Archive for March, 2014

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus says to love others as ourselves
Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 10:25-37) Jesus told the story of a good Samaritan in response to a question from a Jewish teacher of the Law. This story explains who our neighbor is, because it is written that we are to love our neighbor. In the story we see that a man was injured because of a robbery. As the priest walked by he avoided the injured man, likely because he didn’t want to be attacked himself or he didn’t want to become unclean. The Levite, who was someone who assisted the priest, avoided the man as well. But a Samaritan walked by and decided to help. It’s important to realize that Samaritans were hated by Jews because of their heritage. We would assume that the Samaritan would be the one who would have walked by, however we see that he was the one that was being a neighbor.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a time you really needed help and someone helped you. Share with your kids how you felt about being helped, and encourage your kids to share examples about times they were helped. Then think together about people you can show God’s love to by helping them—maybe it’s an older person in the neighborhood or a single mom in your church. Come up with a list of creative ways you can help at least one or two of these people regularly. You might bake cookies for them, do some yardwork, or buy a special book as a gift.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Make a list of all the people you know— including neighbors, teachers, church leaders, and acquaintances. Cut the list apart so that each name is on a different slip of paper. Put the paper slips in a bowl or basket. Each morning, draw a name and use the name to fill in the blank in the following question: “What does it mean to love [person’s name]?” Think of specific ways to show love to that person—and then commit to acting on one of your ideas.

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus loves everyone

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 4:5-42) It was about noon, and Jesus stopped for a drink. It was a great time for a drink, but the wrong time to draw water. A Samaritan woman was apparently not welcome with the other women who drew from the well in the morning or the evening. It was also not the custom for a Jewish man to speak to a Samaritan woman, so she was very surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink. However, Jesus was more concerned about the woman’s relationship with God than appearances or customs. Because Jesus acted out of love, the woman was able to see who he was and change her life. In addition, she went back to tell her people that she had met the messiah!  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share from your own experience (or from the experience of a family friend) about how knowing Jesus has changed your life. Talk about what’s been better and even what’s been harder in your life as a Christian. For example, maybe being a Christian has helped you handle difficult situations with more grace. On the other hand, maybe being a Christian has made it harder for you to relate to family members who aren’t Christians. Encourage your kids to share ways knowing Jesus has changed their lives as well.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather clear drinking glasses for all family members, a pitcher of water, a bowl of ice cubes, and tongs. You’ll also need a Bible. Talk about how Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. Read John 4:9-10. Have each family member serve another one a glass of water with ice. Have someone read John 4:13-14. Share how Jesus’ love is like living water—it flows on forever in those who receive it. Pray that God will help your family share that “loving” water of Jesus with each other and with the world.

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus gives us eternal life

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 3:1-17) Nicodemas was a teacher that came to Jesus at night to ask him some questions and learn from him. Nicodemas wanted to know first confirm who Jesus was. Jesus not only confirmed this, but told him how you can enter the kingdom of heaven, by being born again. Nicodemas was confused, so Jesus uses an example that he would recognize. When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert snakes invaded the camp. Moses made a snake of bronze, and every time they looked upon the snake they were saved from death. Jesus explained that, in the same way, he would be lifted up so that all could look on him and be saved.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about what you think heaven will be like. Share what you think heaven will look like and what you’re most looking forward to about heaven. Then ask your children to share their versions of what they think heaven might be like. Encourage your kids to use their imaginations as they dream about flying, eating candy for every meal, or meeting people mentioned in the Bible. Then ask your kids to think about how the thought of having eternal life and someday getting to live in heaven affects how they live their lives each day here on earth.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Create an “eternity mural” to hang on a wall in your home. Have family members draw pictures on sheets of construction paper and then piece the sheets together like quilt blocks. Have each family member contribute his or her ideas of what eternal life in heaven will be like.

Jesus Saving Time

Key Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God meets our needs

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 6:1-15) After Jesus spent time teaching the crowds they followed him up on the mountainside. It was time for a meal, so they were perplexed on how they were going to feed the crowd which consisted of ten to fifteen thousand people if you count women and children. One boy had a lunch that was provided for him, a few pieces of bread and two small fish. Jesus was able to use the lunch to feed the entire crowd. This showed the disciples and all those around that Jesus could provide all of our needs!  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time your family had a specific need and you saw God provide for you. Maybe God provided necessary food through a meal from a friend. Or perhaps God provided money for a bill through an unexpected bonus at work. Encourage your kids to think of other examples of when they saw God’s provision in their lives. Then ask your children to share needs they have right now, and pray together that God will provide according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Get together with your family this week and have each person draw a picture of their trust level for God to meet his or her needs. For example, if a family member has deep trust in God, he or she could draw a picture of hugging God. Or if a family member feels far away, he or she could draw God on one side of the paper and himself or herself at the other end. Then talk about how each person got to that trust level and what, if anything needs to change.