Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Preparation: Address an envelope to “The Children of (your church).” Try to make it look like an actual letter from Paul, so the return address should be Ephesus. Find a good sticker to serve as a stamp. The only thing that needs to be on the letter inside is “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”Faith+Open: As the children gather, show them the letter and ask if any of them have every gotten a letter or card in the mail, wait for a few answers.
Faith+Share: Today we heard a little bit of a really long letter. The letter was written by a guy named Paul to one of first churches in a city called Corinth. The part that we heard talks a lot about food, meat in particular. There seems to be a whole lot of worry about what meat to eat, and if it’s ok to eat meat from temples that do not worship God and Jesus. As I was reading through the part of the letter that we heard it seemed to me that Paul was kind of saying, “You know what? This whole thing about meat is not really the point.” I looked back at the beginning of the passage and saw this little sentence, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
Pull out your letter here and show the children the words.
Faith+Blessing: May your eyes be opened to see all the amazing works of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.