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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 5 - Ephesians 2:4-5

Welcome to Week 5 at Grow Little Seeds!

If you have not already read the post for this week at Sow Little Seeds, we encourage you to head that way first and then look over the information and resources we have provided there. [Note: The post for this week does not include additional resources at this time.]

You may also want to read our Getting Started page and our beginning post from Week 1.

Here are links to printable activities for Week 5:

Word Search Puzzles:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5- Level 2
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 2 Answer Key
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 3

Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 - Level 3 Answer Key

Cut-Out Word Pages:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 [solid]
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5 [tracing]

More Activities:
Week 5: Ephesians 2:4-5, Picture-coded Message - Level 1

This week, our memory verse is Ephesians 2:4-5:

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved."

This verse has been shortened for those who are memorizing at levels 1 & 2.

In weeks 1 & 2 we learned that God made us.
During the last two weeks [weeks 3 & 4] we learned that God loves us.
Weeks 5 and 6 will be be dedicated to learning that God saves us.

He saves us because He loves us. He made us. We belong to Him and are precious to Him. He does not want anyone to perish, which is why He prepared a way for us to be saved. We are not saved by the good things we do, instead, while we were still sinning, Jesus gave His life in our place to rescue us from the punishment of our own sin. Never has the world seen a greater love than the saving love our God has lavished on us!

As you consider the words in this Bible verse together this week, we encourage you to take time to rejoice in this saving love we have been offered and to thank Him together with your family for this love and this salvation.

When we recognize and appreciate the great cost of our freedom from sin, and the true beauty of that freedom, the enchantment of sin's pleasures begins to loose its lustre. The entanglements that hold us captive, separated from the Savior's arms, begin to look like the useless, fruitless weeds that they are.

Once we recognize the ugliness of our sin and the beauty of His grace, the pain and difficulty of uprooting those thorn-armored weeds is worth the joy of experiencing more of Him. We are not saved by becoming pure...but His salvation purifies us. His love is not contingent on our behavior. His love is a gift. Many will reject His gift of love, but for us who take hold of the life He offers to us, the sweetness of temptation's nectar diminishes and the poison it is to our hearts and lives becomes more apparent.

In the following weeks we will begin to look at how we should respond to God's love and what it is that God wants us to do. Beginning with a firm understanding of who we are in Him [designed, loved and forgiven], we will continue to explore these truths and practical applications of them as we learn how to respond to His love and share it with others.

Water these seeds with reminders of His truth throughout the day; look for opportunities to talk with them about this God who loves us.  Feed these seeds with the light of Christ as you reflect His love and forgiveness in your conversation and interactions with your family. And be patient as you wait for them to sprout up and show some fruit. We may plant and water, but God is the one who gives life - He is the one who makes things grow. Trust Him with the hearts of your children - He knows each one of them and loves them dearly.

We are so glad you have joined us this week and pray that you will be encouraged by the material provided here on Grow Little Seeds and our companion blog, Sow Little Seeds.

In His great love,
Sow Little Seeds Contributor

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