Sunday Morning 9/19: Unit 36, Session 3: Before the Throne

John was on the island of Patmos when he had a vision. Jesus appeared to John and showed him what will happen before the end of time. John wrote about what he saw in the Book of Revelation. John saw a vision of the future. John saw a throne in heaven and the Lord was on the throne.

John saw a scroll in the Lord’s right hand. A mighty angel asked, “Who is worthy to open the scroll?” But no one in heaven was worthy. No one on earth was worthy. No one under the earth was worthy either. 

John began to cry loudly because no one was worthy! Then John saw Jesus, the resurrected Lamb. The elders threw their crowns at His feet. They worshiped Him and sang a new song. John heard every creature, everywhere, worshiping the Lamb together.

Revelation 4:11 says, “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.”

John’s vision gives us a glimpse of our future and also reminds us of a present reality: The Lord is on His throne. After His death and resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. (Heb. 10:12)

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is worthy of our praise. All the creatures in John’s vision worshiped Jesus. As you share with your kids, hold up Jesus as our treasure who is worthy of all honor. Worship Him together in song.

Jesus was killed on the cross so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus deserves all praise, honor, and blessing. We look forward to the day we will join with all the saints in worshiping Jesus forever.

John cried when he saw that no one was worthy to open the scroll. Then John saw the resurrected Lamb—God’s Son, Jesus. Jesus was killed on the cross so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is worthy. He deserves all praise, honor, and blessing.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus deserves all our worship.
    • John saw a vision of God’s throne.
    • Only Jesus could open the scroll.
    • All of heaven praised Jesus forever and ever.
    • The church waits for Jesus to come back.
  • Preschool
    • Everyone and everything will worship Jesus.
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.
  • Kids
    • All people and creatures will worship Jesus. 
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Revelation 11:15

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Jesus Will Return” (Revelation 19–22)

Sunday Morning 9/12: Unit 36, Session 2: Letters to Seven Churches

The Book of Revelation opens with John’s description of a vision. In the vision, Jesus gave John messages for seven local churches. Jesus told John to write these messages on a scroll and send them to the churches.

In most cases, Jesus commended the church for their good work, warned them about the areas in which they needed correction, and urged them to return to Him. Among other things, He warned the churches not to forget their love of the Lord. He encouraged them not to be afraid of being tested. He urged those who were surrounded by evil to not deny their faith. Each time, Jesus promised to reward those who remain faithful to Him.

The church is made up of people who have trusted in Jesus, who are committed to one another, and who meet together to worship Jesus and share the gospel. Jesus loves the church as His bride. (See Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9.) Jesus’ message called the churches to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. The Lord is slow to anger (Ex. 34-6-7) and patient, wanting everyone to repent (2 Pet. 3:9).

Jesus warned specific churches in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), but the problems they faced can still be found in churches today. Help your kids understand some of the problems the early churches faced: They did not love like they should, they believed false teaching and did wrong things, and they were lukewarm—useless to the cause of Christ. 

We can pray for our churches to be faithful, effective instruments in spreading the gospel. We should love the church because Jesus loves the church. Through the church, Jesus helps believers work together to do God’s plan. Finally, Jesus warned believers to stay alert because He will come like a thief when no one is expecting Him. Believers—then and now—must always be ready!

Jesus loves the church. His message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. Through the church, Jesus helps believers work together to do God’s plan.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus works through the church to help believers.
    • John wrote down Jesus’ message to the seven churches.
    • Jesus told the churches to love and serve one another.
    • Jesus wants us to hear and obey His words.
    • The church waits for Jesus to come back.
  • Preschool
    • Jesus sent messages to seven churches.
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.
  • Kids
    • Jesus told churches to not give up. 
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Revelation 11:15

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Before the Throne” (Revelation 4–5)

Sunday Morning 9/5: Unit 36, Session 1: John’s Vision of Jesus

The apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from the island of Patmos. Patmos was a small Greek island where the Roman emperor often exiled prisoners. John was likely sent to Patmos as a prisoner, arrested for preaching the gospel.

With this session, introduce your kids to the Book of Revelation—the last book of the Bible. Other Bible books tell us about things that happened in the past, but Revelation tells about things that will happen in the future. A glimpse of the future kingdom of God gives believers hope and encourages them to remain faithful to Christ.

