Month: October 2018

October 28, 2018: Matthew 18:15-20 “Meaningful Membership (Part 1): Church Discipline”

Big Idea:  “It is of far greater importance that we have better Christians than that we have more of them.”  – A. W. Tozer


October 21, 2018: 1 Corinthians 11 “The Lord’s Supper as Sign and Seal: Part 3-The Recognition of the Body”

Big Idea: Paul gives us a checklist of things to consider before we take communion.


Kids SS – Jesus and the Doubter

BIBLE PASSAGE: John 20:24-29
MAIN POINT: Jesus showed His hands and side to Thomas.
KEY PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as
believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Dear Parents,

Jesus’ followers had seen Jesus alive! Two disciples met Jesus as they were walking to Emmaus, and then Jesus appeared to a group of His disciples as they met together in a locked room. But one of the disciples, Thomas, had missed out. He wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. He hadn’t seen Jesus for himself.

So despite his friends’ claims that the Lord was risen, Thomas doubted. In fact, he refused to believe. (John 20:25) Witnesses testified that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas wanted physical evidence. He lacked faith and was stubborn in his unbelief.

More than a week passed, and Thomas was with the other disciples in a room. Again, the doors were locked for their safety. Much like before, Jesus appeared before the disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”

This time, Thomas was there. Jesus told Thomas to believe. He urged him not only to look, but to feel Jesus’ wounds for himself. Here, Jesus gave grace to Thomas. He gave Thomas the physical proof he was looking for. Jesus was no ghost; Jesus was alive!

Thomas immediately believed, and Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.” (John 20:29)

Thomas saw Jesus for himself. He saw that Jesus had been raised from the dead and was alive. He saw Jesus’ scars from the cross, where Jesus died for our sins. We have not seen Jesus, but Jesus said if we believe in Him without seeing Him, we are blessed.

The Bible says that God is pleased when we have faith. (Heb. 11:6) As you talk with your kids, explain the meaning of the word faith: “the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Faith is believing without seeing. It is trusting that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. (See Num. 23:19.)

Faith cannot be mustered up on your own; it is a gift from God. (Eph. 2:8-9) Pray that God would grant your kids faith to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.


October 14, 2018: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 “The Lord’s Supper as a Sign and Seal: Part 2 – Participation and Loyalty”

Big Idea: Communion is a participation in the body and blood of Christ. Teh meal isn’t just with Christ, but with the entire body, It is a meal that unites us.


Kids SS – Jesus Appeared to the Disciples

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23
MAIN POINT: Jesus appeared to His disciples.
KEY PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as
believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Dear Parents,

Only a few days had passed since Jesus was arrested, beaten, and crucified. His followers were undoubtedly afraid and confused. They met together in a house, locking the doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Would the Jews do to them what they had done to Jesus? The disciples had believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they had abandoned Him and Jesus was killed. How could He save anyone if He was dead?

But now some people were reporting that Jesus was alive! Could it be true? The disciples were talking about these things when Jesus stood among them. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

“Peace to you!” He said. What good news! Imagine how Jesus’ words might have calmed the disciples’ anxious hearts. Their Lord, whom they had deserted, didn’t show up to scold them for their failures or shame them for their lack of faith. He spoke peace to them.

Even though Jesus had foretold His death and resurrection (Matt. 20:17-19), Jesus showed His disciples physical proof that He was alive. He showed them His hands and His side. With His resurrection, Jesus’ mission was accomplished. He paid the debt for sinners, and the transaction cleared. But the disciples’ work was just beginning.

Jesus gave His followers a job to do: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). This verse contains the Gospel of John’s version of the Great Commission. Jesus, the One sent from the Father, sent the disciples to be His messengers and representatives. Jesus equipped the disciples with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel—the good news of what Jesus has done—to the world.

For 40 days, Jesus presented Himself to at least 500 people and proved that He is alive. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Jesus is still alive today. He sends out believers to tell others about Him and gives us power through the Holy Spirit.