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 evil and asking, “Who is the most powerful?” Jesus is more powerful than everyone.
Our story is one where Jesus used His power to help a man who was possessed by evil spirits. This man came to Jesus and Jesus sent the evil spirits out of the man and into a herd of pigs who then threw themselves off a cliff into the sea. The man who was freed from the evil spirits begged to follow Jesus, but Jesus sent him back home to proclaim all that God had done for him to his friends and family (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39).
- Who was wrong with the man? (The man had evil spirits inside of him.)
- What did the evil spirits call Jesus? (Son of the Most High God)
- Why were the evil spirits afraid of Jesus? (Jesus is powerful. Jesus is God’s Son.)
- Where did Jesus send the evil spirits when they left the man? (The evil spirits went into a herd of pigs and ran into the sea.)
- Who is most powerful? (Jesus is more powerful than anyone and everyone.)
Heart » Family Discussion
Reading scriptures about how Jesus delivered a man from evil spirits can lead to discussions about Jesus’ power to deliver us from sin and how He defeated evil once and for all on the cross. Dive deep with your kids as they wrestle with you through scripture.
- What surprised you or stood out to you about this story?
- What do we learn about Jesus from this story?
- How did the man’s life and identity change when he encountered Jesus?
- Where do we need to see God’s power over evil in our lives today?
- Where else in scripture do we see God’s power triumph over evil?
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!
- Restore. One of the amazing things Jesus does in this story is returning the man who was possessed back to his friends and family as a man made completely new. Consider together as a family whether there are any relationships that need restoration or reconciliation in your lives. Encourage your family to think of anyone who has hurt their feelings in the past.
- Consider how you could bless or serve that person. Something as simple as writing a kind note or giving a gift can be a beautiful display of the work of Jesus. When we pursue restored relationships we display the reconciliation the gospel brings.
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: Gospel for Asia
This is an amazing organization that sends out missionaries and relief throughout Asia. They offer numerous free resources (ebooks and videos) on the work God is doing in Asia and calling His people to do in the U.S. Please specifically consider reading some (or ALL!) of GFA’s featured e-books and watching the videos on their resource page.
Specific recommendations from the GFA site are:
- Living in Light of Eternity, and, in the vein of our story this week, watching the video titled, Ruth’s Story.
- Note to viewer: some content is intense and may require parental pre-screening.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and heal their land.” —2nd Chronicles 7:14