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VBS Day 2: Resurrecting Grace!

VBS – Dem Bones Song.mov from Sojourn/The 930 Art Center on Vimeo.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.” Ephesians 2:4-5

The Bible says that we cannot follow God without God’s help. We are like dead skeletons. Dead skeletons have no muscles, no brain, and no heart. They have no power to move on their own. But God can make those dead skeletons live again. The Bible says that God makes us alive in Christ Jesus. He gives us power to make wise choices, power to obey him, power to live.

Work it out: Dead and Alive

Before something can be brought back to life, it has to first be dead. Have your kids pretend to be dead–perfectly silent and still. Can a dead man move? Can a dead man talk? Can a dead man get up and walk? Say, “We were dead in our sins.” Then, shout out, “But God made us alive!” Everyone stand up and dance around because you’re alive! Say, “We’re not skeletons! God has made us alive!” Practice it again and again as you say the memory verse

Read it:

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 to your kids.

Talk about it:

  • Can a dead skeleton dance around without muscles and a brain to help it?
  • Can we obey God’s voice without his help?
  • What happened when Ezekiel preached to the bones?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this definition, question and answer, and the accompanying Bible verse.

Resurrecting Grace: When we were dead, God made us alive!

Q&A: Can you come to God in your own power? No. We are dead in sin, and we need the Holy Spirit to make us alive.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Pray:

Holy Spirit, we are dead without you. We need you to come and make us alive.

VBS Day 1: Planned Grace!

VBS – Why do we need a map?.mov from Sojourn/The 930 Art Center on Vimeo.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world. In love, he predestined us.” Ephesians 1:4-5a

Before God made the heavens and earth, he had a plan. God mapped out salvation for the people he loves. That’s what that word predestined in our verse for today means. God picked out whom he would save. And he decided just how he would save them. God doesn’t have a plan B. This plan he is working out for his people is the one that he had before he even made the world. And it’s the one he fully accomplished when Jesus died on the cross. When God chooses us, our salvation is guaranteed, because God has planned out our salvation from beginning to end!

Work it out: Build a pirate ship!

Help your kids understand God’s planned grace by building a pirate ship with them. Start with a large appliance box. One can be found at a hardware or appliance store. Remove one long side from the box and set it on the ground. Ask your children to imagine the box as a pirate ship. Then work with your kids to paint or draw their ship on the side of the box with markers. Finally, cut a triangle out of an old sheet or t-shirt, and tape it to a broom handle or stick. Attach that to the box. You’re all set for a pirate adventure!

Read it:

Read Acts 27:13-44 to your kids while they are in the boat. Feel free to have other family members or a friend spray the children with water bottles or use buckets to “bail out” the ship as you’re reading.

Talk about it:

  • Why Paul wasn’t worried for his safety? He trusted God to stick to his plan.
  • What does it take to make a plan? Maybe talk about how you make lists—a shopping plan—before going to the grocery store.
  • Who is the best planner?
  • How does it make you feel that God loves you and has a plan for you?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this definition, question and answer, and the accompanying Bible verse.

Planned Grace: God mapped out salvation for his people.

Q&A: When did God choose to love and save his people? God planned to love and save his people before the creation of the world.

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world. In love, he predestined us.” Ephesians 1:4-5a

Pray:

Father, thank you for loving us and making a plan to save your people before the world began. Amen.

Wake Up to Grace!

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VBS begins tomorrow, but you can begin talking with your kids about grace even before they arrive. Each day this week, I’ll be posting a family devotional that corresponds with our daily lessons. These devotionals were developed by Timothy Paul Jones and Jonah Sage. Here is the first one…

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 This Bible verse tells us that God loved us even when we were still sinners. That’s amazing love. God didn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up. He loved us even when we were his enemies. He showed his love by sending Jesus to die for us.

Work it out: Find a buried treasure

Take something your children would be excited about (a toy, piece of candy, etc.) and bury it somewhere in your yard. If it’s a piece of food, make sure to put in some kind of bag or container! Create a simple treasure map for your children. If you’re feeling especially creative, put some costumes on and then go hunt for your buried treasure. When you find your treasure, it will be covered with dirt. Take time to wash the treasure (or the bag it is in). After it is washed, you can enjoy it.

