SUNDAY 26 July
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This week, we continue our series, Back to the New Future, looking at what our lives might look like in the future and how we might develop a new ‘normal’ that centres on God’s plans for our lives.
We are God’s light in the world, and today’s kids’ song, Let Your Light Shine, encourages us to live for God and make him known to others.
Today’s bible reading looks at some of the rules that God gave to Moses and the Israelites to guide the way they should live as God’s people.
- How many of the 10 Commandments do you know? Try to make a list, of words or pictures.
- Once you have done that, look at your bible (Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5) and add any you missed.
- How many of these ancient rules do you think should still apply to our lives today?
Extra activities to keep hands busy while listening to Kirk’s talk:
Family Devotion Time:
Before/After your service of choice, or at another time during the day/week that best suits your family, spend some time together exploring God’s word.
God gives us rules, to guide our lives, so that we can be in good relationship with him. When we break those rules, it’s called sin. The bible is very clear – we are all guilty of sin. Sometimes we know when we, or someone else, have done wrong. Sometimes we don’t even notice. But God sees everything! He knows we are all guilty, but instead of punishing each one of us, every time we do something wrong, he had a plan – he sent Jesus to take our punishment for us.
This week’s video features some of the youth who are part of the St John’s Kids team. Watch …
- Have you ever done the wrong thing and been punished? What was your punishment?
- Have you ever done the wrong thing and not been punished? Why weren’t you punished?
- Appropriate Punishment – Cut and match the punishments to the actions, or draw lines to link them.
- Crime and Punishment – Write or draw to illustrate Sam and Sally’s story.
Dig Deeper …
- What does Romans 3:23 tell us about ourselves?
- What does Romans 6:23 say the punishment for our sin is?
- Read Romans 8:1. What does this verse declare? You might like to look up the meaning of the word ‘condemnation’.
- Read Romans 3:24-25. How did God punish sin, but not punish us?
How does this apply to me …
- Is God going to punish you for your sins? Why? Why not?
- Have you asked Jesus to take the punishment for your sins?
- Can you be sure Jesus has taken the punishment for all your sin – even the sin you have not yet done?
- Is there any sin so bad that Jesus’ death would not be able to take the punishment for?
- How do you feel knowing that Jesus has been punished for the things you do wrong?
- God has to punish sin.
- The great news is that God doesn’t treat us the way we deserve.
- His plan allowed his son, Jesus, to be punished on our behalf.
- When we follow Jesus and ask him to take the punishment for us, we are forgiven and can live in good relationship with God.
Pray together …
- Turn Romans 8:1 into a prayer.
- If you haven’t already, and are ready to, ask God to let Jesus take the punishment for the wrong things you do and ask the Holy Spirit to work in your heart to show you how God would have you live for him.
- Pray for family and friends who have not yet asked Jesus to take the punishment for their sin.
Family Devotion resource credit: Kidswise