Children’s Ministry

Hello Parents!
It’s been sad that the children have not been able to consistently gather at church.
We hope it’s given parents an opportunity to invest a little more in their children, and we want to help assist you in doing so!
Below are some materials for Sunday worship with your children at home.
You will also find a monthly schedule of events and gatherings for Gospel City’s Children’s Ministry.
We pray that your children would grow in their love for Jesus!

Jesus Called Disciples

Passage: Mark 1-3; Luke 5-6

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why do you think Jesus picked fishermen and tax collectors to be His disciples instead of kings or religious leaders? Invite kids to share their ideas. Share that the Bible says God uses people who have nothing to offer to show His power and strength through them.
(read 1 Cor. 1:26-31.)

2. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Prompt kids to recognize that following Jesus means trusting Him, obeying Him, and telling others about Him.
(read Matt. 16:24.)

3. What do you think might keep someone from following Jesus? Help kids understand that everyone follows something, and we follow what we value the most. Some people live for family and friends, for themselves, for popularity, or for money. The Bible says we must follow Jesus and nothing else. We can pray that God will soften the hearts of those who do not follow Jesus so that they would come to know and love Him.
(read 1 Cor. 1:18.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why does Jesus love sinners? Help kids understand that everyone is a sinner, and Jesus loves all people because we are created in God’s image. Jesus wants to see people repent of sin, turning to God to be saved. He loves sinners and rescues them. He helps us turn away from sin and glorify God instead. 

2. What might we lose by following Jesus? Guide kids to talk about the cost of loving and obeying Jesus. Help them think about the ways others might react to them, the influence they may lose, or the persecution they may face. Remind the kids that, in some places, following Jesus may even cost a person her life.

3. What can we gain by following Jesus? Discuss the unending joy and eternal life we have with God when we have faith in Jesus. Point kids to the hope they have in life: that we gain new purpose, can resist sin, and are filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Point kids also to the hope we have for the future: that Jesus will return and fix all that sin has broken. On that day, we will reign with Christ as children of God.

 

 

Unit 20 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Story Point: Jesus called disciples to follow Him.

Unit 20 Bible Memory Verse: He must increase, but I must decrease – John 3:30

 

Close in prayer!

John Pointed to Jesus

Passage: Matthew 3; John 1 & 3

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why did John say Jesus must increase and he (John) must decrease? Prompt kids to recall that with Jesus on earth, John’s mission was complete. Jesus was the One whom people had been waiting for—the promised Messiah who would save people from their sins! Jesus was greater than John, and John joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry.
(read Luke 14:11.)

2. Who deserves fame and glory in our own lives—us or God? Why? Help kids recognize that even when you work hard to accomplish something great, you can give God glory because He made you and gives you special talents and abilities. Prompt them to discuss ways they can make Jesus famous instead of trying to make a great name for themselves.
(read Matt. 5:16.)

3. How can we point others to Jesus? Invite kids to discuss how we can tell people directly about Jesus, and we can also show kindness and have peace in a way that shows we trust Jesus with our lives and our future.
(read 1 Pet. 3:15.)

 

 

Younger Kids

1. Why is it good to glorify Jesus? Guide kids to understand that people were created by God to glorify God. Jesus is God the Son. When we glorify Him in our lives, we are fulfilling our purpose, and it is good for us. Everything God does is for His glory and our good, including creating us to worship Him.

2. When is it hard to glorify Jesus? Discuss situations kids may face that can fill them with pride or arrogance. Explain that sinful pride makes it impossible to glorify Jesus. Remind them that our gifts and talents were given by God as a way to glorify God. When we do well, we can thank God and remind other people about His goodness to bless us with talents or skills.

3. How can we learn to show humility? Explain that the first step toward humility is understanding who Jesus is. He is God’s beloved Son. He is the Messiah. The story of our lives is ultimately about Him, not any of us. Help kids consider that all people are equally valuable to God as all people are made in His image. None of us are better. All of us are His creations.

 

 

Unit 20 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Story Point: John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus.

Unit 20 Bible Memory Verse: He must increase, but I must decrease – John 3:30

 

Close in prayer!

Jesus’ Temptation

Passage: Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Who tempts us to sin? Why? Lead kids to recall that the devil tempted Jesus to sin. Assure them that God never tempts anyone to sin. Explain that the Bible says the devil is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). The devil is against everything that God loves. He might tempt us to sin because He does not want us to follow Jesus.
(read James 1:13-14.)

2. How can we resist temptation? What should we do if we give in to temptation? Lead kids to discuss how Jesus resisted temptation—by remembering the truth found in Scripture. Encourage kids to memorize Scripture and pray against the schemes of the devil. Emphasize that when we are tempted, God provides a way to resist it. When we do sin, we can repent and turn back to God. He will forgive our sins.
(read 1 Cor. 10:13.)

3. Why is it important to know God’s Word? Invite kids to discuss the importance of knowing what is true about God and about ourselves. We are often tempted when we believe lies about God or ourselves. Knowing God’s Word and treasuring it in our hearts can help us stand up against temptation.
(read Ps. 119:9-11.)

