The Bible says in Psalm 78, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”  All throughout Scripture, parents are given the responsibility to pass on the gospel story to their children.

What story is your family telling?  What is the overarching story that your kids are seeing played out in your home?  How are you creating opportunities for these grand stories of God’s work to be told?  Based on your familial habits what story do your children see as important?

It’s our desire as the church to come alongside of you and help you answer those questions in a way that reflects the Bible’s call on our life as parents.  The following is meant to be a tool to help you, as the parent, develop healthy habits for family discipleship.  As you think about the various facets of the Christian life – it’s our hope to provide suggestions, resources, and a guide to find what fits best for leading your family in each of those areas.

I am the target text.

  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Parent Resources

If you were to ask any parent if they wanted to parent well, the obvious answer is going to be yes, but the next question usually is about how we do that. Many of us have the desire, but often we don’t know where to begin. We want to help you by providing resources to equip you in effective parenting. We’ve broken these blogs, books, and videos down into sections so that you may choose what is relevant to your family and the stage of life that your kids are in. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources. If there are areas that you would like more information about, or are not listed on this page, feel free to email us.

I am the target text.

  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Family Devotions

In the busyness of life, we often want to train our kids to become disciples, but either struggle to find the time or aren’t sure exactly what it looks like to train kids in the Bible. We understand that this is something that we want to excel at, so that our kids are equipped to live out the gospel through their childhood and into their adult life. In light of this, we are providing a basic framework for doing family devotions. Though it may be difficult to start, through consistently viewing the Bible as a family, we make it a priority for our lives, and will definitely see the results in our families, as we live out the gospel. Please click the images below for a list of relevant resources.

I am the target text.

  • Mercy Hill Church Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Kids Guide

Each week while you hear the sermon, your kids are learning about the Gospel as well! We want to equip you to have Gospel-centered conversations with your kids on a weekly basis. The Kids Guide will help you each week to engage your child about what God is teaching them, and create a time for your family to grow together around the Gospel.

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Hope from the Scriptures

This past Sunday, we continued the series, Exiles, as we are studying the book of First Peter. Peter helps us focus on what it looks like to live in a world in which we do not belong. What does it really mean to be an exile? As we go through this series, our hope is that you will discuss together, as a family, how living as an exile is the best, and only, way for the believer to thrive in this world. This week, in Romans 15, we look at how focusing on the Scriptures is the way for us, as Christians, to keep our hope in Jesus, even when life is hard.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pie Face!

This week we have an intense game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, with an interesting twist! Whenever someone loses a round, the winner gets to take a spoonful of whipped cream and put it on the loser’s face! Whenever someone gets five spoonfuls of whipped cream, they’re out!

Losing can often be difficult, but often joy can come through losing (like when you get to eat whipped cream)! This week, we are going to look at how we can have joy, even when life is hard, by keeping our hope fixed on Jesus. We will see that the hope that we have in Jesus is fueled by the Bible!

READ Romans 15:4 (ESV)

4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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TABLE TALK

These questions are designed to help students learn about the Bible story or passage you just read with them. Use them at dinnertime or in the car to talk about what you’re learning in community group, or find a specific time for your whole family to work through these questions together.

What does it mean to “hope”? What are some things you hope for/in?

To hope is to believe in and be excited about something/someone. Examples include: hoping to go get ice cream, to get a good grade in a class, or to go on an upcoming vacation.

Why is Jesus the best place to put our hope?

Jesus never lets us down! We can hope in Him because He is faithful, and has proven His love to us on the cross. We can also hope in Him because He is coming back someday to make all things right!

How do we go about keeping Jesus as the center of our hope?

The verse today, Romans 15:4, shares that what was written was for our encouragement so that we might have hope. This verse is teaching us that the Bible helps us keep Jesus as the center of  our hope. We can interact with God and keep our hope in Him by reading and talking about His Word!

Think about something that is very difficult. How does hoping in Jesus help in this situation?

This is a great opportunity to make this biblical concept stick to your child at his/her age level. Help them think about something that is difficult for them (reaching out to a classmate that’s not in their group of friends, praying over their food in the cafeteria, telling someone about Jesus,  etc.). Ask them how Jesus makes the difference in these situations. (Hint: Their hope is in Jesus because He has already won, and is coming back for them!)

Do you know someone going through something hard? How can you encourage them to find their hope in Jesus?

This is an opportunity to share with them the importance of sharing the gospel with their friends and family. This teaches them a compassion for those who are lost, and the importance of Jesus’ message of hope. In regards to the how, it may be as simply as tangibly loving their friend, or as detailed as presenting the gospel to their friend. This will vary based on their age and understanding of the gospel.

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

Keeping our hope in Jesus is grounded in our focus on His word. In Deuteronomy, parents are also called to make Scripture visible in their house and talked about all the time in their family. This week, the challenge is to write the Gospel Project memory verse (Lamentations 3:22-23) in a central place in your house, and to say it as a family every evening before bedtime.

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PRAYER TIME

Use these prayer points to pray throughout the week and to keep the conversation going about the topic being discussed.  Be open with your child about ways in which you are praying through these issues.

PRAYER 1

Thank God for the Bible, which teaches us that our hope is in Jesus!

PRAYER 2

Ask God to help you read the Bible, so that you can keep your eyes fixed on Him, even when times are difficult.

PRAYER 3

Ask God to help you share  the hope that you have in Jesus with someone that is suffering. Pray that they will find encouragement in the hope of Jesus.

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LESSON AND MEMORY VERSE

This week your child learned about Ezra reading the Law to the people of Israel (Nehemiah 8:1-12). Your child learned that God’s Word is powerful, and that the law reveals our sin and how short we fall of meeting God’s standard. They learned that because of this we need a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus. Our updated curriculum has incredible new features to help make the Bible come alive for the kids and to help equip parents to disciple your child at home. Each week take advantage of the Big Picture card that you can pick up at our Family Resource Center. This week’s Big Picture Question was: Does God keep His promises? (Answer: Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not).

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READING PLAN

We want to see our children learn to love reading the Bible. Therefore, we have laid out a Bible reading plan that goes along with the Gospel Story Bible. We have these Bibles for sale each week. I would highly encourage your family to pick one up if you do not already have one and follow along in our yearly reading plan.

 

THIS WEEK

This week in the Gospel Story Bible – read story #11 – “The Lord Appears to Abraham” found on pg.23. Read this story each day for the entire week.