Let's talk...about conflict
Quarrel is another word for argue. Paul uses it in today's reading!
Even the best relationships have conflicts sometimes. That is because God made us all unique. We have differences! Sometimes, our differences make it hard for us to get along.
Can you think of a time you had a conflict with someone?
- Who was it with?
- What was it about?
- Did you resolve it? What did you do?
Our reading today is about a church community that was experiencing conflict. They were from a place called Corinth. Paul wrote them a letter which we call-- you guessed it!-- 1st Corinthians to help them focus on worshipping and serving God together. He tells them to put their differences aside to remember that they are united in Christ.
- Who is Paul writing to?
- What are they arguing about?
- Why was Paul sent to them?
(Answers: his "brothers and sisters" in the Christian church in Corinth; they were divided because they followed the teachings of different leaders; Paul was sent to "proclaim the gospel").
Click here to watch our worship video! But first, let's pray together. Add in your own prayer needs.
Dear God, thank you for this day and for all the good things you give us. Be with us in our worship. Help us with..... In Jesus' name, amen.
Here is your challenge: Pick one of the disagreements your family has frequently (like which show to watch, which dinner to make, sibling rivalry, etc.) Let each person share their side of the argument. Listen, learn, and try to figure out the best way to move forward!
All Together (Younger Kids)
Although we are all different in many ways, we are the same in one important way: Jesus' love for us. Gather stuffed animals, dolls, and action figures of a variety of shapes and sizes for a worship service! Create a small cross or altar for them to focus on as they remember Jesus' love. (DC heroes worshipping alongside Marvel heroes?! No problem!).
Jesus Loves Us All
Make hearts in a variety of colors and sizes using Play-doh or other craft supplies. While you're creating, think about how Jesus' love is for everyone, of all ages, colors, and sizes. How can we better love people who are different from us?
Even in our families, we have different ideas about what to do and say in certain situations. Cooperation means we try to work together and let everyone contribute. It takes patience, communication, and compromise! Talk about what those things mean.
Using Legos or craft supplies, work together to make something-- anything! But, you have to decide together what to make. Listen to everyone's ideas and make sure everyone plays a role in the construction. When you're done, take a picture and share! How was it to cooperate together?
Summary and Devotional Resource
Click here to access a review of this week's lesson from the publisher of our curriculum. Scroll to the bottom to download a devotional resource for your family to use this week!