Mission Incredible: The Mission
Our mission as Christians is to live godly lives that honor God and serve others!
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Mission Incredible: The Mission
NOTE: If you are new to Mommy Disciple me, Welcome! What is red in italics is designed for you to either read aloud with your children or privately to yourself before the lesson; these guidelines are here in Mission Incredible Lesson 1 and in the Mommy Disciple Me introductory lesson to orient you to the MDM approach. Use these pieces as is best for your family. God bless you as you lead your children to Him!
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What does the Bible say?
Memorize this verse
In the Word section, we are going to memorize a Scripture passage. Everything we talk about in this lesson will surround this Bible verse. We don’t have to memorize this all at once; we will go over it as many times as it takes in the coming days for us to get this verse stuck in our hearts and minds. Our verse for this lesson is:
This week’s verse: 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 – “Train yourself for godliness, for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way.” (ESV)
What truth is God speaking to us through His Word?
Listen for God’s voice through the verse
In the Whispers section, we pause to meditate on what God is saying to us through our memory verse. We want to approach the Bible with a sense of expectancy, because God speaks into our lives when we listen to Him. 1st Kings 19 says that God spoke to the prophet Elijah with a soft whisper. In the same way, in the Whispers section, we want to learn to quiet our hearts and listen for what God wants to speak to us. What God has to say is the most important thing. When we seek Him through His Word, we can anticipate that He will always, always speak!
– Train yourself to be a superhero for God!
– Physical exercise is great, but exercising for godliness is even better!
– Godliness is being like Jesus!
What can we learn about these truths?
Draw your kids into this concept through this reading
In the Welcomes section, our family is going to learn more about this part of Scripture through teaching and examples. Note: For families with preschoolers, please read through this “W” and summarize as you see fit for your little ones.
This summer, our family is going to talk about being INCREDIBLE for God! He has a super special mission for each of us who follow Him! In His power and strength, we can go from being ordinary people to superheroes for God! This won’t happen just because we are so awesome or amazing, though. It will happen because of who God is, what He is doing in our lives, and how we train ourselves to live for Him.
In this first lesson of “Mission Incredible,” we are going to talk about “The Mission.”
Our mission as Christians is to live godly lives that glorify and honor God!
To honor means to give great respect, and, as we begin learning about this, we are going to learn the story of a young man named Timothy, whose Greek name meant “to honor God.” Timothy’s story is told in the New Testament of the Bible. We aren’t sure when Timothy was born, but we know he lived sometime within a few decades after Jesus walked on earth. Timothy started out as a normal, ordinary young man, but, because he chose to live his “Mission Incredible” for God, his life made a huge difference in the world! You could say that he became of superhero for God! There are even two books in the Bible named after him!
Timothy’s father was a Greek, which means that Timothy was born into an ancient culture that greatly influenced our culture! The ancient Greeks were known for their political and judicial system, their understanding of medicine and science, and their influence on the alphabet and literature. Perhaps what they are best known for is the Olympic Games, which the world celebrates to this day!
Now, while Timothy was a part of the Greek culture, he was also part of another culture. You see, when Timothy was a child, he decided to follow Jesus. This means he chose to use his life to glorify and honor God from a very young age. As Timothy grew up, a man named Paul became like a spiritual dad to him. Paul taught Timothy so many things about his “Mission Incredible” for God! In this lesson series, we are going to talk a lot about what Paul taught Timothy!
Background Info: Timothy’s story is told throughout the New Testament, from Acts on. Some special passages to read are: Acts 16:1, and the books of 1st and 2nd Timothy. Many references from the books of Timothy will be used in this lesson series.
As Timothy got older, he got to travel with Paul on some of his missionary trips. Along the way, Paul continued to disciple Timothy – which is exactly what I want to do for you! To disciple means “to teach.” Paul discipled Timothy in how to live a godly life as they spent time together, and, when they were apart, he discipled Timothy through letters. What an example Paul is for me as I disciple you!
In one of his letters, Paul challenged Timothy to “train for godliness.” Since Timothy had a Greek father, he probably knew a thing or two about training and exercise. Physical exercise was super important to the ancient Greeks; as a culture, they placed a really high value on physical fitness. That’s one reason they started the Olympic Games!
The Apostle Paul could have easily had the Olympic Games in mind when he wrote:
“…While bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”
(1 Timothy 4:7-8)
In other words, Paul was saying, “If you think exercising your physical body is good, you should see how much good exercising your spiritual body does!”
in order to live your “Mission Incredible” for God, you need to exercise and be prepared. Just like you may lift weights or run on a track to strengthen your physical body, you can read your Bible and work on your relationship with God, to strengthen your spiritual body.
So, in this and coming lessons, we are going to talk about training for godliness. Our “Mission Incredible” is to live for God by honoring Him. We train for this mission by practicing our spiritual disciplines, spiritual warfare, spiritual gifts and purity. These are all really important topics, and I can’t wait to talk to you about being a superhero in each one of these areas!
For now, let’s start by memorizing our first verse about this! It says:1 Timothy 4:7-8
“1 Timothy 4:7-8 “Train yourself for godliness, for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way…” 1 Timothy 4:7-8
(Let’s be sure to say the reference before and after the verse, so that we can remember its “address” in the Bible!)
