Parent Helps from the 4/5 Sermon on Romans 5:12-21

Parents, I want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time or during dinner.

Here are some discussion starter questions to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Preschool
    • What was your favorite part of today?
    • What does the word sin mean? (It means we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky.)
    • Who saves us from our sin? (Jesus saves us from sin.)
  • Elementary
    • Did you know that sin is like a virus? (Yes or No)
    • What is sin? (It means we have an icky heart. We don’t honor and glorify God with our words and actions because our heart is icky. Older kids: And we desire to honor and serve ourselves more than we desire to glorify God)
    • How do you think sin is like a virus?
    • An antidote is the cure for a virus or sickness. Who is the cure for our virus called sin? (Jesus is the cure, the antidote, and Jesus saves us from our sins.
    • Older Kids Only: In today’s lesson, the Triumphal Entry, we see Jesus come into town and be celebrated. Many people at that time thought that this was the moment they had been waiting for, that Jesus was coming to take His place and save them. The Triumphal Entry was one part of Jesus final days as He prepared to cure sin by dying on the cross for our sins and giving us His righteousness which we did not deserve. Next week is Easter and we will continue the story to see how Jesus really was the cure!
    • All Kids: We have been learning about The Gospel and how to share it. The Gospel explains what we talked about in these questions. See if you can remember the words and the motions to show your parents. (At the end, challenge the kids to think of one person they could share The Gospel with. Even tell someone that knows is good practices and helps make them more comfortable sharing it.)
      1. God rulesMake a circle with your two hands and place it over you as though setting a crown on your head.
      2. We sinnedCross your forearms in front of you to make a large over your chest.
      3. God providedRotate the you are making 90 degrees so that it resembles a cross.
      4. Jesus giveshold both hands together in front of you as though giving a gift or cupping water.
      5. We respondHold both arms over your head with hands open as though praising God. 

I hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and it is important for us to learn that whole story!

Parent Helps from the 3/29 Sermon on Romans 5:1-11

Parents, I want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time or during dinner.

Here are some discussion starter questions to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Preschool
    • What was your favorite part of worship today?
    • Did you know that we serve a God that can help us and wants to help His children. The Bible tells us that God keeps His promises. Do you know what the word promise means? (God’s Promise means: God does what He says He will do.)
    • We find comfort (or relief) in knowing that God keeps His promise. Let’s pray to God and ask for comfort.
  • Elementary
    • What does the word relief mean?
    • What is a time you have felt relief?
    • Pastor Ed talked about how God provides relief to all those that are His children.
    • In our weekly kids lesson we see a similar desire for relief. Jacob is worried about meeting with Esau because he is afraid that Esau is mad at him. Do you remember what Jacob did that might make Esau mad? (He stole Esau’s blessings from their Father.)
    • In the story about Jacob and Esau, Jacob tries to find relief from his fear of how Esau might react. What does he do to try and make everything ok? (Sends gifts for people to give to Esau from Jacob before they meet.)
    • Jacob tried to find relief for the problem on his own but God was in control and wanted Jacob to trust him. Jacob wrestled with God and learned about his need for God. Today Pastor Ed reminded us, just like the story about Jacob, that true and complete relief only comes when we depending on God.
    • Let’s stop and pray that we would learn to trust God and depend on Him! (Ask them to tell you what depending on God means if needed.)

I hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and it is important for us to learn that whole story!

Parent Helps from the 3/22 Sermon on Romans 4

Parents, I want to give you some guidance when talking through the sermon from this Sunday with your kids. Maybe you can do a recap tonight during your family worship time.

Here is the information you need to connect what they are learning with the sermon:

  • Your kids just learned about God making a promise with Abraham and Abraham’s faithfulness on 2/16 and 2/23 so go back and review those lessons with them!
  • Pastor Ed asked the question, “What is Saving Faith?”
    • His answer was a “trust transfer”. Your kids learned that Abraham displayed this kind of trust when he was willing to offer his son Isaac on the alter. (This is a concrete example which kids need.) 
    • Use the lesson from 2/23 to help remind them of how much Abraham must have trusted God.
    • Ask them about how hard it was for Abraham to trust God over trusting what he knew it would mean to kill his son.
    • Talk to them about how this trust of God was like our faith. When we trust God more than we trust ourselves this is placing our faith in God. This is believing God knows better than we do and He should be in control. This is us giving up control.
    • The elementary kids have learned how to share the Gospel through the following phrases (ask them if they know the hand motions):
      • God rules.
      • We sinned
      • God provides.
      • Jesus gives.
      • We respond.
    • They are learning that saving faith comes through those steps of recognizing that God rules but we sin and need help. God provides that help if we believe that Jesus gave his life to save us. Our job is then to respond to this free gift. A “trust transfer” or “saving faith” in the terms the kids have been studying is when they respond to that free gift by believing God knows best.
  • The 5 truths about the kind of faith God gives us can be understood in these same principles.
    • The kids learned about the 3 promises God made to Abraham on 3/23. 
    • They learned that Abraham was a part of the family of Jesus just like they have parents and grandparents and great grandparents and so on. Abraham was related to Jesus like that.
    • God promised Abraham that he would give him a large family, land, and that he would bless the nation through Abraham’s large family. This all points to those truths because to accept this promise Abraham had to…
      • Have God as his starting point of faith.
      • Focus on God and his promises to come without knowing it would actually happen.
      • Struggle to have faith even when asked to kill his son.
      • Resolve his faith, knowing that God would take care of the promises He made even if he was asking Abraham to kill Isaac. Abraham believed that God would do what was promised one way or another.
      • And Abraham lived in the results of his faith by being willing to offer Isaac no matter how strange it seemed to him.
    • Kids have been learning core tenants of their faith through a series of questions and answers. With these two lessons (and with Romans 4) comes the following question and answer. Remind your kids and even ask if they remember the answer to the question below before sharing…
      • Why can we trust God?
      • We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.

I hope this helps you talk with your kids about worship and tie the information in with our weekly lessons which are only available on the blog. Remember the Bible is one big story and today illustrates why it is important for us to know that whole story!