Renew Kids: Sunday, March 19th, 2017 (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-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).

This Week’s Family Verse (New Creation)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
—2 Corinthians 5:17

Listen:

Family Verses & Scripture Songs

All this year we’re connecting Scripture meditation (memory verses) to singing. Music is a great way to help us memorize and to have fun doing it. Our family verses will be from the Seeds Family Worship. We are finish Seeds of Faith with song #12 (New Creation). Next week we begin Seeds of Praise (Volume 3)!

Primary Class 

Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and will immerse our kids in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when our children experience the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, our kids will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

 Unit Focus: God the Son

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He grew up and began to prepare for His ministry. Jesus demonstrated from a young age that He understood His role as God’s Son. When Jesus was baptized, God confirmed His sonship. Jesus was subsequently tempted by Satan, but He did not sin.

Unit Key Passage:

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
—1 Timothy 1:15

Bible Passage(s): Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20

Main Point: Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Discussion Questions

1. Mary and Joseph traveled to what city? (Bethlehem, the city of David; Luke 2:4)
2. What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem? (Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, Luke 2:6-7)
3. What good news did the angel tell the shepherds? (“A Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David”; Luke 2:11)
4. Where did the shepherds go when the angels left? (to Bethlehem, Luke 2:15)
5. What did the shepherds do when they left Bethlehem? (They told others about Jesus, glorified God, and praised Him; Luke 2:17-18,20)
6. How did the wise men know Jesus had been born? (They had seen His star in the east, Matt. 2:2)
7. What gifts did the wise men give Jesus? (gold, frankincense, and myrrh; Matt. 2:11)
8. Why didn’t the wise men tell Herod where Jesus was? (God warned them in a dream not to tell him, Matt. 2:12)
9. Why was Jesus born? (Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior, Luke 2:11)
10. What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Christ Connection: The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be their King forever.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class is doing a 7 week study on the Armor of God. Every kid has been given an activity book to use in class and take home each week. In the activity book their will be a focus on that week’s armor, activities and puzzles, a place to help them pray each week, and places for them to write what they are learning. The third week is focused on The Breastplate of Righteousness: Empowered by God’s Spirit to Live Righteously .

Key Verse

Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest.
—Ephesians 6:14

Challenge Study

This week the Challenge Class will be studying meeting 3 in the Armor of God for Kids. The purpose of the study this week is so that kids can…discover that God will help them make right choices…understand that righteousness is right living …realize that righteousness provides protection against Satan.

Scripture Memory Verse (New Creation)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
—2 Corinthians 5:17

Discussion:

In the back of the kids activity book their is a parent’s guide that is a great resource to continue what they have been learning in class. Take the time this week to go through it with them and learn together.

Mission in Uganda

Working with Paul Hunter from Next Generation Ministries, he has found the Challenge Class a new mission in Uganda.

David is a young boy about 12 who lives in Uganda and had his leg amputated as an infant. The Challenge Class is working on helping David buy a prosthetic leg in a couple of years when he is ready.  How will they do this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar and every marble they earn will be worth $2 a piece to go towards David’s new leg. How do they earn marbles?

The kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  1. Memorize the scripture verse for their 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
  5. Draw or Write in their prayer/thankfulness journal

 Hannah Hoover and the World Race

We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race beginning in October. (She’s in South Africa all March!) The Challenge Class is excited to follow her during this journey and are committing to praying for her regularly. Here is the link to her blog: Hannah Hoover

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