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Family Worship Time for Sunday September 20th
Dear Jesus, thank you for this time together with my family to talk about you.
Please help us to learn more about you from the Bible. Amen
Watch: SJ Kids Sunday School Hour!
Activity: Build on a Firm Foundation
What you need: Building blocks, different kinds of bases to build on: a blanket, a firm surface, a pillow,
something bumpy, something slanted.
Optional: Find a kid’s book that tells the story of Matthew 7:24-27: the two men who built on a rock and
What you do: Give the kids the blocks and the different surfaces. Have them try and build on the bumpy
or soft surfaces first. See how high they can get. Then see how it compares to the hard and firm surface.
What you say: The Red Letter Challenge is important because Jesus says that if we take His words and
put them into practice that we will be like a man who built his house on a rock. Let’s read the story
together and learn how important it is to put Jesus’ words into practice
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against
that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these
words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The
rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a
great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 It was easier to build on a firm surface than a soft surface. Jesus is our
solid foundation, and when we build our lives on Him our hope and faith will stay strong on Him.
In the Red Letter Challenge, we are committing to putting the words of Jesus into practice for the next
five weeks. Those five weeks are divided into five themes: Being, Forgiving, Serving, Giving, and Going.
Each week we will have different ideas and ways that your child(ren) can try to put Jesus’ words into
Being: So many times Jesus talks about the importance of spending time and just being with Him. Before
he invites us to do things for Him, through Him, in His name, he invites us into a relationship. Our
relationship with Him will determine how effective we are at actually doing the things He asks.
Forgiving: Jesus is all about ‘dat grace. So many of us struggle with receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving
ourselves, or forgiving others. To truly represent Jesus in this world, we have a great understand of
God’s grace in our lives and extend that grace to others.
Serving: After spending time being with Him, and receiving His forgiveness, now we are so motivated.
After all that He’s done for me, I want to serve Him. I want to get out into the community, help those in
need, love my neighbors, etc.
Giving: Jesus talked about the Kingdom of heaven more than anything else. A close second was money.
I’ve found through the words of Jesus it’s impossible to be a stingy Christian. Jesus followers are
Going: It’s no coincidence that many of Jesus’ last words in each of the Gospels and even the last
command He says in the book of Acts centers on the fact that we as Jesus followers must not just be His
hands and feet in the community, but also His mouthpiece. We are to go out there and tell the Good
News that this same Jesus that has died on the cross for my sins and forgiven what I’ve done has done
the same for everyone.