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SUNDAY AUGUST 30TH
Discuss these questions together as a family:
What special technology did Joel experience today?
What did Joel learn about John’s vision in the Book of Revelation?
Today Joel spoke about seeing things from a new perspective. What do you think that means? (Discuss as a family, ideas like trying to understand what someone else thinks, using what we have learned from the Bible to “see” things differently) As we look at the Book of Revelation one last time, we will see some incredible promises of what is to come. God reveals to us a tiny glimmer of heaven and eternity with Him. It is an exciting future to imagine. Parents, the promises we talk about today focus on eternal life. If you haven’t had a conversation yet about salvation with your child, now is a great time! Use the prompts below for help! If your child has already received Christ as their personal Savior (Yay God!) Skip to the Lesson.
What is sin? (They may answer something like-“When I do bad things”)
Do you ever sin? (If they are young and answer no-it’s ok-they may not be ready! If they answer yes-continue)
How do you get forgiveness from God for your sin? (The only way is through Jesus)
If your child has never prayed to receive Jesus, ask them if they want to ask God to be with them forever and help them to do the right thing even when it’s hard. If they answer yes you can lead them in a prayer for salvation. Explain that these are not magic words. Just like when you say sorry to someone-you have to mean it with your whole heart. When we pray to be saved, it doesn’t mean that we become perfect. That’s not what God expects. It does mean that we look to Jesus as our example of how we are trying to be!
Here is an example:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner and make bad choices. I ask for your forgiveness and to be my Savior. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read Revelation 21:3-6 and Revelation 22:5-7 as a family. Invite your child to share what they notice about the verse based on what they have already learned in the session. This is simply an opportunity to reveal to the kids that God’s identity and kindness extend throughout eternity. Ask: “How is the new earth described in Revelation 21:4?” (No tears, no death, no pain, no sadness) “Who will live in the new Jerusalem?” (God will live with His people and will be with them forever.) “Will there be a night or a need for a sun?” (There will no longer be a night and people will no longer need the sun. God will give us light and will live with us forever.) These versus help us recognize more about God, but it still may be difficult to imagine forever with God. The Revelation given to John may be confusing, but God reminds us repeatedly that Jesus will be coming back soon. He reminds us to continue obeying and following His Word. He reminds us that when Jesus returns, God’s people will be with Him forever.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about the news for God’s people found in Revelation.