River Ridge Kids
Dig In to the Bible
· Read: Ephesians 6:10-12, 16; Genesis 6–9; Hebrews 11:7
· In This Passage: Paul talks about the spiritual battle we’re fighting against evil, and he tells us to carry a shield of faith. Like a shield, faith protects our hearts because we trust God will keep his promises. Noah did just that when he obeyed God and built an ark to prepare for the flood. Like Noah, we can have faith.
· Bible Point: We fight evil with faith.
· Summary Verse: “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm” (Ephesians 6:13).
· We fight evil with faith. Faith comes more naturally to kids than adults. Younger kids generally accept anything an adult tells them is true. But as kids start to grow older, they begin to wrestle with doubts and questions. That’s not a bad thing at all! But the shield of faith can protect kids from letting those doubts and questions chip away at their hearts.
· Think About: What are you struggling with right now? How can faith be a shield to protect your heart in the midst of that struggle?
Dig In to Prayer
· Ask God to shield your kids not from hardships, but from letting hardships hurt their faith.
· Here’s a tip to help kids grow in their faith: Don’t ever discourage genuine faith questions. Sometimes it can feel like questions are the enemy of faith. But questions just means kids are wanting to understand more! By ignoring their questions, you may be encouraging kids to turn to secular sources for answers. By embracing questions and keeping the dialogue open, you can show kids that questions can help us grow in our faith.
Lesson 3: Do Good People Go To Heaven Even If They Aren’t Christians? – Jan 26
Bold Bible Truth
God is in charge.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
• Paul considers his good deeds worthless.
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