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- KID'S RESOURCE: Baptized in Water
Remember Breath Prayer Breath in: I want to follow Jesus Breath out: In everything I do Song Themes: Jesus is Lord, Savior, and King Remember one another Is anyone celebrating something that happened this week? Let’s share so we can all thank God together. Is anyone struggling, feeling sad, lonely or scared? How can we pray for one another? Remember what we learned last week Practice the Following Jesus Liturgy (With our youngest kids only focus on the portion that we’re currently learning) Leader: What is Pentecost? Response: Pentecost is the day the gift of the Holy Spirit was given and the Church of Jesus was born. Leader: Who is the Holy Spirit? Response: The Holy Spirit is God, The Helper who has come to make His home in us. Reflect: Baptism Set the stage with Key Concepts and Questions What do you know about Baptism? Was Jesus baptized? Have you ever seen someone get baptized? Why do people get baptized? Talk about and engage the kids as you discover what they know about baptism. Listen for key assumptions and gaps in understanding. Correct any wrong beliefs and lay the foundation for the purpose of baptism. Baptism is an opportunity to show our friends and family that we have decided to follow Jesus. Following Jesus means being willing to live His way, follow His rules, love the way that He loves, even when it's hard. Followers of Jesus get baptized to tell everyone that they are committed to being His disciples forever! Watch: "Baptism - God's Story" You can also read Acts 8:26-40 (Philip baptizes the Ethiopian) Discover through curious questions: Ask the children what stood out to them. Was anything new, confusing, or exciting? Answer questions and continue the conversation. If you haven't yet, you may want to read Acts 8:26-40 to emphasize the story of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian man. Respond: Draw Experience: Rehearse the Steps in the Video Rescue, Repent, Believe, Be Baptized Pass out paper to each child. Have them draw 4 large circles on the paper (landscape orientation). Rehearse each step of the process from hearing the gospel to being baptized. Go through each step, pausing to allow the kids to draw the image that represents that step in the appropriate circle). First step, then second, and so-on. Hear God's Rescue (Life saver) Repent (U-turn) Believe (Jesus) Be Baptized (Wave with two people) * Many children will not have been baptized yet. This lesson is to stir up understanding and biblical precedence for baptism as well as to further prepare kids for conversations about baptism with their parents. If a child expresses interest/desire to be baptized let the parents know. Let the children know that these are really important decisions that must be made with their family. You can also celebrate their desire and how exciting it is that they want to continue following Jesus. Kids Baptism at Navah.pdf Encounter: PRAY Pray together - Lord, thank you for reminding us today of the good news that you have rescued us! Thank you for giving us the chance to repent and believe in you again and again day after day. Thank you for the gift of baptism. Help us to be people who follow you and obey you in all of life! Listen
- KID'S RESOURCE: Baptized in the Holy Spirit
Remember Song Themes: Made in God's imaged and filled with His Spirit. Remember one another Is anyone celebrating something that happened this week? Let’s share so we can all thank God together. Is anyone struggling, feeling sad, lonely or scared? How can we pray for one another? Remember what we learned last week Practice the Following Jesus Liturgy (With our youngest kids only focus on the portion that we’re currently learning) Leader: As disciples we listen to, obey, and follow Jesus. He gives us commands. Can you tell me what the next word in this command is? Repent and... Kids: Believe! Repeat this a few times with the kids and ask them what repentance means. What are are believing in after we repent? Talk about the command "Repent and Believe" Reflect: Acts 2:38 Tell the story of Acts 2 in your own words. This will help you emphasize key concepts. Share about the disciples waiting, being filled with power, speaking in other tongues, and going out in boldness to preach the gospel. Emphasize that many heard and believed in Jesus and the Church grew. Read Acts 2:38 - Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Key concept, Repent, Believe, and BE FILLED with the Holy Spirit). Respond: The Role of the Holy Spirit Experience: Empowered to Live! What is the role of the Holy Spirit? Who is He? How does He help us? Have a conversation with the kids asking them what they know about God's Spirit. Introduce key concepts like, "Because of God's Spirit we can do His will. We can hear His voice, receive His wisdom for our lives, and be empowered to serve others." What does life look like without the Spirit? Explain that for thousands of years God had not yet put His spirit in His People. They had to work VERY hard to come to Him (sacrifices, offerings). Now, though, we have the sacrifice of Jesus to cleanse us AND His Spirit to empower us! Now we can be near to God, hear His voice, obey Him and serve Him. We can do all of this while enjoying Him and being His friend! That's the power of the Spirit. Model it Have a stack of books on one side of the room. Tell the kids that they need to be moved to the other side of the room. Explain that the books represent the Gospel. We need to take it over "there" (other side of the