Connect with the Word | Week of 03.29.20
Connect with the Word | Week of March 29, 2020
Sermon Title: “Our Present Struggle”
Sermon Text: 1 John 2:18-23
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: The Lord wants to encourage us when we face great struggles.
· This resource is directed toward parents/guardians.
· It is best to look over material & gather supplies before starting.
· Choose what works best for you family.
o These activities are intended to be 10-15 minutes but may spur some great discussions!
o Adapt as necessary to fit your family’s unique needs. Use some or all of these resources.
· For better discussion, remember to ask open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).
· Have FUN connecting with your family & with God’s Word.
ACTIVITY (suggested for preschoolers & kids):
Main Idea for preschoolers & kids: The Lord can help us in times of trouble.
· Gather supplies
· Scarf, hat, or something for blindfold
· Chairs, tables, household objects to create obstacle course
· Worship Option
· Click here for a great worship song, “Each and Every Day” from 2018 VBS
· Find John 14:6 in the Bible
· Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 CSB
· Preschool option: Jesus said, “I am the way.” John 14:6 paraphrased
· This would be a great time to review the books of the Bible. Here is a link for a song we use in PowerHouse, called “Shine on Me.”
· Discuss meaning of verse
· Keep things simple. The best way to discuss a verse is to break it down into smaller pieces. Kids don’t have to understand every concept thoroughly. The goal for younger kids is to expose them to some of these truths, while older kids can dig in a little deeper.
· Our focus this week is on the first part of the verse: “I am the way”
· God made a way for us to have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.
· Parents, you can dig deeper into this by discussing the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross.
· OBSTACLE COURSE ACTIVITY
· Using household furniture and/or chairs, create an obstacle course.
· Blindfold one family member. (TIP: It is probably better to use an older member of the family). Turn him/her around, then ask them to walk through the obstacle course unassisted while give wrong directions. (If possible, don’t tell the blindfolded person that the directions are wrong. Don’t allow anyone to get hurt.) The blindfolded person will undoubtably get off course.
· Try it again, but this time, have someone guide the blindfolded person through the obstacle course. Optional: The rest of the family can continue to give wrong directions. The blindfolded person will be able to navigate through the obstacle course with the assistance of the guide.
· Debrief/Connect to activity:
· Remind kids of today’s verse & that Jesus is “the way.”
· There will always be problems in our world that can lead us in the wrong direction. We can get off course, just like (insert name) did in our obstacle course.
· When we follow Jesus, it is easier to stay on course. We know which way to turn. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (Insert name) didn’t have as many problems walking through the obstacle course when he/she had someone to follow.
· For older kids, you may want to discuss how the Holy Spirit guides us, as referenced in the sermon.
· See Discussion questions & Guided prayer below. Adapt as needed to fit your family’s needs.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (suggested for 1st – 12th graders):
K=Kids (1st-5th), S=Students (6th-12th)
1. (K & S) What was something that personally impacted you from Pastor Patrick’s message? What did you learn? What challenged you? (Parents should share first.)
2. (K & S) The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s message (above) gives us peace during this time. This is a great opportunity to help your child as he or she processes the state of the world. (See the Crisis Conversation Guides as an additional resource.)
· What is your favorite way of being encouraged? (Examples: receiving a gift, a handwritten letter, words of affirmation, quality time, etc.)
· Can you describe when God encouraged you during a difficult time or situation? (Parents will need to share first. We are built up when others testify of God’s faithfulness and encouragement during difficulties. In a world full of brokenness and discouragement, God still reigns. We need to share of His goodness to our children.)
· How have you experienced encouragement from God during this time? (Help your child think through the several ways God has brought encouragement to your family recently. One example may be the wave of people praying over Cartersville Medical Center on Thursday, March 26. Another example may be quality time as a family or an opportunity to serve someone.)
3. (K & S) Read Philippians 4:6-7.
· What does Paul mean by a peace that surpasses all understanding (CSB)? (You will need to explain what Paul means in this verse. He desired for the believers to experience the unexplainable peace of God. We are to have confidence in Him, not ourselves; we are to be held together by the power of Christ. He is always good.)
· Can you tell us about a time when you have experienced the peace of God in your life, both currently and in the past? (Parents will need to share first. Be transparent. Your child knows when your stressed and worried. Remind your child this is an opportunity we have to experience God’s peace TODAY. This can be a defining moment in the life of your child as they live out Philippians 4:6-7! A great story of God’s peace was Jesus’ ability to sleep during a storm in Mark 4:35-41.)
4. (K & S) What can you do this week to apply what we have learned today? (Parents, here is your opportunity to share with your child the importance of applying the Word of God. Each week, we should leave worship knowing how to apply God’s Word in our lives. If we don’t, we have missed a great opportunity.)
CLOSE IN GUIDED PRAYER (all ages):
· Explain that you are going to lead the kids in a guided prayer time.
(Parents of preschoolers and kids, explain that you are going to give suggestions for things to pray, then you will pause, then you will give another suggestion. Tell the kids that they are to pray silently and that they will know to finish when you say, “Amen.”)
· You can read these prompts as written or make up your own prayer prompts.
- Let’s start by telling God how great He is. (pause)
- The Bible tells us that we all disobey and sin. Is there anything you need to ask God for forgiveness, like being mean or selfish or not obeying your parents? If so, do that now. (pause)
- Next, tell God what you are thankful for. (pause)
- Now ask God to help you trust Him and follow Him more every day. (pause)
- Next, take a moment to lift up prayer requests. (pause)
- Thank you, God, for giving us your truth in the Bible. Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins so that we could have a perfect relationship with You. We pray all these things in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.