Sunday Leftovers

Who Do You Want To Become: Game Changer

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

If the first step in becoming who God wants us to become is to ask ourselves “Do I know what it means to be a child of God,” the next question follows naturally: Does my relationship with God change the way that I live? Does what I do accurately reflect what I believe? Does my faith affect my daily decisions? If your actions and decisions truly reflect what you believe then your life will become a living testimony to your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message? 
  • How has your faith in Jesus changed the way you live? 

  • What, in your daily routine, provides an opportunity for the Spirit to nourish you?
  • Do you know what the Spiritual Disciplines are? Which ones do you practice?
  • What are some new ways of connecting with Christ have you discovered? 
  • How has your faith changed your decision process?

 

Do something about it:

Find ways to connect your spiritual life to your daily life: Look for ways in which you can connect the everyday things you enjoy doing with spending time with God. Look for God’s personal messages in movies, books, sporting events, etc. When making decisions, consider what far-reaching affects each decision would have if you first prayed about it and then asked God to play a direct part.

Digging deeper:

Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:43; 12:33-34; James 2:14-26; Ephesians 3:16-19; Deuteronomy 6:5-8; Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:17-18; 1 Timothy 5:4;

Parent Cue

Sunday, September 25th

 Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who can you trust? I can trust God

Bible Story: Naaman dips in the Jordan River seven times to show he trusts what God says- from 2 Kings 5:1-14

Follow Up Activity: Cuddle up with your child and pray. “ Dear God, it is so important that we trust you. We know we can trust you because you love us and always know what’s best. I pray that (name of child) and I will always trust you and do what you say, no matter how we feel inside. Thank you for loving us. We love you in Jesus’ name, amen.”

Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: God is the great teacher, so I will use what I have learned!

Bible Story: Temptation of Jesus

Discussion Starter: Tell your child about something that happened to you in your past. What lesson did you learn from it? How did it help you later? Ask your child to share a time when they had to make the right decision when it was hard, and praise their effort for resisting temptation.

Memory Verse: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8b

 

Sunday Leftovers

Who Do You Want to Become: Welcome to the Family

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

What does being a “child of God” mean to you? Our initial tendency is to look at things from a first person perspective and evaluate what I have to do to be a “child of God.” That is part of it, and it is extremely important, but have you taken the time to look at what that term means from God’s perspective? How does being part of God’s family change how we perceive our identity? The first step in becoming who God wants us to be is in understanding how God sees us now.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • Do you believe that Christ’s death on the cross was enough to save you? Why or why not?
  • Do you know what the Fruits of the Spirit are? Are they evident in your life?
  • Do you know and use your gifts to bless others? What are they? Give an example. 
  • Do you know (big picture) what God wants you to do with your life? What is your current purpose? 

Do something about it:

Post these questions in a prominent place. During the upcoming week take one of the questions and think/pray about it. Also, take time to read each of the scripture references below and use them to help you define what being a “Child of God” means to you.

Digging deeper:

Romans 8; John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Cor. 12:8-11; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-12; Micah 6:8; 1 Peter 4:1-2:Jeremiah 29:11,12; Ruth

Parent Cue

Sunday, September 18th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who can you trust? I can trust God

Bible Story: Jonah learns the hard way that God’s way is always best- from Jonah 1:1-3:10

Follow Up Activity: cut a few simple fish shapes out of a clean kitchen sponge. Add these to your child’s bath and ask them to count them. Talk about how God used a HUGE fish to keep Jonah safe in the water. Jonah prayed to God while he was in the fish and said he was sorry, and then he did what God said.

Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: God is my friend, so I will spend time with Him!

Bible Story: David in the wilderness – from 1 Samuel 19-20, Psalm 57:5-7

Discussion Starter: Reading our Bible is one way we can spend time with God. Take the time to look up the Bible verse with your child. Help them look up the book in the table of contents, and turn to the correct page. Teach them to look for the big number (that’s the chapter) and the small number (that’s the verse). You might also share what you do to spend time with God every day.

Memory Verse: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8b

 

We hope to see you at the Big Event on September 25 at Pine Cove!

Sunday Leftovers

Who Do You Want to Become: Before We Begin…

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

Have you ever read a Bible story and thought, “Why did they do it that way?’ When that story involves Jesus it is even more important to ask that question, because we know that the “why” is just as important as the “what” and that there is a message in that “why” for each of us. Let’s look at the story of the feeding of 4000. Jesus being the Son of God could have called down God’s power and instantaneously produced enough food to feed these people. Instead, He chose to get His disciples directly involved in meeting the needs of the crowd. Was there a reason Jesus chose to do it this way? If so, what lesson is He trying to teach us?

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think Dayspring’s Mission is?
  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • If Jesus could have fed the crowds just by saying so, why do you think He asked the disciples to take care of it?
  • What do you think God means by, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God?”
  • List some characteristics of someone you believe is living a “Christ-filled life.”

Do something about it:

Re-read your list of characteristics of a “Christ-filled Life”. As you process through that list, look for practical opportunities to help you develop in these areas (e.g. groups, service opportunities, volunteering, etc.)

Digging deeper:

Mark 8:1-21; Matthew 15:32-38; Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 25:34-46

Parent Cue

Sunday, September 11th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who can you trust? I can trust God

Bible Story: God makes a rainbow as a symbol that He keeps His promises- from Genesis 8:1-9:17

Follow Up Activity: Do you ever snack on Babybel cheese? The yummy stuff wrapped in red wax? After you and your child eat the cheese, you can shape and mold the red wax into whatever you want, including a boat. It’s a tasty and fun way to play while you talk about how Noah did what God said and built a boat!

Memory Verse: “Trust the Lord with all your heart” Proverbs 3:5

 

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: God is awesome, so I will worship Him!

Bible Story: The Israelites build the tabernacleFrom Exodus 25 and 40

Discussion Starter: Worshiping God includes things such as participating in corporate worship, personal time with God, prayer, singing songs and more. Ask your child – in what ways do you like to worship God? Why is it important that we worship Him?

Memory Verse: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8b

Sunday Leftovers

Sabbath

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

What do you think God meant by “honor the Sabbath?” It was obviously important enough that He included it in the Ten Commandments. Was it a rule that we must keep to show our obedience, or was it an instruction written by a God who knows us better than we know ourselves? Is it possible that God’s knowledge of His creation combined with His desire to connect with us personally became the inspiration for this command?

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What does “Honor the Sabbath, remember to keep it holy” mean to you?
  • Why do you think God considered this important enough to make it one of the Ten Commandments?
  • If you were to begin practicing “honoring the Sabbath” how could that make a difference in your life?

Do something about it:

If the Sabbath was made for our good then we should reclaim it as part of our inheritance as believers. If Sunday is not the best day for you to rest, set aside a day of the week when you can relax, recharge, and spend time with God.

Some ways you might create more “rest” time are to:

(1) choose one extra-curricular activity that you are going to give up and use that time for rest and communion with God; (2) turn off your cell phone and all other electronic devices for an extended period of time; (3) pick one of the spiritual disciplines and put them into practice on the Sabbath; (4) Find something you really enjoy doing and use that time to relax and appreciate who God really is.

Digging deeper:

Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Exodus 16:22; 20:8-11; Matthew 11:28,29 Mark 2:27