This week in The Gospel Project

JESUS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN 

UNIT 27: SESSION 5

TEACHING ON 11.19.2017

After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus showed His followers that He is alive. He taught them about Himself and about God’s kingdom. (Luke 24:25-27,44-48) Jesus told them that He would soon return to the Father. (John 20:17)

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Jesus directed the Eleven to go a mountain. When they arrived, Jesus appeared. Some of them wondered if Jesus was finally going to overthrow the Roman government and set up His kingdom on earth.

Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).

Jesus told them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promise—the Holy Spirit. Those who repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) The Holy Spirit would give them power to live holy lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

After Jesus told the disciples these things, Jesus was taken up into the sky—right in front of their eyes! (Acts 1:9) Suddenly two men stood on the mountain next to the disciples. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?” they asked. They said Jesus would return the same way. (Acts 1:11)

Jesus is alive in heaven, waiting to return for His people. Jesus told the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and when we die, we will be with the Lord. (John 14:1-3)

Jesus left earth and returned to heaven, but He did not leave us alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and help us do God’s work. One day Jesus will return to make all things new and to rule as Lord over all.

● UNIT PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 ●

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

This week in the Gospel Project

Jesus Gave The Great Commission 

UNIT 27: SESSION 4

TEACHING ON 11.12.2017

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples over a 40-day period. At one point, He appeared to more than 500 people. During that time, Jesus taught about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) Some disciples wondered if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. (Acts 1:6)

Jesus had a different plan for the disciples. He directed the Eleven to go to a mountain, where He appeared to them again. They worshiped Him, but some still doubted. (Matt. 28:17) On the mountain, Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission. First, Jesus stated that all authority had been given to Him. Before the resurrection, Jesus had authority as God the Son. Through the resurrection, however, the Father gave Jesus far more than even Satan had promised. (Matt. 4:8-9) Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God subjected everything to His beloved Son. (See Heb. 2:5-9.)

Because of Jesus’ authority, He commanded His disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel, the good news about Him. The Great Commission is not just for missionaries far from home. All believers are called to share the gospel with others, teach them to obey God’s commands, and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus finished His commission with a profound promise: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

Talk to your kids about the importance of living out the Great Commission. Because Jesus has authority over all places and all people at all times, we can take the good news about Jesus to all places and all people at all times. God has given us a mission and gives us power through the Holy Spirit to obey this calling.

The good news about what Jesus has done to rescue us from our sins is too great to keep to ourselves. Before Jesus went back to heaven, He gave the disciples a job to do. Jesus wants His followers to teach people everywhere about Jesus so they will trust in Him as their Lord and Savior.

● UNIT PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 ●

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

Flyte Unit 3

Flyte: Faith. Life. Together

God has a worldwide vision for rescuing His people from sin and darkness, and He wants all believers to share in it, even your preteen!

Over the next four weeks, your preteen will be exploring the idea of service through the LifeWay|Preteens FLYTE curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be attempting to answer several questions about the topic of “Service” and what it means to serve God:

November 5th: Am I a Leader?

Bible passage: Judges 4

November 12th: Am I a Servant?

Bible passage: John 13:1-20

November 19th: Could I Be a Missionary?

Bible passage: Acts 1:8, 13:1-12

November 26th: What Can I Do Now?

Bible passage: Luke 2:41-50, Colossians 3:12-17

The goal of this edition of FLYTE is to inspire and challenge preteens to lead, serve, pray, and go. FLYTE will challenge preteens to be the light to a dark and dying world. Through these lessons, your preteen will learn that it is everyone's responsibility to serve, not just a select number of people. The commandment of Matthew 28:19-20 was not intended for just a few leaders to step-up and take the call to serve seriously. This charge is given to every Christ-follower, regardless of age, skill level, or preparedness.  

As you talk with your preteen about service, help him or her understand how necessary it starts serving today, in the church and in the community. Explain that service shows devotion to others and obedience to God. It is our prayer that through this series, your preteen will embrace Jesus' teachings, find life in Him, and commit to a lifetime marked by service, sacrifice, and selflessness.

