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.
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 0-2), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).
This week’s Family Verse
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your mind,
and all your strength.
—Mark 12:30 (NLT)
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 Redeemer
God raised up a deliverer, Moses, to rescue His people from bondage in Egypt. God demonstrated His Glory through a series of miracles to secure Israel’s freedom. The Exodus account was great, but God’s greatest rescue would come through His Son, Jesus, who would save people from their sin.
Unit Key Passage
Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.—Hebrews 3:5-6
Bible Passage: Exodus 19:1-20; 31:18
Main Point: God gave us rules to show that He is holy.
Big Picture Question: What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
Christ Connection: God gave us rules to show that He is holy. Our sin keeps us away from God, but Jesus came to bring us back to Him. Jesus is holy; He never sinned. We can trust Him to forgive our sin.
- God said if the people kept His covenant, whose people would they be? (God’s people)
- What rules did God give to the people? (the Ten Commandments)
- Which commandments tell us what it looks like to have a right relationship with God? (the first four)
- What did God give Moses after He was finished speaking with him? (two stone tablets God had written on with His own finger)
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
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
This week we will be continuing in the Gospel of Mark and will be focusing on Mark 12: 28-44 and we will continue learning the books of the Old Testament. This section of Mark has several small sections beginning with The Great Commandment which is our memory verse this week. Jesus also taught in the temple about whose Son is the Christ and to beware of the scribes. This section ends with a widow offering what little she had and Jesus commending her for it.
Scripture Memory Verse:
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. —Mark 12:30 (NLT)
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.
Hannah Hoover and the World Race
This Sunday we will hear from Hannah about her joining the World Race beginning in October. 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
For the Parents
HARDSHIPS OFTEN PREPARE ORDINARY PEOPLE FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY DESTINY…