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 characters? (Jesus, His Disciples, The High Priest, Pilate, and Mary Magdalen and the other Mary.)
What are the main story beats? (Jesus is arrested; Jesus is crucified; Jesus rose from the grave.)
What’s the main point? (Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.)
CONNECT it to the family.
As a family are faith is completely based on the work done by Jesus on the cross. It is more than a holiday for us. Jesus took the punishment for our sins. Because of that we have the chance to spend eternity in heaven with God.
God, we thank you for the cross. We celebrate the fact that a grave could not hold Jesus. We thank you for your love for us. 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 does this story teach about God or the Gospel?
Why is this story in the Bible the most important?
What do you think it takes to become a Christian?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God loved us enough to send his only son to die on a cross for our sins.
RELATE to them.
God loves you and you are made in his image. Jesus died on the cross for you. To take the punishment for all the sins that you commit.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.