DiscipleTown Kids Church Unit #23: How to Earn Eternal Rewards

About DiscipleTown
DiscipleTown uses a creative and adaptable town theme to teach practical "Disciple Skills." It is published by the creators of DiscipleLand, the most comprehensive children's Bible curriculum on the market. DiscipleTown teaches DiscipleSkills -— practical skills that every follower of Jesus Christ must develop in order to grow and live victoriously. The children's church format compliments DiscipleLand and/or your other ministries to kids. Learn more about DiscipleLand's Bible Curriculum at DiscipleLand.com.

Rather than providing a rigid plan to follow, you can quickly and easily modify DiscipleTown to fit your ministry needs. There is more than enough material for a full length service, but you can also choose only the elements you'd like to use. By design, DiscipleTown is packed with ideas so you'll never be left needing to supplement the lesson, but its flexibility allows you to add your own unique teaching elements.

Unit Summary
God loves to reward His children for their hard work, obedience, and service on earth — not only with blessings in this life, but with rewards in the life to come. The Bible teaches that every attitude, thought, and action has both earthly and eternal consequences. For believers, bad attitudes, negative thoughts, and selfish actions will burn up at Christ's judgment seat. But God will reward good attitudes, positive thoughts, and selfless actions, generously multiplying their value in heaven. This is both assuring as we know that we'll be forgiven for our failures, and also motivating as we understand that we'll be rewarded for the good things we do.

Lesson Summaries
Lesson 1: My Reward-Giving God
So often children are told "do this" and "don't do that" and can come to view God as a heavenly rule giver instead of a heavenly reward giver. Our heavenly Father delights in rewarding His children for their obedience and godly choices, not only in this life, but in the life to come. Understanding this reality can change a child's perception of God and serve as a motivator to please God.

Lesson 2: My Reward-Winning Choices
Every day, children are faced with important choices about how they are going to live their lives. When they understand that their choices will have an impact on the rewards that God desires to give them, they may be more likely to make wise choices. The Bible teaches that we reap what we sow. This is intended not only as a warning that poor choices have negative consequences, but also as a promise that good choices result in heavenly rewards!

Lesson 3: My Reward-Winning Service
We live in a world that is very self-centered. In fact, one measure of success in the world's eyes is how many people work under the authority of a person. Jesus said God's measure is the opposite of that; the least will be the greatest. Jesus, the greatest man who ever lived, came to serve — not to be served. God promises that when we choose to serve there will be a reward for us later. It is not humiliating to serve; rather, it is an honor worthy of reward!

Lesson 4: My Eternal Rewards
"So heavenly minded they're no earthly good" goes the old saying. But unless we are heavenly minded, we are no earthly good. Jesus taught that we ought to live with eternity in mind! Everything we do has an eternal impact. It affects who will be in heaven, what responsibilities we will have, and what rewards will be earned. We ought to live and work aware that what we do today has an impact on our life in eternity and the rewards that we will be given after we die.

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