Week 4—Stewardship: Use It or Lose It
Hello Reign Forest!
Here's the recap from yesterday's session:
We looked at something Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give . . . God loves a cheerful giver, (NIrV). We have opportunities every day to spend money on all sorts of things and experiences. But what if we looked at our money differently? What if we looked at money through the eyes of stewardship and saw that how we use our money reflects how we take care of what God has given to us.
Bottom Line: Use your money wisely. One of the best ways we can use our money is to give some away and allow God to something amazing with it. We’ll help kids figure out ways then can give, save and spend their money wisely.
Memory Verse: You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."
2 Corinthians 9:7
Key Question: How can you best use your time? Kids are just starting to become aware of time. We’ll help kids begin to realize that we only have so much time, so how we use it matters to God. Kids will wrestle through the ways they spend their time now and figure out what needs to change to use their time wisely. Really, this is a question we hope small group leaders and parents ask themselves as they lead their kids. Everyone can benefit by taking a look at how they’re spending the time God has given to them.
With that in mind, we continue looking at stewardship with another Psalm. In Psalm 90:12, Moses writes,Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom, (NIV). Moses reminds us that when we take time to think about the time God has given us, we have an opportunity to use our time wisely.
Bottom Line: Use your time wisely. We only have so much time while we’re here on earth, but every day God gives us is a chance for us to do something that matters. We can waste our time or use it to do something significant. We pray that kids will make every moment they have count.
Memory verse: Psalm 90:12, NLT
"Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
The Reign Forest Team
Key Question: How can you treat everything like it belongs to God? It’s hard for anyone to refocus how they think about their stuff. This is especially true for kids. We hope to guide kids through the process of realizing that what they have is a gift on loan to us from God. Because of that, how we take care of what have matters. We want kids to walk away with a plan for how they will treat what they have like it belongs to God—because it does!
That’s why we start the month with something David wrote in Psalm 24:1, The earth belongs to the Lord. And so does everything in it. The world belongs to him. And so do all those who live in it, (NIrV). What David wrote at the start of this Psalm is an important reminder. As we head into a month talking about stewardship, we want kids to focus on the Creator and how everything big and small, seen and unseen, belongs to God.
Bottom Line: Remember, everything belongs to the Lord. Kids have an easy time claiming what’s theirs. One of the first words a child learns is “mine!” We want kids to understand that what they have is actually on loan to us. Remembering that everything belongs to God is the first step in choosing to use what we have wisely, because what we have belongs to God.
Our verse for this week is: Psalm 24:1, NLT
"The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him."
~The REIGN FOREST TEAM
Reign Forest Team
1st Sunday - Anita Wenrich
2nd Sunday - Kristin Wise
3rd Sunday - Christina
4th Sunday - Cheryl Marshall
5th Sunday - Angie Martin