Love God
  • Tell what Jesus says in Matt 23:1-12 in your own words.      
  • Let everyone take a turn being the church leaders and telling everyone what they need to do.  
  • What does it mean to be a servant?  
  • Verse of the week: "Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others." Matthew 23:11 CEV
  • Pray:  Dear God, help us to share your love with others, not so that we look good, but that others know you are good.  In Jesus' name, amen. 
Love People  
  • What's the best thing about dressing up in a costume?   
  • What character would you most like to dress up as?  
  • What are you really good at?  
  • How do you know when someone really cares about you?   
  • What does it mean to be humble?  Can you name a humble person?  
Serve the World
  • Being a servant takes practice.  What if your family took this week to serve one another: take turns serving each other at meals; doing the other person's chores; letting the other be first; serving each other in little ways.  What would it mean for your relationships?  Would it help you to be more like Jesus? 
  • Visit the Serve page on to learn about ministry partners you might join God in serving.  
Devotional Note for Parents  

Jesus' call to humble, servant living flies in the face of the pressure we face each day to be successful, to be number one and to win.  Parents have the burden to be successful-and-to have successful children.  Kids have the burden of high expectations.  It's hard to know the difference about being the best self God dreams for us and being successful so that others will praise us.    


Jesus doesn't expect us to give up doing well or being successful, he just doesn't want us to put on a show of it.  And, with his help by spending time in prayer and serving one another, we can successfully live out his call to be humble.   

Sunday to Home
Connecting Worship, Children's Church and Home

October 30, 2011

Worship Theme

Jesus Tells How to be Great

Faith @ Home

Be a Servant & Put Others First 


Bible Story 
Matthew 23:1-12

Bible Background

 Last week Jesus gave us our "elevator speech" - how to tell others about being a Christian: Love God with your whole heart and love others as yourself.

This week Jesus goes a little more in-depth.  He says there are lot of people (the religious leaders) who think they know it all and that they do it all.  But it's all show - they tell others how to love God, but they don't practice what they teach. 

Jesus goes on to say more about what it means to love others.  It means not having to be first, to get the best seat or be popular with everyone. 
  True love requires humility and the greatest thing we do is to be a servant.

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