Jesus Calmed a Storm

Sunday, August 9

After a long day of teaching, Jesus and His disciples got into a boat to cross over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. When their short sailing trip was interrupted by a violent storm, the disciples found themselves in danger with nowhere to turn—except to the One who created all things.

Several of the disciples were experienced fishermen. They had spent significant time on the Sea of Galilee, but this storm was so strong that the waves overtook the boat. The disciples were afraid they would drown. As the disciples panicked, what was Jesus doing? He was sleeping!

The disciples woke Jesus. The situation was out of their control, and perhaps they felt forsaken by God. But their reaction was full of irony: “Teacher! Don’t you care that we’re going to die?” (Mark 4:38).

The disciples obviously did not know why Jesus had come to earth. Jesus had come to rescue people from sin. In dying on the cross, Jesus would truly be forsaken by God. (See Matt. 27:46.) Jesus would die the death the disciples—and all sinners—deserve so that they could live forever with God. Did Jesus care that the disciples were going to die? Absolutely. But He was going to rescue them from something worse than drowning. Jesus would save them from spiritual death.

Jesus calmed the wind and the waves. He displayed His power over creation and demonstrated that He is truly God. God has power over the wind and the waves. (See Job 12:15; 28:25; Ps. 33:7; 107:25-30; Amos 4:13.) 

Jesus’ disciples knew Jesus was a good man and a good teacher. But when Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, He showed His disciples that He is also God. God rules the sea and stills its waves. (Psalm 89:9)

As you talk with your kids, seize the opportunity to share the gospel. Help them understand the truth the disciples did not yet fully grasp. Who is this man? He is the Messiah, the Savior, and the Son of God.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus and the disciples were in a boat during a storm.
    • ○ Jesus told the wind and waves to be still.
    • ○ Jesus showed His friends that He is the Lord.
    • ○ Jesus has power over everything He made.
    • ○ Jesus showed He is God’s Son.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus calmed a storm. 
    • ○ Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is the Son of God.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus calmed a storm to show the disciples He is God. 
    • ○ Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God, to show He is the Son of God, and to care for people.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • Psalm 40:5
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Fed a Crowd” (Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6)

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The Good Shepherd

Sunday, July 26th

Dear Parents,

Jesus’ teaching caused division among the Jews. They argued about who He was and where He had come from. Had He really come from God? Was He crazy or demon-possessed? In John 10, Jesus taught about Himself by using a comparison that is found throughout the Old Testament: the Lord as the Shepherd of His people.

In Bible times, shepherding was a common occupation. Leaders of nations—even non-Israelite nations—would refer to themselves as shepherds of the people. A good shepherd would guide, provide for, and protect his people. Yet Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel criticized Israel’s leaders for failing to shepherd God’s people well. The Israelites were like sheep—helpless and wandering—and they longed for a truly good shepherd.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who provides abundant life for His sheep. A shepherd would gather his sheep at night and form a pen to keep the sheep in and to keep wild animals and thieves out. The shepherd would lay across the opening. Like a shepherd provides safety for his sheep, Jesus provides salvation and eternal life.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. A shepherd protects his sheep from wolves and other wild animals, even at risk to his own life. Jesus gave up His life on the cross to rescue sinners from sin and death.

Finally, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows His sheep. Even when two or more flocks gathered in a pen, a shepherd could call for his sheep and they would respond to the sound of his voice. Jesus knows His sheep personally. 

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came to do His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rise again so that we might be saved. We can live sacrificially as we point others to the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. God sent Him to rescue sinners. Jesus laid down His life for His sheep so they could have forgiveness and eternal life. When we trust in Jesus, we are His sheep who listen to, follow, and obey Him.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd.
    • ○ Jesus knows His followers, and they know Him.
    • ○ Jesus gave up His life to rescue His people from sin.
    • ○ Those who love Jesus listen to Him and obey Him.
    • ○ Jesus taught about God.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for His people.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 14:25-26 (Preschool: John 14:26)
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Calmed a Storm” (Matthew 8; Mark 4; Luke 8)

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Jesus Taught About Prayer

Sunday, July 19th

Prayer is personal communication with God. Many people aren’t sure how to pray or feel uncomfortable praying. To pray effectively, then, we must be taught how to pray. This is why Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. 

