September 20 // Jesus has power.

Read John 2:9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What is the coolest magic trick you have seen?

 

Parent Note: This question provides an opportunity to explain to your child how miracles aren't magic tricks that can be explained. Miracles are moments when something impossible, according to natural law, occurs. It is a way for God to show His love and absolute power. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for sharing Your power for us to see.
You are stronger and more powerful than anyone in the world.
Please help me to trust You and depend on Your strength.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 19 // Jesus provides.

Read John 2:3 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How would you feel if you went to a birthday party, and they ran out of cake before you got a piece? 

 

Parent Note: You would probably feel disappointed! Running out of wine at a wedding feast would be like running out of cake at a birthday party. Jesus used this opportunity to show others that he has a power that never runs out.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for using Your power to bless me.
I know that everything I need comes from You.
Please help me to remember that I can come to You with everything.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 18 // Jesus's first miracle.

Read John 2:1-2 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If you were going to throw a big party, who would you invite?

 

Parent Note: Jesus was invited to the wedding along with his mother, Mary, and his disciples. We don’t know who got married that day, but we remember it as a special day because it is Jesus’s first recorded miracle!

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for miracles.
I know that You are powerful, and there is nothing You can’t do.
Please help me to celebrate all that You’ve done, and to share Your Good News with others.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 16 // Share the gospel.

Read Matthew 10:40 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Can you remember the first time someone told you about Jesus? 

 

Parent Note: Jesus chose twelve disciples to help spread the Good News while he was on Earth. He wants us to be a part of this mission, too. There are many people in the world that need to hear the Gospel- what are some ways that you can share it?

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting me to receive the Gospel.
I know that I need a Savior, and Jesus is the only one who can save me.
Please help share the Good News of Jesus with the world.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 15 // Learn from Jesus.

Read Matthew 10:5-6 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

 

Parent Note: Ask your child if they are ready to do this job now. Most kids will say that they need to learn more about the job and how to do it properly. The same is true for the disciples. Even though Jesus called them to this occupation, they had to learn the job. They weren’t called to it and instantly qualified to do it on their own; they had to learn from Jesus and grow stronger in their faith and knowledge of God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for choosing me to be part of Your family.
I know that You will give me everything I need to live for You.
Please help me to learn how to be your disciple.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 14 // Be a disciple.

Read Matthew 4:18 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If Jesus’ mission were to take place today, would He ask the president or a truck driver to be a disciple? 

 

Parent Note: There is no right answer to this question because we can’t know the thoughts of Jesus. However, based on His choices during His actual ministry, it seems likely that He would choose a truck driver over the president. Knowing this should not discourage us from trying to do our best at becoming whatever we feel led to be. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be the president or the boss of a huge company, just as there is nothing wrong with being a truck driver or a fisherman; God can use anyone, in any role, to do amazing things that glorify God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for loving me the way that I am.
I know that it doesn’t matter how smart, funny, or popular I am, You can still use me.
Please help me to drop everything like the disciples and follow You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 13 // Drop everything & follow Jesus.

 

Read Matthew 4:20, 22 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If your parents offered to take you to your favorite amusement park, would you have to think about it first? 

 

Parent Note: Your child probably doesn’t first think about the consequences or what they’ll be missing while they are gone, they know they want to go, and there is no hesitation in their response. That’s how the disciples responded to meeting the Messiah. In their minds, they didn’t know who this man was, but their hearts and souls recognized His power and love. To that, there was only one rational response: Drop everything and follow Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You calling me to follow You.
I know that Your way is the best, and it leads to everlasting life.
Please help me to love Your plans more than I love my own.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 12 // God works with purpose.

Read Matthew 10:2-4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Why do you think Jesus chose those twelve men?

 

Parent Note: God never does anything without a purpose, so no, Jesus didn’t randomly choose His disciples. However, He could have. There were two main reasons Jesus had disciples. First, to learn from Him, observe His power, and spread the Gospel after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Second, to show that Jesus can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We don’t have to be perfect or especially pious for Jesus to do something wonderful through us; all we need to do is answer when He calls. So really, He could have walked down the lake shore that day and chose the first 12 people He came across, and His disciples would have been just as successful. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for choosing me to be a part of Your plan.
I know that when I obey You, amazing things will happen.
Please help me to recognize Your voice, and answer when You call on me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 11 // Fishers of men.

Read Matthew 4:19 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What do you think it means to be a fisher of men? 

 

Parent Note: Let your child come up with answers. Explain that, like fishermen, disciples cast out their lines or nets by preaching the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit reels in all those who bite. Unlike the fate of the fish in this metaphor, the people who are reeled in by the truth are saved, not eaten. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting me to be a part of Your mission.
Even though I’m a sinner, I know that You can use me to do great things.
Please help me to be a fisher of men to my friends, my neighbors, and my classmates.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 9 // Rely on God's Word.

