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November 26 – December 2, 2017

  • This Week:? Parable of the Sower (Matt. 13:1-9; 18-23)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” –1 John 1:7
  • Christ Connection: Jesus is the Sower who shared the truth about God’s kingdom. His followers continue to share the truth today, and those who understand and accept the gospel become more like Jesus.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. How many kinds of soil did Jesus talk about seeds falling into? (four—along the path, rocky soil, among thorns, and good soil; Matt. 13:4-8; Mark 4:4-7; Luke 8:5-8)

 

2. What happened to the seeds that did not land in good soil? (They were eaten by birds, withered, or were choked out. They did not produce a crop; Matt. 13:4-7; Mark 4:4-6; Luke 8:5-7)

 

3. What did the good soil represent? (People who hear and believe the gospel. Their lives are changed by the truth; Matt. 13:23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15)

 

4. What happened to the seeds that fell in good soil? (They grew and produced a large crop; Matt. 13:8; Mark 4:8; Luke 8:8)

 

5. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus tell parables? (Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. Have you ever planted a seed or a garden? What different kinds of seeds have you grown or do you know about (fruits, flowers, vegetables, and so forth)?

2. Why do you think weeds are a problem?  What kinds of “weeds” do you think could enter into a person’s life to stop them from growing closer to and following God?

3. When you hear about something, do you always react the same way as everyone around you? When was there a time when your reaction to something was different than the way your friends reacted?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • Can we know who will believe the gospel?
  • Have you ever seen people react differently to the same news? Why would that happen?
  • What could you do if someone you tell about Jesus doesn’t believe the gospel?
  • Think about how the sower scattered the seed. What does this show about how we should share the gospel?

2. Spend some time together talking about spiritual “weeds”.  What kinds of weeds can enter our lives and distract us from loving and obeying God?

 

3. Think about the four places the seeds fell. These places describe our hearts. Discuss the following:

__ Do you have trouble understanding the gospel?

__ Do you want to give up on God when life is hard?

__ Do you worry about life and love money more than you love God?

__ Do you understand the gospel and love Jesus?

 

4. Pass out paper, and have each family member write about or draw a picture of a person they can share the gospel with this week.

 

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November 19 – November 25, 2017

  • This Week: The Three Parables (Luke 15)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”—Luke 15:7
  • Christ Connection: The religious leaders complained that Jesus welcomed sinners. Jesus told these parables to teach about God’s forgiveness. God sent Jesus so sinners can be forgiven. As Savior, Jesus seeks sinners. He paid the ultimate price—His own life—to save people from sin.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. Jesus spent time teaching people whom the religious leaders did not like. Who were they? (sinners and tax collectors, Luke 15:2)

 

2. How many sheep did the man from the first parable have in total? (100 sheep, Luke 15:4)

 

3. What did that man do when he found his lost sheep? (He invited his friends and neighbors to celebrate with him, Luke 15:6)

 

4. What did the woman do when she lost one of her coins? (lit a lamp and searched the house carefully until she found it, Luke 15:8)

 

5. When did she celebrate with her friends? (when she found her lost coin, Luke 15:9)

 

6. What did the younger son in the third parable do with the money his father gave him? (He wasted it all on foolish things, Luke 15:13-14)

 

7. How did the father greet the younger son when he returned home? (warmly, joyfully, lovingly, and with compassion; Luke 15:20)

 

8. Why was the older brother upset? (He did not think his brother deserved a party, Luke 15:28-30)

 

9. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus tell parables? (Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. When was a time that you lost something very special to you? How long did you look for it? Did you find it again?

2. When was a time that YOU got lost?  Who went looking for you?  How did you feel when you were found?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • How does Jesus feel about the lost— people who don’t know Him?
  • How do you feel about people who don’t know Jesus?
  • How can you show love to people who are lost?

2. Play a game of hide and seek with your family in a local park or in your home. See who can find the “lost” people fastest!

