God Created People

Sunday, September 12, 202

Humans are at the center of everything God created. Only God Himself is more important. That is why the creation of the first man and woman—Adam and Eve—deserved its own session. 

As you talk with your kids about this week’s session, there are two words that might be unclear or even confusing. The first is our in Genesis 1:26. “Let us make man in our image.” This can be confusing because the Bible is clear that there is only one God (see Deuteronomy 6:4 and 1 Timothy 2:5). Why then does God say our image and not myimage? 

Bible scholars have long debated what is meant by this word, but here are two of the most common explanations. The first is that this word is affirming the doctrine known as the Trinity—that God is one in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our in this verse is drawing from that important aspect of who God is. This would make sense here because a common, but wrong, belief of why God created people was because He was lonely. But God as three Persons in one is never alone. He has always enjoyed a perfect relationship of love within who He is. It would make sense that God wants to make that clear here.

A second explanation for our is that it is the use of what is called the “plural of majesty.” In this case, God is establishing from very early on how glorious He is, even in how He refers to Himself. 

The second word that deserves a note is image. Once again, scholars have debated for ages about what this word means. But we can know what it does not mean: physical form. God is spirit (see John 4:24), so we are not made with a body like God’s body; He has no body. Instead, being made in God’s image includes attributes of people that separate us from the rest of creation (such as our ability to reason, our morality, our will, and our emotions) and our unique role in creation as ruling over it under God’s greater rule.

While we might not know what these two words mean exactly, we do know this for sure: our glorious God has made people to be special in all of His creation and designed us to be in relationship with Him. 

Check out The Gospel Project At Home for resources designed to help you lead a family worship experience as well as suggestions for morning and evening prayer times and family activities. 

FAMILY TALKING POINTS

CHRIST CONNECTION

This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.

  • Babies & Toddlers: We can know and love God.
  • Younger Preschool: People are special because God made us to know and love Him. Through Jesus, we can know and love God.
  • Older Preschool: God created people in His own image. He loves us and gives us everything we need. People are special because God made us to know and love Him. Through Jesus, we can know and love God just as He planned.
  • Kids: God created people in His own image and provides for everything He made. People are special because God made people to live forever in a relationship with Him. Through His Son, Jesus, we can have eternal life with God just as He planned.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER

This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit. 

  • Younger Preschool: Why did God create everything? God created everything to show He is great.
  • Older Preschool: Why did God create everything? God created everything for His glory.
  • Kids: Why did God create everything? God created everything for His glory and our good. 

KEY PASSAGE

This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit. 

  • Babies & Toddlers:The heavens show God is great! — Psalm 19:1
  • Younger Preschool: The heavens show God is great! — Psalm 19:1
  • Older Preschool: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1 
  • Kids: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1

** Next week: Creation Glorifies God (Psalm 19)

John Was Dedicated

Sunday, March 22, 2020

God had chosen Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ earthly parents. Mary and Joseph named their baby Jesus, obeying God in faith that salvation had indeed come into the world. (See Matt. 1:21.) When the time came for Jesus to be dedicated and Mary to be purified, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem.

According to the law given to Moses, after a woman gave birth, she was “unclean” and would observe a period of purification. Then she would bring an offering to the priest. (See Lev. 12:1-6.) Jesus was about five weeks old when Mary and Joseph dedicated Him to the Lord and offered the required sacrifice.

Simeon was also at the temple that day, not by mere coincidence but by the Holy Spirit’s leading. (Luke 2:27) Simeon spent His life serving the Lord and looked forward to the day when God would keep His promise to comfort Israel. (See Isa. 57:18.) God promised that Simeon would live long enough to see the Messiah. That day had finally come. Imagine his joy. At last, the Savior was here!

Simeon saw the baby Jesus, took Him in his arms, and praised God. Simeon expressed prophetic praise, trusting by faith that God would keep His promise through this child: “My eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:30). Through Jesus, everyone would be able to see God’s plan. Jesus would be a light for all the nations. He would bring honor to Israel.

