Renew Kids: Sunday, March 5th, 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 (Faith)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
—Hebrews 11:1, 6

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 currently on Seeds of Faith song #10 (Faith).

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: Matthew 1:1-17

Main Point: Jesus’ earthly family included Abraham, David, and others.

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

Discussion Questions

1. Who were Jesus’ parents on earth? (Mary and Joseph, Matt. 1:20-21)
2. Who is Jesus’ true Father? (God the Father, Luke 1:35)
3. Name a king in Jesus’ family. (David, Solomon, Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joram, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jechoniah; Matt. 1:6-11)
4. How is Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
5. Whose family did God promise would be as numerous as the stars? (Abraham, Gen. 15:5)
6. Can we be a part of Jesus’ family? (Yes, when we believe in Jesus we are adopted into Jesus’ family; Gal. 4:5)

Christ Connection: Jesus came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem. Jesus had earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, but His true Father is God. Through Jesus, God kept His promises to Abraham and David. Jesus saves people from their sin and adopts them into God’s family.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class will be doing a 7 week study on the Armor of God beginning this week. Every kid will be given an activity book to use in class and take home each week. In the activity book there 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 first week is focused on Seeing What is Unseen: Putting on God’s Armor.

Key Verse

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
—Ephesians 6:18

Challenge Study

This week the Challenge Class will be studying meeting 1 in the Armor of God for Kids. The purpose of the study this week is so that kids can…discover that there are real invisible places in which spiritual battles rage…understand that God provides spiritual armor to protect believers from the enemy and to equip believers to fight the enemy…learn about a time God let someone see the unseen.

 Scripture Memory Verse (Faith)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
—Hebrews 11:1, 6

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. We get to be part of seeing God change Uganda one person at a time.

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 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 Botswana now!) 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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