Unit 3: Good News for Outsiders
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-42)
Bible Point: Jesus loves everyone.
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” (John 13:34)
When have you been thirsty? Thirsty for water? Thirsty for something to satisfy you? Knowingly thirsty for a deeper relationship with God?
The woman at the well was thirsty for something, too. But she didn’t know it was Jesus’ living water that she craved…that is, until she met Jesus, and everything became clear.
Young children are thirsty, too. They crave more attention, more snacks, and more understanding of the world around them. In this lesson, Jesus is the one who brings them true joy and gives them everything they need. You’ll give them a treasure they can hold on to for the rest of their lives.
Dear God, thank you that you satisfy my every thirst. Fill me with your love and kindness today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
River Ridge Kids
Dig In to the Bible
· Read: Matthew 5–7 (abridged)
· In This Passage: Jesus preaches a sermon known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” He
talks about living differently than people expect by loving our enemies, giving privately, not worrying, not judging others, and more. Jesus lived differently and set the example for us.
· Bible Point: Jesus is different…
· Application: …so we live differently.
· Summary Verse: “Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy” (Psalm 100:2).
· Jesus is different. Being different (or weird) isn’t usually something kids aspire to. They don’t typically want to stand out as unusual! Help your kids see that when we live the way Jesus lived, we will stand out…and that’s a good thing! Living differently is how we shine his light in our world.
· Think About: How has your Christian faith made you stand out? How do you feel about that?
Dig In to Prayer
· Pray that your kids would live differently to shine Jesus’ light to those around them.
Why Doesn’t God Fix Our Country?
TODAY’S BIBLE BASE
Bold Bible Truth
God is at work today. (Romans 8:28)
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
• God was governing Israel, but his people wanted a king. 1 Samuel 8:1-21
• A time is coming when God will govern all. Revelation 21:1-4