Read Psalm 119:11 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How did Jesus use the bible to combat sin?

 

Parent Note: Jesus knew God’s Word well, and he depended on it when he was faced with temptation to sin. When we spend time reading the bible and talking to God, we will have His Words close to our heart.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making a way for me to be saved.
Your Word is full of wisdom and advice to help me be closer to You.
Please help me to hide Your words in my heart so that I won’t sin against You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 8 // Jesus never sinned.

Read Matthew 4:10-11 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Has anyone ever offered you something in exchange for something you knew to be a sin? 

 

Parent Note: You don't have to get too into detail about their experiences, the point is to get your child thinking about how this made them feel. Being asked to do something blatantly wrong is insulting. Satan's offer caused Jesus to react so strongly that Satan fled after Jesus rebuked him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for sending Jesus to be my perfect Savior.
Even though I will mess up sometimes, I know that I can follow Jesus’s example when I am tempted.
Please teach me to have self-control and to turn away from sin.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 7 // Do things God's way.

Read Matthew 4:9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Your parent will buy you a bike if you do your chores, but your friend offers to help you steal it. Which option do you choose? 

 

Parent Note: Stealing it gets us the bike right away and without having to do any work, but it is a sin. This is the situation Satan presented Jesus in an attempt to get Him to sin. Jesus' mission on earth will ultimately give Him reign over all people and control over all of the earth. Obtaining this goal by way of God's plan required Jesus to suffer and die a horrible death. Taking Satan's offer would be a sinful shortcut to power, but it would not glorify God or help Him to defeat sin and death. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me the choice to obey.
I know that obeying Your plans will help me follow the path You have for me.
Please teach me know recognize Your voice and do things Your way.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 6 // God's Word is trustworthy.

Read Matthew 4:7 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If you trust someone to do something for you, do you need to double check their work? 

 

Parent Note: No, to trust a person to do something means that you know this person can and will do it right without having to check their work. Jesus quoted Scripture saying we should not test God. When we are tempted to test God, it's not God we are unsure of, it's our faith that is uncertain. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being trustworthy.
I know that Your Word is true, and I can always depend on Your promises.
Please teach me know Your Word and to trust You no matter what.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 5 // Even Jesus was tempted to sin.

Read Matthew 4:3 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q:  What food could tempt you to disobey your parents’ request to not eat anything before dinner? 

 

Parent Note: This is an easy way to get your child thinking about temptation. We know we should obey our parents, but it’s hard to do when we’re hungry and staring at a jar of fresh cookies!

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for helping me when I’m tempted to do wrong.
I know that there is no sin that could ever be more satisfying than obeying You.
Please help me to choose to follow You, even when I am tempted to sin.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 4 // Jesus fasted.

Read Matthew 4:2 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Which environment is better for reading: a rock concert or alone in a quiet room?  

 

Parent Note: It would be very hard to concentrate and understand the concepts being discussed in a book while at a rock concert. All the noise and people would be very distracting. Sometimes our lives get so hectic, that it's hard for us to concentrate and focus. Fasting can help us to remove the noise and needs of our daily lives so we can focus on God and strengthening our spirits. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for staying close to me.
I know that even when the world seems loud and crazy, You stay the same.
Please help me to learn how to focus on You, no matter what is happening around me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 3 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS TEMPTED

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 4:1-11

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” - MATTHEW 4:10

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus relied on God’s Word when he was being tempted.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God gives us power to turn away from sin.

September 2 // God gives us choices.

Read Matthew 3:16-17 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Would you believe that an image of a unicorn being chased by a dragon was a real photograph?  

 

Parent Note: When people on the shores of the Jordan River heard the voice of God declare that Jesus was His son, and they saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove, some people believed, and some people didn't. How could anyone deny that Jesus was the Son of God after witnessing something like that? We have free will, and God will not force us to choose Him. With blatant evidence staring us in the face, we can choose to believe in the miraculous grace we find in Jesus, or we can choose to reject it. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting me to be with You forever.
You’re a loving Father who gives us choices, and helps us to choose what is right.
Please help me to make choices that honor You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

September 1 // We are saved by faith.

Read Matthew 3:11 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If a stain is removed from your favorite shirt, do you need to keep trying to clean the stain? 

 

Parent Note: If the stain is gone, the stain is gone. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior and recognize what His sacrifice on the cross has done for us, we are forgiven and saved. Baptism does symbolize being washed clean of sin, but it also symbolizes being made new. When we are submerged into the water, it symbolizes the burial of our old sinful self with Jesus. Because of His death, we are no longer under the curse of sin. When we emerge from the water, it symbolizes our resurrection with Christ. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for making a way for me to be saved.
I know that there is nothing I can do to deserve Your grace, but Yougive it to me because You love me!
Please help me to live my life as a new creation in You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.