Renew Kids: Sunday, November 27th, 2016 (Learning Together)

Advent season is upon us! 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 Verses (To Us A Child Is Born)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

—Isaiah 9:6

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

—John 3:16

Family Verses & Scripture Songs

We are trying something new for our family verses. 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. With the beginning of the Advent season we begin singing Seeds of Christmas.

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 through the life of Joshua all the way to the life of Samuel.

Unit Focus: God Judges His People

Because His people continually fell into a pattern of sin, God raised up judges to help refocus the people’s faith and trust in Him. God used the judges to help deliver His people from their enemies. While a judge was still alive, God saved the people from their enemies, but when the judge died, the nation would lapse back into sin and again need salvation through another judge.

Unit Key Passage

For the Lords is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us. —Isaiah 33:22

Bible Passage: Judges 4-5

Main Point: God’s people needed someone to rescue them from their enemies.

Big Picture Question: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.

Discussion Questions (True or False)

1. Barak was the next judge of Israel. (False, Deborah was the judge; Judg. 4:4)
2. Barak said he would fight if Deborah went with him. (true, Judg. 4:8)
3. Sisera fled the battle in his chariot. (False, Sisera ran away on foot; Judg. 4:17)
4. Jael hid Sisera in her tent. (true, Judg. 4:18)
5. The people praised Barak for defeating the Canaanites. (False, the people praised God; Judg. 5)
6. How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.

Christ Connection: Christ Connection: God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to bring about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Christmas Project

The Primary class will continue learning the song Silent Night this week. They will be singing along with the Challenge class in front of the church family on December 18th at the end of our regular church service. This is the version they will be learning and it would be great if they could practice at home:

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class will begin studying the Advent Catechism this week as we enter into the Christmas season. 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.

Challenge Study

This week we will be studying chapter 2 of the Advent Catechism: Silence Broken. We’ll also use the Seeds of Worship song for our Scripture memory verse.

SILENCE BROKEN
After many generations, the voices of the prophets stopped and there was only: silence.
For 400 years, the people of God waited and wondered if they’d ever again hear God’s: voice.
The years of silence were broken when God sent an angel to a priest named: Zechariah.
Unable to have children, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth would have a son named: John.
This promise fulfilled prophecy that John would lead God’s people and: prepare the way.

Scripture Memory Verses

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

—Isaiah 9:6

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

—John 3:16

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.

Ideas:

  • Where do we see the gospel in this Scripture?
  • How does this scripture apply to your life?
  • What does this scripture tell you about God?
  • What did you learn this week?

Christmas Project

The Challenge class will continue learning the ASL for the song Silent Night this week. They will be singing and signing  along with the Primary class in front of the church family on December 18th at the end of our regular church service. This is the ASL they will be learning and it would be great if they could practice at home:

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 Katmandu, Nepal 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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