Monthly Archives: April 2012

Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Apr 29: The Early Church Shares with One Another

Bible Text: Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35 

Key Point of Passage: The early Christian believers shared everything they had with each other.

Memory Verse: Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Our Bible story today talks about how the first Christian believers shared everything. What are some of the things they shared with each other?

2)      The Bible said the first Christians didn’t say their things were their own, but gave them to whoever needed them. Is it sometimes hard to share our own things with our friends or brothers or sisters?

3)      What is something you have that God might want you to share with someone else?

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Upper Elementary Sunday Apr 29: Shoes of Peace (Armor of God)

Key Passage:  Ephesians 6:14-15

Key Themes: 

  • We need to be prepared to tell people the good news about the peace we have with God so that they can enjoy peace with God as well.
  • The good news (gospel) is that Jesus died for our sins so we can have peace with God.
  • We also show that we live out the gospel by trying to live in peace with others.

Discussion Questions: 

1. How do we make peace with God?

2. How do we make peace with others?

Related Passages: 

Rom 10:8-10, 13-15
2 Tim 4:2, 5
1 Pet 3:13-17
2 Tim 1:7-12

Application Points: 

1. If anyone asked you what the gospel is, what would you say?  Do you have any questions about the gospel? [Parents- this is an excellent opportunity to go over the gospel with your child!]  Have you made peace with God?

2. Is there anyone in your life that you frequently fight with? Pray for wisdom, guidance and compassion for your relationship with that person.

3. Is there anyone in your life that needs to know Jesus? Pray for an opportunity to be able to present the gospel to them.


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Lower Elementary Sunday Apr 29: Peter- the Rock of the Church

Key Point: God wants us to be fully devoted to Him and His church.

Lesson Summary: 

Know What: Children will hear about Peter’s miraculous escape from prison.

So What:  Children will learn they too can become radically devoted to God and the Church through what they believe, say, and do.

Now What: Children will participate in an activity where they will think about what we believe, what we say, and how we act.


Bible Text:

Acts 2:42-4:22; Acts 12:1-12

Verse to Memorize (optional)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  Acts 2:42-43

This verse tells us that the people in the brand new Christian Church were devoted to God and the Church. 

Discussion Questions: 

1. How did Peter show He was devoted to God and the Church?

2. How can we show that we are devoted to Jesus?

3. Pray that your child’s devotion to God would increase.


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This Sunday in Lower Elementary

Dear Parents,

Over the past several weeks, your 1st-3rd grade children have been learning about Jesus from the New Testament. They have heard the true stories of the calling of the twelve disciples, Peter walking on water, the unforgiving servant, and the Lord’s Prayer.

Today, your child learned about how God wants to have a relationship with us. We were created to be in a relationship with God, and He wants us to have a friendship with Him that will last forever. We learned Jesus died so we can be forever friends with Him.

Your children were told that becoming a Christian is as easy as A. B. C. “A” stands for admitting your sins– realizing you have done wrong. “B” stands for believing in Jesus– believing Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross so our sins would be forgiven. “C” stands for choosing to follow God– accepting His forgiveness and obeying God’s word. During the lesson today, your child was given the opportunity to pray and receive God’s forgiveness and become a member of God’s family.

This week…

  • Talk with your child about the salvation message he/she heard. Encourage your child to ask questions and go to the Bible for answers.
  • Here are some verses that you and your child can check out that explain how to become a member of God’s family:John 3:16
    John 14:6
    Rom 3:23
    Rom 5:8
    Rom 6:23
  • Pray for and with your child this week. Encourage him/her to talk honestly with God. God desires to see your child through everything he/she faces.
  • Affirm and encourage your child as you see him/her take steps to follow God.

Serving Christ together with you,

Pastor Mike and the Trinity Kids Team.

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Preschool-Kindergarten: Sunday Apr 22: The Fruit of the Spirit

Bible Text: Galatians 5:14-25

Key Point of Passage: Staying close to the Holy Spirit gives us the power to show goodness and love.

Memory Verse: Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      God commands us to love each other. But is it sometimes hard to love other people – especially if they aren’t being nice to you?

2)      Who can give us the power to show love and goodness towards others?

3)      The Bible tells us to “march in step with the Spirit”. This means we have to stay close to God in order to let His Spirit give us good things in our heart like love. What are some ways we can get closer to God and stay close to Him?

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Upper Elementary Sunday Apr 22: Breastplate of Righteousness (Armor of God)

Key Passage:  Ephesians 6:14b

Key Themes: 

  • We cannot be righteous just by trying.
  • God assigns Christ’s righteousness to us when we become Christians.
  • God accepts us because we have Christ’s righteousness.
  • Satan tries to discourage us by placing doubt in our hearts.
  • We are in a spiritual battle and we need to guard our heart.


Discussion Questions: 

1. What is righteousness?

2. How do you put on the breastplate of righteousness?

3. What does it mean that Christians have the righteousness of Christ?

4. Why is it important to guard our hearts?

Related Passages: 

1 Sam 26:23
Prov 13:6
Ezek 33:18
Isa 59:1-2, 15-17, 20
Rom 3:10-12, 20-24
Rom 5:6-8 
Application Points: 

1. Talk with your child about salvation: Do you have any questions about what it means to be righteous? How to become a Christian?

2. If your child has accepted Christ, discuss any doubts your child may have about God’s love or acceptance. Talk about what it means to be forgiven of our sins (1 John 1:9)

 


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Lower Elementary Sunday Apr 22: The Greatest Adventure

Key Point: God loves me and I can choose Him to be my forever friend.

Lesson Summary: 

Know What: Children will hear about God’s love for them. they will learn that they can choose to follow Him by Admitting and Asking for forgiveness, Believing in Jesus, and Choosing to follow Him.

So What:  Children will learn that because God loves them, He sent His Son Jesus to die and forgive them of their sins.

Now What: Children will hear their leader’s story abouy he/she became a Christian, and will have an opportunity to review and ask questions about what they learned in Large Group.


Bible Text:

Luke 15:8-10

Verse to Memorize (optional)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins ” 1 John 1:9

This verse tells us that God loves you and you can choose Him to be your forever friend. 

Discussion Questions: 

Ask if your child has any questions about the gospel!


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