Kids Ministry at Home
May 17, 2020
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
We are continuing our study in Philippians. Today Paul is talking about a goal he has. A goal is something you want to do or achieve. For example, a goal could be to run around the yard faster, or to ride your bicycle without training wheels, or to read several books over the summer.
Do you have a goal right now?
What would you need to start doing to reach that goal?
It sounds like you have given that some thought, maybe we should start working on that.
Let’s get back to Paul. Remember that last week Paul told us that compared to his relationship with Jesus Christ, everything else was…what?
Yes, trash, garbage, or rubbish!
So what is the goal he’s talking about?
Read Scripture Together:
Let’s read Philippians 3:10-14.
His goal was to know Jesus more! He even tells us that he was aware he had not yet met the full goal, he still has lots to learn. Remember, this is Paul, the one that was put in prison because he refused to stop telling others about Jesus. Yet he knew he still had lots to learn. So do you and I.
How do we keep learning to live and love like Jesus? Here is a good list:
- We can spend time reading God’s Word. That’s why He gave us the Bible, to learn about who He is and to let him talk to us and teach us through his written words.
- We can pray and watch for how He answers our prayers. t may not be exactly as we thought, but the way He answers each prayer tells us more about Him.
- We learn to obey what He is teaching us as we read, pray, and even learn at church.
- We can also serve others and share God’s love. God will teach us things about ourselves and others as we are serving.
- We can tell others about Jesus and let them learn and grow with us.
Most importantly is we continue learning and growing in our faith. There is always more to learn and love about Jesus. Let’s continue to grow to Live and Love like Jesus!
What is one thing you can do this week to continue growing in your faith?
The craft this week is a great way to document your child’s chosen challenge. Also, we have put all the resources about how to lead your child to Christ on a new tab and will keep it there as a handy resource.
Craft Time: Jesus Gives Me Joy
For this craft you will need:
- Downloadable Coloring Sheet (Download Here) or Draw a similar picture
- Color the running shoes and cut them out (get a parent to help cut out if you need)
- On the back of the shoes, write one goal for your “Run with Jesus” this week. Examples: do something kind for a family member or neighbor, memorize your verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, Read through the book of Philippians with a parent or older sibling.
- Think about what “equipment” do you need to accomplish your goal? Do you need help from a parent? Do you need a Bible? Do you need paper to write down your verse? Write the equipment you will need on the back!
Now that you have a plan… start your run with Jesus!
Lesson: Resources for Parents
Leading your Child to Christ
Parents this section is for you! Does your child know Jesus? How can you check for their spiritual growth? Are they ready to accept Him as their Lord and Savoir? Are you overwhelmed yet? Don’t be; you have the Holy Spirit to guide you and a church body to support and encourage you in this exciting discussion with your child.
We want to share with you a wonderful resource from Focus on the Family that can help to break down these important conversations into bite-size pieces based on your child’s developmental stages. It’s so good you may want to bookmark it and keep it as an ongoing resource.Leading your Child to Christ by Focus on the Family
Additional Tips When Having These Disscussions
Don’t do all the talking:
Ask questions and let the child talk. Let the child ask questions and help him/her look up the answers in the Bible.
Don’t use big or confusing words:
Instead of “ask Jesus into your heart,” which can be too abstract, try “ask Jesus to be your forever friend.” Also, be sure to explain any big words that you may come across when reading the Bible verses together.
Ask your child to communicate what they are doing, to make sure they understand. Encourage them to ask questions when they don’t understand something.
ABCs of becoming a Christian:
Go through the ABCs with the child and use the Bible to help the child look up the specific verses. Learn more about the ABCs of becoming a Christian below!
After going through the ABCs with your child, pray together. Encourage the child to pray and talk to God about their decision.
Tell others! Share the good news with your family, your Children’s Pastor, friends, etc. This is an exciting and special day!
Schedule a meeting with Diana Kerby or Donna Thomas to follow up on this discussion and prepare for the next step of Baptism.
ABCs of Becoming a Christian
A: ADMIT you are a sinner and ask for forgiveness
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God.” 1 John 1:0 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
B: BELIEVE in Jesus as your Savior and become a child of God
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
C: CONFESS that Jesus is Lord and choose to follow Him daily
Romans 10:0 “That is you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Luke 9:23 “Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”