Large Group – Determination, May, Week 4

by Ryan Timpte

Categories: Children's Ministry

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The week of May 24th – During the month of May, we are focusing on the virtue of determination.
Find a time this week to gather as a family, read a Bible passage, respond as a family to what you have heard, and pray together.
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May Virtue                   Determination: Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started
What is a virtue?     A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

Bible Story                   Keep Holding On (Stephen) • Acts 6:1–7:60
Bottom Line                 Keep going because God knows the end of the story.     
Memory Verse             Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIrV)
Basic Truth                   I can trust God no matter what.
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REFLECTION

God has always had a big plan—a bigger story. It’s like Stephen said when he was talking to the religious leaders: Abraham, Moses, and David didn’t know the end of the story, but they all trusted God along the way.

We can look at the Bible now and read their stories. We can see how God was faithful and came through for people. Stephen knew this, too. He bravely taught others about Jesus—no matter the cost. Even though Stephen didn’t know how things would end, he trusted God. He decided to stand strong in what he believed.

Sometimes you may go through difficult things where you can’t see the end of the story, and that can be scary. Maybe one of your friends is ignoring you and you don’t know why. Maybe your friends or family are arguing a lot. Maybe someone you know is sick, and you’re not sure what’s going to happen. Even though we don’t know how those situations will turn out, we can have determination because we follow God, and God is with us all the way to the end of the story.

When everything feels awful, talk to God. If you’re scared and not sure how things will turn out, tell God how you feel. Ask God to give you strength to keep going. You can also talk to an adult you trust. You don’t have to do it alone. Don’t keep it to yourself. Instead, find strength like Stephen did by looking to God. Remember, [Bottom Line] “Keep going because God knows the end of the story.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • When do you feel brave?
  • When do you feel scared?
  • Who depends on you to help them when they are having a hard time?
  • Who do you depends on when you’re having a hard time?

ACTIVITY

One of the keys to determination – to sticking with something to the end – is thankfulness. Why? Because it’s important to thank God for giving us the strength we need to keep going.  Thanking God reminds us that we can put all of our trust and confidence in God. There isn’t anything that you will face in life that is too big or too hard for God to help you with.  Such a big gift from God is worth a “thank you” from us, don’t you think?

So, get a pencil and a piece of paper.  Sit down and write a thank you note to God.  Thank God for anything you want to and say it however you want to.  Draw a picture or write a song or a poem. There is no right or wrong way to say thank you to God.

Let’s thank God for the determination God gives us to keep going every day!

PRAYER

Dear God:

Even though we don’t know what the future will bring, we are grateful to serve a God who is always with us every step of the way. No matter what is happening, we are comforted knowing that you are with us and you know the end of the story. When we’re scared or frustrated, remind us that we can [Basic Truth] trust God no matter what. We love you, God, and we want to love you more.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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