Sunday Leftovers

When I Met Jesus: Ema Massey

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

“What is it you seek?” Whether we know it or not, we are all seeking something. . There is something intrinsic in our make-up that desires to know why we are here and what is our purpose. Our honest, personal pursuit of these truths points us directly toward God. God is not hiding. He wants us to seek Him, because, in doing that we gain a better understanding of who we are, who He is, and why we need to know Him better.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What about Ema’s story resonates with you, personally?
  • How do you seek God? Where do you usually find Him?
  • If you were encouraging a person to seek God, where would you direct them to start? Why?

Do something about it:

If you are still searching for the truth, try asking God to reveal Himself to you. Begin to look for God to reveal Himself in the things that you love doing and the people you love being around. Seek God with your whole heart.

If you are a believer but are struggling with keeping your faith relevant and personal, try spending some time digging into His Word. Ask God to reveal Himself in a new and personal way through Bible passages, stories and parables that are familiar to you.

Digging deeper:

Matthew 7:7-11; Deuteronomy 4:29; Jeremiah 29:12,13; John 8:32; 14:6

Parent Cue

Sunday, August 28th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who loves you? God loves me!

Bible Story: Jesus loves Zacchaeus and spends time with him, even though Zachaeus had done wrong things.

Follow Up Activity: Add colorful Legos to your child’s bath. Encourage your child to separate the different colors into piles on the edge of the tub. Tell your child that God’s love for him is so big and powerful that nothing can separate him from God’s love. Say this month’s memory verse together several times.

Memory Verse: “Nothing can separate us from God’s love” Romans 8:39

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: God is our authority, so I will obey!

Bible Story: The story of the Prodigal son – from Luke 15:11-32

Discussion Starter: Teaching children to obey proper authority is an important act in learning to obey God. Tell your child about a time when you didn’t follow instructions of a person in authority. What happened? What could you have done that would have produced a better outcome?

Memory Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Sunday Leftovers

When I Met Jesus: Aaron Laird

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

How much influence do you think your words and actions have on others? Studies have shown that parents and those who teach children and youth have an inordinate influence on who they are and who they will become. Because we have this kind of influence we also have a responsibility to put them in a position where they can meet Jesus and have a meaningful experience with God.

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What about Aaron’s story resonates with you, personally?
  • What does the synagogue leader’s willingness to allow Jesus to heal his daughter teach us about sharing our story?
  • What types of opportunities/interactions are you utilizing to introduce your children to Jesus?

Do something about it:

Think about establishing a regular, specific time and place when your family can talk about who Jesus is and what you believe. Look for “teachable moments” when introducing them to an experience with God will be both memorable and have a lasting impact.

Digging deeper: 

Luke 8:40-56; Deuteronomy 6:4-6; Matthew 19:13,14;1 Peter 3:15; John 1:39-41

Sunday Leftovers

When I Met Jesus: Rob Funk

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

Many of us do not share our faith with others for fear of offense or because we just do not think our testimony will have an impact on others. When our story features God’s work in our lives and includes the truth and power of the scriptures it takes on a whole new dimension. It becomes a message of hope that contains a life-changing truth empowered by the Holy Spirit.

In the case of the Biblical story of Philip and the Ethiopian visitor, Philip’s testimony and explanation of the scriptures may have had an eternal impact on an entire nation. Jesus taught that the smallest seed (mustard) can grow into the largest tree. What prevents you from letting God use your testimony to change your world?

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What about Rob’s story resonates with you, personally?
  • What does Philip’s interactions with the Ethiopian visitor teach us about sharing our story?
  • What obstacles prevent you from sharing your story with those in your sphere of influence? 

Do something about it:

This week take a few moments to think about and write down your story. Look for scriptures or Bible stories that will help you better understand and explain God’s work in your life. Pray that God will provide you with an opportunity for you to share that story with someone you know.

Digging deeper:

Acts 8:26-40; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15; John 1:39-41; Acts 9:22-27

Parent Cue

Sunday, August 14th

Today in Worship Jr. we learned:

Monthly Question: Who loves you? God loves me!

Bible Story: God tells Abraham about His plan for him because He loves him- from Genesis 12:1-7

Follow Up Activity: As you drive along, ask your child to name a few things he loves and why he loves them so much. Maybe he loves mac and cheese because it tastes so yummy. Tell your child that God loves him just because he made him, and nothing will ever change that.

Memory Verse: “Nothing can separate us from God’s love” Romans 8:39

Today in Kids Worship we learned:

Main Point: God is our provider, so we should be grateful!

Bible Story: God provided manna for the Israelites – Exodus 16 & Numbers 11

Discussion Starter: God is faithful to provide all that we need. Ask your child to list 5 things that God has provided for them.

Memory Verse: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

Sunday Leftovers

When I Met Jesus: Melissa Littlefield

WHAT’S THIS MESSAGE ABOUT?

Many of us are inspired by moving testimonies like that of the Apostle Paul. At the same time, these testimonies sometimes cause those of us who do not have dramatic conversion experiences to wonder if our own testimonies are worth sharing. The truth is that we all meet the Lord in different ways, at different times in our lives. This mere fact demonstrates that God cares about us personally and touches each of our lives in ways that are designed to have an impact on us and those in our spheres of influence.

God has not called all of us to be Pauls or Billy Grahams, but we have been charged to “share the hope that is within us” with those in our lives. Is there someone out there who God is calling you to share your hope with?

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think was the main point of Matt’s message?
  • What about Melissa’s story resonates with you, personally?
  • What does Jesus’ interactions with Zacchaeus teach us about sharing His story?
  • Who, in your current sphere of influence, might God be calling you to share your story with?

Do something about it: This week pray, if you are not sure of about your relationship with Jesus, that God will reveal Himself to you in a clear and affirming way. If you are confident in that relationship ask God to give you the opportunity to share your story with someone who needs the hope and joy that Jesus offers.

Digging deeper: Luke 19:1-10; John 1:39-41; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 9