1st to 5th Grade Parent Loop

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G O D V I E W :

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SELF-CONTROL AND GOD’S CHARACTER, AS SHOWN THROUGH GOD’S BIG
STORY

SELF-CONTROL IS A RESPONSE TO THE CHARACTER OF GOD.

We trust God no matter what. Even when we face
unexpected circumstances, we can respond to them with
self-control. We can trust that we don’t need to rush in
or take matters into our own hands. We can trust that
God is working.
Self-control is a Fruit of the Spirit. As we follow Jesus
throughout our lives, the Holy Spirit transforms us and
helps us live more like Jesus. We can follow His example
and choose to do what we should do—instead of what
we want to do. The Holy Spirit can give us the power
and wisdom to show self-control.

W E E K 1

We start with a crucial moment from Jesus’ life, found
in Luke 4:1-13. After Jesus’ baptism, He went to the
wilderness to fast and spend time with God and prepare
for ministry. While Jesus was in the wilderness, the Devil
tempted Him. Jesus was prepared for this. Even though
Jesus was tired and hungry, Jesus used what He knew
from Scripture to fend off the temptation.

Bottom Line: Be ready to do the right thing. When it
comes to self-control, it’s important to understand the
moments when having self-control might be difficult. It’s
also important to have a plan for when those moments
might happen. We pray that kids will leave knowing they
can trust God to help them show self-control.

W E E K 2

In week two, we focus on a word picture Solomon uses
in Proverbs 25:28. Solomon uses the idea of giant city
walls keeping people safe as an example for people to
understand the importance of living with self-control.
Kids will discover why ancient city walls are a perfect
picture of how self-control can help us.

Bottom Line: When you lose control, it can cause
trouble.
When you choose to remain in control, you
keep yourself out of danger. We hope kids discover the
value of relying on God to help them choose self-control
even when it’s difficult.

W E E K 3

Next, we look at 1 Samuel 24 at a crucial moment
in David’s life. He’s been anointed as the next king
of Israel, but King Saul is still around, and he’s out to
get David. As David is on the run from King Saul, he
discovers the perfect opportunity to take out King Saul
and be done with their feud. David paused and realized
that taking matters into his own hands was not what God
wanted for him. He didn’t let anger control his actions.

Bottom Line: Don’t be controlled by your anger. Anger
is a natural response to difficult situations. How we
handle that anger is essential. As we learn to trust God
no matter what, we discover how we can control our
anger and not let it get the better of us. God can give
us what we need to find ways to think and calm down
before making an unwise decision that hurts others or
ourselves.

W E E K 4

In week four, we discover more about Proverbs 12:18.
Solomon talks about the power of our words. We want
kids to learn that by choosing the right words in a
difficult situation, those words can bring healing to the
situation.

Bottom Line: Think before you speak. When faced
with a stressful situation, it can be too easy to blurt
out the first thing that pops into our heads. However,
thoughtless words can cause situations to get worse. We
hope kids will learn to think about the words they use
with others. We pray the words they use will help others
and point them to Jesus.

W E E K 5

We close out the month with another one of Solomon’s
vivid word pictures in Proverbs 25:16. We help kids find
out what happens when we indulge and eat too much.
This proverb isn’t just about how much we eat. Kids will
learn that too much anything, even if it’s a good thing,
can have serious consequences.

Bottom Line: Know when to stop. Knowing when to
stop isn’t always easy for kids. Often, it’s a parent or
teacher who helps them realize it’s time to stop what
they’re doing and take a break. We hope that kids start
to see that stopping something—even if it’s fun—can
be the wisest choice they can make. We also want them
to know they don’t need to do this on their own. God
can help them know when to stop and give them the
strength to do it.

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