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COME AS YOU ARE - SEPTEMBER WEEK 5

COME AS YOU ARE, BUT DON’T STAY THE SAME

This week we learned about how Jesus called Matthew, who was a tax collector, to be His follower. Remember from last week’s lesson why people didn’t like tax collectors back then? They weren’t very honest and would sometimes steal from the people they collected taxes from. Jesus called Matthew to leave his old life and follow Him instead, and Matthew did it! He left his old life behind and followed Jesus for the rest of his life. He even wrote one of the books of the Bible! Believe it or not, there is another story in the Bible of a tax collector that Jesus called to follow Him too. His name is Zacchaeus (Zack-ee-us).

JESUS CALLS ZACCHAEUS

Zacchaeus was a short man who was having trouble seeing Jesus in a large crowd. He decided to climb up into a tree to be able see him, and when he did, Jesus called out to him and said “I’m coming to your house today.” This was a HUGE deal in the time because having a meal with someone else had a lot of meaning then. People saw this and were disgusted that Jesus would choose a tax collector to have dinner with (just like with Matthew). The cool part is that Zacchaeus ended up choosing to give half of his possessions to the poor and give back four times the amount of money to anyone he had ever stolen from!

Jesus was questioned multiple times by the religious people when he would spend time with people like Matthew and Zacchaeus. In answer, He said that he came to “seek and save the lost” and that “healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do.” Jesus went to the people that needed Him the most, and He always told them to follow Him or to turn away from their old ways. Just like a doctor, Jesus wants to help us be better. You may or may not have physical sickness, but all of us have a spiritual sickness called “sin.” Sin is anything we do that’s wrong and goes against God’s way of doing things. When we truly follow Jesus, it means that we try our best to live the way He did. None of us can be perfect and sinless like Jesus was, but we CAN choose everyday to be as loving and good as we can, with His help. When we make mistakes, we don’t have to be afraid to bring them to God, but we shouldn’t choose to do things that are wrong on purpose because that hurts God’s heart. We can choose to be like Matthew and Zacchaeus and do our best to act more and more like Jesus everyday!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever done anything that’s wrong?

2. How do you think having a relationship with Jesus should change the way we act and think?

3. What are some areas in your life that don’t match up with how Jesus acted and told us to act?

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COME AS YOU ARE - SEPTEMBER WEEK 4

COME AS YOU ARE, KNOWING THAT YOU NEED GOD

When some people think about God, they think they He is just someone who is up in Heaven, keeping track of all the bad things we do so He can use it against us. In reality, God is waiting for His children (us) to come back to Him and admit that we need Him more than anything. When we finally do come back and we accept Jesus as the leader of our life, God actually forgets about all the bad things we’ve done. The bible says in Psalm 103 that God removes all the bad things we’ve done “as far as the East is from the West.” Do you understand what that means? The East and West are directions, and it’s impossible for them to ever meet! So when we come to God as we are and choose to give our lives to Him, He makes it as if the things we’ve done wrong didn’t even happen!

THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR

One day Jesus told this story to some people who thought they were so good, that they looked down on everyone else. Jesus said, “Two men went to God in prayer. One was a Pharisee, which is a teacher of God’s word. The other was a tax collector. Back then tax collectors were hated by everyone because they would often steal from people.

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, “God I thank you that I am not like other people, cheaters, and sinners. I’m certainly not like that tax collector over there. I fast and give up food two days a week and I give you a tenth of everything I earn.” But the tax collector stood off in the distance and would not even lift up his face to heaven. Instead, he was sad as he said, “God have mercy on me for I am a sinner.” A sinner is just anyone who has done anything wrong, which includes every person who has ever been born, - even you!

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. When the tax collector went home he was forgiven by God. But the Pharisee was not right with God. Everyone who makes himself great will be made humble, but whoever makes himself humble will be made great.“ So you see, even though the Pharisee followed all of the rules and everyone thought he was great, God didn’t care about that! He was more pleased with the person who was lost, the tax collector, who came back to Him. God loves all of us no matter how good or how bad we are, and just wants us back! He wants us to come as we are, knowing that we need Him, instead of thinking we have it all together.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Being humble means that you don’t view yourself as better than others. Why is it so important that we are humble?

2. Why do we need God?

3. Why is it important for us to remember how much we need God?

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COME AS YOU ARE - SEPTEMBER WEEK 3

COME AS YOU ARE, AND BRING OTHER WITH YOU!

