The Big Wide Welcome

Trillia Newbell

Playing favorites with food, games, and toys can be fun. But there is a problem when we play favorites with people. And that’s exactly what some people in the early church were doing. Jesus’s brother James knew this was a problem and wrote to Christians, reminding them that God wants us to love all people, not just those people who are easy for us to love.

Question 1 - What are some of the ways we might play favorites with people?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how we might only play with certain kids on the playground or choose only the most athletic friends for our team or only be nice to the people who are nice to us.

Question 2 - Why should we be kind and welcoming to all people?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how Jesus loved everyone. He always did what He knew was best for each person. If we are followers of Jesus, we should love as Jesus did.

Question 3 - What are some ways you can love others around you?

Discussion Guide - Discuss ways you can intentionally show love to friends and neighbors who might be more difficult to love.

Bonus Question - If your child has gone through Foundation Early Childhood Worldview Curriculum, ask your child if they can remember why every single person is valuable.

Discussion Guide - Discuss how each and every person is made in God’s image.

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