Kindness is the quality of compassion and care shown in the words and deeds of Jesus Christ and characteristic of God’s dealings towards the weak and poor. Those who follow Jesus are called to express kindness to one another. As the Spirit softens our hearts, we are able to be kind to one another! Continue reading → Kindness – Fruit of the Spirit
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Patience is the ability to endure the effects of evil and sin. As a fruit of the Spirit it’s something that’s important to us as we grow to become more like Jesus.
Many children struggle with thoughts of worry and anxiety. When we are reconciled to God through his son Jesus, the Holy Spirit testifies to the peace we have with God and stirs us to be at peace with others! Continue reading → Peace – Fruit of the Spirit
Knowing Jesus produces in us a joy that is greater than our immediate circumstances. Despite being persecuted, the disciples in Antioch were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit! Continue reading → Joy – Fruit of the Spirit
We want our children to know and experience the unwavering love of God! One of the greatest gifts that we receive when we put our faith in Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Being connected to God through the Spirit gives us new life and produces in us the same kind of love that God has for us! As believers we get to show others the love of Jesus.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 2 Tim3:16a
The Bible is the most important book ever written. It is the living word of God. It’s Divine Author is the Holy Spirit, who moved over 40 people to write under His guidance. We need to understand where it came from, what’s in it and how to use it. This lesson will focus on Genesis and is meant to help the kids start navigating their bibles and learn who wrote it and why.
This parable told by Jesus is a third part to the two that precede it, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. In all three something or someone is lost, looked for, found and then rejoiced over. In this story the son represents the lost sinner who repents, the father represents our compassionate God, and the brother represents the attitude of the Pharisees. It is important for us to understand that God has compassion for everyone, no matter how bad/lost they have been. Anyone can be forgiven if they truly repent. Likewise, we who have also experienced forgiveness and life in Christ should rejoice when others come to Christ.
“In his great mercy he has given us… an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you!”
– 1 Peter 1.3a, 4 (NIV) Continue reading → The Prodigal Son
The Book of Revelation
The book of Revelation can be intimidating and confusing — even for adults. People have interpreted John’s vision in many different ways because so much of his apocalyptic imagery is symbolic in nature. Despite this, everyone can agree that it gives us a bigger picture of who Jesus is, and it points us to a future time in which he will finally defeat all evil and reign in glory! The book of Revelation gives hope to those who have put their faith in Jesus and who acknowledge him as king. The purpose of this lesson is to give the kids a framework for understanding the role of the book of Revelation and to let them understand that there will be a glorious day when Jesus comes back and when all his followers will get to live with him in an awesome new city!
This lesson focuses on some of the ways the Bible describes God’s word! The word of God is a lamp to our feet, a sword that cuts, food to our souls, a mirror that reveals, and seed that produces. We want to inspire the kids in the adventure of discovering Jesus through the word!
“These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”
– John 5.39b (NIV)
Acts 27, 28
Jesus told his disciples that they would be his witnesses all over the world! Paul is a great example of that happening in a believer’s life. This lesson will show that nothing can stop the Gospel and should inspire the kids to share the love of Jesus with others.