THIS WEEK IN THE GOSPEL PROJECT

JESUS FORGIVES AND RESTORES

 

UNIT 27: SESSION 3 

TEACHING ON 11.05.2017

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After Jesus’ resurrection and His appearance to the disciples, seven of the disciples returned to Galilee, near the Sea of Galilee where Jesus had called four of His disciples to be fishers of men. (See Luke 5:1-11.) The disciples went fishing. Perhaps they felt it reasonable to return to the fishing business since their stint as disciples was apparently over—or so they thought!

In Bible times, nighttime was the preferred time for fishing. Fish caught at night could be sold fresh in the morning at market. But by daybreak, the disciples had caught nothing. Jesus stood at the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Him. He called to them, “Men, you don’t have any fish, do you?” (John 21:5). Then He urged them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed, and they were unable to haul in the big catch!

John knew right away who He was. “It is the Lord!” John exclaimed. Peter immediately tied his outer garment around him and jumped into the sea, swimming 300 feet to shore. When the other six disciples arrived in the boat, they found Jesus sitting beside a charcoal fire with fish and bread. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus said. Jesus ate with His disciples; then He turned to Peter.

John 21:15-19 describes Peter’s restoration. The disciple who told Jesus that he would die for Him (Luke 22:31-34) had denied Jesus three times. (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Jesus. Each time Peter responded yes, Jesus told Peter to feed His lambs. Jesus restored Peter to ministry.

Emphasize to your kids that Jesus’ plan for the disciples did not end with His death and resurrection.

When Jesus first called the disciples to follow Him, Jesus had promised to make them fishers of men. Instead of catching fish, they would tell people about Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11) The disciples had left Jesus when He was arrested and even denied Him, but Jesus still wanted to use them in God’s plan. Jesus is the Lord who forgives us and makes things right again.

 

 UNIT PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 ●

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

Centershot Ministry

CENTERSHOT MINISTRY IS STARTING BACK UP!

Centershot is our archery program for children and 7 and up. The aim of this ministry is to coach children in archery and to provide role models not only to help them learn a skill but to build relationships. Each evening will include archery instruction and practice, along with a relevant Bible lesson and lively discussion.

The next session of Centershot runs from October 30th through December 11th, on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the gym here at Woodlands Church. 

Our vision is to keep our adult:kid ratio as low as possible, so that boys and girls have opportunities to connect with these great volunteers (fully screen and intentionally trained).  For that reason we cap registration at 24 kids.

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN! 

The cost of centershot is free though we would appreciate a donation of any amount to help offset costs. 

If you would like more information on volunteering at Centershot, please email us! 

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JESUS AND THE DOUBTER

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UNIT 27: SESSION 2 

TEACHING ON 10.29.2017

Jesus’ followers had seen Jesus alive! Two disciples met Jesus as they were walking to Emmaus, and then Jesus appeared to a group of His disciples as they met together in a locked room. But one of the disciples, Thomas, had missed out. He wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. He hadn’t seen Jesus for himself.

So despite his friends’ claims that the Lord was risen, Thomas doubted. In fact, he refused to believe. (John 20:25) Witnesses testified that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas wanted physical evidence. He lacked faith and was stubborn in his unbelief.

More than a week passed, and Thomas was with the other disciples in a room. Again, the doors were locked for their safety. Much like before, Jesus appeared before the disciples and said, “Peace be with you.”

This time, Thomas was there. Jesus told Thomas to believe. He urged him not only to look, but to feel Jesus’ wounds for himself. Here, Jesus gave grace to Thomas. He gave Thomas the physical proof he was looking for. Jesus was no ghost; Jesus was alive!

Thomas immediately believed, and Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed.” (John 20:29)

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Thomas saw Jesus for himself. He saw that Jesus had been raised from the dead and was alive. He saw Jesus’ scars from the cross, where Jesus died for our sins. We have not seen Jesus, but Jesus said if we believe in Him without seeing Him, we are blessed.

The Bible says that God is pleased when we have faith. (Heb. 11:6) As you talk with your kids, explain the meaning of the word faith: “the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Faith is believing without seeing. It is trusting that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. (See Num. 23:19.)

Faith cannot be mustered up on your own; it is a gift from God. (Eph. 2:8-9) Pray that God would grant your kids faith to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

 

 UNIT PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 ●

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

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Jesus appears to His disciples

Unit 27: Session 1 

Teaching on 10.22.2017

Only a few days had passed since Jesus was arrested, beaten, and crucified. His followers were undoubtedly afraid and confused. They met together in a house, locking the doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Would the Jews do to them what they had done to Jesus? The disciples had believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they had abandoned Him and Jesus was killed. How could He save anyone if He was dead?

