April 23rd: Preteen Camp Benefit Breakfast
April 27th: VBS Planning Meeting
May 17: Final Kids’ Choir
May 21st: Final TeamKID
May 26th: End of School Bash for all OCBC Kids, 6pm
June 4th-8th: VBS…Rome, Paul and the Undergound Church
June 14th: Summer Kids’ program begins
June 25th-28th: PowerPlus Preteen Camp @ Pineywoods
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PowerPlus Preteen Camp 2017 @Pineywoods
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*We did not have TeamKID this past Sunday due to Easter presentation. This is the information from 2 weeks ago.
Does God Love People Even Though They Sin?
Memory Verse: 1 John 1:9
Bible Passage: Joseph Forgives His Brothers – Genesis 45:1-15; 50:15-21
Missions Emphasis: Norway
What We Learned: In this week’s lesson, your child learned the joy of being
forgiven from the story of Joseph. Even though Joseph was betrayed and mistreated, he
didn’t become bitter or grumble about the path his life had taken. He knew God had a
purpose. Joseph used his strengths and circumstances to rescue people. Because Joseph
trusted God, he could give the gift of forgiveness to his brothers. He freed them from the
punishment they deserved. Ultimately, that’s what forgiveness is for us: mercy—where
God withholds the punishment we deserve and gives grace instead. God also freed us
from the punishment we all deserve by sending Jesus to pay for our sin on the cross.
Jesus triumphed over death, and now He offers forgiveness to people who believe His
position, His words, and His authority to erase sin. The greatest news of all is that God
loves people despite the reality that we all sin. God desires to restore His relationship
with each person, and through His Son, Jesus, He made the provision to do just that. Not
everyone will choose to take Him up on His offer of love.
Because so much about life feels performance-based, it’s easy for kids to feel as if they
must earn God’s love. Knowing that we can’t earn God’s love might just inspire the
strong-willed child to try anyway. Ultimately, there is so much comfort knowing that
“while we are still sinners” (Romans 5:8), God loved us enough to send Christ to die
for us. This truth eliminates the need to try so hard and allows us to fully rest in God’s
At-Home: As a picture of forgiveness, fill a jar with water, and have your child squirt
and stir various food coloring into the water. Carefully pour bleach little by little into the
water, stir more, and wait for the water to become clear again (take safety precautions so
that no bleach splashes on skin or in eyes). Talk about how great it is when people and
God forgive those who have done wrong.
Bonus Verse: Luke 6:37
Kids' Choir, Wednesdays @ 7pm
We will be learning a new hymn to present at the end of the school year.
THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS, Sundays @ 9:30am
Unit Description: God’s plan for redemption, which began before creation, culminates with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was welcomed as King but less than one week later was crucified by the people. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection made it possible for people to have a pure relationship with God.
Bible Story: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:36–28:10; John 18:1–20:18
Main Point: Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.
God’s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God’s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place. Jesus came to live and die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18) Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21)
Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12) Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is alive.
○ Jesus is God’s Son.
○ Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again.
○ God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
○ Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
○ Jesus died on the cross and is alive.
○ Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
○ Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Romans 10:9
● “Jesus Was Tempted” (Matthew 4:1-11)