Renew Kids: Sunday, October 9th, 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: Convinced)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:38-39

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 Convinced is song #6 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 from Creation through the life of Joseph.

Unit Focus: God is Holy

As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God’s perfect holiness. God also gave rules for worship. God’s laws show that no one can keep all of them perfectly and that the only way to be right with God is through faith in Jesus.

Unit Key Passage

For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holyLeviticus 11:45

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5:1–6:25; 8:1–11:1,26-28

Main Point: God wanted His people to remember His promise.

Big Picture Question: Who is Holy? God is Holy.

Discussion Questions

1. What did God want the Israelites to remember? (God wanted His people to remember His promise.)
2. What would happen if God’s people obeyed Him? (They would be blessed.)
3. What would happen if God’s people did not obey Him? (They would be punished.)

Christ Connection: God reminded His people of His promise. God wanted to bless His people, but He knew they would disobey Him. God had a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to make a new promise. Jesus obeyed God perfectly. He was punished for our sin so we could be forgiven.

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 in the Gospel of Mark and will focus on Mark 14: 53-72. We’ll also use the Seeds of Worship song for our Scripture memory verse. This section of Mark is where Jesus is brought before the Council and Peter Denies Jesus.

Scripture Memory Verse (Convinced)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Romans 8:38-39

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:

  1. Where do we see the gospel in this Scripture?
  2. How does this scripture apply to your life?
  3. What does this scripture tell you about God?

Hannah Hoover and the World Race

We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race beginning in October. (She’s now in India!) 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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