Read it:

Read Luke 15:1-10. Talk about how God hunts for us like treasure. When he finds us, he cleans us up and throws a party.

Talk about it:

  • Do you ever feel like a scallywag?
  • What does the Bible tell us that we were like when God chose to love us?
  • Do we have to make ourselves clean before God will love us?
  • How does God show us that he loves us?

Hide it in your heart:

Memorize this question and answer as well as the accompanying Bible verse.

Q&A: What is God’s grace?God’s love freely given to us in Jesus.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Pray:

Father, thank you for loving us when we were still sinners. Thank you for sending Jesus to find us when we were lost. Amen.

Pirates are coming! VBS sets sail on Monday!

VBS PROOF Pirates Vol. 3: “Pirates are coming” from Aaron Rothermel on Vimeo.

This year’s Vacation Bible School: PROOF Pirates sets sail on Monday! at all Sojourn campuses. Locations and times are listed below.

VBS is an event for kids, ages 4 through those who have completed grade 5, to learn from the Bible and participate in art, music, and games. This year, kids will learn that God’s grace is great enough to save scallawags like you and me.

To sign up to serve, click here!

To register, click on one of the links below: 

Midtown Campus (Click Here!)
1207 S. Shelby Street, 40203
July 14-18: 9am until Noon
Have questions? E-mail Lisa Tant

East Campus (Click Here!)
8509 Westport Road, 40242
July 14-17 (four days): 9am until Noon
Have questions? Email Noelle Garcia

J-town Campus (Click Here!)
11412 Taylorsville Road, 40299
July 14-18: 9am until Noon
Have questions? Email Kristen Early

New Albany Campus (Click Here!)
2023 Ekin Ave., 47150
July 14-18: 6pm until 9pm
Have questions? E-mail Milli Coverdale

 

Revive Us! (July Kids Music)

Here is the liturgy and music we’re using with SojournKids throughout the month of July. Read below to learn about our kids gatherings on Sunday.  And the songs I’ve posted are great ones to help your kids learn about how we’re made alive by God’s grace.

Leader 1: Let’s stand together and sing to the Lord our God!

“Sing and Shout” Matt Redman, Willie Weeks, & Jorge Mhondera. © 2013, ThankYou Music.

I love how this song moves us from the truth about God’s grace to a joyful response.

“We’re No Skeletons” Words and Music by Jeremy Quillo (c) 2014 Sojourn Music

You can download a demo recording of this  song, which was written for this year’s VBS by clicking on the link above. We hope to record it soon.

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Romans 1:16. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

Leader 2: Our catechism questions for this month help us understand what new life in Jesus looks like. Here is our question for this week:

Weekly North Star Catechism Questions (Click here for more catechism resources): 

July 6, 2014—How does the church go into the world? The church goes into the world as worshipers. We bow to Jesus’ authority and praise him for his power.
July 13, 2014—What is the Great Commission Jesus gave to his church? He commissions his church to make disciples. We learn from Jesus and help others learn from him.
July 20, 2014—What is baptism? Immersing believers in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
July 27, 2014—Why do we baptize in the name of the Father? Because the church is God’s family. We are God’s adopted children. We care for one another like brothers and sisters.

Leader 1: We can’t be the church without Jesus to help us. We are sinners. We need him to give us life. Let sing to praise Jesus and ask him for strength to be the church!

“Jesus, You’re My Hope,” Mark Altrogge © 2009 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries.

This is one of our family’s favorite kids albums to listen to while driving in the car.

Leader 1: God has revived us for a purpose. We are to tell others about Jesus: that he was God and that He died for sinners like you and me.

“Go (Matthew 28:19)” ©2007 Big Songs of Extreme. From The Power of Encouragement.

Thankful for the great Scripture memory songs from Seeds Family Worship.

Leader 1: Let’s pray to God.

Leader 2: Jesus, you are mighty! Thank you for making us God’s children. We know that you love us. Help us to live for you, as your church, your bride. Help us to boldly tell others about you. May your kingdom come in our hearts and then in our city. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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