Anna, a prophetess, also praised too. At well over a hundred years old, Anna began to speak about Jesus to everyone who was looking forward to God’s bringing salvation to His people.

 Throughout the Old Testament, God promised the arrival of a king who would redeem people. When Jesus arrived, Simeon and Anna knew He was the promised Messiah. Today, we have faith that Jesus is God’s Son. We can trust Jesus for our salvation, and like Simeon and Anna, we should share the good news.

Check this session’s Activity Page and stonewaterchurch.com for ways to interact with the Bible story at home!

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ We can tell others the good news about Jesus.
    • ○ There is no one like Jesus.
    • ○ Mary and Joseph took Baby Jesus to the temple.
    • ○ Simeon and Anna praised God for Jesus.
    • ○ God sent Jesus to earth to be our King.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus.
    • ○ Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
  • Kids
    • ○ Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah. 
    • ○ Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 1:1-2 (Preschool: John 1:1)
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus as a Child” (Matthew 2; Luke 2)

Jesus Was Born

Sunday, March 15, 2020

After the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and predicted the birth of John—the forerunner of the Messiah—he appeared to Mary and predicted that she too would have a baby. This baby would be named Jesus, and He would be God’s Son. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High … His kingdom will have no end,” Gabriel said. (See Luke 1:32-33.) Mary visited Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John. Inside the womb, John leaped for joy in the presence of Mary’s unborn baby.

Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth. When Caesar Augustus called for a census, they traveled to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born. (Micah 5:2) There, in a stable, God the Son entered the world as a baby.

Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel brought them good news: “Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). This Savior—the long-awaited deliverer and redeemer—had come.

Not only did Jesus come into the world as the Savior, He came as our King. Some time after Jesus’ birth, wise men came to worship Jesus. They brought Him gifts suitable for a king—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Jesus is the King who will rule forever, just as God promised King David. (See 2 Sam. 7.)

When you share this story with your kids, remind them that Jesus came because we needed Him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is about rejoicing over the greatest gift we could ever receive. God’s own Son came to earth to be our Savior and our King.

The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus, the promised Savior, came into the world to deliver us from sin and death.

Check this session’s Activity Page for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus came into the world to rescue us from sin.
    • ○ There is no one like Jesus.
    • ○ Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
    • ○ Jesus is the Son of God.
    • ○ God sent Jesus to earth to be our Savior.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus was born to rescue people from sin.
    • ○ Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior. 
    • ○ Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE 1:1-2 (Preschool: John 1:1)
  • NEXT WEEK : “Jesus Was Dedicated” (Luke 2)

Running the Race

Sunday, June 27, 2021

While Paul sat in a Roman prison from AD 60 to 62, he wrote letters to churches he had started or visited on his missionary journeys. Despite his circumstances, Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is filled with joy. Philippians reveals Paul’s heart as a devoted follower of Christ. It is full of practical advice about how to live for Jesus and love others.


In the third chapter, Paul wrote about knowing Christ. He said that his relationship with Jesus was the only thing that mattered. This was in stark contrast to his priorities before becoming a believer. As a devout Jew, Paul had been proud of his status: He was circumcised according to the Law, he belonged to the Israelite tribe of Benjamin, he was a faithful Pharisee, and he obeyed the Old Testament law. Now, as a Christian, Paul considered these accolades to be worthless.


Paul set an example for the Philippian believers. They had been distracted by false teachings. He encouraged Christians to press on through difficulties by essentially keeping their “eyes on the prize.” He set himself up as an example for the Philippians to imitate. Paul was motivated by God’s promise to stand before the Lord, meet Him face-to-face, and know Him completely. Paul’s journey toward Christian maturity involved figuring out God’s call on his life and carrying it out. 


Our perseverance in the race reminds us of Jesus’ enduring the cross, which provided forgiveness of our sins and salvation. Because Jesus fixed His sight on the victory that awaited Him, we persevere, fixing our gaze on the hope that one day we will be glorified with Him.