But now some people were reporting that Jesus was alive! Could it be true? The disciples were talking about these things when Jesus stood among them. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

“Peace to you!” He said. What good news! Imagine how Jesus’ words might have calmed the disciples’ anxious hearts. Their Lord, whom they had deserted, didn’t show up to scold them for their failures or shame them for their lack of faith. He spoke peace to them.

Even though Jesus had foretold His death and resurrection (Matt. 20:17-19), Jesus showed His disciples physical proof that He was alive. He showed them His hands and His side. With His resurrection, Jesus’ mission was accomplished. He paid the debt for sinners, and the transaction cleared. But the disciples’ work was just beginning.

Jesus gave His followers a job to do: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). This verse contains the Gospel of John’s version of the Great Commission. Jesus, the One sent from the Father, sent the disciples to be His messengers and representatives. Jesus equipped the disciples with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel—the good news of what Jesus has done—to the world.

For 40 days, Jesus presented Himself to at least 500 people and proved that He is alive. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Jesus is still alive today. He sends out believers to tell others about Him and gives us power through the Holy Spirit.

 

 UNIT PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 ●

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

that he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures"

 

 

This week in the gospel project

The Emmaus Disciples

UNIT 26: SESSION 3 

TEACHING ON 10.15.2017

Jesus’ death and resurrection should not have surprised the disciples. Sometimes Jesus spoke metaphorically about His death and resurrection. (See Matt. 12:39; Mark 14:58; John 2:19; 3:14-15.) Other times, Jesus plainly told the disciples that He would be betrayed, crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. (Matt. 17:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) In fact, Jesus had spoken so frequently of His death and resurrection, the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to place guards at the tomb in case the disciples stole Jesus’ body. (See Matt. 27:62-66.)

On resurrection morning, the angel at Jesus’ tomb asked the women, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). Even when Peter and John ran to the empty tomb to see it for themselves, Peter was amazed but uncertain (Luke 24:12), while John believed (John 20:8).

That same day, two disciples were walking to Emmaus, arguing about recent events. Jesus began walking next to them, but God prevented them from recognizing Him. (Luke 24:16) Jesus simply asked them what they were arguing about. They stopped walking. How could He not have heard about what happened over the last three days?

The two disciples had hoped Jesus was the Redeemer of Israel. Their hopes were crushed when Jesus died. Now Jesus explained to them why the Messiah had to die, starting with Moses and the Prophets. Jesus showed how the Scriptures point to Him. (Luke 24:27; John 5:39)

Remind your kids that the Bible is not a collection of unrelated stories.

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The whole Bible is about Jesus. When Adam and Eve sinned, God began working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—the time when Jesus would bring God’s promised salvation for sinners.

● UNIT PASSAGE: EPHESIANS 2:8-9 ●

"For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith - and this is not from yourselves, 

it is a gift of God- not by works, 

so that no one can boast."

Family Church - Trunk or Treating!

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Trunk or Treating Drive In!

October 31st, at Woodlands Church!

Each year at Kid's Crossing, we have a special Family Church night where we invite the whole family to come together for teaching, games and wonderful treats. This year, we've scheduled Family Church on October 31st. Did you know October 31st (while being Halloween and Trick or Treating) is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation? It's Reformation Day! We're going to look at that incredible moment in history and ask, "Just what was so important about the Reformation?"

But there are a few twists, and we're very excited about these. FIRST, this is a DRIVE-IN event. That's right! You'll pull in your car, tune to a certain radio station and we'll take it from there! Trivia, teaching, games... a lot of it will happen right in your car. You have never been to a Woodlands Kid's event like this!

BUT SECOND, we also know it's Trick or Treating night, and so we want to... sweeten the deal! So we'll spend some awesome time during the night 'Trunk or Treating!' Each family will hang out by their car, and the kids (dressed up in amazing costumes, to be sure!) will spend time going from car to car and getting incredible candy. Seriously, it'll be great. 

This is going to be a fun, educational, SUGARY night for the whole family. We can't wait to see you here! October 31st, at 6pm, in the back parking lot! 

