|Tuesday:||1st Corinthians 15:58|
|Bible Lesson:||Daniel and the Satraps: God Expects Faithfulness|
|Memory Verse:||Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1st Corinthians 15:58|
Hold up the posterboard with the verse written on it and have the children read it as a group.
Someone tell me why we should memorize this verse? (Accept answers from the children. Example: because it's from the Bible.) This verse is from the New Testament, and was written by the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth. Paul is talking about how we need to be faithful to God.
Explanation: 1st Corinthians 15:58
Who are Paul's dear brothers? (Christians.) He was writing to the church in Corinth, but his advice is good for all Christians everywhere. What does Paul mean, when he says,
stand firm? The rest of the verse explains it more:
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.Does that mean we shouldn't ever let our feet move from the floor? (No.) It means we shouldn't let things pull us away from the work of the Lord. What is the work of the Lord? (Accept some answers from the children: e.g., studying the Bible, telling others about Jesus, missions, ...) Why shouldn't we let anything move us away from God's work? Look at the verse: it says,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.What does that mean? What's labor? (Work.) So your labor in the Lord is when you do God's work. So when you do God's work, that's not in vain. That means it's not for nothing – it's for a purpose. What's the purpose for doing God's work? Why do we do it? (To please God.)
Game: Divide and Conquer
Pick volunteers to hold up the signs for each part of the verse:
- Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
- Let nothing move you.
- Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
- because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58
Line up the sign-holders across the front, so that everyone can see all five parts of the verse. Have everyone read the verse together as a group, off the signs, once. Now, concentrate on the first part: have everyone read the first card several times, until they can say it with the card turned around. Now, add in the second card, saying the first part from memory and reading the second part, until you can turn the second part around also. Continue with each part until the children can say the whole verse from memory. Say it several times that way for good measure.
Announcement: Verse Points
Tomorrow, when you come to Bible School, if you can say your memory verse without looking, you can earn points for your team's score. Each person who can say the verse can earn 200 points. So, if you want to help your team win more points, go home and practice your verse a few times. Don't forget the reference! On your way out the door tonight, you will be given a slip of paper with your verse on it. Don't lose it, because if you learn your verse, your team gets 200 more points!
You can say your verse for points tomorrow when you check in at the registration table.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.