SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Paul's Third Journey (Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; 20:17-38)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We're trying something new!  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.  (Acts 18:1-4, 24-28; 20:17-38)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Paul, Aquilla, Priscilla, and Apollos.)
  • What are the main story beats? (Paul went from Athens to Corinth and met Aquilla and Priscilla; Paul speaks boldly and is encouraged in the faith by the church in Ephesus; Paul delivers a message to the believers in Ephesus.)
  • What’s the main point? (God helped Paul preach with courage even though he was in danger.)

CONNECT it to the family.

Paul felt scared about the danger that he faced. We can all feel scared like Paul did. Even mom and dad get scared and unsure about things. The good news is that God gives us the courage to accomplish things that we never thought we could do. Just like Paul preached with courage we can pursue all things with courage.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the ministry of Paul. We pray that we can be reminded of the courage that you gave Paul in times of trouble. Amen.

 

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Pauls Third Journey)

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

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God helped Paul preach with courage even though he was in danger. God gives us that same courage.

 

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week (do you ever get scared? Why do you think that is? What makes things better when you are scared?)

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise (when things get scary God is with you; God gives us courage in times of trouble; we can remember the courage Paul had when we feel scared)

RELATE Mom and Dad get sacred sometimes too; God gives us all courage in times of need; it’s God’s grace that keeps us going each day

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.; there’s courage for them as they make mistakes, get upset or frustrated, or have trouble with friends.

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: 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 6

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