Bridge Kids Video Lessons
Jesus Called Disciples
Luke 5:1-11 • June 3, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ LUKE 5:1-11 - Why did Jesus tell them where to find fish? Why perform a miracle here? - In v.8, what was Simon Peter's response? Why did he respond like this? - What did Jesus mean that they would be "catching people"? - What are things we learn about Jesus in this passage? - What are things we learn about following Jesus in this passage? BONUS QUESTION Matthew and Mark report this happening by the Sea of Galilee, but Luke says it's at the Sea of Gennesaret. Who's right?
John Pointed to Jesus
John 3:22-36 • May 27, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ JOHN 3:22-36 - What sin were John's followers committing in vv.25-26? - Who demonstrated humility in this story? Why was he humble? - What are some of the differences between John and Jesus that John describes in vv. 31-36? - Why is it so important that people ultimately follow Jesus instead of John? BONUS QUESTION Is the "John" in this passage the same John who wrote the book?
Luke 4:1-12 • May 20, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ HEBREWS 2:17-18 What does this passage point to as an explanation for Jesus' temptation? (If you're not comfortable explaining v.17, consider a super-easy-to-read translation like "The Message"!) [Two primary things to draw out: one, Jesus needed to be fully human and like us so that he would qualify as our substitute, and two, he wanted to experience what we experience so he can help us in our temptation] READ THE FOLLOWING VERSES AND DISCUSS WHAT EACH ONE TEACHES US ABOUT RESISTING TEMPTATION: - Psalm 119:11 [Knowing God's Word helps!] - Mark 14:38 [Praying helps!] - Matthew 6:13 [God can deliver us!] - James 4:7 [With God's help, we can overcome Satan!] GOSPEL FLUENCY TRAINING Discussions on temptation can often lead to discouragement—we feel that we don't resist enough, pray enough, know God's Word enough. How does the gospel impact how we should think about temptation? [If you've been through Gospel Fluency Training, think through the models: Gospel Triangle, Gospel Gap, Root-to-Fruit. And if you're stuck, let us know!]
Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1 • May 13, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
FINDING THE STORY • Where in the Bible can we read about Jesus’ Baptism? [Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1] • What type of book of the Bible tells us about Jesus' life on earth? [Gospels] • What are some ways to find passages in the Bible? • Why would it be important that all four gospels say that Jesus was baptized? READ ROMANS 6:1-5 • Explain how for those who trust in Jesus, it is like our old, sinful self was crucified with Jesus so that we could be given new life, like Jesus' resurrected life! • Have you read any books or seen any movies where a character dies or sacrifices something to save other people? How was that story like the gospel? How was it different? [Two examples we encountered recently were Harry Potter and Frozen 2, but there are countless examples!] KEY PASSAGE John 3:30 ACTIVITHY SHEET These are the sheets your kids normally bring home on Sundays. There are three levels: Preschool, Younger Elementary, and Older Elementary. COLORING SHEET Send us a picture of your child's work! ORIGAMI DOVE (ELEMENTARY) Print the origami dove instructions from the Elementary Printables. Use a square sheet of paper (you can make the first triangular fold as a guide to making the paper square). Remind your child that Holy Spirit resembled a dove as it rested on Jesus after his baptism. PAPER PLATE DOVE (PRESCHOOL) Print the paper plate dove template from the Preschool Printables. Next, cut a paper plate into 4 "triangles". Instruct children to glue or tape the wings onto the dove's body and decorate as they see fit! Remind them that God was pleased with Jesus' life, and he's pleased with us when we trust in Jesus. BIBLE BOOKMARKS Print the Bible Bookmarks page from the Preschool Printables. Have your child trace the bible book names and chapters (this could double as schoolwork!). Then cut them out and show your child how to find those passages in the bible.
Jesus as a Child
Luke 2:41-51 • May 6, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ LUKE 2:41-51 If Jesus were a kid today, what would he be like? Think of all the things you do as a kid—would he do those things, too? Mary and Joseph didn’t understand what Jesus meant in v. 49: what did he mean? [He meant that his life had a purpose, and that even at that point, he needed to be preparing himself for the life—and ultimately, the death—he would experience.] In v. 51, it says Jesus was obedient; why is that important? [It shows us that Jesus honored God’s commands, including the one to obey your parents, no matter what.] Jesus asked questions of people older and wiser than himself: do you have any questions for your parents? Ask anything!
Jesus was Dedicated
Luke 2:21-40 • April 29, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ LUKE 2:21-40 Why do you think God didn't make a big spectacle out of Jesus' birth? What was the point of Simeon and Anna's prophesies? In vv.29-32, how would you describe Simeon's tone? What emotions is he experiencing, and why? Jesus' parents had already been told similar things (like in Luke 1:31-33)—Why were they amazed my Simeon's words?
Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection
Matthew 26-28 • April 8, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
This week, we're going to do things a little differently. Our Kids curriculum, The Gospel Project, offers what they call "The Gospel: God's Plan For Me" (https://cdn.subsplash.com/documents/W48HMH/_source/364d1d4d-e61b-46df-a6c6-556e1aacd7d3/document.pdf): a walkthrough of the gospel in every week's curriculum. They've broken down the gospel into five steps: • God rules • We sinned • God provided • Jesus gives • We respond Do the following three things with your kids today in response to the Easter story: 1. Walk them through the sheet (with the Scripture provided) 2. Ask them if they have any questions (probably best to do it with each step) 3. Ask your kids to walk YOU through the gospel and explain each of the five steps Don't feel like you need to pressure your kids into a gospel response. Most children who attend church regularly will say they believe all of this and that they want to have eternal life. What we're going for is ever-increasing understanding of what Jesus did on the cross and why it matters. As they grow in their understanding of the gospel, in their awareness of their own sinfulness and how that affects God and others, and in their general cognitive ability, their faith (or lack thereof) will become evident! It's your job to point them to Jesus—and it's his job to save them. If you're unsure of how to navigate gospel conversations with your kids, please talk to a trusted Christian in your life or life group, or to one of our pastors/elders.
Malachi the Prophet
Malachi 1-4 • April 1, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
READ MALACHI 1:6-8 What kind of animals were God’s people supposed to sacrifice to him? [The best! The Bible says sacrificed animals were supposed to be “without spot or blemish”—they were supposed to pick the best of the flock] Why is that? What was the purpose of these sacrifices? [The animals were killed in the peoples’ place for the punishment they should have received for their sin. Sacrificing the best animals showed that the people took their sin seriously and realized how gracious God was in letting them serve as a substitute for their sin.] Why was God angry with his people in Malachi 1:6-8? [They were giving him sick animals, not the best! And God knew that was because they didn’t take their sin seriously enough—it was like they were giving God a bad gift instead of a good gift.] READ MALACHI 3:1-4 Who is this passage talking about? [The messenger who will prepare the way is John the Baptist; the Lord is Jesus!] Would it be good or bad when Jesus came? [That’s a hard one! This passage says that it will be hard when Jesus comes—that it would be hard to endure. That’s because he would purify people on the inside, which is hard for us. But the result will be good—it will make it so that we’re righteous before we bring offerings to God. It will make it so that God can be pleased with us. And that’s the best possible thing!]
God's People Repented
Nehemiah 8-13 • March 25, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
REVIEW What are two ways to describe what repentance means? [Repentance means turning away from our sin and changing our minds about sin, and turning toward God and deciding God's ways are best READ ACTS 5:31 AND 2 TIMOTHY 2:24-25 Is repentance easy or hard? What kind of emotions do we feel when we repent? [It can be really hard! Feelings like shame, embarrassment, nervousness, fear, and pride can easily get in the way.] Where does repentance come from in these verses? [It comes from God--God gives us repentance!] Why is that good news? [Because repentance is hard! And the Bible says we can't actually repent without God's help--but he's always ready to help us!] READ 2 PETER 3:9 What do we learn about God from this verse? [That God is really patient with us, just like he was with the Israelites! We wants us to repent because he knows that that's what's best for us. But he is faithful to do what he said, and so we can have faith in him.]
The Walls Rebuilt
Nehemiah 1-6 • March 18, 2020 • Brennan Westerman
After watching the video, work through the following passages and questions with your kids. Some basic answers are provided below, but remember that your kids' answers are going to be all over the map! Do your best to encourage and affirm them as you steer them toward a simple and clear understanding of the text. READ NEHEMIAH 2:17-18 How did Nehemiah encourage the people of Jerusalem to get to work building the walls? [He pointed them to God, saying that God had helped him before and would help them again; he also said that the king supported them] How can we encourage the people in our lives to do good things? [We point them to God and to Jesus, sharing our stories about the good things he has done, how he has helped us, and how he has promised to be our Rescuer] READ NEHEMIAH 4:14-23 [Setup the story that there were enemies planning to attack them while they were building] How did Nehemiah motivate the workers in v.14? [By reminding them that God is great and awesome] Did God protect the city while they were building, or did the people protect it? [Both! God worked “behind the scenes” to keep their enemies away, but the people worked by getting organized, having a battle plan, and keeping guard, carrying their weapons while they built] We know that Jesus saves us from even greater enemies—the enemies of sin and death. And we know that God also gives his people a role to play. What does God’s Word say about what our role is in defeating sin? [We’re told to trust Jesus, to repent or “turn away” from sin, to delight in God and his laws, to encourage one another, to remember that God lives inside Christians, to resist, to flee from temptation, and a whole bunch of other ways to say those things!] Point your kids back to Nehemiah’s words in v. 14: “Do not be afraid of [sin]. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight!” We work to defeat sin primarily by remembering the strength and might of our God and Savior, Jesus!