Archive for December, 2013

Jesus is Born

Key Verse: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’”
(Romans 10:12-13)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus was born to be our Savior

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 2:1-20; Hebrews 1:1-4) The book of Luke and the book of Hebrews describe the incarnation (a deity in human form) of Christ in different ways. Luke has historical facts while Hebrews explains how Jesus fits into the big picture. The bottom line is that Jesus is the very Son of God, not just a servant. He is the creator of the universe and God Himself! He brought salvation for us through his death on the cross, and He is now sitting in heaven with God! Jesus is the living Word of God, who came to show us who God is and to make it possible for us to live in a relationship with God himself.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your kids about a time someone forgave you even though you didn’t deserve it. Explain to your kids how you reacted to being forgiven and how that impacted your relationship with that person. Then talk with your kids about the forgiveness God offers each of us through Jesus even though we’ve done nothing to deserve it. Discuss ways your family can begin to share with the people God has placed in your life the exciting news of Jesus’ birth and the salvation he brings.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This season is one of the best times for families to sing together. Cue up some Christmas music, and spend an evening singing as a family. Pay special attention to the words, and try to name all the carols that refer to telling the good news of Jesus’ birth.

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Jesus is Born

Key Verse: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’”
(Romans 10:12-13)

Our hope is for our kids to: Trust God’s Plans

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Isaiah 7:13-14; Matthew 1:18-25) The story of the birth of Jesus is a familiar and interesting one. Matthew’s gospel which was written primarily to Jews was intended to show that Jesus was indeed the Messiah promised by the prophets. There is no doubt that Matthew used Isaiah 7:14 to convince skeptics that Jesus was the promised Messiah.  Joseph stayed faithful and married Mary, because he saw that the birth of Jesus was God’s plan.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you thought you knew the best plan, but things didn’t work out the way you thought they would. Maybe you chose not to follow a map because you thought you knew where you were going, but you got lost instead. Or perhaps you accepted an offer for what you thought would be your dream job, but it ended up sapping your energy and taking away your family time. Encourage your kids to share examples of times their plans didn’t work out in the ways they envisioned either. Then as a family, talk about times it’s hard to trust God’s plans, and discuss what keeps you from trusting him in specific situations.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Sit down at the end of the week, and list some of the good plans that God showed your family during the week. For example, maybe God helped a parent with a presentation at work, or he kept the family safe during a storm. Let each family member talk about how God took care of your family during the week. Thank God for the plans he had for your family, and ask the lord to help you keep trusting him, especially when things happen that you can’t understand.