SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Paul Preached in Europe (Acts 17:16-34)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Paul arrives in Athens and he notices that there are alters to false gods in the synagogue. He reasoned with the Jews and the devout persons in the synagogues for days. They took him to Areopagus and asked him what his teaching was because they had not heard it before. Paul proceeds to explain to them that God created everything and deserves all glory and praise. Some mocked him while some agreed to listen to what Paul proclaimed and several believed in Jesus.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever had to explain something to someone?  Was it hard? Did you get your point across?

Read Acts 17:16-34

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where was Paul?
  • What did Paul find in the synagogue?
  • Did anyone believe in Jesus due to Paul’s ministry in Athens?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for your word. We thank you for the work done in Paul in Athens. We pray that we can be reminded of Paul and the message that he shared. We pray that all our actions will glorify God to the fullest. Amen.

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: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.

Memory Verse: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 30 - Session 5

This Week in SojournKids: Paul’s Second Journey (Acts 15:1-35)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visited on his first journey to see how the new believers were doing.

Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey. The pair traveled through Syria and Cilicia, encouraging believers and strengthening churches. The number of believers in the churches increased daily.

The Lord called Paul and Silas to go to Macedonia, so they obeyed. Two major events happened while Paul was in Macedonia. First, a woman named Lydia became a believer. Paul and Silas had gone to the river to pray. They spoke to the women at the river. God opened Lydia’s heart to the good news of the gospel.

Then, a jailer became a believer. This happened when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison after Paul commanded a fortune-telling spirit to come out of a slave girl. Late at night, an earthquake rocked the prison. The prisoners could have escaped, but they stayed where they were.

This was a huge relief to the jailer. Had the prisoners escaped, the jailer would have been punished. In fact, the jailer was ready to kill himself when Paul shouted, “We are all here!” The jailer asked Paul and Silas how to be saved. They told him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The man believed and was baptized.

Lydia, the jailer, and many others were saved because they heard the gospel and believed in Jesus. Paul and Silas preached the same message to all people, no matter who they were: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

Prayer: Lord we thank you for the gift of your Son.  Thank you that the message of the gospel is for all people.

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: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.

Memory Verse: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 30 - Session 4

February Music for Sojourn Kids

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

At Sojourn we want to partner with you as you disciple your children at home during the week.  Below are the memory verse, catechism and songs your children will learn in assembly this month.  We'd love for you to use these in your family devotionals to reinforce what the children are learning on Sunday.  Enjoy worshiping our great Savior with your family!

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.

Memory Verse: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Songs we're singing:

Join the Crew by Jeremy Quillo

This Week in SojournKids: The Message: “Christ Alone” (Acts 15:1-35)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Paul and Barnabas go before the Jerusalem council to argue against the requirement of circumcision. They proclaimed that eternal life is only given through the sacrifice made by Christ on the cross and not by following the law. They argue against Old Testament law and point the council to the new covenant made by Christ. They proclaimed that the eternal life that Christ offers is for both Jew and Gentile. The council agreed with Paul and Barnabas and wrote a letter to the congregation of Antioch and they all rejoiced.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever been confused about something? What was it? How did you feel when you realized you were wrong? 

Read Acts 15:1-35

Questions/Apply it:

  • What two men went before the council?
  • What did they say gave eternal life?
  • Who was eternal life for?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for your word. We thank you for the work done in Paul and Barnabas’ life and the great impact it had. We pray that we can be reminded of Paul and Barnabas and the great faith they had in the mission of sharing the Gospel. Amen.

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: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.

Memory Verse: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 30 - Session 3

January Music Liturgy

Jared KennedyComment
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Leader 1 and 2: Good morning/evening! I'm Mr./Ms. (First name)!

Leader 1: The Bible tells us that followers of Jesus are called to make his good news known to the whole world. Let’s sing a song about the special job we have to tell the world about God’s amazing love.

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Acts 1:8. Can you repeat it after me?

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth" (Acts 1:8). 

Leader 1: The word “fulfill” means to accomplish or complete -- to completely finish
something. Do you know that great feeling you get when you’ve finished reading an entire book or are done with your homework and get to play outside? Do you know the feeling when you finish a big project like putting a puzzle together or building a lego set?

That’s the joy God feels about completing his work in us. The Bible says we are God’s workmanship and he wants us to be more and more like Jesus. He works in us through the power of the Holy Spirit to finish what he started when he first saved us. Praise God for his work!

Leader 2: We praise God because He is working in us and because he gives us the
strength we need to love him and serve him. Let’s sing a song about how we can do
anything through Christ working in us!

Leader 1: It is so wonderful to sing about God together! We worship by singing, and we can also worship by giving. We can give because God has already given so much to us. Everything we have is a good gift from God. If you have an offering today, please bring it to the offering box during the next song.

Leader 2: The next song is about the Trinity – about how God is three in one.

Leader 1: Hey, who can tell me what time it is? Kids respond: It's catechism time!!
(Play the catechism riff like “Tequila”: G-F- G-F x3, G-F- G. Kids shout “Catechism!” at the end.)

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

Question: How do people hear about Jesus?
Answer: God uses Christians to tell people about Jesus so they may repent and
be saved.

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

Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth. You created everything. You are king over everything. But you loved us enough to become a little baby. Jesus, we praise you for going to the cross to die for our sins. Thank you for giving yourself to us as the greatest Christmas gift! Please help us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to tell the world about your great news, that many might come to know you and be saved. Amen.