Mile #2: Salvation
Jesus offers salvation to everyone who chooses to follow Him. Then, He calls us to put our faith to work!
Family Activity: Philippians 2:12 says to “continue to work out your salvation.” Your faith gets stronger when you work it out, just like your muscles! Write your own fitness challenge for the day and work out for a few minutes as a family. After the workout, ask:
- How did you do?
- Was the workout hard or easy?
- What is one way you can work out your faith?
Share: Post a picture or a video of your workout and what you learned about exercising your faith. Use the hashtag #sevenmilemiracle and tag @elevationeKidz.
MONTHLY FOCUS: I can love everyone.
VERSE FOCUS: “Love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Greatest Commandment I Matthew 22:34-40
This month we are learning, “I can love everyone.” We read the story of The Greatest Commandment in Matthew 22:34-40. Some men were walking along a road when they asked Jesus, “What is the most important rule we should know?” Jesus told them to love God with all of your heart. He said we should love other people, too. In the Bible story, Jesus taught the men it was important to love everyone and we should love everyone, too.
We made a Bible story mat to help us remember we can love everyone. Place the Meal Time Bible Story Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your child:
- What do you see in the picture? (Jesus talking to the men.)
- What did God teach us in the story of The Greatest Commandment? (We can love everyone.)
Say, “Just like Jesus loves everyone, we can love everyone, too.”
Bible Story: Good Samaritan | Luke 10:25-37
Main Point: I can love by helping.
Memory Verse: “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7a (NIV)
It’s time to pull out all the construction tools and get ready to build into kids a love for others. The Bible is full of great examples of how to love others. Whether we are loving by helping or sharing what little we may have, we can love like Jesus, with an unconditional love.
In this week’s lesson, Jesus tells a story about a Samaritan man who stops to care for a stranger who was robbed.
Two men passed right by the man who was hurt without stopping to help. But the man on the donkey, who was called a Samaritan, knew he could love by helping. He loved the man like Jesus loves us because he stopped to help. Jesus loves everyone, and He wants us to show people love, too! A great way we can show love is by helping everyone who needs help.
eKidz At Home Activities
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:
- At BathTime as you wash your child’s arms and legs, talk about how the Samaritan man washed and cared for his hurt neighbor’s arms and legs.
- At PlayTime take pictures of your neighbors with your child and talk about who Jesus said is our neighbors and how we can love them all!
- This month, wake your child to, “Rise and shine! It’s a great day to love one another!”
March Memory Verse
This month our Bible verse says God loves us and He wants us to show that love to others! Let’s practice our verse together! Children can recite the verse every week in March to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.
“Let us love (hug self)
one another (point to others),
for love (hug self)
comes from God.” (point up)
1 John 4:7a (open hands like a book)
We can love others because God loves us! Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.
FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
MAIN POINT: God forgives you.
BIBLE STORY: The Lost Sheep | Luke 15:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it’s only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.
We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers.
God will go to great lengths to rescue His children. In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus told a story about a shepherd who risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who had run off. When we run off, God forgives us. God’s love for us rescues us from our sin.
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:
- At dinner, ASK: Who has had to forgive you the most? What do you usually need forgiveness for?
- At bedtime, read Luke 15:1-7. Thank God for always forgiving you for your sins.
- What is forgiveness?: Forgiveness is all about learning how to let go of what we’re holding on to.
March 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 Fix It Up, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:
- FINDING Colossians 3:13 in their Bible.
- RECITING Colossians 3:13 from memory.
- SAYING the series virtue, FORGIVENESS, from memory. (Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.)
Colossians 3:13, from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi, reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another.
Parent Cue was created to help parents do family better. Use the monthly Parent Cue card to begin conversations with your child about what they are learning in church. Each week on the eKidz site find weekly information to continue conversations about Jesus at home.
QUEST (3 years – Kindergarten)
TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.
MOTION (1st – 5th grade)
TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.
Another great resource available at your fingertips is the Parent Cue App. The app sends weekly CUES that remind you to connect with your kids at home and on the go. You can even watch Bible story videos during your drive time using the app.