In Revelation 1, Jesus appeared to John in a vision to tell about the end of time. John was on the island of Patmos when he heard a voice telling him to write what he saw. John turned and, in a vision, saw Jesus: He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. His head and hair were as white as snow, and His eyes were like a fiery flame. Because the Book of Revelation is highly symbolic, avoid dwelling on the physical description of Jesus. Jesus’ appearance to John reveals what Jesus is like: worthy of all honor, powerful, and victorious. 

John saw Jesus walking among seven lampstands, symbols for seven churches. Explain to the boys and girls you teach that lampstands are used to bring light into dark places. That is the purpose of the church—to bring the light of the gospel into a dark world.

When John saw Jesus, he fell at Jesus’ feet. Jesus reached down and put His hand on John. He said, “Don’t be afraid” (Rev. 1:17). Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Everyone who trusts in Jesus will live with Him forever.
    • John saw a vision of Jesus.
    • Jesus told John to write down a special message.
    • Jesus is alive forever.
    • The church waits for Jesus to come back.
  • Preschool
    • Jesus showed Himself to John.
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.
  • Kids
    • Jesus appeared to John in a vision. 
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Revelation 11:15

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Letters to the Seven Churches” (Revelation 2–3)

Sunday Morning 8/29: Unit 35, Session 5: Defending the Faith

Jude, along with James, was a younger half-brother of Jesus. And like James, it wasn’t until Jesus rose from the dead that Jude believed Jesus was the Son of God. Sometime between AD 65 and AD 80, Jude wrote a short letter to warn believers about false teachers. False teachers had secretly made their way into the church, and Jude urged his readers not to abandon their beliefs but to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3). 

Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true. Jude wanted them to not only defend the true teachings but also to actively share the gospel. He told his friends to show mercy to those who doubt, to lead others to Jesus, and to hate sin.

There are still false teachers today, and some of them still try to sneak into the church itself. God loves us, and He warns us through Scripture to be on guard. We can study His Word to know what is true, and we can rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment.

Such a strong warning about false teachers might be reason for panic among believers, but Jude ended his letter reminding them of God’s promise. Ultimately, Jesus is the One who protects His people from sin. Throughout history, God has been working out His plan to bring a people to Himself. God will keep us, and He calls us to not only remember His truth but to encourage other believers to defend the faith.

Because of Jesus, we will be able to stand before God with great joy. In the words of Jude, “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen” (Jude 25).

Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life—the One who protects His people from sin. Because of Jesus, we will be able to stand before God with joy.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • We must always remember the truth about Jesus.
    • Some people were teaching wrong things about Jesus.
    • Jude wrote a letter to help people remember the truth.
    • The Bible helps us know what is true about Jesus.
    • One day all Christians will see Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • Jude said to remember what is true about Jesus.
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.
  • Kids
    • Jude urged believers to stand up for what is true. 
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Philippians 1:6

NEXT WEEK 

  • “John’s Vision of Jesus” (Revelation 1)

Sunday Morning 8/22: Unit 35, Session 4: Children of God

The apostle John had been one of Jesus’ closest friends. Along with Peter and James, John was part of the innermost core of Jesus’ disciples. John even referred to himself in his Gospel as “the one whom Jesus loved.” John left Jerusalem and went to Ephesus around A.D. 70. He stayed there as a church leader until nearly A.D. 100.

It is not surprising that 50 years after Jesus returned to heaven, John wrote a letter to help believers understand who Jesus is: the Son of God. At the center of John’s message was one key theme: love. Obeying God’s command to love one another is a mark of believers, whom John describes as brothers and sisters—children of God.

John wrote that God is love, and if believers truly love God—if they truly are His children—they will love one another. Our love, which we draw from the power of the Spirit, should be so deep that we are willing to lay down our lives for one another just as Jesus did for us. It is this deep, genuine love that will cause the world to understand the reality of the gospel.

Love is misunderstood and distorted in our culture today, and your kids have been or will be impacted by this in some way. Your kids may see love as just a feeling, as something temporary, or as something that has to be earned. This Bible story provides you with the perfect opportunity to expose the world’s myths about love and remind your kids of the truth about God’s love.