 

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do we face temptations? Guide kids to think about why Satan wants people to sin. Remind them that Satan wants to prevent people from glorifying God and keep Christians from living the way God has commanded us to live. We also have sin natures that desire sin and selfishness. We are tempted when we dwell on sinfulness and when Satan tries to get us to disobey.

2. Can we resist temptation? Discuss the difference between people who trust in Jesus and people who do not. Help kids see without Jesus, we cannot avoid sin. Remind them, though, that everyone who trusts in Jesus has the Holy Spirit living inside. Christians can use the power of the Spirit and the Word of God to fight temptation and obey God. 

3. Why is it important to resist temptation? Help kids see that Christians cannot lose their salvation when they choose sin, but sin still dishonors God, hurts us, and hurts those around us. We resist temptation not to earn God’s love, but because we love and trust God that His commands are good for us.

 

 

Unit 20 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Story Point: Jesus was tempted and never sinned.

Unit 20 Bible Memory Verse: He must increase, but I must decrease – John 3:30

 

Close in prayer!

Jesus’ Baptism

Passage: Luke 3

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What message do we declare when we are baptized? Emphasize that when someone is baptized, that person follows Jesus’ example by showing others that he or she has confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord. Lead kids to connect going under the water in baptism as dying to sin and coming up from the water as being raised to new life—a life lived for Jesus. Point out that Jesus’ baptism symbolized what would come: His death, burial, and resurrection.
(read Rom. 6:4.)

2. Where do we see the Trinity—the three Persons of God—in today’s Bible story? Help kids recognize God the Father speaking from heaven, God the Son on earth as a man, and God the Spirit appearing like a dove. Emphasize that there is one God, and He exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Acknowledge that the Trinity can be hard to understand; no one is like God!
(read Eph. 2:18.)

3. Why does obedience to God bring Him glory? Lead kids to share their ideas. Prompt them to think about how obeying God shows that we trust Him and submit to Him as Lord of our lives. In a similar way, God is glorified when we live like Jesus—loving God and loving others, obeying His commands, and remaining in Him.
(read 1 John 3:23-24.)

 

 

Younger Kids

1. Does baptism save us? Guide the kids to understand that baptism is important, but it is only a symbol of what Jesus has done for us. A person is baptized because she is saved, not in order to be saved. Suggest an analogy, such as dressing like a doctor versus being a doctor. Dressing the part can suggest you are a doctor but cannot make you a doctor if you are not one. 

2. Why is baptism important? Help kids understand that God has commanded believers to be baptized, and Jesus provided an example of baptism for us to follow. We do not obey God to earn our salvation, but we want to obey Him out of love and worship. Baptism is a beautiful picture of our sinful lives dying with Jesus and our new life beginning when we are “raised” from the water. It shows the world we trust Jesus and identify with Him.

3. When should someone be baptized? Discuss with your kids whatever policies your church has in place regarding baptism. Remind kids that baptism is a way to show they have trusted Christ; anyone who has not trusted Christ should not be baptized. Direct kids to continue the discussion with their parents to decide if or when they should be baptized. 

 

 

Unit 20 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Story Point: Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.

Unit 20 Bible Memory Verse: He must increase, but I must decrease – John 3:20

 

Close in prayer!

Jesus as a Child

Passage: Matthew 2; Luke 2

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Who does God want us to honor and why? Help kids connect from the story that like Jesus, we should seek to honor God. God commands us to honor our parents. We should also honor other believers. The Bible says we should outdo one another in showing honor.
(read Rom. 12:10.)

2. How can we grow in wisdom and obedience to God? Invite kids to share their ideas. Emphasize that we grow through the power of the Holy Spirit. Encourage kids to read the Bible consistently, pray, and spend time in fellowship with other believers.
(read Heb. 10:24-25.)

3. How can God use you in His kingdom even while you are young? Invite kids to share ideas of ways they can serve God when they are young. Emphasize that God can use anyone who is willing to obey Him. God’s plan for us is better than any plan we can imagine for ourselves. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us as we follow Jesus.
(read Eph. 1:9-10.)

 

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think Jesus’ understanding and wisdom were so surprising? Help kids understand that Jesus would have seemed like an ordinary 12-year-old just by looking at Him. Remind kids that Jesus is fully God and fully human. Jesus was able to understand and explain God’s Word as One who had studied it for many years, despite His young age.

2. Why do you think Jesus said it was necessary for Him to be in His Father’s house? Guide kids to understand that Jesus’ Father is God. Remind them that Jesus is God the Son, and He knew God’s plans for His life: to make the way for sinners to have eternal life. Jesus understood that He would need to rely on God’s power to obey Him, and Jesus wanted to obey God always.

3. How can we live out God’s plans for us? Discuss the idea that God’s plan for all believers is for us to glorify Him by loving others, obeying Him out of love, and sharing the gospel throughout the earth. Remind kids that we can live on mission no matter where we are.

