Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts

 (Bible Overview #40 of 54)

One Main Truth:  By being kind, we live the life that God intended for us

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1 GAME: Dodge Sock

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game Our friends were kind to us by getting us out of jail / In the Bible The rich man was not kind to Lazarus / In our Life God wants us to be kind to everyone and help those in need

(Supplies needed)
1. Divide into two teams.
2. Divide the play area into two sides.
3. Place at least 4 rolled up socks (making a soft ball) on each side of the play area.
4. Players grab sock and throw at players from the other team. If a player is hit, they go to jail.
5. Important: A player from your own team can throw a sock to you while you are in jail, if you catch it, you are set free from jail and can rejoin the game.

 

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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 16

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Our friends were kind to us by getting us out of jail / In the Bible The rich man was not kind to Lazarus / In our Life God wants us to be kind to everyone and help those in need

A Fast and Selfish World: A man was fallen on the side of the road. His nose was bleeding. People just walked past him.
A dog had its head stuck in a plastic drum. People saw and laughed. Nobody tried to help.
A woman was carrying two children and walking on the road. No one offered her a lift.
A poor hungry child was peeping into a restaurant.  He was chased away.
A man was drowning. People watched and took photos on their cell phones.

The list is endless… There is no kindness in these acts of ignoring another’s pain; there is only selfishness.

Lazarus and the Rich Man: Every living thing dies. Rich or poor, there is no escape from death. There was a very rich man who had everything. He was healthy. Near his gate was a beggar named Lazarus. He had painful sores on his body. He was starving. Every day, the rich man went past Lazarus, but did not help him. 

One day, Lazarus died. Angels came and took his soul to heaven, where he sat by Abraham’s side. He was happy and healthy in heaven. Soon, the rich man also died. He was not taken to heaven. He was sent to everlasting flames.

Rich Man: “Have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and touch my tongue. I am burning in this fire.”
Abraham: “Remember, in your life you had good things. Lazarus had a sad life. Now Lazarus is happy and you are in pain. There is too much space between where you are and where we are, we cannot come to you and you cannot come to us.”
Rich Man: “I beg you, Father, send Lazarus to my family for I have five brothers. Let him warn them so that they too will not come to this place of torment.”
Abraham: “Your family must listen to the teachings of Moses and The Prophets. If they do not believe, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from death.”

Sadly, there was no second chance for the rich man.  

When death comes knocking on our door, there is only one thing that matters: our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Matthew 16:26; “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”

Be kind to those who are less fortunate. For every kind act you show towards those in need, God will reward you. Kindness counts.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Our friends were kind to us by getting us out of jail / In the Bible The rich man was not kind to Lazarus / In our Life God wants us to be kind to everyone and help those in need

Memory Verse:  “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”  Luke 16:31

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Raise your hand if you ended up in jail?
How did you get out of jail?
How did you feel when someone got you out of jail?
Could you do anything to get yourself out of jail? (no I had to wait until my team mate threw me a sock)

2. Bible
How did the rich man treat Lazarus when they were alive?
Why did he treat him bad?
What happened after they died?
What did the rich man ask for after he died?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, remind me there is place set aside for those that do not love you, help me to tell everyone I know about heaven and your great love for everyone. Who can I tell today? *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Day of sharing, prayer and love: Divide the children into groups of three.
Ask them to share with one another their troubles.
Encourage them to listen well and then pray for each other after each person shares.

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