I love that we are learning about how to live our “Mission Incredible” for God! I’m so proud of you kids!
What questions do we have about this?
Talk about the questions that arise
There are questions that will naturally arise for us in each lesson, but the Wonders section is designed to help jump start our conversations. You kids are welcome to ask me any questions you want! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll help us find it! I want you to be curious about God’s Word and how it applies to our lives!
– What does Timothy’s name mean? (“honoring God”) How can we do this with our lives?
– What did the ancient Greeks have to do with Timothy? (his father was a Greek!)
– What did our culture gain from the Greeks? (medicine, politics, science, alphabet, literature, the Olympic Games)
– What was super important to the Greeks? (physical exercise; keeping the body fit and in shape)
– What does it mean “to disciple” somebody? (to teach them about their relationship with God)
– How did Paul compare exercising for godliness to exercising for health? (physical exercise is important but godly exercise is most important)
– What does it mean to honor? (To honor means to give great respect.)
– What are some ways that we can honor God each day?
– Remember how we learned that the Paul discipled Timothy; what does it mean to disciple? (to teach about God and His Word!)
– What can we use to exercise for godliness? (our Bible, getting closer to God, working on our relationship with God, telling others about our Him, etc.)
What else does the Bible say about these truths?
Look at this concept in other places in God’s Word
In the Weavings section, our family will look at other parts of the Bible where the truths and concepts of this lesson are addressed. Even though the Bible is a really big book, its stories and themes carry from the beginning to the end. Remember, in the Bible, the Old Testament stories are to the left and the New Testament stories are to the right. Let’s get out our Bible and look at where all these different stories and Scripture references are in God’s Word, so that our eyes can see how all the pieces work and connect together. The Weavings section will guide us in beginning to talk about these. (Note: For families with preschoolers, please read through this “W” and summarize as you see fit for your little ones.)
Old Testament: One of the first ways that we train for godliness is to be in God’s Word. Psalm 119:32a says, “I will run in the way of your commandments.” The idea of the word “run” in this verse is to go really fast, to rush toward, to race after. Training for godliness has never been a passive thing; you don’t just sit around and hope that godliness happens. Training for godliness is as active as running from one place to another with as much effort as you possible can! Let’s talk about how we can put in effort to “run” after God’s Word and His mission for our lives.
New Testament: In 1st Corinthians 9:24, Paul wrote, “Run in such a way to win the prize” (NLT). In the ancient Olympics, the official prize for winning was an olive branch crown. This was the only official prize, and there was only one winner in each game – no silver or bronze winners like in modern Olympic games. One of the great things about living for God is that there is more than one prize. Unlike the ancient Olympic games, anybody and everybody who trains for godliness can be a winner. What’s more, the prize that God has for us is really big! Scripture says that the prize is both for this life and for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8). God promises in His Word to reward those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:1, 6). Isn’t it amazing that God rewards us when we live our “Mission Incredible” for Him?
How can we live out these truths?
The Walking section of Mommy Disciple Me is where we begin to think about how to apply the Scripture to our lives and live it out. The book of James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. …whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:22, 25 NIV) This section gives our family ideas from which we can springboard into action as God leads us.
The ancient Greek civilization still influences us today through the modern Olympic games. Every four years, the world stops to watch the best athletes compete for Olympic medals. These athletes don’t just wake up one morning and win gold, silver or bronze medals, though. They work hard, train, sacrifice, and focus on their Olympic goals for years and years.
We may or may not be potential Olympic athletes, but God has called us to something even bigger: our “Mission Incredible” for Him! Paul wrote: “For this reason we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10, CSB).
One way our family “labors and strives” to train ourselves in godliness is by spending time in discipleship. I know sometimes it’s hard to focus and pay attention. However, we are going to intentionally train for godliness by talking about God’s Word and how to live for Him. This is how we become superheroes for God!
Along the way, this is a great time of the year for our family to start doing some physical exercise together. Let’s choose a physical activity to do as a family during this lesson series. As we train and strengthen our bodies physically, we will keep talking about training for our “Mission Incredible” from God.
Suggested Idea: Choose something that is challenging but which you can practice and get stronger in – like sit-ups or pushups or running/walking a certain distance. Commit to do this physical challenge every day throughout the series – you, too mom!!! This physical analogy totally speaks to the spiritual truths of this lesson series – and we’ll refer back to it!
How shall we respond to the Lord for these truths?
Praise and prayer as a family
The Worship section of each lesson has praises and prayers which are mostly quotations from Scripture. We will begin by reading these, then we will say our own personal praises and prayers to God.
Worship through Praise: Lord Jesus, thank You that You have given us Your Word so that we can know You and train for godliness! You are so good to us, and we want to be superheroes for You! Amen!
Worship through Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to seek You with our whole heart (Psalm 119:2). Help us to learn better how to live godly lives on our “Mission Incredible” for You! Amen!
Family Disciple Me
Speak this blessing prayer over your children
In the Family Disciple Me section, let’s pause here for me to speak a blessing over you. You are precious to me, and I want to say and pray words of life over you before we leave this lesson and move on in our lives.
I’m so blessed to get to talk to you about your “Mission Incredible.” I pray we honor God with our lives, and I’m excited about what God is going to do in our whole family. I’m right here beside you in this. May God do a special work in us as we learn about our “Mission Incredible” in this season!
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