LEARNING ABOUT CREATION, SIN, AND REDEMPTION THROUGH ART
One of the best ways to internalize scripture and God’s perspective is to not only apply it in your life but to creatively express it and encourage others.*
6th-12th grade youth are invited to participate in person @ Grace-Every Sunday at 6pm.
(Zoom call still available during the lessons for those who cannot meet in person yet, email HERE for the link)
Preschool-5th grade are encouraged to participate together with their family at home.
Everything you need can be found right here: Digital lessons, supply lists, etc... Feel free to share with friends and neighbors! As an alternative to VBS this year, you could use these lessons to host your own Back Yard Bible Club as gathering restrictions allow.
Adjust to fit the age and development of your child. The beauty of doing these lessons at home is that it allows your child time to work on their creations!
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the lessons or the materials.
How much time will the lessons take?
Once a week, 30 minutes-a couple hours (depending on the time your child needs to complete their art) We would have done these lessons during our Grace Airways and Youth gatherings. The silver lining is that at home your child can spend as little or as long as they would like on the art.
You could do these Sundays as part of your worship, or choose to set aside a weekly Family Devotion time.
What age are the lessons for?
These lessons are for all ages, preschool through high school. The Art Projects can be done simply by young children, and more in depth by older children. The Bible Stories have been written in such a way for you to adjust down for your youngest child or up for your oldest. Simplify to 5-10 sentences for preschool ages, and expand up from there! Middle and High school students will appreciate the Go Deeper section and Jonathan Norton will be leading youth through the lessons and art projects during youth group.
What's Included in each Lesson?
The Bible Story
Each section lists Bible passages and focus verses. For the youngest child, read the focus verses in their children’s Bible, or state in your own words (5-7 sentences) Expand up from there. For middle and high school, read the passage together and use the Go Deeper sections.
This is the best part! After reading the story/passage give your kids the medium listed and let them create an illustration of what you’ve studied. Children are naturally creative and come up with amazing things. Give simple directions and let their imaginations flow!
Questions to Ponder:
Ask these while your child is creating their art, after reading the Bible Passage together, or while going about life (at dinner, driving in the car, etc…)
These are interactive ideas to incorporate into your week that can further enhance you and your child's learning.
One activity that would enhance the whole series would be to watch Planet Earth or a similar type show. Talk about the various aspects we see in creation, the beauty, the broken, the healing and restoration water brings during rainy seasons, the vastness of creativity, power, and majesty of our Creator God.
This is what Jonathan will expound on during Youth Group.
Where appropriate, tips and techniques will be listed to help with the art medium.
What do we do with our completed art projects?
Our plan is to hold an art show at the end of the summer to display everyone's art, hopefully in person Lord willing!
What's included in the Art Kits?
- PAINT: Lesson instructions, 12 color watercolor paint set, Canson Watercolor Paper 3 sheets per child
- SCULPTURE: Lesson instructions, Air Dry Clay, glitter glue pen
- LINE ART: Lesson instructions,-choose medium: crayons, markers, colored pencils, or sidewalk chalk
- COLLAGE: Lesson instructions, Lego set. (approx 20 pieces)
Reserve Kits for the art medium you do not have at home.
June 7th LESSON 1-CREATION
The Bible Story-The Garden
GENESIS 1-2 Focus Genesis 2:8-9
God created light from darkness, the earth, the water, the land and seas, trees, flowers, animals, birds of the air. In the middle of the garden He planted the Tree of Life. The garden was beautiful, full of plants and animals, green and lush. There was gold there and precious stones. Everything Adam and Eve would ever need was present. Even God would walk around the garden with them!
Questions to ponder:
- If you could make a garden, what are some of the things you would put in it?
- Why do you think God created a garden like this for Adam and Eve?
- If you could be there at the creation of the world, what would be the first thing you would want to see?
Using paint as your medium (watercolor, acrylic, tempura, finger paint, whatever you prefer) illustrate the beauty in creation. Imagine what the tree of life would have looked like, the garden, the perfect beauty that existed before sin entered.
