. He picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan River. Then he struck the water with Elijah’s coat. “Where is the power of the Lord?” he asked. “Where is the power of the God of Elijah?” When Elisha struck the water, it parted to the right and to the left. He went across the river.

3. Discussion

Q. Who showed up and put his cloak around Elisha, saying, “Follow me”? What did Elisha ask for when Elijah was about to ascend into Heaven?

Before we can be a good leader, we first have to learn to be a good follower. Of whom in your life should you decide to be a good follower?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray your children will be faithful followers. Challenge them to be humble, and to be committed to God even through the tough times.

My Purpose

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

Every human has an innate desire to find purpose in life. People go about that search in different ways, but ultimately, there’s only one fulfilling solution – serving the purpose you were created for. Serving God.

1. Discussion

Psalm 100:2-3 [ESV] “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Understanding our purpose starts with understanding our origin. We are God’s creation- He’s the one who determined our purpose, and He designed us for it specifically.

Q. Have you ever wondered what your purpose was in life?

Q. When (if) you wondered that, did it feel like something you needed to discover, to remember, or to create?

Q. How do you think someone with a secular evolutionary belief would view the quest for purpose?

2. Challenge

Psalm 100:4-5 [ESV]   Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good…”

Your purpose in life is to serve the Lord, to acknowledge Him as a creator and benefactor, and to praise Him – not only with our words, but with our lifestyle. Trying to substitute any other purpose will be unfulfilling in the long run.

Q. What are some alternative purposes people substitute in place of serving God?

Q. What are a few examples of how functioning in your true purpose (serving God) might bring more fulfillment in your life?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for creating you for a purpose. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you stay focused on Him, living life with Him infused in every part.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

The kids experienced wacky science experiments is Overflow Kids Church this week, all designed to demonstrate Biblical truths.  Take a few minutes to discuss the what they learned.  

Q. What was your favorite experiment? Did you learn any scientific facts? What interesting things did you see at the science fair?

2. Bible Reading

These are some of the  experiments that were used in the children’s service, and the Biblical points they demonstrated:

Tornado Tubes:  We created tornadoes in 2 liter bottles of water.

Big Idea: God will bring me through any storm.

Psalm 46:1 (ESV) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Q. What are some times that you feel afraid?  

Q. What should we do when we are scared?  

Q. How should we pray?

3. Discussion

The acetone ate through the styrofoam: It really dissolved when placed in acetone.

Big Idea: God makes my sins disappear.

1 John 1:9 (ESV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Q. Do you think it disappoints God when we disobey Him and sin? What are some examples of sin?  

Q. What happens to us when we ask Jesus into our hearts and ask for forgiveness for our sins?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray that God would help your children find God in their everyday experiences. Through struggles and victories we can praise God for the things and people around us.

A Life Worth Living

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Jesus came to make life better – not just in eternity, but in this season of living on earth. That difference that He brings is more than theory or philosophy – it’s a real-world, observable change that lifts every part of life.

1. Discussion

John 10:10 [ESV] “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Jesus’ famous words still ring true today. There’s a level of living that can only exist when the Holy Spirit is regenerating us from the inside out. It’s that change – the kind that people can see – that gives credibility to our story when we share with others.

Q. What are some visible changes that happen in people when they surrender their lives to God?

Q. What’s an example of a behavior or way of life that’s different in you because of the Holy Spirit’s influence?

2. Challenge

Psalm 42:1-2 [ESV]   “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

Have you ever had a craving for something, but didn’t know exactly what it was that you were missing? Frustrating, for sure! You understand that the craving in your spirit is for God, but people who don’t know God don’t realize what they’re missing. That’s what’s so exciting about sharing the gospel?  Getting to see someone made spiritually whole when they first encounter God’s abundant life! 

Q. Think back to when you first gave your life to God. How would you describe the difference between the pre-God you, and the spiritually-whole you?   Q. The people in your life who need God may not realize what it is they’re missing. How would you explain the difference God can make in their life?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for making your life abundantly better (be specific!). Ask the Holy Spirit to use you to share that experience with other people who need to experience the God-life.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

Matthew 28:5-6  “The angel said, … ‘You are looking for Jesus… He isn’t here.  He has been raised from the dead.’”

