High Voltage Elementary: Dress Up

A 7 week series Learning how to "clothe ourselves in Jesus Christ"

Kids love to play “dress up” all the time. They can “dress up” and pretend to be ANYTHING they want—a policeman, a princess, a cowboy, a nurse – whatever! When they play “dress up”, they can put on any set of clothes and instantly become someone or something else! There’s another kind of “dress up”, too. When you have somewhere really im- portant to go – like church, a banquet, or maybe a wedding – you put on your best clothes, right? You DRESS UP! This series is about clothing, but it is not about shirts and pants and all that kind of stuff. We are learning about what the Bible teaches us in Romans 13:14, “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ...” When we “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ...”, we are “dressing up” in the things that make us more like Jesus. When people look at our lives, they will INSTANTLY know we are Christians by what they see in our lives. They should see love, humility, gentleness, forgiveness, kindness, mercy – things like that. It’s not about the outward clothes we wear. Clothing ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ is about what people see in your words, actions, and character. We must “Clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” so that people will see Jesus in us! We hope you and your kids will enjoy this series that takes a crazy twist on clothing and teaches how to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dress Up



Lessons

Lesson 1
Lesson 1

You are What You Wear

When we “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ...”, we are “dressing up” in the things that make us more like Jesus. We must put on love, forgiveness, kindness – things like that. When people look at our lives, they will INSTANTLY know we are Christians by what they see in our lives. It’s not about the outward clothes you wear. It’s not about how you do you hair. It’s not about how you look at all. It’s about what people see in your words, actions, and character. We must “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” so that people will see Jesus in us! In this lesson, the children will learn what it means to “clothe yourselves with the Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Lesson 2
Lesson 2

What Not To Wear

When you “dress up”, you don’t take your nice good clothes and put them on over the nasty dirty ones, do you? Of course not. FIRST, you take off the nasty dirty clothes. THEN, you put on the nice clothes. That’s how we “Dress up.” Well, when we “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ...”, we have to “take off” our old sinful ways first. We have to get rid of the sin, the bad habits, the filthy way of living we USED to have as part of our lives. Once we confess our sin to God and are forgiven, THEN we can put on the amazing new “clothes” God has for us. In this lesson, the children will learn “What NOT To Wear” so that they can clothe themselves with Christ.

Lesson 3
Lesson 3

Get Rid Of The Labels

The Colossian people had difficulty welcoming people that weren’t exactly like they were. So, Paul re- minded them that “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gen- tile, circumcised or uncircumcised, bar- baric, civilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” We can’t look down our nose at others and think we are better than they are. We can’t judge others based on where they grew up, what they look like, or anything like that. God loves EVERY- ONE the same! HE is all that matters! We have to look at others the way GOD looks at them! In this lesson, the children will learn to see others the way God sees them.

Lesson 4
Lesson 4

Have Mercy

In the next verse of the passage we are learning in Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul tells us to “clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness...” These are two things that are not easy to find in today’s “me first” society. In this lesson, the children will learn from the story of Jesus healing the blind man. They will see how Jesus looked for an opportunity to show mercy and kindness to this man. In the same way, the children will learn that each of us must do our part to look for opportunities to show mercy and kindness toward others. If we clothe our selves in kindness and mercy, others will see Christ in us.

Lesson 5
Lesson 5

Extreme Makeover

In the next verse of the passage we are learning in Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul tells us to “clothe yourselves with...humility, gentleness, and patience...” In this lesson, the children will learn how pride can be the enemy of God’s will for our lives. If we struggle with pride, we need to have an “Extreme Makeover” and replace the pride with humility, gentleness, and patience. It’s not easy to be humble. It’s more difficult to be gentle. It’s nearly impossible for today’s Christian to be patient. But, with God’s help, each of us can learn how to “clothe ourselves” with these traits so that the world can see Jesus in our lives.

Lesson 6
Lesson 6

Forgive U

Joseph had a huge opportunity. The brothers who rejected him and sold him into slavery were now standing be- fore him. He had the power to punish them for the rest of their lives or even order them to be killed. Instead, Joseph made the choice to forgive his brothers of the wrong they had committed against him. He even went a step further and blessed them and their entire families. It was not an easy decision, but Joseph did what was right. In this lesson, the children will discover that forgiveness is never easy, but it is the plan God has for His people when they are wronged. After all, Jesus forgave those who hurt Him. We can forgive those who have hurt us.

Lesson 7
Lesson 7

Perfect Harmony

When children hear the words of Jesus, “Love one another,” they immedi- ately think that means to love those who show love to them. That is not what Jesus was teaching. We can’t just show love to each other when things are going exactly the way we want them to. We must show love to each other NO MATTER WHAT! Jesus said that the world will know we are His disciples by our LOVE for one another. In this lesson, the children will learn that we must show love to everyone—including those who hurt us, talk bad about us, and hate us. Love is what keeps the body of Christ together in perfect harmony.