September 18th-24th, 2017
September 11th-17th, 2017
September 4th-10th, 2017
Andrew the Disciple // the Friendly Apostle
DAY 1: THE QUIET SUPERHERO
YouTube: You are My All in All
Opening Question: Do you like to be on stage or would you rather hide from it?
Read: Matthew 4:18-20
Andrew is not the most famous disciple in the Bible, but he always seems to be bringing people to Jesus. You may not like speaking in front of people. But you can quietly introduce people to Jesus. God needs Andrews as much as he needs Peters.
Question: Do you ever feel like God can't use a person like you? Does Andrew help you see differently?
Prayer Focus: Thank God that He made us the way we are. How can you bring others to Jesus?
Day 2: Andrew's Brother
YouTube Video: Oceans
Super Question: In what ways are you good at helping your family?
Read: John 1:35-42
Peter was probably Jesus' most famous disciple and a powerful leader in the church. How did he find out about Jesus? The first thing Andrew did, when he discovered the Messiah, was go tell his brother, Peter. Andrew helped Peter to meet Jesus. We can do the same for our family.
Follow up question: What can you do to help your family grow closer to Jesus?
Prayer Focus: Thank God for each person in the family individually. Pray that each would grow closer in their walk with Jesus.
Day 3: Andrew and the Fish Boy
YouTube Video : Forever
Super Question: Tell of a time that you were really hungry.
Bible Reading: John 6:4-13
After preaching to 5000, Jesus told the disciples to feed the people. The disciples looked at each other, wondering how that was possible. Andrew brought the boy to Jesus with the bread and fish. He asked the question, "What can you do with so little food?" Jesus showed him. Be faithful to God and see how much Jesus can do with the little we have.
Follow Up question: Do you really think only one kid in 5000 brought food? How do you think he felt?
Prayer Focus: Thank God for providing for all of our needs. Ask him to help us be obedient to him, even when it seems crazy.
Day 4: Andrew and the Greeks
YouTube Video: To The Ends of the Earth
Question: Have you ever talked to a stranger about Jesus?
Bible Reading: John 12:20-24
One day some Greeks came to Philip, another disciple, who wanted to see Jesus. They said, "We would like to see Jesus." Philip didn't know what to do, so he asked Andrew. Andrew brought the request to Jesus. Andrew learned that Jesus didn't just come for the Jews but for all people. He became a missionary and some historians said he came to Kyiv!
Prayer Focus: Thank God that he came for ALL people. Ask him to help us share Jesus with the world.
Day 5: Reaching Hard People
YouTube Video: 10,000 Reasons
Question: Do you know anybody who definitely does not want to hear about Jesus?
Bible Reading: 1 John 3:16-18
Sometimes you have friends or family who are really hard to share Jesus with. Maybe they speak badly about Jesus or they're really mean. Don't give up on them. God's love is for people easy to love and those who are hard to love. For these kinds of people, actions are usually better than words. Pray for the hard people and just let Jesus' love shine through your actions.
Talk it Over: Who needs you to show God's love to them so they can learn about Jesus?
Prayer Focus: Thank God for loving us when we don't deserve it. Ask Him to love through us to those who are difficult.
week 2: Lessons in Mercy // Superpower called Mercy
Day 1: The Gift of Mercy
Read Acts 9:36-42
YouTube: Here I am to Worship
Super Question: What do you think your spiritual gift is?
A spiritual gift is like a super power. It's a special ability given by God to help people and build the kingdom of God. Dorcas was a disciple who had a spiritual gift of mercy. She was known for her generosity in making clothing for the poor, orphans and widows. That may not seem like much of a gift, but her generosity was so famous, when she died, they sent Peter to raise her from the dead. And he did.
Action Step: Look around this week for someone who needs mercy. What can you do to show Jesus' love in their life.
Prayer Focus: Thank God for his gifts and ask God to grow compassion in your family this week.
Day 2: Count Your Blessings
YouTube: Jesus I Believe in You
Opening Game: I Spy Why. One person names something they see around the house. Everyone else gives a different reason why it's a blessing. Take turns naming an item or person and repeat.
Read Psalm 103:1-5
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to be grateful. We often complain of what we don't have, or want more of something we do have. If we took the time to look at all God's wonderful blessings, we would realize just how blessed we are. Millions of people in the world don't have clean water, electricity, Bibles, and more things that we take for granted.
Action Step: As a family, make a point for the next day not complain. Remind each other to be grateful for God's gifts.
Prayer Focus: Today, don't ask God for anything. Make only prayers of thanks during today's family Bible time.
Day 3: Give to Others
YouTube: How Great is Our God
Opening Question: Have you ever thought something like "This is my money and I'm gonna spend it all on me?" Who are you thinking about?
