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 look at the triumphal entry. In this we see Jesus’ tendency to shatter our preconceptions. There was much anticipation of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. Many people had many different ideas about why He was there. But no one (not even His disciples) could have guessed the truth.
Jesus was received into Jerusalem with a royal greeting. But in just a few short days, many of the same people that would cry out “Hosanna” as He entered Jerusalem would be shouting “crucify” as He stood beaten and bloodied before Pilate. How fickle the human heart can be. And how short sighted the human mind. But praise the Lord that He knows the beginning form the end, and that every sordid detail was carefully arranged to result in the glory of Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You can read the whole story here –
- To what city was Jesus traveling? (Jerusalem)
- What animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem? (a donkey)
- What did the crowd do to honor Jesus? (The crowd laid their robes and palm branches on the ground in front of Jesus’ donkey.)
- Who did the people say Jesus is? (They said Jesus is the Son of David, the King that God had promised to send.)
- How did people act when they saw Jesus? (People welcomed Jesus as their King.)
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 did the people think about Jesus? Who did they think He was?
- Were they right ore wrong?
- What were some of the things that Jesus did that people didn’t like?
- Why did He do these things?
- Why did the people not like these things?
- Do we always think about Jesus the right way? Is it possible that we may have some wrong ideas about Jesus and what He wants to do in our lives?
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!
- Worship Jesus. Simply make a commitment as a family to individual and collectively seek to know Jesus better and to have His will be done in our lives. Pray specifically about areas where our understanding of who He is may need to change. Dig into His word and learn about Him.
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: Little Colt’s Palm Sunday