Last week, we started our new unit titled: “The Church Grew.” Believers in the early church were going through hard times and many of them had to leave their homes and scatter to different places, but because the Holy Spirit empowered them in their faith, they did not stop sharing the Good News with others.
In our Bible story, we saw that Philip obeyed God’s voice to go into the desert even though he did not know what God had planned for him to do. Along the way, he met an Ethiopian man who was reading God’s scripture in his chariot, but did not understand anything he was reading. Being empowered by the Holy Spirit, Philip was able to share the gospel to an Ethiopian man in a way he could understand it for the first time–that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and He is alive today! Because of Philip’s immediate obedience, the Ethiopian man was saved and decided to get baptized right away! As believers in Christ, we must be willing to go where the Spirit leads and trust that God can use us (like He did with Philip) to do amazing things for His people and for His glory. Some of our FaithKids Juniors made the craft above to retell the story of Philip and the Ethiopian man. The printable can be found from SundaySchoolZone.
Our key passage from Colossians 1:18 says that Jesus is “the head of the body, the church.” During our Zoom Small Group time, our FaithKids Seniors made a large body outline and drew Jesus at the head of the body, followed by different stories we’ve discussed so far about followers of Christ to fill in the rest of the body. The head of the body is so important because that is where our brain is and it tells the rest of our body where to go and how to move. Without the head, the body would completely fall apart. As Christ’s church–the people who love and follow Jesus–we exist to glorify God. We can glorify God by showing others how amazing God is through sharing His Good News with others and reflecting Him in the way we live.
January 31-February 6:
Last week, we concluded our unit on “The Early Church.” Our friends worked hard on memorizing our key passage from Romans 12:5: “We, though many, are one body in Christ…”
The early church began with the disciples giving up all that they had so that nobody was lacking in anything. As ONE BODY IN CHRIST, we know that the church is built upon our ONE FOUNDATION–that is JESUS! James warns us to be careful not to be hearers only, but doers of the Word (James 1:22).
James said that anyone who hears God’s Word but does not do it is like someone who sees himself in a mirror, and then turns away, and at once forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24). While our FaithKids Junior friends drew self-portraits of themselves using as much detail as they could, our FaithKids Senior group had a wild and crazy hair and makeup session! They were challenged to make their hair as crazy as they could using hair gel, hair ties, clips, etc. and then draw all over their faces using whatever makeup they had at home. There were no rules…the more embarrassed they were to show their faces the better! 🙂 (I must admit, I hesitated before sharing this picture of myself here because of how ridiculous I looked.)
As fun as it was to go nuts with the hair and makeup, our children were reminded that our sins are like our hair and makeup when it all goes awry. We may not always see our sins visibly when we look into the mirror or when we see pictures of ourselves, but our sin inside our hearts are just as ugly!
Now at the end of this activity, some of our friends were lucky and had makeup remover at home to take off all the yucky stuff. Others weren’t as fortunate and ended up having to take whole showers using scrubbies to scrub it all off–and even then there were remnants of makeup left behind on their faces! Just as we cannot use any regular water and soap to remove makeup that has been rubbed deep into the pores of our skin, we also cannot rid our sins completely on our own. We need makeup remover. Our sins can only be washed by the blood of Christ and we need to repent! Can you imagine if we were like the man James was talking about and we walked out onto the street looking the way we did? Our friends all agreed that none of them wanted to go outside and risk anyone they knew seeing them the way they looked during this activity. As Christ followers, it is important for us to continue to be doers who act rather than hearers who forget. You see…makeup, if left on, can have harmful effects on our skin…just as sin harms us. The longer we leave it on, the more it damages our skin, and the more effort it takes to remove. Thankfully, our sins have been paid for completely by Jesus who died on the cross for us and rose victoriously conquering sin and death!
Now we just talked about the importance of being doers of the Word who act rather than hearers who forget. This, dear friends, is what we call OBEDIENCE. The easiest way to obey is to obey immediately. One of the home activities we did this week was a “Listen and Draw” activity, where a set of instructions was given (e.g., draw a red heart in the middle square) and our friends drew the pictures as they heard each instruction read right away. (This activity was adapted from Tchr Browne)
Can you imagine how much harder it would be to complete all the squares if they had only listened to the instructions at the beginning and did not follow them right away? In the same way, it is easier to be a doer of God’s Word when we obey Him immediately rather than wait till later when we forget what was told to us. James also reminded us that those who hear and do God’s Word will be blessed (James 1:25).
January 24-30, 2021:
Mark 16:15 tells us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” In whatever home, city, province/state, country, or continent God has placed us in, Jesus commands us to be witnesses to those around us. He tells us to proclaim the gospel, to follow His teachings, to be lights for Him. How are we being lights for Jesus in the place we are currently living in?
We completed an activity called “Universal Address” where we labeled and coloured the different pictures of our homes, cities, province, country, continent, and world together! Although each of us have a different house address and may even live in a different city or town, we know from our Big Picture Question and Answer that the church isn’t just a building; rather, it is the body of Christ…made up of all Christians everywhere! Our key passage from Romans 12:5 reiterates that “We, though many, are one body in Christ.” That means that it doesn’t matter where we live in the world…our homes on this earth are just temporary tents (2 Corinthians 5:1). We have no lasting city (Hebrews 13:14), our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), where we will have a dwelling place with God that can never be destroyed! As Christians, we all have one universal address–eternal life with God in Heaven. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
This pandemic has been hard on all of our families. Daily reports on the news have been affecting our lives so much that we can sometimes lose sight of or even cast doubts on the God who is sovereign over it all. Even our classmates and teachers are often reporting the things they have seen and heard on the news so that they can pass on all the important information they have gathered that is going on in the world. When we hear news that is reported by a trustworthy news reporter, it can sometimes change the way we think about certain topics and affect the way we make decisions. The Bible tells us that God is trustworthy, even more so than the best newscaster. He is perfect and unchanging, He never makes mistakes or delivers fake news. When we receive and believe in God’s Good News, our lives are completely changed. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus, who gave His life for us so that we could have Good News to share.
The church serves God. As a part of the one body in Christ, let’s go and tell the world about how Jesus lived and died for us, how He came to save us from our sins!
For those of us who are planning on making our own Valentine’s Day cards for our friends and neighbours, let’s send them some REAL GOOD NEWS that will change their lives forever.