Coming soon...Advent!

Advent is just around the corner (begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving). This year, our PreK - 4th grade students will help lead worship each Sunday of Advent with the song, Come Light our Hearts. Our kids have been learning this in Children's Worship and will sing these beautiful words at the beginning of our worship service, up front in the worship center. More details to follow. For now, click here to listen and sing-along.

Come Light Our Hearts
by Rain for Roots

For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
Truly our hope is in You
Truly our hope is in You

O Lord of life, our only hope
Your radiance shines
On all who look -- to You in the dark
Emmanuel come, come light our hearts

For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
Truly our hope is in You
Truly our hope is in You

O Joy above all other loves
In you we find more than enough
We come as we are, O heal and restore
Come light our hearts

Posted on November 12, 2015 .

Sunday School, week 10 | 11.8.15

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Last week, kids learned that God told Rebekah before her sons were born that the older would serve the younger. That wasn’t how families typically worked in Bible times. The birthright was an important part of the patriarchal culture. Typically, upon the death of his father, the older brother would receive twice as much property and goods as the younger. But Esau gave it to Jacob for a hot bowl of stew. Later, Jacob wore his brother’s clothes and lied to his father to receive a special blessing Isaac meant to bestow on Esau—another privilege afforded to an oldest son. With his blessing, Isaac made his son master over his brother. Just as God said, the older would serve the younger.

Teach your kids that nothing can stop God’s perfect plan. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15), and He deserves all the privileges afforded to Him. But when Jesus hung on the cross, He gave up His blessing for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserve so that the Father would give us the blessing Jesus deserves.

Family Starting Point:  What can stop God's plan? Nothing can stop God's perfect plan.

Posted on November 12, 2015 .

Sunday School, week 9 | 11.1.15

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In His covenant with Abraham, God promised land, descendants, and a blessing to all the nations of the earth. (Gen. 22:17-18) In today’s Bible story, God reaffirmed the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob. (Gen. 26:3-4; 28:13-14)

When Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, became pregnant with twins, the babies struggled with each other inside her. God explained their future. The older son (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob). Their families would separate and become two nations, one stronger than the other. These things came true, but not in the way Isaac’s family would have expected. Jacob tricked his father and brother to steal the blessing. To escape his brother’s anger, Jacob fled to his uncle’s house.

On the way, God spoke to Jacob in a dream. Jacob saw a stairway to heaven, and he saw God there. God repeated the promise to Jacob. He promised to be with Jacob. Explain to your kids that, like the stairway in Jacob’s dream, Jesus bridges the gap between heaven and earth. (See John 1:51.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Sin separates people from God, but when people turn from their sin and trust in Jesus, Jesus brings them into God’s family.

Family Starting Points:

What did God promise? - God made a covenant to bless His people.
God reminded Abraham's family that he always keeps His promises.

Posted on November 4, 2015 .

Sunday School, week 8 | 10.25.15

This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, our journey takes us to an event that occurred after Abraham and Sarah had their son of promise, Isaac. Abraham received another message from God. It was a test, actually. God instructed Abraham to take his son Isaac, the son of promise, and sacrifice him on a mountain God would tell him about.

Abraham had waited so many years for this child! But what did Abraham do? He woke up early the next morning and set out with Isaac to do what God commanded. By this point, Abraham had supreme faith that God was able to do anything. Hebrews 11:17-19 gives us a peek inside Abraham’s mind: “He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead.”

Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram for the burnt offering in place of Isaac, who was spared. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.

Family Starting Point:

Preschool: What did God promise? God promised to bless His people. Abraham trusted God.

Kids: What did God promise? God made a covenant to bless His people. Abraham trusted God even when he didn't understand God's plan.

Posted on October 27, 2015 .

Sunday School, week 7 | 10.18.15

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Over the next few weeks, kids will learn that God is a covenant-making God. After the people spread out over all the earth when God mixed up their languages, He spoke to a man named Abram. God called Abram to leave behind his family and his lands to go to a place God would show him. God made a covenant with Abram, promising to bless all the world through one of his descendants. (Gen 12:1-3) By faith, Abram obeyed.