 

 

Unit 19 Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Story Point: Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan.

Unit 19 Bible Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2

 

Close in prayer!

Jesus Was Dedicated

Passage: Luke 2

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why did Mary and Joseph dedicate Jesus? Why do some parents dedicate their children today? Guide kids to recall that Mary and Joseph wanted to obey God’s law by dedicating their Son. Sometimes parents today dedicate their children as a way to recognize that children belong to the Lord. If your church hosts dedication services for families, discuss the details: what dedication means and how everyone in the church commits to helping children know, love, and serve God.
(read 1 Kings 8:60-61.)

2. What does a life lived for God look like? How should the life of someone who trusts in Jesus as Lord and Savior differ from the life of someone who doesn’t? Lead kids to identify that the life of a believer should be marked by the work of the Holy Spirit in that person’s life. The Holy Spirit grows us to become more like Christ. A believer recognizes Jesus as King and repents of sin. Differences are not always obvious, but unbelievers lack the Holy Spirit and are unrepentant.
(read Gal. 5:22-23.)

3. Why can we have peace even in difficult circumstances? Encourage kids to discuss three types of peace—peace with God, peace that comes from God, and peace with others. We have a right relationship with God and look forward to a future with Him forever. Through the Spirit, God can give us peace in hard times.
(read Ps. 4:8.)

 

Younger Kids

1. How would Jesus provide salvation? Guide kids to think about Jesus’ death on the cross. Remind the kids that the fair payment of sin is death and that Jesus died in our place. He took on the punishment of God’s anger toward sin and died. Then He rose again to prove His sacrifice was enough. 

2. What are ways people might respond to Jesus? Discuss the reactions of Simeon and Anna, who were excited and happy and told others about Jesus. Then discuss why some people might not believe the good news, or might feel it is too good (or they are too bad) to accept the gospel as true. Point out that some people might think they know Jesus but never have a real relationship with Him.

3. What other promises has God given us? Remind kids that God has promised salvation to everyone who trusts in Jesus. He has promised to send Jesus back to fix everything sin has broken. He has promised to give us new life, joy, and peace through Jesus. Help kids understand that He has not promised an easy life.

 

 

 

Unit 19 Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Story Point: Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah.

Unit 19 Bible Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2

 

Close in prayer!

Jesus Was Born

Passage: Luke 2

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why do you think Jesus was born in such a humble way rather than in a palace to a wealthy family? Guide kids to consider how Jesus can relate to ordinary people because of His upbringing. He gave up His glory and power in heaven to live humbly among people. Jesus’ birth reflects how His kingdom’s values differ from the world’s values. We can boldly and humbly approach His throne in prayer.
(read Heb. 4:15-16.)

2. Why was Jesus’ birth good news? Help kids understand that Jesus came because we needed Him. God showed His love for us by sending His Son into the world. We were separated from God because of our sins, but God was working out His promise to rescue sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
(read John 3:16.)

3.  Why should we tell others about Jesus? Lead kids to recognize that salvation through Jesus bring the privilege and responsibility of sharing the gospel with the world. God calls us to live as witnesses to the saving power of Jesus—in what we say and how we live.
(read Ps. 66:16.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why is Jesus’ birth so incredible? Guide kids to discuss both the unusual circumstances of Jesus’ arrival—such as the angel choirs proclaiming His birth-—and the miraculous nature of Jesus’ full divinity being wrapped in full humanity. Remind kids that Jesus the Messiah had been promised to come for thousands of years, and God is faithful.

2. Why is it important that Jesus came as a human baby? Help kids understand that God’s plan to destroy sin required a perfect sacrifice. Jesus’ birth as a human meant that He could grow up and lay down His life for us. He could live the perfect human life we are unable to live and die the kind of death we deserve. Jesus’ full humanity is why He could die to save humans. 

3. Why is it important that Jesus remained God? Explain that Jesus’ nature as fully God is what allowed Him to bear the weight of God’s punishment for sin in a human body. The complete power of God in Jesus also gave Him the power to reject temptation and live a perfectly sinless life. 

 

 

 

Unit 19 Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Story Point: Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

Unit 19 Bible Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2

 

Close in prayer!

John Was Born

Passage: Luke 1

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What did Zechariah do after his son was born? Prompt kids to recall that Zechariah named the baby John, just as the angel commanded. Then he was able to speak, and he prophesied about John, saying he would go before the Lord and get people ready for Him.

2. The name John means “the Lord is gracious.” Where do you see God’s grace in the Bible story or in your own life? Encourage kids to give examples. Help them recognize God’s grace in giving a son to Zechariah and Elizabeth. Guide them to consider undeserved favor in their lives, especially the gracious gift of salvation through Jesus.
(Oread Ex. 34:6.)

