August 19th: Final TeamKID for the summer
September 13: Children in Action Kickoff (Sundays @ 6pm)
September 16: Kids’ Choir Kickoff (Wednesdays @ 7pm)
***Our last TeamKID is THIS WEDNESDAY, August 19, 2015***
This week in TeamKID: TeamKID store and games!
ADOPT-A-GRANDPARENT, Thursdays @ 2pm
As summer comes to a close and some of our students have already gone back to school, over the next few weeks, I encourage all families to continue visiting their “adopted grandparents” on your own time, for at least 15 minutes a week. Look for an e-mail surveying parents on how we want to continue serving at the nursing home during the school year.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
CHILDREN IN ACTION/MISSION FRIENDS
Children in Action and Mission Friends will resume on September 13th! We will return to our school year schedule, holding CiA and MF on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Children in Action is for children in 1st-5th grade. Mission Friends is for children 3 years through Kindergarten. Childcare will be provided for children 2 and under.
Kid’s choir will resume on September 16th! Kid’s choir will be each Wednesday night during the 7pm service. We will be focusing on the “Hymn of the Month” and Christmas music. This year, we will not be doing a Children’s Christmas Cantata, but we will be learning three different Christmas songs. One will be performed with the Adult Choir during the adult Christmas cantatas (evenings of December 12th and 13th), and the other 2 will be performed during the morning service on December 13th.
Unit Title: God’s Plan for the Church Is Fulfilled
Key Passage: Revelation 22:12-13
Session Title: God’s Warning to Seven Churches
Bible Passage: Revelation 1–3
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus tell the churches about Himself? Jesus is the Alpha and the
Omega—the beginning and the end.
Christ Connection: Jesus loves the church. His message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. Jesus saves sinners and changes them to be like Him.
Can you feel it? We are so very close to the end of the Bible, but it is certainly not the end of God’s plan to save sinners. Today’s Bible story teaches kids about John’s vision of Jesus in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible and it tells about things that will happen in the future. A glimpse of the future kingdom of God gives believers hope and compels them to remain faithful to Christ and to tell others about Him.
The apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from the island of Patmos. John was likely sent to Patmos as a prisoner, arrested for preaching the gospel. The Book of Revelation opens with John’s description of a vision. In the vision, Jesus warned seven local churches in Asia. In most cases, Jesus commended the church for their good work, warned them about the areas in which they needed correction, and urged them to return to Him. Each time, Jesus promised to reward those who remain faithful to Him.
Jesus loves the church. The church is made up of people who have trusted in Jesus, who are committed to one another, and who meet together to worship Jesus and share the gospel. Jesus loves the church as His bride. (See Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9.) Jesus’ message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. The Lord is slow to anger (Ex. 34-6-7) and patient, wanting everyone to repent (2 Pet. 3:9).
The early churches faced some problems. They did not love like they should, they believed false teaching and did wrong things, and they were lukewarm—useless to the cause of Christ. Churches still face these problems today. We can pray for our churches to be faithful, effective instruments in spreading the gospel.
Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega” (Rev. 1:8). In the Greek alphabet, alpha is the first letter and omega is the last. Jesus is the A to Z. Jesus is the beginning and the end, but not just those; He is everything in-between. Jesus made all things. (John 1:3) He is in control of all things. He holds all things together. (Col. 1:17) And He is coming back someday!