How to Explain Advent to Kids

As we approach the Christmas season, we invite you and your family to participate in Advent! Below you will find information designed to help you explain Advent to your child.

What is Advent? Advent is the season that starts four Sundays before Christmas Day. This year, it begins on Sunday, November 29th. It is a season of preparation helping us reflect on the birth of Jesus and anticipate his return.

Advent is about two things:

  1. Anticipating Christmas :: Remembering that God become man and entered our world so that the world could know Him!
  2. Anticipating Christ’s Return :: Putting the story of baby Jesus in the broader context of the Big Story of God’s work in our world. The story doesn’t start and end with Jesus being born!

Two storytellers tell us about the night of Jesus’ birth. One is named Matthew, and his book is called Matthew (creative, I know!). He begins the story of Jesus’ life by telling the listeners and readers about Jesus’s family line. He rewinds all the way back to Abraham, showing that Jesus’ arrival fits within God’s whole plan for creation.

Luke tells us the same story but takes Jesus’ family line back even further to Adam! Both stories are saying: “Look! This is planned. It isn’t random. God’s words are true. God keeps His promises. We can count on God!”

Advent isn’t just about celebrating Christmas or just about baby Jesus. It is a reminder that God’s plans are big and good—Jesus coming is a part of a Big Story!

What is the “Big Story”? I am glad you asked!

Everything was Good: God created the world and said it was so good! It was full of shalom, the kind of peace that makes everything work, everything beautiful, and everything good. The world was made for human flourishing, where people would know and love God and one another forever! It was perfect!

The Big Whoops: God’s greatest enemy told a sneaky little lie and God’s good creation was ruined because Adam and Eve didn’t choose to believe God. The sneaky little lie continues to be whispered to us still, saying “God doesn’t love you” or “God doesn’t know best.” When we choose to believe this lie, we declare ourselves God’s enemy. We don’t often realize we are doing this because everyone around us does it, also. This is a big whoops!

The Great Rescue:  The penalty for sin is death, but God loved his creation so much that he decided to stand in the place of our penalty. He chose to become a person—he was named Jesus and born in a stinky stable surrounded by farm animals. He grew up and showed the world how to live like God desires. Jesus cared about people—even those who were hard to love, like the smelly, needy ones. Jesus obeyed God and trusted his words, even when it was hard. And when Jesus was 33 years old, he was killed on a cross because some important, powerful people didn’t like him and also didn’t like that so many people were following him. But Jesus didn’t stay dead! Our God is more powerful than death. He rose after 3 days! He paid the price for our sin! He rescued His creation!

So Much Hope: Jesus showed the world that that God loves His creation. His love is so extreme that he came to the rescue of a really messy story! He did this because he wants everyone to believe that God is real, trust his words, obey his instructions, love others, and work towards making this world as it should be. And in the end, God will purge the world of evil once and for all!

This story teaches us how to celebrate during the Christmas season. It teaches us to worship fully by choosing to celebrate our king with every breath. It teaches us to spend less because we have already been given the greatest gift: Jesus! It teaches us to give more just like Jesus did—he gave himself! Spend time with those you love! And finally, to love all by noticing the needs of others and doing something to help.

Click below to watch a short video with your kids about God’s Big Story by Gospel Project Kids. This year, we invite you and your family to participate in Advent in order to remember what God has done and anticipate what God is still doing in His great creation!

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God Time Cards for October

Our elementary kids will be learning all about individuality in Antioch Kids this October. Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.  We would like to equip you as parents to begin a conversation about individuality at home this fall. To help do this, we want to provide you with this great resource called God Time Cards. These short devotions are designed for kids to do during the week. They are fun and engaging – and we hope you and your elementary student will love them!

Below you will find the God Time Cards for October to help you and your family continue learning about the importance of individuality and what it means to unpack our gifts and use them for God. Simply click below to get started! Enjoy!

God Time Card Week 1                              God Time Card Week 2

God Time Card Week 3                             God Time Card Week 4

What is my elementary child learning in October?