3. In what ways can we get people ready for Jesus’ return? Invite kids to share their ideas. Emphasize that Jesus commanded all believers to make disciples among the nations. (Matt. 28:19) We can all be involved by telling others about Jesus in our own communities, supporting missionaries through prayer or giving, or obeying God’s call to go to the nations.
(read 1 Pet. 4:7-11.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Can you think of times we doubt God, or struggle to understand how His plans work? Guide kids to discuss how they feel about God in hard times. Remind kids that God is always faithful. No matter how we feel or what situations we face, God’s promises are sure and will come true in His perfect timing. Help them understand that we can read our Bibles and pray to help us learn to trust God more.

2. What are some ways God can use you to point people to Jesus? Encourage kids to think about their friends and family members who may not love Jesus. Discuss ways to show them God’s love and share the gospel with them. Remind kids that even people who know and love Jesus need to be pointed to Jesus to help them remember how good He is.

3. When is it easy to praise God? When is it hard to? Discuss with the kids how difficult times can make it hard to trust God, but they can also push us toward the Lord as we learn to rely on Him for support. Remind the kids that the Bible teaches we should praise God in good times and difficult times. 

 

 

 

Unit 19 Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Story Point: John was born to prepare the way for Jesus.

Unit 19 Bible Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2

 

Close in prayer!

From Adam to Jesus

Passage: Matthew 1; Luke 3; John 1

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What kinds of people are in Jesus’ family line? Invite kids to share their observations. Point out that God uses all types of people in His plans. God made Abraham a father even in his old age. God used Jacob even though he dressed in his brother’s clothes to get a blessing meant for Esau. Rahab hid the Israelite spies. Ruth was a Moabite who followed her mother-in-law back to Judah. David was a shepherd boy. Solomon asked for wisdom. God made Josiah a king at 8 years old.
(read Eph. 1:4-5.)

2. How is Jesus different than the other people in His family line? Emphasize that as the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human. Unlike the other people in His family line, Jesus never sinned.
(Option: Choose a volunteer to read Heb. 4:15.)

3. What does it mean to be adopted into God’s family? Lead kids to recognize that adoption describes our new relationship with God. We gain all of the responsibilities and privileges of being a child of God. God gives His Spirit to lead His children. We live for Him, and we will live with Him forever.
(Option: Choose a volunteer to read Gal. 4:6-7.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why is it important to understand who was part of Jesus’ family? Guide kids to understand that many of God’s promises about the coming Messiah had to do with specific families. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were promised blessings to bless the world; and David was promised a descendant who would reign forever. Seeing Jesus’ family line helps us understand that Jesus is the Messiah.

2. How do you feel knowing Jesus’ family was not perfect? Discuss the idea that God uses imperfect people to bring about His perfect plans. Jesus’ family was not perfect, our families are not perfect, and we are not perfect. Even so, God can use us in His plans. 

3. How can we be a part of God’s family? Remind kids that Jesus’ death and resurrection made the way for us to be forgiven of sin and adopted into God’s family. Even though people in God’s family are not perfect, we can love one another and help one another with God’s power and help. Someday all believers will be perfected at Jesus’ return and the restoration of the world.

 

 

 

Unit 19 Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Story Point: Jesus’ family line proved He is the Messiah.

Unit 19 Bible Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. – John 1:1-2

 

Close in prayer!

Malachi the Prophet

Passage: Book of Malachi

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why do you think the people offered God their sick animals instead of their healthy animals? Point out that we sometimes try to make shortcuts to obey God because we don’t trust Him like we should or we act selfishly. But God wants us to obey Him completely, offering Him our very best. The people were supposed to make a sacrifice to worship God, but they gave Him their leftovers instead of their best.
(read 1 Sam. 15:22.) 

2. What does it mean to sacrifice something? Help kids recall that to sacrifice means offering God our very best of everything. The people in the story were supposed to be making a sacrifice to worship God. Sacrifice expresses love, thanksgiving, or the need for forgiveness; and sacrifice often comes at great cost to ourselves.
(read Ps. 51:16-17.)

3. What is something you can give to God this week? Encourage the kids to think beyond belongings, such as toys, and to think about sacrificing time or effort. For example, they may give God 10 minutes a day to read the Bible and pray.
(read Rom. 12:1-2.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why was God so unhappy with the people’s sacrifices? Guide the kids to see that God’s people were going through the motions of worship, but their hearts were not in it. By offering sick and lame animals, they communicated that they did not believe God deserved their best. They were trying to save their best animals for themselves. God always deserves our best.

2. When is it easy to obey God? When is it difficult to obey Him? Guide kids to see that obedience is easier when our hearts are full of love for God and those around us love Him too. Help them see that obedience can be difficult when we are surrounded by people who do not love God. But God promises to be with us and strengthen us. He promises that the reward will be great for our obedience. 

3. What can we do when we realize that we are living in sin? When we confess our sin to God, we can ask Him to restore us. Jesus had paid the price for our sin once and for all, so we can have forgiveness through Him. 

 

 

Unit 18 Big Picture Question: Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.

Story Point: Malachi called God’s people to repent to prepare for the Messiah.

Unit 18 Bible Memory Verse: The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. – 1 Peter 5:10 

 

Close in prayer!

