Bible Story

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 Children of God

The apostle John had been one of Jesus’ closest friends. Along with Peter and James, John was part of the innermost core of Jesus’ disciples. John even referred to himself in his Gospel as “the one whom Jesus loved.” John left Jerusalem and went to Ephesus around A.D. 70. He stayed there as a church leader until nearly A.D. 100.

It is not surprising that 50 years after Jesus returned to heaven, John wrote a letter to help believers understand who Jesus is: the Son of God. At the center of John’s message was one key theme: love. Obeying God’s command to love one another is a mark of believers, whom John describes as brothers and sisters—children of God.

John wrote that God is love, and if believers truly love God—if they truly are His children—they will love one another. Our love, which we draw from the power of the Spirit, should be so deep that we are willing to lay down our lives for one another just as Jesus did for us. It is this deep, genuine love that will cause the world to understand the reality of the gospel.

Love is misunderstood and distorted in our culture today, and your kids have been or will be impacted by this in some way. Your kids may see love as just a feeling, as something temporary, or as something that has to be earned. This Bible story provides you with the perfect opportunity to expose the world’s myths about love and remind your kids of the truth about God’s love.

Followers of Jesus are children of God. This is an identity shared by all believers. As Christians, we can know that Jesus loves us by what He did for us: dying to save us from our sins. We, in turn, can show our love for Jesus by what we do to serve others.

John wrote a letter to teach believers in the church—the children of God—about the importance of showing love. Love is more than feelings or words; it is an action. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.

 


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Children of God

(1 John 2-3)

John wrote a letter to teach believers in the church—the children of God—about the importance of showing love. Love is more than feelings or words; it is an action. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • How is the way God’s children live diff erent than how people who do not love Jesus live?
  • Name ways Christians can show love to one another.
  • How did Jesus show His love for us?

Worship

Activity Idea

Make a Heart Card

 

 -Help your children cut out various sized hearts from different colors of construction paper.

-Give each child a sheet of construction paper. Show children how to fold the paper in half to make a card.

-Invite children  to glue hearts to their cards.

-They may also decorate their cards with markers or crayons.

-Help each child address and sign his or her card for someone they love.

 

 

CONNECTION:

"If you love someone, you should show them! Making a card is one way to tell someone you love them. People who are God’s children love one another. John’s letter taught believers—children of God—that showing love is so important. Love is more than feelings or words; love is something you do. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to take our punishment for sin."