Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

May 2016

We tend to talk about our lives using words that highlight our ownership of those things and circumstances. Words like my, ours, and mine. And those words can make a huge difference on how we see the world. As long as we keep using these words, we can tend to believe that our stuff will make us happy and that putting more stuff into our boxes will make us even happier.

But the truth is just the opposite. Something radical happens when we look at our life as not really ours. When we view our life as really God’s gift to us—it changes everything. When we see that all the stuff we have is somehow connected to God and the story He wants to tell with our lives, it begins to change the way we see everything. When our world doesn’t revolve around us, our situations look a lot different.

That’s why this month is all about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what we have. In other words, we can choose to be happy because of what God has actually given us. We can choose to shift your focus away from what we don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life we have. When we trust Him with our life, we become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to us.

See, when it comes right down to it, contentment is a heart issue. It can’t be solved by getting the thing that’s off-limits, the thing that someone else has, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs each day.

Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

Memory Verse: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12b NIV

Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Because I’m Happyyyyyyyyyy! (Be content/Paul in prison) • Philippians 4:11b-13

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, He can help you to be content.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 and Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Hurt Him for the Grapevine (Naboth’s vineyard) • 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Israelites long for Egypt) • Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-4

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

If I Were a Rich Fool (The rich fool: Bigger barns) • Luke 12:13-21  

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Together (Do not worry) • Matthew 6:25-34

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. 
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, you don’t have to worry.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

MAY 2016

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO GIVES YOU GOOD FRIENDS?

 

BASIC TRUTH: GOD MADE ME.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   GOD GIVES ME GOOD FRIENDS.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Good morning! Today is a great day to be a good friend!” Throughout the day, help your child look for ways he can be a good friend.

 

PLAY TIME: Gather 10 different small objects and get 2 of each object for a total of 20 objects. (2 crayons, 2 spoons, 2 shoes, 2 clothespins, 2 gloves, 2 socks, etc.) Place one of each object in a small bucket or basket for

your child to hold. Hide the other 10 objects in the yard or a large room. Tell your child to try and find the match to all of the things in his basket. When

he’s done, talk about how God gives us friends because two are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.

 

CAR TIME: God made us to praise Him. So, this month, when you get in the car, turn your drive time into praise time! You can turn up the music and sing to the Lord or look out the window and thank God for things God made or simply pray together before you leave and when you get home.

 

BATH TIME: Take turns saying this month’s Bible verse as you bathe your child. But don’t just say the verse. Think of a different way you can help others each time you say it, and add it to the end of the verse. You could say, “Two are better than one. They can help each other [clean their room].” How many different ways can you help others and be a good friend?

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray. “Dear God, thank You for such a fun day praising You! Thank You for music, singing, and dancing and for making us to praise You. You are so amazing and wonderful and I hope (name of child) and I never stop praising You. Thank You for loving us with a love that lasts forever. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: This month our preschoolers are learning that they are “Better Together.” That is to say that when we have friends with whom we can do life, we are better people. So, whom are you “doing life with?” Do you have people that can not only help you when you’re down but celebrate victories with you too? Whom do you call when you get a promotion at work or need a ride to the airport? The Bible tells us that we were designed to be in relationships with others. We weren’t designed to do life by ourselves. Who are you surrounding yourself with to make sure you’re not alone? If you are looking for that sense of community, see what types of groups your church offers. Or, look for a Bible study or playgroup in your neighborhood. You could even investigate serving either at your church or another non-profit. Great

community is created when we work together for others. Because, we are better together.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/May 1, 2016 /1 SAMUEL 18:1-4

David and Jonathan become the best of friends and love each other.

 

WEEK 2/May 8, 2016/1 SAMUEL 20:3-42

David and Jonathan are so sad when they have to say goodbye to each other.

 

WEEK 3/ May 15, 2016/1 SAMUEL 20:14-17, 2 SAMUEL 9:1-13

King David looks for anyone left in Jonathan’s family so he can show kindness to them.

 

WEEK 4/ May 22, 2016/2 SAMUEL 6:5, 6:14; PSALM 149:1-5

King David’s heart is so full that He praises God in the streets

with singing and instruments.

 

WEEK 5/ May 29, 2016/ECCLESIASTES 4:9

In a review of King David’s life, we see that “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.”

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