SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders (1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  ( 1 Timothy 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Titus 2:11-14 )

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the characters? (Paul, Timothy, and Titus.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Paul charges Timothy and Titus to treat their gifting serious; to preach the word; and to be watchful of false teachings and sinful behavior.)
  • What’s the main point? (Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God’s word.)

CONNECT it to the family.

Paul was warning Timothy, Titus, and the church of the seriousness of scripture. We are called to treat God’s word very seriously. Mom and Dad are called to do the same with you and your siblings. Sometimes we fall short, we get busy, and we don’t read scripture with you every day. Thankfully, God gives us grace even when we fall short.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the work of Paul. We pray that we can be reminded of Paul’s influence and his emphasis on scripture. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Paul’s Letters to Church Leaders )

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Paul encouraged church leaders to teach God’s word.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • Do you treat scripture seriously?
  • What can you do to make sure you that you treat scripture seriously?

 

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God has called us to treat scripture with the utmost respect.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad are called to involve scripture in the daily lives of our family.
  • You can hold us accountable and remind us.

 

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
  • Encourage them to hide God’s word in their heart.

 

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why does God want us to obey Him? Obedience is our response to God's love for us.

Memory Verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 31 - Session 5

This Week in SojournKids: Love One Another (1 John 3:10-18)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  ( 1 John 3:10-18 )

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (John, The Church, Cain and Us)
  • What are the main story beats? (John reminds us to love one another; John uses the narrative of Cain and Abel; John reminds us of the only true example of love, Jesus.)
  • What’s the main point? (John called us to love one another.)

CONNECT it to the family.

John was reminding the church to love one another. We are called to do the same as the church. Mom and Dad are called to love you, your siblings, and each other. Sometimes Mom and Dad get frustrated and we mess up. The good news is that God gives us grace even when we don’t love like we should. We can be reminded just as the Church was reminded in this week’s lesson.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the message in 1 John. We pray that we can be reminded to love like you loved us. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Love One Another)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • John wrote that others will know we are Christians because we love one another.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • Do you think others know you are a Christian by your love?
  • What can you do to make sure that they do?)

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God has called us to show the same love that he showed us.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad are called to love one another as Christ has loved us.
  • God gives us all grace.
  • It’s God’s grace that helps us treat everyone equally.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
  • They are called to love all their friends equally.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why does God want us to obey Him? Obedience is our response to God's love for us.

Memory Verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 31 - Session 4

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection (Matthew 26:36-28:10; John 18:1-20:18)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Matthew 26:36-28:10; John 18:1-20:18)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Jesus, Disciples, etc.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Jesus is betrayed; Jesus is abused; Jesus is crucified; and Jesus is resurrected from the dead.)
  • What’s the main point? (Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.)

CONNECT it to the family.

Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Mom and Dad were born sinners just like you are. There is nothing we can do to get to heaven. Jesus dying on a cross allows us to spend eternity in heaven with God when we die. The only way we can be saved from sin is by putting our faith in Christ and his work done on the cross.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for the cross. We thank you for Jesus. We pray that we can be focused on Christ in this Easter season. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What are your thoughts on Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection?
  • How do you feel about your sin?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise (Christ died on the cross for you and me.)

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad were born sinners just like you.
  • There is nothing we can do to get to heaven.
  • It’s Jesus’ work done on the cross that gives us eternal life.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today at school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.  Christ died on the cross for them because he loves them.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.

Memory Verse: We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 32 - Session 2

Music Liturgy for Palm Sunday and Easter 2018

Jared KennedyComment
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Leader 1 (On Palm Sunday): Today is a special day in the life of the church. We call it “Palm Sunday.” Does anyone know why? On this day, we remember the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and that as he entered, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

We know that just a few days after Jesus entered Jerusalem, he was crucified and died for us. We’ll learn more about the rest of the story later, but before we do, let’s sing praises together to Jesus for what he’s done for us!

Leader 1 (On Easter): Happy Easter! Today is a special day in the life of the church. Today is not just about candy or Easter eggs or bunnies, but it’s about something MUCH more important and exciting. Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day we celebrate how Jesus rose from the dead three days after he died on the cross.

The Christian church on Easter Sunday greets one another with the phrase, “The Lord is risen!” When I say “The Lord is risen!” You say, “He is risen INDEED!” Let’s try it!

Leader: He is risen!

Children: He is risen indeed!

(Repeat a few times, asking the children to try it at different volumes. Make it fun!)

Leader 2: God has made us alive by his grace! Let’s celebrate that together. Everyone stand, and clap, and dance if you want to!

Song 1: Made Alive

Leader 2: Our memory verse this is Romans 6:9! Can you repeat it after me? For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9

Hand motions: For we know (point to brain)that since Christ was raised from the dead (crouch down, then spring up, extending arms up and out) he cannot die again (shake head and indicate no with hands). Death no longer has mastery over him (shake head no again)

Leader 1: What does the word “mastery” mean? Control or power! Death has absolutely no control or power over Jesus. In fact, Jesus defeated death! The Lord is risen! (On Easter, get kids to repeat, “The Lord is risen indeed!” again like you did earlier)

Leader 2: Let’s sing a song about Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior.

 Song 2: Jesus Came to Earth

Leader 1: It is so wonderful to sing about who God is and what he has done in sending Jesus to be our Savior for us! Sometimes we worship God by singing, but are there other ways we can worship? Anyone have any ideas? That’s right? Giving! The Bible teaches us that everything we have is a good gift from God. Let’s give back to him with joy, grateful for what he’s given us. If you have an offering today, please bring it to the offering box during the next song.

Leader 2: The last song is also about Jesus, Son of Man, Son of Righteousness. He rose again on the third day after dying for us on the cross and deserves all praise and honor! Let’s sing to him together.

Song 3: Bless the Lord (Son of Man)

Leader 1: Hey, who can tell me what time it is? (Catechism time!!)

(Play the catechism riff: G-F-G-F x3, G-F-G “Catechism!”)

Leader 2: Here is our question for this month! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!

Q: Who saves us from our sin? A: Only Jesus saves us from our sin.

Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads… and fold your hands… and close your eyes… and let’s talk to God right now!

Lord God, we come to you aware that we are sinners. Even when we try hard, we fail to be perfect. We disobey our parents and teachers, we hurt others and are often unkind, selfishly doing what we think is right. You know we cannot save ourselves, which is why you sent your son Jesus to be our salvation! We praise you for Jesus! We thank you for his perfect life, his sacrificial death on the cross, the forgiveness we have of all of our sins when we trust in him, and the hope we have of being with you in heaven in the future. We love you and ask you to help us as we learn more about Jesus today. Amen.

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus' Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Jesus, Disciples, etc.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Jesus sent his disciples to find a colt; Jesus rides into town; the people rejoiced and worshiped Jesus.)
  • What’s the main point? (People welcomed Jesus as their King.)

CONNECT it to the family.

The long awaited king made his way into this week’s story. Jesus is our king who saved us from our sins. We need to worship Jesus as a king. As your parents we want this household to worship Jesus everyday.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for Jesus. We thank you for sending him to earth to take the punishment we deserved. We pray that we can be focused on Christ in this Easter season. Amen

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jesus’ Triumphal Entry)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • People welcomed Jesus as their King.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week (What are your thoughts on Jesus’ riding on a donkey? How do you feel about how the peopled welcomed Jesus? And that they will betray him just days later?)

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise (Christ died on the cross for you and me.)

RELATE What Christ achieved on the cross demands our worship. We are to worship Jesus everyday as the people worshiped Jesus.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today at school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.; they are called to worship Jesus as King.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.

Memory Verse: We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 32 - Session 1