Our Childrens’ Ministry is fun and active! Each Sunday Morning, our classrooms are filled with all kinds of activities and lessons that entertain the children, but more importantly teach them the basics of the Bible. Every time we have a classroom of kids, we embrace an environment of good learning and good behavior.
Every age group has a place to be at both 9AM and 10:45AM. Our activities and lessons DO NOT REPEAT themselves during our two service times so that the kids can go to class and junior worship when parents attend Sunday School and Church. We are intentional about teaching the Word in every classroom for every age every week.
Here are some upcoming KID’S ONLY events and devotionals!
1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Also read 1 John 4:1-6
Have you ever been to the Gold Country? It is in the foothills and mountains of Northern California. It is there where they discovered gold in the 1840’s. If you have ever been up there maybe you had the chance to go panning for gold. It is a lot of fun to be able to get a pan and go down to a stream to try to find some real gold. You scoop up some sand and water from the bottom of the stream, then you swirl it around in the pan several times allowing some water to spill over the edges. The lighter dirt and sand swirls out, leaving small rocks and hopefully a gold nugget!
Many times though, you may find a shiny, golden nugget that looks like gold. At first, you’re excited to think that you may have actually found a gold nugget. But when you take it to ask an expert, he tells you that it is only a look-alike called “fools gold.” It looks like the real thing, shines like the real thing and even feels like the real thing. But when the expert tests it, it turns out to be fools gold and completely worthless.
The Bible says that we should “test” what people say about Jesus to make sure that it is the real thing. For example, if someone tells us that Jesus wasn’t really God, He was just a really good man, we know that is not true. How do we test it? We go to the expert – the Word of God. The Bible says that Jesus is God who came in the flesh (John 1:14). So we can test what anyone tells us through the Bible and through the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. A lot of people believe different things about Jesus. Like spotting fools gold, we should be able to spot wrong ideas about Jesus after testing it in our “truth tester.”
• Have you ever been fooled by “fools gold?” How did you find out that it wasn’t real?
• What are the two ways that you can test what people say about Jesus?
• How should we react to those who don’t believe the same way about Jesus?
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
False Prophet: A person or teacher who teaches wrong things about Jesus.
Test: A way of determining whether something that is said is true or not. We test truth through the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
Be a Berean
Acts 17:11 – “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Also read Acts 17:10-12
Could you ever imagine questioning the great Apostle Paul? After all, Paul wrote most of the New Testament. He was the world’s greatest missionary and lived his life completely for the Lord. But he was still a man and he was very aware of that. So when he and Silas went to a place called Berea, they went to the Jew’s place of worship (the synagogue) and began to preach Jesus to them. The Bereans gladly listened to what Paul was saying but they wanted to make sure it was right, so they began to compare what he was saying with the Scriptures. Did Paul’s teaching match what was revealed in the Scriptures or was it different?
Now Paul could have got upset about this. He could have said, “How dare they question what I am teaching, I am an apostle!” But Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit and responded in love. He encouraged them to check out what he was teaching. In fact, he even told them that they were doing a good thing in that they were checking his teaching with the Scriptures. What did Paul have to worry about? His teaching completely lined up with the Bible. He wanted people to go to the Word to find out if what he was saying was true.
What was the result? Many people believed in Jesus! How exciting! We should also be a Berean and we should always compare what we hear to the Bible. The Lord will show us whether or not what we are hearing is in line with His Word. The more that we know His Word the better we can tell what is true and what is a lie.
• How can you be a Berean?
• What are some ways that you can think of that will help you to get to know the Word better?
• Pray and ask the Lord to help you to know His truth better through His Word.
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
Bereans: People from Berea who tested what Paul said by comparing it with the Word of God.