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I recommend keeping a dry erase board, chalkboard, or paper that you can use with a visual of the key verse or verses. Feel free to print whatever images you would like as well or just open them up on the computer screen to use with your family.  The images can also be used in some of the suggested activities.  Visual aides help!  Reading ahead for just a few minutes the day before or the day of will give you time to do what you need before you start.  The lessons are written so that little to no preparation is needed.

Day 1

Lesson idea:  This week we’re going to talk about something extremely important and really amazing.  It’s what God made you to do, your purpose.  Do you know what a purpose is?  It’s what you are trying to do, why you exist, your goal.

Activity: You could play Hang Man to introduce the words “Glorify Him.”

Game time:  We’re going to play the game hot potato.  (Use whatever object you want to play the game.)  Let’s talk about the purpose of the game for a minute.  Do you know it?  The purpose of the game hot potato is to not get caught with the “hot potato” when the music stops.  You pass the object around as quickly as you can (as if it were hot) while music plays so as not be the one left holding the “hot potato.”  If you get caught you are out.  Let’s play now.  (Play music on your phone, computer, etc, and stop it randomly while you all play.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8

Discuss: You had a purpose during the game and that was to pass the potato (or your object) around as fast as you could so you didn’t get caught with it.  That was your goal.  That was your focus at the time.  That was the purpose of a game.  Have you ever thought about what God says your purpose is in life?  What is your goal? The reason you are here? What are you supposed to be trying to do each day?  Does God tell us in the Bible what it is?

Key Verse:  Let’s read 1 Corinthians 10:31 together (turn to in the Bible and write verse out using your choice of visual aide if possible)  “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

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Bible Application:  What is this verse telling us part of our purpose is?  To “do all to the glory of God.”  Yes!  Great!  We know what we should be doing!  We should be bringing glory to God!  So, how do we do all to the glory of God?  What exactly does it mean to glorify God?  If you look it up in the popular Mirriam-Webster Dictionary this is what it will say the word glorify means,  “ 1  a :  to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration.” If you look up what glory means it will say something similar, to give “praise, honor, or distinction.”    If we want to do all to the glory of God, what we are doing, our actions, should bring honor and praise to God.

Discuss:  Have you ever seen someone win an award or get first place at something?  They might be honored or recognized at an awards ceremony.  They are shown honor and respect.

(Activity suggestion:  Say “Let’s demonstrate what honoring can be by pretending a minute.” Give a pretend award, ribbon, or certificate to someone in your family and pretend to honor them for being brave and rescuing the neighbors cat from a tree, or some other action of your choice. )   

If you honor a person you are recognizing them for something they did and you are giving them respect.   What about praise?  To glorify also means to praise.  When you praise someone or something you are saying something good about a person, thing, or idea.

(Activity suggestion:  Get the pretend award out again and put in on another family member.  Pretend to praise them for something they have done.  Say things like, “You did such a good job!  You’re the best!  It’s amazing what you’ve done!”)   

Drive it home:  We can see how easy it is to honor and praise a person, but what does it look like to honor and praise God?  (It can be when we worship Him, pray to Him, thank Him, obey Him, tell others about how good He is.)  We are going to talk about this a lot more this week.  For now, let’s go back to our game.  Do you remember the purpose of the game hot potato?  To pass that potato (or your object) around as fast as you could so you didn’t get caught with it right?  Is it possible to glorify God while you are playing a game like hot potato? Is your purpose to play the game the way you are supposed to or to glorify God?  Your purpose is to “do all to the glory of God” so you can play the game and glorify God at the same time!  The way you play is how you do that.   Does anyone have any ideas on how you could honor and praise God in how you play a game?  Did you know that your actions can show others the glory of God and cause them to honor and praise Him?  It’s true.  Let’s read Matthew 5:16 together: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  (more about this Day 2)

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Let’s pray now and ask that whatever we are doing, whether it’s a game, brushing our teeth, sleeping, or even eating, that it would glorify God.  It’s a wonderful purpose, and there is great joy in knowing what we are here for!

Pray: Heavenly Father, you are a God worthy of our honor and praise.  You made us for a purpose and we pray that you would give us the ability to glorify you in whatever we do.  Move us with your Holy Spirit and give us wisdom to learn how to apply your Word to all aspects of our life.  May our actions, what we do and what we say cause others to honor and praise your name and the name of Jesus.  In His name we pray. Amen.

