Renew Kids: Sunday, October 16th, 2016 (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 (Scripture Song: The Good Song)

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
—Psalm 34:10

Listen & sing along:

Seeds of Courage (Vol. 1) by Seeds Family Worship

Family Verses

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. We will be starting out with Volume 1 Seeds of Courage, and The Good Song is song #7 on that album.

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 the Savior

The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before God brought them into the promised land. The Israelites needed to conquer the land, so God fought for His people. Joshua led the people and encouraged them to be faithful to the one true God.

Unit Key Passage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9

Bible Passage: Numbers 13:1–14:38

Main Point: The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.

Big Picture Question: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.

Discussion Questions

1. How many spies were sent to check out the promised land? (12, one leader from each of the tribes; Num. 13:1-2)
2. What fruit did the spies bring back? (grapes, pomegranates, and figs; Num. 13:23)
3. Who trusted God to give them the promised land? (Caleb and Joshua; Num. 13:30; 14:6)
4. How did God punish the Israelites when they did not trust Him? (God sent them into the wilderness for 40 years, Num. 14:21-25)
5. Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.

Christ Connection: Caleb and Joshua trusted God. God planned for Joshua to lead the next generation of Israelites into the promised land. Joshua was not perfect, but His faithfulness reminds us of Jesus, who is perfect. Jesus obeyed the Father and
trusted His plan to save people from their sins.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class is back (!) and will continue to study 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.

Challenge Study

This week we will re-continue the Gospel of Mark and will focus on Mark 15:1-20. We’ll also use the Seeds of Worship song for our Scripture memory verse. This section of Mark is where the Chief Priests deliver Jesus to Pilate and Pilate delivers Jesus to be crucified as the people asked for. Pilate releases a known criminal, Barabbas, and the soldiers mocked Jesus before they led him out to crucify him.

Scripture Memory Verse (The Good Song)

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
—Psalm 34:10

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?

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 India now for a month!) 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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