As you talk with your kids, help them think about the Christian life as a race. We don’t want to get distracted or give up running even though it is hard. We can encourage one another toward the finish line. The Lord will help us, and He promises a wonderful prize: life with Him forever.


Following Jesus is like running a race for a wonderful prize. We remember that Jesus never sinned but He endured the cross so we can have forgiveness of our sins. We press on to fully know Jesus and share in His victory for eternity.


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


FAMILY STARTING POINTS 
Babies and Toddlers
○ Following Jesus is better than anything.
○ Knowing Jesus is better than anything.
○ Paul wanted to know Jesus more and more.
○ We wait for the day when Jesus will come back.
○ God makes us more like Jesus.
Preschool
○ Following Jesus is like running a race.
○ What is sanctification? Sanctification is how God makes us more like Jesus.
Kids
○ Following Jesus is like running a race for a wonderful prize. 
○ What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.


UNIT KEY PASSAGE
1 Timothy 6:12


NEXT WEEK 
“Paul Before Rulers” (Acts 24–26)

Jesus’ Baptism

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Zechariah’s son, John, grew up in the wilderness. His ministry began when God’s word came to him, and he began preaching near the Jordan River. John worked to get people ready for the coming of Jesus, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy, “A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness” (Isa. 40:3a).

John called people to repent of their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River. John also instructed people on right living. (See Luke 3:10-14.) Some of the people suspected that John might be the Messiah, but John insisted, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming” (Luke 3:16).

Before His ministry began, Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John at the Jordan River. But John was calling people to a baptism of repentance. Jesus never sinned (see Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21), so why did Jesus come to be baptized? John recognized this when he said, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” (Matt. 3:14).

Commentators’ ideas vary about why exactly Jesus was baptized. Perhaps He was affirming John’s work. Maybe He was identifying with sinners or showing them how they would be saved—through His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus answered John, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). Jesus completely obeyed God, and God audibly confirmed His sonship.

As you share with your kids, allow time for them to ask questions about repentance, salvation, and baptism. Emphasize that baptism is not what saves us; baptism is a way we show that we have been saved. Jesus never sinned, but He obeyed God and was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we turn from sin and start a new life—a life lived for Jesus.

Go to our website, stonewaterchurch.com, scroll down to the Kids’ Service button and click on “Parents” for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ People are baptized to show they follow Jesus.
    • ○ Jesus obeyed God’s plan.
    • ○ Jesus always obeys God perfectly.
    • ○ God wanted John to baptize Jesus.
    • ○ Everything Jesus does makes God happy.
  • Preschool
    • ○ John baptized Jesus.
    • ○ Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.
    • ○ Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 3:30
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” (N)

John Pointed to Jesus

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophets had spoken of a forerunner—someone who would get people ready for Jesus. (Isa. 40:3; Mal. 3:1) At just the right time, “John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). These baptisms were an outward sign of cleansing for people who had repented of their sins.


John’s followers were concerned when they saw Jesus and His disciples, who were baptizing people too. They came to John, who pointed out several things about himself and about Jesus. Consider these comparisons as John explained that Jesus was greater than John.


First, who were they? John was clear: “I am not the Messiah” (John 3:28). John was not the bridegroom, but the groom’s friend. Jesus is the bridegroom. (John 3:29)


Where did they come from? John was from the earth, and he belonged to the earth. Jesus comes from above and is above all. (John 3:31)


What did they do? John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John was a witness to the Light. (John 1:7-8) He was a voice in the wilderness, and Jesus is the Word. (John 1:14,23) John the Baptist told people to get ready for the Messiah. He baptized with water, but Jesus baptized with the Spirit. (John 1:33)


Finally, why were they here? John went before Jesus and rejoiced with Him. (John 3:28-29) Jesus came to give eternal life. (John 3:36)


John described his joy as being complete. (John 3:29) The One for whom he had prepared the people was here. The time had come for John to step aside and let Jesus take the spotlight. John’s mission was complete.
 
John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Now that Jesus was on earth, John’s mission was complete. Jesus was greater than John, and John joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry.