Think of your favorite thing in the whole world. It could be a toy, a pet, a book - anything! Now imagine how you would feel if you lost it. That feeling times about a billion is how God feels about those who haven’t accepted Him yet. Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “For the Son of Man (Jesus) came to seek and to save the lost.” So Jesus came to find all the people who don’t know God. He wants them back! Not matter how good or bad, He wants them to come as they are so they can be his again. God is looking for those who don’t know Him!

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

 Imagine going to the water fountain to fill up your water bottle, and all of a sudden, you’re talking face to face with Jesus! That’s exactly what happened to the woman at the well in the Bible. One day, Jesus decided to visit a town in a place called Samaria. There He met a Samaritan woman who didn’t have any friends because of all the mistakes she had made. One day the woman went to the well with her jar to draw some water. Jesus asked her for some water, and she was so surprised that anyone would want to talk to her.

She didn’t even know that the man she was talking to was actually Jesus until He started telling her all the wrong things she had done. He told her that he is the living water, and that those who drink the water he gives will never be thirsty again. She didn’t know what he meant so she asked him, “how do you get this living water?” Jesus told her that even though she was bad, if she would turn to God and worship Him with all her heart, she could know God. She had heard that Jesus was coming, and when she asked him if He was the son of God and the savior of the world, he replied, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

This is what the Bible says happened after that conversation: “The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Do you think he could be the savior of the world that we have been waiting for? ’So the people came streaming from the village to see him... so Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus.” We, like the Samaritan woman, have all done things in our life that are bad, but God has accepted us and loved us just the way we are. This encounter with Jesus changed this woman’s life so much that she wanted to tell as many people as she could about it!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Having a relationship with Jesus is the BEST thing you could ever have in life. Do you want others to be able to have that too?

2. Think of all the people you know and friends you have. How many of them don’t know Jesus yet?

3. How many friends can you tell about Jesus this week or invite to church?

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COME AS YOU ARE - SEPTEMBER WEEK 2

COME AS YOU ARE, BUT DON’T LOOK BACK

When we come as we are to God, we can know that He has a plan that is sooo much better for us than the one we have ourselves. Following God’s Word is not always easy, but everything that He says in it is meant to help us. Even when it’s hard to follow God, we can trust that it is the best thing that we can do!

THE GRUMPY ISRAELITES

 This week we learned about Moses and the Israelites. The Israelites were the people that followed God way back in the day before Jesus even came to the Earth! There was one time where they were in a terrible situation. They were slaves in Egypt and had to spend almost all their time building and working really hard without even getting paid. God chose Moses to rescue them from this life and lead them to freedom, but after they were free, it didn’t take very long for them to forget everything that God had done.

They had seen God do amazing miracles; like parting the sea so they could cross it to escape Egypt and raining food down for them from sky. And those were just a few of the crazy things that God had done for them! No matter what though, the Israelites would eventually find some reason to complain. They even started to wish that they could go back to Egypt just because they missed the type of food they had there! Can you imagine how much their complaining was hurting God?

Sometimes we can find ourselves doing the same thing. When there’s one thing in our lives that isn’t going the way we want, we tend to forget all the great things that God has blessed us with. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, it doesn’t mean that things will always be easy. Sometimes it even gets harder because not everyone will understand the decision we make to do things God’s way. God has a plan for us that is better then any plan we could have for ourselves, but it requires us to look ahead and leave our past behind. God can make us better and better everyday, but we have to choose to not look back!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever caught yourself complaining?

2. How do you think it makes God feel when we complain and don’t appreciate the things He has given us?

3. What are some things we can do to be better and better (and more like Jesus) everyday?

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COME AS YOU ARE - SEPTEMBER WEEK 1

COME AS YOU ARE

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mathew 11:28. God wants us to come to Him no matter what our life is like. He wants us to come if we’re weary and burdened, exhausted and frustrated, sad and depressed. He wants us to come to Him because He is the only one who can fix it. As a good father, He cares for us. And as the King of all, He has the power to take care of us, even to change our lives forever. 

This month we’re focusing on examples of God accepting people right where they were and inviting them to know Him. God loves us so much that He meets us where we are and calls us to live a life of freedom!

PRODIGAL SON

 This week we learned a story that Jesus told about a father and a son. The son asked his father for his inheritance early and hurt his father deeply because of it. After spending all the money and living a crazy life, the son realized that what he did was wrong (and not very smart). The only job that he could find was one feeding pigs. This wasn’t a very good job, and it made him very sad. He had no hope, no future, and no peace in his heart, BUT being there ended up leading him to make the best decision of his life; to go home to his father! He thought that if he went home and apologized for what he did, his father would at least make him a servant even if he was still angry.

