Daniel 2:20–21 Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings (ESV)
Key Passage: Daniel 2:20-21 (Older Kids)
January 22, 2021 • Olivia Vines
Kids Sunday ONLINE (Sunday, February 21, 2021)
The Temple Was Completed • February 19, 2021 • Josh Cooley
This week’s lesson is entitled “The Temple Was Completed” (Ezra chapters 4-6). It’s the story of how God once again did mighty works, including moving the heart of a pagan king, to help his people finish the second temple in Jerusalem after they returned from Babylonian exile. This lesson provides a wonderful opportunity to help kids understand why we don’t need a temple to worship God anymore and the beauty of 1 Corinthians 3:16: “Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” These are amazing gospel truths that we’ll discuss this week at a level that kids can digest. I encourage you to find a moment this weekend to sit down with your kids and watch the “Kids Online” family worship video. Don’t forget to take some time and talk about it together as a family using the questions below! TALK ABOUT IT What’s your favorite work project to do at home or for someone else? Why do you think God wanted his people to finish the temple? Where can we worship God? Where does God’s presence dwell now? What does it mean to have God’s Spirit living inside you? (Hint: Mr. Josh helped us understand this!)
Kids Sunday ONLINE (Sunday, February 14, 2021)
God Brought His People Home • February 12, 2021 • Josh Cooley
This week’s lesson is entitled “God Brought His People Home” (Ezra chapters 1-3). It’s the story of how God faithfully kept his promise to return his people to the land of Judah after 70 years of Babylonian exile. Shortly after the Persians conquered Babylon, God remarkably stirred the heart of pagan King Cyrus to allow the Jews to return to Judah and rebuild the temple. This is a wonderful story of God’s great love and forgiveness toward his people despite their many sins against him, and it has beautiful connection points to us today since we, too, are in great need of God’s love and forgiveness. Praise the Lord that he has provided this through his Son, Jesus! I encourage you to find a moment this weekend to sit down with your kids and watch the “Kids Online” family worship video. Don’t forget to take some time and talk about it together as a family using the questions below! TALK ABOUT IT - How do you feel about going home after you have been away for awhile? - How do you think God’s people felt to go home? - What does this story help us to remember about God? - Which promises of God do you remember? - Talk together about what you hope our home with God is like. How will it feel to be there?
Kids Sunday ONLINE (Sunday, February 7, 2021)
Daniel Was Rescued • February 5, 2021 • Josh Cooley
This week’s lesson is entitled “Daniel Was Rescued” (Daniel 6). It’s the well-known but nevertheless remarkable story of how Daniel courageously refused to pray to anyone except the one true God despite a terribly unjust law that told him to pray to the Persian king. For taking a stand for his faith, he was thrown into a lion’s den. As we’ll learn this week, this story is not only about Daniel’s amazing faith and courage in the face of a life-threatening situation, but most importantly, how God was faithful to Daniel and rescued him from death. Today, God is still rescuing his people from death when we trust in him through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord! I encourage you to find some time this weekend to sit down with your child and watch this week’s Kids Ministry family worship video. Don’t forget to talk about it together as a family using the questions below! TALK ABOUT IT What do you think is the most amazing part of this story? Do you think Daniel was scared about being thrown into the lion’s den? Why or why not? What can you do the next time you feel pressure to do something you know God would not want? What was the result of Daniel’s trust in God? What example does Jesus give us about obeying even when it’s very difficult?