Go to our website, stonewaterchurch.com, scroll down to the Kids’ Service button and click on “Parents” for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus is greater than anything and anyone.
    • ○ Jesus obeyed God’s plan.
    • ○ John was not the Messiah.
    • ○ John said Jesus is more important than him.
    • ○ Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.
  • Preschool
    • ○ John told people to follow Jesus.
    • ○ Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
  • Kids
    • ○ John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus.
    • ○ Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 3:30
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Called His Disciples” (Matthew 4,9; Mark 1–3; Luke 5–6)
  • Unit 20, Session 4: Jesus Called His Disciples

No Other Gospel

Sunday, May 23, 2020

  • During his second missionary journey, Paul started several churches in Galatia. Some time later, false teachers crept into these churches and began teaching that there was more to salvation than faith in Jesus. They said that obeying the law of Moses was essential too. 
  • Many of the Galatian believers became confused and believed the lies of the false teachers. They turned away from the gospel Paul had shared with them. Paul wrote a letter—the Book of Galatians—to correct them and reemphasize a proper understanding of the gospel. 
  • Paul asked the Galatians how their salvation could be started by an act of the Holy Spirit but then completed by their own conduct. That was foolishness! What the Holy Spirit began, He would also complete.
  • Jesus’ half-brother James had written a letter to early believers, concerned about Christians’ interpreting grace to mean they didn’t have to obey God. In Galatians, Paul addressed the opposite problem: Christians who focused so much on obedience that they forgot grace. 
  • James’ message was that grace will always lead to obedience. Paul’s message compliments James’ message: Obedience is impossible apart from grace. Grace and obedience work together in perfect harmony. 
  • This week’s Bible story provides a wonderful opportunity to help your kids understand that obedience matters. The Bible is full of instructions and commands that we are to obey; however, the beauty of the gospel is that our ability to obey comes not through our own effort but through the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit changes our minds and hearts so that we want to obey God, and He also empowers us to obey. All of salvation—from first trusting to faithful obedience—is God’s gift to us through Jesus. The Holy Spirit changes our minds and hearts so that we want to obey God, and He gives us power to obey. Our righteousness does not come through faith in ourselves but through faith in 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.
  • FAMILY STARTING POINTS 
  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ The Bible is God’s Word.
    • ○ Faith in Jesus is a gift from God.
    • ○ God loves all people and sent Jesus to save them.
    • ○ People are saved when they have faith in Jesus.
    • ○ Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Paul taught that believers are saved by faith in Jesus alone.
    • ○ What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.
  • Kids
    • ○ Believers are saved and grow in godliness by faith in Jesus. 
    • ○ What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • Acts 4:12
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Paul Gave Hope” (1–2 Thessalonians)

Paul’s Second Journey

Sunday, May 16, 2020

Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visited on his first journey to see how the new believers were doing.

Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey, which is recorded in Acts 15:36–18:22. The pair traveled through Syria and Cilicia (sih LISH ih uh), encouraging believers and strengthening churches. The number of believers in the churches increased daily.

Paul and Silas obeyed the Lord’s call to go to Macedonia. Two major events happened while Paul was in Macedonia. First, a woman named Lydia became a believer. Paul and Silas had gone to the river to pray. They spoke to the women at the river. God opened Lydia’s heart to the good news of the gospel.

Then, a jailer became a believer. This happened when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. Late at night, an earthquake rocked the prison. The prisoners could have escaped, but they stayed where they were. This was a huge relief to the jailer. Had the prisoners escaped, the jailer would have been punished. In fact, the jailer was ready to kill himself when Paul shouted, “We are all here!” The jailer asked Paul and Silas how to be saved. They told him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The man believed and was baptized.

