Listen. Listen to the pre-recorded Children’s Message together.
You can find it at pacificunionchurch.org/churchsmall
If we are going to train to run a marathon, why is self-control so important?
What kind of prize did marathon runners get in Paul’s day?
[Hint to parents: In case you didn’t catch it, they won a crown of olive leaves.]
Let’s find out what kind of prize God has for us.
[Activity: Play a game like red light, green light. Play until you have one winner. And then give the winner a small prize.]
Ask the person who won, what was it like to win a prize?
Name a prize that you would do anything for. [Have the kids share their ideas]
In Paul’s day runners ran in front of big crowds and the winner had the whole crowd cheering for them as they received a crown of olive leaves. Can you imagine what it would be like to wear a crown and to have everyone cheer for you? This was enough to make these athletes train hard and use a lot of self-control.
Did you know that God gives prizes too?
Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 together.
How are God’s prizes better than the prize the runners got in Paul’s day?
[Hint to parents: God’s prizes last forever.]
If the athletes trained hard and used self-control, how much more should we do the same?
Respond. Runners eat right, exercise regularly and practice in order to win a prize. This takes a lot of self-control, because there are times runners would rather eat a big triple death-wish chocolate cake, or sleep in the morning, or skip practice because they don’t feel like it.
What kinds of things do we do to stay in shape as a follower of Jesus?
What kinds of things do we need to stay away from in order to be healthy followers of Jesus?
Why do God’s prizes make self-control worth it?
Share. What is one simple thing you learned this week that you can share with someone else? Who will you share it with? Make a plan to share what you learned this week with this person.