Mission Incredible: The Challenge

When you accept your “Mission Incredible” God has for you, you can be an example and a leader no matter what age you are!

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Mission Incredible: The Challenge

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What does the Bible say?

Memorize this verse

This week’s verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (ESV)

For Preschool Families: 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Set… an example…

What truth is God speaking to us through His Word?  

Listen for God’s voice through the verse

Live your “Mission Incredible” for God no matter how old you are!
Be an example to others as you live for God!

For Preschool Families: Be an example for Jesus!

What can we learn about these truths?  

Draw your kids into this concept through this reading

Ready, set, go! A new school year begins, and our family is jumping into all the new things this brings. You have all sorts of great things ahead of you this year. I am super excited for you, but I also know that, anytime there’s something new, it’s easy to feel intimidated (or, scared) about what you’re going to experience.

When the Apostle Paul discipled Timothy, I think there was a time when Timothy felt a little intimidated, too. Timothy was young man when Paul wrote him the letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy, and I believe that Timothy felt at least a little overwhelmed about living his “Mission Incredible” for God. However, Paul challenged Timothy with a verse that is a super special challenge for you, too!

This verse says:

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

(Let’s be sure to say the reference before and after the verse, so that we can remember its “address” in the Bible!)

Paul challenged Timothy to not let anyone look down on him but to be an example! As you begin the new things of this school year, I say the same thing to you. I want you to hold your head high each day as you walk into your school. You can walk into your classroom(s) with confidence, not because you are prideful, arrogant or stuck-up, but because you belong to Jesus! He has a special calling on your life, and He’s equipped you with unique gifts – your “super powers” – to live for Him. You don’t need to be intimidated by other kids, older kids, bullies, cliques, or anybody. You don’t have to listen when they say things that make you feel like you don’t matter. Instead, you can be confident as you remember your incredible worth to God!

What’s more, because you belong to Jesus, you can be an example to other students in how you talk, what you do, and who you are. When you focus on living your “Mission Incredible” for God at school and everywhere you go, who you are in Jesus will overflow out of your heart and affect all those around you.

So let’s start memorizing this verse to help us remember how God wants you to live today and in the school year to come:

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

(Let’s be sure to say the reference before and after the verse, so that we can remember its “address” in the Bible!)

For Preschool Families: 1 Timothy 4:12 – “Set… an example…” 1 Timothy 4:12 

I love that we are learning about being incredible for God! I’m so proud of you kids!


What questions do we have about this?  

Talk about the questions that arise

–  What are you excited about this school year? (let your child share)

–  What feels intimidating (or, scary) to you? (encourage your child to truly share how they feel)

–  What does it mean that others might “despise you for your youth”? (other people might look down on you, bully you, try to make you feel worth less…)

–  How can you “let no one despise your youth”? (don’t listen to them say mean things; focus on who you really are, remember that you belong to Jesus…)

–  How can you be a great example to other students? (honor God in what you say and do; be loving, keep your faith in God no matter what…)

For Preschool Families: 
Even though you’re little, how can you set an example for Jesus?

What else does the Bible say about these truths?  

Look at this concept in other places in God’s Word

Old TestamentSamuel was a famous child who lived in Old Testament times. He grew up in the house of Eli the priest, who was a very, very important man with sons who were older than Samuel. Eli’s sons were very disobedient, though. They would not listen to the voice of God or the voice of their father. This must have been very intimidating (or, scary) to Samuel as he grew up in that house.

However, Samuel chose at a young age to listen to God’s whispers and to hear God’s voice. When God told Samuel what to do, he did it! Even when it meant doing something really hard that other kids did not do, Samuel obeyed God and set an example. The Bible says, “The boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people” (1 Samuel 2:26 NIV). Although others like Eli’s sons may have looked down on Samuel, he chose to set an example in his speech and conduct for God. And Scripture says that Samuel’s conduct helped him to become favored (or, liked) by other people! I think that’s pretty amazing!

New Testament:  Jesus did the very same thing as Samuel! It’s kind of hard to imagine, but Jesus wasn’t just a baby born at Christmas or a man who died on the cross. Jesus lived all the years in between, too, which means that at some point He was the exact same age as you! Jesus was the perfect example of how we should talk and what we should do; He was the perfect example of faith, love and purity, too. In Luke 2:52, the Bible records a verse about Jesus that is similar to that verse about Samuel. The Bible says, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (NIV).

When you choose to live life God’s way, you will follow Jesus’ example AND set an example for others to follow, too!


How can we live out these truths?

NOTE: This section is intended as a conversation starter for you and your kids. Let it lead you into talking about what your child is dealing with right now.

The wisest man who ever lived was also one of the most powerful, richest men who ever lived. In fact, this man, named Solomon, was so rich and powerful that he could do anything and everything he wanted. And so he did. He experienced it all, everything he possibly could. There came a time, though, that he reflected on everything he ever did, and he summarized (or, put all together) his story in a book called Ecclesiastes. In this book, he concluded by challenging young people with these words, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

As you go into a new school year and new experiences, the most important thing you can do is remember who you belong to. You are not your own; you aren’t even my possession. You belong to God, your Creator. The wise man Solomon encourages you to remember God today, while you are young.

Let’s talk about how you can walk this out in your life! As you start a new school year, what are some ways you can “Remember your Creator”…

  • in your speech? (being careful about what you say to other students; being respectful in how you talk to teachers…)
  • in your conduct at school? (being aware that what you do even at school is part of your “Mission Incredible”)
  • in your love for other students and teachers? (being kind and compassionate toward everybody, putting others first because you love Jesus!)
  • in your faith? (trusting God’s plan for your life even when things aren’t easy at school)

I believe in you, and I’m praying for you as you go to school and seek to live the “Mission Incredible” God has called you to there!


How shall we respond to the Lord for these truths?

Worship through Praise and Prayer

God, Your Word says, “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:17-18 NIV). God, this is our prayer as a family – that, no matter how old or young we are, our lives will declare Your marvelous deeds and Who You are. Help us to live with confidence, setting an example in faith, love and purity, so that others can see You through our lives. We love You Jesus! Please help us live these things in Your Name, amen!

Family Disciple Me

A blessing from this lesson to speak over your children…

Your “Mission Incredible” isn’t something “out there” – as in, something you will live when you’re older or grown up. Your “Mission Incredible” is today; it’s now; it’s this school year. I pray you will live with boldness and confidence, not letting anybody look down on you, but holding your head high because you belong to Jesus. Remember your Creator, and set an example in how you talk and live for all those around you. I believe in you, and I’m so proud of you. In Jesus’ Name I pray these things, amen!

Up Next: Mirrors- My character reflecting God's character

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