Character Counts (at Home for October 19th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Character Counts” (1 Timothy 3:1-7).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ 1 Timothy 3:1-7 or Story 148 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why do pastors need to have godly character and lead their families well? If they cannot lead their own family, how can they lead the church family?

ASK: Can you remember the character qualities this passage talks about?

ASK: Why did God give us pastors? Jesus gave us pastors to teach us his word and show us by their example how to obey it.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 370-74.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

78. What has Jesus prepared for his church? Jesus prepares new bodies for us to live with him forever in the new heavens and the new earth.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Overcoming Grace: Grace Makes Unity (Kids in Community for October 19th)

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Download the free Ephesians series devotional here!

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

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

  • What would happen if your feet decided that they didn’t want to be part of your body anymore? It would be really heard to walk. What would happen if your eyes decided they wanted to be your fingers instead? That would just be weird! 
  • Explain: Just like our body needs lots of different parts to do lots of different things, the church needs lots of different people to do lots of different jobs. It’s important that we get along or the church won’t be able to live well.

Invite a child to pray and ask God to help all the different people in our church to live together in unity.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 4:14-15

  • What does a baby need to grow? Milk, food, and lots of love.
  • What do God’s people need to grow?
  • Parents: Tell your children about a discipline (prayer, Bible study, community) that God is using to help you grow in your faith.

Thank God for helping his people grow up in him.

Outrageous Grace: Grace is a Person (Kids in Community for October 12th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

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

Read John 3:16

  • What does grace mean? Grace is a free gift.
  • What gift did God give his people? (What does the verse say?) God gives us his one of a kind Son.
  • How does it make you feel to know that God gave himself for you?

Invite a child to pray and thank God for giving us Jesus.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 3:14-19

  • Where does this verse say that Jesus lives? He lives in the heart of every person who believes in him!
  • Why does Jesus’ spirit live inside our hearts? To help us know how much he loves us–how long and wide and high and deep it is.
  • Parents: Tell your children about how you first came to believe in Jesus. Tell about how you first came to understand his love for you.

Thank God for sending his Spirit to help us know his love.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (At Home for October 12th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” (Philippians 3:12-13).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Philippians 3:12-16 or Story 147 in The Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why do people run races? People run races to show that they are fast and to win the prize.

ASK: If you could have any prize for running, what would it be? if you could get that price for winning a race, how fast would you run?

ASK: What prize did Paul want? He wanted Jesus.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in the book, Old Story New by Marty Machowski, pages 364-369.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

77. Will the church ever be free from sin? Yes. When Jesus returns, we will appear with him–changed into his image and totally free from sin.

Download this week’s SojournKids at Home here.

Outrageous Grace: Grace Through the Church (Kids in Community for October 5th)

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Download the free Revival series devotional here!

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

Read Ephesians 3:8

  • What grace/gift did God give to Paul? God gave Paul a job. He made Paul a preacher. His job was to tell others about Jesus.
  • What gift has God given to you?
  • What job does God want you to do ot show his love to others?

Invite a child to pray and thank God for giving us gifts so that we can show his love to other people.

Family Devotions at Home

Read Ephesians 3:12

  • This verse says that we can approach God with freedom and confidence. What does that mean? We don’t have to be good enough or work hard enough to talk with God. We can talk to him for free!
  • If you could ask God any questions at all, what would you ask him?

Talk to God and ask him those questions right now.

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