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This season is the busiest time of the year. With family obligations, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with ministry obligation. In case you need some help with lessons for the next couple of weeks, here’s a few older posts with free messages that work for an emphasis on the New Year.
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Happy New Year!
Revival Fire for Kids Blog won’t post any more until 2016.
The United States of America is once again in an election year. Children are not immune to this even though they don’t vote. They hear the political commercials, the news, and people’s opinions. This gives children’s pastors an opportunity to teach children the responsibility we have as Christians to our nation’s government.
Here is a list of 5 things you can teach your students about elections:
God created government. Children need to understand that God created government for a purpose, and whoever wins the election, God places leaders in power. The Bible story of Saul being made king is a good example. Saul was a wicked king, but he still did a lot of good, and he was still placed in power by God.
Romans 13:1 (ICB) All of you must obey the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule. And no one rules now without that power from God.
The Purpose of Government is to Punish the Guilty & Protect the Innocent. God put government in place for a reason. It is there to mete out justice and protect its citizens from injustice. You could talk to the children about times they have been treated unfairly or hurt by others and what rules were in place to help them. A good Bible story about going to the government leaders for justice would be when two women brought their baby to King Solomon to have him rule who the mother was. God gave Solomon wisdom to make the right decision.
Romans 13:3-4 (ICB) Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers. But people who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and the ruler will praise you. He is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. The ruler has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong.
Christians should Obey Laws. You may want to explain that God expects Christians to obey laws even when they don’t agree with those laws. The only laws we are to disobey are the ones that we would have to disobey God to obey. The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would be a good example of that.
Romans 13:4-5 (ICB) He is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. The ruler has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong. So you must obey the government. You must obey not only because you might be punished, but because you know it is the right thing to do.
God Requires Christians to Pay Taxes. Nobody wants to pay taxes, but everybody should. A great way to teach this is to show in the Bible where even Jesus paid taxes.
Romans 13:6-7 (ICB) And this is also why you pay taxes. Rulers are working for God and give their time to their work. Pay everyone, then, what you owe
him. If you owe any kind of tax, pay it. Show respect and honor to them all.
Pray for Leaders in the Government. The Bible is very clear that we should pray for our leaders. Friday I’ll post more about how children can pray for their government and leaders and for the upcoming elections.
1 Timothy 2:2 (ICB) You should pray for kings and for all who have authority. Pray for the leaders so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of worship and respect for God.
This Sunday is the fifteenth anniversary of terrorists attacking the United States on September 11th, 2001. While it affected every one of us, and we all remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day, the students in your children’s ministry weren’t born yet. This generation we are ministering to thinks of 9/11 as something that happened a long time ago that they learn about in history books.
Even though they weren’t alive yet, there are many lessons your students can learn from that fateful day. Since the anniversary falls on a Sunday, it would be a great time to commemorate that day and teach those lessons. Here are some ideas for remembering 9/11 in children’s church.
Give your testimony: Tell how you learned about the terrorist attacks and how you felt. Talk about how God saw you through and how God can see them through any problems they face. If you know people who were there that day, tell their stories and about how God helped them through that time of uncertainty.
Pray for Our Country: On 9/11/2001, most people prayed for the United States. Since then, our country has moved further away from God. We need to pray for our nation like never before. No only should we still pray for our country’s safety and for our leaders, we need to cry out to God for a Great Awakening to save our nation. Spend time talking about how to pray for our country.
Here are a few articles on prayer that might help.
- Teaching Children How to Pray
- 6 Ways to Instill the Desire to Pray in Children
- Giving Children Opportunities to Pray
- Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model
- 5 Finger Lord’s Prayer
Heroes Help Others: There are a lot of stories about heroes that helped others on 9/11. Share some stories about those people and talk about how we can help others in need. Spend some time talking about the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.
God Is With Us: Talk about the fear people felt on 9/11/2001 and how God is with us even when we’re fearful. Teach the story about Peter walking on water. When he looked at the waves, he was fearful and drowning. When he looked at Jesus, he could walk on water.
Missions To Arab Countries: Spend some time talking about how God loves everyone, even the terrorists. Spend some time teaching about missionaries in Arab countries and how they risk their lives to share the Gospel. Have the children pray for the missionaries and maybe write encouraging cards and letters. Kids of Courage has a great free downloadable booklet on Islam.