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Conversation Starters: Respect Authority

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: God is the authority over everything in people’s lives.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Most authority figures are good leaders whose authority we can respect. Unfortunately, we encounter other authority figures who, at best, are inept in what they do or, at worst, are self-serving or even “out to get us.” When it comes to respect, the Bible makes no distinction between the two types of leaders. In the Book of 1 Samuel, David modeled for us how we can respect even the worst kinds of authority figures.

Concept: Respect Authority

Preschool

Acts 10

LIFE POINT: Cornelius and his family loved God. One day, Cornelius was praying. An angel gave him a message from God. The angel told Cornelius to find a man named Peter. Cornelius sent some men to find Peter. When the men found Peter, they explained what the angel had told Cornelius. The next day Peter and the men went to Cornelius’s house. Cornelius was there, waiting with his family and friends. Peter began talking to them. “God wants me to tell you that He loves everyone,” Peter said. “God wants me to tell you about Jesus.” Peter told that Jesus was God’s Son, that Jesus taught people about God, and about the good things Jesus did. Cornelius and his family and friends listened to Peter. They believed everything Peter told them about Jesus. They loved
Jesus, too.

LIVE IT OUT: Make a list of friends who do not go to church that your child knows. Choose a friend and invite that child to go to a special event at your church, like a  “back to school ” event. Be sure your child knows he is helping his friend to hear about Jesus.

Kids

Acts 10

LIFE POINT: Cornelius was an important officer in the Roman army. Cornelius and his family worshiped God. Cornelius always prayed to God. One day God sent an angel to tell Cornelius to send for Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. Cornelius sent three men to get Peter who was in a town called Joppa. God spoke to Peter and told him that Cornelius’s servants were looking for him. God told Peter to go with the men. Peter obeyed. Cornelius, his family, and his friends were waiting when Peter arrived at his house. Peter preached to Cornelius and everyone at his house. Peter told them about Jesus. Peter said that Jesus was sent by God so people could be forgiven for their sins: not just Jews, but all people. Cornelius and everyone who heard Peter’s message believed in Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: How can you involve your child in God’s work around the world? If he is old enough, encourage your child to participate in a mission trip with your church. If that is not possible, he could earn money to help support a missionary or a mission trip.

Students

1 Samuel 24:3-12

THE POINT: Respect the authorities God has placed in your life.
• What have you been taught about respecting authority?
• How do you respond to the authority figures in your life?
• What do you like best about David’s approach in these verses?
• What can we learn from David about dealing with difficult people in authority?

Discuss the following quote:

“Until the will and the affections are brought under the authority of Christ, we have not begun to understand, let alone to accept, His lordship.” ¹ —Elisabeth Elliot

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some suggested ways for your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Spend time with your student discussing what he or she can do to further cultivate his or her relationship with Jesus.
• COMMUNITY: Are there opportunities to serve alongside your student ministry or ways for you to be a better community member? Pray this week for opportunities to lead and serve students.
• CULTURE: Talk with your student about ways we can live in submission to God and share His goodness with the world.

¹. Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Revell, 2002), 41.


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Conversation Starters: Building Friendship

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Love for others grows through the love of Jesus.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We are familiar with business contracts and marriage covenants, but we rarely think of our friendships in terms of a covenant. It’s not likely a formal agreement, but we often recognize a bond between friends that goes beyond just a shared interest or affinity. In the Book of 1 Samuel, David and Jonathan gave us an example of what such a covenant looks like.

Concept: Building Friendship

Preschool

Acts 9:19-31

LIFE POINT: Before Saul believed in Jesus, he wanted to hurt people who loved and obeyed Jesus. But Saul changed and believed that Jesus was God’s Son. Saul wanted others to believe in Jesus, too. Saul was with Jesus’ disciples in Damascus. He was telling people that Jesus was God’s Son. The people who heard Saul knew he had hurt people who believed in Jesus. They were afraid
of Saul, but Saul kept telling people about Jesus. Saul heard that some people were going to try to hurt him. The disciples helped Saul escape. At night, they put Saul in a large basket and lowered him through an opening in the city wall. Saul went to Jerusalem. Some people were still afraid of him. Barnabas became his friend. Barnabas told the people that Saul had changed and now he loved Jesus. Saul continued to tell people about Jesus. Many people decided to follow Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Briefly review the Bible story about Saul telling others about Jesus. Comment that Jesus helped Saul be able to tell others. Give your child paper and crayons. Ask her to draw a way that Jesus helps her.