Jesus began with the Lord’s Prayer, not to establish the words we should use but to show how we should pray and what we should pray about. Through prayer, we demonstrate our dependence on and faith in the Lord. We should approach God as a Father and pray for His kingdom first and then for ourselves and others.

Then Jesus told a story about a man who went to his friend in the middle of the night to ask for food for a visitor. The friend did not want to be bothered but because the man did not give up, the friend finally gave him what he needed. God is not a sleepy neighbor. If a grumpy friend will reward persistence, how much more so will God! He cares about His children and is happy to give us what we need when we ask.

In a similar way, a human father who loves his child would not give him a snake if he asked for a fish. Will God give us everything we ask for? No, but when we are persistent with our prayers, we can trust Him to answer according to His glory and our good.

Jesus used another parable in Luke 18: A judge was unwilling to grant a widow’s plea for justice, but the woman did not give up. So the judge gave her justice. We should not give up praying if we have not received an answer from God. God is not like a wicked judge. When we pray consistently, God will give us justice and He will act quickly.

Jesus taught us to pray. Because of Jesus, we can pray to the Father and ask for what we need. We can trust that God is good and loving, and we can count on Him to do what is right.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus taught His disciples how to pray.
    • ○ Prayer is talking to God.
    • ○ God wants us to ask Him for what we need.
    • ○ Because of Jesus, we can talk to God.
    • ○ Jesus taught about God.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus taught people how to pray.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus taught people how to pray.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 14:25-26 (Preschool: John 14:26)
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Taught About Possessions” (Luke 12)

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The Cost of Following Jesus

Sunday, July 12th

The benefits of following Jesus are wonderful: justification from sin, lifelong sanctification, and adoption into the family of God. But following Jesus also comes at a price. People had waited so long for the promised Messiah to come into the world, so many were eager to follow Him. Yet as Jesus taught, He urged people to consider the cost of being His disciple.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explained to one disciple that following Him might involve giving up worldly comforts. He told another disciple that following Him should be higher priority than anything else—even one’s commitment to his parents. (See Matt. 8:18-22.) In Matthew 16 and Luke 9, Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

Jesus shared two examples in Luke 14 of people who must count the cost of doing something. If a person is building a tower, he must first calculate the cost. If he begins the project and is unable to complete it, onlookers will ridicule him. In a similar way, a king counts the cost of going to war before sending out his army. If he is not able to oppose the enemy, he doesn’t foolishly send out a small group to fight a larger group. Instead, he seeks peace.

Many who wanted to follow Jesus changed their minds. Jesus even asked the twelve disciples if they wanted to turn away as well. Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Jesus taught that following Him is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. True life is found in Jesus, who gave up His life to rescue us from sin and death. He is worth it.

Paul acknowledged the difficulty of following Jesus in 2 Corinthians 4 but kept his eyes on eternity: “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” (v. 17). As you share with your kids, emphasize that following Jesus is not not easy, but He is worth it.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Many people wanted to follow Jesus.
    • ○ Jesus told people they must love Him most of all to follow Him.
    • ○ People who follow Jesus will have life with Him forever.
    • ○ Following Jesus means letting Him be in charge.
    • ○ Jesus taught about God.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus taught that following Him is not easy.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.
  • Kids
    • ○ Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.
    • ○ What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.
  • UNIT KEY PASSAGE
  • John 14:25-26 (Preschool: John 14:26)
  • NEXT WEEK 
  • “Jesus Taught About Prayer” (Luke 11; 18)

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Jesus Healed a Man That Was Lame

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Located in the city of Jerusalem, the pool of Bethesda was a place many believed to possess healing powers. People who were sick or disabled went to the pool in hopes of being made whole. They believed an angel would stir up the waters, and the first person to get in would be healed. (Some translations include this detail in verse 4; but since the earliest and most accurate manuscripts do not include the detail, most contemporary translations omit it as well.)

Jesus sought out a man at the pool of Bethesda who had been disabled for 38 years. Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to get well?” The man, not recognizing who was talking to him (see John 5:13), explained his inability to get to the pool in time. Filled with compassion, Jesus commanded this man: “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” After decades of helplessness, the man was instantly healed. He picked up his mat and walked.