Possible activity:

Review or learn for the first time catechism question:

3. Why did God make you and all things?  For His own glory.

Sing:  Sing song for the week:  There are two to pick from. I couldn’t choose. You should do both during the week.  =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8   “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman is great.You can get up and dance with your family and the song literally is about how we should do everything we do to the glory of God.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name” is great and lovely because you are worshiping and singing about Glorifying the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 


 

Day 2

Let’s review the Bible verses we have so far for this week together.

Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (You can learn the song that Seeds Family Worship has made to help you memorize Scripture.  Play it throughout your week.  Order the song or CD! ) http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/release/seeds-of-purpose-vol-4/ “Whatever you do” 1 Corinthians 10:31 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Lesson idea/review: Raise your hand if you remember what purpose God has given you? To “do all to the glory of God.”  Glorify God. Absolutely!  We played the game hot potato and talked about how you can even glorify God when you are playing a game.  How you play can cause others to glorify God.  That’s pretty amazing isn’t it?!  We also talked about and acted out what it means to glorify or bring glory to someone.  We gave a pretend award and then we honored and praised that person right?  Tonight we’re going to talk more about what it means to glorify God with our actions.  Ok, we get to play the game hot potato again tonight, except this time I am going to tell one of you some different things to do during the game.  We’re going to be pretending, so don’t be surprised if you see some bad behavior.

Activity:  Let’s play now.  (Play music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8) (Tell someone in your family to hold on to the “potato” when it comes around to them and not let it go.)  Discuss:  Did what ______ just do during the game glorify God?  No.  Why? They were being selfish, right?  The Bible teaches us to love our neighbor, not to think of only ourselves.  Stopping the game was not loving to the others playing.   Let’s play again. (Tell someone to whine and complain at the end of the game because they weren’t ready for it to be over.)  Discuss:  Did what ____ just do during the game glorify God?  No. Why?  They wern’t being thankful were they?  They chose to  whine and complain because they didn’t get what they wanted.  (Do a few more rounds of the game, if you want, and use your own examples.)  Let’s play one more time and I’ll be the one acting this time.  (When the game is done say encouraging words such as, “good job everyone, that was really fun, give some high fives, and thank them for playing.)  Did how I behaved at the end of the game glorify God?  Yes.  Why?  (Give them a chance to answer.)  I had a good attitude and I was thankful, right?  The Bible teaches us to rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances.  I was obeying the commandments in the Word of God and being thankful whether I got what I wanted or not.   We honor and glorify God when we keep His commandments, and we can do this even during a game like hot potato.

Activity suggestion:  Go over the verse by letting your family fill in the blanks:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you ____or _____, or whatever you do, do ___ to the glory of God.” 

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Discuss:  Before we finish tonight, let’s talk about some other things that we do in our daily life and how we can do them to the glory of God as well.

Can you clean your toys to the glory of God?  How?  (Rejoice, obey without grumbling or complaining, do it quickly not dragging it out, worship in song while you work.)

Can you eat lunch to the glory of God?  How?  (Thank God for your food, praise Him for giving it and creating it, thank who made it.)

When someone is mean to you can that glorify God?  How?  (Be slow to anger, forgive them, show them the kindness and love like Jesus showed those who were mean to Him.)  Remember Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  How you respond can cause the person who was mean to glorify God.

When you sin and behave badly can that glorify God? How you respond to that sin actually can! How?  By going to God for forgiveness and admitting you are wrong (repenting). If you have sinned against a person, go to them for forgiveness too.  Remember how Jesus paid for your sin (gospel), and thank God for loving you and forgiving you.

Bible Application:  All of these things are found in Scripture and can glorify God: rejoicing, obeying, worshiping Him, praising Him, thanking Him, forgiving, praying, remembering Jesus.  You are keeping His commandments when you do these things.  Is there a way you can know if you’re keeping God’s commandments?  It will be hard keep God’s commandments if you don’t know them, right?    It’s important to know what the Bible teaches and read it every day so you can hide it in your heart.  When you hide God’s Word in your heart, the Holy Spirit uses it to help you keep His commandments. Then, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,”  you can “do all to the glory of God.”