Kids

Acts 9:19-31

LIFE POINT: In Damascus, Saul began preaching about Jesus. He told the people that Jesus was God’s Son. The Jewish leaders wanted to stop Saul. They wanted to kill him. The disciples rescued Saul. They hid Saul in a basket and lowered him through a large hole in a wall so that he escaped. Saul went to Jerusalem. He wanted to work with the disciples there, but they were afraid of him.
A disciple by the name of Barnabas took Saul to the apostles, and Saul described how he had talked to Jesus on the road to Damascus. Barnabas told the apostles how Saul began teaching in Damascus and how the Jewish leaders tried to kill him. The apostles helped Saul travel to many places to tell people about Jesus. He continued to teach people about what Jesus had done for him.

LIVE IT OUT: How have you seen Jesus helping your family? Talk to your child about what Jesus has done for her. Encourage her to add to her testimony by telling how being a Christian has changed her life. This is a critical part of sharing a testimony with another person.

Students

1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:4-7; 20:10-13

THE POINT: Strong friendships grow because of shared commitment.
• What do you enjoy most about your friendships?
• What are some practical ways to demonstrate selflessness in our friendships?
• What risks do we take when we stand up for our friends?
• How do you typically respond when a friendship becomes complicated?
Discuss the following quote:

“They are rich who have true friends.”¹ —Thomas Fuller

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Spend time with your student discussing his or her relationship with Jesus. Take time to pray for the relationship to grow between your student and Jesus.
• COMMUNITY: Discuss with your student ways that he or she can promote unity and love in the church and student ministry.
• CULTURE: Help your student identify lost friends that need to hear the gospel and make a plan that can be put into action.

¹. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British (London: B. Barker, 1732), 215.


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Conversation Starters: Love Gives

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Telling people about Jesus shows love for them.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Relationships can be fragile. Everything’s fine if two people are traveling down the same road, but what happens if those two people don’t see eye to eye—or open animosity is evident? The Christian’s role in a relationship—any relationship—is to love. When we live and dwell in the love of Christ, that same love seeps into all our relationships.

Concept: Love Gives

Preschool

Acts 8:26-40

LIFE POINT: Philip traveled from town to town, telling people about Jesus. One day an angel (a messenger from God) spoke to Philip. The angel told him to go to the desert road that went from Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip started walking down the road. He saw a man riding in a chariot. The Ethiopian man had been to Jerusalem to worship God. Philip heard the man reading from a Bible scroll. Philip asked the man, “Do you understand what you are reading?” “No,” the man said. “I need someone to explain the words to me.” So Philip sat beside him in the chariot and explained the
words. Philip told the man that the words in the Bible scroll were about Jesus. He told him the good news about Jesus. The man saw some water and asked to be baptized. Philip baptized him. The Ethiopian man went home very happy. Philip traveled to other places to tell people about Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child think of a family member or friend who needs to know about Jesus. Print “Jesus loves you” at the top of a piece of paper. Let your child draw a special picture for this person. Plan to give the picture to the person. Say a prayer together for this person beforehand.

Kids

Acts 8:26-40

LIFE POINT: Philip was one of the disciples. He told people about Jesus. An angel told Philip to go to the desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza. While Philip was walking down the road, he saw a man from Ethiopia sitting in a chariot while reading a Scripture passage. Philip asked the man if he understood what he was reading. The Ethiopian said that he was not able to understand what he was reading because he had no one to help him understand it. The Ethiopian asked Philip to sit beside him in the chariot. Philip read explained that the Scripture was talking about Jesus. Philip explained to him all that Jesus had done. The Ethiopian believed everything that Philip told him about Jesus. The Ethiopian saw some water and asked Philip if he could be baptized. Philip told the Ethiopian, “If you believe with all of your heart, you may.” Philip baptized the man from Ethiopia.

LIVE IT OUT: Has your child ever shared his testimony with a friend? Remind him that God wants us to tell others the good news about Jesus. Help him think of a friend who needs to know about Jesus. Brainstorm ideas for helping that friend learn about Jesus.