room, but you could pretend it's another region). Now choose a child to volunteer. Explain that you're going to gently tie the child's hands together behind their back. Using a scarf, or whatever material you have, tie their hands behind their back. Of course this will be silly and kids will have fun with it wondering what is about to happen. Ask the child to pick up the book and carry them to the other side of the room. Share that this is God's command. He tells us to take the gospel, love others, spread the good news and make disciples. Now go! Let the child try and pick up the stack of books, but make sure it doesn't work! This is life without the Spirit. God gives us commands but we are unable to complete them. On our own we are bound up and we struggle to do what He's asked. Now model praying for the child and blessing them with the Spirit and untying their hands. "Lord, I bless little Timmy to be filled with your Spirit so that He would have everything He needs to love and obey you." Release their hands and tell the child to try again. Follow the command and take the books to the other side. Cheer for them! Celebrate! With God's Spirit we can be His disciples! We cannot do it on our own, but we need Him to empower us to follow Him! Encounter: PRAY Take a minute to debrief the exercise with the kids. Have they every been asked to do something that seemed impossible? Have they every wanted to make the right decision but kept messing up. Jesus tells us to repent, believe, and be filled with the Holy Spirit! It's good to apologize, but then we actually need HELP to do what's right. Pray with the Children to receive God's Holy Spirit, the HELPER! Bless them to be filled with the fruit of the Spirit and to grow in their dependency on Him. Be led by the response and reactions of the children to make this prayer time a meaningful response to the activity above. Listen: Put it all Together If you have extra time and want to rehearse the bigger story, enjoy this 3 min video.
- Be baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit Part 2: (Baptized in the Holy Spirit)
REMEMBER (30 min) Remember God: Worship, Prayer or Communion FALL AFRESH [Lyric Video] | Jeremy Riddle | Vineyard Worship Remember each other: Care Optional- break up into smaller groups for 10 min Hi/Lo check in Remember the Liturgy: Following Jesus Liturgy Remember what we learned and put into practice last week: Accountability Topic: Repent and Believe How did you encounter the Holy Spirit this last week while using the Reflective Prayer Tool? REFLECT (30 min) Prepare (See the Leaders Guide for a brief commentary and context for the scripture and core truth from the topic) Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture Topic Title- Baptized in the Holy Spirit Share the Summary Scripture for the topic if you want Share “Core Truths from the topic” in the leaders guide where needed Share context for Scripture Story- Acts 18:24-19:7 (New Believers Baptized in the Holy Spirit at Ephesus) Read the Scripture Discover Read the Scripture : Acts 18:24-19:7 Discussion Questions What is the biblical and historical context? What does this reveal about God and People (optional) Why do you think Paul asked the disciples he had just met in Ephesus, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” What is the difference between trying to follow Jesus with or without the Holy Spirit? What has been your experience? (Invite a few people to share stories of their initial encounter with the Holy Spirit?) How did Paul pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit and what do the accompanying signs of praying in tongues and prophesying reveal about the Holy Spirit? RESPOND (30 min) Experience and Encounter Invitation 1: For those who haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit. Father God welcomes you to receive the Holy Spirit for the first time. (Ask someone to lay hands on you and pray for you as we read about in the Bible.) Pray - “God, you are a Good Father who gives the best gifts. Holy Spirit, You are a gift and therefore I can’t earn You. I receive You and want to know You. Come and fill me.” Repent and Trust - If any mistrust or misunderstanding has come up about the Holy Spirit contrary to the truth we have now learned, simply pray, “I am sorry, Holy Spirit, for believing a lie about You and for not trusting You. I want to know how good and loving You are and to trust You more and more.” Signs - Some might speak in tongues, get pictures or experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in joy, laughter, peace or some other way for the first time. Invitation 2: For those that have received the Holy Spirit, and would like to receive the Holy Spirit afresh. The Bible says in the book of Ephesians, “be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.” There is always an invitation to receive the Holy Spirit in deeper intimacy. Pray for those who desire to be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit. Lord’s Supper (Communion) Pray The Lord’s Prayer Practice and Obey Reflect on some of these questions and invite the Holy Spirit to encounter you afresh again each day. Are there any obstacles in your relationship with the Holy Spirit? (Are there ways you’ve misunderstood, forgotten, or resisted the Holy Spirit? ) Allow the Holy Spirit space to show you where you are currently trying to follow Jesus without the filling/help of the Holy Spirit. What does friendship with the Holy Spirit look like in your life? (Reflect on how you experience, encounter, and deepen intimacy with the Holy Spirit.)
