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This is lesson 1 of 5 in our Grid kids sermonlink series. See also the adult edition and youth edition of this lesson.

Memory Verse
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Hey kids! Today we’re starting a new series called “The Grid for Kids”. It’s a 5-week series that you can do at home with your family. In fact, there’s a special chapter-a-day Bible reading plan that you can use, too… if you think you can handle it. It’s all online at pursueGOD.org/grid-kids.

Anyway, today we’re going to explain what the grid is all about – since you probably don’t know the word. So, here it goes:

Your “Grid” is all about how you see life

For example, if you have a kid’s grid, you see everything like a kid. Life is pretty simple, and you get to play a lot. If you have an adult grid, things get more complicated. You have to have a good job to pay all the bills, you know. If you have a dog grid, you’re only worried about eating, drinking, and playing fetch.

[Related Topic: Don’t Drink Poisonous Thoughts]

Now in this series, we’re not actually talking about grids for different ages. We’re going to talk about a special kind of grid – one that works for anyone, from kids to adults. This series is about having a “Bible Grid”.

A Bible Grid helps you sort out good ideas and bad ideas

Think about it like one of those filters you play with in the sandbox. You know, the one with tiny holes in it for the sand. When you pour sand through it, the tiny pieces fall through and the big pieces stay on top.

[Related Topic: Driving Down the Right Path: Psalm 1]

That’s what a biblical grid does. When you put bad ideas (the sand) and good ideas (the rocks) through it, the good stuff stays on top. In this series we’re going to see five different rocks – good ideas that come from having a Bible Grid. And here’s our first rock:

The first rock of a Bible Grid is Truth

That’s what a Bible Grid is all about. We want to know the truth. Everyone has opinions, right? Even kids do! But Christians believe that what God says is true – and it’s more important that anyone else’s opinion. That’s the first rock of a Bible Grid.

MEMORY VERSE John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus said that when we look for what’s true – instead of just trusting our own opinions – then we can really be free. So, when you have an idea, how can you know if it’s true? Put it through the Grid, and see if it stays on top!

[Related Topic: Throw Away Your Bad Batteries]

That’s what the Bible’s for. It helps you to know what’s right and wrong. And it teaches you how to live.

And that’s the Truth.

Make a commitment to the Grid Challenge to explore a biblical worldview for the next 28 days.

Talk About It:

  1. Make a list of some things kids are always thinking about. What about teens? What about adults?
  2. What are some bad ideas that a lot of kids believe? Where do those bad ideas come from?
  3. What does it mean to have a Bible grid? How does it help you to see the world?
  4. Make a list of some of the things you have learned from the Bible.
  5. Read 2 Timothy 3:16. What does it mean that the Bible is inspired by God? How does the Bible help us?

Bonus Questions: Use these passages to have more conversations this week.

  1. Read 1 John 1:6. What are some choices you can make this week that honor God?
  2. Read Philippians 4:8. Why should we only think about things that honor God? What is likely to happen if we think about things that aren’t good?
  3. Read 1 Peter 1:14-15. Holy means to be set apart. What are some things Christians should do that sets them apart from the rest of the world?

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