Archive for April, 2014


Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”
(John 11:25)

Our hope is for our kids to: Have faith in Jesus

(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Peter 1:3-9) Jesus had already ascended into heaven and the believers were left with spreading the gospel. Peter was a bright spot, someone who completely changed from the follower who denied Christ three times. In this passage we see Peter giving gold nuggets of hope. This was very important at the time because the early Christians were facing persecution under the Romans. Peter reminds us that our faith in Christ gives us hope, and our hard times help our faith grow stronger for the next difficult time. Our weakness is his strength.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about what it means to you to put your hope in Jesus, or encourage a close family friend to share with your children about when he or she first put hope in Jesus. Then talk with your children about what it means for them to hope in Jesus. Encourage your children to share personal examples of when they’ve hoped in Jesus. As a family, talk about things that keep you from having hope in Jesus, and discuss ways you can encourage each other to keep hoping, even in the midst of these things.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Plan a time of faith filled storytelling. Encourage each family member to come up with at least one story in advance. It can be a personal story or a story you’ve heard that really expresses the value or meaning of keeping that faith. Pop some popcorn or prepare another fun snack together; then sit around and have each person tell stories of faith. Afterward, encourage family members to share what their faith in Jesus means to them.