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NOVEMBER 1ST - THE LAST SUPPER

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Jesus knew it was time for Him to die. He sat down with His disciples for the Passover meal and did something very unusual. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. This humble act was usually reserved for a servant. In this, Jesus set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions toward one another. (John 13:15) 

As they ate the Passover meal, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples. He shared the cup with them too, explaining that the bread and cup represented His body and blood. Jesus established a new covenant.

In the Old Testament, God made a covenant, or promise, with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. But God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God. By dying on the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.

Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord’s Supper at Passover, a time when God’s people remembered how God had rescued His people from the Egyptians—passing over the houses marked with the blood of a lamb. Jesus instituted a new memorial, to Himself—the Lamb of God whose blood would bring salvation to the world.

Believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. We remember God’s faithfulness, and we look forward to the day He will return.

At the Passover, Jesus shared His last meal with the disciples before His death and resurrection. Jesus said that His death would establish a new covenant. God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. God forgives the sins of those who trust in His Son, Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus ate a special meal with His friends.
  • Jesus washed His friends’ feet.
  • Jesus told His friends to remember Him.

Preschool

  • Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death.
  • Jesus ate a special meal with His friends.

Kids

  • Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns.
  • Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord’s Supper at Passover.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Luke 4:18

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OCTOBER 25TH - JESUS CLEANSED THE TEMPLE

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Three decades had passed since Jesus arrived on earth. He grew up and began His ministry. People wondered, Could this be the Messiah? From the time sin entered the world through Adam, God was working out His rescue plan. Finally, at just the right time, God sent His Son into the world.

John the Baptist announced Jesus' purpose: "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). Jesus called disciples to follow Him, and He spent three years teaching people about God and proclaiming the good news.

People began talking about the possible Messiah. If He really was the "Anointed One"—the promised Deliverer—when would He rise up against the Roman government? As Jesus' ministry came to a close, He made His way toward Jerusalem. But Jesus wasn't about to overthrow a government; He was about to die.

Jesus was eating supper at Simon's house in Bethany when Mary (the sister of Lazarus) poured oil over Jesus. Her act angered the disciples, who thought the oil should have been sold and the money used to help people who were poor. But Jesus affirmed Mary for her actions.

Pouring the expensive oil on Jesus was not a waste, it was worship. By allowing Mary to anoint Him, Jesus showed that He is more valuable than anything. Jesus knew He would soon die for sinners, be buried, and rise from the dead on the third day.

Help your kids see the bigger picture here. What happened in the days leading to Jesus' death was part of God's plan. Jesus said that Mary had prepared Him for burial. (Matt. 26:12) Days later, Jesus died on the cross to rescue people from sin. On the third day, He rose from the dead. Jesus is alive!

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. God calls us to treasure Him more than anything or anyone else. We can show our love for Him through the ways we worship. He is worthy of all our praise.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus did God’s plan.
  • A woman poured oil on Jesus.
  • Jesus knew He would die on the cross.
  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

  • Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death.
  • Mary anointed Jesus.

Kids

  • Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns.
  • Jesus said Mary anointed Him for burial.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” Luke 4:18 KJV

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OCTOBER 18TH - JESUS WAS ANOINTED

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Three decades had passed since Jesus arrived on earth. He grew up and began His ministry. People wondered, Could this be the Messiah? From the time sin entered the world through Adam, God was working out His rescue plan. Finally, at just the right time, God sent His Son into the world.

John the Baptist announced Jesus' purpose: "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). Jesus called disciples to follow Him, and He spent three years teaching people about God and proclaiming the good news.

People began talking about the possible Messiah. If He really was the "Anointed One"—the promised Deliverer—when would He rise up against the Roman government? As Jesus' ministry came to a close, He made His way toward Jerusalem. But Jesus wasn't about to overthrow a government; He was about to die.

Jesus was eating supper at Simon's house in Bethany when Mary (the sister of Lazarus) poured oil over Jesus. Her act angered the disciples, who thought the oil should have been sold and the money used to help people who were poor. But Jesus affirmed Mary for her actions.

Pouring the expensive oil on Jesus was not a waste, it was worship. By allowing Mary to anoint Him, Jesus showed that He is more valuable than anything. Jesus knew He would soon die for sinners, be buried, and rise from the dead on the third day.

Help your kids see the bigger picture here. What happened in the days leading to Jesus' death was part of God's plan. Jesus said that Mary had prepared Him for burial. (Matt. 26:12) Days later, Jesus died on the cross to rescue people from sin. On the third day, He rose from the dead. Jesus is alive!

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. God calls us to treasure Him more than anything or anyone else. We can show our love for Him through the ways we worship. He is worthy of all our praise.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus did God’s plan.
  • A woman poured oil on Jesus.
  • Jesus knew He would die on the cross.
  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

  • Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death.
  • Mary anointed Jesus.

