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Sunday, October 23 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Matthew 13:11 (K-2nd grade) or Matthew 13:10-11 (3rd-5th grade)

Big Picture Question: Why does God give us abilities and gifts? God gives us abilities and gifts to use for Him.

Christ Connection: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Every believer, as a servant of Christ, has the task of serving God with his or her life. We eagerly wait for the day we can share in the joy of our Master. Heaven is the joy of knowing, worshiping, and enjoying Jesus forever.

Dear Parents,

 Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Matthew and Luke both record parables from Jesus. In Matthew 25, Matthew writes about the parable of the talents. Luke 19 accounts for the parable of the minas. Though these parables are similar, they are not identical. Both parables are about a master who gives money to his servants and then goes on a trip. When the master returns, he judges the servants for their faithfulness—in their stewardship over what they possessed.

 This week, we will focus on the parable of the talents. Jesus was teaching His disciples at the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. The disciples asked Jesus to tell them about the end of time. (See Matt. 24:3.) He told them parables to help them understand what it will be like when the kingdom of heaven comes.

 Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven will be like a man going on a journey. In this parable, the man is Jesus. Jesus was going to leave earth and return to His Father in heaven. Before the man left, he entrusted certain amounts of money to his servants. The relationship between a master and his servants would have meant that the master still owned the money they were given, and the master would own any interest they made on the money. The first two servants were faithful with the gifts, investing the talents and gaining more—not for their own profit, but for the profit of their master.

 The third servant, however, knew that if he lost any of the money, the master would punish him. And if he gained any money, he wouldn’t get to keep it anyway. So he took no risk and buried the money in the ground. When the master returned, he was pleased with the actions of the first two servants, but he punished the servant who did nothing.

 “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Every believer, as a servant of Christ, has the task of serving God with his or her life. We do not sit idly by, afraid of failure, but we serve joyfully for Jesus’ sake. We eagerly wait for the day we can share in the joy of our Master. Heaven is the joy of knowing, worshiping, and enjoying Jesus forever.

Activity: Ask kids the big picture question and lead them to respond with the answer. Provide crayons or markers for kids to draw below specific ways they can serve God with their talents or abilities. As kids draw, read Matthew 25:40 aloud. Explain that we can serve God by serving others. Encourage each family member to serve God this week by serving someone in need.

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Sunday, October 15th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 24, Session 4: Jesus Raised Lazarus ( John 11:1-7, 17-44)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 103:2-3 Praise the Lord, my soul, … who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • Jesus healed people. <-- Main Points for Babies & Toddlers
  • Martha said Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Jesus made Lazarus alive again. <-- Main Point for Preschool & Pre-K
  • Believers will live with Jesus forever.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Jesus received word that His friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. They lived in the town of Bethany, which was about two miles away from Jerusalem. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus, likely expecting Him to come right away.

 Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; yet He stayed where He was, and Lazarus died. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). He said that He was glad He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe. (John 11:15) Jesus’ timing is always perfect, and He acts or doesn’t act so that God will be glorified.

 By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Jesus had shown His power to heal people who were sick. Even still, she believed He could do a miracle.

 Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is the source of life—eternal life that cannot be destroyed by death. Believers do not need to fear death because physical death is not the end. (See John 11:25-26.) Jesus endured death for us so that when we die and are absent from our physical bodies, our souls are with the Lord. (See 2 Cor. 5:8.)

 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. His messiahship was clearly on display, and it was Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God that would lead to His death on the cross. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow.

CHRIST CONNECTION: When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.

 ACTIVITY IDEA: Lazarus Cup Game

  • Start with the Lazarus Cup Game. Your child should have brought home a set of cups with lids & a little wooden Lazarus. Have your child put “Lazarus” inside one cup. Cover all the cups with the paper rocks then mix them up. Have your child guess which cup Lazarus is in by saying, “Lazarus come out!” and look under the lid of one of the cups. Repeat a few times.
  • Read the story of Lazarus from the Story Details Above or from a children’s Bible. Then, discuss the Christ Connection with your child & ask them the Big Picture Question. If your child is too young to respond to the Big Picture Question, have them repeat the answer with you a few times.
  • End by stating the Key Passage (Psalm 103:2-3) together a few times.

NEXT WEEK: “Jesus Was Anointed” (Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8)

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