Abraham and God’s Promise (At Home for February 22nd)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Abraham and God’s Promise” (Genesis 12-13). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 12:1-9 or Story 8 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Have you ever moved into a new house?  What do we have to do to move?

ASK: Why is moving both exciting and sad?  It is exciting because of all the new things you will see and do.  It is sad because of all the friends and family you will have to leave behind.

ASK: Do you think it was exciting and sad when Abraham moved? God made Abraham an exciting promise that he would bless him, but it was also sad because he had to leave his family and home.

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 8.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

18.  How should we love God?  We love God by obeying and serving only Him.

Matthew 22:37  Jesus replied, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

“What to Expect” for Child Dedication

Like most parents I suppose, the birth of our first child was simultaneously the most exciting and most terrifying thing that had ever happened to my wife and I. We spent nine months planning, praying, and preparing for him to arrive. We read books and talked to other parents to find out “what to expect” but we could really get a clear answer.

childded web graphic 15We have always desired to raise our children in a home centered on Christ, but we weren’t really sure what that looked like.We knew a baby dedication service was a good place to start, but like most things with kids, we didn’t know what to expect. I remember talking with my wife about the class we required to take before the service. We pondered what the content would be. We guessed maybe a list of requirements for parents at Sojourn. Perhaps they’d teach us how to have family devotions? Maybe they’ll give us a theology lesson on why we don’t do infant baptism?

While we certainly should have seen it coming, one thing we didn’t consider the class might be designed for was encouraging us in the gospel. We sat for an hour and a half and listened to how the gospel sets us free as parents, how the Lord is in control of our child and how we didn’t need to have family devotions figured out. We were given tools to parent with, but reminded that they were just tools and not a rulebook.

The dedication service continued the theme of encouragement. I can’t tell you how assuring it is for a scared dad to stand before his church and hear them promise to have my back. Taylor and I were so grateful for the prayers offered over us and the love shown during that time.

We left the dedication service still having no clue what we were doing as parents. But we also left with the confidence that the gospel had set us free from the burden of knowing it all and that our church family had our back every step of the way. —Stuart and Taylor Owens, Sojourn parents

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The Tower of Babel (At Home for February 15th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Tower of Babel” (Genesis 11:1-9). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 11:1-9 or Story 7 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Did the people ask God for help or try to build the tower on their own?  They wanted to build it on their own.

ASK: Did God think the tower was a good idea?  No.  God said, “If they are successful they will do whatever evil thing pleases them.”

ASK: What did God do to keep them from building their tower and city? He confused their languages.

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 7.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

17.  How does God command us to live in His kingdom?  We are commanded to love God and love our neighbor.

Matthew 22:37  Jesus replied, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

The Rainbow of God’s Promise (At Home for February 8th)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Rainbow of God’s Promise” (Genesis 8-9). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 8-9 or Story 6 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why did God put a rainbow in the sky?  As a sign of his promise to Noah that he would never destroy the earth by a flood.

ASK: Why did Noah build an alter?  To thank God for saving him.

ASK: Can you think of any other times God saved his people from death?

 

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 6.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

16.  What is the gospel of the kingdom?  The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Mark 1:15  The time has come, he said, “The kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe the good news.”

February 2015 Assembly Liturgy

NOTE:  Sojourn Kids playlist can be found at this link:  Playlist

Leader 1: Let’s sing some of our favorite worship songs together! Who can tell me some of the reasons we praise God?  Those are just a few of the reasons God is so good and worthy of our praise!  Let’s sing to him!

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Psalm 119:89! “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal.  It stands firm in the heavens.”

  • Who knows what eternal means?  “forever”, “a long time”
  • And, what does it mean to stand firm? “be strong”, “to not be moved”
  • This verse tells us God is forever and unmoving in the heavens, but where do we read God’s Word on earth? The Bible
  • So this verse tells us that God’s Word is more than just a book of words on a page, that could be ripped apart or destroyed, but that His Word is forever and unchanging.

Leader 1: That’s right! And because we know that God is at work, we can respond to Him in worship. We worship God with our voices, but we also worship God by giving: we give our money as a tithe, we give our time to serve our church and our neighbors, and we give up our desires and preferences for the sake of others, just like Jesus did for us. As we sing this next song about Jesus’ love for us, you can bring your offering up to the front!

“The Cross Marks the Spot”

 

Leader 1: You all are singing so well! It is so encouraging to all of us to hear many voices together praising God! Let’s keep singing out loud as we finish our assembly! I know you know this one, so sing it out loud!

“Three in One” by Sovereign Grace Music

(Play the Catechism riff: G-F-G-F-G-F-G “Catechism!”)

Leader 2: Here is our question for this week! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!

February 2: What is the gospel? The gospel is the good news that we enter God’s kingdom through God’s cross by God’s grace.

February 8: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

February 15: How does God command us to live in his kingdom? We are commanded to love God and love our neighbor.

February 22: How should we love God? We love God by obeying and serving only him.

Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads and fold your hands as we talk to God! Father, thank you for your love. You have shown us your love by forgiving our sin and showing us grace. Help us to be more like you as you give us the strength! Holy Spirit, help us to listen to your words as you teach us today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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