First, Seek Him!

Being a history-changing missionary like the legendary St. Patrick is the result of a heart captivated by the Lord. You may not get a holiday named after you, but you can be this kind of person, too. Set your heart to seek God through His Word, prayer and fellowship. Listen for His still small whisper of love. “Seek Him” about what it looks like for YOU to have “beautiful feet” and go where He leads. 

then, Speak Him!

As Patrick did this, he grew to love God so much that he was willing to leave his homeland to go tell a whole nation about Jesus. Patrick literally changed the course of history through “Speaking Him” to the Irish. To whom is God calling you to “Speak Him” today? This lesson can help guide you.

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A Saint Patrick's Day Lesson

You’ve Sure Got Some Great Shoes!

Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

Ephesians 6:14-15 – “Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt…righteousness like armor…and your feet sandalled with readiness for the gospel of peace.” (CSB)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Ephesians 6:15 – “Stand…with…your feet…for the Gospel”

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“I want your feet to be ready to go share the Good News of the Gospel with others, so that everyone can know My peace and salvation!” – God

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

The Gospel is God’s Good News of peace and salvation through Jesus. The Good News is an amazing gift, and we get to be God’s messengers! This month we honor St. Patrick, a man of God whose feet were sandalled and ready to go with the gospel of peace to Ireland. He changed the course of history because he was willing to go for God, and his life is an example of how we can be ready to go share about the Lord and His peace, too.

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

March brings us St. Patrick’s Day with its three-leaf clovers, corned beef cabbage and green clothes. St. Patrick’s Day is such a light-hearted holiday that it’s hard to imagine that St. Patrick was ever a real person, much less a real godly person. But this is exactly what Patrick became when gave his life to Jesus and learned how to live for Him!  

St. Patrick was born in 385 A.D. He grew up in an educated, Christian home and had no apparent troubles – until one day when pirates attacked. Patrick was captured, taken to Ireland and sold as a slave. (see the St. Patrick’s Day 2018 MDM lesson) However, while he was in captivity, Patrick gave his life to the Lord.

With his new, real relationship with Jesus, Patrick was ready to go. He followed God’s call and miraculously escaped captivity, returning home. However, God didn’t just want Patrick to go home. God called Patrick to: “Go…and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19-20). In fact, this is something God calls all of His followers to do! It’s something God has called US to do! And Patrick obeyed, putting his shoes back on to return to Ireland and spending the rest of his days telling the Irish people the Good News of the Gospel!

Patrick’s feet were sandalled and ready to go wherever God sent him, even the hard places. He later wrote in his Confessions, “I testify in truth and in great joy of heart before God and his holy angels that I never had any other reason for returning to that nation from which I had earlier escaped, except the Gospel and God’s promises” (61). What courage Patrick had, to go back to the land of his slavery so they could know about Jesus! So many people in the Bible and throughout history have had this kind of faith, being willing to “Go…make disciples” for Jesus, telling others about God’s salvation. You and I know about Jesus because somebody had their feet ready to bring us the Gospel, too.

St. Patrick’s relationship with the Lord is a great reminder that we should “Seek Him” in our own lives, then “Speak Him” to others, too. As God works in our hearts and lives, we can talk about Him to others, just like St. Patrick did! This lesson’s memory verse is a great reminder about being ready to go speak the Gospel:

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

“Ephesians 6:14-15 – “Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt…righteousness like armor…and your feet sandalled with readiness for the gospel of peace.” (CSB)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Ephesians 6:15 – “Stand…with…your feet…for the Gospel”

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

Two Ideas:

When you put your shoes on, you’re ready to go! God wants us to be ready to go share His Gospel – His Good News – with other people! We can be ready to share the Good News through being loving and kind, speaking up for those who need our help, talking about our love for Jesus and pointing everything in our lives towards Him. You don’t have to wait until you’re a certain age or know everything about the Bible. You can be a missionary with great shoes ready to go for God right here, right now, today! To help us remember this, let’s start a new tradition: let’s tie a green ribbon in with our shoelaces to remind us to “go” speak God’s Good News this month! If somebody asks us why we’re doing this, let’s be sure to tell them!

Also:

St. Patrick taught the Irish commoners how to read through sharing the Gospel of peace, the Bible. As a result, the Irish as a people group fell in love with God’s Word during his day. They treasured it so much that they made multiple copies of it. Even today, museum-goers at Trinity College in Dublin can see ancient, gorgeously illustrated copies of the Bible, known as the Book of Kells. Look up information and pictures about this on the internet, then create your own uniquely beautiful copies of this lesson’s verse, using crayons, colored pencils, markers or paint. As you do, talk about who God wants your feet to be ready to go share the Gospel of peace with.

For Preschool Families:  Print off a copy of this lesson’s verse and let your littles color it!!

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

What is the Good News? (that God loves us so much that He has gifts of joy, hope, peace and salvation for us when we believe in Him…)
What is the Gospel? (that God sent Jesus to make a way for us to know and experience Him…)
How can we be ready to go share the Good News? (be willing to live for God every day, to talk about Him, to make Jesus famous through our lives…)
Does our Bible verse mean you have to literally put sandals on?
Can you share the Good News barefoot?
How do you think Patrick felt about returning to the place where he had been a slave in order to tell them about Jesus?
How would you feel if God called you to do that?
Did Patrick obey God? Would you?
How is God calling you to be ready to share the Gospel today?
How is sharing the Gospel as simple as “Seek Him; Speak Him”? Is this something that only grownups can do?
Who are some examples to us of people (both in the Bible and in our own lives) who have made disciples for Jesus?

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer Lord God, help us to be people ready to go share the Good News of Your salvation with others! You gave us salvation through Jesus; help us to help others know about Your salvation, too! Amen!

Worship through Praise:  “Hands and Feet” by Audio Adrenaline


A Family Blessing

A Blessing taken from from a prayer of St. Patrick to speak over your children…

“Christ with you, Christ before you, Christ behind you, Christ in you, Christ beneath you, Christ above you, Christ on your right, Christ on your left, Christ when you lie down, Christ when you sit down, Christ when you arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of you, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of you, Christ in every eye that sees you, Christ in every ear that hears you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!!”

“Christ with you, Christ before you, Christ behind you, Christ in you, Christ beneath you, Christ above you, Christ on your right, Christ on your left, Christ when you lie down, Christ when you sit down, Christ when you arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of you, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of you, Christ in every eye that sees you, Christ in every ear that hears you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!!”

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