April in Kids Connect

posted Apr 3, 2014, 3:27 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 3:27 PM by Adam Olson ]

Theme:  Humility:  Be Our Guest!

 

A 2010 study by the Barna Group found that most active churchgoers see Easter as a good time to invite someone to attend worship service.  According to the researcher, “If each of those people brought just one adult as their guest, that'd be the equivalent of adding 115 new people per Christian congregation.”  Although it may not be realistic to expect everyone to bring a friend, it is clear that our churches need to be prepared to welcome guests throughout the Easter season.

The thing about hosting guests is that sometimes we have to give up some of our own comfort to accommodate their needs.  We might need to park further away, sit in a seat that isn’t our norm, wear a certain volunteer shirt, or patiently answer questions.  An accumulation of small considerations can make a big difference to a guest.  And Easter is a wonderful time to find a new way to put guests first in our churches.

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.  Putting others first is not our natural inclination.  We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first.  Jesus lived in a world like that too.  He could have looked out for Himself, but He didn’t.  Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first.  When we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first—even if it’s a bit uncomfortable and costs us something.  Our Bible stories this month focus on the events leading up to Christ’s death, along with His triumphant resurrection.  Christ’s great sacrifice is the ultimate example of humility.

The monthly memory verse is: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves,” Philippians 2:3, NIrV.

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