I want us to read one more thing.  Did you know that Jesus said that keeping His commandments is also how we show that we love Him?   In John 14:15 he says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” 

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Not only do you glorify God when you keep His commandments, you also are telling Him you love Him.  It’s a win win!

Pray:  Heavenly Father, we do a lot of different things each day, and we desire to do them in a way that glorifies you.  We want to shine our light, not so that we will be praised, but so that others will see it and give you praise for who you are and what you have done.  Please help us to hide your Word in our hearts so that we will know how to act in a way that causes others to give you glory.  Grant us your Holy Spirit who will help us to keep your commandments.  May we desire this out of love for you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.  

Possible activity:

Review or learn for the first time catechism questions:

3. Why did God make you and all things?  For His own glory.

4. How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.

Sing: Sing together song of choice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8 “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name”

 


 

Day 3

Let’s review the Bible verses we are hiding in our heart this week together.  Review using filling in the blank if you like.

Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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Lesson idea/review:  So far we have learned that our purpose is to glorify God in all that we do, right?  “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  We can do this by thinking about ourselves and what WE want to be doing all day, right?  No. Oh, wait, we glorify God by not listening, not praying, and staying mad at people who are mean?  Of course not!  We glorify God by making messes and letting other people clean them, right?  No.  By never saying thank you and just taking things?  No way!  I’m just being silly, aren’t I?   It should make us think.  We have done some acting and discussing to see what glorifying God looks like in different examples such as eating lunch, cleaning toys, responding to a mean friend, and even when we sin.  Responses that are from God’s Word/His commandments glorify Him.  Responses such as rejoicing, obeying, worshiping Him, praising Him, thanking Him, forgiving, praying, and remembering Jesus.  I was just joking earlier, but now that we have an idea about what glorifying God is, do you think you can tell me what glorifying God is not?  (Not keeping His commandments.)  If we are not glorifying God, are we glorifying something else?

Activity suggestion:

(Get out a piece of paper for each family member.  Fold the paper in half one way and then the other way so you have 4 squares to draw in)  I want you to draw a picture of four of your favorite things.  It might be a toy, a person, a food, or even something you like to do.  (GIve everyone time to complete.)

Discuss:  What do you like about the things you drew?  Do you ever think about them during the day?  Are they important to you?

Do you remember the pretend awards we gave?  We honored and praised a person to give them glory. Our actions were putting attention on that person, lifting them up and making others see them.   What about the things on our papers.  Do you think you ever honor and praise them?  Have your actions lifted them up and made others to see them? Let me give you an example of what I mean.

If I love toys so much that all I do is play with them all day, and when I’m not playing with them, I am thinking about them or talking about them, and I like to show them off to everyone who comes over, am I glorifying my toys?  You bet I am!  I have given the toys my time, my thoughts, and I’ve shown others that they are one of the most important things to me.  I have glorified my toys!  Oh, dear.  What if I want to show everyone the kinds of things I can do, and what if I like to talk about me and what I like, and what I need, and what I want, then what have I done?  I have glorified myself!  Oh, dear, again!  I have honored and praised myself, shown myself off,  and caused others to see only me.  How can I tell if I’m glorifying something or myself?  When you seek God, renew your mind in His Word, and desire to know and keep His commandments, you will be able to tell.

Bible Application:  Let’s go back to when I glorified my toys.  What if when I played with my toys, I shared them? What if I gave some away to children that don’t have any?  What if I didn’t worry at all about how long I had to play with them and just thanked God in my heart for whatever he has given me and for who He is and all he has done?  I could use my toys to glorify God then.  The commandments I would be keeping would be loving my neighbor as myself and setting my mind of things above, not on earthy things.  (Matthew 22:39 & Colossians 3:2)  Let’s look at when I glorified myself, too.  If I wanted to show somebody something I could do or tell them about something I learned, I can show off God and glorify Him by saying how wonderful it is that God gave people the ability to do things like that.  If you acknowledge that you are made by God and that everything you do is because He made you to be able to do it, you can bring Him the Glory.  You are showing off what God has done, praising Him, and causing others to see HIS works and not yours.  Remember Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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Drive it home:  We all struggle with not glorifying God and we tend to glorifying ourselves and other things at times.  We are not without help, however.  Don’t forget, God also left us a Helper, the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will help you to glorify God by giving you the power to remember His Word and apply it in your life so you can fulfill your purpose.  (In John 14:26  Jesus said, But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”)

Pray:  Father, we are people who tend to glorify things, and we even tend to glorify ourselves.  We don’t even know we are doing it much of the time.  Help us to see when we are doing this.  Show us when we have lost sight of our purpose.  Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit  so that we can remember what you have done in Jesus, and so that we can praise YOU, lift YOU up, cause others to see YOU, and glorify YOUR name.  Amen.

