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 parables that Jesus taught. Parables are stories that Jesus used to teach people about the kingdom of God. The story we are looking at this week is the Parable of the Talents and we are asking, “How can we serve God?” God gives us special abilities to serve Him.
This parable is one where Jesus tells about a master and his three servants. The master left on a trip and put his three servants in charge of various amounts of money. When he returned, he asked his servants what they had done with the money. The first two servants had used the money to make more money. He rewarded those servants. The last servant buried the money in fear of losing it altogether. This servant was sent away and his portion was given to the other two servants.
Read the full story here: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27
- Where was the master going? (on a trip)
- How many coins did the servant with five coins make? (five more)
- How many coins did the servant with two coins make? (two more)
- What did the servant with one coin do? (dug a hole and hid his coin in the ground)
- What did the man say to the servants with two coins and five coins? (“Well done. Come and be happy with me!”)
- What happened to the bad servant? (His coin was taken away from him and he was sent away.)
- God is like the master in the story and we are like the servants. How can we serve God? God gives us special abilities to serve Him.
Heart » Family Discussion
Reading and discussing parables is a great opportunity to ponder God’s Word in our hearts. Take some time to think through this story and what Jesus may have been trying to convey to his listeners.
This story is a great opportunity to discuss how God has entrusted us with not only talents and abilities, but also with the good news of Jesus. How can we be faithful servants with the gospel that has been put into our care? Are we faithfully investing it in our own lives and the lives of others?
- What was Jesus teaching His listeners in this parable?
- What do you feel after reading/hearing this parable?
- 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 parable, 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!
- Invest the Good News. What resources, talents, and abilities has God given you and your family? What are some unique opportunities about this season of your life? Does anything in your life need to be quieted or removed so that you can better hear and obey the Spirit’s leading in your life? Spend time together identifying these things and how you can show the love and truth about Jesus with those do not yet have a relationship with Him. Read the below blog post on easy ways to invest the gospel in your sphere of influence.
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 a blog post on 8 Easy Ways to be Missional by the GCM Collective.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” —Colossians 3:17
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