At this time, Jesus slipped away through the crowd. So when the Jewish leaders approached the man, asking questions about the healing and accusing the man of breaking the law by picking up his mat on the Sabbath, the man could not even identify who healed him. Yet Jesus sought out the man a second time. Jesus found the man in the temple and warned him, “Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”

Jesus cared about the man’s body; He had healed it. But Jesus also cared about the man’s soul. As you teach kids, emphasize that the man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus healed a man who could not walk.
    • ○ People were upset that Jesus broke their rules.
    • ○ Jesus said He is God’s Son.
    • ○ Jesus takes away our sin and heals us.
    • ○ God created people for His glory.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus healed a man who could not walk.
    • ○ Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus healed a man who could not walk.
    • ○ 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 
  • “Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Blind” (John 9)

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Jesus Healed a Woman and a Girl

Sunday, June 14, 2020

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 sins 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.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ A woman touched Jesus’ robes to be healed.
    • ○ Jesus made a girl alive again.
    • ○ Jesus showed His power as the Messiah.
    • ○ Jesus can heal and give dead people life.
    • ○ God created people for His glory.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus healed a woman and brought a girl back to life.
    • ○ Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus healed a woman and raised a girl from the dead.
    • ○ 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 
  • “Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Lame” (John 5)

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Jesus Healed Ten Men

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem when He stopped in a village. He was approached by ten men who had leprosy. The men didn’t get too close because according to Jewish law, their disease meant they were unclean. Leviticus 13–14 details the law regarding skin diseases such as leprosy. A person had to go to a priest for a diagnosis, was isolated from others, and then—after healing occurred—returned to the priest to be examined, cleansed, and restored to the community.

The men cried out to Jesus for mercy, and He commanded them to go and show themselves to the priests. As they went, Jesus miraculously healed them. This healing gave the men a new beginning. They would be able to return to their friends and family members. One of the men—a Samaritan among Jews—seeing that he was healed, returned to Jesus.

Luke tells us how this man responded: “He … gave glory to God. He fell facedown at his [Jesus’] feet, thanking him” (Luke 17:15-16). This humility and gratitude were evidences of faith. The man’s response shows an understanding of God’s mercy and goodness. Jesus declared, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you” (v. 19). This man was healed not just physically but spiritually.

Jesus healed the ten men who cried out to Him. The one who had faith was saved. When we trust in Jesus by faith, He heals us from something greater than a disease; He saves us from our sins. We can give Him thanks and worship Him for making us new.

The Bible says all of us have sinned. Our sin makes us unclean, but we can cry out to God like the men with leprosy: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” God hears our prayers and answers. The gospel welcomes everyone who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus.

As you talk with your kids, emphasize that when we trust in Jesus by faith, He heals us from something greater than a disease; He saves us from our sins. We can give Him thanks and worship Him for making us new. 

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
    • ○ Jesus healed ten men from their skin disease.
    • ○ Only one man went back to thank Jesus.
    • ○ Jesus saves us when we have faith in Him.
    • ○ When we trust in Jesus, He heals us from sin.
    • ○ God created people for His glory.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus healed ten men with a skin disease.
    • ○ Why did God create people? God created people to love Him and give Him glory.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus healed ten men, and one was saved.
    • ○ 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 
  • “Jesus Healed a Woman and a Girl” (Mark 5)

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Jesus and Samaritan Woman

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Dear Parents,

At the time Jesus was on earth, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along. The strife between the two groups stretched back hundreds of years, to the Babylonian exile.

When the Babylonians attacked Judah, they moved a large group of God’s people away from their homes. But some of the people—the poorest, sickest, least able to work—were left behind in the region that became known as Samaria. The exile lasted 70 years. During that time, those left in Samaria began to mingle with their neighbors to the north. They intermarried and practiced foreign customs. While the Samaritans still believed in God, they adapted foreign beliefs as well.

The Jews who returned home from Babylon to rebuild God’s temple in Jerusalem rejected this new way of life. They were dedicated to obeying and worshiping God, so they didn’t agree with the Samaritans’ practices. The Samaritans opposed the Jews’ efforts to reestablish their nation. In time, the Jews’ hate for the Samaritans grew—so much so that a Jew traveling from Judea to Galilee would take a longer route to travel around Samaria rather than through it.

Jesus broke down barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria. Even more surprising, Jesus stopped at a well around noon and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jewish men did not speak to women in public.

