Sunday School Lesson-I Can Grow in Christ

Our church continues to write our own Sunday School curriculum.  Here’s the one for this Sunday. 🙂

  Sunday School Lesson

Theme:

I can grow in Christ.

Memory Verse:

Younger Children – Luke 2:52, And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Older Children – Colossians 2:6-7, So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Life Applications:

We can grow in Christ by making time for God, reading our Bibles regularly, memorizing scripture, and praying.

In the Classroom:

What does it mean to “grow in Christ?”  How can we do that?

1-Put God first

2-Read your Bible Daily & Memorize Scripture

3-Pray

1 – Put God First – Making time for God

Have everyone find Luke 18:18-27, in their own Bibles.

Tell the story of The Rich Younger Ruler or read it from the Bible.

Explain that the rich young ruler put his wealth before God.  He didn’t want to sell everything to follow Christ.  Are there things in our lives that keep us from wanting to grow in Christ and follow Him?

Make a copy of this number one poster for each child.  Have them list inside the number one the things that may be taking the number one position in their lives and preventing them from having time for daily Bible reading and prayer time.  Help them to understand why that thing(s) is a hindrance to growth in their relationship with God and how they will need His help to overcome it.

http://cdn.www.ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/number-one.pdf

2 – Read Your Bible Daily & Memorize Scripture

Why should we read our Bibles regularly?  We learned earlier in our High Five lessons that the Bible is our Guide.

Read 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

The Bible is useful for all of the things mentioned above.  God can use the Bible to speak to us.

We need to know what the Bible says.  When we are faced with a decision, we can use scripture to help us decide.  We should never choose to do something that the Bible says we shouldn’t do.

  • Give each child a copy of the Bible reading plan and encourage them to begin reading the Bible every day. (copies will be on the cart on Sunday)

3 – Pray

Daniel is a great example of someone desiring to grow in Christ.  He prayed daily and was ready when he faced the lion’s den.

Daniel was faithful to his God.  He had an established time that he stopped and prayed to God.  He prayed 3 times a day. (Psalm 55:17)  His window that opened in the direction of Jerusalem the Holy city was always opened when he talked to God.  (2 Chronicles 6:26, 29) Daniel didn’t allow fear of death keep him from praying to the One True God.

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The Proverbs 31 Woman in a Nutshell

Don’t we all just love it when someone mentions the Proverbs 31 woman.  Almost immediately most women’s eyes just roll as they let out a little sarcastic chuckle.  But I decided to read this chapter again.  It seems like she just keeps coming up lately.  She’s even the Good Morning Girls topic for their summer Bible Study (more on that below).

This time, I read it in a new way; maybe with a fresh pair of Holy Spirit led eyes.  Turns out, there are some very basic fundamentals that we can learn from her.  We don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to apply the basic truths I think this chapter is trying to get across to us.

I found 4 themes in this chapter:

  • Her family is top priority!
  • Her relationship with her husband is important.
  • She has Godly Qualities.
  • She helps her family financially.

The theme, “Her family is top priority,” is covered in most of the verses.  In fact, there are 8 verses that talk about this:  vs. 13&21 (prepares for her family-food and clothing), vs. 14 (goes to great lengths to feed them well), vs. 15 (rises early to prepare food), vs. 17 (hard worker-strong), vs. 18 (puts in a long day of work), vs. 19. (makes clothes for her family), vs. 27 (not lazy-good home manager).

The theme regarding her relationship with her husband is mentioned 4 times (equal to the number of verses about her Godly Qualities – I wonder if that’s because when she is doing what the Bible says a wife should do, He honors that and it shows in her character.)  Here are those verses:  vs. 11 (he can trust her), vs. 23 (she adds to his good name-she does nothing to embarrass him or bring shame, but instead honor), vs. 28 (he calls her blessed), vs. 28 (he praises her).

The theme, “Godly Qualities,” is mentioned 4 times.  Those verses include:  vs. 20 (helps poor/needy), vs. 25 (strength and honor-Godly characteristics), vs. 26 (opens her mouth with wisdom and kindness), vs. 30 (fears the Lord)

The theme, “Helps Family Financially,” is mentioned 2 times.  Those verses include: vs. 16 (investing/reinvesting-savvy with money), vs. 24 (makes and sells linen garments).  Just a thought, this is mentioned just a quarter of the number of times that “Family Top Priority” is.  Hum..something to think about.

Something else to note is that she is takes care of her personal appearance too!  Ouch…no sweat pants!  She wears fine linen (silk) and purple (vs. 22).  Actually, this one should encourage us…it’s okay to take care of YOU too!

So…there you have it, the Proverbs 31 Woman in a Nutshell!  Her family is top priority.  She knows and applies what the Bible says about being a wife, and she possesses Godly qualities and helps her family financially.

Good Morning Girls is doing a summer Bible study on Proverbs 31-One Virtue at a Time.  Click here for more on that:

http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/2012/05/week-1-intro-to-the-proverbs-31-book-club/

 

 

 

Cheesy Ragu ideas and freebie

Ok, if you haven’t discovered Cheesy Ragu (Double Cheedar) sauce, it’s awesome!  Not only can you toss your pasta shells or shaghetti noodles with it, but you can also use it instead of a block of Velveeta (and in my opinion, it’s way better).  The Ragu Cheese Sauce doesn’t get hard when it cools down like the block of Velveeta.  You can mix in a can of Chili or a Jar of Salsa and you have an instant and delicious dip.  I made the chili version the other night for our homeschool parent meeting and it was yummy!

I also mixed some of it with a little Garlic Salt and made cheesy garlic dip for soft pretzels.

Now, on to the freebie…

You can get a free Five-Minute Devotion eBook from Currclick at the link below:

http://www.currclick.com/product/72115/Five-Minute-Devotion-Rotten-Words

Here’s the description:

Five-Minute Devotions are instant devotions that you can print and execute immediately.

They can be easily done before school during breakfast.

Each lesson includes: Find It, Read It, Study It, & Apply It activities

There are printables included that help to enhance and reinforce the lesson. 

Five minutes is all that it takes to start the day off right – in God’s Word.

Also, I have just released another Virtual Fieldtrip.  This time we traveled to The Alamo.  Check it out here:

http://www.currclick.com/product/72135/Virtual-Fieldtrip—The-Alamo

Please help me spread the word…selling curricula through Currclick is my only source of income…it’s my “linen garments” (Proverbs 31:24). 🙂

 

 

Virtual Fieldtrips

I have been busy at work these days creating Virtual Fieldtrips all over our great country.  I would LOVE for you to take a look!  Also, please help me promote these.  They are on sale for only $1 each right now!

So far, there are Virtual Fieldtrips to:

  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Niagara Falls
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • The Grand Canyon

FYI…I’m working on The Redwood Forest as we speak!

Please visit this link to purchase or to share this link: http://www.currclick.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=322

Virtual Fieldtrip Statue of Liberty Description:

Climb aboard the virtual homeschool bus as we travel to New York City.  Our destination…the Statue of Liberty.

Just like a real fieldtrip, you will need to set aside one school day to complete this virtual fieldtrip.

Purchase a folder with three brads for the notebooking pages.

Complete the activities in any order, but we suggest beginning with a formal learning time as you go over the Background Information and then gathering around the computer for the Off We Go, Virtual Tour.  Next, visit the Museum and read the Fun Facts.  Complete the Notebooking Pages and then have a Lunch Break.  Complete the Activities and Crafts after lunch.

At the end of this fieldtrip we hope that you feel like you’ve actually visited to the Statue of Liberty!

 Buckle up!