Curious what your child learned at church today? Looking for helpful tips on connecting the content to experiences at home during the week? Check out the summary of this Sunday’s experience below.
9:30 AM Bible Study Overview:
Babies – Preschool Lesson: Paul Taught About Jesus (Acts 17:1-4, 10-12)
Paul and Silas traveled to two cities (Thessalonica and Berea), sharing the gospel. In Thessalonica, the people listened and some believed. In Berea, the people were much more eager and verified what was taught by searching the scriptures. Many more were saved there.
Home Connection: Paul and Silas preached the gospel. Then, the people carefully read scripture in order to know the truth for themselves. Read a Bible story with your child, discussing the individuals and the pictures. Share with them that we read our Bibles to know the truth and also to learn from the experiences of others. See how Jesus showed love to others and how he shows love to us.
Elementary Lesson: Stephen Preached (Acts 6:8-7:60)
Stephen was selected to minister to and support the needs of the widows. His zeal for the gospel surpassed that, as he proclaimed the good news to all that would listen. His enemies brought charges of heresy against him and he was questioned by the Jewish council. He recounted the Jewish history from Abraham to Jesus, God’s Son and our Savior. People didn’t like what he said. As a result, he was stoned for staying true to his belief in Jesus.
Home Connection: Sometimes people don’t fully understand who Jesus is or want to hear about his love for us. How might your child respond to someone that doesn’t believe in Jesus or makes fun of him or her for their beliefs? Discuss and even role-play how to handle this tough situations.
Today our pastor started a new series, Life in the Other Direction, an exploration of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as captured in Matthew 5-7. Our children also started a complimentary series of lessons in Children’s Church. Today we introduced the idea of being blessed. This sets the stage for a more detailed study of the beatitudes in the weeks to come. As the weeks progress, children will learn about the attitudes that God values from Christians.
Today we looked at how our relationship with Christ makes us different. Using a scientific observation, we saw how Christians can be in the world but not of the world. We filled a cup with water. We added a few drops of food coloring to symbolize Christ in our hearts. Then, we poured oil into the cup. The oil represents the world and the actions and attitudes that others say are okay (like hurting someone else, lying, being unkind). We noticed that the two don’t mix. As followers of Christ we are commanded to love and be different, following Jesus’ example.
We read Matthew 5:1-12 and noted who Jesus says is blessed. Our discussion remained high-level as we looked at what the word blessed means (favor, joy, good things, coming from God). Children then learned a Bible verse that summarized how one becomes blessed- “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him” (Jeremiah 17:7).
Home Connection: It is okay to be different. In fact, Jesus expects us to be different from the rest of the world as we follow his example. Ask your child in what way(s) he or she is being a good example for others (siblings, friends, classmates, etc). Also, encourage them to reflect upon the memory verse. By trusting God and placing our faith in Him, we know He will take care of us and no matter what comes, good or bad, we are blessed because we are His!