3. Help your kids look around your home for lost change. Can they find enough for a candy bar or other treat?

 

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November 12 – November 18, 2017

  • This Week: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) 
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:16
  • Christ Connection: Jesus’ story about the good Samaritan surprised the people who heard it. Like the good Samaritan, God saw that we needed to be rescued. He sent His Son to save us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose again so we can have eternal life. God calls us to show His love for the world by helping people in need.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story—

1. What question was Jesus asked at the start of the passage? (“What must I do to have eternal life?” Luke 10:25)

 

2. How did Jesus respond at first? (He asked the lawyer what the Scriptures said, Luke 10:26-28)

 

3. What was the lawyer’s next question? (“Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29)

 

4. What happened to the man in the parable? (He was attacked by robbers and left to die, Luke 10:30)

 

5. Who did not stop to help the man? (Both a priest and a Levite passed by without helping the man, Luke 10:31-32)

 

6. Who finally did help the man? (a Samaritan man, Luke 10:33)

 

7. What did the Samaritan do for the man? (bandaged him, took him to an inn to rest and recover, and paid for his expenses; Luke 10:34-35)

 

8. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus tell parables? (Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. Do you have any friends who live next door or across the street from you? How far away can a person can live and still be a neighbor?

2. Have you ever seen another person who needed help? Have you or your group of friends ever failed to help someone who needed it? What excuses do we tell ourselves to avoid helping others?

3. When is it easy for you to show compassion and love to others? When is it difficult for you to show compassion and love to others?

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • How has Jesus shown us love?
  • How can we show love to others? 
  • How can you be a neighbor to others nearby and far away?

2. As a family, chose a nation of the world that you do not live in. Research about the people living there. Pray together for them each day this week. Then see if there are any local communities of people from that nation you could befriend and show love to.

3. Bake or buy cookies and deliver them to your local hospital’s emergency room. Thank the people there for helping injured people. Pray for the emergency workers and their patients while you are there.

 

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November 5 – November 11, 2017

  • This Week: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)
  • SWKIDS Memory Verse: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” –Philippians 2:3-4
  • Christ Connection: The tax collector knew he needed God to forgive him, and he cried out to God. Everyone is a sinner who needs forgiveness. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross. We can cry out to God like the tax collector and because of Jesus, God will forgive us.
  • Family Discussion:

Questions to ask about the Bible story (True or False)—

1. Jesus told a story about a Pharisee and a tax collector. (true, Luke 18:9-10)

 

2. The Pharisee prayed, “God, I thank You that I am not ugly.” (false, not like other people; Luke 18:11)

 

3. The Pharisee fasted and tithed. (true, Luke 18:12)

 

4. The tax collector stood next to the Pharisee. (false, he stood far away; Luke 18:13)

 

5. The tax collector was sorry for the things he had done. (true, Luke 18:13)

 

6. The tax collector prayed, “Have mercy on me, God! I am a child!” (false, “I am a sinner”; Luke 18:13)

 

7. God was happy with the tax collector, and He forgave him. (true, Luke 18:14)

 

8. God was happy with the Pharisee too. (false, God was not happy; Luke 18:14)

 

9. God rejects the humble, but gives grace to the proud. (false, God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble; Luke 18:14; Prov. 3:34)

 

10. Big Picture Question-- Why did Jesus tell parables? (Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.)

 

Questions to encourage personal connections—

1. What are some ways you are tempted to think you are better than someone else?

2. When was a time that pride got you into trouble?

3. Why do you think God wants us to be humble?

4. Can we make God love us more by doing good things?

 

 

Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—

1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:

  • What’s the difference between being proud of something and being prideful?
  • When do you feel humble?
  • Why do you think God wants us to be humble?

2. Check out a book of optical illusions from your local library. Go through it with your kids and talk about how looking holy is not always the same as being holy. Explain what it means to be humble.

3. Invite a family to dinner or lunch whom you would not typically spend time with. 

 

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