Students

John 15:9-17

THE POINT: Center every relationship on the unconditional love of Christ.
• How has technology changed the way we relate to each other?
• How does obeying God’s commands demonstrate our love for Him?
• What does it look like to love others the way Jesus loves us?
• What keeps us from obeying Jesus’ commands in these verses?
Discuss the following quote:

“The world does not understand theology or dogma [doctrine], but it understands love.”¹ —Dwight L. Moody

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Take time to pray with your student ensuring that he or she is loving Jesus in the same way that He loves us.
• COMMUNITY: Encourage your student to show love to his camp friends this week, even if they live far away. Brainstorm a couple ways you could show love and then follow through.
• CULTURE: It is easy to love our friends and family, but Jesus calls us to love everyone including our enemies. Seeing you acting in love and doing good will help your student to act out that same love with others.

¹. Inspired Faith: 365 Days a Year: Daily


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Conversation Starters: Life on Mission

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Discipling people shows you love Christ.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We tend to define people by the demographics of our church and the circle of Christians we regularly encounter. People who match those characteristics certainly need Jesus, but so do people outside our circles. To share Christ with these other people requires us to take the gospel into their culture rather than expecting them to come into ours.

Concept: Life on Mission

Preschool

Acts 4:36; 9:26-31

LIFE POINT: Barnabas, a believer in Jesus, loved people and helped them. One time he sold a field and brought the money to give to people who needed help. Barnabas’ name meant “Son of Encouragement.” If you encourage people, you support them or cheer them up. One of the people Barnabas encouraged was a man named Saul. When Saul came to Jerusalem, the people in the church were afraid of him. Saul used to hurt people who loved Jesus. Barnabas told the people how Saul had changed. He told them that now Saul wanted to tell people about Jesus. The people believed what Barnabas said. They were not afraid of Saul anymore. People in the church found out that some people wanted to hurt Saul. They helped Saul leave Jerusalem so he would be safe. More people became part of the church.

LIVE IT OUT: Involve your child in helping at church. Include her in helping provide for a food pantry or a clothes closet. As you are serving and helping together, say the verse: “Help one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

Kids

Acts 4:36; 9:26-31

LIFE POINT: Barnabas, a believer in Jesus, loved people and helped them. One time he sold a field and brought the money to give to people who needed help. Barnabas’ name meant “Son of Encouragement.” If you encourage people, you support them or cheer them up. One of the people Barnabas encouraged was a man named Saul. When Saul came to Jerusalem, the people in the church were afraid of him. Saul used to hurt people who loved Jesus. Barnabas told the people how Saul had changed. He told them that now Saul wanted to tell people about Jesus. The people believed what Barnabas said. They were not afraid of Saul anymore. People in the church found out that some people wanted to hurt Saul. They helped Saul leave Jerusalem so he would be safe. More people became part of the church.

LIVE IT OUT: God’s plan is for believers to tell others about Jesus and how to be saved. If your child is older and has been a Christian for a few years, she may be ready to learn how to share the plan of salvation with a friend. Help her practice on family members.

Students

1 Corinthians 9:19-27

THE POINT: We can better share the gospel when we step into the shoes of others.
• How can we walk in the shoes of others without compromising our values?

• What are some different approaches Christians use for sharing the gospel?

• What things might we need to set aside to run the race of faith well? See Hebrews 12:1-2 for further study
Discuss the following quote:

“If your Gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you!” ¹—Curry R. Blake

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Pray with your student seeking ways to feel closer to God even if it means sacrificing certain luxuries.

• COMMUNITY: Spend devotional time with your student this week teaching him or her good practices to use in his or her personal time with God.

• CULTURE: The gospel is something that we should desire to share with others. Make a list of people that you and your student can share the gospel with this week.

¹ Aaron Sams, I Want to be A.L.I.V.E. (Lulu, 2010) 185.


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Conversation Starters: Life in the Community

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Karah

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Serving people who can benefit us is not difficult. “Scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” is a reality in the business world and even in many relationships. Serving, then, becomes about me, and not about the other person. That mindset is absent in Scripture and is to be absent in the church; in fact, believers are called to serve even those who have no means to repay a kindness.