Go on a walk, or simply step outside-look up at the sky, listen to the sounds of the birds, breathe in the fresh air, smell the flowers that are in bloom. God created all of this. Look up at the stars, try and find the Big Dipper! See all the things God has created and is still creating today. Focus in on the beauty of God’s creation and remember that all of this was created to help us know God better. Talk about what you see, hear, and smell, and what they teach us about God.
Read Genesis 1:1-5 and then John 1:1-5
What are some of the similarities? (The beginning, light, darkness)
Who is John talking about? Jesus!
Does knowing Jesus was there at creation change the way you see him?
Tips for working with paint:
- Use color to help illustrate-bright and vibrant for creation, dark and moody for sin, and all for redemption.
- Watercolor paint is more vibrant with less water. It works best on watercolor paper, but can be used with regular computer paper as well.
- Feel free to use any paint you would like, Acrylics can be fun, finger-paint for younger children, etc...
June 14th LESSON 2– SIN
The Bible Story-The Fall
GENESIS 3-7 Focus: 3:1-7, 6:5-8, 7:17-24
Sin entered the garden-the snake deceived and the people lied. Sin got so bad God flooded the entire earth. Trees died, flowers died. People died. The Sin of all mankind brought death. God’s beautiful earth was destroyed.
Sin always hurts. Sin always destroys.
Don’t be too quick to move away from the feelings that come from this lesson. God is sad about how sin hurts us and is angry at the way sin destroys what He's created and loves. It is appropriate for us also feel these feelings towards sin and its results. Keep it age appropriate for your children and their sensitivities. This can be a good time to talk about sadness and sorrow-and to teach emotional health-it is ok to cry-Jesus weeps too. Jesus feels so strongly over the wrong things and the way sin brings death and destruction to His beautiful world He went to the cross to conquer it once and for all. (Luke 19:41, John 11:28)
Questions to Ponder:
- What do you think sin is?
- What do you think was the hardest part of having to leave the Garden?
- If you could speak to Adam and Eve in the Garden before the fall, what would you tell them?
- Can you think of a mistake you’ve made you wish you could talk yourself out of?
- What would you say to yourself now, to prevent future mistakes like that?
Using paint as your medium (watercolor, acrylic, tempura, finger paint, whatever you prefer) illustrate how sin affects creation. Weeds that choke, fires that burn, hurricanes, floods, diseases. This is what sin has done to what God created. But remember Sin doesn't have the final say! It is good to remember why Jesus went to the cross, but also what He accomplished on the cross! We can have hope because Jesus has overcome sin and death. We will explore this further next week!
Go on a walk, or simply step outside– look at the weeds that choke, dead limbs on trees, leaves that are decaying. Even the air we breathe has pollution. (can talk about covid19, a part of sins contamination of the earth we live in.)
Read Romans 8:19-22
Even nature eagerly awaits Jesus’ return. The fall brought consequence to more than just Adam and Eve; the entire world was changed as a result of sin.
In the same way, we often don’t realize how sin in our lives can affect more than just us. What are some examples of this that you can think of either in your life or from the bible? (Exodus 11 & 12:29-30, 2 Samuel 11)
June 21st LESSON 3-REDEMPTION
The Bible Story-Tree of Life
REVELATION 21-22, Focus: Revelation 21:5, 22:2-3, Revelation 1:17-18 John 11:25-26,
Jesus promises to make all things new. His death and resurrection make this possible for all who believe in Him today. He makes right what mankind did wrong. We brought sin into the world, and Jesus will eventually take it out of the world completely. But while we wait for that glorious day, Jesus’ fixes what we break, creates beauty from ashes, and works good out of all circumstances. (Romans 8:28)
Questions to Ponder:
- Why do you think God uses a tree to illustrate knowledge or life?
- Why does sin need to be covered? How does Jesus cover our sin?
- Do you think there is a sin Jesus can’t cover?
- What is the best thing about Jesus’ forgiveness.
- What do you think the tree of life looks like now?
- What happens to the earth after a fire? How does this reveal Jesus’ power to restore what sin has destroyed? How does this give you hope?
Using paint as your medium (watercolor, acrylic, tempura, finger paint, whatever you prefer) Illustrate the beauty that we still find in creation today, or what you imagine the tree of life to look like as described in Revelation. Alternatively, you could use paint to turn something ugly into something beautiful.
