This live-teaching series looks at four stories of God inviting unlikely people to play a big role in his action plan to save the world through Jesus. Kids will see that God has given us that same invite and we have a choice to say YES to letting God use us.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from week 1: The Angel Gabriel Appears to Mary, Luke 1:26-38
- In the beginning of our story today Mary had a special visitor. Who was it? (the angel Gabriel) What did he tell Mary? (She would be the mother of Jesus.)
- Why do you think God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus? (She loved God. He knew shewould take care of Jesus.)
- We all are called to play a role in God’s plan, but sometimes God asks us to do hard things. Can you think of something that God would want you to do but it is really hard? (be nice to siblings, obey parents, etc.)
- How can you be brave and say yes to God? (Discuss.)
ASK YOUR KID
How was Mary a part of God’s action plan?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Luke 1:26-36
God wanted Mary to know his plan and her part in it. But when Gabriel proclaimed the amazing news to this humble, young, teenager, she was confused. Gabriel said she was favored and blessed—and she had no idea what he was talking about.
This may be the kind of attitude that Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5, when he said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Mary was poor in spirit. This kind of poverty can be economic— which Mary surely had. It can also be a sort of humility—thinking of others more than you think about yourself. But primarily this poverty is spiritual—an attitude of brokenness before God, fully dependent on his mercy and grace.
This spiritual poverty may be why Mary felt confused about why she was special. She knew she wasn’t. But she also knew that God was extraordinary. So, she asked a couple more clarifying questions, and then, with no idea how God’s plan would unfold, she totally surrendered to it. She fixed her eyes on God—poor in spirit and depending on a gracious Father. She even went as far as saying she was the Lord’s “slave.”
In our culture, we can have more spiritual wealth than poverty. We have a tendency to fix our eyes on ourselves. We usually think that we have what it takes to work on our problems, to sort out our relationships, even to work on our salvation. We fit God into our lives and plans where we can. But we certainly don’t ask him regularly what we can do for him—how we can serve him, and if we can be his slave.
But God has something so much bigger and better in mind for us. He wants to bless us with his amazing love. He wants to give us his kingdom. But we can’t receive all that if we think we already have everything we need.
That’s why we have to adjust our attitude. We have to be humble, like Mary, but more than that, humble, like Jesus. Philippians 2:5-8 tells us, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, … emptied himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men.”
God came to us. It was the ultimate example of humility, and love. All we have to do is accept it; by totally surrendering to it.
What plans do you need to surrender to God? What would it look like for you to be God’s slave?
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example
to all believers in what you say [and] in the way you live,”
1 Timothy 4:12a.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.