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 first story we are looking at is the parable of the Vineyard Workers and we are asking, “What does God give us?” God gives good gifts.
The parable is one where a landowner hired some men to work for him and promised them each a denarius (dih-nehr-ih-us) for the day’s work. As the day progresses, the landowner continues to invites idle men in the marketplace to come work for him. At the end of the day, he pays them their wages, starting with those who came at the end of the day and those who had worked all day. He payed every man the same wage. The workers who started early in the day thought they would be paid more than they were promised when they saw the landowner paying those who had worked less hours the full wage. When they received their promised wage, they were upset. The landowner asked them why they were upset because he choose to be generous with his money. Read the full story together as a family in Matthew 20:1-16 .
- What is a vineyard? (a farm where grapes grow)
- Did the man hire workers just one time? (No, he hired more workers several times)
- Who did the man pay first? (The ones who had arrived last.)
- Were the workers who worked all day paid more? (No, everyone was paid the same.)
- To be generous means to give someone more than they deserve. Was the man who owned the vineyard generous? (Yes!)
- What does God give us? God gives good gifts.
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.
- 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!
- Be generous. Our heavenly father has been generous to us and enjoys giving good gifts. Think through the needs and desires of the people God has placed in your life (they can even be within your own family). How can you extend God’s extravagant generosity to them in a practical way? Some ideas might be to take on a chore you know they dislike or don’t have time for, buy them a gift you know they’ll love, help pay a bill that they can’t afford, watch their kids for an evening or morning out, or plan a get-together with the intent to bless them generously.
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 Bible App for Kids
This is an app, for smart phones or other devices, that allows your children to interact with a number of bible stories. The colorful illustrations and animated stories help solidify the truth of God’s Word in their little hearts in ways that are fun and easy-to-use. I would highly recommend this app for parents as we regularly utilize it in our home. Check it out!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” —Ephesians 2:8