September 17, 2023
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Story Focus: In week three, we head to Acts 9:26-30. Saul had a bad reputation with the followers of Jesus. So when Saul decided to follow Jesus, the other believers had a difficult time trusting that he had really changed. Barnabas went out on a limb and defended Saul. Because of Barnabas, the followers of Jesus chose to help Saul and trust that Jesus had really changed him.
Bottom Line: Friends stand up for one another. Of course, we don’t want kids to put themselves in dangerous situations, but there’s an aspect of friendship when we might feel like we need to defend others. It’s important that we find a way to stand up for people who are being treated badly. We want kids to understand how they can encourage others and let them know they’re not alone.
Key Question: When have you seen someone stand up for someone else? It’s always good to know that your friends have your back. Many preteens have experienced a time when someone defended them or spoke up on their behalf. Or maybe they’ve seen someone else stand up for a friend in that way. We pray that as kids remember how others have supported and encouraged them, they’ll be inspired to stand up for people too.