What’s Up: “I Believe Jesus is ALIVE”

Thomas gets a bad rap. Most of us know him as “Doubting Thomas,” but he is not the only one to ever have doubts about Jesus.  If we are honest, we all struggle with doubts from time to time.  Sadly, we choose to hide our doubts because we are ashamed and think they make us less of a Christian.

2. Bible Reading

Instead, we should admit our doubts to God and ask Him to help us overcome them with faith.  The truth is – even if we doubt Jesus rose from the dead, it doesn’t change the truth that He did!

Read: Luke 22-24 

Judas Agrees to Hand Jesus Over

22 The Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus. They were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, who was called Iscariot. Judas was one of the 12 disciples. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard. He talked with them about how he could hand Jesus over to them. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. Judas accepted their offer. He watched for the right time to hand Jesus over to them. He wanted to do it when no crowd was around.

The Last Supper

Then the day of Unleavened Bread came. That was the time the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John on ahead. “Go,” he told them. “Prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.” 13 Peter and John left. They found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover meal. 17 After Jesus took the cup, he gave thanks. He said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you, I will not drink wine with you again until God’s kingdom comes.” 19 Then Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to them and said, “This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do this in memory of me.”

 

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives. His disciples followed him. 40 When they reached the place, Jesus spoke. “Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted,” he said to them. 41 Then he went a short distance away from them. There he got down on his knees and prayed. 42 He said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup of suffering away from me. But do what you want, not what I want.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave him strength. 44 Because he was very sad and troubled, he prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

45 After that, he got up from prayer and went back to the disciples. He found them sleeping. They were worn out because they were very sad. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up! Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted.”

Jesus Is Arrested

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. The man named Judas was leading them. He was one of the 12 disciples. Judas approached Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you handing over the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen. So they said, “Lord, should we use our swords against them?” 50 One of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered, “Stop this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders. They had all come for him. “Am I leading a band of armed men against you?” he asked. “Do you have to come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courtyard. And you didn’t lay a hand on me. But this is your hour. This is when darkness rules.”

 

The Guards Make Fun of Jesus

63 There were men guarding Jesus. They began laughing at him and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him. They said, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 They also said many other things to make fun of him.

Jesus Is Brought to Pilate and Herod

66 At dawn the elders of the people met together. These included the chief priests and the teachers of the law. Jesus was led to them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”

Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me. 68 And if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” 70 They all asked, “Are you the Son of God then?” He replied, “You say that I am.” 20 Pilate wanted to let Jesus go. So he made an appeal to the crowd again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” 22 Pilate spoke to them for the third time. “Why?” he asked. “What wrong has this man done? I have found no reason to have him put to death. So I will just have him whipped and let him go.” 23 But with loud shouts they kept calling for Jesus to be crucified. The people’s shouts won out. 24 So Pilate decided to give them what they wanted. 

Jesus Is Nailed to a Cross

32 Two other men were also led out with Jesus to be killed. Both of them had broken the law. 33 The soldiers brought them to the place called the Skull. There they nailed Jesus to the cross. He hung between the two criminals. One was on his right and one was on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” The soldiers divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Jesus Dies

44 It was now about noon. Then darkness covered the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The sun had stopped shining. The temple curtain was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my life.” After he said this, he took his last breath. 47 The Roman commander saw what had happened. He praised God and said, “Jesus was surely a man who did what was right.” 48 The people had gathered to watch this sight. When they saw what happened, they felt very sad. Then they went away. 49 But all those who knew Jesus stood not very far away, watching these things. They included the women who had followed him from Galilee.

Jesus Is Buried

50 A man named Joseph was a member of the Jewish Council. He was a good and honest man. 51 Joseph had not agreed with what the leaders had decided and done. He was from Arimathea, a town in Judea. He himself was waiting for God’s kingdom. 52 Joseph went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Joseph took it down and wrapped it in linen cloth. Then he placed it in a tomb cut in the rock. No one had ever been buried there. 54 It was Preparation Day. The Sabbath day was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph. They saw the tomb and how Jesus’ body was placed in it. 56 Then they went home. There they prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath day in order to obey the Law.