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- Home Church Resources | Following Jesus Path
Home Church Resources These resources are created as a guide to move through the entire pathway over 40 weeks. Each topic of the Following Jesus Liturgy is explored thorough scripture reflection and response. There is more content than needed in each topic and we encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit what to focus on and explore as you walk through these discipleship resources MAKE DISCIPLES Je sus uses 4 verbs to share his purpose and plan for the world. Go, Make, Baptize, Teach. When reading Jesus' words in English it looks like all 4 verbs are of the same importance. But in the Greek language that Matthew's gospel is written in there is 1 verb (Make) that is the main point and three verbs (Go, Baptize and Teach) that support it and show us how to accomplish the first. GO BAPTIZE TEACH with the GOSPEL and share the GIFT to obey Jesus' Commands and how to live our lives in light of our new identity in Christ into new life and new identity Click below for a teaching from Adam Cox introducing the Following Jesus Pathway and unfolding the Great Commission Listen Resource Outline REMEMBER Remember God: Worship and Prayer Remember each other: Care Remember the Liturgy Remember what we learned and put into practice last week REFLECT Prepare Introduce today’s topic and any commentary or context for the scripture Discover Read the Scripture Discussion Questions RESPOND Experience and Encounter Practice and Obey Pray Each Resource follows the basic pattern outlined below WEEKLY RESOURCES Go to Kids Resources Navah 11 minutes ago The Greatest Commandment: Part 2 - Love Your Neighbor as Yourself Navah Apr 25 The Greatest Commandment: Part 1 Navah Apr 18 Who are we together? The Church: Prayerful, Family on Mission 1 2 3 4 5
- Kids Resources | Following Jesus Path
KIDS RESOURCES WE BELIEVE THAT KIDS ARE AN IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. As much as possible include the kids in all aspects of your Home Church. These resources were specifically created to help kids learn the Follo wing Jesus Pathway within a Home Church context The Kids Resources follow the same 3 part pattern of Remember, Reflect and Respond REMEMBER Included in the adults portion but could be extended to fit various settings REFLECT Explore Key Concepts Read the Jesus Storybook passage for the week Discover more about Core Truths through curious conversations RESPOND Experience and Encounter - a game, craft, or fun way to engage the senses Listen - a video that can supplement key concepts and be used during the gathering or during the week KID'S RESOURCE: The Greatest Commandment Remember Breath Prayer: From "Beautiful Name" Breath in: You brought heaven Breath out: Down to my heart Song Themes: Glorifying God and... KID'S RESOURCE: Who are we together? The Church: Prayerful, Family on Mission Remember Breath Prayer: Breathe In: We are your people Breathe Out: The family of God Songs Remember one another Is anyone celebrating... KID'S RESOURCE: Baptized in the Father Remember Breath Prayer: Inspired by Luke 15 Breath in: God is merciful. Breath out: He loves forgiving me. Song Themes: Our Heavenly... 1 2 3 4
- Home | Following Jesus Path
Following Jesus Pathway How it works FOLLOWING JESUS LITURGY A 90 second prayer based on the Great Commision to learn and remember the Following Jesus Pathway FOLLOWING JESUS LITURGY HOME CHURCH RESOURCES Resources to help you learn and grow together in a Home Church or with a group HOME CHURCH RESOURCES KIDS RESOURCES These resources were specifically created to help kids learn the Following Jesus Pathway within a Home Church context KIDS RESOURCES FOLLOWING JESUS HOUSE The whole following Jesus pathway and the Great Commission and Great Commandment elements are shown in the Jesus house. HOUSE IMAGE A resource for a lifelong journey of Following and being Formed by Jesus in All of Life and helping others do the same