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THIS Month In elementary
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PERSEVERANCE AND GOD’S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD’S BIG STORY
PERSEVERANCE IS A RESPONSE OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
Key Question: What makes you want to give up?When it comes to perseverance, it’s important to understand why you would want to give up in the first place. As preteens become more aware of those moments, they can figure out a game plan to trust God for the strength to keep going and finish what they start.
We start the month in Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1-2 as we listen in on the last conversation Jesus had with His disciples before going back to heaven. He gave them a huge mission—to share His message
to ends of the earth. He also promised that they wouldn’t have to do it alone. He would send the Holy Spirit to help. When the Holy Spirit did come at Pentecost, the Spirit gave the disciples power to accomplish the task Jesus set out for them.
Bottom Line: Keep going because God is with you.We all have jobs to do. Some jobs feel completely overwhelming and make us feel like we want to give up. God can give us the strength we need to keep going and finish what we started.
Key Question: Why is it worth it to keep going?Having perseverance can be hard. While you’re in the middle of it, it’s hard to imagine why any of the difficulties are worth it. We want preteens to start thinking about and articulating why it’s worth it to have perseverance when life gets hard.
Next, we head to Acts 16:16-40 to discover what happens when Paul and Silas were arrested. They could have given up their calling to spread the message of Jesus. However, even in the middle of this difficult situation they decided to worship God. And when the time came, they had the right words at the right time and helped the jailer and his family start a relationship with Jesus.
Bottom Line: You can choose joy when life gets hard. We will all face times when life is hard. How we respond to those situations matters. We hope that kids start to understand that when they choose joy, they can point others to Jesus.