Respect: Showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Series Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17A (NIV)
Main Point: Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
Bible Story: Faith of the Roman Commander | Matthew 8:5-13
God is the all-powerful, Creator of the universe. There is no one else who has the position or power of God. We can’t help but respond to Him with respect. When it comes to people, everyone is important for two reasons: God made them in His image and Jesus died for them. That’s why respect is also a reflection of the character of Christ in us. When we see people like Jesus sees them, we can show everyone they matter to God.
This week we read Matthew 8:5-13 where we find a Roman Commander. The commander was in charge of his men, who did whatever he told them to do. Yet, when his servant became seriously ill, he realized that he wasn’t in charge anymore. He had no power over his servant’s health. He respected that Jesus had authority to heal his servant and had faith He could do it. Jesus honored the centurion’s faith and heals the servant.
Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything. Our respect begins and ends with how we respond to the all-powerful creator of the universe. Our respect for others flows from how we understand God’s power over the world.
The 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 Drum Line, kids can earn fun prizes each week. Kids have to do all three of the following to earn a prize:
- FINDING 1 Peter 2:17a in their Bible.
- RECITING 1 Peter 2:17a from memory.
- SAYING the series virtue, RESPECT, from memory. (RESPECT: Showing others they are important by what you say and do.)