Kinda Sorta Christian

Learn what it means to really be a Christian.

Are You a Kinda Sorta Christian?

A "kinda sorta" Christian doesn't really know Jesus, but a real Christian treats him like a best friend.

A “kinda sorta” Christian doesn’t really know Jesus, but a real Christian treats him like a best friend.

SUMMARY:

A “kinda sorta” kid is someone who always answers every questions with “kinda sorta”:

  • Do you like playing football?
  • Do you like eating dessert?
  • Do you have friends at school?
  • Do you ever brush your teeth?
  • Do you still play with stuffed animals?
  • Did you change your underwear this week?

A “kinda sorta” Christian is a kid who kinda knows who Jesus is, but not really.

  • He goes to church, but only because his parents make him.
  • He knows the Golden Rule, but he never really follows it.
  • He memorizes his Bible verse each week, but only for the cash.
  • He asked Jesus into his heart, but he doesn’t obey his parents.

Are YOU a kinda sorta Christian? If so, are you ready to change and become something more? A real Christian knows Jesus like he’s a best friend. If you’re best friends with Jesus, you want to hang out with him. You look out for him, and stand up for him around other kids. You care about the things he cares about. And you obey him.

John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

If you’re best friends with Jesus, you’ll start acting like him.

1 John 2:6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Here are some good ideas:

  • Be sure to have family time and prayer every week, or every day!
  • Brainstorm ways to serve at home or at school – and then do it!
  • Try being nice to kids who don’t have friends.
  • Make a habit of inviting kids to church.

Talk with a parent or teacher about this, and add some of your own things to the list. Don’t just be a “kinda sorta” Christian. Treat Jesus like your best friend, and start living like it!

Talk About It
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this topic? Explain.
  3. Make a list of things you love to do and a list of things you hate to do. Then, make a list of things you only sort of like doing.
  4. How do people typically act who don’t know or care about God?
  5. What makes a person a best friend to you?
  6. What can you do to spend more time with Jesus?
  7. How does Jesus want us to act?
  8. Read Isaiah 29:13. What do you think it means that people honor God only with their words? Why does it matter what’s in your heart?
  9. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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You Can’t Order Up God Like a Kid’s Meal

Watch the video above and talk about it with your family. Learn more.

When God gives you apple slices instead of fries, what will you do?

Key Points:

  • You can’t order up God like a kids’ meal. We don’t get to pick and choose what God is like or what he gives us or doesn’t give us.
  • What God gives us is good for us. The things he gives us aren’t always the things we want, but what he gives us is good for us.

Memory Verse:

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Talk About It
  1. What’s your favorite part of the video? What’s one thing you learned from it?
  2. What’s your favorite fast food restaurant? Why is it your favorite?
  3. Create a list of words that describe God. What is your favorite thing about God?
  4. Why can’t we tell God who we want him to be?
  5. Share a time you asked God for something and you got it. How did that make you feel?
  6. Share a time you asked God for something and didn’t get it. How did that make you feel?
  7. Why can the hard stuff in life still be good for us?
  8. Read Isaiah 40:31. Why should we trust in the Lord? Why is it better to follow God’s plan instead of our own?
  9. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

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Don’t Be a Weak Sauce Christian

Don't be a weak sauce Christian. Be strong and stand up for God!

Don’t be a “weak sauce” Christian. Be strong and stand up for God!

SUMMARY:

Who’s the strongest person you know? How do you know they’re the strongest? Put ’em to a test:

  • Can he pick up a really heavy box?
  • Can he carry a person on her back?
  • Can he do 100 chin ups?

If they answer is yes to those questions, then guess what? That person is the strongest kid you know. But now ask these questions to another kid:

  • Can he pick up a tiny box?
  • Can he carry a smaller kid on his back?
  • Can he even do one chin up?

If they answer “no” to those questions, then that kid is WEAK SAUCE! He should start keeping a diary, ’cause he’s a wimpy kid!

Now how about this question: how do you know if you’re a weak sauce Christian? Here’s the test…

If you’re a weak sauce” Christian…

  1. You care more about your friend’s opinion than what the Bible says.
  2. You only pray to God when you want a toy or something.
  3. You don’t live like Jesus wants you to live.

 

Don’t be a weak sauce Christian! Be strong!

If you’re a strong Christian kid…

  1. You care more about God’s opinion than anything else.
  2. You pray and read the Bible every day.
  3. You live like Jesus is your best friend.

God is looking for kids who will be strong at home, at school and everywhere! A true Christian will stand up for God. Anything else is weak sauce!

Talk About It
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this topic? Explain.
  3. Who is the strongest person you know? What makes them strong?
  4. Why shouldn’t we listen to the world? Why should we listen to the Bible?
  5. When we pray, what else should we do besides just asking for stuff?
  6. How often do you read the Bible and pray? Why is that important for us to do?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 16:13.  What can we do to be strong for God? What do we need to guard against?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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Introducing the Brain Game

How you think matters because it affects how you live.

Play the Brain Game to make sure you’re thinking right.

SUMMARY:

Did you know that what you think in your mind is important? Everything you learn and everything you believe will eventually affect the way you live your life. For example:

  • If you believe in being healthy, you will eat a lot of vegetables.
  • If you believe in the Golden Rule, you will help a kid who drops his books.
  • If you believe in obeying your parents, you will take out the garbage when they say so.

Do you see how important it is to think right? It’s not just a game – it actually matters! Thinking right can help you live right. But this is also true: thinking wrong can make you live wrong. So be careful about what you think!

There’s a game for this, and it’s called The Brain Game. Here’s how it works. First make a list of things that you know are true. Here are some examples:

  • My parents love me.
  • Jesus loves me.
  • Jesus died on the cross for me.

You can finish that list on your own or with your family or class. When you’re done with the first list, make a second list of the things you know are NOT true. For example:

  • Junk food is good for you. 
  • Unicorns are for real.
  • Yellow snow is tastier than white snow. (It’s not a snowcone, kids. Trust me, don’t eat yellow snow!)

Do you get the point of the Brain Game? What you believe really matters. If you believe in silly stuff, you’ll end up looking silly. That’s why the Bible tells us to protect our minds, like in this verse:

Proverbs 4:23 (CEB) More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.

The Brain Game is all about protecting your mind. Take that piece of paper, and rip it right down the middle. This is the fun part. Hold on to what is true. Crumple up the stuff that is false, and shoot it into the garbage can.

The Brain Game is fun, and you can play it throughout your life, not just when you’re a kid. Here’s what you’ll need to play:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Bible

That’s it! But don’t forget. The Brain Game’s instruction book is the Bible. The Bible tells us what is true and what is false. So keep reading your Bible, and keep playing the famous Brain Game!

Talk About It
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this topic? Explain.
  3. Make a list of silly things people might believe. (ie yellow snow is good for you, candy is a vegetable, unicorns are real)
  4. Why do our thoughts affect our actions?
  5. What are some consequences for thinking the wrong way about something?
  6. What book tells us the right way to think?
  7. Read 2 Corinthians 10:5.  What should we take captive? Who should we choose to obey?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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