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MARCH WEEK 1 / / FOREVER

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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