SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6-9)

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.  (Genesis 6-9)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (God and Noah.)

  • What are the big story beats? (The world becomes very corrupt and sinful; God tasks Noah with building an ark for his family and all the animals God included; god promises to never flood the earth again.)

  • What’s the main point? (God punished sin but chose to rescue Noah and his family.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God punished the evil sin in the world. His promise to never punish the earth with a flood again applies to us. God loves us despite of our sin.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your love for us despite our sin, and for the plan you have for your creation. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Noah and the Ark)

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

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God punished sin but chose to rescue Noah and his family.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

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

  • Why do you think God punished sin?

  • What was God’s greater plan to deal with sin?

  • Where do you see God’s mercy in this Bible story?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God punished sin, but his greater plan was to send a savior.

RELATE to them.

  • We must be reminded that we are all born sinners.

  • God promised to never punish the world like that again.

  • His ultimate goal was to send his son to take the punishment for sin.

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.

  • God promised to never punish the world again and to send us a savior. 

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 is God? God is our Creator and King.

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 1 - Session 4

This Week in SojournKids: Sin Entered the World (Genesis 3)

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.  (Genesis 3)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the characters? (God, Adam, and Eve.)

  • What are the big story beats? (The serpent deceived Adam and Eve; God confronts Adam and Eve; The serpent, Adam, and Eve are cursed.)

  • What’s the main point? (Adam and Eve broke God’s law, and their sin separated them from God.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • We are all cursed with the sin that entered the world at the fall. Because of this curse we all need a savior. There is nothing we can do on our own to correct our relationship with God due to the fall. We need a savior and that savior is Jesus.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your love. We thank you for your plan. We are condemned sinners and you love us anyway. We thank you for your love and care for your creation. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Sin Entered the World)

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

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Adam and Eve broke God’s law, and their sin separated them from God.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

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

  • What are some rules your parents have for you?

  • Why do you think people sin against God?

  • How does sin affect our relationship with God and one another?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • Sin entered the world with Adam and Eve. That sin has cursed us and separated us from God. We need a savior to mend that relationship.

RELATE to them.

  • You are born a sinner.

  • There is not one single thing you can do on your own to change that.

  • The work Christ did on the cross mended that relationship and if you put your faith in Christ you can be forgiven.

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.

  • Have courage to tell your friends about sin and about what Jesus did on the cross.

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 is God? God is our Creator and King.

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 1 - Session 3

This Week in SojournKids: God Created People (Genesis 1-2)

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.  (Genesis 1-2)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (God and His creation.)
  • What are the big story beats? (God rests on the seventh day; God creates man and woman; Adam names God’s creation.)
  • What’s the main point? (God created people in His own image, and He loves us.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God has created us in his image and provides for everything we need. We are special because God made us to live forever in a relationship with Him.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for who you are. We thank you for creating us to be in relationship with you. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (God Created People)

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

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God created people in His own image, and He loves us.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

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

  • What does it mean to created in the image of God?
  • How does being created in God’s image affect how we treat one another?
  • God created us to know and love Him. How can we get to know God if we cannot see Him?

 

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • We are created in God’s image and he gives us everything we need.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad are created in God’s image and God knows what we need.

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.
  • Remember that you are created in God’s image.

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 is God? God is our Creator and King.

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 1 - Session 2

Just for Parents: How to share the gospel with your child.

Jared KennedyComment

As our kids grow, we have a responsibility to make their spiritual growth a priority. This doesn’t simply involve reading a Bible storybook to them a few times a week. It also means having intentional times when we simply share the gospel and invite our children to respond by believing it and then obeying the Bible’s command to be baptized.

I know many parents feel intimidated by these kinds of conversations. How do I help my child understand things that are still a mystery to me?  Be encouraged. While you bear some responsibility to teach your children, God is ultimately the author of their faith. So, when the moment comes, say a quick prayer. Lean into the Lord and ask him for help, wisdom and discernment as you share the gospel with your child. 

The next step is simply sharing the good news of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Here is a simple way we teach it in Sojourn Kids. This gospel presentation contains five simple truths.

