Family Worship Guide March 5-11

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Day 1

Theme: Jesus confronts the disciples worldly perception of children.

Scripture

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:1-3

Discussion

Children in biblical times, much like today, are some of the most vulnerable among us. They are dependant on another person for their livelihood and well being. The truth is that we are–whether we want to admit it or not–totally dependant on God for our well-being and livelihood.

Action

Take a minute to discuss some of the ways kids depend on their parents (and others). Talk about how that is like a picture of all the ways we are dependent upon God.

A note for parents: this is a great time to talk to your kids about how even as parents you have to rely on God. Tell your children about your need to trust in God for everything, and how they need to trust him as well.

Prayer

God you are holy and we are not. Please help us to understand that we need you. Convict us when we sin and help us to see our need for Jesus. We know that we can trust you and rely on you. We know that you are faithful. Help us live in light of what we know. Amen.

[When using the prayers throughout the week, you can pray them aloud with your children, or you can pause after each phrase and have your children repeat the prayer after you as a way of teaching them how to pray]. 

Song

"Trust"

Austin Stone Worship - Kids

 

Day 2

Theme: Jesus overflows with compassion for children.

Scripture

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7

 Discussion

In the passage we studied on Sunday, we see that Jesus truly cares for the children who are coming to see him. He loves them and has compassion for them. The disciples saw them as helpless and annoying. Our culture finds needyness to be a flaw, a weakness. Jesus doesn't see our neediness that way. He loves us and has compassion for us. Do you tend to cover up your need for Jesus? Do you try to live the kind of life you are called to as a disciple, without him, in your own strength and striving?

A note for parents: use this time to explain to your children that we all need Jesus and that we can always go to him. He is always there for us. We can always pray. His word is always there for us to read. He always speaks to us through it. He will never ignore you or be annoyed by you when you come to him needy.

Prayer

God we praise you for your goodness and your kindness! We thank you that you are always there for us. Thank you for giving us Jesus and thank you that he is all we need! Help us to love and pursue him faithfully. Amen.

Song

"Only Jesus"

Austin Stone Worship - Kids

 

Day 3

Theme: Jesus clarifies that we must enter the kingdom of heaven like children.

Scripture

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

Discussion

As we begin to celebrate the season of Lent, you may be considering giving something up, as Pastor Andy put it Sunday, "for the sake of Christ." We want to see and savor Jesus as better than whatever we may give up; as better than what ever we put our hope in other than Jesus. Maybe there are things in your life that you use to justify yourself: things you place your hope in even above Jesus. Are there things like this in your life that you could address during Lent? Is there something specific you could put down to pursue Christ?

A note for parents: this would be a great time to continue to explain the idea of Lent to your kids. Maybe open up a discussion about what you could fast from as a family. Talk about things they need on a daily basis, things they rely on and explain that all of the things they depend on are good gifts from God.

Prayer

God we confess that we do not always love you like we should. We confess that sometimes we value other things even more than you. We ask that you would help us during Lent to give something up so that we can pursue you with our whole hearts. Help us to trust you and rely on you for all of our needs. Thank you for Jesus and the grace of the gospel. Amen.

Song

"Center My Life"

Austin Stone Worship - Kids