Grade School Bible Lesson for Baby Dedication Sunday: Jesus Welcomes Children

Jesus Welcomes Little Children
Matthew 19:13-15, 1 hour & 20 minutes, targeted at grades 1-5

Lesson Overview

This week in SojournKids, we will study Matthew 19:13-15, and we will learn that:

  • Jesus’ said, “Let the little children come to me.”
  • Jesus loves and welcomes little children.
  • Jesus gives his kingdom to needy people who cry out to him.

People brought little children to Jesus for a blessing, but the disciples said, “Stop.”  They thought that Jesus was too busy for little children.  But Jesus loves and welcomes little children.  He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them.”

Jesus taught the disciples, “The kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children.”  Little children know that they need help.  They cry out for help with all kinds of things—eating, getting dressed, walking across a street.  Jesus wants all people to be needy like children.  He wants all people to cry out for him. Continue Reading…

Our kids team wears blue T-shirts…

…and sometimes mustaches… because we like them. :)  I love these pics from the 10th anniversary last year.

Last Sunday: Jesus Was Tempted

Last week in SojournKids, we studied Matthew 4:1-14, and we learned that:

  • Satan tempted Jesus in every way that we are tempted.
  • A temptation is a sinful idea.
  • Jesus overcame Satan’s temptations by trusting God’s word.

You can download the SojournKids “At Home” sheet for this lesson here.

Thursday Book Club: 15 Ways to Pray for Sojourn’s Kids

9 Things is an amazing little book, and I’ll have a complete review in a couple of weeks, but I couldn’t help but preview one section that was particularly helpful and convicting for me.  Ryan Frank writes a lot about dependence upon God and prayer in this book.  There are two prayer lists in the book that I think are particularly helpful for SojournKids servants.  Here is the first (on page 16).  This is my prayer today.

15 Ways to Pray For the Kids in Your Ministry

Pray…

  • that God will give you a love for each child.
  • that they will come to know Christ as Savior.
  • that they will love God with all of their hearts.
  • for their parents and families.
  • that they will choose the right kind of friends.
  • for spiritual stability during tough times.
  • for the needs of their hearts that you may not know about.
  • for protection in their lives.
  • that they will have wisdom and discernment.
  • that they will love God’s Word.
  • that they will learn to pray.
  • that they will have concern for others.
  • that they will have integrity in all areas of their lives.
  • that they will have courage to do what’s right.
  • that they will look for ways to serve the Lord.

A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by Standard Publishing

Wolter’s Top Ten Parenting Books

My friend Doug Wolter at LaGrange Baptist recently recommended his “ten best” parenting books. Here they are:

1. How Children Raise Their Parents by Dan Allender – I enjoy Allender’s honest style of writing.  He shows us how God grows us parents to spiritual maturity as we learn to listen to our kids.

2. Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley – The author claims that the most effective parents have a clear grasp of the cross and its implications for daily life. Our only hope is Jesus.

3. Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel – Favorite quote: I’m urging you to raise your children the way God raises His. The primary word that defines how God deals with His children is grace.

4. Gospel-Centered Family by Ed Moll and Tim Chester – I love how this book is laid out in simple, concise chapters with questions for reflection, making it ideal for small group application.

5. The Space Between by Dr. Walt Mueller – A very readable book on the changes that happen during adolescence and how to better understand your child (and you) through these years.

6. Parenting Today’s Adolescent by Dennis and Barbara Rainey – This is a comprehensive guide for parents that explores the many traps of adolescence (like peer pressure and dating) and gives you creative ways you can talk about them with your child.

7. Romancing Your Child’s Heart by Monte Swan – A refreshing reminder that parenting is less about training and technique and more about cultivating a real relationship with your children.

8. Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas – The author writes,What if one of God’s primary intentions for you as a parent isn’t about successfully raising perfect children, but about your becoming more holy?” Great question!

9. Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp Tripp’s aim in writing this book is to point parents to the biblical truth that all of what a child does flows from the heart so we must shepherd their hearts if we expect lasting change.

10. Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp – I always appreciate Tripp’s focus on how God parents us as we parent our kids. This is an excellent book on seizing the opportunity God has given us during these tough teenage years.

HT: Doug Wolter