Family Worship Project: Tis So Sweet Motions Video

This Sunday, October 4 our Family Worship Project continues with “Tis So Sweet” incorporated in the kids worship experience. Be sure to check it out here on the blog anytime on Sunday or throughout the week! We would love for you to share a video of your family worshiping through this song! Use #redemptionresponse or @goredemption when posting on Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to practice but we will have the motions on your screen to help you engage in the kids worship experience this week. See you Sunday!

Sunday Morning 9/27: Unit 9, Session 5: Ruth and Boaz

Only two books in the Old Testament bear the name of a woman: Ruth and Esther. Ruth’s story occurs at the time when judges ruled over Israel. God’s people were characterized by rebellion and immorality. At a time when the Israelites desperately needed a king to lead them back to God, Ruth’s story of faithfulness points us to Jesus Christ, a coming Redeemer who will make all wrong things right again.

Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, a woman from Bethlehem who settled in Moab with her husband and two sons to escape a famine. Naomi’s husband died, and her two sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. They lived in Moab for 10 years; then Naomi’s sons died.

Naomi heard that the Lord had provided food for His people during the famine, so she decided to go back to Judah. Naomi encouraged Orpah and Ruth to return to their families. Orpah returned home, but Ruth clung to Naomi. Ruth said, “Wherever you go, I will go … your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1:16). So Naomi and Ruth traveled back to Bethlehem together.

Naomi permitted Ruth to gather fallen grain in a field. The owner of the field was Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s late husband and a family redeemer. A family redeemer was someone who would help his close relatives if they were in trouble. Boaz noticed Ruth and told her she could safely gather grain in his field. At Naomi’s urging, Ruth sought to be redeemed by Boaz. Boaz bought back the land Naomi and Ruth had lost when their husbands died, and he married Ruth. They had a son named Obed, whose grandson would be King David.

Boaz was a family redeemer. He helped his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and Naomi because their husbands had died. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer. We need help because we sin. Jesus bought our salvation for us by taking our punishment when He died on the cross. God gave Ruth—a foreigner—a special place in the lineage of Jesus Christ. As you talk about this story with your kids, introduce them to Jesus, our Redeemer. He bought for us salvation, paying the price with His very own blood.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God used Boaz to take care of Ruth and Naomi.
    • God sent Jesus to earth through Ruth’s family.
    • Jesus died on the cross and came back to life to redeem us.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God provided for Ruth and Naomi.
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God provided a redeemer for Ruth and Naomi.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Kingdom Parables” (Matthew 13)

Sunday Morning 9/20: Unit 9, Session 4: Samson

Samson was the last of the major judges of Israel. He was born to parents who dedicated him to the Lord as a Nazirite after the Angel of the Lord announced that Samson would be born to save the Israelites from the power of the Philistines. Samson grew up, and God blessed him with great strength. But when Samson requested to marry a Philistine woman, his parents were confused. Samson was supposed to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. Why would he want to marry one of them? But God had a plan in all of this. (See Judg. 14:4.)

As Samson prepared for the wedding, he gave a riddle to the men with him about an event that occurred on his way to Timnah. (See Judg. 14:9-14.) Days passed, and the men convinced Samson’s wife to tell them the answer to the riddle. This action sparked a series of events that would eventually lead to the death of Samson.

When the men solved his riddle, Samson was so angry that he torched the fields of the Philistines. He used the jawbone of a donkey to kill 1,000 men, and he left his wife. The Philistine leaders determined to kill Samson. When Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, the leaders bribed her into telling them where Samson’s strength came from.

A man came and shaved the braids from Samson’s head. He lost his strength and became helpless. The Philistines gouged out his eyes and took him prisoner. They had him stand between the pillars of a pagan temple. In a final plea to God, Samson asked for his strength back. God gave him strength, and Samson knocked over the pillars, collapsing the temple. In his death, Samson killed more Philistines than he had killed in his life. (Judg. 16:30)

Though Samson disobeyed God, God used him to accomplish His purpose of delivering the Israelites from the Philistines. As you talk to your kids about this story this week, remind them that Samson’s sin led to his own death, but God used his death to save the Israelites from their enemies. Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue people from sin and give them eternal life.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God made Samson strong to help God’s people.
    • Samson made wrong choices, but nothing could stop God’s plan.
    • God sent Jesus to be our Judge.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God made Samson strong. 
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God gave Samson strength to defeat the Philistines. 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Ruth and Boaz” (Ruth)

Sunday Morning 9/13: Unit 9, Session 3: Gideon

Last week, your kids learned about Deborah and Barak. This week, Judges 6 starts out in a familiar way: “The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” The period of Judges was not a good time for the Israelites. Their cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace clearly showed the law alone could not save them from sin.

The Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites, and they cried out to God for help. God chose a man to save them, and his name was Gideon. Gideon was an unlikely leader, and he knew this. Gideon said, “Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house” (Judg. 6:15).

