Renew Kids: Sunday, October 23rd, 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: Never Be Shaken)

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

—Psalm 62:1-2

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 Not Be Shaken is song #8 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 20:1-20; 21:4-9

Main Point: God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

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

Discussion Questions

1. What was the first thing the people complained about in today’s story? (They did not have any water, Num. 20:5)
2. What did God tell Moses to do to get water from the rock? (speak to the rock, Num. 20:8)
3. How did Moses disobey God? (He hit the rock instead of speaking to it, Num. 20:11)
4. When the people complained again, what did God send? (poisonous snakes, Num. 21:6)
5. How could the people be healed? (God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed, Num. 21:9)
6. Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.

Christ Connection: The Israelites faced a huge problem because of their sin. God sent snakes to punish Israel, but anyone who was bitten could look at the snake on the pole and live. Because of our sin, we face a huge problem: we are separated from God. We deserve to die, but anyone who looks to Jesus on the cross and trusts in Him will live forever with God.

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 be continuing the Gospel of Mark and will focus on Mark 15:21-47. We’ll also use the Seeds of Worship song for our Scripture memory verse. This section of Mark focuses on the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus.

Scripture Memory Verse (Never Be Shaken)

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

—Psalm 62:1-2

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 — serving in eleven countries in eleven months — beginning in October. (She’s in India 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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