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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Set Apart for the Kingdom

Pastor Jeremy preached from Psalm 10 this week about how God loves and is concerned for the afflicted, and He sets apart His children to feel the same way! We look past our earthly affliction and forward to heaven because Jesus is Christ, our hope. Because Jesus is our Christ, Christians proclaim the coming Kingdom with their entire lives.

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DISCUSSION STARTER

Set Apart

We are free to live for Jesus and love others because He is Christ, which means The Anointed One. God promised to send Christ to us to save us from our punishment, so Christ was set apart and anointed to save us.

To help your children understand what anointed and set apart mean, place a chair in the middle of the room and appoint one of the children to sit in the ‘set apart’ chair. The child has one minute to tell everyone else to do something funny or goofy, and everyone must obey the ‘set apart’ child as long as they are in the chair. Once the minute is over, give another child a turn to be set apart. (Some ideas for the set apart chair are “Everyone hop up and down on one foot,” Everyone spin around in circles,” “Everyone act like their favorite animal,” or “Everyone sing ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ as fast as possible!”)

READ LUKE 4:16-21 (NLT)

16    When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures.

17    The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,

19     and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

20    He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently.

21    Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”


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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.

Jesus was anointed and set apart to save us from the punishment of our sin. Why is it so important that He was set apart for us?

We are not able to pay for our sins; only Christ is able because He is perfect. We can be God’s children because Jesus was set apart for us!

Because Jesus was set apart for us, He wants us to be set apart for Him. What does it look like to be set apart at home and at school?

Being set apart means sometimes doing things differently than other people. You can be set apart at school by listening to the teacher even when your friends are disobeying. You can be set apart at home by obeying your parents and doing your chores happily even if your other siblings are not obeying. We can’t ever do this perfectly, so it is important that we know Jesus is holy in our place. We don’t act set apart to gain favor to God. We do it to bring God glory.

It was hard and painful for Jesus to be our Anointed One. When would it be hard to be set apart at home or at school?

Sometimes we have friends who don’t understand why we need to obey Jesus. They might make fun of us if we want to do the right thing like listen to our parents and teachers, but Jesus says He will always be with us and comfort us even when it’s hard to follow Him.

Can you think of some people in your city who are set apart to help you?

Teachers are set apart to help us learn, fire-fighters, policemen, and doctors are set apart to keep us safe and healthy, and moms and dads are set apart to love and care for us unconditionally.

APPLY IT THIS WEEK

As God’s children we should always be looking for ways to be set apart for Jesus. As you drive with your kids in the car and have a few minutes of downtime in between appointments or at home, talk about how they can be set apart. This could mean something small like sharing their lunch at school with someone who doesn’t have any lunch, being kind to brother or sister, helping mom out with the dishes without being asked, or talking with a new kid in the neighborhood.

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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 setting Jesus apart to save us so we can live with Him forever.

PRAYER 2

Ask God to teach you how live set apart like Jesus did.

PRAYER 3

Pray that God will use your example of living set apart to share the Gospel with people around you.

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LESSON AND MEMORY VERSE

Be sure to check out the Gospel Project  curriculum, which we use each week in our Kids Ministry. If you haven’t yet, you can download their easy to use App here. It 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.  

This week your child learned about how Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and glorified God through it. 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 your child brings home. This week’s Big Picture Question was: What makes Jesus different? (Answer: Jesus is fully God and fully man).

Our memory verse is 1 Timothy 1:15, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” Think up creative ways to practice this verse with your kids, just as saying it while patting your head and rubbing your tummy, or saying it while hopping up and down on one foot.

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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 #19 – “Jacob & Rachel” found on pg. 38.  Read this story each day for the entire week.

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  • Mercy Hill Kids Ministry - Family Resource Center - Sermon Notes

Mercy Hill Kids Sermon Notes are available for kids who are attending service with their parents, as a means of giving them a fun way to interact with the sermon. Our hope is that kids and Route 56 students will engage in a greater way with the truths of the gospel preached each week and learn how to identify and apply these truths to their lives. You can download the sermon notes by clicking below, or you can pick them up at the kids space at your campus each weekend.