FLYTE UNIT 2

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FLYTE: FAITH. LIFE. TOGETHER.

Social media is alive and well in our world today. Preteens are just learning how to navigate the world wide web and haven’t yet discovered how dangerous it can be. The good news is that God helps people discover, understand, and use His resources.

Over the next four weeks, Woodlands preteens will be exploring the good, bad, and ugly effects of the media in their lives through the LifeWay|Preteens FLYTE curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be attempting to answer several questions about the topic of “Service” and what it means to serve God:

October 8th: When Is Enough, Enough?

Bible passage: Ephesians 5:6-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-24

October 15th: Am I Web Smart?

Bible passage: Psalm 101:2-5; 2 Corinthians 1:12-14; 1 Peter 1:13-15

October 22nd: What If I’m Almost 13?

Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4,18-23

October 29th: Are the Rules the Same at My Friend's House?

Bible passage: Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-25

The goal of this unit of FLYTE is to help preteens understand that they are not immune to dangers on the web and to encourage them to be open to the rules you and the government put in place to protect them. As a parent, you set the perimeters of what your preteen can and cannot do on the Internet. This unit will challenge your preteen to follow your directives because doing so is God-honoring first and law-abiding second.

As you talk with your preteen about Internet usage, help her understand that your rules are set with her best interests in mind. Plan a time to surf the Internet together. Discuss which sites are OK to visit and why some sites are restricted. If you do not have parental control software on your home system, you might consider this type of application as your preteen becomes more Internet savvy.

Here are some options for different controls to install on your child’s devices: They filter inappropriate content, can schedule time limits for games and apps, and gives you visibility on what apps and websites they visit. 

https://www.netnanny.com/l/focusonthefamily/ 

http://fotf.forcefield.me/

https://www.qustodio.com/en/family/why-qustodio/ 

 

THIS WEEK IN THE GOSPEL PROJECT

JESUS' RESURRECTION

UNIT 26: SESSION 2 

TEACHING ON 10.08.2017

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The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus’ disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manner: by crucifixion.

The story doesn’t end there. Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb. The tomb was sealed and guards watched over it. The Jews remembered Jesus’ claim that He would rise from the dead (John 2:19-21), and they made sure no one could steal His body and insist He had risen. Imagine their surprise when Jesus did rise from the dead!

John and Peter saw the empty tomb. Jesus appeared to Mary. The disciples believed Jesus had risen from the dead. Even though the guards at the tomb were bribed to lie about what happened (they said the disciples stole Jesus’ body), the truth spread. The disciples wouldn’t have dedicated their lives and died for something they knew was a lie.

If Christ had remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than yours or mine. Humanity would still be dead in sin. But God gives us victory over sin and death through His Son, Jesus. The resurrection gives us hope that we too will one day be raised and changed. (See Rom. 6:5; 8:11.)

Paul addressed in 1 Corinthians 15:7 just how essential Jesus’ resurrection is to the gospel: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection is proof that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and that God’s new covenant had begun.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He didn’t stay dead. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. Jesus provides salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life.

Emphasize to the kids you teach that Jesus is alive! We believe this by faith. Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and reigns as King over all of creation. (Phil. 2:9-10)

● UNIT PASSAGE: EPHESIANS 2:8-9 ●

"For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith - and this is not from yourselves, 

it is a gift of God- not by works, 

so that no one can boast."

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September 18, 2017

JESUS WAS ARRESTED 

UNIT 25: SESSION 3

 

TEACHING ON 9.24.2017

The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him.

The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ arrest, help them understand the gravity of the events.

First, Jesus wanted to do God’s plan. Jesus came to earth to rescue people from sin. He was committed to doing the Father’s will. (Matt. 26:39,42) When Judas showed up with a crowd, Jesus didn’t run. He didn’t even allow Peter to stand in His defense. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)

Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jews tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matt. 26:59-60) Jesus did what we failed to do; He perfectly obeyed the law. His arrest was not just. The trial was not fair. But this had to happen. Only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take away sin. (Heb. 9:11-14)

Finally, Jesus is who He says He is. After Jesus’ arrest, the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Son of God. Jesus affirmed that He is. (Matt. 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth.

Jesus knew that His death was God’s plan to save people from sin. Jesus’ friends turned against Him and He was arrested and put on trial, but Jesus followed His Father’s plan in order to bring salvation to the world.