Possible activity:

Review or learn for the first time catechism questions:

3. Why did God make you and all things?  For His own glory.

4. How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.

Sing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8  “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name”

 


 

Day 4

Let’s review our Bible verses.

Activity suggestion:  Do some fill in the blanks.  Write out 1 Cor 10:31 and/or Matt 5:16 on a  long strip of paper and cut it up and see if your family can put the verse in correct order.  Print image and cut words from here if you like.

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Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Lesson idea/review:  We’ve spent a few days talking about what our purpose is, what it means to glorify God, and what it looks like when we DO glorify Him and what it looks like when we DON’T.  Can you give me an example of what it looks like to Glorify God during your day?  (Example, if needed:  “Can you clean your toys to the glory of God?  How?  Rejoice, obey without grumbling or complaining, do it quickly not dragging, worship in song while you work.”)  Remember the commandments in God’s Word and seek to obey them in what you are doing.  Can you give me an example of what it looks like when we don’t glorify God?  (Example, if needed: If I love toys so much that all I do is play with them all day, and when I’m not playing with them I am thinking about them or talking about them, and I like to show them off  to everyone who comes over, am I glorifying my toys?  You bet I am!  I have given the toys my time, my thoughts, and I’ve shown others that they are one of the most important things to me.  I have glorified my toys!)

Discuss:  I think we are getting a good idea of what it looks like to glorify God, and also what it looks like when we are not glorifying God.  What exactly is happening to us when we are not glorifying God but are glorifying other things?  How does that affect us as children or even as adults?   (Let’s do a little craft to help us talk about this next topic.)

Activity:  Draw a picture of a boat/ship.  If you are feeling ambitious, build a little paper boat. Small children can color a ship.

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Discuss:  There is a famous quote by a man named Thomas Carlyle.  “A man without a goal [purpose] is like a ship without a rudder.”  Let’s look at our ships. Does your ship have a rudder?  (Illustrate a rudder for them if needed.  Draw or cut one out of paper.)  Do you know what the rudder does for a ship?  The rudder is used to give the ship direction.  If there is no rudder on a ship, the ship will go in any direction.  It can get lost.  It could end up anywhere. The ship is you, and the rudder is your purpose. People with no purpose are also lost.  They could end up going in any direction and could end up anywhere. Have you ever been lost or thought your were lost?  It was scary and confusing right?  Being lost in life is the same. It’s scary and confusing.

Bible Application:  You do have a purpose, though, because you have a rudder.  God has not left you without direction.  God’s Word should steer your rudder and the SHIP that IS YOU will sail in the direction of obedience. That will glorify God.  How cool is that?! You’re a ship being steered by God’s Word!

Activity continued:  Draw yourself on your boat.  Draw God’s Word where the rudder is.  If your child can write have them write out, “…do all to the glory of God.” Matthew 5:16.  (Keep your drawing for tomorrow’s lesson.)

Drive it home:  Be careful not to let anything else steer your rudder.  Don’t get lost.  People can sail off in the direction of money, things, jobs, even other people, and all of these things get glorified instead of God.  Sail for God’s glory!

A Gospel extra:  But we sin and we may sail toward other things and glorify other things sometimes.  What about those times?  That’s why it’s so important to keep God’s Word as our rudder.  In a boat, you wouldn’t want to go a day without your rudder.  One day could leave you lost with no direction.  As God’s people, we don’t want to go a day without the Bible as your rudder.  God’s Word is how God gives us direction.  We will sin though.  We do lose direction.  Don’t stress. God has a plan to use our sin for His glory, too.  What plan?  Jesus!   Jesus glorified God when he died on the cross for our sin!  When you believe in Jesus and what He has done, you glorify God in Heaven.  God sees Jesus in you.   Remember a couple of days ago we discussed when you sin and behave badly, you can respond in a way that can glorify God?  How?  By going to God for forgiveness and admitting you are wrong (repenting). If you have sinned against a person, go to them for forgiveness, too.  Remember how Jesus paid for your sin (gospel), and thank God for loving you and forgiving you.  This will give honor and praise to God and lift Him up for what He has accomplished in Jesus His Son.

