This month has been an incredible journey as we’ve discovered that we are sons and daughters of the most high God. Our retreat was a powerful community experience as hundreds of our youth gathered at Muskoka Woods for a weekend where we encountered the truth of our existence; that we are known by God and created for a purpose worth living for.
Week 4 of our midweek curriculum this month centered around the fact that we as children of God have been given a purpose and a mission. Here is a short snapshot of what was taught with some questions to engage your kids with.
BIG IDEA: As children of the Most High God, we are called to be a part of his mission.
– Whether you know it or not, because of our identities as children of the Most High God, we have been created to be people with a mission. We are on a mission from God.
– Matthew 28:18-20 (NIrV) “Then Jesus came to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.’”
– Over the night we look at people in the bible who God calls to be on Mission and they give excuses why they shouldn’t participate. Moses, Jeremiah and Jonah. We then look at a few characters who risk it all for what God calls them to do; Noah, Esther and the disciples.
– Esther 4:13-16 Esther doesn’t let an excuse stop her. She says: “If I must die, I must!” That’s living out your mission! That’s being all in and being willing to get it done.
– You know other people in the Bible who were flawed and messy, but all in at the same time—the disciples. Their mission—and ours!—is to “…Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…”
– This is our mission. Let’s not make excuses—especially bad ones. Let’s be ALL IN. Let’s step up and make disciples. Let’s share the hope of Jesus with people. Let’s learn and grow and commit together to our mission.
Questions around the dinner table:
- Have you ever had an important challenging mission, task or purpose that someone gave you that you had to complete? What was it? How did you do?
- Why do you think we often make excuses to get out of having to engage in doing something important? Consider characters in the bible who made excuses to get out of what God was calling them to do. Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah.
- What would it look like to be like Esther who said “if I die, I die”? What would make you think this way?
- What is the mission that God is calling you on? How do you feel about it?
- What does it mean to be on mission at your school? Do you have a hard time doing what you know God’s calling you to do? Why?