Big Idea: Leaders in the church serve others by example, just as Jesus did.
Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-8, Titus 2:11-14
This week the kids learned that Paul wrote letters to church leaders; Titus and Timothy. He wrote to encourage them to keep on living lives of holiness- lives that are centered not on worldly things, but on living as Jesus instructed. He encouraged them that leaders in the church live by example, and encourage others to do the same. He reminded Timothy not to let others look down on him because he was young, but to set an example for other believers.
We talked about how we too, are called to live as Jesus instructs, and that He is our perfect example of how to be servant-hearted. We talked about how we may not be leaders in the church, but we are all called to live by example, that we can point others to Jesus by how we live and act in love. Good leaders in God's family live by example and serve others as Jesus did.
This week, around the dinner table, or in the car, play a game of "follow the leader". Have one child be the 'leader' and do an action, that all other members have to follow. Talk about how this is what is meant by "lead by example" – that when others see our actions in following Jesus, they can follow our example.
An extra activity – for parents and older children: when you see eachother setting an example of love or service in your home this week, write a letter or quick note of encouragement, just like Paul did, reminding Timothy that even though He is young, he can be an example of Christ's love to others. Marking this moment for them will help them see that you notice their actions and their example.
See you Sunday!