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Family Discipleship Resources

Welcome to our Family Resources page!  We hope that you'll use the ideas below to engage your family in discussions about the Bible, God and Jesus as you disciple your children, leading them closer to Jesus and centralizing your family on God.  

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How to use this Resource

The resources below can be used anytime during the week.  You'll find age appropriate prayer prompts, Bible story retellings,discussion questions, and activities to complete as a family, helping everyone dive deeper into the previous Sundays Bible story and keeping God in your families heart and mind throughout the week.  

Use the steps below as a guide while you engage with the age appropriate resources provided.

1. Pray-Use the prayer prompt or say your own prayer

2. Read the Bible Story- Use the Bible Story Retelling or read from the Bible.  

3. Ask one or all of the family discussion questions

4. Plan a time to do the suggested activities

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Prayer Prompt

Dear God,​

     Your are our perfect Creator, giving mercy and compassion without end.  We give you praise in response to the undeserved forgiveness you invite us into.  Thank you for sending Jesus.  Thank you Jesus, for becoming a willing sacrifice for our sins and providing a way for us to be connected to God.  Spirit, help us to always say yes to the ways of God and to never reject the sacrifice of Jesus.  Amen

Bible Story Retelling

Jesus and Nicodemus

John 3

Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover feast. One night, a religious man came to see Jesus. The man’s name was Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee. He studied and taught God’s law, and he tried very hard to obey the law. Nicodemus wanted to know more about Jesus.

“Rabbi,” he said, “we know that You are a teacher who has come from God. No one could do the miracles You do unless God were with him.”

Nicodemus had that right. Jesus said, “I tell you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Now Nicodemus was confused. He thought that keeping all God’s laws was how a person got into heaven. Besides, what Jesus said didn’t make any sense! “How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked.

Jesus said, “A person cannot enter God’s kingdom unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.” When a baby is born, he gets physical life from his parents. Physical life doesn’t last forever. But the Spirit gives people a better kind of life—spiritual life—so they can live with God forever.

Jesus said, “Don’t be surprised I told you that you must be born again.”

Nicodemus still didn’t understand. “How is this possible?” he asked.

Jesus said, “When you don’t believe what I say about things I’ve seen on earth, how will you believe what I say about the things I’ve seen in heaven? Do you remember how Moses raised up the bronze snake in the wilderness? Everyone who looked at it was healed. Like that, the Son of Man will be raised up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.”

Then Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan. Jesus said, “God loved the world in this way: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son to declare the world guilty, but to save the world. Anyone who believes in Him is found not guilty, but anyone who does not believe in Him is guilty already.”

Preschool Resource

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Family Discussion Starters

  • How is the life God gives better than the life we got from our parents?

  • Can we earn life forever with God?

  • What did Jesus do so we can have life forever with God?

  • How can we get eternal life?

Family Activity

  • Memorize John 3:16 as a family.

  • Prepare a meal to take to a family with a new baby. Pray for the baby and family. Talk about how babies are a gift from God and eternal life is a gift from God too.

Younger Elementary Resource

Family Discussion Starters

  • What does it mean to be born again?

  • How did God show His love for the world?

  • Who can be saved? (See Romans 10:13.)

Family Activity

  • Practice sharing the gospel as a family. Discuss people your kids know who might need to hear about Jesus. Make a plan to invite those friends over with their families to show them love.

Older Elementary Resource

Family Discussion Starters

  • What makes Jesus different than other teachers?

  • How is a person “born again”?

  • What can you do if you don’t understand something you read in the Bible?

Diving Deeper

Use these questions to help your older elementary student think deeper about the story and into the different ways scripture speaks to us.  

  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

  • What does this story teach me about myself?

  • Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?

  • Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?

  • How does this story help me to live on mission better?

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