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Week 1 - Day 5

Big Idea: God’s champions train other athletes!
Memory Verse: Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Tumbling is a great way to exercise. Many young people learn how to do tumbling at an early age. That might include cartwheels, somersaults, and other jumps and spins. The 1932 Olympics were the only games in which gymnastics tumbling was a stand-alone event. Today it is part of the floor apparatus gymnastic routines. The 1932 event included a 2-foot-wide and 60-foot-long mat on which all the flips and twists were performed. The only Olympic champion in this event was Rowland “Flip” Wolfe of the United States. His special move was a backflip with a double twist. This helped 17-year-old Rowland become the youngest medal winner up to that time.

Did you know the Olympics were mentioned in the Bible? The apostle Paul once said that we should run in such a way as to win the prize. But he wasn’t talking about a gold medal. The prize we should all want to win is a home in heaven, where we will be with Jesus forever.

The Bible says we should “set an example for believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” This is a very interesting passage from the Bible. It’s interesting because it speaks about the stories we have studied. You recall the servant girl who set an example in speech. Caleb walked with God and was a real champion his entire life. Joseph showed us how to be a champion by showing great love and forgiveness for his brothers, even after they had sold him to strangers in a foreign country. We saw the faith of Andrew as he followed Jesus from his life of a fisherman to become a follower of Jesus. Today we looked at a young man who became a champion teacher.

The evangelist Paul is credited with taking three major missionary journeys and a fourth journey to Rome. In Acts chapter 13, Paul embarked on his first missionary journey, accompanied by Barnabas and John Mark. However, before long, John Mark deserted the party. This trip took the missionaries throughout Asia Minor. The first journey came to an end in Acts chapter 14. Our story begins in Acts 15:36, where Paul was about to embark on his second journey.
Lystra was about 18 miles southwest of Iconium, a fairly recently inhabited town in a pleasant valley. Some authorities feel there were only two or three Jewish families living there and, therefore, there was likely no synagogue in the area. A mother named Eunice, a grandmother named Lois, and young Timothy lived there. Timothy’s father was a Greek man but is not mentioned by name. Perhaps he was a heathen. What we do know, however, is that Eunice and Lois were God-fearing people who worked hard at training young Timothy in the ways of the Lord. When Paul was introduced to Timothy, he must have been very impressed. Although likely just a teen, Timothy exhibited characteristics that Paul recognized as being very helpful in his missionary journeys. So, Paul asked Timothy if he would be willing to accompany him. This was not an easy decision to make. For Lois and Eunice, they would be sending off the young man they loved. For Timothy, it meant leaving behind his friends and family and traveling to unknown destinations that could be filled with danger. Yet Timothy decided that his place was to use his talents to serve the Lord. He packed his bags and left with Paul. Eventually we read that Timothy became a great missionary himself. He was given the opportunity time and again to preach the good news of salvation to those who were living in darkness.
We may never be asked to leave our family and friends to travel to far-off countries as God’s missionaries. But that doesn’t mean we should not tell others about his love for us. Timothy serves as a wonderful example of how a young person can use his or her talents to tell others about the Savior. We can do this in so many ways: Just by inviting someone to church, by helping teach Sunday school, by assisting with neighborhood canvasses, or by casual conversation with our friends and relatives. We should all strive to be like Timothy. This is an ideal end to the stories from the past week. We can now take what we have learned and share it with everyone we meet.
Over the week we have been bringing in change to send a missionary from South America to the Middle East. We raised $412.02 towards that goal. WOW! The kids should all be proud of themselves for giving sacrificially this week.
We had fun on waterslides today.
What a great week! Thank you for sharing your kids with us this week, and feel free to join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for our Sunday Baptism service!
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