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A TEST IN THE DESERT
This month we’re learning all about PURITY. Sin makes your heart dirty!
Eeew! Ask Jesus for His love and forgiveness. He will wash your heart pure and clean from sins. Stay pure by saying, “No!” to sins, like Jesus did when he was tested in the desert.
Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to pay
"Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13
We are GEEKING out on technology this month - laptops, calculators, video games. Ever notice with a computer you can wipe the slate clean with a simple "CTRL + ALT + DEL"?
God wants us to do the same thing when people wrong us!
March 3, We are going to kick things off talking about FASTING. What better way to talk about Forgiveness than reminding everyone about the reason for the season? Part of Fasting is an act of repentance, and everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.
March 10, We will be talking about how Jesus instructed Peter to forgive aplenty.
March 17, We will be talking about what the Bible says about judging people (the Speck versus the Plank).
March 24, We will be talking about Zaccheus the tax collector.
During Lent, we’ll be challenging kids to complete the STSA Lent Bingo. Each grade level has a different goal. When your child meets their goal, have them bring back the sheet to Sunday School to get a prize! Print the STSA Lent Bingo sheet and get your kids started soon.
MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL
“Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17
Have you ever thought something worked one way, only to find it didn’t? Like maybe as a kid you thought the bathtub drain was a death trap. Then you learned it couldn’t actually suck you into the sewer and that was a game changer. Or maybe you were sure that the closet should be avoided because monsters lived there. Then you learned they didn’t. That changed your morning routine for sure. Any time you learn new information, it can turn your world upside down.
This Lenten season, our teen theme is “UPSIDE DOWN” because, let’s face it, Jesus had a habit of doing just that with His teachings and with those closest to Him. He often did or said things that were the exact opposite of what anyone expected. He’d take ideas that everyone agreed with, ideas everyone would say, “Of course that’s just the way it is,” and He’d flip them upside down. He would tell people to do the exact opposite of what they thought. This was especially true when Jesus talked about how we treat people, specifically people who like us and also those who don’t, and people we don’t even notice. Over the course of Lent, we will look at Jesus’ actions and words and focus on a principle He turned upside down. We will see that when we live upside down, we care more about God’s praise than man’s praise, we love our enemies, we celebrate mercy over justice, we find hope in hopeless circumstances, and we choose others’ comfort over our own.
MARCH 3: Fasting
MARCH 10: Courage over Comfort
MARCH 17: Love
MARCH 24: Forgiveness
MARCH 31: Hope
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