Continue to drive it home:  What a beautiful thing God has done.  He has given us a purpose.  We are not sailing without direction, and even when we have moments where we get lost and sin, He can still use those moments for our good and His glory.  What a mighty God we serve!

Pray:  Father in Heaven.  We are just like ships.  A ship without a rudder is like a person without a purpose, without direction, without your Word.  Father, protect us from this.  Keep us in your Word so that we might not loose sight of our purpose, and so that we might not sin against you.  Help us to listen to the Holy Spirit and to strive to love you and keep your commandments.  Teach us to glorify you in all we do.  Thank you for Jesus so that even in our sinfulness we can do what you have put us here to do.  You are a mighty God, and we are amazed at your ways!  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.  

Possible activity:

Review or learn for the first time catechism questions:

3. Why did God make you and all things?  For His own glory.

4. How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.

Sing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8  “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name”

 


 

Day 5

Who can tell me what we have been talking about recently?  (Yes, purpose.)  Let’s review our Bible verses together.

Activity suggestion:  Do hand motions (see bellow) when you go over the verses.  You can go to http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/release/seeds-of-purpose-vol-4/  and memorize and do hand motions to “Whatever you do” 1 Corinthians 10:31 in song.

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Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat (hand motions for eating) or drink (hand motions for cup to your mouth), or whatever you do (hands out shrugging shoulders), do all to the glory of God (hands up in praise).” 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine (hands open and closing like blinking lights) before others, (hands open, arms spread out) so that they may see (hand to your head like looking around)  your good works (thumbs up) and give glory (hands up in praise) to your Father who is in heaven (point upward).”

Discuss/review:  We’ve talked about what our purpose is, what it looks like when we glorify God, and what it looks like when we don’t.  Let’s look at the boat drawings we did yesterday.  Who can tell me what we talked about and what this picture is illustrating for us?  (A person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.  The rudder gives the ship direction.  A person without a purpose has no direction and can be lost.  God’s Word is your rudder.  You are a ship being steered by God’s Word!  Remember not to sail off in the direction of other things that get glorified instead of God.  Sail for God’s Glory!)  

Lesson idea:  We learned from our boat illustration that a person WITHOUT a purpose will look like a ship without a rudder.  So what does a person WITH a purpose look like?  A boat with a rudder, right?  What does that look like in your life or in the life of other people you meet?   You don’t actually look like a boat, do you!?

Discuss:  What if I told you to go outside and do something for me, but I just said, “Go outside, get the thing, put it there in the place, and make sure it’s all right.”  What?!  You would have no idea what you were supposed to be doing right!?  You would not know your purpose for going outside without clear instructions.

Bible Application:  What’s great is that God has given us clear instructions.   People who know their purpose know what they are supposed to be doing.  People with a purpose will seek to glorify God in every part of their life and they will be looking at the clear instructions God has given.  Where do we find those instructions? (Yes, in the Bible!)    Remember when we talked about how you can glorify God when you clean up, when you eat lunch, when you deal with a person who might have been mean, and even when you respond to your own sin?  God’s Word is living and active and will guide you and give you the instructions you need to accomplish your purpose. (Idea: Learn Hebrews 4:12 in song this week Seeds Family Worship has a video that’s wonderful!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVrR5Y2Wzh4 )

Activity suggestion:  Put each of these phrases:  will have joy, will have peace, will be thankful, should pray, and should read the Bible on their own strip of paper for your family to draw out of a cup or basket as you discuss this next part.   

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Discuss:  Let’s finish by talking about the fact that it’s really easy for us to forget what our purpose is.  I walk to the refrigerator all the time, open the door, and forget the reason or purpose for being there.  Do you ever get asked to do something and then forget what you are supposed to be doing?  You forget the purpose right?  It’s happens to our human minds so easily.   What might we do or what should we do in our daily life to help us remember our purpose?  Also, can we look at ourselves and tell if we are forgetting our purpose?  What do we look like when we are people WITH a purpose? What does a person WITH a purpose do?  Take turns drawing out a paper strip with the phrases I’ve written down on them.