God is the only god. God is one of a kind with no beginning and no end. And everything God has created is unique and one of a kind. Each animal is not only different from other species, but also different from other like animals. No zebra has the exact same patterns of stripes. Each monkey has its own temperament. Each sparrow sings a slightly different tune.

The same is true for people. God made each person one of a kind—even identical twins have unique fingerprints! Every person that ever was or ever will be is an original, including the kids we serve each week at church.

Now, imagine that God created each one of those kids with an individual box of potential and your job as a parent or leader was to help them figure out how to open it and use it.

There’s a tendency to treat kids like they need to wait before they can start discovering what’s in their box—before they can do something that matters. But kids can use their gifts right now. Sometimes they just need some help figuring out what’s in their box.

That’s where you come in. As leaders in kids’ lives, you can help them discover how to tap into their God-given potential. If you teach kids to find purpose NOW, they’ll grow up knowing the even greater potential God has for them in the future. That’s why for our memory verse this month we chose a moment where Paul was encouraging Timothy to use the gifts God gave him to serve the church.

In 1 Timothy 4:12a, Paul writes: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live” (NIrV).

We don’t talk about Timothy a lot, but he is a perfect example of a young individual who had incredible potential. A handful of insightful adults in his life recognized what was in his box and helped him open it. And because of that, Timothy had tremendous impact on the growth of the early church. His story is an incredible example of individuality.

Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.

Most of us remember Timothy because of what Paul wrote to him while he was a young leader in the church at Ephesus. But if you do a little digging in the book of Acts, and you look at what we know about the journeys of Paul, you can piece together a pretty remarkable story about a young man who discovered his unique God-given potential and did some amazing things.

This month, you have the opportunity to help kids discover the same thing. You can open someone’s box and help them see something inside that they can use right now, maybe something about their story or some talent they may not know they have. When you help a child begin to understand that God made them and God has given them unique abilities to love and to serve others, it has a lasting impact—not only because of what they accomplish right now, but because they are establishing a pattern of living that can change the course of their story.


First, we know from Acts 16:1 that Timothy was the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek Father. That means Timothy grew up understanding the Jewish heritage and the stories of Moses alongside hearing about Greek gods and pagan rituals. This unique part of his story would position him to play a significant role in taking the story of Jesus to the Gentile world. Paul also had a unique story too, which he shares with Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:12-16.

Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference. As kids hear both of these stories, we want them to begin to understand that Jesus wants to use their story to make a difference, just like He did with Paul and Timothy.


We’ll look closer at Acts 16:1-5 and discover that there were also some unique abilities in Timothy’s box that people around him must have noticed. And Paul could see it too, because he decided to take Timothy on a missionary journey with him.

Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference. You can help kids discover the unique ways God has gifted them. As they realize this, we can encourage them to use those gifts to make a difference.


In 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 and 25-27, Paul explained to the church at Corinth that we are all parts of one body. Everyone has a unique story and unique talents, but we can’t live out our calling alone. We need each other. Timothy grew to realize that one of the greatest things in the box of his potential were his relationships with other Christians.

Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we can make a greater difference. Kids will learn that when they partner with other people, God can use those gifts to impact the world is a huge way.


We’ll finish the month by digging deeper into our memory verse, 1 Timothy 4:12. After spending time with Paul traveling from city to city preaching the news of the gospel, Timothy ended up back in Ephesus, and he had some experience under his belt. Even as a young man, he was able to lead this significant church.

Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now. We want our kids to understand that they don’t have to wait to use the gifts God has given them. The next generation can do some amazing thing right now if the present generation starts helping them unpack their potential.


What is my elementary child learning in May?

There’s something about the things that we say that kind of stack up one way. Then there’s the way we live, or the reality about certain situations that stack up another way. If both stacks line up, you can build something strong on them. When what we say lines up with what we do, people know they can trust us—our words have strength, our lives are built with integrity.

Honesty really is a big deal. That’s why we’re spending the month of May talking about it. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.

