Connect with the Word | Week of 05.17.20
Sermon Title: “Hope for a Broken World”
Sermon Text: 1 John 3:1b-3
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We need to remember that we have hope in Jesus.
· 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.
- These activities are intended to be 10-15 minutes but may spur some great
- Adapt as necessary to fit your family’s unique needs. Use some or all of these
· For better discussion, remember to ask open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).
· Have FUN connecting with your family & with God’s Word.
Preschool Life Group VIDEO:
Main Idea for Preschoolers: Jesus will return one day. He has told us to obey his instructions while he is away. I John 3:3
· Give instructions to your child, “While I am working in my office, I want you to clean your
· Ask your child, “What would you do? Would you clean up or will you play with toys?”
· Ask: “How would you feel if you followed instructions and cleaned the room?” (good,
· Ask: “How would you feel when I came back and found your room was not clean?”
(embarrassed, in trouble)
· As a parent, express how you would feel that your child did not do as instructed.
(disappointed, not happy, frustrated)
· It’s always important to obey the instructions we have been given immediately. We
should not put off what we know we are supposed to be doing. In some cases, we may
suffer punishment for our disobedience.
· Jesus promised to return to us one day. He gave instructions to the disciples (his friends)
and all believers to Love God & tell others about him while he is gone.
· They had work to do. It was important that they obeyed Jesus’ instructions so when he
came back, they would not be embarrassed or ashamed that He found them not doing
what He told them to do.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus is the light of the world.
Bible story: 1 John 3:1, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16
Video Length: 10:21
Kids will need their Bibles. :)
KIDS ACTIVITY (suggested for 1st - 5th graders):
**This lesson is the same lesson as taught in the video.
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus is the light of the world.
· Water bottle
· Old black marker
· Oil (baby oil works best, but cooking oil works, too
· Today, we are going to discuss light and dark.
· Turn a light on and off. Discuss how important light is for us to see, read, not get hurt, etc.
· Discuss a time when you got up in the middle of the night and stubbed your toe or stepped
on something because you couldn’t see it.
· Just like we need light in our lives, we need Jesus in our lives.
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find 1 John 3:1
· Start by reviewing the first half of 1John 3:1 that was discussed two weeks ago. Those
who believe in the Lord Jesus are called children of God!
· Read the second half of 1John 3:1. “The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t
know him.” Who is “him?” (Jesus) Why doesn’t the world understand us or Jesus? Let’s
look at some verses to figure that out.
Find John 8:12
· Jesus is the light of the world! (The book of John referencing light a lot. We understand
light, so it helps us understand Who Jesus is!)
· Discuss meaning of “never walk in darkness.” (Doesn’t mean that it will never get dark in
your bedroom or at night? Of course not. This means walking in the darkness is like
walking in sin. When our lives are dark with sin, we need the light of Jesus.)
Find Matthew 5: 14-16
· When we know Jesus, we can be a light in the dark world. Jesus came for us to know Him,
but also for us to make Him known.
· Break down the verses. Discuss how silly it would be to cover up a lamp. Just like we
shouldn’t block the light in a room, we should block our light for Christ.
· Our actions must line up with who we say we are. If we say we know Jesus, we should act
like we know Jesus.
· One of today’s worship songs today does a great job of explaining that our “actions”
should match our “passions.” Click on link above.
LIGHT AND DARK CANNOT COEXIST- ACTIVITY (optional):
· Check out this great demonstration of how light and dark cannot coexist. (Parents, it is
suggested that you do this demonstration with your child after you watch the video to
· Just like the oil and the water cannot mix, Jesus is without sin and doesn’t
have any darkness in Him.
· We are called to be like the oil (the light) and separate ourselves from the
dark water (sin).
· The world won’t always understand us because the world doesn’t understand Jesus.
Check out other Discussion questions below. Close in guided prayer.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (suggested for 1st – 12th graders):
YK=Younger Kids (1st-2nd), OK=Older Kids (3rd - 5th), S=Students (6th-12th)
1. (YK, OK, 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. (OK &S) Read 1 John 3:1b. Why did the world not know Jesus? What point was John trying to make? (The term “world” refers to unbelievers. Since the unbelievers did not know God, they would not know (or understand) the believers in the church. John was informing the church of the expected conflict with unbelievers. The church had different sets of morals and ethics, so conflict and differing opinions were to be expected.)
· How does this apply today? (Both believing adults and children should expect conflict for their faith. This conflict is not inherently a bad thing, for it can be used to share the Gospel. Parents, give some examples of future conflict your children will face because of their faith. Give them advice on how to respond and process such occasions.)
3. (S only) How do you define hope? (Give some examples.)
· In his message, Pastor Patrick defined hope as a “confident expectation in a divinely promised future.” This is how those in the first century understood the term. What is the difference between how we use hope and the way it was used in the first century? Does the first century definition change the way you look at the term?
· How can we have “confident expectation in a divinely promised future”? What are some examples from Scripture? (We are called to believe (have faith) and not doubt. James encourages us to “ask in faith without doubting” (Jam 1:6). Jesus told His disciples they could move mountains if they had faith and did not doubt (Matt 21:21). We can reflect on these passages, and others, in order to have hope. Finally, faith is described as “the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb 11:1). One cannot have faith without an unshakable, confident hope.)
· Have you struggled to have confident hope in God?
4. (YK, OK, 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.