Imaging the son’s surprise when he was walking home and his father saw him coming from a distance and RAN to meet him and give him the biggest hug! His father had been waiting for his son to come home, so when it finally happened, the son was immediately welcomed back and a HUGE party was thrown for him! He didn’t even have to live as a servant like he thought. Even though it wasn’t what the son deserved, his father loved him so much that everything he had done was forgiven and forgotten about.

THIS is the way that God loves us. He is waiting for us to realize that we don’t want to live life without him, so that we will coming running back into His arms. He loves us enough to forget everything that we have ever done wrong. He wants us to know that we are His sons and daughters, and we don’t ever have to be afraid to come to Him when we make mistakes. In fact, that’s what he wants us to do!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever had a time that you were afraid to admit it when you made a mistake?

2. How do you feel knowing that God will never hold those mistakes against us when we ask Him for forgiveness?

3. How does this story show how God loves us?

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 5

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! This weekend we’ll be focusing on one of the Apostle Paul’s main disciples, Timothy.

TIMOTHY’S LIFE

KEEP HOLDING ON! Timothy came to Jesus and started his relationship with God after he heard about Him through Paul, and was faithful to both God and to Paul for his life. Being faithful means that we do what we say we will do, being reliable and trustworthy. We’d like to be able to say that we’re faithful all the time, but not one of us are perfect, we all mess up and we make mistakes. Here’s the good news, even when we mess up, God is still faithful to us. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he said, 2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NIRV) “Here is a saying you can trust. If we died with him, we will also live with him. If we don’t give up, we will also rule with him. If we say we don’t know him, he will also say he doesn’t know us. Even if we are not faithful, he remains faithful. He must be true to himself.” God is always faithful, no matter what. It’s who He is! He is perfect and will always do what He says He will do, fulfilling every promise. 

We can be Forever heroes when we hold on, trust in God and remain faithful. God chose us, you and I to serve Him and continue the work that Timothy and the other church leaders in Acts started. It’s our job now to be faithful in building the church too! We don’t do it by ourselves, Jesus gives us strength and we’re never alone. We have God’s word and the example of those that have gone before, the unlikely heroes we’ve been learning so much about. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIRV) “The God who has chosen you is faithful.” God is faithful to us and we can be faithful to Him.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Who is someone in your life you can always count on to be faithful?

2. What is one thing you hope to be faithful in?

3. How do we know that God is faithful?

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 4

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! This weekend we’re focusing on the most important one of all, Jesus.

JESUS’ LIFE

BELIVE IN JESUS! This Sunday we learned that no matter what, Jesus made a way for you to get to heaven.

Jesus is the son of God and the savior of the world. The reason the world needs to be saved is because after God made this world perfect, something awful happened - people disobeyed God. Even still, God loved us more than anything. Jesus was sent by God to earth from heaven. He healed the sick, did so many miracles, and even raised people from the dead! Not everyone believed in Jesus, so they killed him but three days later he rose from the dead!

Jesus’ death on the cross was very special because even though He was perfect, He let himself be punished for the wrong things we have done. The Bible says,

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

I will make them as white as snow.

Though they are red like crimson,

I will make them as white as wool.
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Isaiah 1:18

And now, since we have Jesus to take away our sin, if we believe in Him and follow Him, we can live forever!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What is it like to follow Jesus?


2. How do we begin our relationship with God?

Romans 10:9 -” If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”

3. How can we grow in our relationship with God?

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 3

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Dads love their kids! Dads teach us new things, cheer us on at sports games, help us to be brave, wipe away our tears and have fun with us!

I bet your dad has some great dad jokes too. How about these ones...

How many apples grow on a tree? All of them.
Why couldn’t the bike stand up by itself? It was two tired. Dad, I’m hungry? Hello hungry, I’m Dad

Where do you learn how to make Ice-cream? Sundae School.

What do you call somebody with no body and no nose? Nobody knows.

God gives us dads to love us, care for us, protect us and teach us. Your dad might be a hard working genius, a strong brave hero, the best BBQ chef or the funniest guy ever. No matter what your dad is good at, the best job he has is to love you! Today we take time to honour our dads. Did you know that honouring parents is the only commandment that promises long life as a reward; Ephesians 6:1-3 (CEV) “Children, you belong to the Lord, and you do the right thing when you obey your parents. The first commandment with a promise says, “Obey your father and your mother, and you will have a long and happy life.” God teaches us to honour our parents and we will have a looooong and happy life. That sounds pretty good to me! On Father’s Day no matter what the situation in your family is. Take the time and honour the men in your life. Who knows, you could live a loooooong life until you’re a 130!

