Sunday Wrap-Up for April 22, 2018
Thanks for reading the Sunday Wrap-Up! This short message contains the lessons that were covered in our SPF Kids environments on Sunday as well as ways that you can discuss and apply these truths as a family this week!
Our children learned about A Song of Thanksgiving.
Picture the reality of your salvation: Imagine standing as a defendant in a courtroom. You’ve been justly found guilty of a crime and the penalty is death. But rather than ordering law enforcement to lead you away to be executed, the judge gets up and takes your place. He takes your punishment upon himself, declaring your innocence and allowing you to walk free. How would you respond?
This is essentially what Jesus does for sinners who trust in Him. God is the Judge, and rather than sentencing us to death like we deserve, the Father sent His Son to take our place. That is mercy and grace. So how should we respond?
Look at how Moses and the Israelites responded when God rescued them from Egypt and led them across the Red Sea. Exodus 15 describes their song. They praised the Lord and told what He had done for them. This same attitude of thankfulness—the proper response to the good news of the gospel—is described in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah had a vision of God’s grace toward sinners, and he describes in Isaiah 12 the song we will sing to the Lord. We will praise God for His mercy and compassion (Isa. 12:1-2), thank Him for keeping His promise to save us (vv. 3-4), and tell of His glory and greatness among the nations (vv. 5-6).
Isaiah looked forward to the day when God’s words would come true—God would bless His people, and they would be thankful and tell everyone about Him. By sending His Son, God kept His promise to save people from sin. Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Those who trust in Him rejoice and are saved.
Once we experience salvation, we don’t sit back and cruise through the Christian life. Salvation is a call to action. Out of thankfulness for the Lord, we can love others like Jesus (1 John 4:10-12) and share with the world the good news of the gospel (Matt. 28:19-20; John 14:15). Guide your kids to recognize that every good gift comes from God (Jas. 1:17), and God’s greatest gift to us is His own Son, Jesus. With hearts of gratitude, praise and worship the Lord together.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is alive in heaven.
○ Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
○ God sent Jesus to rescue us.
○ We can thank God for Jesus.
○ What is our mission? Our mission is to tell others about Jesus.
○ We thank God because Jesus is alive.
○ What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.
○ We are thankful because Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save us from our sins.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (Preschool: 1 Corinthians 15:4)
● “The Holy Spirit Came” (Acts 2:1-4,22-27)
On Family Worship Sundays (the last Sunday of each month) you may have noticed that we recite questions and answers from the New City Catechism. “Catechisms take students through the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer—a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience. Also, the catechetical discipline of memorization drives concepts deeper into the heart and naturally holds students more accountable to master the material than do typical discipleship courses. Finally, the practice of question-answer recitation brings instructors and students into a naturally interactive, dialogical process of learning.” If you’re interested in furthering your children’s understanding of Christian doctrine (which I hope you are!), I would recommend using New City Catechism’s new Apple/Android app- which you can find here. The mobile app not only has the questions and answers, but puts includes kid-friendly songs to help in memorizing.