Concept: Life in the Community

Preschool

Acts 6:1-7

LIFE POINT: More and more people were becoming part of the church in Jerusalem. The people in the church knew they should help one another. Some of the people did not have enough food to eat. Many of those people were widows, ladies whose husbands had died. The disciples were busy teaching about Jesus. They decided to choose seven men to be special helpers to help the widows and other people who needed help. They chose Stephen, Philip, and five other men. These men were wise and loved God. The disciples prayed for the seven men. The special helpers helped the widows and other people who needed food. The disciples were able to tell more and more people about Jesus. Many people became part of the church.

LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about the people who help and serve at your church or in your community. Explain to your child how each of these people’s jobs helps others learn more about God and Jesus.

Kids

Acts 6:1-7

LIFE POINT: More and more people were becoming part of the church every day. Some people noticed that there was a problem. There were widows who were being left out and not getting enough food. The disciples gathered together the other people from the church to talk about this problem. The disciples said that they were busy teaching others about Jesus. They needed some other people to help take care of those in need. The disciples told the people to choose seven men who were wise and full of the Holy Spirit to be helpers. The whole group was pleased with this decision. They chose Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus to be the helpers. The men met with the disciples and they prayed together. The Word of God continued to spread. The number of people who learned about Jesus in Jerusalem grew quickly.

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss the different jobs that pastors, missionaries, or camp staff have. Expand your discussion beyond just those that your child knows. Help your child learn how each person’s job furthers the kingdom of God and helps people know about Jesus.

Students

Matthew 25:31-40

THE POINT: Living for Christ means serving the needs of others.
• What do you like best about your community?
• How could looking to the end affect the way we see people?
• What keeps us from reaching out to those who need our help?
• With so many needs, how do we decide whom to help?
Discuss the following quote:

“Those who belong to Christ are sheep in this respect, that they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.”¹— Charles Spurgeon

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Pray for the opportunities to serve alongside your student this week.
• COMMUNITY: Determine areas in your community that you and your student can minister and serve needy people together.
• CULTURE: Make a commitment with your student to serve the needy and seek those many would deem the least of these.

 

¹“Sheep Go In Flocks, and So Do God’s People, ”First Love Publications, 11 February 2016, [accessed 13 September 2013]. Available from the Internet: http://www.firstlovepublications.org/quotes/sheep-go-inflocks-and-so-do-gods-people.


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Conversation Starters: Life Reflected

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Share the love of Jesus everywhere.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Work is more than a paycheck. It is more than just a job. Whether we are the CEO of a large business or an intern on the lowest rung of the corporate ladder, our true work is to honor Christ and reflect Him in our work relationships, attitude, and productivity. Our day-to-day work might be forgotten next week, but the witness we give through our work can impact eternity.

Concept: Life Reflected

Preschool

Acts 3:1-4:21

LIFE POINT: One day Peter and John met a man at the temple (church) gate. The man could not walk. He asked Peter and John for help. Peter told him, “I don’t have any money, but I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus, get up and walk.” The man’s feet became strong. He was able to walk. The man went walking and jumping and thanking God. When the people saw the man walking, they were surprised. Some people were angry. They arrested Peter and John. The leaders asked Peter and John what happened. Peter and John said that the man was able to walk by the power of Jesus. The leaders told Peter and John to stop talking about Jesus. Peter and John said they would listen to God. They would not stop telling people about Jesus. Many people believed in Jesus, and the church grew bigger.

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child name the people who tell him about Jesus—teachers, family members, and others he can name. If your preschooler is older, he can start telling friends what he knows about Jesus, or he could invite them to church.

Kids

Acts 3:1-4:21

LIFE POINT: Peter and John were going to the temple. Outside of the temple was a man who could not walk. He asked Peter and John for help. Peter told him to get up and walk. The man went began walking and jumping and thanking God. The people were amazed. Peter told the people about Jesus and that they needed follow Him. Some leaders didn’t like what Peter and John were saying. They put the men in jail. The next day, the leaders asked Peter and John about the man’s healing. Peter told them that the man was healed by the power of Jesus. The leaders warned the men to quit talking about Jesus. Peter and John said that they could not stop talking about what they had seen and heard. The leaders let them go because so many people were praising God because of what they heard.

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child tell others about Jesus? Help him think of one or two friends who need to know about Jesus. Practice what he could say to help his friends come to know the Savior of the world.

