Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:36-53
“The Great Commission," Spark Story Bible, p.496
"Jesus Speaks to his Disciples,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.317
"The Ascension," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.280
“Telling Others about Jesus," The Early Reader’s Bible, p.467
"Jesus Goes to Heaven," The Beginner's Bible, p.466
“Go into All the World,” The Lion Bible for Children, p.302
Sophie's class is learning about polar bears. She has to share three things she knows about them, but all she knows is that they are big, they eat things, and they are mean. Then she meets Olafur the polar bear, who changes everything.
How these stories are connected: Having spent time with Olafur, Sophie has a new interest, a new perspective, and a new friend. She leaves the arctic with a passion to share all about him and his world. Jesus asks his disciples to share all they know about him with the world. These stories encourage us to break down prejudices, make friends through understanding, and spread friendship and understanding to those around us.
Questions about The Bear Report:
Why did Sophie think polar bears are big and mean?
What changed her mind?
What do you think she told her class?
Questions about the Bible story:
What did Jesus teach his disciples?
Why did he want them to share what they learned with the world?
How do you know they did?
Questions about our lives:
What things in your life remind you of God’s goodness?
How do you think God wants us to respond to those gifts?
How can we thank God?
Dear God, thank you for our homes and families, for the food on our tables, and the safety and warmth of our beds. Protect us from harmful things, help us be grateful to you, and to care for people who need the same things you have given us. Amen.