A person with a purpose should pray .  A person with a purpose should pray and seek instructions from God.  If God holds the clear instructions and purpose you need for life then it would be silly not to talk to Him and ask Him for them!

-A person with a purpose should read the Bible. God’s Word is what steers you remember?   His Word is where the instructions for life are written! The Bible will remind you what your purpose is and give you direction as you seek ways to glorify God.

-A person with a purpose will have peace.   There is peace in knowing you were created for a purpose.  We all need to know what we are here for, what we are supposed to be doing.   As a believer, nothing can take away your purpose in Christ Jesus.  (Romans 8:38-39)

-A person with a purpose will have joy.  There is joy in knowing that God has purpose in mind for you!  As you seek to glorify God wherever you are in your life, God is working for your good.  You were made for His special purpose!  That’ s something to be happy about!   Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

-A person with a purpose will be thankful When you know your purpose and you know you can glorify God doing “whatever you do,” it is really hard not to be thankful!   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (Seeds of Family Worship has a song for this, too.)  http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/release/seeds-of-purpose-vol-4/  (You should just go ahead and buy or download the Seeds of Purpose CD.  It’s worth it!)

Drive it home:  You can read the Bible and talk to God in prayer to help keep your mind from forgetting your purpose.  When you don’t, it is too easy to become like that ship without a rudder and lose your direction.  You can look at your life to see if you are thankful, if you have joy and if you have peace.  If you can say no to any of these things, you might want to check to see whether you have forgotten your purpose.

As a bonus, when you are person who has joy, peace, and a thankful heart, you will be letting  “… your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”   

Let’s pray we will be lights shining for God so that we will glorify Him and cause others to do the same.

Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you that you have created us for a special purpose.  We want to glorify you in everything that we do.  Help us to seek instructions in prayer, to seek direction in your Word, to have joy, to have peace, and to be thankful in all things.   Please help us to be a light that brings you glory, and brings others to glorify you as well.  We ask that you would use the Holy Spirit and your Word to guide us and give us direction in every part of our life.   Protect us, please, from being like a ship without a rudder.  We pray this in Jesus name.  Amen.  

Activity suggestion:  Do hand motions if you have time go over the verses again.  You can go to http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/release/seeds-of-purpose-vol-4/  and memorize and do hand motions to 1 Corinthians in song.

1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat (hand motions for eating) or drink (hand motions for cup to your mouth), or whatever you do (hands out shrugging shoulders), do all to the glory of God (hands up in praise).” 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine (hands open and closing like blinking lights) before others (hands open, arms spread out), so that they may see (hand to your head like looking around)  your good works (thumbs up) and give glory (hands up in praise) to your Father who is in heaven (point upward).”

Sing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8  “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name”

 


 

Day 6

Who can tell me what we have been learning about lately?  (Yes, purpose.)  Let’s review our Bible verses together.  (See if they can say it without you starting them off today.)

Activity suggestion:  Do hand motions (see bellow) when you go over the verses.  You can go to http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/release/seeds-of-purpose-vol-4/  and memorize and do hand motions to “Whatever you do” 1 Corinthians 10:31 in song.   

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Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat (hand motions for eating) or drink (hand motions for cup to your mouth), or whatever you do (hands out shrugging shoulders), do all to the glory of God (hands up in praise).” 

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine (hands open and closing like blinking lights) before others, (hands open, arms spread out) so that they may see (hand to your head like looking around)  your good works (thumbs up) and give glory (hands up in praise) to your Father who is in heaven (point upward).”

Discuss:  We’ve talked about what our purpose is, what it means to glorify God, what it looks like to glorify God, how we tend to glorify other people or things, how we can be a ship without a rudder, a person without a purpose, what we can do to be a person who does not loose our purpose, and what that looks like in our life.  That’s a lot!  Tell me some of the things you have learned about your purpose this week.  (Let them share their new wisdom if they have anything to share.  If not, share what you have learned.)

