Archive for April, 2014

Risen

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

Read:
(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.

Share:
(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.

Risen

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 know that: We Praise Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Psalm 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11) Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was the high point of his earthly ministry. The scene was one that military heroes often received, with one main difference; Jesus rode in on a donkey, a sign of humility, rather than riding in on a horse, which fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The people who made up the crowd placed their cloaks as a carpet on the street, which was an act of honor and of submission. The people also used cut palm branches as a victory celebration for Jesus. This is known as Palm Sunday.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Share with your children one reason to praise Jesus today. Maybe you saw an amazing sunrise and can praise Jesus for his creation. Or perhaps you were reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and want to tell him how thankful you are. Encourage your children to share at least one thing they can praise Jesus for as well. Encourage each other to look for one reason to praise Jesus every day this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, use household objects to show how you can praise Jesus. You can use the words from the Key Verse to get you started: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Have each family member choose a word and then find an object in the house that represents that way to praise Jesus. For example, someone can bring a piggy bank and tell how we as a family can offer our wealth as praise to Jesus. After everyone finds an object and explains how it represents praise for Jesus, have everyone lift up their object. In unison say, “Jesus, you are worthy of praise! Thank you!”

Risen

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 know that: Jesus gives us hope

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 11:1-45) Lazarus was a close friend of Jesus. So when we hear that Jesus didn’t rush to see Lazarus we may wonder why. The disciples knew that the religious leaders in Jerusalem were out to get Jesus, so maybe that’s why Jesus hesitated. However, we read that the real reason Jesus hesitated was because he wanted to show everyone he was more than just a teacher and healer, he was the giver of life who has power over death! Jesus went to see Lazarus and wept with his friends. This shows the kind of compassion Jesus has for us. When the stone was removed from the tomb, the crowd witnessed the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Because of this, many who witnessed it put their faith in Christ.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your children about something you were really hoping for as a child that didn’t turn out the way you wanted.Maybe you hoped you would get a new bike at Christmas. Or perhaps you hoped your mom or dad would show up at your basketball game. Share how you felt when things didn’t work out, and talk about how disappointing it can be to have your hopes denied. Then talk about how Jesus gives us hope of eternal life. Remind your kids that our hope in Jesus will never end in disappointment, because Jesus showed he has power over life and death when he raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus promises to give us eternal life if we believe in him. And Jesus keeps his promises!

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, take a walk around a local park, hiking trail, or even your own back yard. Record as many signs as possible of the new life you see in nature. You may even want to take pictures of this new life as you walk. You might see trees budding, baby animals, flowers starting to bloom. As you walk along, talk about how this renewal you see during springtime reminds you of the renewal we find in Jesus, both in this life and the next.