March 26 & April 2

The Truth About You…My Superhero

Jesus Loves Everyone. (even mean people)

“We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19

This week you get two lessons for the price of one! (free that is) On March 26th we heard the story of Jesus healing Simon’s mother in law (Mark 9:29-39), and on April 2nd we heard the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).

  1. If you could have a super power what would it be? Would it be a super power that could help people?
  2. When Jesus healed Simon’s mother in law he showed everybody he had a superpower and could heal people, how did people react to that? (they all brought people for Jesus to heal)
  3. Did Jesus heal those people? Did he stick around to keep healing people? Why did he tell the disciples he was leaving?
  4. When we meet Zacchaeus was his body sick? Did it need healing? What part of Zacchaeus was “sick”? (his heart)
  5. How did Zacchaeus change after he had lunch with Jesus? Did he stay a mean guy?
  6. Has anyone ever been mean to you? Is it easy or hard to love someone who’s been mean to you? Have you ever been mean?
  7. Jesus will always love us. Always, always, always, no matter if we’ve been mean, or bad, or unkind. He wants to heal and change our hearts to be more like him, that’s why he came to rescue us!
  8. It’s not always easy to love other people, but 1 John 4:19 tells us that Jesus loves us no matter what and, with Jesus’ help, we can learn to love others (even if they’re mean!).
  9. Pray together and ask God to help our hearts to change to be loving and kind, just like Jesus.

Take a look at this video, it’s another story of how Jesus healed someone and the real reason he came (hint: it wasn’t JUST to heal people’s bodies)

Then watch this fun song about Zacchaeus!

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March 19

The Truth About You…My Superhero

God doesn’t get tired of helping.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4

Today we heard the story of Gideon. You can review the story by watching this video

or, pull out your Bible. Gideon’s story is found in Judges 6 and 7.

1 – Who needs saving in our story? Why? Have God’s people needed saving before? Do you remember last week’s story (the parting of the Red Sea)?

So, in today’s story the Israelites have once again forgotten about God. And, they are once again being mistreated. This time by the Midianites. And, once again, they call out to God for help. And, once again, God comes to save them.

2 – Who does God choose to lead the Israelites?

3 – Does Gideon believe that he is the right person for the job?

Moses did not believe he was the right guy for the job either, and so God showed Moses He would be with him by turning the staff into a snake and a few other miracles. God was persistent, He never gave up on Moses. In today’s story, the same thing happens. God doesn’t give up on Gideon even though Gideon doubts God. So, remember, that God won’t give up on you either.

4 – How does God show Gideon that He will be with him?

5 – Finally, Gideon accepts the job God has given him. Will you accept the jobs God gives you?

6 – How does Gideon win the battle against the Midianites? Is this how battles are typically won?

BONUS QUESTIONS

7 – God calls Gideon “mighty warrior”. Why does He call him this, Gideon wasn’t a soldier, he wasn’t the biggest or the strongest?

8 – Try to think of other “warriors” in the Bible that go to battle without swords.

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March 12

The Truth About You…My Superhero

God hears and helps!

“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.

Psalm 55:16-17

This week in Kidventure we talked about how God always hears his people when they call out to him. We learned about when the Israelites (God’s people) called out to him for help and he heard them and rescued them. You can read the story in the Bible starting in Exodus 5 or you can watch this video (it’s a long story to read):

Now that you know the story, answer these questions:

1. In Psalm 55 it uses the word “distress” what does that mean? Were the Israelites in distress and unhappy? (Yes! They were stuck as slaves; Pharaoh made them work very hard and did not care if they were happy, hot, hurt, hungry, tired, etc.)
2. Did Pharaoh want to let the Israelites go? (No, he wanted to keep them as slaves.)                                                                                                   3. Did God hear his people’s cry for help? What did he do? (Yes! God sent the 10 plagues to try to convince Pharaoh to let his family go.)
4. What did God tell his people to do when the angel passed by their homes? (He told the families to put the blood of a lamb above the doors so that the angel would pass by, and they would be protected.)
5. Just like that lamb died to save the oldest sons, who came and died to save us? (Jesus!)
6. What did God’s family do after they were rescued and walked through the Red Sea? (They celebrated and thanked him with music and dancing!)                                                                                                     7. Can you think of a time when you called out to God for help and he heard you and helped you? Pray together and thank God for always hearing us and always helping us.

Then check out the video for the new song we learned on Sunday!

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March 5

The Truth About You…My Superhero

We need help!

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23

1 – Who needs a saviour? Why?

Well, now that you’ve answered those questions you know exactly what this series is all about. Now, just for fun, let’s go all the way back to the first sin.

If you have the Jesus Storybook Bible, read “The terrible lie”. Or, grab your bible and read Genesis 3. Or, you can watch this video

2 – Did God love Adam and Eve?

3 – Were there any rules in God’s perfect garden? What was the rule? What kind of rules do you have to obey?

