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Paul's Conversion and Baptism

Unit 30: Session one

Teaching on 1.21.2018

Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive.

Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancestors. He violently persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13-14) He dragged believers from their houses and put them in prison. He approved of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by defending Judaism, but God’s purposes could not be stopped. As Saul was on his way to arrest believers in Damascus, the Lord stopped him in his tracks.

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Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, and Saul was never the same. He was struck blind and led into Damascus, where a believer named Ananias placed his hands on Saul. Suddenly, Saul could see again. Saul was convinced that Jesus is Lord. Saul later described the experience as being like dying and receiving a new life. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)

God had a purpose and a plan for Saul. He had set Saul apart before Saul was even born. (Gal. 1:15) God said, “This man is My chosen instrument to take My name to the Gentiles” (Acts 9:15).

Jesus changed Saul’s life. As you talk with your kids, clarify that conversion happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his life is changed too. 

Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, also known as Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as 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.

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PETER VISITED CORNELIUS 

Unit 28: Session 5 

Teaching on 1.14.18

The apostle Peter preached and taught boldly after Pentecost. Jesus had commanded His followers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Acts 10 shows us how God made clear to Peter that the gospel is for everyone—not only the Jews but also the Gentiles. 

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The story begins in Caesarea (SESS uh REE uh), the capital city in the Roman province of Judea. Cornelius, a Roman centurion, lived in Caesarea. Like many of the people in Caesarea, Cornelius was a Gentile; however, he did not worship the Roman gods. Cornelius worshiped the one true God, and one day, God spoke to Cornelius in a vision. In the vision, an angel told Cornelius to send for Peter.

Now Peter was in Joppa (JAHP uh), about 30 miles south of Caesarea. As Cornelius’s men approached the city, Peter had a vision too. He was on a rooftop when God showed him a sheet of animals and commanded him to eat. The problem was that some of the animals were considered “unclean” by Jewish food laws. Three times, God said to Peter, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.”

Peter visited Cornelius and others who had gathered with him. Peter understood that God did not want a Jewish man to call anyone unclean just because he was a foreigner. (See Acts 10:28-29.) Peter preached the gospel to the Gentiles there, and they believed. The Holy Spirit filled them, and they were baptized.

The gospel is good news for everyone. As you teach kids, emphasize that God showed Peter that just as there is no “clean” and “unclean” food, there are no “clean” and “unclean” people. God calls believers to tell everyone the good news about Jesus, no matter who they are or where they come from. Jesus is the Lord of all.

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.

 

New Flyte Unit

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FLYTE: Faith. Life. Together

Flyte is our Sunday morning curriculum for 4th-6th graders. 

The preteen years are a time of significant physical change and preteens have lots of questions and concerns. God’s Word has the answers kids need! These Bible-based sessions will lay a foundation for preteens to build upon as they move through this awkward yet amazing season of life.

We agree that parents should be their child’s primary source of information on puberty and sexual issues. We believe this Bible teaching unit will be an excellent supplement to what you are doing at home. Most parents are uncomfortable talking with their kids about these personal issues, so on our Web site (http://www.lifewaypreteens.com) you’ll find tips, Web links, and recommended reading to better equip you with accurate information to confidently answer your preteen’s questions.

The Bible studies are designed to help your preteen understand that God planned for each of us to change from children into adults. That growth involves different physical changes for both boys and girls. That’s why boys groups and girls groups will be separated for detailed discussion.

Here’s what your preteen can expect:

Session 1: Why Is My Body Changing?

Bible passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Jeremiah 1:4-10

Session 2: How Is My Body Changing?

Bible passage: 1 Samuel 1:20-28; 2:18-26; 3:1-19; 7:13-17; 8:1-3

Session 3: How Can I Cope With My Changing Body?

Bible passage: Proverbs 3:1-12

Session 4: Why Do I Care What People Think of Me?

Bible passage: 1 Samuel 17:12-58

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you as we work together to help your son or daughter navigate the preteen years!

Creating a Family Spiritual Growth Plan

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In 2018, we encourage you to create a family Spiritual Growth Plan. Be intentional about growing closer to Christ as a family, and use every opportunity as parents to help our children walk closer to Jesus as well. 

Here is some helpful information we have put together regarding creating a family spiritual growth plan.

Elements of a Family Spiritual Growth Plan

1)    Connecting to God By far the two things that God will use most powerfully are His Word and prayer. In a plan include when your family will do this, where,  for how long, and what portion(s) of the Bible you will read.

2)    Conforming to Scripture:  As you think through a spiritual growth plan ask God to guide you regarding any changes He may want to make in your life. Write them down as part of your plan to grow.

3)    Inputs:  In addition to reading the word devotionally God uses such things as books, involvement in groups, the regular practice of spending extended time alone with Him, Scripture memory to grow us. 

4)    Outputs:  Serving and giving to others and to God’s work helps break tendencies toward selfishness, and God uses it, by His Spirit to free us. Write down how you will serve and give to God and others.

Examples of a Family Spiritual Growth Plan

1)    Every Monday and Friday 10 minutes before school, we will pray together as a family.

