Bible Story: Jesus and Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1-10
Beat of the Week: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
We wrapped up our Beats series by hearing God’s promise to reveal Himself to those whose heart is pure. We heard from Kent, a very talented artist who understands what it takes to pursue God. Check it out:
God’s standard is simple: purity. Complete perfection. None of us, on our own, could ever live up to that standard. But that’s why God sent Jesus. Through His sacrifice, we can be purified, and that’s when our relationship with God is restored.
Use this week as an opportunity to talk with your child about where they stand with God. Let them ask questions and genuinely embrace those questions. Reach out to your eKidz or Elevation Church staff if we can do anything to help your family have these conversations.
Don’t forget – next week, if your Motion child can say one of the Bible verses from the Beatitudes, he or she will earn an additional prize!
Bible Story: Jesus and the Boy Who Shared His Lunch, John 6:1-13
Beat of the Week: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:7
There are a lot of things in life calling for our attention: money, popularity, status, success, love, and much more. In our own strength, it’s easy to chase after these things, but Jesus calls us to a higher standard. It’s not that these things are wrong, they just need to be put in their place. This week we saw an example of someone who has learned to hunger and thirst for the right things and let everything else fall in line. Take a look:
The things the world wants us to hunger for vary greatly between you and your child, but the solution is always the same: seek God and His righteousness first, and the rest will work itself out. In fact, a “list” approach to priorities isn’t always the most helpful. For example, how do you truly prioritize God above your family? That’s why at Elevation, we say “put Jesus at the center” – of everything. Prioritize your family… and make your faith the center of it. Work hard at your job… for God’s glory. Make Jesus the center of all you do. And when you do that, there’s no better way to glorify God.
Your child can make the same applications. No matter what they do – school, sports, music, friendships, etc – help them learn how to make Jesus the center of it all.
And make sure your Motion child comes back next week and can recite all of the Beats and they will earn a special prize! The list is below.
Bible Story: Jesus Has Mercy on a Blind Man, Luke 18:35-43
Beat of the Week: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7
In our fourth week of “Beats,” we learned more about God’s heart for mercy. To see what we learned, watch this week’s episode:
Mercy is showing love and kindness to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Mercy is the very epitome of God’s character. He showed ultimate mercy to us by sending Jesus to die for us to fix our sin problem. In turn, God asks that we show mercy to those around us. When we remember all the mercy God has shown us, mercy is the only possible response.
Our nature is often vindictive, and we see that so clearly in kids. They get pushed, they push back. Someone takes their toy, they try to take it back. This week, talk with your kids about this tension: our instinct is to fight back but God calls us to show mercy. Talk about the many opportunities we encounter where we can show mercy and steps we can take to be more merciful.
Bible Story: Jesus Stops an Argument, Mark 9:33-35
Beat of the Week: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
We studied another of Jesus’ Beatitudes this week and got to meet two guys who are living it out. Check out this week’s episode:
Jesus says “Blessed are the peacemakers” and Pablo and Tresor do their best to live that out on the soccer field. When we bring peace to the situations we encounter, we are acting exactly like Jesus.
This is an excellent reminder for our families – not only in sports, but in every situation we encounter. Talk with your kids about the opportunities they face and how they can be a peacemaker, and then celebrate the difference they’ve made! Jesus calls you children of God!
Bible Story: Jesus Teaches about Persecution, John 15:18-21
Beat of the Week: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
In our second week of the “Beats” series, we looked at another of Jesus’ Beatitudes. To hear more about it, here’s our Family Pastor, Frank Bealer:
What a great reminder that Jesus is for us! When we face opposition for standing up for what’s right, Jesus promises to take care of us. Jaiden showed us a great model of how to focus on God’s opinion of us rather than the voices around us.
With the school year getting started, maintain open communication with your kids about the voices they’re encountering at school and be ready to encourage them with God’s truth.