  • First, God rules. God is the king of the universe. God made the whole world and everything in it. And because God made everything, he is also in charge of everything. But God isn’t mean, selfish, or weak like human kings. God is the good king. He is just, loving, and powerful. And he wants us to be close to him—to trust him and live a good life in his kingdom – the life we were created for.

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
     
  • Second, we sinned. The problem with our world is that we have rejected God as our king. We’ve said no to God, and we’ve tried to live life our own way apart from him. Whenever we fight—whether it’s over the last cookie or the first place in line—we’re trying to get our own way instead of his.  The Bible calls this sin. Sin is saying no to God. The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned, and this sin separates us from God.

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
     
  • Third, sin leads to death. Here’s the truth. We were made to be with God. Though it may work for a little while to live life on our own, eventually the pain of being far away from God in a broken world shows us that something is wrong. People start to see that nothing else will satisfy and they look for ways to get back to God.  We try to be good enough—to make a fresh start. We want to be smart enough so we search for the right answers. We might even get busy with churchy activities. But these are broken bridges that lead to sadness, confusion, and judgment. God is still far away.

    Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.
     
  • Fourth, God provided at the cross. The pit created by sin is so wide that you can’t measure it, and there is nothing we can do to bridge the gap. We can’t pay for our crimes and put things back the way they’re meant to be. We can’t climb up to God, but God has come to us. Jesus is God’s son. Jesus was born on earth—fully God and fully man. He lived with God perfectly. Then, he suffered and died on the cross to pay the punishment our sins deserve. Three days later, Jesus rose to life and won victory over sin and death. Because of Jesus, we can live close with God again.

    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 eternal life.
     
  • Finally, God gives us his love and grace. God gets close to us, and he still loves us. This is such good news! God accepts us—not because we have earned it or deserve it—but just because he loves us. He showed you how much he loves you by sending Jesus.

    Now, Jesus is inviting you to come into his kingdom and receive his love by trusting him. If sin is saying no to God, then trust is saying yes. Will you say yes to Jesus?

    You can say this to God: Dear God, I trust you with my life. I’ve tried to rule your world as my own. I’ve said no to you, and I’m sorry. Thank for sending Jesus to die so that I might live. I trust Jesus as my king. I trust only him to save me and help me live with you. Amen.

    Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

So, that’s the gospel in five simple steps. And I want to encourage you to intentionally share it with your kids then call them to respond.

At the end of that conversation, if your child just isn’t ready, don’t try to pressure or manipulate them. And don’t be discouraged. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t saved or that they won’t be saved. Jesus didn’t identify his own faith as separate from his parents until the age of twelve, and he was not baptized until age thirty. Keep praying for your child and find a time in the future to come back to this conversation again.

On the other hand, if your child says “Yes!” don’t be tempted to doubt their sincerity. Take it at face value. We know that Jesus loves children and desires to save them, so eagerly encourage your kids to keep on believing—not just today but throughout their life. And, if your child is willing to take the next step, talk with a Sojourn Kids or Sojourn Students leader about the possibility of attending our next Family Baptism Class.

I pray this simple outline will help you intentionality share the gospel with your child. Thanks for watching this “Just for Parents” edition of Sojourn Kids 101.

This Week in SojournKids: God Created the World (Genesis 1)

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.  (Genesis 1)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who was the main character? (God.)
  • What are the big story beats? (God takes the formless earth and creates; God creates the main features of earth; God then fills that creation with animals and man.)
  • What’s the main point? (God created everything, and everything He created was good.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • We live in a world created by God. We are created in God’s image. As a family, we are called to glorify God as creator and honor him in everything that we do.
  • What parts of creation are you most thankful for?
  • Take a walk to find something good or beautiful outside.   

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for who you are. We thank you for creating us in your image. We pray that we can glorify you as your creation in everything we do. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (God Created the World)

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

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God created everything, and everything He created was good.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

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

  • When God spoke, things happened. What does this tell you about His power?
  • What makes something good?
  • What are some parts of creation you enjoy?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God created everything, and it was good.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad have been created in God’s image and are called to be an example to you that we are created into God’s image.

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.
  • God created everything, and it was good!

 

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 is God? God is our Creator and King.

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:16-17 – “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

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