From the Sermon: Easter 2021
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: John 20:24-29
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! On Easter Sunday we were reminded of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus died on the cross and three days later he rose from the dead. Jesus is stronger than death! As Christians, we believe in the actual physical resurrection of Jesus and because of that we have hope that death will not destroy everything. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that Jesus is Lord over all things, even death. Jesus is making all things new, and if you love and believe that he died on the cross for your sins, he promises to make you new as well! Happy Easter!
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- What did Thomas need to do before believing in Jesus’ resurrection?
- What part did you and I play in Jesus’ death?
- How does Jesus’ death on the cross show us how much God loves us?
- Take a moment as a family to thank Jesus for his death and resurrection and ask him to show you in a deeper way how much he loves you.
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your normal routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter. Model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- 1 Corinthians 15:14
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. These are also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
SAVIOR: We are all dead in our sin and deserve eternal death. God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and to die in order to take the penalty of our sin. Jesus’ death satisfied God’s wrath for sin, saving his people from death and hell.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
CHURCH: Thank God for all the people who make our Sunday morning services, midweek events, and all the other things we do happen. Also ask God to provide the many volunteers still needed.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing ye heavens and earth reply Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!
Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Question 3: How many persons are there in God?
Answer: There are three persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.