Drive

In this series, we learn how pursuing God leads to a good life, a life of helping others, and a life that leads to heaven.

Driven by Good

The Bible teaches that when we pursue God, we’ll really have it “good”. But what does that mean for a kid? It’s more than just candy and video games all day long. Having it “good” as a kid means we are joyful and free.

We have it “good” when we have joy.
Did you know that Jesus was a fun guy? He liked to laugh and joke around. Wanna guess where he performed his first miracle? At a party! (See John 2:1-12.) Jesus did that to show his disciples that he was different from other religious leaders. He wants to bring joy to our lives – that means true happiness. Here’s what joy looks like for a kid:

  • Knowing that everything good comes from God
  • Knowing Jesus loves you, even when you’re having a bad day
  • Knowing that we’ll be in heaven someday

We have it “good” when we have freedom.
Jesus wants us to be really free, and that’s why he gives us boundaries. Imagine that you lived on a busy street, but you wanted to play soccer with your friends. Wouldn’t you feel more free to play if there was a fence around your yard? That way the ball wouldn’t roll into the street, and you would be free to kick as hard as you wanted! That’s how the Bible works. It’s like a big fence, protecting us so we don’t wander into danger. That’s why we can have true freedom. If we stay in the boundaries God has provided, then we don’t need to fear because God will protect us.

We have it “good” when we have Jesus.
The Bible says that the good stuff in this life is only good for a little while – even candy and video games! But a relationship with Jesus lasts forever, so it is better than good. It’s the best! Everything good starts with Jesus. Have you asked him into your heart?

Memory Verse
John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Discussion Questions
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to set up the conversation.
  2. Describe your “best day ever”. Where would you be, what would you do, who would you be with?
  3. Describe what joy can look like in your life. Why does God care if we have joy?
  4. What does a person act like without joy? Why doesn’t God want us to be that way?
  5. What does freedom mean? Why is freedom important?
  6. Why is knowing Jesus so important? How does He help us?
  7. Read Hebrews 12:2-3. Jesus endured much suffering for us on the cross. Why do you think He found joy in that suffering? What can His attitude teach us?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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Driven by Purpose

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The Bible teaches that when we pursue God, we’ll really have a purpose in life. But what does that mean for a kid? It means that we’ll serve God by being the best helpers we can be.

The Bible teaches that when we pursue God, we’ll really have a purpose in life. But what does that mean for a kid? It means that we’ll serve God by being the best helpers we can be.

Jesus came to serve.
Jesus is God. He created the whole world! That means he’s the boss – but he wasn’t bossy! One time, when he was having a meal with his disciples, he did something really surprising. He started washing their feet! Back in that day, that was one of the dirtiest jobs! His disciples were really surprised, because they didn’t think he should have to do that.

John 13:12-17 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

We should be helpers, too.
If we’re following Jesus, we should act like Jesus! That means we shouldn’t walk around being bossy and selfish. We should be helpers. We should be willing to do things that aren’t always fun or easy:

  • Being nice to our brothers and sisters
  • Helping around the house
  • Helping other kids or teachers at school

Jesus chose for us to live with purpose.
Every kid who knows Jesus was chosen by Jesus, like getting picked for a team at recess. He wants you on his team! And he has a job for you: to serve others! Are you willing to play your part?

John 15:16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit….

Talk About It
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to set up the conversation.
  2. Make a list of ways your parents help you. How do your teachers help you?
  3. Read John 13:12-17. How did Jesus serve His disciples in this passage? Do you think that was a fun thing to do?
  4. List some ways you can be helpful at home. Why is it important for you to be helpful?
  5. What do you think it means to live with purpose? Why is it important to have purpose?
  6. What happens if you don’t have purpose?
  7. Read Matthew 20:25-28. The world says the leaders get to boss people around. What did Jesus say about that? What did Jesus do instead?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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Driven by Heaven

The Bible teaches that when we pursue God, we’ll get to live in heaven with him someday. That’s a great reason to do it! Heaven is prettier, cooler, and more fun than anything we’ve ever experienced before. Here’s what it will look like:

In heaven, we get to be with God
The Bible teaches that when we go to heaven, we will be with God! That means there will be no more sadness or pain. Everything will be perfect. We will only have happiness and peace.

Revelation 21:3-4 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

In heaven, we get to be with other people who love God
Heaven will be like one big family reunion! We’ll get to be with all of our friends and family who had put their faith in Jesus – along with all the other believers throughout history. Think about it – you can meet people like Abraham, David and Peter from the Bible!

Revelation 21:6-7 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

Getting to heaven is guaranteed because of Jesus
This is the best news of all. The Bible says that anyone who has put their trust in Jesus will live in heaven with Him some day. We don’t have to worry if we make it in or if we’ve done enough for God. All it takes is giving your heart to Jesus, with an attitude of faith. Because of this guarantee, we can live our lives with joy and purpose knowing that in the end we will be in heaven with God!

Revelation 21:5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

Want to learn more about trusting Jesus? Click here to talk about asking Jesus into your heart. 

 

Memory Verse
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:22

 

Discussion Questions
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to set up the conversation.
  2. Describe what you think heaven will be like.
  3. How does it make you feel to know that you’ll never be sad or lonely in heaven?
  4. Did you know that you’ll have lots of friends in heaven? What do you think you’ll do with friends in heaven?
  5. Is there someone you’ve read about in the Bible that you look forward to meeting in heaven? Who?
  6. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Have you put your faith in Jesus yet?
  7. Read Colossians 3:1-2. What does it mean to keep your focus on heaven while still living here? What are the things of this world we should avoid? Why?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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