God’s People Repented

Passage: Nehemiah 8-13

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. How did the Israelites’ view of God’s Word help them make the right choice? The Israelites trusted God’s Word, stood when it was read, listened attentively, and praised God. They respected God’s Word and trusted that it was true, even when it showed they needed to repent and make changes in their lives.
(read 2 Tim. 3:16-17.) 

2. How does God’s Word change us today? Lead kids to recognize that the Bible is inspired by God and can be used to teach, rebuke, correct, and train people to follow God. The Bible is trustworthy and can speak to every area of our lives. We can respect, follow, and trust the Bible because it comes from God.
(read Neh. 8:5-6.)

3. What are some ways people should respond to God’s Word today? Invite kids to discuss. Point out how people responded to God’s Word in today’s story. They responded physically by kneeling, but they also responded spiritually by repenting and turning away from bad choices and turning toward God.
(read Rom. 15:4.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think the people responded to the Word of God by crying? Guide the kids to see that the people realized that they had sinned against God. They had fallen short of what God had called them to, and they knew that they deserved to be punished. Their sin separated them from God and that made them very sad. (Isa. 59:2)

2. Why did God want the people to celebrate instead? God had been incredibly kind to His people. He restored them to their land and revealed their sin so they could repent and obey Him. His faithfulness was greater than their sin, and He wanted them to be happy about His goodness. Their celebration honored God’s work.

3. What can you do when you realize that you have sinned? Help kids understand that when we sin we must confess our sin and repent. Repent means to turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. God has shown us grace and has promised to forgive our sin when we come to Him with a repentant heart. (Acts 3:19)

 

 

Unit 18 Big Picture Question: Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.

Story Point: God’s people repented and promised to be faithful.

Unit 18 Bible Memory Verse: The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. – 1 Peter 5:10 

 

Close in prayer!

The Walls Rebuilt

Passage: Nehemiah 1-6

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What was the first thing Nehemiah did after hearing about Jerusalem? Help kids find Neh. 1:4, which says Nehemiah “mourned and fasted and prayed.” Nehemiah had the greatest tool of all—prayer! We can approach every situation with prayer. God hears us when we pray.
(read 1 Thess. 5:16-18.) 

2. What feelings might prompt you to pray? Suggest that kids can pray through all of their feelings—joy, sorrow, confusion, and so on. Point out that in his prayer, Nehemiah thanked God and praised Him. Nehemiah prayed even though he was sad and confused. God heard Nehemiah’s prayers and answered them.
(read Ps. 34:17.)

3. What situation do you need to pray about this week? How can you remind yourself to “pray without ceasing”? Encourage kids to share their thoughts. Emphasize that God wants us to pray about everything! God knows all things, but He welcomes us to come to Him with all of our questions, cares, and concerns.
(read Col. 4:2.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think it was important to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem? Help the kids understand that a city’s walls and gates were important for the security of the people. Without walls they would be vulnerable to attack. 

2. Why do you think it is significant that the Jews were all working together? Explain that the people needed each other. They worked together and mutually encouraged one another along the way. As believers, God calls us to be united and work together for His kingdom. We need each other!

3. How can you be an encouragement to someone this week? Guide kids to think practically. Discuss ways they can cheer for their friends at sporting events, show kindness to their siblings, or help their parents by doing chores and obeying joyfully. Discuss why encouraging others is important and how it can demonstrate God’s love for people.

 

 

Unit 18 Big Picture Question: Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.

Story Point: God used Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.

Unit 18 Bible Memory Verse: The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. – 1 Peter 5:10 

 

Close in prayer!

Esther Saved Her People

Passage: Book of Esther

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. How was Esther able to save her people? Guide kids to recall that Esther, a Jew, was chosen to be the queen of Persia. The king did not know she was a Jew, and Esther rose to a position where she could ask the king to protect her people.
(read 1 Cor. 1:26-28.) 

2. How does Esther remind us of Jesus? Lead kids to recognize that God raised up Esther to save His people. Mordecai urged Esther to take action, and she was willing to face death for them. In a greater way, God sent Jesus at just the right time and Jesus willingly died on the cross to save sinners. Jesus rose from the dead. One day, He will come back to rule as King forever.
(read Phil. 2:5-8.)

3. How can you be part of God’s plan? Prompt kids to discuss ways they are uniquely gifted to serve and help others in their neighborhood or community. Talk about how God has a purpose for our lives now—right where we are—to advance the gospel. We might not know God’s exact plan, but we can help others and faithfully share with them the good news about Jesus.
(read Ps. 138:8.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think Esther was willing to die to save her people? Help the kids see that Esther understood that she had been made queen for this reason. She understood that God was working through her life and spent days fasting and praying about the issue. God gave her courage to stand up for her people.

2. Esther spoke up for her people. Who speaks up for us today? Explain that when we trust in Jesus, He speaks to God the Father on our behalf. When we are joined to Jesus, He gives us His perfect righteousness and obedience. (Heb. 7:25)

3. How can you speak up for a friend in need? Guide kids to think about situations where they may see people being mistreated, such as bullying at school. Remind them that God has commanded us to treat everyone with love and to protect those in need. Brainstorm things they could say to help others.

