Month: January 2018

Kids SS- Jesus and Zacchaeus

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 19:1-10

MAIN POINT: Meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus forever.

KEY PASSAGE: John 14:6

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah

(from Lifeway)

Zacchaeus lived in the town of Jericho. He was a chief tax collector. Zacchaeus’s job was to collect money from the Jews for the Roman government. Many people knew Zacchaeus, and many did not like him.

The Bible says that Zacchaeus was rich. Tax collectors often collected more money than necessary and kept the surplus for themselves. His greed and dishonesty led Zacchaeus to being looked down upon as a “sinner.” But Zacchaeus treasured his wealth more than his reputation.

Zacchaeus probably never imagined that his entire life would change in a single day. When Jesus came through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see him. He couldn’t see over the crowds, so he climbed a sycamore tree and watched Jesus from a distance.

Imagine the crowd’s surprise when Jesus approached the tree and called out to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.”

Of all the people in Jericho, Jesus chose to visit Zacchaeus! The other people complained. What was Jesus thinking, going to stay with a sinner like Zacchaeus?

The story reveals that Zacchaeus’s encounter with Jesus changed him. He offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back four times what he had cheated from others. Zacchaeus no longer treasured his wealth. He realized that Jesus offered something so much better. Jesus confirmed this evidence of a changed heart: “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came after us—sinners who do not deserve Him—and He rescues us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin, and He is glad when we repent and trust in Him.

People who encounter Jesus do not walk away unchanged. Pray that your kids encounter the real Jesus, the One who came into the world because we needed Him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost—people like Zacchaeus and people like us. “I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). When we repent and trust in Jesus, He changes us.


January 28, 2018: Galatians 5:1-12 “Christian Freedom (Part 2)”

Big Idea:  Legalism seeks ultimate approval through my performance.  Legalism does not offer true freedom.


February 10th Marriage Enrichment Event: “6 Hours for Us”

“6 Hours for Us” is open to anyone who is married or preparing for marriage regardless of faith or background. Our speakers will discuss the various trials and turning points in their marriages. One couple has three children still at home; another couple are near empty-nesters who have also navigated marriage through 20+ years in law enforcement.

Cost: $35 per couple (includes lunch and conference materials)

Time/Location: 9:30AM-3:30PM at Cornerstone Church Facility

Online registration at Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/tXoDRf

Click here for the brochure & more information: “Six Hours for Us” Brochure


Kids SS – Jesus Rejected in Nazareth

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 4:14-30
MAIN POINT: Jesus explained that the Scriptures tell about Him.
KEY PASSAGE: John 14:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the
Messiah.
The story this week in Sunday school is about Jesus in his hometown of Nazareth and how the people there didn’t accept him as Messiah. I’m reminded that even the greatest teacher in history was not always convincing. The people of his hometown could only see the carpenters son. They couldn’t see him as the promised one from God.
When we share the gospel with people, even people closest to us, they will not always listen. But it is not our job to convince someone. Our job is to be a witness to the truth of Jesus.
Talk to your kids this week about sharing the truth of Jesus, even with people that won’t believe it. Be a witness to the truth.

January 21, 2018: Galatians 5:1-6 “Christian Freedom”

Big Idea:  Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.