In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family discussion questions, resources for discipling children, and opportunities to engage in serving and loving the world with your kids.
Our curriculum comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and systematically teaches the stories of the Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation. We are currently studying Jesus’ life in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
Head » Learning the Story
This week in Renew Kids we are learning about how Jesus has power over death and asking, “Who raised people from the dead?” Jesus raised people from the dead.
It is so good for our children to hear the stories they learn on Sunday read directly out of the Bible. Spend some time with your kids this week reading this story in John 11:1-44. Our story is one where Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead.
- Who sent a message to Jesus that His friend Lazarus was sick? (Mary and Martha)
- When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick did He go see Lazarus right away? (No, He stayed where He was for two more days)
- Why did Jesus not go to see Lazarus right away? (Jesus knew the situation would show how great God is)
- How long was Lazarus in the tomb by the time Jesus arrived? (four days)
- What did Jesus say to Lazarus to bring him out of the tomb? (“Lazarus, come out!”)
- Who raised people from the dead? (Jesus raised people from the dead.)
Heart » Family Discussion
Reading scriptures about how Jesus raised the dead can lead to some interesting conversations! Dive deep with your kids as they wrestle with you through scripture.
- What do you think the various people in this story were thinking and feeling throughout?
- What do we learn about Jesus/God from this story?
- What did you wonder about when this story was being told?
- Based on this story, what do you think God desires of us? What in this story makes you think so?
- If someone asked you what was the most important part of today’s story, what would you tell them?
Hands » The Word at Work
The Bible says that God’s Word does not return to Him void without accomplishing what He wills (Isaiah 55:11). Spend some time as a family and ask God how He wants you to live out what He is teaching you through scripture. Then make a plan to do it!
- Go Deeper. Think abut all the many things that were accomplished on your behalf by Jesus’ perfect life, his death, and resurrection…this is all VERY good news! Look up these verses and discuss with your kids what is now true because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection:
- John 5:24
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Romans 5:1
- Romans 8:1-2
- Ephesians 1:5
Additional family resources:
Each week we will include a family resource for parents as they seek to disciple their children to love and follow Jesus.
- This week’s resource is: The Verses Project
This is a website that has a large number of free musical and visual art to help people memorize and meditate on scripture. Check it out!
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the former things have passed away.” —Revelation 21:4