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Planned Grace: Called to Hope (Kids in Community for August 31st)

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Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

  • Read Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Have you ever felt like someone forgot about you?
  • Are there people in your life who remember you and pray for you? Parents, Grandparents, Teachers?
  • How does it feel to know that Jesus remembers us and prays for us?
  • Invite a parent to pray and give thanks for every child in the group.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Read Ephesians 1:22-23
  • Parents: Find a large box with one long, open side. Ask your kids to imagine it as a pirate ship. Work with them to paint or draw the ship on the side of the box with markers. Find an old sheet or t-shirt and attach a sail. 
  • What does it take to make a plan? Maybe talk about how you make a list–a shopping plan–before you go to the grocery store.
  • What kinds of plans did we need to build the ship? How does it feel to know that God loves you and has a plan for you?
  • Thank God for giving Jesus the power to complete God’s plan of salvation.

A New Creation (at Home for August 17th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “A New Creation” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 or Story 134 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Who made the world and everything in it? God!

ASK: Why do we need a new creation? Because the world and our lives are broken because of sin.

ASK: Where is the new creation found? Paul says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. God makes everything new through Jesus!

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 382-386

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

69. What is communion? Eating bread and drinking the cup to remember Jesus’ death until he comes.

Memorize Luke 22:19-20

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Planned Grace: He Chose Us (Kids in Community for August 17th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

  • Read Ephesians 1:4-5
  • What does a captain look for when he is choosing sailors for his ship?
  • Does God choose people with the best skills? Does he choose the smartest or strongest? No way! He chooses before the foundation of the world—before we were born or had done anything good or bad.
  • How does it feel to know that God chose to love you even when you sin?
  • Invite a child to pray and thank the Father for choosing us just because he wanted to love us.

Family Devotions at Home

  • Parents: Take something your kids would be excited about and bury it somewhere in your
    yard. Create a simple treasure map for your kids, and then go hunt for the buried treasure.
  • Read Ephesians 1:1-6
  • What does it take to make a plan?
  • Who mapped out our lives and the salvation plan? God did!
  • Thank God for mapping out our salvation from beginning to end.

Why do we need a catechism?

Web BannerThe word catechism and the practice of “catechizing” carries with it a lot of baggage.  Some immediately think, “Aren’t catechisms quirky, out-dated, and rigid?”

If you are from a Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, or Lutheran background, you may remember studying a catechism in confirmation classes. Others will have never heard of a catechism at all.

So, what is it anyway? The word “catechism” comes from the Greek word katācheō, which means “to teach, to instruct.”  The word is used in Bible passages like Luke 1:4 and Acts 18:25. It can be used for any kind of teaching or instruction, but it came to refer to a specific type of teaching very early in church history. In the early church, new converts were taught the basics of Christianity by memorizing a series of questions and answers.  A catechism is just that–a series of questions and answers that teach Bible truth.

In fact, the roots of this method go even farther back than the early church. When God rescued Israel from Egypt, he gave them a whole slew of laws, ceremonies, and sacrifices to help them remember his great rescue and guide their journey to the Promised Land. These traditions were important, because God wanted Israel’s faith to be passed down to their kids with clarity and stability.

God knows that kids have questions, because he made them with curiosity and a sense of wonder. So, when God gave Israel his law, he anticipated their children’s questions. In passages like Exodus 12:26-27, Exodus 13:14-16, and Joshua 4:6-7, we find a pattern like this one:

“And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them…

In these passages, God gave the Israelite parents a script for answering their kids’ curiosity. In Exodus 12:27, it went like this: “It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.”  God wanted parents and kids to put this little script to memory, so that they’d always be ready with answers.

At SojournKids, we’ve put together a short list of questions and answers to teach Bible doctrine to our kids…

Click Here for the North Star Catechism!

Nehemiah (at Home for August 10th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Nehemiah” (Nehemiah 1-4).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Nehemiah 1-4 or Story 78 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What happened in this story? Nehemiah heard that Jerusalem was in ruins. He prayed and asked the king if he could return to Jerusalem and help rebuild the city wall. The king allowed him to go and gave him supplies and help.

ASK: What did the enemies of Jerusalem think about Nehemiah? They laughed at first, but later they planned an attack on the city. Nehemiah said God would fight for them.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, pages 392-397.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

68. Why do we baptize in the name of the Holy Spirit? Because we are witnesses. We receive the Holy Spirit’s power to share and show Jesus to others.

Mathew 28:20–And surely I am with you always. Even to the end of the age.

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