Kids

  • Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns.
  • Jesus said Mary anointed Him for burial.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” Luke 4:18 KJV

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 OCTOBER 11TH - JESUS RAISED LAZARUS

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Jesus received word that His friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. They lived in the town of Bethany, which was about two miles away from Jerusalem. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus, likely expecting Him to come right away.

Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; yet He stayed where He was, and Lazarus died. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). He said that He was glad He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe. (John 11:15) Jesus’ timing is always perfect, and He acts or doesn’t act so that God will be glorified.

By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Jesus had shown His power to heal people who were sick. Even still, she believed He could do a miracle.

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is the source of life—eternal life that cannot be destroyed by death. Believers do not need to fear death because physical death is not the end. (See John 11:25-26.) Jesus endured death for us so that when we die and are absent from our physical bodies, our souls are with the Lord. (See 2 Cor. 5:8.)

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. His messiahship was clearly on display, and it was Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God that would lead to His death on the cross. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.

We also want to encourage you to check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the lesson content! Click here to get the app on apple  or android.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus healed people.
  • Martha said Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Jesus made Lazarus alive again.
  • Believers will live with Jesus forever.

Preschool

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

Kids

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

“I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.  He forgives all my sins. He heals all my sicknesses.”   Psalm 103:2-3 NIRV (Toddlers: Psalm 103:3) 

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OCTOBER 4TH - JESUS HEALED A WOMAN

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Jesus had just returned from the region of the Gerasenes, where He had healed a man with an unclean spirit. He crossed the Sea of Galilee and came on shore, where He was surrounded by a large crowd of people. News of Jesus’ teachings and healings was spreading, and people wanted to see Jesus. They wanted to learn from Him and be healed.

Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, came to Jesus in crisis. His daughter was at the point of death. Without Jesus’ help, she would surely die. Jesus went with Jairus, but as He walked, a woman in the crowd came up behind Him and touched His robes. She too was desperate for healing. The woman believed that Jesus’ power was strong enough to heal her even if all she did was touch His robes. Because she had faith, Jesus healed her. 

Imagine Jairus’s devastation when he heard that his daughter had died. The people suggested that Jesus was too late to help her, but Jesus proved them wrong. He went to Jairus’s house and raised the little girl from the dead.

By healing the woman and raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus showed His power as the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin and death. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and changes us to be more like His Son.

As you talk with your kids, point out that the woman and the father of the little girl came to Jesus in faith. They needed Jesus’ help, and they trusted in Jesus’ power to heal. After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He ascended to heaven. Even though Jesus is not physically on earth today, we can pray and ask God to heal people who are sick. We can rest knowing that God brings ultimate healing through His Son, Jesus.

Your child was given an activity page to take home with them on Sunday!  Take some time this week to review it with them!  We also want to encourage you to check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the lesson content!

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus healed people.
  • A woman touched Jesus’ robes to be healed.
  • Jesus made a little girl alive again.
  • Jesus has power over sickness and death.

Preschool

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a woman and raised a girl from the dead.

Kids

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a bleeding woman and raised a girl from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

“I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.  He forgives all my sins. He heals all my sicknesses.”   Psalm 103:2-3 NIRV (Toddlers: Psalm 103:3)

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SEPTEMBER 27TH - JESUS HAS POWER OVER EVIL

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Jesus had enemies. In the midst of His public ministry, the Jewish religious leaders began plotting to kill Him. (See Mark 3:6.)  So one day, Jesus went to a land on the east side of the Sea of Galilee where Gentiles lived. Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles was not a backup plan after the Jews rejected Him; when Jesus was an infant, Simeon prophesied that His work would be for all people—both Jews and Gentiles. (See Luke 2:30-32.) 

In that land was a man who needed help. An evil spirit was inside the man, and he suffered greatly. The people had tried to control the man by tying him up with chains, but the man broke free. So he lived alone in the tombs, crying out day and night.

When Jesus stepped ashore, the man ran to Him and kneeled down. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many evil spirits were in the man, and Jesus gave the evil spirits permission to go into a herd of pigs. They did, and the man was healed.

The healed man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told the man to go home to his own people and tell what the Lord had done for him. The man obeyed Jesus. He testified to the cities in that area about the Lord’s mercy, and the Gentiles were amazed.

Jesus is Lord over all things, good and evil. In His teaching, Jesus said, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Matt. 12:28). Jesus—as well as the Bible—is clear that Satan exists, and he and the demons work against God and His purposes.

Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus has power over evil, and He used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever.