Students

Colossians 3:22-4:1

THE POINT: All work is a reflection of your relationship with Christ.
• What work are you most proud of?
• How can we maintain a Christlike attitude, even in work we don’t enjoy?
• How are the things you work at an opportunity to serve God?
• What steps might help you focus on Christ as you work?
Discuss the following quote:

“Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don’t complain.”¹—Billy Graham

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Talk with your student about any personal struggles he or she may be facing, and pray for not only solutions but an attitude of peace while handling them.
• COMMUNITY: Pray with your student for his or her friends facing difficult situations, and create a community that is open and encouraging.
• CULTURE: Discuss with your student how the way Christians behave in challenging situations will look different from others in our culture.

¹“Billy Graham Quotes,” Brainy Quotes [online], [accessed 13 September 2016]. Available from the Internet: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/billygraha403083.html.


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Conversation Starters: Life in Relationships

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: People show love for Christ by their work.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: One of the hottest topics in recent years has been the defining of the family. With the attempt to create a new definition, the family roles have also been redefined. God created us with only one definition of the family and specific roles for each of us. As we carry out the roles we’ve been given, we experience life as a family at its best. A family centered in Christ is a strong family.

Concept: Life in Relationships

Preschool

Acts 2

LIFE POINT: One day some of Jesus’ friends were meeting together. Suddenly they heard a sound like a very strong wind. It filled the house where they were meeting. They started to speak in different languages. This helped Jesus’ friends to tell people about Jesus in different parts of the world. Peter began to speak to the people. He told them about Jesus. Many people believed what Peter told them. They wanted to obey God and be baptized. The people began to meet together every day. They learned more about what God wanted them to do. The church friends shared everything they had. They ate meals together. They helped each other whenever someone had a need. Each day more and more people came to meet with the church friends. They learned about Jesus, too.

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your child to tell you the Bible story she heard at church this past week. Remind your child that she goes to church to learn about Jesus. Help your child thank God for the teachers who tell her about Jesus.

Kids

Acts 2

LIFE POINT: Jesus’ disciples were all together, praying. A sound like wind came and filled the house. They saw what looked like tongues of fire over them. The believers were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were able to speak in different languages. Other people heard what was going on and were amazed. Each person heard the believers speaking in his own language. Peter stood up and spoke to the crowd. He told them that the prophet Joel said this would happen. Peter told them the story of Jesus and how He died on the cross and rose again. They asked, “What should we do now?” Peter told the people to trust in Jesus, repent, and be baptized. About three thousand were baptized that day. The new believers devoted themselves to the teachings about Jesus, spending time together, sharing meals, and prayer.

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child love going to church? The church began and helped spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world. That is what the church is still doing. Talk about ways your church spreads the good news about Jesus.

Students

Ephesians 5:22-28; 6:1-3

THE POINT: Home is where our identity in Christ is clearly lived out.
• How should we understand the meaning of the word “submit” in these verses?
• How do these verses compare and contrast with the families we see today in movies and TV?
• How does honoring our father and mother change over time?
Discuss the following quote:

“The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”¹—Adrian Rogers

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Spend time talking with your student about handling conflicts and resolving problems in a way that honors God.
• COMMUNITY: Share stories with your student about you and your parents and how you may have struggled honoring them as a student. Pray with your student that he or she would honor God by honoring you.
• CULTURE: Discuss with your student how respecting people with authority reflects our attitude toward God.

¹Adrian Rogers, “The Transforming Power of Christ,” Love Worth Finding, 1 June 2001, [accessed 13 September 2016]. Available from the Internet: https://www.lwf.org/articles/posts/the-transforming-powerof- christ-10479.


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Conversation Starters: He is Risen

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: Jesus is alive!

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We are bombarded with information—often touted as news—that too often is unsubstantiated. When you begin to research the information, it often turns up that facts are skewed and opinions are presented as fact. Many people view Jesus Christ in the same way. What they hear presented as truth gets written off as opinion or simply what someone wants to believe. The resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, is solidly grounded in fact.

Concept: He is Risen

Preschool

Matthew 26:36-28:10

LIFE POINT: Jesus died on a cross. Then Jesus was buried in a tomb. Three days later, Mary and Mary Magdalene went to the place where Jesus was buried. As they got near the tomb, the ground began to shake. An angel came from heaven and rolled away the stone that was in front of the tomb. “Do not be afraid,” the angel told Mary and Mary Magdalene. “I have good news for you. Jesus is not here. He is alive!” The angel told the women to go and tell the disciples that Jesus is alive. Mary and Mary Magdalene were happy. They ran to tell the disciples what they had learned. Suddenly they saw Jesus. They ran to Him and worshiped Him. Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My disciples to go to Galilee. They will see Me there.” Mary and Mary Magdalene ran to tell the disciples the good news.

