There is no greater influence in the life of a child than a parent. That's why we give you the big idea, Bible verse, and Bible story from each week. Not only for you to review with your kids, but so that they can hear it and learn it from you first before they come to a weekend service. We want to come alongside you as you lead your kids to Jesus.
Series Bible Verse
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7)
Spend some time memorizing this verse as a family.
Nothing can stop God's promises.
Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-45
materials: plastic plate, permanent marker, dry erase marker, paper towel
What you do: On a plastic plate, write the words “God’s promise” in the middle with a permanent marker. Then, with a dry erase marker, have your child write down sins, mistakes, and struggles on the plate around the words “God’s promise.” Explain that these things do not stop God’s promises, and they do not stop God’s love for us. When Jesus died on the cross for us, He took all these sins away. Wipe all of the words OFF with a paper towel. The words “God’s promise” will be left. When Jacob messed up, it didn’t stop God’s promise. When we mess up, it doesn’t stop God’s promise for us, which is His love for us, His salvation, and His Holy Spirit with us.
What you say: “We all make mistakes and struggle in different ways. But there is hope in Jesus because even as we sin, God’s promises do not stop and his love remains! Jesus’ death on the cross for you and me meant that all our sins were erased. This is such good news! Let’s use this dry erase marker to write down some of the ways we make mistakes, or sin, on this plastic plate. Now, like Jesus wiping our sins away through his death and resurrection, use this paper towel to erase your sins, and mistakes. What’s left? God’s promises! God’s promises will never stop! Let’s thank God for this truth!”
“Dear God, it’s a joy to know you. We thank you for your constant and steadfast promises to us. Even when we mess up, you remain true to your word so we praise you. Help us to bring our struggles and our sins to you, knowing you are faithful to forgive and make us more like your son Jesus. We love you, God, and we pray these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
God's promises change lives.
What you do: Using your own Bible, your child’s Bible, or an app or website with a Bible on it, have your child find 2 Corinthians 5:17. Discuss what this verse means and pray over your child afterward.
What you say: “God’s Word is full of wonderful promises. In Genesis 32-33, Jacob’s life was changed, and he was given a new name. God changes us too! He changes us every day. Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:17.
2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’
This is such an exciting verse because it promises us that God changes us when we trust in Jesus. We become a new creature, and just like a newborn baby grows and gets stronger and keeps changing, just because we are a new creature doesn’t mean we stop changing. The more we go to church, read our Bibles, pray to God, and rely on Him, the more we grow and the stronger we become. So, God not only changes us when we trust in Jesus, He keeps on changing on us every day! Let’s pray together.”
“Dear Lord, thank you so much for the opportunity to read your Word and learn from what you teach us. Remind us every day that when we trust in you, you are always changing us and encouraging us to grow. Help us read your Word and rely on you for help. In your precious name, Amen.”
Overflow with thankfulness!
materials: paper / writing utensils
What you do: On the paper, work with your child to make a list of the reasons to be thankful for Jesus. See how long you can make the list!
What you say: “When our lives are built on Jesus and we put him first and trust in him our lives will overflow with thankfulness because of what he did for us. Our life being built on Jesus looks like more Jesus in everything we do! More Jesus in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions as we spend more time with him every day. Let’s make a list of why we are thankful for Jesus. I wonder how long of a list we can make!”
“Heavenly Father, there are more reasons to be thankful for your son Jesus than we could ever write down! Thank you for sending him to die on the cross for our sins. We are so glad that when we build our life on Jesus, you make us more and more like him every day. Remind us daily of these truths so that we stay humble and can trust you with everything. We love you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Overflow with thankfulness!
Pray it out
materials: 1 die
What you do: Have your child roll the die and encourage them to give thanks to God for whatever corresponds to the number they rolled. The numbers and things to be thankful for are listed below. For example, if it lands on 1, they will thank God for family and friends. Encourage them to pray aloud and help them if needed. Close the time in prayer.
What you say: “God has given us so much and because of Jesus, our lives can overflow with thankfulness. You will roll the die and the number you roll will tell you what to thank God for!”
Things to thank God for:
- Family or friends
- Sending Jesus
- Eternal life or His constant love
- His church or your small group leader
- Always being with us
“Dear God, we are so humbled to be a part of your family. Thank you for everything you bless us with, and most importantly for sending your son Jesus to save us. Because of him, we can overflow with thankfulness. Help our roots grow deep in our relationship with Jesus, let our lives be built on him, and may our faith grow strong. We love you God! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”