Check out this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus healed people.
  • Jesus healed the man with the bad spirit.
  • Jesus told the man to tell everyone what God did for him.
  • Jesus has power because He is God’s Son.

Preschool

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits.

Kids

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

“I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.  He forgives all my sins. He heals all my sicknesses.”  Psalm 103:2-3 NIRV (Toddlers: Psalm 103:3)

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SEPTEMBER 20TH - FOUR FRIENDS HELPED (NEW SERIES!)

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Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee. The Pharisees and scribes—teachers of the law—came to listen to Jesus’ teaching. They were curious about His message and wanted to make sure He was teaching things that were true. So many people came that they crowded the house; there was no more room.

That day, four friends came to see Jesus. The four men carried their friend who was paralyzed. Jesus had healed people before—even people who were paralyzed. (Matthew 4:24; 8:6.) The men believed Jesus came from God, and He could heal people. So their faith led to action. Because the friends could not get through the crowd, they carried their friend to the roof and lowered him down to Jesus.

The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did something even greater; Jesus forgave his sins, and then He healed the man. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and authority to heal and forgive. Jesus forgives those who trust in Him.

Jesus’ words to the paralyzed man surprised the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rather than saying, “Get up and walk,” Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” The religious leaders kept quiet, but Jesus knew their thoughts. They accused Jesus of blasphemy, dishonoring God by claiming to do what only God can do. But Jesus did not blaspheme. He is God, and He has authority to forgive sins.

Jesus asked them, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems to be the easier thing, but to actually forgive sins is harder, something only God can do. As God, Jesus has the power and authority to heal and forgive. And Jesus knew He would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross—an act of love that would cost Him His life.

Jesus healed the paralyzed man to prove to the religious leaders His power to forgive. Mark 2:12 records the crowd’s reaction: “They were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’” Check out this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus healed people.
  • Four friends brought a man to Jesus.
  • Jesus forgave the man and healed him.
  • Jesus did only what God can do.

Preschool

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a man who could not walk.

Kids

  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.
  • Jesus healed a paralyzed man and forgave his sins.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE:

“I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.  He forgives all my sins.
He heals all my sicknesses.” Psalm 103:2-3 NIRV (Toddlers: Psalm 103:3)

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SEPTEMBER 13TH - JESUS WALKED ON WATER

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Jesus had just fed more than 5,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. After sending away the people and directing His disciples to go back across the sea, Jesus went to a mountain to pray. It was late, and He sought to be alone with His Father. Jesus was preparing to fulfill His Father’s plan. Before long, He would die on the cross and rescue people from their sin.

While Jesus prayed, the disciples struggled to cross the sea. A storm came and tossed their boat up and down. They didn’t make any progress against the waves. Then, in the early morning hours, they saw a figure walking toward them on the water. They thought it was a ghost, but it was Jesus!

Peter asked Jesus for permission to come out on the water, and Jesus called to him. Peter walked on the water too—until he remembered the storm. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, and he began to sink. Peter cried out to Jesus, “Save me!”

Jesus took Peter by the hand and got in the boat. The wind and waves calmed. Though Peter had doubted, the disciples worshiped Jesus. Clearly He was no ordinary man; this was the Son of God—the promised Messiah!

Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith. As you talk with your kids, encourage them to look to Jesus in faith every day. We can seek Him for our salvation and for help as we live in this world. Even in the midst of fear and doubt, we can hold out our empty hands and cry, “Lord, save me!” He will answer, and we can respond in worship of our Lord and Savior.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus did miracles.
  • Jesus’ friends were in a boat during a storm.
  • Jesus walked on the water to His friends.
  • Jesus’ friends believed He is God’s Son.

Preschool

  • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus walked on water.

Kids

  • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God and prove He is God the Son.
  • Jesus walked on the sea.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●      John 20:31

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SEPTEMBER 6TH - BREAD FROM HEAVEN

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Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side. 

Jesus saw the crowds. He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost—like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost. (See Luke 19:10; John 10:14.)

The miracle Jesus performed that evening—feeding 5,000 men plus women and children—is the only miracle during Jesus’ earthly ministry that is recorded in all four Gospels. God was clearly at work. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.

By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life.

But Jesus didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. No one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.

Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (See John 6:41.) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread—a symbol of His death on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26.)

As you talk about this Bible story, help your kids know that God can and will provide for our needs. We can trust Him for our “daily bread.” (See Matt. 6:11.) God met our greatest need in giving us salvation through Jesus. Will He not graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus did miracles.
  • Jesus loved people and healed them.
  • Jesus fed the crowd with five loaves and two fish.
  • Jesus showed people He provides.

PRESCHOOL

  • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus fed 5,000 people.

KIDS

  • Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God and prove He is God the Son.
  • Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

John 20:31

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