 

 

Unit 18 Big Picture Question: Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven and on earth.

Story Point: God made Esther a queen to protect His people.

Unit 18 Bible Memory Verse: The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. – 1 Peter 5:10 

 

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Zechariah the Prophet

Passage: Book of Zechariah

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What was the main message Zechariah came to deliver? Guide kids to recall that Zechariah said the Messiah is coming. Jesus was coming to be the King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of peace.
(read Isa. 9:6.)

2. Describe a time when you tried to do the right thing when everyone around you was doing the wrong thing. Invite kids to share. Point out that Zechariah had some stern messages for those who disobeyed God. God told the people to return to Him. God calls us today to come near to Him and turn away from sin.
(read Jas. 4:8.)

3. How can we be encouraged to obey God even when it’s difficult? Affirm that obeying God may not always be the popular choice, but it is always the right choice. God must punish sin. We show we love God when we obey His commands.
(read John 15:14.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God spoke this message of hope through Zechariah? Guide the kids to see that God cares for us. The Israelites were struggling in rebuilding the temple and finding their identity as a people. God reminded them that they are His chosen people. 

2. How can we be encouraged to obey God even when life is difficult? Help the kids understand that God has given us hope for a future eternity with Him, but we also get to be part of His kingdom here on this earth. Our obedience flows out of our love for Him and for what He has done for us.

3. How do we know Jesus is the Messiah? Guide kids to understand that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, and God showed other people that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus perfectly fulfilled Old Testament prophecies, such as those found in today’s story, and did miracles to prove His identity as God’s Son. Jesus perfectly obeyed all the law, showing us exactly who God is.

 

 

Unit 17 Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect Prophet? Jesus perfectly reveals God the Father and fulfills what the prophets spoke.

Story Point: Zechariah said the Messiah is coming.

Unit 17 Bible Memory Verse: “I know the plans I have for you” -this is the LORD’s declaration- “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 

 

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The Captives Came Home

Passage: Ezra 4-6, Haggai

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. How did rebuilding the temple bring glory to God? Help kids conclude that God’s people were determined to rebuild the temple so they could worship God. Seeing the temple rebuilt showed God’s faithfulness. Hundreds of years later, God would send Jesus to dwell among His people so they would no longer need the temple.
(read John 1:14.)

2. The Bible tells us that we are God’s temple. How should that impact the way we relate to one another or see ourselves? Emphasize to kids that if we are in Christ, our bodies are the temple to the Holy Spirit. We should honor our bodies and treat others with respect.
(read 1 Cor. 6:19-20.)

3. Why is God the best foundation for our lives? Invite kids to discuss how we can often be tempted to build our foundation on other things (relationships, popularity, etc.), but Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the only firm foundation. All other ground is sinking sand.
(read 1 Cor. 3:11.)

 

Younger Kids

1. How did building the temple bring glory to God? Guide the kids to understand that the temple was meant to be a place where God’s people worshiped Him. True worship of God glorifies Him. Additionally, enemies were tyring to prevent them from finishing, so by overcoming those obstacles, God’s people showed God’s power to support and guide them.

2. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit lives inside of Christians. How does this change our behavior? Help the kids see that everyone is made in God’s image. We ought to respect one another and ourselves. We should treat each other with dignity, compassion, and love. Because we are vessels of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to love with God’s love.

3. How can you encourage someone who is suffering and ready to give up hope? Explain that we can offer encouragement from God’s Word. Someday, Jesus will return to restore the whole earth and provide a perfect place for us to live and worship Him forever. We face difficult times with hope because of Jesus’ promises.

 

 

Unit 17 Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect Prophet? Jesus perfectly reveals God the Father and fulfills what the prophets spoke.

Story Point: God’s people rebuilt the temple to glorify God.

Unit 17 Bible Memory Verse: “I know the plans I have for you” -this is the LORD’s declaration- “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 

 

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The Captives Came Home

Passage: Ezra 1-3

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What promise did God keep for His people? Prompt kids to recall that God kept His promise to bring His people home. God spoke this promise to the prophet Jeremiah more than 70 years before the exile.
(read Jer. 29:10.)

2. How do we know we can we trust God to keep His promises? Point out that over and over again, God not only makes promises, but He keeps them. Many of us make promises but are guilty of not keeping our promises. God isn’t like us. He is always faithful. We can put our trust in Him.
(read Heb. 10:23.)

3. Will you trust God when things don’t make sense? Why? Emphasize that there will be times in kids’ lives when things just don’t make sense. They may not know why something happened or didn’t happen. Remind kids that God’s Word tells us to trust Him and not lean on our own understanding.
(read Prov. 3:5-6.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God allowed His people to live in exile for 70 years? Guide the kids to see that God takes sin seriously. He wanted to purify His people; to punish sin and bring new life to the people who truly wanted to follow Him. God wanted to give His children a chance to recognize their sin and turn back to Him. He used the exile to glorify Himself in foreign nations.