Review:  In our last lesson we finished up by discussing how you can read the Bible and talk to God in prayer to help keep your mind from forgetting your purpose and how you can look at your life and see if you are thankful, if you have joy, and if you have peace.  Some other things we learned earlier in the week are that we can glorify God by rejoicing, obeying, worshiping and praising Him, thanking Him, forgiving others, praying, and remembering the work of Jesus (Gospel).  You are keeping His commandments when you do these things.  You can learn to do these things in any situation and circumstance, that way, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,”  you can “do all to the glory of God.”  

Activity suggestion:  Draw a timeline to illustrate your life.  You will need 2 or 3 regular 8.5×11 sheets of paper taped together for your children to draw a timeline on or if you have long paper use that.  You can have your children draw out pictures along the timeline to illustrate different things that might happen in life.  Make sure they are not all necessarily “happy” things.  For example:  a day in school, a day in bed sick, playing on a sports team, a day at work, a broken bone, marriage, having children, etc.  The timeline will be used to illustrate how our circumstances are always changing, but our purpose remains the same.  

We’re going to do a little drawing together now.  We are going to use this long paper to draw a timeline.  Watch how I draw a line all the way across the top part of my paper.  Go ahead and draw your timeline.  This line is the timeline of your life.  We’re going to draw pictures along the line showing different things that might happen throughout your life.  Let me give you an example.  You might spend a day doing school, you would draw yourself at a desk. You might spend some time sick in bed.  You could draw yourself in bed with a thermometer.  You might get married one day. You could draw a wedding cake or two people with a heart.  (Give as many examples as you want to illustrate the things you want them to think about.)  Let’s take a minute and do this.

Discuss: Let’s look at our timelines for a minute.  What do you notice about the images?  Are they all the same?  No, right?  They are all different.  If this long line represents your life, you can see that life is always changing.  Did you do the same thing this week that you did last week?  Are you different than you were last year?  Of course.  Our circumstances change throughout our life.  Did you know that change can make us forget our purpose?  It can.  We get used to our life being a certain way, and we make plans for our future.  I have ideas about my future.  What about you?  Do you think about what you want to do when you grow up? I might know right now just how I can glorify God in what I am doing today.  What if I get sick and I have to stop what I’m doing for a while to get better?  What if I can’t leave the house for two weeks?! or two years even?!  Do I have a purpose for those two weeks or two years?  Do I stop glorifying God then?  No!

Lesson idea:  God has a purpose and a plan for us, and nothing happens to us that is outside of that plan (Jeremiah 29:11).  I can still spend time with Him, pray, worship, love others, and seek to keep His commandments even as a sick person at home.  The joy, peace, and thanksgiving that comes from glorifying God, from having a purpose, can be with you in all circumstances.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

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Drive it home:  Our plan should be to live the life God gives us, to seek Him, to keep His commandments, and seek His glory in every change of our life.  Whether I am (use examples from your timelines) ______, _______, or ________, my purpose is the same.  The timeline you drew also represents your purpose.  It is constant.  It does not change or stop at some point and then start again.  It continues throughout the changes that happen in your life.  Your circumstances don’t change what you are here for.  That’s great news!  We know from 1 Corinthians 10:31  that “whether” we “eat or drink, or whatever” we “do,” we are to “do all to the glory of God.” Life can change, things can happen that are not in our plans, but God has a purpose for everything, and we have a purpose that is as constant and unchanging as God Himself.  So, how will you glorify God in your circumstances today?

(If you want to go deeper now or continue discussing later read about Paul in Philippians 4:11-13. “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Talk about Paul’s circumstances at that time.  He was in prison. Discuss how he was able to be content.  DId He know His purpose? Who was he writing?  Was He seeking God’s glory even from prison?)

Pray:  Heavenly Father, it’s such good news that change in life does not change who we are in Jesus and what you have put us here for.  Grant us the Holy Spirit Lord so that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we are doing, we will be able to seek your glory.  Use us in whatever circumstances you have planned for our life.  Help us to be rooted in your Word so that we will not lose sight of our purpose.   Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for being constant and unchanging.  Thank you for the joy we have in you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Sing:  Maybe have a dance party to the music and celebrate the awesome purpose you have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8  “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QltVKW6wXdo  “Glorify Thy Name”

 


 

Day 7

Activity suggestion:  Cut out the words from the Bible verses for the week and let your children put them in order.   Have them say them and do the hand motions if they had fun with that previously.  

