Read this lesson together:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
- What questions do you have about this reading?
- What is your favorite part?
- A covenant is an agreement made between two people or groups. God makes promises to us even though we can't keep our side of the agreement!
- Iniquity is another word for sin or doing something harmful.
Activity: Written on Your Heart
God doesn't just want us to know what he says, God wants us to make it a part of our lives-- to take it to heart! We need to live according to our faith. We love God with our whole mind, heart, soul, and strength-- every part of us!
- On a piece of paper, draw a large heart.
- What is going on in your heart today? Are you happy, sad, or scared? Are you upset about everything going on? On one half of the heart, write or draw what you are experiencing.
- On the other half of your heart, write what God says. Here are some examples!
- God loves you.
- Jesus is with you always.
- Do not be afraid!
- God forgives us when we make mistakes.
- "Love your neighbor as yourself."
- The dead will be raised!
Activity: Follow the Law
Brainstorm some ways you can live out your faith and take God's law to heart. Here are some examples:
- Donate to NACE Food Shelf, Hope4Youth, or another local organization that serves those in need.
- Ask your parents (or children, or spouses) if there is anything you can do to help them this week.
- Call a grandparent, church person, or someone else who would appreciate some conversation.
- What other ideas can you come up with?
This week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Even though this is an American holiday, there are many Scriptures about giving thanks. Try looking some up and reading them together!
- 1 Chronicles 16:34
- Psalm 28:7
- Psalm 69:30
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Luke 22:19-20
What are some things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving? Thank God for them! Pray: Dear God, thank you for....
Activity: Thank You Notes
Think of someone who you are grateful for-- it may be a teacher, coach, parent, grandparent, etc. Write them a thank-you note and either deliver it (safely) or mail it to them this week.