Bible Passage: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 Main Point: Not everyone who hears the gospel believes it. Key Passage: Mark 6:34 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom. - Be sure to pick up your Big Picture Cards off the chicken wire display in the hallway - Have you done the Weekly Family Activity Idea from the handout given in class?
Kids June 23, 2019
Unit 22 Session 1
June 23, 2019 • Parable of the Sower
July 14, 2019
Hebrews 11:1–7 • July 14, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Hebrews 11:1–7 Theme: Faith in an Age of Cultural Chaos Faith Defined (11:1–2): • Possession of assurance or the title deed to what we hope to attain in God’s kingdom • Proof or Decisive evidence of divine realities, especially the things to come Faith Exemplified (11:3–7): • The Creation of the Universe (3): God’s word remains the ultimate power in the universe • Abel’s Sacrifice: God renders the ultimate verdict • Enoch’s Walk: God rewards those who please him • Noah’s Ark: God saves those who renounce worldly opinion to obey his word. Thrust of this passage: God requires that we trust him at his word by ordering our lives according to his realities no matter what the world may say or do to us. Application Questions: 1. What are the elements of the definition of faith found in Hebrews 11:1? What elements are missing from the typical NT definition of faith? Is it adequate to use this definition as the definition of faith? 2. What seems backwards in this definition of faith (hint: think about the ideas of evidence and proof)? Although there may seem to be backward logical in this definition, why can it still be said that divine reality produces human faith? How have you seen this worked out in your own faith experience? 3. What does 11:6 teach us about faith? How does this challenge the wisdom of our age? What does the last clause of v. 6 add to our understanding of faith? 4. What lessons do we learn from examples of faith that the author provides in vv. 3, 4, 5, and 7? How can we apply these to our lives today?
Kids July 14, 2019
Unit 22 Session 4 • July 14, 2019
Bible Passage: Luke 15 Main Point: Jesus is the One who seeks and saves the lost. Key Passage: Mark 6:34 Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom. - Be sure to pick up your Big Picture Cards off the chicken wire display in the hallway - Have you done the Weekly Family Activity Idea from the handout given in class?
July 7, 2019
1 Corinthians 1:18–25 • July 7, 2019 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Issues: Biblical Clarity in the midst of Cultural Confusion Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:18–25 We must approach life according to God’s wisdom—the Gospel of the cross of Jesus Christ. Why? God has used the foolishness of the cross to confound the wisdom of this world and save those who believe its message (1:18–25). Evidence: • The Testimony of the Church: Salvation of the weak and lowly (1:26–31) • The Preaching of the Church: Speaking with weakness and fear but dependence on the Spirit (2:1–5) • The Wisdom of God: The Gospel presented and lived through the power of the Spirit (2:6–16) Application Questions: 1. As you approach life and how to make decisions that you face, which tendency do most naturally gravitate towards (v. 22), looking for signs to guide your way or resting on wisdom, either your own or that of others? 2. How do we make decisions and view life from the perspective of the crucified Christ (v.23–25)? What does this look like in everyday life and decision-making? How does this message give us power and wisdom? 3. How does your own testimony of salvation evidence the wisdom of God (1:26–31)? 4. According to 2:1–5, what should characterize preaching? 5. From 2:6–16, how do we know that the Spirit is guiding our decision-making process? Is there anything that we can do to ensure that we have the Spirit working in our lives and in the church?