LIVE IT OUT: Part of today’s Bible story involved a stone that was rolled away from the tomb. Provide a smooth stone. Give your child paint or permanent markers to decorate her stone. Tell your child she can remember that Jesus is alive when she sees the rock.

Kids

Matthew 26:36-28:10

LIFE POINT: Jesus prayed in the garden. He was very sad. He knew He was about to be killed. Then, Judas came to the garden. He brought men with swords and clubs. Judas kissed Jesus. The men grabbed Jesus and took Him away. Jesus was put on trial before the high priest and the Roman governor, Pilate. Pilate did not want to kill Jesus, but the crowd kept yelling, “Crucify Him!” Pilate sent Jesus to be killed on a cross. The soldiers put Jesus on a cross where he died. A man named Joseph buried Jesus. A stone sealed the grave. The disciples were so very sad. Three days later, women went to the grave. An angel rolled the stone away. The grave was empty! The angel said that Jesus was gone. He was risen! The angel told the women to go tell the disciples the good news.

LIVE IT OUT: Has your child made the decision to follow Jesus? God sent Jesus to provide salvation for the world. There are many resources available to help lead a child to Christ and to help children deepen their relationships with Him.

Students

Luke 24:1-8, 36-40

THE POINT: Jesus is alive and present with those who trust in Him.
• What’s the most surprising thing that’s ever happened to you?
• When did you first understand that Jesus is God’s Son?
• Why is it significant that Jesus knew in advance what would happen to Him?
• What makes the resurrection so important for believers today?
Discuss the following quote:

“The key to our lives as Christians today is how clearly we ‘see’ by faith the resurrected Christ.”¹ —Dave Hunt

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Pray with your student this week for peace in difficult circumstances, strength over temptations, and faith amid doubts.
• COMMUNITY: Spend time with your student reviewing his or her talents and how those talents could better be used to serve the church.
• CULTURE: With your student, consider the ways you can live in light of the resurrection every day.

¹Dave Hunt, “They Knew Him Not,” The Berean Call, 1 January 2001, [accessed 13 September 2016]. Available from the Internet: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/they-knew-him-not.


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Conversation Starters: Life in the Church

Posted on March 21, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: The Holy Spirit helps people serve Jesus.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: American culture focuses on the individual. Businesses seek to cater to our individuality and give us what we want. The Christian life, on the other hand, is not about the individual. When a person comes to Christ, that person also comes to Christ’s body: the church. Therefore, to serve Christ, we serve His body. Serving the church and the needs of fellow believers is serving Christ.

Concept: Life in the Church

Preschool

John 21:1-19

LIFE POINT: One night Peter, John, and some of the other disciples were fishing in the Sea of Galilee. They fished all night but had not caught any fish. A man standing on the shore asked the fishermen, “Don’t you have any fish?” The men told Him they did not. The man told the men to put their net over the right side of the boat. After they did what the man said, their net was filled with fish. It was heavy and they could not lift it into the boat. They had caught 153 fish. John realized the man was Jesus. Peter jumped into the water and swam to shore. The other men followed in the boat, pulling the net full of fish. Jesus told them to bring Him some of the fish. Jesus was cooking fish and bread. He invited His friends to eat breakfast with Him. After breakfast, Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Peter told Jesus he did love Him. Jesus told Peter to love others and tell them about Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Help teach your child that showing love for Jesus means showing love to others. Encourage your child to think of a family friend or neighbor and plan a kindness for that person. You could gift some food or give a card drawn by your child. Be sure to share with the person that Jesus loves him or her.

Kids

Acts 1:4-11

LIFE POINT: Jesus taught His disciples many things after He rose from the dead. He told them to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “When you have power from the Holy Spirit you must tell others about Me everywhere. You must tell about Me in Jerusalem. You must tell about Me in Judea. You must tell about Me in Samaria. You must tell about Me all over the world!” Jesus stopped talking. While the people watched, Jesus was lifted up into the sky. He disappeared into a cloud. The people stood looking at the sky. Two men dressed in white robes said, “Why are you looking into heaven? This Jesus, whom you saw taken into heaven, will come back in the same way.” Then the disciples went to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit as Jesus had commanded.

