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 month in Renew Kids we are learning about many of the stories that were told about Jesus in the gospels as he and his disciples headed towards Jerusalem in preparation for Passover. This week we are again looking at Jesus as He shares the Passover meal with His disciples. Jesus continues to share with them and to teach them many things. He told them about how they would be persecuted, and how He would send the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen them.
During this last supper though, Jesus did more than just speak to His disciples. In an attempt to truly teach His disciples in a way that would impact them deeply, He did something extraordinary. He washed their feet. In a demonstration of complete humility, Jesus (God in the flesh) took the position of the lowest of servants. He took a bowl of water and washed each of the disciples feet one by one. He even included Judas Iscariot. Jesus washed the feet of the very man who would give Him up to be crucified. He did this as an example for us to both walk in His grace and to share His grace with those around us, both friend and enemy. And to do this all in complete love and humility. Paul would later call us to do the same in Philippians 2:5 – “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. This is something beyond our power to accomplish (see John 15:5). This may be why Jesus chose this as an appropriate time to speak extensively about the Holy Spirit. You can read all of Jesus’ words here – John 13-17
- 1. What meal did Jesus eat with His friends? (Passover or Last Supper)
- 2. What did Jesus get up from the meal to do? (He washed His disciples’ feet.)
- 3. Did Peter want Jesus to wash his feet? (No!)
- 4. Which friend helped the people who hated Jesus? (Judas Iscariot)
- 5. Why did Jesus wash His friends’ feet? (Jesus showed them how to love and help each other.)
Heart » Family Discussion
Reading and discussing stories about Jesus’ interactions with people in the bible can lead to interesting conversations with your children about what God desires of us. Take some time to think through this story and discuss, as a family, how these scriptures impact our understanding of what and who God is asking us to be.
- What were some of the things that Jesus talked about with His disciples?
- What were some of the reactions of the disciples?
- Why did Jesus say that He would send the Holy Spirit?
- What were some of the things that Jesus prayed in Chapter 17?
- What would it be like to wash the disciples feet?
- Why do you think Peter reacted the way he did?
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!
- Serve Others. Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another. He also explained that the reason He washed their feet was to be an example to them, that they should do likewise. This doesn’t mean that we literally wash each others feet (necessarily), but that we should be willing to serve one another in humility. As a family, talk about ways that you can serve others; family members, friends, neighbors, maybe even someone who is tough to get along with? Pray about these opportunities and make a plan to act on one or more as the Lord leads.
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 Action Bible
“Whoever believes in the Son
has eternal life.
Whoever does not obey the Son
shall not see life.”
—Jesus (John 3:36)