Passages: 1 Peter 1-5
Big Idea: Because of Jesus, you are called to be different. So be different, so that you will make a difference in this world.
Eight lessons exploring 1 Peter.
Note: These lessons are yet to be upgraded to the new Kidswise format. Each lesson contains two parts: K-2 is for children aged 5-7 and 3-5 is for children ages 8-11.
Peter writes this letter to the church scattered across modern-day Turkey (Asia Minor) to people who are suffering for their faith. He seeks to remind them of the truth of the gospel and encourage them to stand firm! (1 Peter 5:12)
Christians were being reviled (3:9), slandered (3:16), maligned (4:4) and denounced as criminals (2:12,14; 4:15).
This suffering caused grief (1:6; 2:19), fear (3:14), bewilderment (4:12) and anxiety (5:7). They were tempted to be ashamed of their faith (4:16) and retaliate to regain their honour (3:9; 2:23). But Peter writes to them in order that, by their faithful stand, God might be glorified (2:12), God’s people blessed (3:9) and their enemies silenced (2:15), shamed (3:16) or converted (2:12). Their lives will be radically different from the lives of those they live amongst.
Peter urges them not to be surprised when unjust suffering comes their way. Instead he calls them to persevere, remembering what awaits them in glory (1:3-5).
The unit comes complete with stories, pictures, suggested songs/memory verses, games, drama activities, crafts, large and small group activities. A resource pack full of crafts and worksheets is also included.