LOVE: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
MAIN POINT: Love others because Jesus loves you.
BIBLE STORY: No Greater Love | John 15:12-13
MEMORY VERSE: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)
God is love. As we read through the Bible, we see an epic love story unfold that reaches a dramatic and unmatchable climax when God sends His own Son to die for our sins to ensure we can spend eternity with Him. That ultimate act of perfect love changes everything. And when we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show them a glimpse into this perfect love God has for each and every one of us.
We will spend the month of February taking a closer look at the way love shows up throughout the Gospels in how Jesus interacts with others.
In John 15:12-13, we discover that Jesus showed us love in the most sacrificial way possible, by laying down His life for us. Jesus asks us to love one another, just as He loved us in the way we sacrifice for our friends.
Love others because Jesus loves you. As we learn about Jesus’ sacrificial love for us, we pray they will start to understand how they can show love sacrificially to the people in their lives. Showing love to others will not always be convenient. When we begin to see our potential to love in light of Jesus’ love for us, we will understand that showing love, even when it’s difficult, is worth all the effort.
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:
- At dinner, ASK: If you had a super power, what would it be and how would you use it to show love to others?
- At bedtime, read John 15:12-13. Pray together that you will be ready each day to give up your lives in big or small ways for others.
- What is love?: All the stories in the Bible tell one amazing, big story of God’s love for us.
February Bring It! Challenge
We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.
During Behind the Scenes, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:
- FINDING 1 John 4:10 in their Bible.
- RECITING 1 John 4:10 from memory.
- SAYING the series virtue, LOVE, from memory. (Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.)
In Psalm 119:105, we read that God’s word is like a light that guides us. When we dig into God’s word, we start to know how God wants us to live. The Bring It! Challenge helps kids dig into God’s words and see the next steps to take on their journey through life. God’s Word points the way towards a growing relationship with Jesus.