Conversation Starters: Our Need for Protection
Posted on November 2, 2016 by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: What is power? Ask that of anyone on the street, and they’ll probably give you a definition in terms of either energy or influence. However, we need a different kind of power in order to live the way God designed us to live. We can’t live the Christian life in our own strength. The good news is that God, who is rich in glory, is also rich in power and strength, and He gives believers the Holy Spirit to access His power.
Concept: Our Need for Protection
LIFE POINT: Jesus and His disciples were going to Jerusalem. Jesus told two of His helpers, “Go to the next town. You will find a young donkey and its mother. Bring them to Me.” The men found the donkeys and brought them to Jesus. The helpers spread their coats on the young donkey’s back to make a soft place for Jesus to sit. Jesus climbed onto the donkey’s back and rode into Jerusalem. Along the way, people were waiting to see Jesus. When they saw Him coming, some people spread their coats on the road. Others cut branches from trees and spread them across the road. The people knew Jesus was special. They knew that God had kept His promise and sent Jesus into the world. As Jesus passed by, the
happy people shouted, “Hosanna! Hosanna!”
LIVE IT OUT: Use time driving in the car, waiting in line, or playing outside to praise Jesus with your
preschooler. Sing simple praise songs such as “God Is So Good” or play some preschool songs on a CD.
Tell your child, “Jesus is God’s Son.”
LIFE POINT: On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus told two disciples to go into the village. He told them to find a donkey tied beside her colt. He asked them to bring the donkey and colt to Him. Jesus said, “If anyone asks what you are doing, say that I need them.” The disciples brought the colt and donkey to Jesus. Then the disciples laid their robes on the donkey. Jesus sat on them as He rode. Many people in the crowd spread their robes on the road where the donkey walked. Other people cut palm branches and
placed them in the road. The crowd shouted over and over: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the One who comes in the Lord’s name!” People all over Jerusalem wanted to know who was coming. Others said, “It is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth.”
LIVE IT OUT: How does your family praise Jesus? Engage your child in planning a special praise time for your family. Let him take the lead in choosing songs and other ways to show your love for the Savior.
John 10:7-15, 27-30
THE POINT: Only Jesus can offer us ultimate protection. When have you felt protected during a scary situation? What makes Christians question their security in Christ? Discuss the following quote:
“Everything that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He, who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.”1 — Thomas Brooks
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Fear Inspection:
• Share with your student a moment when you had to trust Christ’s protection and not give into fear.
• Pray for God to show your student how small their fear is compared with His protection. Ask God to give Him or her the courage to lean on Christ this week instead of giving in to fear.
If he or she plans to complete Daily Reading:
• Ask your student to read through John chapter 10 this week as their Daily Reading.
1.“Leaning on God,” Great Quotes for Quoting [online], [cited 16 July 2015]. Available from the Internet:https://thequotes.wordpress.com/category/satisfaction-in-christ/