Renew Kids: Sunday, March 6th, 2016

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. There are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages 0-2), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).

This week’s Family Verse

 “The Pharisees came and and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”

—Mark 8:11-12

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 entered a covenant relationship with Abraham and all of his descendants to continue His plan of redemption. It is through this family, the nation of Israel, that God would bless the entire world by bringing forth the Messiah, Jesus.

Unit Key Passage

“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” —Romans 4:3

Bible Passage: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-9

Main Point: God promised to bless Abraham.

Big Picture Question: What did God promise? God promised to bless His people.

Discussion Questions

  1. Was there something special about Abraham that made God choose to bless Him? (no)
  2. What did God promise to give Abraham? (many descendants and land)
  3. Did Abraham know how God would give him a big family? (no)
  4. Whose job was it to keep the covenant or promise? Abraham’s or God’s? (God’s)

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 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 kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:

  1. Memorize the memory 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

Challenge Study

This week in Challenge they will continue to study the book of Mark and the Fruits of the Spirit. The scripture they will be studying is Mark 8:1-21 and the Fruit of the Spirit they will be focusing on this week are goodness and faithfulness.

This is the song we are learning in class:

Memory Verse

“The Pharisees came and and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”

—Mark 8:11-12

Discussion Questions

  1. What did Jesus feel for the crowd that was with him?
  2. Why did the Pharisees want Jesus to give them a sign?
  3. What did Jesus caution the disciples against?

Scripture Verse for the Parents

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.—1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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