Go on a walk, or simply step outside– look again at the vegetation. Talk about how the dead leaves decompose and become nutrients for the soil. Locate flowers growing in sidewalk cracks, trees growing out of rocks, etc.. In an age-appropriate way, talk about how Jesus brings life from death, both right now and in the future.
Just as sin entered through one man, through one man, redemption is born.
Why do you think Jesus’ actions are more powerful than Adam’s?
Do you think it’s easier to sin in a perfect world, or be perfect in a sinful world?
Jesus lived his life going against human nature, sinful desire, and fairness, while Adam lived like any of us do: sinfully. Jesus’ actions are so much more powerful because he acted against sinful nature, and his selfless act of death on the cross is the exact opposite of Adam’s selfish actions for personal gain.
Older students watch video on the tree of life:
June 28 LESSON 1-CREATION
The Bible Story-Water
Genesis1-2, Focus: Genesis 2:10-14, Psalm 1
God created water and filled it with life. He sent the rivers to water the earth to cause the plants to grow and for the animals to drink. Water brings refreshment, quenches our thirst, and helps everything to be healthy. Without water, the land gets parched, and plants, animals and people grow thirsty. The Bible says those who love God’s word are like trees planted by a stream. Have you ever seen land that is empty except for a few really big trees? That is because those trees are by a stream! God’s word is like water, the more we read it and apply it to our lives the more we grow and are fruitful Christ followers.
Questions to ponder:
- Did you know that the surface of the earth is over 70% water, that the human body is over 60% water, and that 70% of the worlds population lives within 4 miles of water? We as humans can’t live without water! Why do you think God made us this way?
- How did the rivers water the earth?
- What do you think Jesus means when He refers to Himself as Living Water?
Using air-dry clay, sculpt a bowl or water pitcher. Once dry, color your bowl with markers, crayons, pencils or paint. Decorate the inside and outside to make your bowl look pretty. Test it to see how well it holds water. (because the clay is still porous, don’t let water sit in it for too long, pour out once you see that there are no leaks)
NOTE: Parents-please create a bowl too. This lesson plan is to break the bowl in the next lesson and then glue it back together in the final lesson. If your child is unable to break their bowl, you can use yours so that the lesson points can still be illustrated.
Drive to open space where trees grow only in parts where the water is (between Loveland and Ft. Collins there are some spots) Talk about how the water brings life. Help your children to see how God’s word also helps us to grow strong spiritually.
Watch “Desert Rain - Monsoons of the Sonoran Desert” video on YouTube. Talk about the various aspects we see in creation, the beauty, the broken, the healing and restoration water brings during rainy seasons, the vastness of creativity, power, and majesty of our Creator God.
Think about your bowl, how you want it to look, the plan you have for it and read Genesis 2:7
Think about how God formed us from the dust of the earth, the care he took in making us, the plans he had for us. Do you think it was similar to you and the bowl?
Read Isaiah 64:8 and Psalm 139:13-14
Do you feel like a wonderful creation?
Do you feel like you have a personal relationship with your creator? That he loves you and designed you with a purpose? He does and did! Practically, what can you do to ‘drink in’ these foundational truths daily? How would it transform your days?
Tips for working with Clay:
You can kneed the clay to make it more pliable. Start with a ball shape and then use your thumb to press in the center, continue to press and shape into a bowl. Wet fingers can help. It can get messy, so wear old clothes and use a placemat to protect your table.
When the clay is dry you can color it with markers, pencils, crayons or paint. The clay is porous so watercolor paint is not recommended.
July 5th LESSON 2-SIN
The Bible Story– Broken Cisterns
Psalm 1, Habakkuk 3:17-19, Focus: Jeremiah 2:13
Sin brings suffering to the earth and people. When rains don’t fall, trees wither and can’t produce fruit. Fields can’t grow food. Animals and people are hungry and don’t have what they need to live or thrive.
Often we look to the wrong things to make us happy, healthy, and well. Jeremiah says this is like choosing a water jar with holes in it. Think about that a minute. If you had a cup with a hole in it, you might be able to drink from it the first time you were thirsty. But the next time, the water would have gone away. In the same way, A new toy is fun, but after a while it doesn’t entertain us anymore. Jesus is not that kind of water jar, He compares Himself to a water jar that is perfect, complete, able to hold water without leaks. Jesus is the only one who can give us lasting joy and life.
