Day One: Foundation of Love

July 20

Bible Story

Jesus Chose Mathew (Mathew 9:3-13)

Today’s Point

Jesus chooses to love me. I can’t earn it.

Memory Verse

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) God began a good work in you. And I am sure that he will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.

Matthew did not seek out Jesus. Jesus met Matthew where he was. The only details we have of Matthew’s call are that Jesus said, “Follow Me,” and Matthew immediately left everything and followed Jesus. The next thing we read about is a dinner party hosted by Matthew. Luke called it a “grand banquet.” (Luke 5:29) Matthew hosted Jesus, His disciples, and his “friends”—other tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees were horrified and didn’t mind saying so. Jesus quickly answered that He had not come for those who were well but for the sick. He challenged them to think about the meaning of the scripture, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” (Hosea 6:6) Jesus knew the self-righteous Pharisees took pride in being church leaders and doing all the right things. But, Jesus emphasized that it is not what we do, but the intentions of our hearts that are important to God. 

Jesus chose Matthew to follow Him. Matthew didn’t earn this chosen spot. Following Jesus gave Matthew the opportunity to see firsthand what Jesus was all about. He documented that evidence in his writings, which point repeatedly to Jesus as the Messiah promised in Old Testament Scripture. Tax collector Matthew, whose secular job would have involved accurate record keeping, turned those skills into formatting a gospel of accurate record keeping proof. Jesus’ love changed Matthew. It changes us too.

Daily Blueprint

Bob the Builder’s Daily Blueprint Video
Jackhammer Music
Intro Activity and Memory Verse Activity
Bible Story: Jesus Chose Mathew (Mathew 9:3-13)
Review and Discussion Questions
Wrecking Ball Recreation: Chalk Maze
Food Truck Snack Suggestion: “Wrecking Ball” Grapes
Building Science: Static Electricity shows us how to Follow Jesus
Bulldozer Crafts: Barricade Door Hanger
Excavator Missions: Canned Meat & White 1” Binder

Today’s Lessons & Activities

Lunch Pail with Builder Bob

An overview of today’s activities!

Today’s Memory Verse

A look at the Bible verse we will be committing to heart today.

The Bible Story

A journey into the Bible story for today.

Science Time!

 A walk through the science experiment for the day. 

Feeling Crafty?

How to do today’s craft activity.

The Missions Blueprint

What you can collect and do to support our missions partners today.

The Gospel Message

Everything we’re studying this week comes down to one central message – that Jesus loves you and paid the ultimate sacrifice to be your forever friend. In this video, David explains what it means to know Jesus and follow him. This video is a great tool to begin the gospel conversation with your own kids at home.

Today’s Worship Music