When we’re honest, when our words line up with our actions, people know they can trust us. Our relationships grow stronger. God understands the relationship between honesty and trust. This is something God set into motion in the first place.

Since the beginning, God has been in the business of making and keeping promises.

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was.

God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did.

God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did.

God told Mary that she would give birth a Son, Jesus—she did.

That baby boy was the answer to a promise God had set in motion from the beginning: God kept His promise to send a Savior. When we were lost, He came through and sent Jesus, the Messiah, the One who in whom we can ultimately put all of our trust.

That’s really it, isn’t it? God is honest. He has proven from the beginning that He can be trusted—even to the point of sending His Son. And we’re called to reflect the image of God to a world around us that is desperate for people who will live with integrity.

We want kids to begin building the kind of lives that show they can be trusted. Because they know the One who can be trusted above any other.

We start the month with Proverbs 10:9, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.” Being honest isn’t just about the words you say, it’s really about the life you live. Being honest comes much easier when you are an honest person and live your life with integrity.

Bottom Line: Being truthful helps you stay out of trouble. You don’t have to worry about what will happen to you if you live life with honesty. We hope kids realize that making the wise choice to tell the truth is a great way to stay away from trouble.

In week two we head to Genesis 27 where we find Jacob and Esau. It seems that Jacob was always up to something sneaky. He had already conned his brother Esau out of all the wealth and power he’d receive when Isaac passed away. But Jacob hasn’t forgotten about the special blessing Isaac still has yet to give Esau. He wants in on that too. We’ll see what happens when his mom Rebekah gets involved and they scheme a plan to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing.

Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about. We hope that kids realize that when we tell lies, it breaks relationships that should be most important to us.

For week three we’ll take a closer look at a story in 2 Kings 5 that involves Elisha and his servant named Gehazi. At a moment in time when Gehazi saw Elisha turn down a gift, Gehazi decided that he could take advantage of the situation and take the gift for himself. He went behind Elisha’s back, denied his actions, and inevitably lost Elisha’s trust.

Bottom Line: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. If you continually tell lies and hurt people with dishonesty, eventually you will lose the trust of those around you. We hope kids realize that honesty helps them build relationships with others.

In week four, we’ll head to the book of Esther. We learn that Haman’s just been promoted as the king’s most important advisor, but there’s one man who won’t bow to him: Mordecai. Haman is so angry that he vows to destroy not just Mordecai, but all of his people, the Jews! Little does Haman know that Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risks everything to save her people. Once her plan with Mordecai is set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ended up hurting himself instead.

Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. But we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will only hurt ourselves.

We finish off the month in 1 John 1:9. We’ll discover that not only is it important to be honest with everyone, but it’s even more important to be honest with God. God already knows what’s on your heart, but He wants to hear from you—even when it’s to confess the times we’ve messed up.

Bottom Line: Being truthful with God keeps you close to Him. We don’t have to worry about telling God what we’ve done wrong. Our honesty with God will keep our relationship with Him strong.

As we look at these great stories and principles from the Bible, we hope that kids begin to live with honesty and integrity, that what they say will line up with what they do. But this won’t always be easy. That’s why our memory verse for the month can serve as a prayer for our kids when they need God’s strength to tell the truth. Psalm 119:29 says “Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.” We pray that this month will be a great reminder to all of us to be honest no matter what the situation looks like.


By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. *Used by permission.

What is my preschooler learning in May?

The Happy Helpers Club is back! And, it’s better than ever. This is one of our FAVORITE themes to do with preschoolers. At a young age, children start saying, “I help,” and it’s our responsibility to teach them how to help. God wants them to help others, to think of others before themselves, so let’s make sure they know how to do it!

This month we’ll hear how Ruth helped Naomi by staying with her when she could have returned to her hometown. Then, Boaz helped them both by making sure they had enough to eat and were cared for. We can help others by being with them in a time of crisis and making sure they have what they need.

Preschoolers will learn about Nehemiah and how he led an entire city to rebuild their wall. We can help others by leading them to accomplish a task.

Then, they’ll experience the story of the woman who built a room for Elisha so that he had somewhere to rest when he was in town. We can help others by providing them hospitality.

Finally, preschoolers will hear how Aaron and his friends helped Moses by physically holding up his arms to help the army win an important battle. We can help others by physically helping them do something as well as standing by them during a hard time.

The children will finish off the month with a Happy Helper Party where they will receive a certificate that they are an official member of the Happy Helper Club. It’s so exciting!!! We can’t wait to start teaching our preschoolers how to be Happy Helpers!

What is my elementary child learning?

Have you ever been watching a sporting event where one of the teams played like they were falling apart at the seams?

The pitcher giving up run after run.

The defensive line that just can’t stop anyone.

The full-court press that simply can’t get the ball back.

It’s a mess. Finally the coach calls it: “Time out!”

He brings the team in, takes a moment to regroup. He adjusts and recalibrates to get his team ready to get back on the field and face their opponent.

The same goes for life.

Everything can be going well. You’re happy at work. The kids are excelling at school, and they are even getting along with each other at home. Life seems pretty perfect.

Then overtime something happens. Not overnight and maybe even so gradually that you don’t notice it. But one day you wake up and it seems like nothing’s going right and everyone is grumpy.

Something is off.

Something is broken.

And everyone needs a time out.

There are just some things that need an adjustment.

God wants to work in your life and the lives of your kids to tweak some things in your character. In a lot of ways, He’s taking a time out and making adjustments to conform you to the image of His Son. In those times, it’s like God is pulling us over to the side and reminding us when we need to recalibrate a few things.

And it makes sense, really. If God made us, He knows what we need to give attention to. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to His instruction manual and what He has to say about certain attitudes. Take the idea of GRATITUDE, for example. If we never take the time to acknowledge what God has done in our lives or how others have helped us, we may develop an unhealthy ego or a growing frustration at the people around us. We might become bitter and complain about every little thing.

That’s why GRATITUDE is a really big idea that God talks about so much. It affects more of your life than you probably have ever imagined. That’s why we’re taking this month to talk about what it means to show GRATITUDE: letting others know how they’ve helped you.

For week one, we kick off the month by taking a closer look at our memory verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (NIrV)

We want to help kids understand why God wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. We believe something will happen in the heart of any child when they learn to take a TIME OUT, think about this verse, and remember the Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for.

In week two, we will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about 10 lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. But when their skin condition went away, they became so ecstatic about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say “thank You.” All except for one, who came back. It’s great to influence children in such a way that they become the kind of people who put our Bottom Line into action: Take time to say “thank you.”

For week three, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In Matthew 20:1-15, we read that a few of the workers started making comparisons to what others were getting paid and became ungrateful and started complaining. Then at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought, that’s not fair. Have you heard that around your house lately? Well, then, maybe it’s time for this week’s Bottom Line: Take time to adjust your attitude.

In week four, we’ll explore Exodus 23:14-19 and discover how some of the rules God gave His people included some major celebrating with entire DAYS and sometimes WEEKS set aside to give His people an opportunity to take time to celebrate. That’s what we want our kids to do too: Take time to celebrate what God has done.

Finally, we’ll look at how the Apostle Paul closed out his letter to the Roman followers of Jesus. He thanked people—a LOT of people—for helping him on his journeys. We hope kids come away with this Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.

Sometimes gratitude takes a little bit of intentionality. Sometimes, you have to literally take a time out and remember what you have to be grateful for. A great way to do that is through giving.

This fall, we’re excited to put our gratitude into practice by giving to others. We’re giving kids a great opportunity to give to our friends and missionaries, the Mara Family. Kids will be encouraged to bring their change in to Antioch Kids this November to help raise money for this great family. And to make it even more fun, we’ll have a little contest between boys and girls to see who can raise the most money for the Maras!


By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. *Used by permission.

What is my elementary child learning?

Have you ever walked through your local grocery store and noticed the potential just sitting on the shelves?

You can head down one aisle and discover spices from around the world.

Over in the produce stands, you can find the ripest apples, cartons of blueberries, maybe even some obscure Dragon Fruit.

Not to mention all of the staples on another aisle: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk.

Incredible ingredients that will sit there and go bad unless someone takes them home and creates something delicious.

You can speculate all day about the potential in that grocery store, but until there is some type of response to what you believe can really happen, it’s just potential. In other words, with the right kind of response, faith in a process I can’t fully understand, and a big mess of dishes, those ingredients could turn into warm, sticky-sweet, apple cobbler goodness. But if those ingredients just sit there, even though they have incredible potential, the flour will just stay powdery and tasteless. The butter will soften. And those apples will turn brown. In fact, if you do nothing, they will lose their potential and turn into something that just makes your trash smell bad.

Think about someone’s life, with all of the God-given, God-created ingredients. You have time, talents, opportunities, words, and resources. The point is, we can choose to either respond to what God has given us or we can ignore it. One of the most powerful things leaders and parents can do is to inspire their children to trust that God can do amazing things through the abilities He’s given them. Kids should grow up knowing that their faith in God’s ability to do that, can profoundly affect how they view and respond to their unique potential.

That’s why we’re taking September to look more closely at what the Bible has to say about responsibility. We define responsibility as: Showing you can be trusted by what you say and do.

In Week 1, we head back to the garden of Eden where God created Adam and Eve and gave them their First Job. Through passages in Genesis 1 and 2, we’ll see how they were put in charge of the entire world. They took responsibility and began to cultivate the earth.

Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted by taking care of what God has made. The first job God gave to Adam and Eve was a task that we can continue today.

In Week 2, we’ll look at 1 Kings 19:16-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15. Elijah was nearing the end of his work as God’s prophet. God chose Elisha to carry on the work. But first, Elisha had some things to learn.

Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted to lead by learning how to follow. We all want to lead, but we need to learn from our leaders before we can be in charge.

In Week 3, we’ll hear from one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 21:28-32. In the Parable of the Two Sons, a father asked his sons to do some work. One said “yes” but didn’t follow through with his actions. The other said “no” at first, but ended up completing the job anyway. We’ll discover that it’s important to do what you say you will.

Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted by what you do. You can’t just say you’ll do something; you actually have to do it.

In Week 4, we’ll look at another of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:14-29a. In the Parable of the Talents, a business owner went on a trip and put three guys in charge of some money. Each one did something different, but only two of them were found faithful and given more responsibility.

Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted with more by taking care of what you have. If you want more responsibility, show that you can be responsible with what you already have.

Our memory verse this month is Luke 16:10a, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (NIV) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.

God has created everyone with potential: talents, time, resources, opportunities. And we can either respond to God with our abilities in a way that honors Him, or we can waste what He has given. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond with your abilities. And we want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God’s given them, but also how to respond to God’s ability to work through them to change the world around them.


By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. *Used by permission.

Bouncing Off The Wall!

Antioch Kids had so much fun jumping in a warehouse full of inflatables last Saturday! If you were there, check out the pictures below and see if we captured your smile. We can’t wait to do this event again!

What is my Preschool Child Learning?

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jesus, the Son of God, walked around here on the same earth that you and I now inhabit. When I see pictures of places that I’ve read about in my Bible, I am truly humbled to know that my heavenly Father sent His Son here, to this earth for me—to save me. And, to save you. Then, I think about what Jesus did in His years here on earth, and I am amazed.

We want our preschoolers to feel that same amazement, that wonder and awe, that only Jesus can bring. Jesus came to do amazing things, and He did them. They’ll hear about how the people in the temple were amazed by the questions a 12-year-old boy was asking. They’ll hear of the awesome experience that was Jesus’ baptism when God spoke from the heavens. They’ll watch in awe as Jesus turns water to “super fancy drink” at a wedding.

In addition, our preschoolers will learn that Jesus invited some special friends to go on His amazing journey with Him. They’ll hear how these men left their jobs to follow their savior and watch Him do amazing things. Finally, they will learn that Jesus taught us how to pray. We can talk to our Father in heaven any time, anywhere, about anything. Now, that IS amazing. What a gift!

Week 1 we’ll see how Jesus amazed the teachers in the temple when he was just 12 years old by knowing so much about God! (Luke 2:41-50)

Week 2 your preschooler will be amazed by Jesus’ choice to allow John to baptize him to show everyone how much he loved God, and by God telling everyone that Jesus is His son! (Mark 1:1-11)

Week 3 children will be invited to join the rest of the Antioch body for worship Sunday! There is an optional movie for kids and the nursery/nursing mothers’ room will be available.

Week 4 your little one will hear the amazing story of Jesus’ first miracle- turning water into “fancy drink” at a wedding celebration! (John 2:1-11)

Week 5 we’ll explore how Jesus didn’t just do amazing things but he also picked 12 friends called disciples to get to tell everyone about the amazing things he did! (All 4 Gospels)

It is our hope that your child will be filled with wonder and amazement as we explore some real-life, tangible concepts about Jesus- things that he did, in the real world that we live in! Those things were amazing, and we hope to lay the foundation in your preschooler that Jesus came to do amazing things, did those amazing things in space and time, AND still does amazing things today!

Our prayer is that you and your child will rediscover a sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is, what he shows and tells us about God, and the amazing things he did and still does today! We hope your preschooler learns that Jesus came to do amazing things and, what’s more, this amazing man loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever!

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What is my Elementary Child learning?

Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, was a Scotch Collie and English shepherd mix who got lost from his family on a vacation in 1923. Over six months, Bobbie independently traveled 2,800 miles from Indiana to Oregon and was reunited with his family. Bobbie’s faithfulness was recognized by several newspapers, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and the Oregon Humane Society. (Source:

Faith is believing in what you can’t see because of what you can see.Sometimes we lose sight of what God’s doing in our lives. But we can see all of the many other ways God reveals Himself. Through the things we can see, we can believe that what the Bible says about God is true.

When we recognize God at work around us, we respond to Him with trust. We have confidence He has a plan for our lives, and we are willing to take risks to see that plan accomplished. Even in our moments of doubt, God will show us something to remind us to have faith.

The monthly memory verse is: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1, NIrV. We might not clearly see and understand everything about a relationship with God. We can ask questions and read our Bibles to learn more. But faith is believing that what God says is true, that we will live with Him forever, even when we can’t see every detail about how it happens.

In Week One’s Bible story, when Peter saw how Jesus performed a miracle, he believed that Jesus could be trusted and dropped everything to follow Him (Luke 5:1-11). Our Bottom Line is: When I see how God provides today, it helps me trust Him with tomorrow. The more we recognize God’s provision in the good times, the more confident we’ll be that He’ll provide in the hard times.

In Week Two’s Bible story, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to experience something incredible. But when he lost focus on Jesus, he gave into his fears and began to sink. (Matthew 14:22-33). Our Bottom Line is: When I experience what God can do, it helps me face my fears. As we have more experiences with God, we see more of His strength and power.

In Week Three’s Bible story, John is struggling with doubt that Jesus really is the Savior. John’s disciples return and tell John about all the miracles they saw Jesus perform. (Luke 7:18-22, Supporting: Matthew 11; Mark 6:17-20; Luke 3:1-21; 6; 7:1-16). Our Bottom Line is: When I hear what Jesus has done, it helps me believe who Jesus is. It’s important to listen to the way that following Jesus has impacted people’s lives.

In Week Four’s Bible story, Nicodemus learns that Jesus is the Savior and only through Him can we live with God. (John 3:1-21, Supporting: John 7:49-51; 19:38-40). Our Bottom Line is: When I believe who Jesus is, I’ll live with God forever.We may not understand everything about Jesus, but we can ask questions to learn more. Jesus’ answers teach that any of us who believe in Him will live with God forever.


By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. *Used by permission.