Emphasize the Christ connection as you review the Bible story with kids: Lydia, the jailer, and many others were saved because they heard the gospel and believed in Jesus. Paul and Silas preached the same message to all people, no matter who they were: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” 

Lydia was saved and the jailer was saved because they believed in Jesus. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift. He did all the work to save us by dying on the cross. We do not need to earn salvation; we can receive it by repenting and trusting in 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.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ The Bible is God’s Word.
    • ○ We are saved when we hear and believe the gospel.
    • ○ God sent Paul on another trip.
    • ○ Paul and Silas told Lydia about Jesus.
    • ○ Paul told people about Jesus even in jail!
  • Preschool
    • ○ Paul and Silas told many people about Jesus..
    • ○ What is the Bible about? The Bible is about God’s plan to save people through Jesus.
  • Kids
    • ○ Paul and Silas planted new churches. 
    • ○ What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • Acts 4:12
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “No Other Gospel” (Galatians 1–3)

Jesus Taught in Nazareth

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Jesus was about 30 years old when He began His earthly ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then He headed north to Galilee. He went through the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman.

After, Jesus went to the town of Nazareth, where He had grown up. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue to teach. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone’s eyes were on Him as He explained, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” Jesus was saying, It’s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some people remembered Jesus from His youth. They asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus knew their thoughts; Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people wanted Jesus to do miracles in His hometown too. Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament accounts. Many widows lived in Israel when the prophet Elijah was there, but God sent Elijah to help a widow in another country. And Elisha likely encountered Israelites who had leprosy, but he healed Naaman the Syrian.

Jesus wanted the people to understand that His miracles were an act of grace—a gift. No one deserves God’s grace, so God may show grace to whomever He pleases—even Gentiles. The people were angry about that last part. They drove Jesus away, intending to kill Him, but Jesus escaped through the crowd.

As you share with your kids, explain that Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set the captives free. He came preaching good news to all the people groups. Finally, the Messiah had come! Jesus was God’s plan to save sinners.

 Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that He is the promised Messiah.

Go to our website, stonewaterchurch.com, scroll down to the Kids’ Service button and click on “Parents” for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus saves people from sin.
    • ○ Jesus cared for people.
    • ○ Jesus read Isaiah’s message in Nazareth.
    • ○ Jesus said God sent Him to preach good news.
    • ○ God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.
    • ○ What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. 
    • ○ What makes people special? People are special because we are made in God’s image, as male and female, to know Him.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 3:16
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus and Nicodemus” (John 3)

Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Blind

Sunday, June 28, 2020

In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah. Isaiah 35:5-6 tells about a time when “the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy.” When God the Son came to earth, He came as a Healer—removing skin diseases, raising the dead to life, making the lame walk, and giving sight to the blind.

John 9 gives us a glimpse of the kingdom of God, where creation is redeemed, and opens our eyes to the greater purpose of suffering in our lives. The disciples asked Jesus a question that many still wrestle with today: Why is this person suffering? (In this case, why was this man born blind?) Was it because of sin?

Jesus’ answer gives hope to anyone facing suffering: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). Because Jesus is Lord over everything, all suffering in this life has meaning and purpose.

Miraculously, Jesus gave sight to the man who was blind. The man’s neighbors noticed the change, and he told them what Jesus had done for him. But the reaction of the religious leaders—skepticism and unbelief—reveals a different kind of blindness: spiritual blindness. Sin keeps us from seeing what is true about God. Jesus came as light into a dark world. He helps us see what is true so we can know God.

Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as a light in a dark world. He came to give us sight—true understanding of God and His kingdom. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him.

Those who trust in Jesus are freed from sin and worship Jesus as Lord. We can live fully in the light of Jesus as we seek to make Him known to others so that their eyes might be opened to the truth of the gospel as well.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus healed a man who could not see.
    • ○ Jesus’ friends thought the man did something wrong to be blind.
    • ○ Jesus said the man was blind to show God’s power.
    • ○ Jesus helps us see what is true about God.
    • ○ God created people for His glory.
  • Preschoold
    • ○ Jesus healed a man who could not see.
    • ○ Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind. 
    • ○ Why did God create people? God created people to worship Him, love Him, and show His glory.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • Isaiah 53:4-5 
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5–7)

Go to our website, stonewaterchurch.com, scroll down to the Kids’ Service button and click on “Parents” for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.