Monthly Archives: April 2013

Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Apr 28: The Firey Furnace

Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-29

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 223-229

Key Point of Passage: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego remained faithful to God even when the king threatened to kill them, and God saved them from the fiery furnace.

Memory Verse: No other god can save people (Daniel 3:29).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      King Nebuchadnezzar commanded all the people to worship a golden statue instead of God. Did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego listen to him?

2)      So what did Nebuchadnezzar do to them when they refused to worship his statue?

3)      What did God do? Did they get burned?

4)      When other people tell you to do something that is wrong and against God’s rules, what should you do?

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Apr 21: The Early Church Shares

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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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Apr 14: The Holy Spirit Comes

Bible Text: Acts 2:1-41

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 404-407

Key Point of Passage: God poured out His Holy Spirit on all believers, young and old.

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

Questions for Discussion:

1)      In our Bible story today, God poured out His Holy Spirit on all believers at once. What did they see and hear?

2)      This day was the first time that God poured out His Spirit on all believers. But were those the only believers who were given the gift of the Holy Spirit?

3)      Can even children receive the Holy Spirit?

4)      What does the Bible say we have to do in order to receive the Holy Spirit? Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to come be present with us today in each of our hearts.

 

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Apr 14: King Hezekiah

Bible Text: 2 Chronicles 32:1-22

Key Point of Passage: God saved Hezekiah and Jerusalem from their enemy.

Memory Verse: He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (2 Chronicles 34:2).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Sennacherib and his big army attacked King Hezekiah’s city and made fun of God. They compared God to silly statues called idols that were made and worshipped by people.

  • But who was bigger: God or those silly statues other people worshipped?
  • And who was bigger: God or Sennacherib’s army?

2)      Did God save Hezekiah and all Jerusalem?

3)      When we’re afraid, can we pray to God for help too?

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Happy Together (Friends Worship)- Sunday April 28

APR_MATRIXFriendship is spending time with someone you trust and enjoy. Just as Jesus spent time with His friends so they could get to know Him better, we can build trust and have fun with our friends as we spend time with them.

But we often take friendship for granted. We daily have friend requests on Facebook that make us feel hyper-connected with “strangers” on the other side of the Internet connection. We live in a culture struggling to define true friendship.

Yet in spite of that, we can know what true friendship is all about. God went to the ends of the earth to make friendship with Him possible. He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap in our relationship.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s biblical principle, we learn that friends worship God together (Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 3:16). The early believers would meet in each other’s homes to worship God. They would sing praise songs, learn of Jesus’ teachings, and look for ways to help each other.

This habit of the early church was the foundation of Small Groups today. When we meet with our Small Groups, we worship God with our friends. Our Bottom Line is: friends worship with one another. So it is important for us to gather with our Small Groups on a regular basis.

The monthly memory verse is: A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” (Proverbs 17:17 NIrV) We can worship God with our friends at all times, not just at church. Maybe you and your friends can help someone in your neighborhood or start a band that honors God with your songs. Worshiping God is always a great thing to do with your friends.

 

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Apr 21: Elijah on Mount Carmel

Bible Text: 1 Kings 18:1-39

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 201-207

Key Point of Passage: God is the only true and powerful god; there is no other.

Memory Verse: The Lord is the one and only God. (1 Kings 18:39)

Questions for Discussion:

1)     The people of Israel had started to worship other idols called Baal instead of worshiping God. So Elijah set up a contest between Baal and God to see who would be able to send fire from heaven. The prophets of the idol Baal prayed and prayed, but did Baal answer them?

2) What about when Elijah prayed to God, did God answer him?

3) What normally happens when you put water on fire?

4) But God’s fire was so strong, it licked up all the water. How strong is our God?

5) Since God is the only true God, all the people of Israel decided to follow Him at the end of the story. Do you want to follow God too?

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You Got Served (Paul Teaches Us to Serve)- Sunday April 21

APR_MATRIXFriendship is spending time with someone you trust and enjoy. Just as Jesus spent time with His friends so they could get to know Him better, we can build trust and have fun with our friends as we spend time with them.

But we often take friendship for granted. We daily have friend requests on Facebook that make us feel hyper-connected with “strangers” on the other side of the Internet connection. We live in a culture struggling to define true friendship.

Yet in spite of that, we can know what true friendship is all about. God went to the ends of the earth to make friendship with Him possible. He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap in our relationship.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s biblical principle, Paul teaches the Galatians to serve each other (Galatians 5:13b). He instructs the believers to use their new God-given freedom to care for the poor, widows, orphans, and others in need.

Our Bottom Line is: friends serve one another. When we get to spend time with our friends, we can serve them by thinking about what they would like to do, eating snacks they would like to eat, and looking for ways to help them.

The monthly memory verse is: A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” (Proverbs 17:17, NIrV) The reason we look for ways to serve our friends is because we love them. Jesus showed us that loving our friends means serving them any time we get the chance. And many times, we can add new friends by serving people we might not consider to be our best friends.

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