4 – Did Adam and Eve obey the rule? Why or why not?

5 – How did Adam and Eve feel after they broke the rule? How did God feel after Adam and Eve broke the rule?

6 – Do you ever break the rules? How do you feel after you break a rule?

7 – Do your parents stop loving you when you break the rules? Does God stop loving you when you break the rules?

Read Romans 8:38-39

8 – Is there anything you can do that could make God stop loving you?

The good news is that the story doesn’t end here. God loves you and God wants you. So, stay tuned as we see God’s Rescue Plan unfold.

 

Here’s the video from our new song. Be sure to teach your parents the actions.

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February 5

The Truth About You…My Lighthouse

Jesus is the Light

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.”

John 8:12

This week we broke down our memory verse.

1 – What is light?

2 – Find a room in your house where there is no sunlight and keep the lights off. What can you see? Do you like being in the dark?

Light allows us to see. Light makes things visible.

3 – What can create light? (sun, lightbulb, fire)

Jesus says “I am the light of the world”. He wants everyone to know that He will make things visible and that He is the only one who can make things visible.

4 – What is Jesus illuminating? What is He showing us?

John 14:6

Matthew 5:1-12

John 13:13-17

5 – What happens when we walk in front of a flashlight? Can you still see which way to go?

The second part of the verse is, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness”. If we want to see what Jesus has to show us, if we want to see the truth, we have to follow Jesus, we have to walk behind the light. Jesus has to be the leader. And, when Jesus is leading and we are following, we are not in the dark.

6 – Can you create light? Can you shine?

We will talk more about this in a couple weeks so stay tuned.

Here’s our new song.

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January 29

The Truth About You…My Lighthouse

God equips those He calls

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

1 – What does it mean to be equipped?

Do you remember Moses’ story? Read it here (Exodus 3:6-4:17) or watch the video again.

2 – Was Moses equipped for the job God had for him (leading the Israelites out of Egypt)? How do you know? (Hint: God is the potter)

3 – Did Moses trust that God had equipped him? How did Moses respond to God?

4 – How does God respond to Moses’ doubts and fears?

5 – Have you ever doubted yourself? Thought you weren’t strong enough, fast enough, smart enough, nice enough, or old enough to do something? What do you do when you have doubts?

I know that I have doubted myself many times. God wants us to remember Him and to focus on Him in those moments of doubts. He may talk to you, as He talked to Moses. Or, He might send someone else to talk to you. He might remind you of Moses’ story or of a specific verse. God reaches out to us in many different ways, so make sure you are always listening and watching for Him. Read the verse at the top of this page again. Isaiah 41:10

Trust that God is always with you. Trust that God has a plan for you. Trust that His plan is good. Trust that He has equipped you for the work ahead. And, go where He leads you.

Well, in the end, Moses decides to follow God. I don’t think his fears and doubts disappeared, I think he simply chose to act above them and to trust in God instead. He trusted God and God’s plan for him. He followed the path God set in front of him. Will you follow the path God sets in front of you?

Moses is seen as a great leader but, this isn’t perfectly accurate. Moses followed God, God was always the leader. Pray together as a family that God will always be the leader in your lives as well, and that you will trust in Him and follow Him always.

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January 22

The Truth About You…My Lighthouse

Trusting God’s Plan

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”

Psalm 43:3

Let’s start with this.

This week we are talking about trusting God and His plan for us. This is not something that is easy to do. Just like the person in this video, I don’t want to jump when it doesn’t look safe. But, God knows the plan. God sees things we can’t see. This is why we need to let God lead us, in the good times and the bad times.

Read the story of Joseph. If you have the Jesus Storybook Bible, it’s called The Forgiving Prince. Or pick up your Bible and read Genesis 37 and 39 to 45. Or, you can watch this video again.

1. How many brothers did Joseph have?

2. Joseph’s brothers made a very bad decision, what was it?

3. Would you like to be a slave? How would you feel if you were forced to be a slave, far away from home and away from your family?

I’m thinking Joseph probably wasn’t super happy and joyful about being a slave, but God was still with him, and Joseph found a way to stay focused on God.

4. Later, Joseph goes to jail for something he didn’t do. Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t do? How did it make you feel? What did you do?

Well, even though this other bad, unfair thing happened to Joseph, God was still with him. God won’t stop all the bad and unfair things from happening. Why? Because, God gave us the freedom to make our own choices. This means that we can still make bad choices and other people can still make bad choices. But, no matter what, God will always be with us.

5. Even though bad things were happening, Joseph did not turn away from God. He continued to trust God, he continued to listen to God. Joseph was known for being able to understand dreams. How was he able to do this?

6. What was Pharoah’s dream? What did the dream mean?

7. How does the story end? Was God’s plan for Joseph good or bad?

Joseph trusted the promise that God would carry him safe to shore. When bad things happen to you, will you stay focused on God? Will you trust God’s plan for you and trust that God will bring you safe to shore?

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