Questions to ponder:
- What is a cistern?
- How long can a person go without food? Without water?
- Why do you think Jeremiah compares rejecting God with having a broken cistern?
- Think of a time you have wanted something so badly. Is that thing still making you happy or have you grown tired of it? Why do you think that is?
Take your bowl you created in our last lesson, remember how well it held water!
Now drop your bowl on the sidewalk or tile floor. Don’t throw it down, just hold it in your hands and drop it. How well will it hold water now? How does it feel to see your beautiful bowl broken? Gather the broken pieces and keep them in a safe place. We will use them next week.
You will need to drop your bowl on a hard surface (tile or sidewalk) Don’t throw it down, just let it drop. The idea is to have large enough pieces that can be glued back together. If anything goes wrong and you need more clay, please let us know!!
If your child is resistant to dropping their bowl, use the one you created instead.
Plant or purchase 2 plants. Water one, but neglect the other. When you water the one, remind your child what the psalmist says: “His delight is in God’s word.” as you see the un-watered one begin to wither, help kids connect this: just as important water is for physical life; God’s word is to spiritual life.
We talked last week about how God designed us like a potter with clay. But, we see in scripture that people don’t always follow God’s designs, we go against God’s design and change it.
Because of sin, we are like a broken bowl or a leaky vessel, unable to accomplish the purpose we were designed for. Do you ever feel broken? Do you feel like you’re incomplete or unfulfilled? What would it look like for you to allow Jesus to complete or fulfill you? Do you believe that He can?
God doesn’t throw us away, or forget us when we turn away from him and sin. He is able to re-form us, to make us new, to repair our brokenness. Why do you think He does that? Stay tuned, we’ll learn more about this next week!
July 12th LESSON 3-REDEMPTION
The Bible Story - Jesus: our Living Water
Psalm1, Habakkuk 3:17-19, John 4:7-14, 16:33, Focus: Jeremiah 17:7-8,
Habakkuk lived in a time of hunger, devastation, drought. Yet he declared praise to His God-how could he do that? Jeremiah tells us the secret: a man who trusts in the Lord, who has confidence in God is like a tree that still grows new roots even during a drought. Trust in God’s care and faithfulness helps us to not worry even if times are hard. Jesus says He is like living water. Trust and Faith in Him help us to have peace. He tells us that we will have trouble in this world. But that He has overcome so we can have hope and assurance of His care no matter what happens. Jesus’ death and resurrection prove His power to carry us and restore us.
Questions to ponder:
- When you are hungry or thirsty, how easy is it to have a good attitude? Why?
- How could a tree to have new buds and growth during a drought? What would that imply was beneath the surface? (a spring)
- What helps your trust in God to grow?
- How has God been faithful to you in a hard time?
- When have you felt broken? Did you ask God to repair you? What happened?
Gather your broken pieces, and with the help of your mom or dad (if needed) use the glitter glue to glue them back together. This may take multiple steps, glue 2 pieces together and let dry, then add the next piece. Use plenty of glue-you want the glue to ooze over. Once it is completely dry, (a couple days) check and see if it now holds water. (again, the bowl is constructed and repaired out of porous material, so don’t let the water soak in, just test and dump out.) If you would like to seal your bowl, try painting it with Modge Podge or watered down glue.
Look up the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the practice of repairing broken vessels with gold. These vessels have a new beauty from the repairs. Help your children to see how we turn away from Jesus and God’s word to many different things for happiness, but we can always turn back. God is a God of restoration, He is faithful to forgive us and restore our Joy in Him. See 1 john 1:9, Psalm 51:12
Watch The Art of Kintsugi: Transformation through Brokenness & Restoration: and read the poem/scriptures in the description. How does this video speak to you about God as a potter, making beauty from the broken places of your life? Do you see the tender care reflected in this art? Why does the Kntsugi master take so much time and care to repair what otherwise looks like an old used up bowl? Why do you think the bowl is worth fixing? How does God show that his people are worth fixing?
While our cracks become scars, they are gold scars that reflect the time and care the Master takes with each one of us. Broken but now stronger and even more valuable.