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This past Sunday we learned about the awesomeness of dadsl. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 2

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! Week one is Peter.

PAUL’S LIFE

NEVER GIVE UP! This Sunday we learned that no matter what Paul faced in his life, he didn’t give up. He faced so many hardships, more than most, but never gave up because he knew he had God on his side.

The key to never giving up in our walk with God is knowing that Jesus is with us. The Holy Spirit inside of us pushes us onward with encouragement deep down no matter what is happening around us. Even if it takes a long time to see what we are hoping for, we can find strength in God!

To give you a bit of an idea of what Paul went through, read 2 Corinthians 11:26-28. Here Paul says,

26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.”

But at the end of his life Paul also says this: “I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim 4:7)

With God’s help we can live a life for Him and never give up! Just as Paul never gave up, we also can live a life for God till the very end!!!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. When have you wanted to give up but you didn’t?


2. What helps us run the race and not give up?

3. Who cheers you on?

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This past Sunday we learned about the life of Apostle Paul. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - JUNE WEEK 1

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

This month we’re focusing on amazing people from the Bible who we’ll get to know in Heaven! Week one is Peter.

PETER’S LIFE

Peter lived a life with lots of changes. From fisherman, to disciple of Jesus, to leader of the early church, his life was full of ups and downs! One super memorable thing that Peter did was walk on water with Jesus! Peter had faith to ask Jesus to come out on the water with him because he had spend a lot of time with Him. Our main point this weekend was “Grow with Jesus” and that is one thing that we can learn from Peter’s life. The more we grow with Jesus, the more faith we will have in God!

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” We don’t want to get wiped out part way through our race, we want to make it to the finish line victorious! To run the race well, we need to train and practice. Our training comes from spending time with Jesus, getting into His Word, talking with Him and being in His presence.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. How can you grow in your relationship with God?


2. What is something you would like to do that you need God’s help for?

3. How does growing closer to God help us?

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This past Sunday we learned about Peter walking on water. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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FOREVER - MAY

FOREVER

This series is called forever. ‘Forever’ is a pretty mind bending subject, something pretty hard to get your head around. The best way to see it is like a perfect circle. There is no beginning or end, it just keeps going! That’s what forever is like, we will spend forever with God in heaven, living on into eternity with Him!

It’s hard to imagine what this place will be like, it may even make us have more questions than answers. Will we get tired? What about sleep? Will we eat? Do I get to fly? So many questions! One thing we do know is we will never suffer again. The book of Revelation, right at the end of the Bible speaks about eternity: Revelation 21:4 (NLT), “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Wow! No more death or tears or pain. What an incredible promise. I believe Jesus will return and we will be with Him in heaven.

OUR ETERNAL HOME

When I’ve been away, maybe on a holiday or a special trip, I always love that feeling of coming home. A place that is our own, where we can feel safe and comfortable. Where we are now, may not be our home forever, but God has made an eternal home for us! Hebrews 13:14 (NLT), “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

Right now you might be a citizen of your country, like America or maybe somewhere else if that’s where you were born. The Bible says that as Christians, we have another home, and we are citizens of another place - Heaven! Philippians 3:20 (NLT), “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.”

The Bible describes this eternal home as being pretty spectacular, Revelation 21:11 (NIRV), “It shone with the glory of God. It gleamed like a very valuable jewel. It was like a jasper, as clear as crystal.” A home designed by God especially for us.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What do you imagine heaven will be like?

2. Who is someone you are looking forward to seeing in Heaven?

3. What does it mean when the Bible says, “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20)?

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This past Sunday we learned about John’s vision of heaven in Revelation. Print out the picture below and color it in!

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APRIL WEEK 4 / / TRUE STORY

GOD IS WITH US

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! After that Jesus promised to be with us always and ascended into heaven. That may not make a whole lot of sense - I mean, Jesus said, “I’ll always be with you” and then left. Like, seriously Jesus? You literally just said you’d always be here and you’re leaving?

Thats probably because He meant He would be with us in our hearts. Jesus had told His disciples, “I will ask He will give you another helper, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” John 14:16-17. And it happened exactly the way Jesus said it would! The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and they started telling everyone about Jesus! And now, even today, the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives helping us live our lives for God!

HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US

God has always been really good about taking care of His people. After Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, it was time to find a new person to lead the people of Israel. God chose Joshua and told him, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5). Us today are a lot like the people of Israel, since we have been led out of spiritual slavery to sin just like they were led out of slavery in Egypt. And the promise that God will always be with us is the same too!

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to fill you? If you haven’t, you should!

2. How can we listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice in our lives?

3. How do you know if Jesus is speaking to you through the Holy Spirit?

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APRIL WEEK 3 / / TRUE STORY

THE MEANING OF EASTER

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! Jesus is the son of God and the Savior of the world! While He was on earth, He taught everyone about God’s love and healed them from their sickness. He did many miracles like calming storms and raised people from the dead. But not everyone liked Him, so the religious leaders of that day made a plan to kill him. But Jesus, knowing that it was time to give His life, willingly died on the cross. Not because He had done anything wrong, but because He was giving his life as a sacrifice - taking the punishment for our sins on himself.

Three days later though, He rose from the dead! This proved that He was God’s son and meant that if we make Him our Lord, then we will rise again one day to to live forever in Heaven! And that is the meaning of Easter - it is the day we celebrate all of these things that Jesus has done for us. We celebrate His resurrection from death, and the life that we have as His followers.

JESUS MADE A WAY

Through Jesus, we have a way to be saved! No matter how good or how bad you are, you can go to heaven if you believe in Jesus! Doing this is as simple as ABC…

A – Ask – For Jesus to forgive you.
B – Believe - That Jesus died and rose from the dead three days later
C – Confess – that you have done wrong so that you can be forgiven.

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive you? And if not, would you like to?

2. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

3. What do you think it will be like when we rise again like Jesus did in heaven?

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APRIL WEEK 2 / / TRUE STORY

ALWAYS REMEMBER JESUS

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! This simple truth is something that Jesus wanted us to always remember. During the last dinner that Jesus had with His disciples, he explained to them that whenever they take communion, they should remember what Jesus did on the cross. His body is like the bread of communion, which was broken so that we could be made whole, and the drink is like the blood He shed in taking the punishment for our sins, so that we don’t have to. When we remember what Jesus did on the cross, we remember that it is because of Him that we are going to heaven! Romans 5:1 says, “Since we have been made right in God’s sight… we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” So let’s remember and never forget what Jesus has done for us!!!

REMEMBER TO REMEMBER

Remembering is something that has been extremely important to God since the beginning. The more we remember what God has done for us, the more we will be able to live our lives the way we were made to live them. Thousands of years ago, after God led the people of Israel out of Egypt and freed them from slavery, Moses told the people, “Be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9) So you see, it is important that we remember to remember what God has done in our life, and communion helps us do just that!

Good Friday is coming on April 19th, 2019 and Reach Church is going to have a special communion service. Will you be joining us???

QUESTIONS

Discuss the following questions with your child…

1. What are some things other than communion that we can do to remember what Jesus has done for us?

2. Read Isaiah 53:5 and answer the following question: What has Jesus given us through dying on the cross other than being able to go to heaven? “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

3. How do you know if you are ready to take communion?

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APRIL WEEK 1 / / TRUE STORY

THE LORD NEEDS YOU

The Bible tells us the true story of how Jesus lived his life, died on the cross, and rose again for us! But in order for people to know about it, believe, and be saved, they need to first hear about it! That is why the Bible says in Romans 10:14, “how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Thats where we come in - we have to tell people about Jesus!

Its a lot like when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey - the donkey was not the star of the show, but Jesus still needed it to fulfill the prophecy about Him which said, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey” Zechariah 9:9

We have the exciting responsibility of sharing Jesus with others. We carry Him in our hearts, and others can see Him through us! The Lord needs you!!!

HOW DO I TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS?

A lot of people are super worried about how they share the good news about Jesus. The simplest way is to just bring them to church! But if you ever want to tell someone about Jesus yourself, just keep it simple. Tell them about what Jesus means to you, and what He has done in your life. You can also share a little bit about why Jesus died (to take the punishment for our sins), and that He rose from the dead proving that He is the son of God! You don’t have to know all of the details in order for your sins to be forgiven by Jesus, you just need to have a relationship with Him! Check out the video below to see a super fun video of kids trying to tell the easter story the best they can! And remember, its okay not to have all the details right sometimes.. Especially when you’re a kid. Its all about the relationship with Jesus!

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QUESTIONS

1. How do you think the best way to share the good news about Jesus with others?
2. What is the greatest thing Jesus has done in your life that you can share with others?
3. Why is it important to believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

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