God was serious about the covenant; He always keeps His promises. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “Father of a Multitude.” God promised to bless all the earth through Abraham. At just the right time, Jesus was born into Abraham’s family. (Gal. 4:4-5) Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham. (See Gal. 3:8.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Through Him, all the nations of the earth are blessed.

Family Starting Points

Preschool: 
What did God promise? God promised to bless His people. God promised to bless Abraham.

Kids:
What did God promise? God made a covenant to bless His people. God promised to bless all the world through Abraham.

Posted on October 22, 2015 .

Sunday School, week 6 | 10.11.15

Today’s Bible story is about the tower of Babel. Following the flood, God wanted to have a fresh start. God commanded Noah in Genesis 9:1 to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” In Genesis 11:2, Scripture indicates that instead of filling the earth as God commanded, the people built a city and a large tower into the heavens. The people didn’t want to be scattered. They didn’t believe God would give them what was good if they obeyed Him. They sought to obtain for themselves what they believed was good.

The people tried to build a monument with its top in the heavens, but they succeeded only in separating themselves from God and from each other. God confused their language and scattered them over the earth. They were unable to finish building the city, so the city was called Babel—which sounds like the Hebrew word for “confused”—because there the Lord confused the people’s language. Teach your kids about God’s better plan: His plan not for people to reach up to Him, but His plan to reach down to people by sending His Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life we couldn’t live and die the death we don’t want to die. That is the gospel.

Family starting point: God created people to give glory to Him alone. What does that mean?

Posted on October 12, 2015 .

Sunday School, week five | 10.04.15

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story is about Noah and the ark. By the time Noah lived—10 generations after Adam—people had stopped following God. In fact, Scripture describes the terrible situation: “Man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth … every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5). God was right to punish this sin. He decided to send a flood to cover the earth and destroy everything. God graciously chose to save one man and his family, so he warned Noah about the flood and told him to build an ark.

When the ark was complete, God’s judgment did come. The floodwaters covered the earth. Every living thing was destroyed, but Noah and his family were safe inside the ark. God rescued Noah’s family—the family His own Son would be born into. Jesus would warn of God’s coming judgment too, but instead of condemning the world, Jesus would give up His life to rescue sinners. Pray that the Lord would help you clearly communicate the gospel to your children. Pray that the Holy Spirit would lead them to receive Jesus, who rescues us from God’s anger toward sin. (1 Thess. 1:10)

Family Starting Points:

Preschool

  • Why did God create the world? God created the world for His Glory
  • What is sin? Sin is breaking God's law.
  • God is holy.

Kids

  • Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.
  • What is sin? Sin is breaking God's law and sin separates us from God.
  • God is holy, and he punishes sin.
Posted on October 6, 2015 .

Sunday School, week four | 09.27.15

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story shows how deeply sin infected Adam and Eve’s children. Imagine Adam and Eve’s joy as their family grew. With each birth, maybe Eve hoped that this son would be the one to end the curse of sin, to crush the head of the snake. (Gen. 3:15) But as her sons Cain and Abel grew up, she and Adam probably witnessed with grief how sin affects their own children. Cain was not the Promised One, and neither was Abel. Out of jealousy and anger, Cain killed Abel. God punished Cain by sending him away to wander the earth.

Some time later, Eve gave birth to another son. She named this baby Seth. Seth was not the Promised One either, but Jesus would come from Seth’s descendants. (See Luke 3:23-38.) Every baby was born a sinner—like his parents and like Adam and Eve. At just the right time, God would send His Son to be born to save sinners. (Heb. 11:13; Gal. 4:4) God always keeps His promises.

Family Starting Points:

Preschool: 

  • Why did God create the world? God created the world for His Glory.
  • What is sin? Sin is breaking God's law.
  • God punished Cain for his sin.

Kids:

  • Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.
  • What is sin? Sin is breaking God's law and sin separates people from God.
  • Cain's sin separated him from God and other people.
Posted on September 30, 2015 .