June 4

The Truth About You…Who I am

I can spread God’s light.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matt. 5:16

This Sunday we heard the story of Peter and the early church. Can’t remember what the early church was about? Watch this video!

  1. What is the church? Is it just a building we go to? No! It’s you and me! God’s family, the followers of Jesus!
  2. Who can be a part of the church/God’s family? (Everyone)
  3. What does the church do? (share Jesus, live like Jesus)
  4. How did the early church share Jesus? (praying, helping, sharing; asking the Holy Spirit for power to heal, do miracles and teach)
  5. How can we share Jesus? We can do the same things the people in the early church did, can’t we? Can you think of anything else?
  6. Who can we share Jesus with? Is there anyone you can think of who you’d like to pray for, help, or share with?
  7. Pray together and ask God to help us to be more like Jesus and love more like Jesus. The more we become like him, the more we share his love with others!

 

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May 28

The Truth About You…Who I am

God Is With Me. Alway.

“You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.”

Psalm 139:5 (NLT)

This Sunday we heard the story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down and filled the disciples. Watch these kids retell the story of Pentecost:

  1. In the beginning of this story, what were the disciples waiting for? (the special help
    Jesus was going to send; the Holy Spirit)
  2.  What did they hear right before the Holy Spirit arrived? (a
    whoosh of wind) Then what separated and went onto each of them? (A flaming tongue of fire!)
  3. Then where did the Holy Spirit go? (inside each of them) What did they do after they were filled with the Holy Spirit? (Ran outside, began to teach people about Jesus!)
  4. Where is the Holy Spirit now? (He lives inside people who follow Jesus!)
  5. Will the Holy Spirit ever leave us? What does Psalm 139:5 say? No! When God’s spirit lives inside of us God is always with us. Isn’t that fantastic news?
  6. What is one way you can ask the Holy Spirit to help you this week? (help us love others who are rude to us, be joyful even in hard times, have peace because we know God is with us, etc.)

Take a look at this new song that reminds us that because God is always with us we can be brave!

 

 

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May 21

The Truth About You…Who I am

God Has a Good Plan for Me

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

This Sunday we heard again about the story of Joseph. You can read Joseph’s story in Genesis 37 or you can watch this video as a reminder.

Man, Joseph sure was having a bad day, wasn’t he? More than a bad day, he was having a bad time altogether!

  1. Why did God let good and bad things happen to Joseph? (Read Genesis 50:20: You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good. He planned to do what is now being done. He wanted to save many lives.)
  2. How can God use bad things for good? If you were Joseph, would you have kept following God during the bad times?
  3. How can we keep following God, even on bad days? (pray, talk to our parents about it, remember that God has a good plan for us)
  4. Can you think of anything else in the Bible that seems bad, but was used by God for good? (Jesus’ Rescue!)

God can take the very worst day EVER…and he can use it for good. If we are a part of God’s family, we can trust that he will always take care of us, even if we go through some bad days. All we have to do is remember that God has a good plan for us and that helps us trust in him!

Watch this video and remember that God doesn’t only have a good plan for you and for me, he has a good plan for ALL of creation!

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May 7, 2017

The Truth About You…Who I am

I can trust God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

So far, we’ve learned that God loves us. He created us and we belong to Him. These are things that no one can change. We cannot change. They are true now, they were true yesterday and they will be true tomorrow.

This week, we will see that we can trust God. This too is true. No matter what, no matter where, no matter when, we can trust God.

1 – What is trust?

2 – Who is someone you trust?  Your parents? Why do you trust them?

3 – Is there anyone you don’t trust? Why?

4 – Is God trustworthy (someone you trust)? Why?

5 – Ask your parents what their favourite bible story is. Read that story together. In that story, does God show He can be trusted? Why or why not?

watch this video

Are you familiar with Noah’s story? Maybe read through the story again. Genesis 6-9

Noah knew God and Noah loved God. This led to Noah trusting God. And, because Noah trusted God, Noah obeyed God. Now, obeying God isn’t always easy. I mean, Noah had to build a giant boat in the middle of the desert. But, obeying God is always the right thing to do. The good news is that trusting God makes us stronger, braver and smarter. With God by our side, we can do the impossible.

