Our Common Bond

Junior Level

Our Sunday school topic for today focuses on our common bond - the need we all have for mercy and grace. There is no end to the mercy and grace God is willing to extend freely to us. And yet, we find it easier to go to our loved ones, to those whose advice we consider to be wise, to those we believe hold the keys to our healing and/or happiness.


Handout: Our Common Bond

  1. Ask the students - When you feel badly, who do you turn to?
  2. Ask the students - Can you tell me of a time when you did something you shouldn't have, and you just had to tell someone so you coul feel better about it?
  3. When that happened, did you pray too?
  4. Describe the humble person. Did the prayer lead to an inner peace, or maybe a tough solution you ad to face?
  5. What does the Bible say?
  6. Describe the joy and personal reward of praying to the indwelling Christ
  7. Challenge students to serve others in humility this week
  8. Prayer


Praying hands photo or drawing.


In  the fifth chapter of his gospel, John reiterates the story of the lame  or "impotent" man who lay beside the pool of Bethesda. 
He lay there  waiting for an angel to show up. But the angel who showed up at that  pool to stir the healing waters showed up there 
only once per year. And  when that angel did finally show up, people crowded the pool. The man  was not only disappointed by the 
people around him, but he was  disappointed even by an angel. Yet he lay there, all that time,  thirty-eight years old, and he 
waited. He hoped. He believed. He  relied. But was he relying upon people and angels and healing waters? Did he unknowingly set 
his own self up to be disappointed?



Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry.