Activities for Resurrection Sunday!

Make Resurrection Day memorable and meaningful with one or more of these ideas!

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  • Easter Gift Reading. You will need a small wrapped gift or plastic egg filled with candy for each person participating in the game. (If you use eggs, use different kinds of candy to fill different eggs.) Give each person a gift, read the Easter account as given in the link, and have players pass their gifts to the left and right each time they hear the words left and right in the reading.
  • Act out the Easter account. Provide a laundry basket full of dress-up materials such as scarves, robes, angel wings, artificial flowers, strips of white cloth for burial clothes, a bright flashlight (for the angel to hold), a tomb (closet door, under table with a blanket thrown over the top of it, and a pillow for the stone over the door).
  • Hide individual pieces of an Easter-themed puzzle in plastic Easter eggs, and put the puzzle together after all the eggs have been found.
  • Cut out individual letters to spell “He is risen!”, and place one letter along with some candy or other treats inside each plastic egg to be hidden. Have the children put all the letters together to spell “He is risen!” (For older children, let them figure out what the letters are supposed to spell.)
  • Hide different flannelgraph figures related to the Easter account in plastic Easter eggs or tiny gift bags. When the children have completed their hunt, have them tell the story of Easter with the flannelgraph.
  • Try one of these Family Activities for the Week of Easter that we posted last year.
  • Make a Garden Cake together. (I’ll post a picture Saturday morning after we make ours later this week.)

On Friday or Saturday prepare the following:

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(1) Cake in round layer pans (This will be the base of your cake.)

(2) Chocolate no-bake cookies (Make these different sizes, rather than all uniform. They will be used to form the hillside for the tomb on top of your cake)

(3) Another type of round, larger cookie (peanut butter, snickerdoodles, etc.) Make some small, and at least one large enough to be the “stone” in front of the tomb opening.

(4) Mix shredded coconut with green food coloring to use for grass.

(5) If desired, gather flower-shaped candies to use in the garden.

(6) Chocolate and green frosting

Assemble the cake as a family on Saturday night or on Easter Day. 

    • Stack the two cake layers, with frosting in-between.
    • Frost the cake with green frosting, or use chocolate on the sides and green on the top.
    • Stack no-bake cookies to form a hill-side on top of the cake, leaving an opening to form a hollow area for the tomb. (You may need to use some brown frosting to “glue” these cookies together.)
    • Dab some areas on the no-bake cookies with green frosting and press green coconut into them to make grass.
    • Spread brown frosting on the ground inside the tomb.
    • Sprinkle as much of the cake as you wish with green coconut for more grass.
    • Use some of the other cookies you have made for stones in the garden, and place the largest one to one side of the tomb’s opening.
    • Place candy flowers in the grass and on the hillside.
    • Cut a white napkin into strips, fold them, and lay them inside the tomb.
    • Use some sort of figure (Lego, Playmobil, etc.) outside the tomb to represent the angel, along with other figures to represent the women coming to the tomb, if desired. (You can also dress these figures in period costumes by using scraps of cloth tied around the waist with string or twine.)

 

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A Scavenger Hunt for Palm Sunday

041014PalmSundayScavengerHunt I get to spend today and the next three days with all my family — my husband, our children, and our grandchildren — at the beach! This means we will have 9 children just barely-five-years-old and under all in one place for 76 hours!

So — I am making preparations! I’m going armed with Play-doh, tempera paints, cookie dough, and empty plastic Easter eggs to stuff with finger food for an Easter egg hunt lunch. We are also going to do a little Palm Sunday scavenger hunt. (We’ll see how that goes with a bunch of little guys! :-) )

Here’s my plan, in case any of you would like to take advantage of the work I’ve already done. Read the following passages aloud, stopping when you reach each word in bold. For young children, have them go find that object and come back to you. (All the words are listed below, with suggested items to find.) Then continue reading until the next bold word.

For older children, have them make a list as you read of all the items they will be looking for. When you have finished reading all three passages, have them look for all the items. This can be done as a group, or you may choose to liven things up a bit more by dividing into two teams to see who can finish first.

When all the items have been gathered, lay them out in order as they appear in the Scripture passages, and have the children retell the story.

John 12:1-8

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

Luke 19:28-36

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at he mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 

Matthew 21:8-9 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” Items to find:

  • Perfume - Mary’s perfume (perfume, lotion)
  • Denarii - Money they would have made selling the perfume (paper bills or coins)
  • Moneybag - Judas’s moneybag (any type of bag)
  • Olivet - Mt. of Olives (a can of olives, a picture of olives from a sales flyer, olive oil)
  • Tied - Rope that tied the colt (any kind of string, yarn, rope, leash)
  • Colt - Colt or donkey (a photo on the computer, a drawing, a stuffed animal, a plastic horse)
  • Cloaks (coats, jackets, etc.)
  • Branches - Palm branch (a branch from a bush or tree)
  • Hosanna – cut out letters from newspapers and magazines and assemble into the word (or little guys can copy the letters of the word onto a piece of paper, or use stickers or rubber stamps)

 

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We’re Members of His Family!

040814We'reConsersI thought of my granddaughters as we studied 1 John 3 last month. My daughter had posted this picture of her little one-and-a-half-year-old on Facebook early in the month. (I love the rainbow umbrella!) A walk to the park — the big park — had been promised earlier in the day. After going through all that it takes to get three little people into coats and boots and out the door, they stepped out side to be greeted by rain.

“How about going to the little park that’s just down the road?” Johanna suggested.

Nope. That didn’t fly.

What could she say when her girls came back with the line their papa, Mr. Conser, has so faithfully rehearsed with them when they’re tempted to complain or be afraid of something?

This time, faced with our ever-present Oregon rain, they knew the drill. “We’re not afraid of the rain! We’re Consers!”

You probably can guess which park they went to. :-)

So I thought of those little girls when I read these verses in 1 John 3:

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”

I thought of the lesson my granddaughters taught me. They’re Consers. They belong to a family, and they know what the members of that family do and don’t do. Consers don’t whine. Consers don’t go to little parks down the road just because it’s raining.

These precious little girls don’t refrain from whining so that they can be Consers. They refrain from whining, because they are Consers. They don’t walk to parks in the rain in order to become Consers. They do it because they are Consers, and that’s what Consers do!

I’m a member of God’s family. By His grace, He calls me His child, so I am His child. By His grace, He sent His Son to “take away sin” (1 John 3:5) so that I can be His child. I don’t have to earn that privilege. Jesus already earned it for me. I don’t have to wait until I’m good enough. I am in Christ, and He meets God’s standard.

I’m God’s child. I’m a Christian!

John tells us, in the rest of 1 John 3, what God’s children are like:

  • We don’t make a practice of sinning, because we are God’s children.
  • We obey His commands because we are God’s children.
  • We love each other because we are God’s children.

If we try to become God’s children by obeying Him, we will fail. Our lives will be filled with rules and regulations. But if we obey God because we already are His children, we will live joy-filled lives that bring glory and honor to our Father.

We need to remember these truths, and we need to teach them to our children.

 

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1 John 3 Review Activity for the Kids!

1John3Kids0402141The goal of this activity is to help the children remember their position as children of God and how that should affect their attitudes and actions. After opening a series of envelopes or boxes which review different verses in 1 John 3, they will be working with you to reach out and actively love a brother or sister (or family) in Christ.

Don’t let the length of this post scare you. It’s not as complicated as it looks.

Preparation:

You will need 7 different sizes of envelopes, boxes, or a combination of both, and a box or gift bag large enough to hold the largest of your other envelopes and boxes.

You will also need a pen, a gift tag, and a sheet of paper to cut into strips.

Plan a special snack or meal. You can enjoy this together when the children have opened all the packages and your family meets to decide on a project to show love to other believers.

Read the directions below, and then decide if you want to use boxes, envelopes, or a combination of both. If you have the time, individually wrapped boxes for each step will be the most exciting and fun!

Lay your envelopes and/or boxes out on a table from smallest to largest. Write a #1 on the smallest, #2 on the next, #3 on the next, and so on. Then label each as instructed below. (Write the words that appear in bold at the top of each envelope. Then copy the verses below that. If your children read, you may want to just write the bold heading and verse reference without the text, and have them actually look up each verse as you do this activity.)

#1 In deed and in truth. “We ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16) and “Let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)

#2 Believe in Jesus. This is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ…” (1 John 3:23a). Also write, “Open first” in one corner of the envelope.

#3 Love one another. “And this is His commandment that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23)

#4 Practice righteousness.“Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7).

#5 Purify Ourselves.“And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

#6 We will be like Jesus.“We know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2b). 

#7 We are God’s children. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1).

  • Cut 3 strips of paper. On one write, “You know He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5). On the second, write, “The reason the Son of God came was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). On the third, write, “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3:16a). Fold these strips and place them inside envelope #2. Seal the envelope.
  • 1John3Kids0402147Cut a heart shape out of red or plain white paper. On it write, “Meet at the ____ for a family meeting.” (Choose where you would like everyone to meet.) Place this inside envelope #1 and seal it. Then place envelope #1 inside envelope #3. Seal the envelope.
  • Place #2 and #3 inside #4 and seal it.1John3Kids0402146
  • Place #4 inside #5 and seal it.
  • Place #5 inside #6 and seal it.
  • Place #6 inside #7 and seal it.
  • Place #7, along with colorful tissue paper, inside a gift box or gift bag. If using a box, wrap it with color gift wrap and ribbon.
  • 1John3Kids0402142Make a pretty gift tag that says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to ____, ____, ____! (Your children’s names). Attach this tag to your gift box or bag.

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  • Give this package to your children. Read the tag aloud. Open the package and read what is written on envelope #7. Talk about what it means, and let the children open the envelope.
  • Take out envelope #6 and read what it says and discuss it.  (This is part of what it means to be a child of God.) Then open it.
  • Keep opening, reading, and discussing each progressively smaller envelope. (Each message expands on the meaning of the message on the previous envelope.)
  • 1John3Kids0402143When the children open #4, they will find two envelopes inside. Read #2 first. Then open it and read the slips of paper inside. Discuss these verses. These verses tell us why we can be children of God.
  • Next read and open #3.
  • Open #1 and read its message. Then meet as a family in the place you have designated.

Serve some kind of treat or special meal and spend some time discussing who you feel the Lord is leading you as a family to lay down your lives for. What brother, sister, or family in Christ has a need you and your family can help meet? An elderly widow, a single mother, your pastor?

Is there someone you and your family have overlooked or been unkind to that you now need to learn to love in a more Christ-like manner?

Discuss how you can show Jesus’ love to them. Come up with a specific plan. Work together to accomplish this mission.

 

 

 

 

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Thirty…Thirty One…Thirty Two Days in 1 John 3: What Next? Plus a Giveaway!

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We’ve come to the end of our study of 1 John 3. Many of you will still be working on the lessons for a few more days in order to finish up. Then what do we do?

What’s next? We don’t want to just study this chapter and walk away unchanged. What can we do to keep these new truths alive and active in our hearts? What can we do to keep using the new study skills we have gained during our time together?

To keep what you’ve learned fresh in your heart and mind:

  • Continue to memorize verses from the chapter, and review what you’ve memorized on a regular basis.
  • Copy significant verses from the chapter and post them around the house.
  • List some specific ways you can show love to your brothers and sisters in Christ. Then commit to doing those things. You could commit to at least one active demonstration of love toward another believer each day!
  • Share what you’ve learned with someone else. Share new insights with a friend. Tell your husband what you have learned and ask him to pray for you as you seek to live out what you have learned.

For those of you who would like to continue your study of 1 John, here are a few suggestions:

  • Start at the beginning of 1 John and apply the same study methods to chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5. Use the basic steps from Days 4-24 in our study to study the other four chapters of the book. Take one chapter at a time. Look for repeated words, list commands, read cross-referenced verses, use the lexicon (Interlinear tool) to study different words, etc.
  • Study these phrases as they are used in 1 John and throughout the Bible:

Light and darkness

Abide in Christ

  • Study these words and ideas as they are used and taught in 1 John:

Spirit

The world

Love

The relationship of loving and abiding

Life (as in 5:11-12)

  • Study in more detail 1 John 3:19-23. Read various commentaries on these verses.
  • Study the relationship between 1 John 3:21-23 and 1 John 5:14-15
  • Study 1 John 5:4-5 and other related passages in the Bible about victory, faith, and overcoming the world.
  • Study this chart that summarizes the book of 1 John.
  • Listen to sermons on 1 John by Timothy Keller. The following ones can be downloaded for free:

The Meaning of Christmas, 1 John 1:1-4

Hope for the Poor, 1 John 1:1-3, 14-20

Exclusivity — How Can There Be Just One True Religion? 1 John 4:1-10

Beholding the Love of God, 1 John 3:1-3

Seeing Him As He Is, 1 John 3:1-3

Knowing That We Know, 1 John 2:3-11

  • Read Life in Christ, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This is hefty (700 pages), but very readable chapter-by-chapter study of 1 John. Most of the book’s 67 chapters are around 10 pages long. It might take awhile to get through, but it’s worth it! Take notes in your Bible!
  • Learn some of these hymns that are based on passages from 1 John. The music for each hymn may be printed out, and most can also be downloaded for listening as well.
  • Read the Gospels. Note every instance of Jesus laying down His life for us.
  • Read a good book on Christian hospitality and put what you learn into practice. Hospitality is one of the practical ways we can love our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • If you would like to study other chapters of the Bible in the same way we have studied 1 John 3, you can search in the archives of Doorposts of Your House for our past Bible studies on Colossians 3, Psalm 37, 1 Corinthians 13, and Philippians 2. The studies on Colossians 3, Psalm 37, and 1 Corinthians 13 are also available as eBooks and print books at Doorposts.com.
  • Take what you have learned and pick another chapter of the Bible to study. Look for themes, repeated words, commands, references to God, verb tenses, lists, cross-references, and all the other things we have been learning over the past month.
  • And be sure to watch for our next 30-Days study! On July 1st we’ll be back with another study! Until then, I hope to still “see” you here for our twice-weekly posts designed to encourage you and equip you for training your children with God’s Word!

Thanks for studying with me! Watch, too, for a children’s activity posted here on Thursday, to wrap up their study of 1 John 3!

To finish up our study, we would like to give away some Bible study materials to keep you going! Answer one or both of the questions below for a chance to win Doorposts’ Busy Mama’s Bible Study Kit (all three Bible study books, colored pencils, pen, and Moleskine notebook) or one of five copies of our brand new, hot-off-the-press Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13 for Busy Mamas. You have six chances to win! Giveaway ends on Monday, April 7, at midnight, Pacific time!

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Thirty (One) Days in 1 John 3 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 31: Meditate and Apply

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We’re going to take advantage of this one last day in March to finish up our study! (We will actually tack on one more day tomorrow, to think about what we can study on our own until our next study together in July. We will also have a special giveaway to wrap up our time together!)

We aren’t done studying 1 John 3 until we meditate and pray about how this study will make a difference in our lives. Our reason for studying is to change. If we know we are children of God, if we know that we will someday be like Jesus, we will long to “purify ourselves as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). Because we are God’s children, we will want to do what He tells us to do.

So let’s use this last lesson to meditate on this. What does God want us to do after studying this passage of His Word?

Assignment: Pray for a heart that is ready and willing to apply what you have learned during this month of study in 1 John.

Then read all of 1 John 3, personalizing it as you read. Insert the words and me wherever you can. As you do this, pray these words back to God. Stop to thank Him as you read. Take time to ask Him to make these words real in your life. Ask Him to show you areas of your life that He wants to change.

I’ll help you get started with the first three verses:

“See what kind of love You have given to me, that I should be called Your child, and so I am.”

(Stop and thank God for this amazing fact!)

“The reason why the world does not know me is that it did not know Jesus.” 

(Am I really living a life that is different from the world? They didn’t understand Jesus. Do they not understand me because I am like Him? Can they tell?)

“I am Your child now, and what I will be has not yet appeared, but I know that when Jesus appears, I will be like Him, because I will see Him as He is.” 

(I am Your child now and I will forever be Your child! Jesus is coming back! I will see Jesus as He is, and You will make me like Him! Why me, Lord? Why have You chosen to save me? What an amazing hope — to become like Jesus!)

“Because I have this hope, I purify myself as Jesus is pure.” 

(Lord, help me to pursue holiness! Don’t allow me to become lazy or passive. Keep me in Your Word! Thank you that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Thank you for the Holy Spirit that uses that Word to convict me of my sin. Help me to listen to Him and obey.)

Continue reading, praying, and personalizing your way through the entire chapter. Take your time! This may take several days. You may want to take one portion of the passage and meditate (and act) on it for an entire day, and then move on to the next section. Stop and write down any new insights God gives you as you pray. The goal is to internalize this chapter of God’s Word.

When you have finished, ask yourself these questions (if they haven’t already come to mind as you prayed your way through the chapter).

  • How will this study make a difference in my life?
  • Does my life give evidence of being a child of God?
  • If it doesn’t, do I need to come to a real understanding of the gospel instead of just trying to earn God’s favor through my own works?
  • Do I need to be in the Word more so that I can grow in wisdom and righteousness?
  • Do I need to get to know Jesus more deeply so that I will become more and more like Him?
  • Do I purify myself as He is pure? Does God’s love motivate me to live a life of holiness?

Share what you have learned with someone! Tell them how the study of this passage has changed the way you think and live! Then pray for God’s strength to live out what you have learned!

For your children:

Use today to focus one more time on 1 John 3:16. Read this verse aloud with your children. Ask them to tell you how Jesus laid down His life for them.

Take time to review the biblical account of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Use a Bible storybook or video for young children. For older children, consider reading aloud the account in John 19 and 20, or listen to a dramatized reading of the passage.

This may inspire some play-acting! If so, give the children free access to costume materials and props, and be ready to be an enthusiastic audience!

When you have finished, pray together, thanking God for loving us enough to send His Son. Thank Him for the privilege we have of becoming His children as we put our faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Thank Him for the love He gives us for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for eyes that see the opportunities to show that love in active, practical ways.

Then as you go into the challenges of daily life, gently remind each other. Jesus laid down His life for us. Let’s grab hold of every opportunity to lay down our lives for each other!

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Thirty Days in 1 John 3 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 30: Catch-Up

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This is our last official catch-up day for this month’s study! If you have fallen behind, don’t feel bad. That is at least partially my fault; I keep making the lessons too l-o-n-g! Just keep working your way through the assignments! Links to all the lessons will be included in a separate post so you can come back to them easily as you need them.

If you have been staying up to date, bravo! That’s quite an accomplishment in the season of life most of you are in! You will, however, probably still need today to finish up yesterday’s lesson. If not, take some time today to read the entire book of 1 John one more time. You will probably see things you didn’t see when you first read it at the beginning of our study!

For your children:

Use today to review any verses you have been memorizing.  Enjoy a special treat together after you have all successfully recited them for each other!

 

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Thirty Days in 1 John 3 for Busy, Busy Mamas, Day 29: Review and Summarize

30Days1John3Day29ReviewIt’s time to review what we’ve learned (even though we could spend several more days exploring this chapter of 1 John).

Assignment:  Pray before you start today’s lesson. Then read the entire third chapter of 1 John again. As you read, think about what you have been learning for the past four weeks. Read prayerfully. Take time to look back at your notes as you read, and consider the questions that are listed below. (Links to all the lessons in this study are also listed below.)

When you have finished your review, write a summary of the chapter. (You may need to continue this lesson tomorrow.)

Some questions to consider as you review:

  • What were John’s purposes in writing this letter?
  • How did he accomplish those purposes in this chapter?
  • What is his main message in 1 John 3?
  • How do we know that we are children of God?
  • Why did Jesus come to earth as a man?
  • How do we know what love is?
  • What main truths stand out to you in this chapter?

Links to the lessons for 1 John 3:

Day 1: The Big Picture

Day 2: Background

Day 3: Purpose of 1 John

Day 4: Introduction of 1 John

Day 5: References to Family

Day 6: 1 John 3:1

Day 7: Children of God

Day 8: Everyone

Day 9: God’s Love

Day 10: Memorize

Day 11: Knowing

Day 12: Foundations

Day 13: Action

Day 14: Love and Hate

Day 15: God, Jesus, and the Spirit

Day 16: Love

Day 17: Reasons

Day 18: Sin

Day 19: Righteousness

Day 20: Born of God

Day 21: Opposites / Cain and Abel

Day 22: Your Choice

Day 23: Commands

Day 24: Translations

Day 25: Verses 16-18

Day 26: Verses 16-18, Part 2

Day 27: Laying Down Our Lives

Day 28: Questions

For your children:

Do you still know where the “foundation” you and your children drew for Day 12 is? You will need that picture for this lesson.

Read 1 John 3:1-3 together and review what it means. You should have the different truths of these verses written on the “stones” in your illustration from Day 12. After reviewing our position as children of God — loved by Him, and looking forward to the day when we will see Jesus and be like Him — read the following verses that tell us how children of God know they are His children. (What are the evidences of being a child of God?)

  • Verse 10 (Practices righteousness or obeys God’s commands and loves his brothers)
  • Verse 14 (Loves the brothers)
  • Verse 24 (Keeps His commandments, the Holy Spirit given to us)

Draw a house shape above the “foundation” in your drawing. Divide the house horizontally into three sections (see photo).

  • In one section write “Keep His Commandments”.
  • In another section write “Love One Another”.
  • In the third section write “Received the Holy Spirit”.

Explain to your children that these are three evidences that we are children of God. Because we are God’s children, we keep His commandments and we love the rest of His children. Because we are God’s children, He has given us His Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the one who enables us to obey Him and love our brothers.
Ask them if they know they are God’s children. Do they believe that Jesus died for them, and that He rose again from the dead? Do they trust Him to pay the punishment for their sins? If they are God’s children, are they obeying His commands and loving His children?

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