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October 15 – October 21, 2017

  • This Week: Jesus Healed a Woman and Raised a Girl (Mark 5:21-43)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” –John 20:31
  • Christ Connection: By healing the woman and raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus showed His power as the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin and death. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and changes us to be more like His Son.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. Jairus was one of the rulers in the synagogue. (true, Mark 5:22)

 

2. Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house for dinner. (false, he asked Jesus to heal his daughter; Mark 5:23)

 

3. Jairus believed his daughter would be healed if Jesus would lay His hands on her. (true, Mark 5:23)

 

4. Jairus and Jesus traveled alone. (false, a large crowd followed them; Mark 5:24)

 

5. A woman came to Jesus. She had been bleeding for 12 minutes. (false, 12 years; Mark 5:25)

 

6. The woman said to herself, “If I touch even Jesus’ beard, I will be healed.” (false, His clothes; Mark 5:28)

 

7. As soon as the woman touched Jesus’ clothes, she knew she was healed. (true, Mark 5:29)

 

8. Jesus asked, “Who touched My shoes?” (false, My clothes; Mark 5:30)

 

9. The woman came forward and told Jesus what had happened. (true, Mark 5:33)

 

10. Some men came from Jairus’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead.” (true, Mark 5:35)

 

11. Jesus decided not to go to Jairus’s house. (false, He went to the house; Mark 5:37-38)

 

12. Jesus told the little girl to get up, and she did. (true, Mark 5:41-42)

 

13. Big Picture Question-- What did Jesus heal people from? (Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. What is the longest amount of time you have ever been sick? Did you have to stay home from school? Did you see a doctor or go to the hospital? How did you get better?

2. When was a time you tried to do something on your own, but you really needed help?

3. What are some problems we have that we cannot fix?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • What did Jesus say made the woman well? (See Mark 5:34.)
  • How do you think Jairus felt when he heard his daughter had died? What did Jesus say to him?
  • Do you know anyone who has been suffering for a long time? Pray as a family that Jesus would bring healing.

2. Choose clothing from your family’s closets to give away to a family in need or a local ministry.

3. Visit a local children’s hospital and deliver snack items and activity books for family members to enjoy.

 

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October 8 – October 14, 2017

  • This Week: Jesus Has Power Over Evil (Mark 5:1-20)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;” –John 20:30
  • Christ Connection: Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus has power over evil, and He used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. Where did Jesus meet the man with an evil spirit? (in the region of the Gerasenes, Mark 5:1)

 

2. How did the people try to control the man? (They tried to tie him up with chains and shackles,

Mark 5:3-4)

 

3. What did Jesus command the evil spirit to do? (come out, Mark 5:8)

 

4. Where did Jesus send the evil spirits? (into a herd of pigs, Mark 5:12)

 

5. What happened to the pigs? (They ran down the hill and drowned in the sea, Mark 5:13)

 

6. How did the man behave after Jesus sent away the evil spirits? (He was dressed and behaved normally again, Mark 5:15)

 

7. What did Jesus tell the man to do? (go home and tell people what God did for him, Mark 5:19)

 

8. When people heard what Jesus had done, how did they feel? (They were amazed, Mark 5:20)

9. Big Picture Question-- What did Jesus heal people from? (Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. When was the last time you had trouble sleeping because of something scary you saw?

2. What kind of things can make you feel afraid? How do you deal with fear? What is the best thing you can do when you are afraid?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • What are some examples of evil we see today?
  • Why do we not have to be afraid of evil?
  • How did Jesus defeat evil?

2. Take turns sharing you were like before you met Jesus and how He has changed you. If you are not a believer, list questions you have about Jesus, the Bible, or church.

3. Research missionaries who serve people groups who practice shamanism or spirit worship. Be wise in sharing details of their practices with preschoolers. Pray for the people to turn from evil and turn to Jesus.

4. In light of the recent shooting in Las Vegas, consider using this resource to help your kids understand loss, sin, and tragedy.

 

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October 1 – 7 2017 

  • This Week: Four Friends Helped (Mark 2:1-12)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”—Galatians 6:9-10
  • Christ Connection: The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did something even greater; Jesus forgave his sins, and then He healed the man. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and authority to heal and forgive. Jesus forgives those who trust in Him.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. The people came to hear Jesus teach in what city? (Capernaum, Mark 2:1)

 

2. How crowded was the house where Jesus preached? (There was no more room, Mark 2:2)

 

3. How many friends carried the man who was paralyzed? (four friends, Mark 2:3)

 

4. How did the men get their friend to Jesus? (They removed the roof above Jesus and lowered the man down, Mark 2:4)

 

5. What did Jesus see in the four friends? (their faith, Mark 2:5)

 

6. What did Jesus first say to the man on the mat? (“Your sins are forgiven,” Mark 2:5)

 

7. What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of doing? (blaspheming, or speaking against God; Mark 2:6-7)

 

8. What did Jesus tell the man to do? (to get up, pick up his mat, and go home; Mark 2:11)

 

9. How did the crowd react? (They were astounded and gave glory to God, Mark 2:12)

 

10. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus perform miracles? (Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. When a time a time that you helped a friend or a friend helped you? What was the task? Why did you or your friend need help?