Jesus Rises From the Dead

24 It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week. The women took the spices they had prepared. Then they went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from it. When they entered the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. They were wondering about this. Suddenly two men in clothes as bright as lightning stood beside them. The women were terrified. They bowed down with their faces to the ground. Then the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here! He has risen! Remember how he told you he would rise. It was while he was still with you in Galilee. He said, ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful people. He must be nailed to a cross. On the third day he will rise from the dead.’ ” Then the women remembered Jesus’ words. They came back from the tomb. They told all these things to the 11 apostles and to all the others. 10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them were the ones who told the apostles. 11 But the apostles did not believe the women. Their words didn’t make any sense to them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent over and saw the strips of linen lying by themselves. Then he went away, wondering what had happened.

 

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 The disciples were still talking about this when Jesus himself suddenly stood among them. He said, “May you have peace!” 37 They were surprised and terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost. 38 Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do you have doubts in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see. A ghost does not have a body or bones. But you can see that I do.” 40 After he said that, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 But they still did not believe it. They were amazed and filled with joy. So Jesus asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of cooked fish. 43 He took it and ate it in front of them.

44 Jesus said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you. Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms must come true.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written. The Messiah will suffer. He will rise from the dead on the third day. 47 His followers will preach in his name. They will tell others to turn away from their sins and be forgiven. People from every nation will hear it, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You have seen these things with your own eyes. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised. But for now, stay in the city. Stay there until you have received power from heaven.”

Jesus Is Taken Up Into Heaven

50 Jesus led his disciples out to the area near Bethany. Then he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them. He was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him. With great joy, they returned to Jerusalem. 53 Every day they went to the temple, praising God.

3. Discussion

Q. How did Jesus die?  How long was he buried?

Q.  What happened on the third day?  What did the angel say?

John 20:24-29 Now Thomas… one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands… I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Q. Who doubted that Jesus rose from the dead?

Q. What did Thomas say when the disciples told him about Jesus?

Q. When did Thomas finally choose to believe?

Q. What did Jesus say about those who believe without seeing?

It’s okay to have doubts.  Jesus doesn’t get angry when we doubt, but He does want us to admit our doubt and allow Him to help us overcome it and replace it with strong faith.  

4. Prayer Focus

Pray that God would help your children to leave their doubt behind and choose faith.  Remind them that Jesus loves them even when they doubt, but He wants their lives to be full of faith so they can do amazing things for Him.

What is Next?

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

Being a kid is fun! Playing all summer, cookies for Santa, pool parties, sleepovers… but eventually, we need to grow up and begin to take responsibility for the more serious concerns in life. Our spiritual life is the same way – we’re not meant to stay children forever – we have to grow up!

1. Discussion

Galatians 3:3 [ESV] “In the same way we also, when we were children [spiritually], were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.”

We all start life as spiritual children, but not everyone matures.  That’s why discipleship is so important – we have to take steps to grow in our understanding of who God is, how He views the world, and what He wants from our lives.

Q. What’s a concept from the Bible you understand now, that you didn’t get when you were younger spiritually?

Q. How did you gain an understanding of that concept?

Q. How does that understanding affect the way you live your life for God?

2. Challenge

Hebrews 5:12-6:1 [ESV]  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God… Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…”

You can’t learn calculus if you haven’t mastered addition and subtraction. We need to grow in our understanding of God, from the basics on up. It’s a lifelong process – one that’s essential for anyone who’s serious about serving God with their life.

Q. Where would you rate yourself on spiritual maturity? A child? A pre-teen? A Ph.D? 

Q. Wherever you’re at in the journey, there’s a next step. What is that step for you? Going over the basics again to make sure they’re solid? Being coached spiritually in more advanced topics? Becoming a spiritual mentor to train up young Christians?

Whatever the next step is for you, don’t wait, take action today!

Go to abundantlifechurches.org/next  and sign up for your next step.

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for growing you from a spiritual baby to where you are today. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep guiding you into spiritual maturity and commit as a family to be actively engaged in the process in whatever ways you can.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

Matthew 22:37  “…You must love the LORD your God with all of your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

Watts Up: “I Will Follow Jesus With All Of My Heart!”

This week, we finish the series called, “Ouch!”. This week, we learn from the parable of the two builders. We learn what it means to follow Jesus with all of our heart.

