Be sure to greet each student as they arrive.
The following is a summary of the Bible story to help you with your preparation.
Please do NOT read to the children. Instead, study your Bible, using this summary
as a guide, and make a note page to help you remember your plans for the lesson or
questions you want to ask.
Who remembers the name of the man who helped Paul write his letters to
the Thessalonians and Colossians and Philippians? It was Timothy and today
we are going to talk about a letter that Paul wrote to him.
How many of you remember us studying Paul’s letter to the Ephesians?
Well, when Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy (he wrote two letters - we will
study the second one next week), Timothy was the pastor/preacher at the
church in Ephesus. Paul wrote this letter to Timothy to remind him that in
church, the right thing should be taught - the Bible, with no other ideas added to
it. He said they should never stop reading the Bible in church (4:13). It sounds
kind of funny to think that people might stop reading their Bibles in church, does-
n’t it? Do you remember having a favorite toy you played with all the time?!
What happened when you got a new, shiny one? You played with the new one
a lot and the old favorite one less and less. One day you didn’t pick up that old
toy anymore and may have even tossed it out. Well, the Bible is not a toy, but if
we start listening to things that sound all fancy and exciting, our Bible could be
put aside (even though it is the truth and the best thing we could listen to), just
like that toy, until one day when we no longer pick it up again! That’s why we
should never stop reading our Bibles. It is a letter to us from God just like 1st
Timothy was a letter to Timothy from Paul!
In this letter, Paul also told Timothy that he was writing because he
wanted them to know how people should act at church (3:14-15)! Paul said that
the people in the church should be known for the love they have for each other.