Also help your kids begin to grasp the idea that followers of Jesus are children of God. This is an identity shared by all believers. As Christians, we can know that Jesus loves us by what He did for us: dying to save us from our sins. We, in turn, can show our love for Jesus by what we do to serve others.

John wrote a letter to teach believers in the church—the children of God—about the importance of showing love. Love is more than feelings or words; it is an action. Jesus showed God’s love for us when He died on the cross to rescue people from sin.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Because Jesus gave His life for us, we give our lives for others.
    • People who love Jesus are part of God’s family.
    • God wants us to love one another.
    • We know what love is because Jesus gave His life for us.
    • One day all Christians will see Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • People who are God’s children love one another.
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.
  • Kids
    • Children of God love one another with their actions. 
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Philippians 1:6

NEXT WEEK 

  • Defending the Faith” (Jude)

Sunday Morning 8/15: Unit 35, Session 3: Brother’s in Christ

Paul was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome when a man named Onesimus (oh NESS ih muhs) came to visit him. Onesimus was a slave who had run away from a wealthy man named Philemon. As it turned out, Paul was a friend of Philemon. So when Paul told Onesimus the good news about Jesus and Onesimus believed, Paul desired forgiveness and reconciliation between Onesimus and Philemon—now brothers in Christ.

So Paul wrote a letter and told Onesimus to take it to Philemon. The Book of Philemon is the letter written by Paul to Philemon. Though Onesimus had become dear to him and Paul wanted Onesimus to stay with him in Rome, Paul sent him back to Philemon with his letter.

In the letter, Paul urged Philemon to show kindness to Onesimus and treat him as a fellow brother in Christ. Paul even offered to pay Onesimus’s debt for him. Though Paul could have used his authority as an apostle of Christ to force Philemon to do what he wanted, Paul instead appealed to him as a friend and a fellow believer. He urged Philemon to treat Onesimus as if he were Paul himself—with love and kindness.

Paul offered to pay Onesimus’s debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and humanity. Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin, paying our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed into God’s family as brothers and sisters of Jesus. (See Heb. 2:11.)

Paul’s letter serves as a reminder to us that everyone is equal before Jesus. People from completely different backgrounds—like Paul, a former Jewish leader; Onesimus, a runaway slave; and Philemon, a Gentile slavemaster—are brought together by the gospel under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In light of God’s love for us, we can be loving, kind, and forgiving to our brothers and sisters in Christ for the glory of God.

Paul offered to pay Onesimus’ debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and man. Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He paid our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed by God.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus came to make peace between God and people.
    • Paul told Onesimus to return to Philemon.
    • Paul asked Philemon to show kindness to Onesimus.
    • Jesus wants us to do what is right because we love Him.
    • One day all Christians will see Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • Paul wanted to make peace between his friends.
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.
  • Kids
    • Paul encouraged Philemon to treat Onesimus as a brother in Christ. 
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Philippians 1:6

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Children of God” (1 John 2–3)

Sunday Morning 8/8: Unit 35, Session 2: Paul’s Shipwreck

Paul was in Roman custody because of unfounded accusations brought against him by the Jews. Paul had stood before rulers in Caesarea and invoked his right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar. So Festus the governor arranged for Paul to go to Rome.

Paul got onto a ship going toward Rome. As if Paul’s journey to Rome had not already been delayed and complicated enough, the ship was caught up in a terrible storm. Paul had warned the crew not to sail from Crete because they would lose everything and die. But they didn’t listen. Paul pointed out the error of their ways, but he still gave them hope. An angel had appeared to Paul. He said Paul would make it to Rome and all of the people with him would survive.

Paul urged everyone on the ship to eat so they would have energy. They planned to run the ship ashore on an island, but the ship got stuck on a sandbar. The waves battered the ship and it broke into pieces; however, all of the people survived and made it safely to shore.

Paul suffered for Christ. In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul listed the kinds of things he faced: beatings, stoning, shipwrecks, various dangers, hardship, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, nakedness, and other daily pressures. (See 2 Cor. 11:24-29.) Again and again, Paul saw evidence of God’s control over his life and the gospel was advanced.