God doesn’t need the biggest and the best to accomplish His plan. In fact, He often uses the weakest and least of people to fulfill His plans because that is what gives Him the most glory. God had a plan to empower Gideon in his weakness: “But I will be with you,” He said. (Judg. 6:16)

Gideon and an army of men assembled. God told Gideon he had too many men. God didn’t want the men to think they had the power to defeat the Midianites themselves. When the army was reduced to just 300 men, they prepared for battle. (See Judg. 7:1-7.)

The men ran toward the Midianites’ camp, blowing their trumpets and shouting. God turned the swords of the Midianites against each other. They ran away, but Gideon and his army chased after them and killed them.

God was with the Israelites when they went to battle. The Israelites did not win the battle themselves; God fought for them. As you reflect on this story with your kids this week, point out that the Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to help His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God’s people turned away from Him again.
    • God was with Gideon and gave him courage.
    • God sent Jesus to be with us forever.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God gave Gideon victory. 
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Samson” (Judges 13–16)

Sunday, September 13: Main Worship will feature “Faithful” from the Family Worship Project

Join us for a family worship moment this Sunday, September 13 as we sing this song in main worship (9am or 10:30am). We would love for you to share a video of your family worshiping through this song! Use #redemptionresponse or @goredemption when posting on Facebook or Instagram.

Be sure to practice but we will have the motions on your screen to help you engage in worship together as a family. See you Sunday!

Sunday Morning 9/6: Unit 9, Session 2: Deborah and Barak

This week, kids learn that the time of the judges continued after the death of Ehud. The Israelites fell into a continuous cycle of sin, bondage, deliverance, and peace. Every judge was imperfect, yet God worked through the judges. At the time when the Israelites were oppressed by the king of Canaan, Deborah was the judge of Israel. Deborah sent for Barak and encouraged him to take up an army and fight the army of Canaan and its leader, Sisera.

Deborah reminded Barak that God would hand Sisera and his troops over to him. (Judg. 4:6-7) Barak agreed to go, but only if Deborah went with him. Deborah went, but she informed Barak that he would get no glory for the battle.

When Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men, “The Lord threw Sisera and all his army into confusion with the sword before Barak” (Judg. 4:15). Everyone in the army died, but Sisera escaped on foot. 

Sisera fled to the tent of Jael, who invited him inside and gave him a drink. While Sisera slept, Jael drove a tent peg through his temple and he died.

Judges 5 records a victory song Deborah and Barak sang on that day, praising God for defeating the Canaanites. The land had rest for 40 years.

The Israelites’ sin had resulted in 20 years of defeat. God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to accomplish the Israelites’ victory over Canaan. As you talk to your kids this week, highlight the actions of Deborah and Barak, who willingly served God and used their gifts for His glory.

Use the Christ Connection to emphasize that God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to teach us about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God’s people asked God to save them.
    • God used Deborah and Barak to help His people.
    • God sent Jesus to rescue us from our wrong choices.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God used Deborah and Barak to rescue His people.
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to rescue His people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Gideon” (Judges 6–8)

Sunday Morning 8/30: Unit 9, Session 1: Israel’s Unfaithfulness

Following Joshua’s death, the Israelites were without a leader. They fell into a cycle of sin that can be seen during each reign of the judges. The cycle is marked by an A-B-C-D-E pattern. Let’s look at the first judge, Othniel, to see this pattern. 

First, the people fell into Apostasy. They turned away from God and served other gods. (Judg. 3:7) Next, they experienced a period of Bondage. God was angry with the Israelites, and He gave them into the hand of the king of Aram. (v. 8) Third, the people Cried out to God. (v. 9) Then, God sent a Deliverer to save them. (vv. 9-10) Finally, they had Ease in the land. (v. 11) Then Othniel died.

This pattern continued with Ehud. The people had again turned from God. Their apostasy made God angry. He sent them into bondage by strengthening the king of Moab to defeat Israel. The Israelites served the king of Moab for 18 years.

The Moabites were well-fed, especially the king. They enjoyed the fruit of the Israelites’ labor while the Israelites went hungry. By thrusting a sword into the king’s belly, Ehud disemboweled the king and left him dead on the floor of his room. The fat covered over the handle of the sword so that Ehud could not remove it. 

After Ehud delivered Israel, the Israelites struck down the Moabites and there was peace in the land for eighty years. But Ehud would die, and they would need another judge to lead them.

As you talk with your kids this week, discuss that the Israelites needed someone better than a judge. The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God helps us obey Him.
    • God’s people did not always obey Him.
    • God sent judges to rescue God’s people.
    • God sent Jesus to be our Judge.
  • Preschool
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God’s people forgot about Him.
  • Kids
    • What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. 
    • God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • 1 John 1:9 (1 John 1:9a for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Deborah and Barak” (Judges 4–5)