Renew Kids: Sunday, April 3rd, 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 0-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).

This week’s Family Verse

And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” —Mark 8:34

Mark 8:34

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

Bible Passage: Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45

Main Point: Jacob took what belonged to his brother.

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

Discussion Questions

1. Who was older, Jacob or Esau? (Esau)

2. Which brother liked to cook? (Jacob)

3. What did Esau trade his birthright to get? (a bowl of stew)

4. How did Jacob trick his father into giving him Esau’s blessing? (He pretended to be Esau.)

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:

  1. Memorize the scripture verse for the Challenge Class
  2. Study the Bible at home
  3. Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  4. Learn a new story from the Bible

Challenge Study

This week we will be continuing in the Gospel of Mark and will be focusing on Mark 8:22-38 and we will begin learning the books of the Old Testament. This section of Mark continues to focus on Jesus performing miracles, especially healing, but also begins to prepare the disciples for his departure.

Scripture Memory Verse

And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” —Mark 8:34

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 be starting 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:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhwyB989UCU

Scripture Verse for the Parents

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. —Philippians 2:3-4

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