Children's Challenge: Week 41
12–18 October 2015
After the second letter to Timothy, we come to the letter that Paul wrote to Titus. Titus was on the island of Crete and he was given the task of leading the church there. Paul’s letter was to remind Titus to stay focussed on growing the church there and appointing other leaders to help him with the work.
When we believe in Jesus, it should change not only the way we think, but the way we behave as well. Paul wanted to make sure that the Christians on Crete understood this, and he had some specific instructions for Titus to share with the people there.
Paul wrote these sorts of instructions to many groups of people. Some of them would be considered more important and powerful in their society than others, but Paul’s message was the same to all of them: whether you find yourself in good circumstances or bad, whether you are thought to be powerful and important or not, you should try to live the way Jesus taught, showing God’s love and treating others in a way you would want them to treat you. This is how people around us will be able to see a new and better way of life, like the one that Jesus spoke about – a life full of love, freedom and compassion.
- Make a word search from the following words: self-control, faith, love, patience, kindness, sincerity, honesty, trustworthiness, hope, purity, encouragement, respect. Draw a 15x15 square grid, randomly write the complete words in and then fill the gaps with other random letters.
- Give the word search to someone else to find the words and explain to them why these things are important in our lives.