● UNIT PASSAGE: LUKE 4: 18 ●

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

This week in the gospel project

JESUS'S CRUCIFIXION 

UNIT 26: Session 1 

TEACHING ON 10.01.2017

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Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are the center of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely way.

In the Book of Acts, Peter testified to the Israelites about Jesus’ death: “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him” (Acts 2:23). Crucifixion was a horrific way to die. As you share with your kids, rather than focus on the graphic details of how Jesus died, emphasize why He died. Two primary reasons stand out: God is loving, and God is just.

First, God is loving. He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world because He loves us. (See John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:10.) Jesus submitted to the Father’s will; He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man, and He laid down His life because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)

Jesus lived the perfect life we failed to live and died the guilty death we don’t want to die. Those who trust in Him receive forgiveness and eternal life.

Second, God is just. God’s law for the people was plain. (See Deuteronomy 6:5.) But God’s people and all people broke the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. So why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? Because God is just, He requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust.

Jesus was our substitute, taking our place on the cross and absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf so we can be forgiven and declared righteous. (See Rom. 3:25-26; Col. 2:13-15.) Jesus died to release sinners from slavery to sin, and when we trust in Him, we are free indeed.

We deserve to die because of our sin, but God loves us and kept His promise to send a Savior. Jesus never sinned, but He died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and those who trust in Him have forgiveness and eternal life.

● UNIT PASSAGE: EPHESIANS 2:8-9 ●

"For it is by grace you have been saved,

through faith - and this is not from yourselves, 

it is a gift of God- not by works, 

so that no one can boast."

This week in the Gospel Project

Jesus Was Arrested 

UNIT 25: SESSION 3

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TEACHING ON 9.24.2017

The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him.

The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ arrest, help them understand the gravity of the events.

First, Jesus wanted to do God’s plan. Jesus came to earth to rescue people from sin. He was committed to doing the Father’s will. (Matt. 26:39,42) When Judas showed up with a crowd, Jesus didn’t run. He didn’t even allow Peter to stand in His defense. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)

Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jews tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matt. 26:59-60) Jesus did what we failed to do; He perfectly obeyed the law. His arrest was not just. The trial was not fair. But this had to happen. Only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take away sin. (Heb. 9:11-14)

Finally, Jesus is who He says He is. After Jesus’ arrest, the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Son of God. Jesus affirmed that He is. (Matt. 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth.

Jesus knew that His death was God’s plan to save people from sin. Jesus’ friends turned against Him and He was arrested and put on trial, but Jesus followed His Father’s plan in order to bring salvation to the world.

● UNIT PASSAGE: LUKE 4: 18 ●

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

This week in the gospel project

The Last Supper

Unit 25: Session 3

Teaching on 9.17.2017

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. The foot washing symbolized a spiritual cleansing. The disciples were already positionally “clean” before God (see John 13:10) but even redeemed people still sin and need daily cleansing. (See 1 John 1:9.) In this, Jesus also set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions toward one another. (John 13:15)

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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, and they didn’t love Him. 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.

Your kids may not be ready to take the Lord’s Supper at church. Gently explain that the Lord's Supper, like baptism, is an ordinance of the church and is a celebration for those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus for salvation

● UNIT PASSAGE: LUKE 4: 18 ●

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

Flyte Unit 1

FLYTE: faith. life. together.

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When you think of spiritual disciplines, what comes to mind? Do you groan, and think not again? When someone says to you, “read your Bible every day” does that make you feel guilty, irritated, or confused? What are your first thoughts when you hear the words prayer and worship?

Over the next four weeks, our 4th-6th graders will be exploring these spiritual disciplines through the FLYTE curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be attempting to encourage your preteens to take personal responsibility for the following:

September 10th: What Do I Do in My Time Alone with God?

Bible passage: Matthew 14:13-33

September 17th: Why Should I Read My Bible?

Bible passage: Psalm 119:9-16, 33-40

September 24th: How Do I Pray?

Bible passage: Matthew 6:5-15

October 1st: What Is Worship?

Bible passage: Psalm 66

The purpose of these lessons is to encourage preteens to take responsibility for their time alone with God and to use Bible reading, prayer, and personal worship to grow their relationship with Him and to foster spiritual maturity.

