Week of January 24, 2021

Sydney & Norman... a tale of two pigs.

By Phil Visher

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

Preschool Series - FAMILY

In this series, children will learn that Jesus grew up, just like we do! They will start with the story of Jesus as a boy, and journey through his early ministry life. As they journey with Jesus, they will discover that Jesus grew up with friends and family, as that will be seen throughout the stories from this series.

“This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”

Matthew 17:5b

Jesus' first miracle

John 2:1-11

Wk 4 - Puzzle.pdf

Use this picture and craft sticks to create a puzzle. The puzzles show scenes from today’s Bible story.

Jesus does something amazing at a wedding!

Print off the colouring page below for your kids.

Wk 4 - Water to Wine.pdf

Kids and Jr. High Series - SON OF GOD

In this series, kids will grapple with the idea that Jesus lived a human life just like them. He was tempted and uncomfortable. He was hungry and thirsty. He felt joy and sadness. He felt all of the things that we feel. He lived on earth being tempted, but never sinned. Because even though Jesus was fully human, he is also God. This series is jam-packed full of incredibly rich Jesus-centred conversations waiting to happen!

“We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:69 (NIV)

Kids (K - Gr. 3)

Have you ever been tempted to do something that you knew you shouldn’t do? What was it?

Has a friend or a sibling ever tempted you to do something wrong? What happened?

Easy or hard?

Come up with a hand signal or a card to show "easy" and "hard"

Read the following list and prompt the kids to show whether they think each item is easy or hard to do by showing the corresponding sign or signal.

Don’t eat cookies until after supper.

Let your younger sibling play with you.

Make your bed and clean your room.

Wait until your homework is done before playing video games.

Brush your teeth twice a day.

Be friends with a lonely kid at school.

Pray for bullies.

Love other people as much as Jesus loves you.

Honour your parents.

Luke 4:1-13 Question time...

Some things in life are hard to resist!

In today’s God Story, it would have been very difficult for Jesus not to give in. But Jesus lived a sinless life even when things got tough for him!

Who tempted Jesus? (Satan)

How many times did Jesus sin? (never)

How many days was Jesus in the desert before he was tempted? (40)

Each time Jesus was tempted, how did he respond? (he quoted scripture to Satan)

What’s one way we can avoid temptation? (e.g., pray for God’s help; have a friend help)

What does it mean that Jesus lived a sinless life? (he never sinned—not even once)

How would you describe sin to someone who doesn’t know what it is? (falling short or missing the mark)

Jesus was fully human and fully...what? (God!)

Jesus lived a sinless life.

He was able to resist every single temptation!

Jesus never sinned, but he died for our sins because he loves us so much.

Brainstorm ways you could show Jesus how much you love him.

Junior High (Gr.4-6)

If you have a brother or a sister, do you ever fight with them?

It seems impossible to grow up with siblings and never bicker. Jesus had at least a couple of brothers—and he lived a sinless life!

How often do you have a day when you don’t sin?

Sin can be a “churchy” word. How would you explain it to a friend who asked you what sin is?

Jesus lived a sinless life.

He was able to resist every single temptation!

Sin is missing the mark—when we make unwise choices that hurt God and others.

What were the three ways the Devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness? (a loaf of bread when he was hungry; being offered control of kingdoms; jump off the temple to prove the angels would save him)

What kinds of things are we tempted by today? (e.g., materialism; power; watching things or thinking about others in ways that don’t honour them or God)

What can we learn from Jesus to help us be strong in situations that tempt us?

What would you do?

Scenario #1: You just moved and started at a new school. The most popular kid in your class was really nice to you from day one. She introduced you to all her friends, asked you to hangout, sit with her at lunch, etc. You think everything is going great, until one day when you’re hanging out at your new friend’s house after school and she says, “Hey, can I just see that huge math assignment Ms. Keyton gave us? No way I’m doing it, and it looks like you’re a math whiz!”

How could you respond? What is a “way out”?

Scenario #2: You have an older sister, a twin sister, and a younger brother. Your older sister is very smart, a great athlete, and just moved to university on a full scholarship. You’ve always felt like you don’t quite measure up to her and while you are going to miss her, you are also excited to be the oldest in the house for a change. Your parents leave for the day on Saturday and ask you and your siblings to clean the house and rake the yard while they’re away. Your twin sister comes up with a plan to get your younger brother to do it all; after all, you two have the power now!

If you’re honest, it’s pretty tempting! How can you respond in a way that would honour your family, and even more importantly, God?

Scenario #3: Your parents got you a smart phone for Christmas. The agreement was that you’re not allowed to use it after 10pm and that it would stay on your dresser at night and not in your bed. The thing is, you’re not allowed to have it at school and your friends are up way later than 10pm texting and gaming. As long as you’re caught up on your schoolwork, it can’t be that big of a deal if you’re up at night sometimes playing...right?

How can what we just read help you to make wise decisions that honour God, and your parents in this situation?

Youth Series - SON OF GOD

Jesus is one of three members of the Trinity and the rescuer God promised. It can be easy to forget that Jesus lived a human life, as a real person on earth. He was fully human and fully God at the same time. We are invited to learn from Jesus and become his disciple!

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT)

Youth (Gr. 7-9)

Jesus lived a sinless life.

He was able to resist every single temptation!

Which rule is the most difficult for you to follow at home? How about at school?

Is there anyone you hang out with that you know is a bad influence on you or you have a hard time saying “no” to when you know you should?

Read Luke 4:1-13

In this passage, Jesus was weak and tired, but he didn’t sin. How did Jesus fight temptation?

What can you learn from this story to apply to your own life?

Which situations lead to temptation for you? Who or what causes you to be tempted or compromise yourself? For example, does being tired or hopped up on sugar at a sleepover have a negative influence on you?

Read Galatians 6:1-3, James 1:12-15, and 1 Corinthians 10:13

What does this say about sin or temptation?

What does it say about your connections with other people?

What does it say about your relationship with God?

How does this verse connect to your life?

Jesus wants a relationship with us! He wants to help us avoid temptations and live a full and awesome life for him.

What’s something you think Jesus would want you to do (or not do) this week that you haven’t (or have) been doing lately?

What’s the most difficult temptation you face daily? At school? At home?