Sunday School

We need Jesus lesson 5 - We need Jesus to win

Matthew 8:28-34

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

This story paints a beautiful picture of Jesus for us. Here we see both his great power and his gentle care. The devil’s control of the demon-possessed men produces violence and fear. Everyone else keeps their distance, yet Jesus is not afraid. He is kind to these tormented men, setting them free from their captivity.

In this world we are very used to seeing strength used for selfish ends. Power used to benefit only the powerful. But here, the most powerful figure on the scene uses his power to show compassion to the weak. We are right to be in awe of Jesus' power shown here. No other man in all of human history had the authority to direct evil forces to obey him.

The people of the town saw his power, yet they wanted to get rid of him. Who would want to get close to a man like this? Anything might happen! They were afraid. They’d rather be in ones in charge. They recognised his power but they hadn’t experienced his gentle care for themselves. But those of us who know him, who have read the whole of his life story, who have seen his compassion for the weak and experienced it in our own lives, know that we have nothing to fear from him, and nothing to fear from anything else when he is with us.

Questions to Ponder

How do I feel when I think of Jesus' immense power? Do I want to keep him at a distance, holding onto the power to run my own life? Or do I draw near in faith, knowing that he graciously uses his power to protect and care for the weak and powerless, including me?

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Sunday School

We need Jesus lesson 1 - We need a rock to build our lives on

Matthew 7:24-29

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

What do I want to be known as? A great parent? A great friend? A home schooling legend? A great Christian? Or a great depender on Jesus? Do I know that I bring nothing to the table, relying totally on God? Or do I think that he should be delighted to have me on “his team”?

The only foundation that will stand is Jesus Christ. I can celebrate my simple obedience to him. I can delight in listening to him, loving him, needing him and obeying him. This is safety; any other foundation ends in disaster.

Notes on the passages in the resource:

V24 – Hearing Jesus' teaching is not enough. Shock! Hearing his teaching and obeying him is like wisely building on solid foundations.

V25 – The solid foundation stands strong in all storms. When a person who has put Jesus‘ words into practice stands before Jesus on the day of judgement, they will stand secure. This doesn’t mean they have lived a life of 100% perfect obedience, but that they have obeyed Jesus’ call to repent and come to him for forgiveness when they fail. Whoever has built their life on Christ will be eternally safe with Christ.

V26 – Hearing Jesus' commands and ignoring them is like foolishly building on sand. Before the storm both houses look the same. The lives they represent may well appear the same. It is possible to build a very impressive mansion on sand, or to build a simple shack on rock. Which would you rather shelter in?

V27 – If there is no foundation then there will be a great crash. It may happen in this life, when a storm of intense hardship comes. It will certainly happen at the final judgement. There will be a day when any foundation other than Christ will collapse, leaving us exposed and in great danger.

V28-29 – Jesus' teaching is amazing. If we listen carefully, we will stand awestruck. His words have power. Let’s listen and obey.

Question to ponder: If you were honest with yourself, in the quietness of your heart, how would you finish this sentence, “If the worst happened to me, in those dreadful hours, I would be relying on….”

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Training

Massive 2019 Plenary

1 Thessalonians 2

God’s word in the family

Ed Drew opens the training day for those involved in children’s ministry with a powerful message on the importance of God’s word in the family based on 1 Thessalonians 2.

Pack includes video recording, PPT and handout.

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All-age Talk

Saving Christmas - Crib service

Crib service

This is a simple service aimed at the full spread of ages including babes in arms.

This “Saving Christmas” package of resources explores how we all hope Christmas will save us from the difficulties we face. Of course, there is only one who can save Christmas.

Our saving Christmas package comes complete with a short and a long All-age talk, a Nativity, a Crib service and a video. Use one or all in your Church.

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All-age Talk

Saving Christmas - Nativity play

Matthew 1:18-25

Nativity

A no-rehearse Nativity play with plenty of laughs focusing on the story of Joseph. This has been written with a guest all-age service in mind where you want plenty of action but not a long talk. 

This “Saving Christmas” package of resources explores how we all hope Christmas will save us from the difficulties we face. Of course, there is only one who can save Christmas.

Our saving Christmas package comes complete with a short and a long All-age talk, a Nativity, a Crib service and a video. Use one or all in your Church.

Keyword search: Saving Christmas

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