Ways to connect as a family:

Read a chapter in Psalms together each day

Share a family prayer list

Develop family worship times where family members come together to worship God with each family member responsible for a different aspect of the worship time.

 

This Week in The Gospel Project

Jesus Cleansed the Temple

Unit 25, Session 2

Teaching on 9.10.2017

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In preparation for the Passover feast, Jesus made His triumphal entry to Jerusalem. Jesus went to the temple there. Herod the Great completely rebuilt the temple in 20–18 B.C. as part of his architectural projects. The temple was surrounded by walls and gates, with specific places for Gentiles, women, and men to worship God and offer sacrifices. The temple was a symbol of God’s presence among His people.

When Jesus entered the Court of the Gentiles, He was furious to see people buying and selling in the temple. Animal sacrifices were required for participation in the temple. (See Deut. 16:16.) For many worshipers traveling from all over the Roman Empire to take part in Passover, it was easier to purchase unblemished animals for sacrificing in the Court of the Gentiles. There, they also exchanged foreign currency for the temple taxes and offerings. So why was Jesus angry at the people?

The merchants buying and selling in the temple were treating the temple as a market or bazaar, not like the house of prayer for all nations that God had intended for it to be. (See Isa. 56:7.) The money changers’ prices were so exorbitant, they were practically robbing the people. (Mark 11:17) On top of that, people were using the temple courts as a shortcut to get to their businesses. The Gentiles who wished to worship God in peace were surrounded by greed and extortion.

Jesus threw out the merchants and money changers. He was committed to honoring God. The chief priests and the scribes saw what happened, and they wanted to destroy Jesus. (Luke 19:47)

When Jesus cleared the dishonest people from the temple, He showed His commitment to honoring God. The temple was supposed to be a place where people could pray and worship God. Jesus was going to die on the cross to take away people’s sins so anyone who trusted in Him could come to God.

These events led up to Jesus’ death and resurrection, and now we do not need to go to a temple to meet with God. Jesus came as God’s presence among us (John 1:14) and to be the final sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. We gather with the church to worship Him together.

● UNIT PASSAGE: LUKE 4: 18 ●

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free

This week in Sunday School

Jesus Was Anointed

Unit 25: Session 1

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Teaching on 9.3.2017

Three decades had passed since Jesus arrived on earth as a helpless baby. 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.

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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.

 

● UNIT PASSAGE: Luke 4: 18 ●

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,

This week in Sunday School

JESUS RAISED LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD 

UNIT 24: SESSION FOUR

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TEACHING ON 8.26.2017

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 11:25­26.) 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.

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.

● Unit Passage: Psalm 103:2-­3 ●

Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases

 

This week In Sunday School

JESUS HEALED A WOMAN AND RAISED A GIRL

UNIT 24: SESSION Three

TEACHING ON 8.19.2017

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. Whether or not God grants physical healing, we can rest knowing that He brings ultimate healing through His Son, Jesus.

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.

 

Thinking about Volunteering?

Woodlands Kids is looking for volunteers! 

There's no where else in the church that can use volunteers with so many different giftings, skills, backgrounds and time commitments. Can you serve once a month? We can use you! You're looking for a weekly, intensive service opportunity? We can use you! New Christian? Old Christian? Still learning about Christ, but want to get plugged in at Woodlands? Teen? Adult? Parent? Grandparent? Like to be up front? Like to be in the back? It doesn't matter - we can use you!

The majority of men and women who know Jesus as their Savior point to a moment when they were in elementary school as to when God chose to use a man or women or a moment to step into their lives. Not only is KidMin easy to get into, but it's also amazingly easy to have a huge impact through KidMin. Here's a list of the type of people we need in KidMin

  • People who can draw
  • People who are good at creating designs
  • People with muscles who can carry stuff
  • People with a passion to hang out with children
  • People who can love on high needs children
  • People who love playing games
  • People who love worshipping
  • People who can teach
  • People with a great imagination
  • People who can pray
  • People who can sit next to a child and help them calm down
  • People who like setting up games
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We have serving opportunities available for our Tuesday night Kid's Crossing Program, our Sunday school program, and nursery volunteers. 

 

Do you see yourself somewhere on that list? I bet you do! So what are you waiting for? Fill out the form and our Volunteer Coordinator Jami Wilhelm will contact you! 

 

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