But Jesus was kind to her, and He offered her a gift: living water. The woman didn’t understand, but Jesus revealed His knowledge of her past. He even gave her a glimpse of the future. The Samaritan woman expected a Messiah to come and fix everything. Jesus said, “I am He.”

Explain to kids that the living water Jesus offers is the Holy Spirit. (See John 7:37-39.) The Holy Spirit is a gift that He is eager to give us when we ask Him. Those who receive His grace will never be thirsty again.

 

Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to Him by faith. We can worship Him as Lord and Savior wherever we are.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Anyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.
    • ○ Jesus cared for people.
    • ○ Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman.
    • ○ The woman told people to come and hear Jesus.
    • ○ Many people believed Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus loves all people.
    • ○ What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe. 
    • ○ 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 Healed Ten Men” (Luke 17)

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Jesus and Nicodemus

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Jesus’ ministry had begun. His early miracles included turning water into wine, casting out demons, and healing people. John 2:23 says that “many believed in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.” Jesus likely spent a large part of His day teaching. When the day was done, He spent time alone or with His disciples. One night, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus.

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews; that is, he was a religious leader who taught God’s law, and he was a member of the Sanhedrin—a Jewish governing body. Nicodemus held to the belief that if a person was a law-abiding Jew, he would be accepted by God. Jesus gave Nicodemus a lesson that would turn his belief system on its head.

Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), so the religious teachers likely assumed He didn’t know theology. But they had seen Jesus’ miraculous signs in Jerusalem. Nicodemus had to conclude, “You are a teacher who has come from God” (John 3:2).

Nicodemus initiated the conversation, but Jesus chose the subject. His words perplexed Nicodemus: “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus explained that spiritual birth is not unlike physical birth in that a person cannot do it himself; it is something that happens to him.

Jesus reminded Nicodemus of an Old Testament account, the disobedient Israelites and the bronze snake. The Israelites could not help themselves, but when they trusted in God and looked to the bronze snake lifted up on the pole, they were healed. (Num. 21:4-9)

Emphasize to your kids that every person is born a sinner—spiritually dead and alienated from God. It is by God’s Spirit—not our own effort—that we are born again. We look to Jesus and His finished work on the cross for our salvation.

 Nicodemus needed new life—eternal life—but he could not do anything to earn it. Eternal life is a gift that comes only from God. God showed His love in this way: He sent His one and only Son to save the world. Everyone who believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • ○ Jesus gives us life forever with God.
    • ○ Jesus cared for people.
    • ○ Nicodemus went to see Jesus at night.
    • ○ Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s plan.
    • ○ God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • ○ Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan.
    • ○ What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.
  • Kids
    • ○ Jesus taught that we must be born again. 
    • ○ What makes people special? People are special because we are made in God’s image, as male and female, to know Him.

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Jesus’ Early Miracles

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Early in His ministry, Jesus and His disciples traveled to Capernaum, a town on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Capernaum became Jesus’ home and headquarters. (See Matt. 4:13.) He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, when people would gather to hear and learn from the Scriptures.

Jesus quickly set Himself apart from the scribes and other religious teachers. Unlike the scribes, who relied completely on traditional interpretations of the Torah from other teachers, Jesus spoke with authority. His teaching came from His own authority as the Author of truth, and it had a profound effect on His listeners—they were astonished!

The early miracles recorded in Mark 1 demonstrate Jesus’ power and authority as the Son of God. Jesus drove an unclean spirit from a man in the synagogue; even the demons obey His commands. Then Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and that evening the people in the town brought to Jesus all those who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits. What did Jesus do? He healed them! (Mark 1:34)

Jesus’ miracles continued, and He healed a man with leprosy. Leprosy is a skin disease that would have marked a person as “unclean,” requiring him to be separated from the community. Jesus had compassion on the man and healed him immediately.

Jesus’ miracles brought many people to faith in Him. Jesus’ miracles proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. They strengthened people’s faith and met their needs. Through Jesus, God did what is impossible for us to do on our own. He provided forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

Babies and Toddlers

○ Jesus’ miracles showed that He is God’s Son.

○ Jesus cared for people.

○ Jesus taught people about God.

○ Jesus healed people who were sick.

○ Jesus takes away our sin and heals our sickness.

Preschool

○ Jesus’ miracles helped people.

○ What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His own image.

Kids

○ People came to Jesus, and He healed them. 

○ 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 Taught in Nazareth” (Luke 4)