Bible Story

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 Letters to Church Leaders

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus. Timothy was Paul’s friend. He had traveled with Paul and helped him. Now Timothy was a leader at the church in Ephesus.

Titus was a Gentile believer. He had traveled with Paul too. Now Titus was on the island of Crete to help train more church leaders. Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice, and he gave instructions for all the church leaders.

Paul warned Timothy and Titus that being a leader was difficult at times, but God had chosen them to be leaders. Their role as leaders put them in a position to serve God. Paul hoped that recognizing this would help them persevere and live in a way that pleased Christ.

As you share with your kids, help them see the value in God’s gift of church leaders. Look for ways to support your leaders so that your kids value them, love them, and respect them. Consider ways your family can encourage your leaders.

At the same time, emphasize that God is at work in them and that they too might be leaders in the church one day—perhaps one day soon. Help your kids see that being a leader is a great privilege to help point others to the gospel.

Finally, be sure that your kids understand that church leaders do not lead on their own. All church leaders follow the leadership of Jesus, who was a servant-leader to us. He gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our sins.

Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice and to help all church leaders know how to lead God’s people. Church leaders help believers know what is true, and they serve the church by following the example of Jesus, who served us by dying on the cross for our sins.

 


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Letter to Church Leaders

(1-2 Timothy; Titus)

Paul wrote to give Timothy and Titus advice and to help all church leaders know how to lead God’s people. Church leaders help believers know what is true, and they serve the church by following the example of Jesus, who served us by dying on the cross for our sins.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • What does it take to be a good church leader?
  • Who are the leaders in your church?
  • How can you love and support the leaders of your church?
  • How can you be an example to other believers no matter your age? 
  • Why do some people not want to hear what is right?
  • How does knowing Jesus loves us help us do what is good?

Worship

Game Idea

Play Post Office

 

 -Ahead of time, cut a slot into a large box to form a mail drop box.

-Give children markers or crayons, paper, and envelopes.

-Help them write or draw messages, fold their papers, and seal them in envelopes.

-Suggest children add stickers to resemble stamps and drop the envelopes in the mailbox.

-Choose a child to be the mail carrier. Guide him to gather the mail from the box and place it in a bag to deliver to the rest of the group.

 

 

CONNECTION:

"Did you write a letter to someone in your family? Mail carriers pick up the mail and deliver it to the person you are writing to. Paul wrote a lot of letters. In today’s Bible story, we will learn about three letters Paul wrote to two different church leaders."