Watch The Bible Project video on Water: https://bibleproject.com/videos/water-of-life/
July 19th LESSON 1-CREATION
The Bible Story-People
GENESIS 1-4 FOCUS: Gen 1:26-30; 2:7,18-24
God formed Adam from the dust. He created Eve from Adam’s rib. God made man and women in His image, in the image of God He created them! We see from creation how God is creative, orderly, nurturing, powerful. He is the Artist of all artists. As people made in His image, we too are creative beings. We bring order, we nurture, we have power and responsibility in cultivating the land, we multiply into families, we are fruitful with our vocations and art, and with our lives!
Questions to ponder:
- Why do you think God used "dust" to make humans?
- Did you know that finger prints are unique to every single person. No one, not even identical twins has the same finger print.
- Did you know that finger prints never change. You'll have the same finger print from birth to old age. It never changes....how is that similar to God?
- How are our finger prints part of what makes us in God's image.
- Do you think God has a finger print?
Create a self portrait using one of the following:
- Words: Write a poem , word cloud, or descriptive text about yourself.
- Pencil/Crayon/Marker: Draw a self portrait.
- Chalk*: Draw on the sidewalk
- Stamp-pad: Using a stamp-pad draw a self portrait using your fingerprints.
Using a stamp pad, have each member of your family stamp their fingerprint on a piece of paper. With a magnifying glass see how they are similar and how they are different.
God took special care in forming us above every other thing he created. We are made in his image, but what does that mean?
What is God’s image?
Genesis 1/Genesis 5:3/Acts 17:29/Colossians 1:14-20
What should it mean to us to be made in the image of God?
What does it mean for you?
July 26th LESSON 2-SIN
The Bible Story
Abraham Genesis 12:1-20 FOCUS: vs 10-20
God invited Abraham into a deep relationship with Himself. He asked Abraham to have courage and trust God by leaving his country, people, and father’s household and go to the place God would show him. Abraham obeyed and left just as the Lord told him. While he was traveling through the land, the Lord would encourage him with promises, and Abraham would respond to God by building an alter and worshipping Him. Then there was a famine, so Abraham went to Egypt for safety. He was afraid of the Egyptians and their leader Pharaoh. So Abraham lied and asked his wife to lie. They told the Egyptians that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was his sister. The Egyptians took Sarah into the kingdom and rewarded Abraham with much riches. But God was not pleased. Abraham didn’t trust God, he was afraid and lied. God made Pharaoh and his household very sick. Abraham’s lie was found out and Pharaoh scolded him and sent him and Sarah away from Egypt.
Questions to ponder:
- When has God asked you to do something that took courage?
- Think about all the times you have told a lie. Was it because you were afraid? What were you afraid of?
- Have you ever been caught in a lie? What happened?
- How does lying show that you don’t trust God or the person you are lying to?
- How does it feel when someone lies to you?
- Words: with the poem or descriptive text you created last week, as you work through the questions below: poke a hole or erase words from your poem. Alternatively-make a list of hurtful words to describe the answers to the questions below.
- Pencil/Crayon/Marker: With your parents go through each of these questions and every time you answer the question, with a sharp pencil, poke a hole in the portrait you created last week
- Chalk: With your parents go through each of these questions and every time you answer the question drip water onto your chalk drawing. (recreate if need be from last week)
- Stamp-pad: With your parents go through each of these questions and every time you answer the question, with a sharp pencil, poke a hole in the portrait you created last week
Share and erase a word/write a word/poke a hole/drop of water/etc….
- When is a time someone lied to you or hurt your feelings?
- When is a time someone may have cheated while playing a game with you or used your test answers as their own?
- Can you think of time when someone was being mean or being a bully to you?
- Now think of a time when you may have lied to your parents, or disobeyed when they asked you to do something.
- When is a time you said a bad word or hurt one of your friends/siblings by something you said to them?
Find a bible story besides Abraham where someone lies for their benefit and then ask these questions: What are the consequences? Why is lying so destructive?
Lying distorts the truth. It takes what God has made or set in place and tries to change it, to superimpose over it, or to distort it! When we lie, what we’re saying is that we want to control reality, we want to decide what is true or not, and that really is us saying we want to be God. We want to decide what is true or not.
