Upside Down: Lesson 1
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
When you live upside down, you put other people first.
Focus of Teaching for This Series
Have you ever thought something worked one way, only to find it didn’t? Like maybe as a kid you thought the bathtub drain was a death trap. Then you learned it couldn’t actually suck you into the sewer and that was a game changer. Or maybe you were sure that the closet should be avoided because monsters lived there. Then you learned they didn’t. That changed your morning routine for sure. Any time you learn new information, it can turn your world upside down. Jesus had a habit of doing just that with the people closest to Him. He often did or said things that were the exact opposite of what anyone expected. He’d take ideas that everyone agreed with, ideas that everyone would say, “Of course, that’s just the way it is,” and He’d flip them upside down. He would tell people to do the exact opposite of what they thought. This was especially true when Jesus talked about how we treat people, specifically people who like us, people who don’t, and people we don’t even notice.
HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR FRIENDS?
You will see us posting these images and others like it to connect the weekend teaching with the everyday life of preteen students. Feel free to post this on your own social media accounts and tag us with @mpccfiftysix or just use it to text or email to your own child(ren).
Who doesn’t love a good pair of new shoes? There’s just something about being able to pick out a cool pair in the exact color, size, and style that you want. It’s awesome! Because when you’re looking for new shoes, your needs and your desires are all that matter. But think about this: Have you ever treated looking for new friends the same way? When you think about friends the way you think about shoes—focusing on how they meet your needs and desires and what they can do for you—it’s probably not going to lead to good, lasting friendships. And those are the kind of friendships we want, right? This week we’ll take a look at not only what Jesus has to say about friendship, but also the type of friend He was to others. And when we do, we’ll see that the key to good friendship isn’t finding friends, but instead about being a friend.
We truly see this ministry as a partnership with parents! After all, we will spend about an hour this week with your child. You’ll spend over 100 hours with them!
So please know that we are praying for you and rooting for you! And let me know if resources like this one are helpful for you or could be modified to be more helpful! (We don’t want to waste on our time on something that isn’t helpful when we could be working on something that is!)
We strive to be a ministry that “Thinks Orange.” This comes from the philosophy that the combined influences on a child’s life of the home/family (red) and the church (yellow) are more powerful together (orange) than they can be separately. The love of the family (red) combined with the light of Christ (yellow) has a synergistic effect (orange) where together, we can truly help students know and follow Jesus!
So, Thanks Partner!
-Mike Sheley and the fifty-six Team!