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child understand who the Holy Spirit is? If your child is a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives in her. Look at an online Bible (ex. Blue Letter Bible) and search for verses that tell about the Holy Spirit and how He ministers to people.

Students

1 Peter 4:7-11

THE POINT: We love Christ by serving His church.

• What has been your most memorable church experience?
• When have you seen prayer impact someone’s life?
• What are the challenges and benefits of maintaining love for one another over time?
• How can we ensure that our service results in glorifying God rather than ourselves?
Discuss the following quote:

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork [pitch] are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord…”¹—A. W. Tozer

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:

• CHRIST: Discuss the gifts and talents of your student and determine how he or she can use them for God’s glory.
• COMMUNITY: Combine your own spiritual gifts with those of your student to prayerfully impact your community and the kingdom.
• CULTURE: Combine your prayers with your student’s for three specific people that are lost to the gospel and need His love and grace in their lives.

 

¹. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God (New York: Ichthus, 2014) 64.


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Conversation Starters: Life in Christ

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Karah

CONNECTION POINT: People live for Christ because He is alive.

THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: People find different ways to define their lives. Family gives my life meaning; work gives my life purpose; life is whatever I make it to be. The truth is that we only have real meaning and lasting purpose when our lives are grounded in Christ. “All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17). All of life is wrapped up in Jesus.

Concept: Life in Christ

Preschool

Matthew 19:13-15

LIFE POINT: People followed Jesus wherever He went. They wanted to hear Him teach about God’s love. One day when Jesus was teaching, some parents brought their children to see Jesus. They wanted Him to put His hands on the boys and girls and pray. Jesus’ disciples saw the parents and told them to go away. The disciples thought Jesus was too busy to see the children. This did not please Jesus. He told His helpers to let the children come to Him. Jesus loves children. They are important in God’s plan. He told the people that everyone should love God just like the children love God. Jesus held the children and showed them how much He loved them. The people learned that everyone is important to Jesus. Jesus loves children just as He loves all people.

LIVE IT OUT: Print Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me” onto index cards, one word per card. On the edges of two cards that are consecutive, draw a matching symbol. Help your child put the verse in order, matching the symbols. Say the verse together. Thank Jesus for loving children.

Kids

John 20:19-31

LIFE POINT: On the day Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples met together in a locked room. Suddenly, Jesus was in the room! He greeted His friends. He showed them His hands and His side. The people knew it was really Jesus! They were so happy! Thomas was not with the other disciples when they saw Jesus. The disciples told him they had seen Jesus, Thomas said he would not believe unless he could see Jesus’ hands and touch Jesus’ side Later, the disciples were together again. The doors were locked again,and Thomas was there too. Suddenly, Jesus was in the room again. Jesus spoke to Thomas, “Touch My hands. Touch My side. Believe in Me.” “My Lord and My God!” Thomas answered. Jesus said, “You believed because you saw Me. Blessed are people who believe in Me even if they have not seen Me.”

LIVE IT OUT: Does your child understand that Jesus is alive today? Jesus lives in heaven with God. Jesus left us evidence that He is still alive. Talk about this with your child. Assure him that the Bible gives us plenty of evidence that Jesus is alive

Students

Luke 9:18-26

THE POINT: My identity is found in Christ.
• What word or phrase do people use to describe you?
• What are some words or phrases people use to describe Jesus today?
• What would your reaction have been to hearing Jesus’ instructions as one of His disciples?
• What does it look like on a practical level to daily take up a cross and deny ourselves?
Discuss the following quote:

“The Christian life is the life of the Lord Jesus Christ lived two thousand years ago, lived now by Him in you!” ¹—W. Ian Thomas

LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out. Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:
• CHRIST: Alongside your student, consider some of the sacrifices Jesus has made for you and the sacrifices He is calling you to make.
• COMMUNITY: Make a commitment with your student this week to die to your self and live for Jesus. Encourage one another as you live out this challenge.
• CULTURE: Chose someone in your community that you and your student can be a witness to and sacrifice for the gospel.

 

¹ W. Ian Thomas, “At His Disposal,”Christ in You Ministries, [accessed 13 September 2016]. Available from the Internet: http://www.christinyou.net/pages/ianthomas.html.


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