There is a lot of anger in our world right now. This has led to people being mean and violent toward one another. Remember, its normal and okay to get mad sometimes; what matters is what you do with it. Just because we are angry, doesn't mean its okay to hurt people. Can you think of some better ways to cope with anger?
Today we read a story about some people who were angry at Jesus. They were so mad, they chased him out of town! (In the non-PG/non-children's Bible version, they try to throw Jesus off a cliff. Definitely not a good response). Let's read together.
The Scripture lesson can be found in Luke 4:14-30 or in the SPARK Storybook Bible on p. 252.
Here are some questions to help us think about the story:
Jesus' neighbors had known him for a long time, and were surprised when he started preaching. Draw a map of your hometown. Mark the places you go to frequently (school, soccer field, park, friends' houses, etc.). What are some ways you can share God's love in each of these places?
Good News for the Poor
Take out a piece of paper and brainstorm ways your family can bring good news to the poor and sick like Jesus did. Is there someone you can pick up groceries for? Is there an organization you like that needs donations? Select one (or more) idea you have and put it into practice this week!
Anger Dice Game
Take turns rolling a die and answering the question next to the number you rolled.
- Name someone you can talk to when you are feeling angry
- What is something you can say when you are feeling angry?
- Give a reason it is important to stay calm when you are feeling angry
- Describe what not to do when you are feeling angry
- Describe an anger warning sign you might feel when you're starting to get angry
- Name a calm down strategy you can use when you are feeling angry
Think of a name for God (Savior, Comforter, etc). Sit in a quiet place for a minute or two and start taking deep breaths: fill your belly with air, and then let it out. As you breathe in, say your name for God. As you breathe out, imagine your anger and stress leaving you.