2. Bible Reading

Matthew 7:24-27 “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock. But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man. He builds his house on sand. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. And it falls with a loud crash.”

3. Discussion

Q. Where did the wise man build his house? Where did the foolish man build his house? What happened to their houses when the storm came?

Q. To whom did Jesus compare the wise man? To whom did He compare the foolish man?

To be a Christian means that we follow Jesus and we live our life for Him daily. Unfortunately, many people are confused about this. They think that as long as long as they go to church, do some good deeds, and CLAIM to be a Christian, then that means they are going to Heaven.

Jesus taught that it takes much more than that. In order to go to Heaven, we must receive His forgiveness for our sin and have a relationship with Him.

Q. Do you see yourself as the wise man or the foolish man from the story?

Q. What does it mean to you to follow Jesus? Are you living like that in your life?

4. Prayer Focus

Ask you children if they want to ask Jesus to be their Savior if they haven’t already. Pray with them to receive forgiveness of their sins. Celebrate their brand new life in Jesus! Pray that they will follow Jesus closely and do what He leads them to do.

Spiritual Maturity

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1. Primary Statement

Life is a journey. From birth, to childhood, to adolescence, all the way to our twilight years, we’re never really static – we’re always growing. In the same way, Christianity is a lifelong progression, as we grow to become more like God, and know Him better. Growth is God’s expectation for all of us, and it happens best in the context of relationships.

2. Bible Verse

1 Corinthians 3:1-2 [NLT] Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger.”

Paul is addressing the spiritual maturity of the Corinthian church. Regardless of our age, we’re all spiritual infants when we join God’s family – but He doesn’t expect us to stay that way.

Romans 12:2 [ESV] “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

3. Discussion

How do we renew our minds? By being discipled – learning and applying God’s ways of thinking. This is a lifelong process that happens best in relationships with other Christians. 

Q: Which individuals in your life have had the biggest impact on your spiritual growth? Is your relationship with them close, or distant? 

Q: Outside of pastors, authors, and public speakers, who are the spiritually mature people you look to for inspiration and guidance? If you don’t have anyone like that, how might you go about building a relationship with someone?

Q: Who are the people in your life that are less experienced in their relationship with God than you are? Are you actively building them up in their faith? If not, how might you start helping them to grow?

4. Prayer Focus

God’s will for us all is to be part of this process. Never stop learning from others. Never stop teaching and helping others.  Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for the growth-inspiring relationships in your life. Ask Him to help you strengthen those connections, so more and more people can become more like Him.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

John 15:13  “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 

“I Will Stand Up For Others – No Matter What The Cost!”

This week we continued our series, “Never Too Young.”  In this week’s lesson, the children learned a powerful message from the life of Esther about how to stand up for those who are in need!

2. Discussion

Read Esther 4:7-8, 15-16 “Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him. He told him about the exact amount of money Haman had promised to add to the royal treasures. He said Haman wanted it to be used to pay some men to destroy the Jews… It commanded people to wipe out the Jews…

Mordecai told Hathak to show the order to Esther. He wanted Hathak to explain it to her. Mordecai told him to tell her to go and beg the king for mercy. Mordecai wanted her to make an appeal to the king for her people.  15 Then Esther sent a reply to Mordecai. ‘…Then I’ll go to the king. I’ll do it even though it’s against the law. And if I have to die, I’ll die.”’

Q. Do you remember who this week’s Bible story was about?

Q. What did Esther do for her people?

Q. Why was this so important?

3. Activity 

Discuss with your children why what Esther did was so important and how difficult it must have been to stand up for others.  Share a time in your life where you had to stand up for someone or something.  This can help your children identify with this story.

Q. What do you think it means to “stand up for others?”

Q. How does this make God feel when we “stand up for others?”

It’s important that we stand up for others and what is right.  There may be people at your school who are being bullying, and you could be the person to stop them.  There may be a person who needs new friends, and you could be that new friend for them.  Or, maybe God wants you to help those less fortunate than you like the homeless or poor.  It’s important that when you see other people in need, you respond and help them.

4. Prayer Focus

Discuss with your children ways they can “Stand up for others.”  As a family, make a plan to give back to those in need.  Pray together that God will use your family to make a difference in this world!