2)    We will individually set aside 30 minutes/ day to read and study the bible. Following along with Woodlands in the Word. 

  • Mom at 6:00- 6:30 AM 
  • Dad at 8- 8:30 AM
  • Little Jonny will read 15 minutes before bed
  • Every Wednesday at dinner we will discuss what we’ve been learning in our reading plan.  

3)    Every last Sunday of the month we will celebrate Sabbath rest together by making no plans after church other than being together as a family. 

4)    We will each work to be growing on something to benefit our famil

  • Mom will work on communicating her expectations
  • Dad will work on money management
  • Little Jonny will work on sharing with friends 

5)    We will serve in the Nursery once per month as a family. 

THE ETHIOPIAN OFFICIAL BELIEVED

UNIT 28: SESSION 4

TEACHING ON 01.7.2018

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The believers in the early church faced intense persecution. After Stephen was killed, Jesus’ followers at the church in Jerusalem scattered; however, they did not stop talking about Jesus. They continued to share the good news. One man, Philip, took the gospel to Samaria. The crowds there listened and believed, and they had great joy.

In today’s Bible story, Philip was instructed by an angel of the Lord to go to a certain road in the desert. Philip obeyed. The Spirit led Philip to a chariot, where an Ethiopian official was reading the Scriptures from the prophet Isaiah. The Ethiopian man did not understand what he was reading, so Philip explained it to him.

The man was reading from the prophet Isaiah: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter … In His humiliation justice was denied Him. … For His life is taken from the earth” (Acts 8:32-33). The official wondered if Isaiah was speaking about himself or another person. Philip told the official that Isaiah’s words weren’t about Isaiah; they were about the Messiah—Jesus! The official believed in Jesus and was baptized.

Help your kids to consider the role of the Holy Spirit in this interaction between Philip and the Ethiopian official. Who was responsible for Philip’s going to the desert? Who helped Philip explain the Scriptures? Who changed the heart of the official so he would believe?

The Ethiopian official knew what the Old Testament prophets had said, but he did not understand that the prophets spoke about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the official understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead, just like the Old Testament prophets said.

After his interaction with the Ethiopian official, Philip continued sharing the gospel in all the towns on his way to the town of Caesarea.

In our mission of making disciples, believers must be willing instruments to be used in the hands of the Lord. Philip didn’t go into the desert today with a strategy for converting another man; the Holy Spirit led Philip, and he obeyed. As believers, we can be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and willing to follow His lead. He will go with us.

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.

Christmas Eve Childcare

We hope you can join us for 

Woodlands Christmas Eve Service 

 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM

This year we are offering childcare for ALL 5 services. 

At 11:00, 4:00, and 5:30 we will have childcare for kids 3 and under. 

At the 1:00 and 2:30 we have programming for ALL kids 6th grade and under. 

For this service, we will not be doing check-in as usual. We will have tables set up for you to write nametags for your kids. 

 

Drop off locations: 

0-3: Nursery 

3-5: Preschool rooms

1st-6th grade: Celebration square 

 

Have a Merry Christmas! 

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Anges Spoke To Mary and Joseph 

Unit 29: Session 1 

Teaching on 12. 17. 2017

People had been waiting a long time for Jesus. God hinted at His coming in the garden of Eden when He promised a seed to conquer the serpent. (Gen. 3:15) The prophets told of His coming hundreds of years before His birth. God was working out His plan to bring His people back to Himself.

In the Bible, God sometimes used angels to communicate His message to people. Angels spoke to Abraham in Genesis 18. The Angel of the Lord spoke to Balaam in Numbers 22. Now Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus, each received a special visit from an angel to announce the birth of God’s promised Messiah.

The angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary surprised her. By His grace, God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus. The angel’s message revealed much about this promised child.

First, He would be great in both being and nature. He would be the Son of the Most High. Jesus is the Son of God, and the Lord God promised to give Him the throne of His father David. These words fulfilled the prophecy given to David in 2 Samuel 7:12-16. He would reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom would have no end.

The good news that Jesus was coming into the world was good news because of why He was coming. An angel revealed Jesus’ purpose to Joseph in Matthew 1:21, “He will save His people from their sins.” The gospel is the good news of what God has done for us through Christ.

The announcement of Jesus’ birth is not the beginning of the gospel; God had been planning for this moment since before the beginning of time. (See Eph. 1:3-10.) Help your kids understand that God’s plan has always been to save sinners and bring them back to Himself. Jesus, whose name means “Yahweh saves,” is the culmination of that plan.

The baby Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, as well as other Old Testament prophecies, about the coming Savior. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God’s plan of redemption that God planned before the world began.

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 KEY PASSAGE

1 John 4:9

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Peter Healed a Begger

UNIT 28: SESSION 2

TEACHING ON 12.10.2017

With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began.

One afternoon, two of Jesus’ disciples—Peter and John—went to the temple to pray. They encountered at the gate a man who could not walk. Rather than give the man money, Peter gave him something much more valuable: immediate physical healing in Jesus’ name.  

After Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to begin working. With the power of Jesus’ name, Peter healed a man who was lame. Not even the religious leaders could stop Jesus’ followers from sharing the good news about Jesus.

As you talk with your kids about this Bible story, keep three things in mind. First, Peter’s healing the beggar was not magic; it was a miracle. Beginning in Acts 3:12, Peter responded to the people who were amazed at what had happened. “Why are you amazed at this … as though we had made him walk by our own power?” The man wasn’t healed because Peter was a super-believer. Peter explained that it was by Jesus’ power the man was healed.

Second, the man’s healing made him happy and thankful. He entered the temple and rejoiced! Consider the wonderful miracle of salvation. We are dead in our sin, and God makes us alive in Christ! How we should rejoice and give thanks to the Lord!

Finally, Peter and John were bold in their witness. When confronted by the religious leaders, they did not shy away. Peter and John preached about the salvation found in Jesus. In fact, they said they were “unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

The same power that enabled Peter to heal the man who was lame—the power of the Holy Spirit—enables believers today to live on mission for Jesus. Pray that God would give your kids a willingness to be used by Him for His glory and for the fame of Jesus’ name.

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 KEY PASSAGE

Philippians 2:13

New Flyte Unit

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FLYTE: faith. life. together.


FLYTE is our Sunday curriculum for students from 4th-6th grade.

When you think of heaven, what comes to mind? Perhaps your idea of heaven includes clouds, gleaming white robes, and rather bored angels sitting around playing harps. Maybe you imagine heaven as a sort of earth without all the negative aspects. Heaven is difficult to imagine since we haven’t been there and the Bible’s descriptions are sometimes hard to grasp.

Over the next four weeks, your preteen will be exploring the idea of heaven through the FLYTE curriculum. Specifically, we’ll be attempting to answer several questions about the topic:

Session 1: What Is Heaven? - December 3rd
Bible passage: Revelation 21:1–22:5

Session 2: How Do I Get to Heaven?- December 10th
Bible passage: Acts 16:25-31

Session 3: Do I Have to Be Baptized to Go to Heaven?- December 17th
Bible passage: Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 23:32-49

Session 4: How Can I Help My Friends Go to Heaven?- December 31st
Bible passage: Ephesians 1:7; John 3:16; Matthew 7:21; James 2:13; Romans 3:23; Luke 13:3; Romans 10:9; John 10:10; 14:3

The purpose of these lessons is to present heaven not as an escape from hell, but as something so marvelous that not only do we want it, but we also want everyone else to have it as well.

As you talk with your preteen about these matters, your first priority should be to help him or her understand how necessary and desirable getting to heaven is. Far more than “joining the church” or “living a Christian life,” the promise of a relationship with Christ means spending eternity in the presence of the Creator—a God so wonderful we won’t be able to take our eyes off of Him.

Encourage your family to watch for images of heaven on television, in movies, or on the Internet. Be prepared to discuss how these images hit or miss the reality of heaven as described in the Bible. As you do this, focus on the promises of an eternity in God’s presence. 

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The Holy Spirit Came

Unit 28: Session 1

Teaching on 12.3.2017

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.

The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.

During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.

The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!

God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like 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.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Philippians 2:13

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A song of Thanksgiving

Unit 27: Session 6

Teaching on 11.26.17

Picture the reality of your salvation: Imagine standing as a defendant in a courtroom. You’ve been justly found guilty of a crime and the penalty is death. But rather than ordering law enforcement to lead you away to be executed, the judge gets up and takes your place. He takes your punishment upon himself, declaring your innocence and allowing you to walk free. How would you respond?

This is essentially what Jesus does for sinners who trust in Him. God is the Judge, and rather than sentencing us to death like we deserve, the Father sent His Son to take our place. That is mercy and grace. So how should we respond?

Look at how Moses and the Israelites responded when God rescued them from Egypt and led them across the Red Sea. Exodus 15 describes their song. They praised the Lord and told what He had done for them. This same attitude of thankfulness—the proper response to the good news of the gospel—is described in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah had a vision of God’s grace toward sinners, and he describes in Isaiah 12 the song we will sing to the Lord. We will praise God for His mercy and compassion (Isa. 12:1-2), thank Him for keeping His promise to save us (vv. 3-4), and tell of His glory and greatness among the nations (vv. 5-6).

Isaiah looked forward to the day when God’s words would come true—God would bless His people, and they would be thankful and tell everyone about Him. By sending His Son, God kept His promise to save people from sin. Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Those who trust in Him rejoice and are saved.

Once we experience salvation, we don’t sit back and cruise through the Christian life. Salvation is a call to action. Out of thankfulness for the Lord, we can love others like Jesus (1 John 4:10-12) and share with the world the good news of the gospel (Matt. 28:19-20; John 14:15). Guide your kids to recognize that every good gift comes from God (Jas. 1:17), and God’s greatest gift to us is His own Son, Jesus. With hearts of gratitude, praise and worship the Lord together.

 

● 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 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"

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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.

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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"

This week in the gospel project

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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! 

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