1st - 5th Grade

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G O D V I E W :

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MAKING WAVES AND GOD’S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD’S
BIG STORY
MAKE WAVES: WHAT YOU DO TODAY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD AROUND YOU

We were created in God’s image. God sent Jesus to
show us the best way to be human. But God knew we’d
need help. That’s why God sent us the Holy Spirit. With
the power of the Spirit, we can produce fruit that points
others to Jesus. Every month, kids discover something
about God’s character and how they can reflect or
respond to that character because they are created
in God’s image. You could call them characters traits
or virtues, but we call them Life Apps: something that
God is doing in you to change the world around you. In
other words, we show the world what God is like when
we demonstrate these ideas. We’re helping kids and
preteens discover what the Apostle Paul called the Fruit
of the Spirit throughout June and July. When we show
the Fruit of the Spirit, we make waves and show others
who Jesus is. .

W E E K 1

We start our month in Luke 10:25-37. When the
religious leader questioned Jesus about the sorts of
people we should love and show kindness to, He told
the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. With this
story, Jesus completely changed how people who follow
Him should look at showing kindness to others – it’s not
just for people we know or like, but for everyone we
meet.

Bottom Line: Show kindness to everyone. Everyone is
someone who God created and loves. We pray that our
kids start to realize that everyone deserves kindness.
We’ll help them discover simple ways to put God’s love
into action with the way they are kind to people they
meet.

W E E K 2

Next, we head to Matthew 5:14-16. Matthew records
the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus taught His
followers what it looks like to live as part of God’s
Kingdom. Jesus says we are like light in the darkness
and salt to flavor food. We’re a city on a hill that points
others to God. God gave us so much through Jesus. We
can show others what God is like with how we act.

Bottom Line: Show God’s goodness to others. When
we understand that God has been so good to us through
Jesus, we can’t help but show that same goodness to
others. From being kind to helping others, we hope kids
develop some great ideas to point others to Jesus with
their actions.

W E E K 3

In week three, we jump back to 1 Samuel 18-20 and 2
Samuel 9
. We dive deeper into the amazing friendship
between David and Jonathan. Jonathan was a faithful
friend to David when King Saul chased David and tried
to kill him. David was faithful to Jonathan and kept an
important promise to care for Jonathan’s family.

Bottom Line: Be faithful so others can count on you.
Faithfulness will look different for each of us. Some
of us will be faithful to family members who need
encouragement. Others will faithfully help friends who
struggle a bit. We hope kids learn that God can do some
amazing things through them when they are faithful to
others.

W E E K 4

For week four, we get a glimpse into the heart of Jesus
in Mark 10:13-16. Mark records a time when Jesus
welcomed children, gave them his attention, and
blessed them. Back then, no one thought very highly
of children, and what Jesus did would have shocked
the people watching. His gentleness to the children
continues to be an important example of how we can
make waves when we respond to others with gentleness.

Bottom Line: God can give you the strength to be
gentle.
Kids don’t always know how to respond with
gentleness. But we want them to know that God can
help them! We pray they’ll start to be aware of how they
react when things don’t go their way and trust God to
help them choose to be gentle.

W E E K 5

We finish up our Make Waves series discovering more
about James 3:1-6. Our words have power. James uses
practical images like a horse bit, a ship’s rudder, and a
flame to show us just how powerful they are. They can
hurt, or they can heal, and controlling them is almost
impossible. Thankfully, we can count on the Holy Spirit
to help us.

Bottom Line: God gives you the power to have self-control.
Self-control can be tricky, especially when we
want something really bad or when life doesn’t go our
way. This can also be true with the words we use. We
pray that kids will begin to see that they don’t need to
do this all independently. God can help them show self-control.

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