As you talk with your kids, emphasize that Paul trusted God to keep His promise to rescue him from the storm. He encouraged the sailors to trust and obey God too. God calls us to trust in His Son, Jesus, who died to rescue us from sin and death, and to tell others this good news. We can encourage others to trust God because we know He is good and in control.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus died to keep us safe from sin and death.
    • Paul was taken on a boat to Rome.
    • A storm broke apart Paul’s boat, but God kept him safe.
    • Nothing could stop God’s plan for Paul
    • One day all Christians will see Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • Paul trusted God to keep him safe.
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.
  • Kids
    • Paul trusted God to rescue him. 
    • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Philippians 1:6

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Brothers in Christ” (Philemon)
  • Sunday Morning 8/1: Unit 35, Session 1: Paul Before Rulers

    Paul was in custody in Caesarea, the capital of the Roman province of Judea. The Jewish leaders had brought serious charges against him, so Paul now stood before Felix, the governor. Felix listened to Paul’s defense but delayed a ruling. He met with Paul off and on for two years. When his time as governor ended, Felix left Paul in prison because he did not want to upset the Jews.

    Festus succeeded Felix as governor. The Jews presented their accusations against Paul and asked Festus to bring him to Jerusalem. They hoped to ambush Paul as he traveled and kill him. But Festus invited Paul’s accusers to make their case in Caesarea. When Festus heard Paul’s case, he asked if Paul wanted to be tried in Jerusalem. Paul, knowing his rights as a Roman citizen, appealed to be heard by Caesar.

    Several days later, King Agrippa visited Festus and heard about Paul. He asked to listen to Paul’s defense himself. Festus wasn’t sure how he would justify his sending Paul to Caesar without substantiated charges, and he hoped this hearing would provide stronger evidence against Paul. Festus told Paul he was out of his mind, but they determined Paul could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.

    With these events, Paul was positioned to go to Rome, just as God had said he would. (See Acts 19:21; 23:11.) God had chosen Paul to take the gospel to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. (Acts 9:15-16) Paul met with people again and again to tell the good news about Jesus. He wanted everyone to believe that Jesus is Lord. Because Jesus has the power to save people from sin, Paul was willing to do whatever it took to share the gospel.

    As you share with your kids, prompt them to consider how Paul might have felt as he spoke before rulers and remained in custody for two years. Lead them to consider how God was at work to keep His promises.

    FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

    • Babies and Toddlers
      • God wants all people to hear the truth about Jesus.
      • People put Paul in prison.
      • Governors asked Paul questions about Jesus.
      • Paul taught about Jesus no matter what.
      • One day all Christians will see Jesus.
    • Preschool
      • Paul told rulers about Jesus.
      • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.
    • Kids
      • Paul was willing to do hard things to share the gospel. 
      • What will happen for all Christians in the future? One day all Christians will see Jesus in His glory and live with Him forever.

    UNIT KEY PASSAGE

    • Philippians 1:6

    NEXT WEEK 

    • “Paul’s Shipwreck” (Acts 27–28)

    Promotion Sunday

    We want to communicate with you about our promotion process so you know when it is appropriate to promote your child!

    • August 8 is the Promotion Sunday for this year.
    • From the 3-year-old through 5th grade classrooms children follow the school system cut-off (September 1) and promote every August on the promotion Sunday for that year.
    • These promotion steps are designed to avoid a bottleneck which is difficult to accommodate. Much like an elementary child doesn’t move to the next grade with their birthday, they use the school calendar and promote once annually.
    • To promote from 2-year-old class to 3s, a child must be 3-years-old by September 1 of that year and be potty trained.
    • Children that are not potty trained but are 3-years-old by the decline will promote once they complete potty training (exceptions are made on an individual basis for medical conditions of children that are different-ables).

    We hope this explanation helps and will guide you on when it is time to promote your child. We are excited for August 8 for all those promoting! We love our kids and want to serve each child and volunteer well through our stewardship of the Redemption Kids Ministry.

    First Grade Bibles

    We are excited to welcome your kids to first grade! As we begin this year, your child will receive their very own Bible! Please partner with us as we encourage the kids to regularly use their new Bible and we hope they will bring them to church! The Bibles will be our guide as we discuss God’s truth and teach them to locate the various Bible stories. Each unit of The Gospel Project will also contain a memory verse, referred to as the Key Passage. We encourage you to help your child memorize this verse and use their new Bibles to actually find the verse!

    You can find the latest lesson and memory verse (or key passage) here at goredemptionkids.com! Register for Bibles HERE!