2. How can we know God loves us in difficult times? Help kids understand that God’s love for us never changes. We don’t always understand why we face hard times but we can trust that God will never leave us. He will never stop loving us. Sometimes He allows us to experience pain so we can better understand how much we need Him. When we face hard times while relying on God, it glorifies Him and builds our faith. 

3. The temple needed a strong foundation. What is the foundation of our lives? Help kids see that our faith is built on Jesus’ sacrifice for us. We trust the Bible as God’s Word, and it tells us what is true about God and ourselves. With such a firm foundation, our lives can stand up to various trials. 

 

 

Unit 17 Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect Prophet? Jesus perfectly reveals God the Father and fulfills what the prophets spoke.

Story Point: God kept His promise to bring His people home.

Unit 17 Bible Memory Verse: “I know the plans I have for you” -this is the LORD’s declaration- “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 

 

Close in prayer!

Obadiah the Prophet

Passage: Book of Obadiah

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What consequences did Edom face for their mistreatment of Israel? Will we face what we deserve for our sin? Why? Lead kids to recall that God said the people of Edom would get what they deserved. (Obad. 15) We deserve death for our sin, but Jesus took the punishment we deserve by dying on the cross. On the third day, He rose from the dead. When we trust in Him, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life.
(read 1 Cor. 3:19-20.)

2. A lot of the problems from today’s story happened because the families of two brothers didn’t get along. What could you do this week to get along with your brothers, sisters, or friends? Invite kids to share their ideas. Point out that not only does God call us to love our siblings, He even wants us to love our enemies.
(read Matt. 5:44.)

3. Do you think God can fix this broken world? Why? Allow kids to share their thoughts. Then emphasize that we do live in a broken world where many unfair things happen, but God promises in His Word that one day, Jesus will return and make all things new.
(read Rev. 21:5.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God punished the nation of Edom so severely? Help kids understand that Edom was the nation of Esau’s descendants. They should have been like brothers and sisters to Israel. If anyone understood God’s love and plans for Israel, it should have been Edom. By ignoring Judah’s trouble, they were actively going against God’s plans.

2. Do you think we should only help our siblings and family members? Why or why not? Discuss the idea of loving our enemies. Remind kids that God adopts believers into His family, and that salvation is free to everyone who believes. This means everyone we meet is, or could become, part of our spiritual family.  

3. What does it show about God when we love our enemies? Discuss what the Bible teaches about our standing towards God. Remind the kids that we are born in sin, and thus are enemies of God. (Romans 5:10) But He loves us anyway and sent Jesus for us. When we love those who treat us badly, it provides a picture of God’s love for sinners.  

 

 

Unit 17 Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect Prophet? Jesus perfectly reveals God the Father and fulfills what the prophets spoke.

Story Point: God promised to restore Israel and rule the earth as King.

Unit 17 Bible Memory Verse: “I know the plans I have for you” -this is the LORD’s declaration- “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 

 

Close in prayer!

Daniel’s Dream

Passage: Daniel 7

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. What is the difference between earthly kingdoms and God’s kingdom? Invite kids to share their ideas. Point out that earthly kingdoms are temporary but God’s kingdom will last forever. Earthly kingdoms are ruled by imperfect men but God’s kingdom is ruled by the perfect King—Jesus!
(read Ps. 46:6.)

2. Who is always in control? Assure kids that we can be confident that no matter who is ruling or what chaos is happening in the world, God has and will always be in control. All rulers are ultimately under God’s control, and one day all rulers will serve and obey Him.
(read Dan. 7:27.) 

3. How should we live, knowing God is the eternal King? Guide kids to conclude that if we have trusted Jesus as our Savior, we will live differently. We will be more concerned with eternal things, knowing that one day, the eternal King will take his throne and we will be with Him in glory.
(read Col. 3:1-4.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God gave Daniel this dream? Guide the kids to see that God was showing that He is ultimately in control. God gave Daniel (and us) hope for eternity so we can know that no matter what kind of ruler we have, God is still on the throne. He is in charge. Someday, Jesus will return and destroy all evil, restoring the world. Those who trust in Him will live with God forever.

2. What does this story teach us about what God is like? Help kids understand that God is sovereign, or in control over all things. He is also good and righteous. He wants us to have hope for the future. Through Jesus, He gives us hope. 

3. What can you do when you feel scared? Explain that even in scary times we can still trust God. If we have trusted in Jesus, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit for all eternity. (Eph. 4:30) Even though bad things sometimes happen while we wait for Jesus to return, we don’t have to fear anything—not even death. God is bigger than anything we could ever fear, and He will destroy all evil someday.  

 

 

Unit 16 Big Picture Question: Why do we pray? We pray because we trust God, and we know he hears us.

Story Point: God is the eternal King who judges the nations.

Unit 16 Bible Memory Verse: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

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Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Passage: Daniel 6

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. How did Daniel’s obedience to God point others to God? Invite kids to discuss. Point out that after God shut the mouths of the lions to save Daniel, King Darius realized that God is the “living God” who “rescues and delivers.” (See Dan. 6:26-27.) (read Gal. 1:3-4.)