Key verse:  1 Corinthians 10:31  “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

SoWhetherYouEatOr

Matthew 5:16   “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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Lesson idea/review:  This is our last night talking about purpose.  Do you feel like you have a good understanding of what your purpose is? (To glorify God! Enjoy discussing, if they are willing) There is one thing we still have not talked about. We learned what our purpose is, and we saw how to glorify God in the BIble, right?  We are sinners, and we will not be able to do this perfectly.  God did give us someone to look to who was able to accomplish a perfect purpose with His life.  Who is this?   Yes, Jesus.   Let’s look to Jesus in this last lesson and find out what His purpose was and look at what He did to glorify God.  Did you know that in Ephesians 5:1-2 the apostle Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  We are to look at the perfect example of Jesus who glorified God without sin and imitate Him.

Bible application:  What does the BIble tell us about Jesus’s purpose?  Jesus Himself tells us in John 18:37.  “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  Did you catch that?  Jesus said His purpose was to bear witness to the truth.  That truth is the truth about God.  The truth found in the BIble where we listen to His voice.  We are to be witnesses to the truth as well.  How do we do that?  What does the Bible tell us about how Jesus glorified God during His time on earth?  What things did Jesus do and teach that we can imitate?

Extra:  (Good read for parent: http://www.desiringgod.org/sermons/jesus-came-into-the-world-to-bear-witness-to-the-truth)  

Activity suggestion: (Have your children do some acting and say: Let’s be imitators and act out these next things as we discuss them)

Discuss:  Jesus loved.  Jesus loved God.  Jesus loved people, all people.  He loved people that were mean and hated Him.  He loved people that were sick. He loved people who were poor.  He loved people who were just normal.  He loved those who were wealthy.  He loved people who were living the opposite of what the Bible says.  Can you think of any examples?  (A few to discuss could be Zaccheus, disciples, lepers/diseased, Pharisees.  Act out a couple of situations:  It could be one of the examples from the Bible, responding in love to a mean person, or giving out of love to someone who is begging.)  The Bible tells us in Matthew 22:37-40:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  Loving God and loving others was so important that Jesus called them the greatest of the commandments.  We can seek to love others as if they were ourselves.  Loving all people the way Jesus did glorifies God.  We can also imitate Jesus in loving and glorifying God by keeping His commandments.  Remember John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  

Drive it home:  We could talk for days about the ways that we could imitate Jesus’s example, but we are getting close to the end of our lesson.  Here are a few more things that we can imitate that we see Jesus do during His life on earth.  Jesus told others the good news of the gospel. (Act out teaching and telling others.)  Jesus kept God’s commandments. (Command and act out doing what you are asked to do.) Jesus prayed. (Fold hands in prayer.)  Jesus forgave. (Act out doing something that requires forgiveness and then act out forgiving.)  His last act we cannot imitate.  It was to die for our sins so that we can have forgiveness.  He glorified God in His death and resurrection. (This should not be acted out.)  When sin first entered the world it broke the glorifying, perfect relationship with God that Adam and Eve had.  We live with that same sin today, don’t we? Remember when we said that even when you sin, how you respond to your sin can glorify God.  Because of Jesus, you can go to God for forgiveness and admit you are wrong (repent).  If you have sinned against a person, go to them for forgiveness, too.  Remember Jesus and how he paid for your sin (Gospel), and thank God for loving you and forgiving you. This will give honor and praise to God and glorify Him for what He has accomplished in Jesus His Son.

Let’s be imitators of Jesus.  Let’s share in His purpose.  When you believe in Jesus and that He died for your sins, you gain the glory of Christ,  you gain the purpose you were created to have, and you bear witness to the truth about our loving God and He will be glorified.  An amazing truth and purpose like that brings joy that will last forever!  So, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

Pray:  Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you made us to have a purpose.  It never feels right when we try to live glorifying things other than you.  We were made to be with you, to glorify you, and to bear witness to your truth.  We cannot do this on our own.  We ask that you would move in us through the Holy Spirit and grant us wisdom to know your Word so that we will be ready in every circumstance of our life.  Thank you for the work of Jesus who accomplished the purpose He came into the world to accomplish.  Help us Father to be imitators of Christ so that you will be glorified and so that others might see our good works and give glory to you as well.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.    

Sing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTeIMursb8  “Do Everthing” by Steven Curtis Chapman.


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