6 – Do you think Noah enjoyed building the boat? Do you think Noah had fun caring for all the animals on the boat? Would you like to take care of hundreds of animals?

7 – Are you like Noah? Do you know God? Love God? Trust God? Will you obey God?

This isn’t a new song, but I’m putting it here to remind us that God is worthy of our trust.

BONUS

watch this video as a family

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April 30

The Truth About You…Who I am

I belong to God

Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people. We are the sheep belonging to his flock.”

Psalm 100:3

Read Psalm 100:3 (at the top)

This verse sums our next truth about you very nicely. God made you and you belong to God.

Here’s a couple songs to help you remember exactly that.

God made you. You are created exactly the way you are supposed to be.

You belong to God. And God loves you. Nothing can change that. Not ever.

1 – Other than God, who do you belong to?

2 – Since you belong to your parents, what kinds of things do they do for you? Are they good things? Or bad things?

Belonging to God means that you get to be a part of God’s family. And, just like your parents love you and care for you and keep you safe, God loves you and cares for you and keeps you safe.

Read John 10:1-18. or watch this

Jesus told this story to help people understand that we belong to Him, and that He will care for us.

3 – Who are you in this story? Hint: think of the cotton balls

4 – What makes Jesus different than the hired hand or the robber or the wolf?

5 – How does it make you feel to know that you belong to God?

6 – Other than you, do you know anyone else that belongs to God? Who? Wow! What a big family.

Bonus verses to prove the truth.

Isaiah 43:1

1 John 3:1

OLDER KIDS. BONUS.

John 10:16 says “I have other sheep that do not belong to this sheep pen. I must bring them in too. They also will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

What (or who) is Jesus talking about?

What can you do to help there be one flock and one shepherd?

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April 23

The Truth About You…Who I am

I am loved by God

Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.”

1 John 4:9-10

1 – Easter wasn’t very long ago, why do we celebrate Easter?

2 – Why did God send Jesus to Earth? Not only does He send Jesus to Earth, but He sends Jesus to die on Earth, to die on a cross. Why?

3 – How much does God love you? How do you know? (the Bible tells me so)

If you have the Jesus Storybook Bible, read “Running Away”. Or, grab your bible and read Luke 15:11-32. Or, you can watch this video

4 – In this story, the father represents God and the brothers represent us. How do you think the father felt when his youngest son left home? How did the father feel when the son returned home?

5 – What is the worst, meanest, wrongest thing you’ve ever done? Did you eventually say sorry? Was it easy to say sorry? Were you forgiven?

Jesus told this story so that people would know that no matter what, they can never, ever run too far away from God. That God is always waiting for them, loving them, wanting them to come home.

6 – Ask your parents how much they love you. Make sure you tell your parents how much you love them. And, then think about how God’s love is like a hundred billion times greater than that.

Wow! Amazing!

Let’s try a new song for every week.

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April 9 & 16

The Truth About You…My Superhero

Jesus Died and Rose Again!

“I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would.

Matthew 28:5-6

This week we celebrated a very special, exciting event. We celebrated Easter! You can read the story in Mark 14-16. What is your favourite thing about Easter?

Jesus’ friends were very excited about Easter, too, but not because of Easter eggs, or chocolate, or candies. They had a whole other reason to be excited, and we do, too! But first…

  1. Why were Jesus’ friends so sad on Good Friday? Have you ever been sad? Does it make you sad to think of Jesus dying on the cross?
  2. Why do you think Jesus was willing to die on the cross and rescue us, even though it’s so sad and was so hard for Jesus? (he loves us and wants us to be close to him and God)
  3. Do you remember when Corrie cracked open the first egg? What was inside the egg? Do you think Jesus’ friends expected Jesus’ body to be in the tomb? What happened when Corrie cracked open the second egg? (it was empty!)
  4. How did you feel when you saw that the egg was empty? How do you think Jesus’ friends felt when they saw that the tomb was empty and the angel told them Jesus wasn’t dead anymore but was alive?
  5. How do you feel when you’re excited? Are you excited about Jesus being alive just like Jesus’ friends were?
  6. So what’s the best part of the Easter story? Is it chocolates or candies or Easter eggs? No! Jesus is alive and we can be close to him! Hooray! (now do a little happy dance!)

Here’s a video you can watch that helps us understand how something so sad can make us so happy.

 

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