What is The James Adventure?
The Grade School Memory Verse Program here at Allegheny Center Alliance Church has evolved over the years to become a great adventure! Children can participate and excel as they seek to “hide God’s word in their hearts." A few years ago, God was very clear that we needed to change the culture of memory work for our grade school aged children. And so, we began with the “James Adventure,” a 2-year program where we learned key principals including our identity in Christ, how we are each uniquely gifted, and how to live in unity within the body of Christ.
God has laid it on my heart that we are ready to take the next step by taking the truths we learned and put them into action. With that vision, I knew James was the next book were to study. The book of James addresses some key points in living out authentic faith including the following: true faith shows itself in practical, godly living, and endurance through trials; the dangers of riches and encouragement to the poor; the law and love; faith and works; the coming of the Lord; and humility. It shows us how to take practical action in our lives of faith. James does not mess around; his letter is filled with direct commands to pursue a life of holiness. The verses we are learning will help our families pursue a deeper walk with God. The verses will change monthly, but the goal here is not to merely memorize, but rather to plant to Word of God deeply into every heart.
During this time of pandemic, we are equipping our families with helpful resources to spiritually lead their families in developing children who reflect the love of Jesus. We have daily devotions written specifically for James that you can do with your children, grandchildren, families, or even your “pod” of people. I pray they are a rich resource for you as you grow spiritually and study His word.
I am excited for what God has for our families and community as we learn to be the hands and feet of Jesus in such a time as this. We are here for you, and I am so excited to be on this Adventure with each of you!
September: James 1:2-4
“My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be tested. You know that when this happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. And you must allow this strength to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need."
October: James 1:19
“My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry.”
November: James 1:27
“Here are the beliefs and way of life that God our Father accepts as pure and without fault. When widows are in trouble, take care of them. Do the same for children who have no parents. And don’t let the world make you impure.”
December: James 2:14 & 17
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? … faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
January: James 2:26
“A person’s body without their spirit is dead. In the same way, faith without good deeds is dead.”
February: James 4:7
“So obey God. Stand up to the devil. He will run away from you.”
March: James 5:9
“Brothers and sisters, don’t find fault with one another. If you do, you will be judged. And the Judge is standing at the door!”
April: James 5:16
“So confess your sins to one another. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it.”