Abraham’s lies were directly linked to his own self-interest and his lack of faith. Why do we lie? When we lie are we deceiving others or ourselves?
AUG 2ND LESSON 3-REDEMPTION
The Bible Story
Genesis 15:1-6 Romans 4:3 & 13-17
Last week we learned that Abraham sinned when he lied to Pharaoh. God had promised Abraham a legacy of land and children, and this sin put that promise in jeopardy. How could he have children if his wife was taken by Pharaoh? But this lie also broke his relationship with God. Abraham might have thought he’d ruined things, that God’s promises to him were no more.
God came to Abraham and first reassured him of their relationship; “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Then God used the stars in the sky to remind Abraham that the promise still stood. “Count the stars, Abraham, that’s how many children I will give you!!” God would give Abraham so many children that they would be a big nation!
Abraham believed that God would keep His promises and God said Abraham’s relationship with God was right and not broken
because he believed. Isn’t that good news!
The Bible says that all who believe what God says about Jesus are Abraham’s children. That means we are part of Abraham’s nation and counted like one of those stars!
Questions to ponder:
- How has God helped you when you thought you’d ruined everything?
- What does it mean that God is a shield?
- What does it mean that God is a very great reward?
- What made Abraham’s relationship right with God?
- How did God keep His promise to Abraham? Does he really have that many children? How?
- Words: with the poem or descriptive text you created last week, as you work through the questions below: replace the erased words with healing/encouraging words. Alternatively, create a list of words that help or encourage. If you chose to poke holes in your paper instead, follow the directions for option b)
- Pencil/Crayon/Marker: Take your art illustration with its holes and go into a dark room or wait until evening. Shine a light (flashlight/headlamp) through the paper. For each ‘star’ you see, think of a time when you have been encouraged, healed, restored. If you can’t think of a time, think of words that help and build up or words that describe God.
- Chalk: draw stars to fill your sidewalk square/paper. Draw as many different types of stars you know how. As you draw them, think of words that describe God or promises He has made.
- Stamp-pad: follow the directions for option b)
The blessing of our humanity is that we aren’t God. Abraham’s lies weren't able to change the promises God made or the reality of God’s covenant with Abraham.
Have you ever told a lie thinking it would help, only to find out later that the truth was actually better, or that your lie only hurt you or the situation?
Has God ever protected you from a situation like that or redeemed a situation you thought was lost?
NOTE: A Lego Kit is needed for these lessons. We will have these available for pick up on Sunday mornings. Fill out the form below if you need to make other arrangements to pick yours up!
IMPORTANT: Keep the instructions hidden from your child for Lesson 1. That way they don't know what the pieces make and can freely use their imagination in creating!
AUGUST 9TH: LESSON 1– CREATION
The Bible Story –The Church
ACTS 1-4 FOCUS: Acts 1:8, 2:42-47, 4:32-35, 3:11-26, Galatians 3:5-9
Jesus creates the church by sending the Holy Spirit. Built on the foundation of the scriptures, the early believers give us a beautiful picture of community that consists of: obedience (waiting), power to witness (Holy Spirit), courage and prayer (after prison), unity and love (of one mind, sharing generously). We often think of church as a place we go to worship. This picture in Acts and Galatians shows us something different. Church as a family, joined by faith, showing the world what it looks like to follow Jesus. God promised Abraham thousands of years ago to bless the world through his children. Abraham believed God’s promise even though he didn’t fully understand it or even see it fully kept. But God kept his promise. He sent Jesus! Abraham was part of God’s family because he believed. We are part of God’s family when we believe what He says about Jesus. Just like Abraham!! That makes us part of Abraham’s family too!
Questions to ponder:
- What does it mean to be a witness?
- How did the early believers treat eachother?
- Who in your life shows you this same kind of love and devotion?
- What was different about the early church, what was the same?
Using your imagination and the Lego pieces you have been given, create something! Share with your adult what you created and how the pieces you used worked well for your idea. The church is made up of many different ‘pieces’. People with different skills and abilities, passions and gifts. The Church is God’s idea for Jesus to be known in the world.
