Sunday Leftovers

The Story : A New Beginning

Sermon Title: A New Beginning…

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

If you remember the old “A Team” series, the lead character’s weekly quote was “I love it when a plan comes together.” When we look at the Bible, as a whole and we see God’s overall plan, from beginning to end, we see that there was always a plan. There was always a plan for God to have a personal relationship with a people He could call His own. There was always a plan for God establish a special place for those in His family, and there has always been a plan for God to walk and talk with those He loves. As we come to the end of this series we catch a glimpse of the future, our future and see that the plan has come together and it is amazing!

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Pete’s message?
  • What do the book of Acts, the pastoral letters and the last two chapters of the Book of the Revelation tell us about God’s plan?
  • What do these stories say about God?
  • What do these stories teach us about our personal relationship with God?
  • What do these stories teach us about what God calls us to do and who God is calling us to be?

 

Do something about it: Now that you have an overview of what the Bible is about set up a reading plan. Begin in one of the Gospels and then formulate a plan to spend time in God’s Word on a regular basis. As you read ask your self the questions: “What does this say about God…me…how to be?

Digging deeper; John 1:1-4,14-18; Acts 2 and 9, 1 Corinthians 15, Revelation 21 and 22

Parent Cue

Sunday, November 20th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who am I thankful for? I am thankful for people who help me.

Bible Story: A woman helped Elisha by making a room for him to stay in when he visited. 2 Kings 4:8-17

Follow Up Activity: Greet your child in the morning by saying “ Today is a great day to help someone! God gives us people to help us, so let’s help others!”

Memory Verse: “ Always give thanks to God!” Ephesians 5:20

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: Everybody is Important!

Bible Story: The Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Discussion Starter: God has given each person different gifts to use within the body of Christ. Discuss with your child the things that he/she is good at doing, and how that might be beneficial within the church and their sphere of influence.

Memory Verse: “ Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Sunday Leftovers

The Story: Back to the Very Beginning…

The stories of the Old Testament can sometimes seem messy, confusing, disheartening and discouraging. We wonder sometimes if God was different in Old Testament times. In truth, it’s crucial to understand the big picture of Israel’s history and their interaction with God so that we can better understand what part that plays in the gaining a better understanding of who God really is.. This is the story of a God who will try anything to convince His people to return to Him. It’s the story of God’s continued faithfulness to His covenant with Abraham and His ultimate covenant with all who believe.
 
Questions for discussion:
 
•What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
•Why should we study the Old Testament? Isn’t that just ancient history?
•What do these stories say about God?
•What do these stories teach us about our personal relationship with God?
•What do these stories teach us about what God calls us to do and who God is calling us to be?
 
Do something about it:
 
In order to gain a broader perspective of the character and ultimate plan of God we have to delve into the foundations: The Old Testament. Take some time to look up and read through the following scriptures. Use this opportunity to gain some insight into who the God of the Old Testament really is and why understanding the “whole story” is important.
 
Digging deeper:
 
Exodus 34:6-7; 1 Samuel 16:1-11; Isaiah 53; Psalms 139; Micah 6:8; Romans 15:4
Parent Cue

Sunday, November 13th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who am I thankful for? I am thankful for people who help me.

Bible Story: God’s people came together to help Nehemiah repair the wall around the city. Nehemiah 1-6

Follow Up Activity: The world is filled with all kinds of helpers. As you drive around, as your child to think of people who are helpers – firefighters, police officers, teachers, grandparents, etc. Thank God for all the helpers that they mention.

Memory Verse: “ Always give thanks to God!” Ephesians 5:20

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: Through Jesus I can become a new creation!

Bible Story: Nicodemus learns about being born again. John 3:1-21

Discussion Starter: When we ask Jesus to live in our hearts, we become new creations and God helps us grow in our faith. Ask your child- What does it mean to become a new creation? What things does God use to help us grow in our faith? Godly people in our lives, attending church, reading our Bibles, praying and serving others all help us grow in our faith.

Memory Verse: “ Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Sunday Leftovers

The Story: In the Beginning…

 

With Christ as our foundation and starting point, we return now to the beginning of our story. We start in Eden where all humanity was welcomed into a relationship with God. God offered His presence as He walked amongst His people. Then came the Fall and that relationship was broken. God initiated a plan of reconciliation through Noah, one man and his immediate family, and provided a way for them to reenter this plan and reestablish that relationship. Next came Abraham, who God used to create a nation that He could call His people, His family. Through Moses, a chosen intermediary, an entire nation experiences the grace of God. Finally with Jesus, as in Eden, every son of Adam and daughter of Eve is offered the opportunity to walk with God and experience a personal relationship with their Creator.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What do these stories say about God? 
  • What do these stories teach us about our personal relationship with God?
  • What do these stories teach us about who God is calling us to be?

Do something about it:

Go back and read/reread Genesis and Exodus. Read it with a goal of seeking an answer to the questions: “What do these stories tell me God? What do these stories tell me about me? What do these stories tell me about where I need to be?”

Digging deeper:

Genesis 1:26; 17:4-8; Exodus 29:44-46; Hebrews 8:8-12; John 1:1-4;14-18; Romans 15:4

Parent Cue

Sunday, November 6th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who am I thankful for? I am thankful for people who help me.

Bible Story: Aaron helped his brother Moses by holding up one of his tired arms while Hur held up the other. Exodus 17:8-13

Follow Up Activity: Pick an activity that requires your family to help each other in order to finish it, such as building with Legos . Repeat the word “help” often and thank your family for being such great helpers!

Memory Verse: “ Always give thanks to God!” Ephesians 5:20

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: Jesus took my sins away!

Bible Story: Jesus’ death and resurrection – Found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Discussion Starter: Share with your child a time when you were forgiven and how that felt. Ask them what they feel like when someone forgives them. Jesus died for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. Take a minute to discuss what this means with your child and end with a prayer.

Memory Verse: “ Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Sunday Leftovers

The Story: Where to Begin…

 

Have you ever read a verse or a section of the Bible and then put it down because it was so difficult to understand? Or, maybe you wondered how a book, written over a period of six millennia, written by different authors at different times could be compiled into a harmonious and consistent story? This message (and the series) is intended to serve as an introduction to the Bible. Our hope is that, after looking at it as a grand narrative, we’ll be able to provide an overview that will inspire you to dig a little deeper into the book that reveals the Living God to us. How can we know Him without knowing what He has said through his faithful servants? Our journey of understanding must begin with Jesus Christ.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message? 
  • What do you think are some reasons why people are reluctant to read and study the Bible?
  • What is your favorite “Jesus” story? Why?
  • Outside of Jesus’ birth, crucifixion and resurrection, what did His life teach us about the nature of God?
  • In what ways does knowing the story of Jesus help us to understand the larger story of God’s relationship with His children?

Do something about it:

Set aside some regular/consistent time each week to sit down and read/study God’s word. Start with the Gospels and make a point to dig deeper into the character and mission of Jesus. Write down questions that you might have and intentionally seek opportunities (small group, mentoring relationship, discussions with friends, etc.) where you can talk about and process what you read and discuss the questions you might have.

Digging deeper:

Mark 16:1-9; Luke 4:14-21; John 1:1-14,18; John 14:9 Matthew 21:42; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 21:25; Exodus 34:5-7