When Jesus taught his first followers what kind of people will produce fruit in his kingdom, he said it is “those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (Luke 8:15). We want to be that kind of community! Each month, our church family strives to memorize a key verse from the Bible and learn what it means.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Family Devotional Ideas:
Easter is a great opportunity to clearly explain the good news about Jesus to our kids! Here are several suggestions for family devotions & faith conversations we can have with our kids about the primary theme of our verse this month: trusting in Christ for salvation.
1. Kids of Integrity has a clear way to explain God's plan for salvation, with an older & younger kid's version: Lead Your Child to Christ
2. The Bridge to LifeThe Navigators and other organizations have used this simple illustration to explain the gospel that may be particularly helpful for youth & adults.
3. RightNow Media: TheoThere are a number of great videos on RightNow Media* that could be great discussion starters for this topic, and they even have discussion guides for families! One such animated series is Theo. Each lesson focuses on a spiritual topic that both entertains and teaches children about key aspects in the Christian faith. Here are the first two in the series that fits really well with our memory verse:
Theo: God's Love
Theo: God's Grace
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4. Short Daily DevotionsHere is a simple devotion focused on why it is important that "Jesus is Lord"
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Family Devotional Ideas: Here is a link to a helpful set of devotions on Psalm 51 from Calvin College...
Psalms for Families: Psalm 51
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Family Devotional Ideas:
1. Bible Study Fellowship has a great application for this verse to family life with several suggestions for ways you can talk with your kids about demonstrating love inside and outside the home: BSF - Secret of a Loving Family
2. A great way to summarize the Great Commandment is the motto "I'm Third"...God First, Other's Second, I'm Third. Here is a video from the director of a Christian summer camp describing true stories of heroes who gave his life in order to live according to Jesus's command: Kanakuk - I'm Third
3. The Ten Commandments - Did you know that The Great Commandment is, in a way, a summary of the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament? This PowerPoint Illustration shows the connection between loving God and loving others by following the 10 Commandments.
4. Here is a kid's Sunday School lesson from "Ministry to Children" that can be adapted for family devotions: MTC - All About Love
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Family Devotional Ideas: Here is a link to a helpful set of devotions on Psalm 1 from Calvin College...
Psalms for Families: Psalm 1