Gather for worship on Sunday morning! Before and after (if at home) or on your way there and back (if in person), talk about the blessing it is to gather with others for fellowship and worship of God. Share with your children how God’s people; the church, have helped you to know God better and love Him deeper.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Acts 2: 42-47 / Acts 6:1-7
God’s church grows through the faithful service of the apostles and by the appearance and anointing of the Holy spirit
What is the holy spirit?
What does it mean to be a Christian? (Christ follower)
AUGUST 16TH: LESSON 2 - SIN
The Bible Story
Galatians 2:8-21 FOCUS: Galatians 2:8-13, Acts 15:35-41,
The leaders of God’s family had received the Holy Spirit. They spoke God’s words boldly and helped many people know Jesus. But they still sinned. Sin always hurts people. Peter forgot about God’s grace. The people believed Peter and so they forgot about God’s grace too. Paul had a hard talk with Peter to help him remember God’s grace. Sometimes we have to have hard talks with our church family to help them remember what is true. Paul and Barnabas were really good friends and travelled around together telling people about Jesus. One time Mark wanted to go with them. Paul didn’t want to travel with Mark because Mark had hurt Paul’s feelings. Barnabas argued with Paul, but he wouldn’t let Mark come. So Barnabas and Mark went together and Paul picked someone else to travel with. Sometimes our church family hurts our feelings. It is sad to see friends fighting. It is hard to share Jesus with others when we are fighting.
Questions to ponder:
- Have you ever forgotten something important about God?
- Do you have a friend who loves you enough to tell you the truth?
- When friends or parents point out your sin, how do you respond?
- When has a fight made it hard to share Jesus with someone?
Give your child the instructions, but withhold a few key pieces. As they find that they cannot complete the building, connect that to how the church suffers when sin causes problems with her people. Sometimes we sin and leave the church, and other times the church sins and leaves people out. In both cases, important pieces are missing and the church isn’t what God desires.
On your way home/after the livestream; talk as a family about how our sin effects the whole body. Be open about your struggles with criticism, impatience, or unforgiveness. Help your children to see the importance of praying for those at church who bug you and asking God to help you love each other better.
Older students: research church fighting in history and the impact it continues to have to this day. Read thru some of Paul’s epistles, what does he warn about within the church? When it is right to divide and fight? When does it strengthen our witness? When does it weaken it?
1 Corinthians 8 / 1 Corinthians 12:14-22
AUGUST 23RD: LESSON 3 - REDEMPTION
The Bible Story
Last week we learned about Paul’s fight with Barnabas because he was upset with Mark. The Bible tells us that later Mark and Paul became friends again and even worked together to tell people about Jesus.
We also learned how Paul had a hard talk with Peter because Peter forgot the truth about God’s grace. Peter listened to Paul. He remembered the truth about Jesus and taught other that people are made right with God by Jesus death on the cross, not by following rules.
God gives His Holy Spirit to everyone in His family. The Holy spirit helps us to have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self control. This makes a difference! This helps us get along with others. When we are selfish, we bring that to our church family as well; in complaining, arguing, and fighting. This makes a difference too! It makes it hard to share Jesus with people in the world who are hurting. It makes it hard for people who don’t know Jesus to want to be a part of His family when His family is fighting!
Questions to ponder:
- When have you been able to be friends again with someone who has hurt you? What had to happen for you to make up?
- Who in your church family bugs you? What help from the Holy Spirit do you need to show them love?
- What do these stories show us about what kind of person Paul was?
Give your child all their Lego pieces to complete the Lego creation. Hopefully now the frustration from last week is replaced with enjoyment!
How satisfying it is when we have all the pieces we need for the intended creation! That is true with church. Jesus has given us perfect instructions in His word on how to live as His family.(2 Peter 1:3) A healthy church includes all the people and offers so much to the world! Help your child see connect the importance of each person at our church to the importance of each piece for their Lego creation.
Think about something or someone in your church that bugs you. Paul lets people know how important it is to pray all the time. That we should pray for people that bug us, or that start fights with us. And we should pray about the things that bug us that happen at church.
Share these things with each other, and then as a family, pray! Pray for unity, for patience, for peace.
Dive deeper into 2 Peter 1:2-8 and how individually we contribute to the health of the church as we are healthy.
Older students: https://bibleproject.com/explore/witness/
1 Corinthians 12:23-27
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