Renew Kids: Sunday, April 24th, 2016 (Learning Together)

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 verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

Renew Kids

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.

Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-2), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).

This week’s Family Verse

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of  God.” —Mark 10:14

Having a family verse helps encourage the whole family to be “hiding God’s word in our heart” as we are commanded to do. Take the time this week to learn the family verse together.

Family Verse: Mark 10:4

Primary Class

Our curriculum for the Primary class 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 the Old Testament going from Creation through the life of Joseph.

Unit Focus: God the Covenant Maker

God remained faithful to the covenant He made with Abraham and renewed His promises to Jacob despite Jacob’s sin. God used Joseph to provide for the people of Israel and bring them into Egypt, which also set the stage for a glorious demonstration of God’s power to deliver.

Unit Key Passage

And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” —Genesis 26:24

Joseph’s Dreams Came True

Bible Passage: Genesis 42:1–46:34; 50:15-21

Main Point: God sent Joseph to Egypt to save his family.

Big Picture Question: What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s plan.

Christ Connection: Joseph’s brothers hurt Joseph, but God had a good plan. God used Joseph’s hurt to save His people from hunger. One day, people would hurt God’s Son, Jesus. God’s good plan was to use Jesus’ death to save His people from sin.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Jacob send his sons to Egypt? (to buy food)
  2. Did Joseph’s brothers know who he was? (no)
  3. Whom did Joseph want his older brothers to bring back to Egypt with them? (Benjamin)
  4. What did Joseph tell the servant to put in Benjamin’s bag? (Joseph’s silver cup)
  5. Did Joseph punish his brothers for what they did to him? (No; he knew it was part of God’s plan.)

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class is currently studying the Gospel of Mark. Mark emphasizes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus announced the Kingdom of God, healed the sick, and died as a ransom for sinners. Three main groups of people are focused on in Mark: the disciples, the crowds, and the religious leaders, none of whom understood Jesus.  In the Challenge Class we focus on learning to study and read the bible and learn what God is trying to tell us through scripture.

 Gospel for Asia Project

GFA goat

In the Challenge Class they are working on earning a pair of goats for a family through Gospel for Asia. How do they earn this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar in order to earn a pair of goats for the Gospel for Asia Ministry. How do they earn marbles?

The Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  • Memorize the scripture verse for the Challenge Class
  • Study the Bible at home
  • Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  • Learn a new story from the Bible
  • Learn the books of the Old Testament

Challenge Study

This week we will be continuing in the Gospel of Mark and will be focusing on Mark 10:1-31 and we will continue learning the books of the Old Testament.

Scripture Memory Verse

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of  God.” —Mark 10:14

Discussion:

In the Challenge Class we really encourage the kids to ask questions and think about how the scripture is alive for them today. We would really like encourage the parents to continue to model this at home with open ended questions about the scripture we are studying. The goal of the Challenge Class is for the kids to be able to read and study the bible themselves with the help of their parents and teachers as they grow in Christ.

 Song:

The Challenge Class will continue to learn the books of the Old Testament this week. A great way to help our kids remember this is to learn the books of the Old Testament in a song.
This is the song they will be singing in class:

 Scripture Verse for the Parents

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.                 —Romans 5:8

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