2. Do you have any friends right now who are currently in need of help?  How could you help them?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • In what ways do we need healing?
  • Does Jesus heal every sickness or injury? Why or why not?
  • How do we experience healing from Jesus?
  • What is everyone’s greatest need?
  • How can we help others who need Jesus?

2. Have each person in your family write the name of a friend and list a few things you can pray for that each friend this week.

3. Spend a day volunteering through our church’s Care Ministry with your family. Or consider contacting a local nursing home to find ways to volunteer there.

 

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September 24 – 30, 2017

  • This Week: Jesus Walked on Water (Matt. 14:22-33)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” –Isaiah 40:28
  • Christ Connection: Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. Why wasn’t Jesus in the boat with the disciples? (Jesus stayed behind to send the crowds home and pray alone on the mountain, Matt. 14:22-23)

 

2. What happened to the disciples in the boat? (They were hit by strong winds, Matt. 14:24)

 

3. When the disciples first saw Jesus, what did they think He was? (a ghost, Matt. 14:26)

 

4. What did Jesus say to them? (He told them not to be afraid, Matt. 14:27)

 

5. Who called back to Jesus? (Peter, Matt. 14:28)

 

6. What did Jesus tell Peter to do? (walk out to Him over the water, Matt. 14:29)

 

7. What caused Peter to sink? (He looked at the waves and became afraid, Matt. 14:30)

 

8. What did Jesus do when Peter called out for help? (Jesus saved him, Matt. 14:31)

 

9. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus perform miracles? (Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. Have you ever jumped off a diving board? What happened when your feet hit the water?

2. Have you ever felt worried about something that wasn’t as bad as it first seemed?

3. When was a time that you felt afraid? What caused you to feel afraid? What do you do when you  feel afraid?

4. What do you know to be true about God that can help you have peace in hard situations?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • Why did Peter step out of the boat?
  • Why did Peter start to sink?
  • What did Jesus do when Peter called for help?
  • What does Jesus do when we call for help?

2. Together, make a list of things you know to be true about Jesus. Talk about how knowing these things about Jesus can help you trust Him more.

3. Take your family on an outing to a swimming pool. Review the story and take turns jumping feet first into the water. Talk about how strange it must have felt for Peter when his feet didn’t fall through the water.

 

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September 17 – 23, 2017

  • This Week: Jesus Has the Power to Provide (5 Loaves & 2 Fish)  (Matt. 14: 13-21)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’ ” –John 6:35
  • Christ Connection: By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life (John 6:35). Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life. 
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. Why did Jesus and His disciples go away? (to be alone and rest; Matt. 14:13; Mark 6:31; Luke 9:10)

 

2. Who followed Jesus to the other side of the sea? (a huge crowd; Matt. 14:13; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:11; John 6:2)

 

3. What did the crowds need? (food; Matt. 14:15; Mark 6:36; Luke 9:12; John 6:5)

 

4. How much food did the disciples find? (five loaves and two fish; Matt. 14:17; Mark 6:38; Luke 9:13; John 6:9)

 

5. How many men were in the crowd? (about 5,000; Matt. 14:21; Mark 6:44; Luke 9:14; John 6:10)

 

6. How many baskets of food were left over? (12 baskets; Matt. 14: 20; Mark 6:43; Luke 9:17; John 6:13)

 

7. What did the people say about Jesus? (“This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” John 6:14)

8. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus perform miracles? (Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. Do you pack you own lunch or buy lunch at the school cafeteria? What are you favorite lunchtime foods? What do you think people might have eaten for lunch back in Jesus time?

2. How can you tell the difference between what you need and what you want?

3. Do you get everything you want? Is everything you want always what is best?

4. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed impossible? Has an impossible situation ever worked out, even though you thought it wouldn’t?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • What does this story tell us about Jesus?
  • How did Jesus show He cared about the people?
  • What are some things we need that Jesus gives us?
  • How did Jesus feel about the crowds that followed Him?
  • Why did the disciples want to send the people away?
  • When you see people in need, do you respond like Jesus or like the disciples? Why?

2. Get together with another family and plan a meal to prepare and serve at a local homeless shelter.

3. Volunteer as a family at a local food bank or soup kitchen.

 

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