2. Is everything in life easy if we just obey God? Invite kids to share their ideas. Emphasize that obedience leading to an easy life wasn’t true for Daniel and it is not true for us. The Bible says following God will cost us, but He is worth it.
(read Matt. 16:24-25.)

3. How can you trust God when facing something hard? Assure kids that even when we face difficult times, we have a loving heavenly Father. Jesus prays for us according to God’s will. God will use each situation in our life for His glory and our good. He cares for us, sees us, knows us, and loves us.
(read Rom. 8:26-28.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think Daniel obeyed God rather than King Darius? Guide the kids to see that God is our ultimate authority. We are called to obey God above any earthly leaders. If Daniel were to obey the king’s decree to pray to him, Daniel would have been sinning against God. 

2. Is it always easy to obey God? Why or why not? Help kids understand that obeying God can be difficult. We have to fight against our own sin, and we may face persecution from non-believers. Jesus reminded His disciples that we will be blessed when people mistreat us for His sake. (Matt. 5:11-12; John 15:18-19) We can also remember that Jesus faced punishment and even death when He was obedient to God’s plan to rescue sinners. (Heb. 5:7-9)

3. How can your obedience to God point others to His goodness? Explain that our obedience shows others that we really do trust God and believe the Bible. When we choose to follow God, especially when disobedience might seem easier, we demonstrate to the world that God is worthy of our obedience. 

 

 

Unit 16 Big Picture Question: Why do we pray? We pray because we trust God, and we know he hears us.

Story Point: God shut the mouths of the lions to save Daniel.

Unit 16 Bible Memory Verse: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Close in prayer!

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Passage: Daniel 4

 

 

 

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Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Why didn’t God let Nebuchadnezzar continue in his pride? Does God always punish sin? Why? Lead kids to recognize that God is loving, just, and righteous. He always punishes sin. It would be against His nature to leave sin unpunished.
(read Jer. 9:24.)

2. What can I do when I sin? Invite kids to share their ideas. Emphasize that we must confess our sin to the Lord. In the Bible, 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Psalm 86:5 says God is eager to forgive.
(read Ps. 32:5.)

3. How can you practice humility in your life? How can humility help point others to Jesus? Encourage kids to share their thoughts. Prompt them to consider examples of showing humility that involve putting others first, being open to correction and instruction, and not thinking of themselves as better than other people.
(read 1 Pet. 5:5.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God did what He did with Nebuchadnezzar? Help kids understand that God loved Nebuchadnezzar. God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to know Him and see that He is all-powerful and in control. Nebuchadnezzar was prideful and living for his own glory, and only God deserves glory.

2. Why do you think pride is such a bad thing? Guide the kids to understand that pride tries to take glory away from God. He is the only One who deserves glory. Apart from God we are nothing. We owe Him everything, including our praise!

3. What are some ways we struggle with pride? Help kids come up with examples from their own lives. We show pride when we fail to love others well, and when we try to get our way instead of trusting God. We even show pride when we choose not to pray or praise God.

 

 

Unit 16 Big Picture Question: Why do we pray? We pray because we trust God, and we know he hears us.

Story Point: God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar to show that He is in control.

Unit 16 Bible Memory Verse: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Close in prayer!

The Fiery Furnace

Passage: Daniel 3

 

 

 

Watch the video and review the lesson with your children.

 

Discussion Questions:

Older Kids

1. Do you think it was easy for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to decide to disobey the king? Why? Help kids realize that it would have been very hard to be the only ones disobeying the king’s command, but these men decided to follow God, even if it cost them their lives. Emphasize that the friends knew the trials they endured on earth were only temporary and that one day God would reward them for their faithfulness.
(read James 1:12.)

2. How can this story be an encouragement when we feel like we are the only ones obeying God? Point out that God was with the men when they chose to obey Him instead of the king. Lead kids to connect that through the Holy Spirit, God is also with us.
(read Rom. 5:3-5.)

3. What are some ways you can choose to obey God in your life? Give kids time to discuss. Explain that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, His followers continued telling others about Jesus. They were put on trial. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Jesus’ followers chose to obey God rather than people.
(read Acts 5:29.)

 

Younger Kids

1. Why do you think God allowed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to go through the fire? Guide kids to see that God used this scary situation to build the friends’ faith in Him and to show Nebuchadnezzar that God is mighty to save His people. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went through the fire for God to be glorified.

2. What are some idols that you are tempted to worship? Guide the kids to see that good gifts from God turn into idols if we love them more than we love God. When we repent, God forgives us and changes our hearts to love Him more. 

3. How does knowing that God does everything for His glory and our good help us when we face scary situations? Guide the kids to see that though God doesn’t promise us physical safety, He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. He will help us through hard times.

 

 

Unit 16 Big Picture Question: Why do we pray?

Story Point: God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the king.

Unit 16 Bible Memory Verse: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Close in prayer!