Read 1 John 3:16-18
You miss the great joy that comes from helping others by spending all your time and money on yourself . Selfishness doesn’t bring you joy. It causes you to want more and more things for yourself. But when you and I are generous, God will give us everything we really need. God loves a cheerful giver.
Action Step: You might say, "I'm young and I don't have money." Brainstorm ways on how you can be generous with time, with serving others, with kind words.
Prayer Focus: Thank God for being generous with your family. Ask him to open your eyes to ways to give.
Day 4: Speaking Up
YouTube: Mighty to Save
Opening Question: Do you ever feel alone, even when surrounded by people?
Read Proverbs 31:8-9
A great way to show mercy is to "speak out." Speaking up for people means using your words to help. If you see someone pushing another kid, tell an adult. If you hear a classmate teasing someone on the playground, tell the bully why that’s wrong and then be a friend to the person being teased. It's tough knowing when to speak up, and that comes with wisdom. But God's promised wisdom to all who ask.
Prayer Focus: Thank Jesus for speaking up for us before the Father. Ask him to open our eyes to needs around us.
Day 5: Serving
YouTube: Great are You Lord
Read Mark 10:42-5
Opening Question: Do you ever fight about being first in the car, or first in line to the drinking fountain? Or do you argue about who has the bigger piece of cake?
In the Bible, two of Jesus disciples asked Him for a favor. When he was king, they wanted to sit at his right and left hand. The other disciples got mad. They wanted good seats too. Jesus told them whoever wants to be great in his kingdom should be a servant. Even though Jesus was their leader, he washed their feet. Far more different than other kings and rulers.
Action Step: In the next 24 hours, look for three ways to be a servant to three different people.
Prayer Focus: Thank Jesus for giving his life so that we could live. Ask Him to change us to give us servant's hearts.
Day 1: Super-powers
Read Matthew 8:24-7
YouTube: My God Is So Big
If you had any superpower, what would you choose?
When we think about a superhero, the first thing we think about is their powers. Superman could fly. Spider-Man could shoot webs. The Hulk could break things. But Jesus is real. When he calmed the sea the disciples said, "Who is this, if even the wind and waves obey him." Jesus is the Lord. He is still doing miracles today in our lives.
Challenge Question: What area in your life do you need Jesus power?
Prayer Focus: Thank God for sending Jesus to save the world. Ask him to
help you in the areas you discussed.
Day 2: Saving the World
Read Romans 10:9-10
YouTube: I Call You Jesus
Super Question: Who are some amazing heroes in the real world?
Most superhero stories are about saving people. In the real world, we call a person who saves other’s lives a “hero.” The dog who rescued children from a burning building and the doctor who saved your life are both called heroes. Jesus often healed people, but all those people eventually died. The healing only lasted for a while. But those who Jesus saved from sin will be healed forever. No more sickness, no more tears. When it comes to saving people, Jesus is the greatest hero ever.
Challenge Question: What do you think heaven will be like?
Prayer Focus: Find out if everyone in the family has chosen to follow Jesus. If there are doubts, pray about those things.
Day 3: Defeat Darkness
Read Matthew 4:1-11
YouTube: One Way, Jesus
Super Question: Who is your favorite movie villain?
No superhero movie is complete without a villain. Jesus defeated the devil with the Word of God. When you're tempted to do wrong, that's the best strategy. Proclaim God's Word to the enemy.
Challenge Question: What are the hard temptations for kids your age?
Prayer Focus: Thank God for His Word. Ask Him to help with temptations mentioned.
Day 4: Symbol of Hope
YouTube: Good, Good Father
Super Question: Can you think of a time when something seemed too hard for you? Maybe a school test or bad experience?
In the movie "Man of Steel," Superman said that the letter on his chest was the symbol for hope on his planet. Part of his mission was to bring hope to the earth. Sinners and sick people all looked to Jesus for hope, and he healed and set them free from their sin. There are times when no person in the world can help us. What do we do? God has promised to be an ever present help in times of trouble.
Question: Who is powering your hope?
Prayer Focus: Pray for each other about any situations your family is facing.
Day 5: The Next Heroes
Read Matthew 4:18 - 22
Super Question: What do you think it would be like to be one of Jesus disciples?
Batman had a boy sidekick named Robin. In the comics, Robin later grew up to become the hero "Nightwing." It makes sense to train new super heroes. Who would be the superhero for the next generation? Jesus did this first. He chose 12 disciples to minister with him for three years.
When Jesus left, he told his disciples to continue the work and make disciples too. These disciples also preached the gospel and training others . We’re here today because people are still obeying Jesus’ commands!
Challenge Question: What can you do this week to disciple someone else?
Prayer: Thank God for the people who lead your family to Christ. Ask Him to show you
who we can share the love of Jesus with.