Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Minute to Win It" Challenges & Jesus' Resurrection

Dear Parents,


The time between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning must have been dark hours for Jesus’ disciples. Fear, doubt, and confusion certainly overwhelmed their thoughts. Jesus, their Lord, was dead. He had been unjustly arrested, falsely accused, and severely beaten. Even worse, He had been killed in a horrible manner: by crucifixion.
 The story doesn’t end there. Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb. The tomb was sealed and guards watched over it. The Jews remembered Jesus’ claim that He would rise from the dead (John 2:19-21), and they made sure no one could steal His body and insist He had risen. Imagine their surprise when Jesus did rise from the dead!
 John and Peter saw the empty tomb. Jesus appeared to Mary. The disciples believed Jesus had risen from the dead. Even though the guards at the tomb were bribed to lie about what happened (they said the disciples stole Jesus’ body), the truth spread. The disciples wouldn’t have dedicated their lives and died for something they knew was a lie.
 If Christ had remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than yours or mine. Humanity would still be dead in sin. But God gives us victory over sin and death through His Son, Jesus. The resurrection gives us hope that we too will one day be raised and changed. (See Rom. 6:5; 8:11.)
 Paul addressed in 1 Corinthians 15:7 just how essential Jesus’ resurrection is to the gospel: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection is proof that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins and that God’s new covenant had begun.
 Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He didn’t stay dead. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. Jesus provides salvation from sin and the promise of eternal life.
 Emphasize to the kids  that Jesus is alive! We believe this by faith. Today, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and reigns as King over all of creation. (Phil. 2:9-10)

Reminder:  No Impact Thanksgiving Break!!!



















Thursday, November 2, 2017

Jesus was Arrested & Crucified...


REMINDER:
Gathering Items for Thanksgiving Mission Trip

On November 17-20, a group of families from Grace Bible Fellowship will be heading to New Mexico to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the Navajo people and assist Pinehill Church.  As a way to help, we will be collecting Toiletry Items (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant, and Body Soap) which will be collected on Sunday November 5th and Wednesday November 8th.  Please bring the items to the Grace Kids/Impact Room. 


“So, being affectionally desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 

1 Thessalonians 2:8



Dear Parents,


Last nights Impact was a combined lesson of Jesus Betrayal, Arrest, and His Crucifixion.  It was a lot of content covered in one night, but the kids were great listeners and asked some great questions.  Below is a recap of the two lessons together:

 

Jesus Betrayal:

The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him.
The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ arrest, help them understand the gravity of the events.
First, Jesus wanted to do God’s plan. Jesus came to earth to rescue people from sin. He was committed to doing the Father’s will. (Matt. 26:39,42) When Judas showed up with a crowd, Jesus didn’t run. He didn’t even allow Peter to stand in His defense. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)
Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jews tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matt. 26:59-60) Jesus did what we failed to do; He perfectly obeyed the law. His arrest was not just. The trial was not fair. But this had to happen. Only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take away sin. (Heb. 9:11-14)
Finally, Jesus is who He says He is. After Jesus’ arrest, the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Son of God. Jesus affirmed that He is. (Matt. 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth.

 Jesus Crucifixion:

Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are the center of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely way.
 In the Book of Acts, Peter testified to the Israelites about Jesus’ death: “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him” (Acts 2:23). Crucifixion was a horrific way to die. As you share with your kids, rather than focus on the graphic details of how Jesus died, emphasize why He died. Two primary reasons stand out: God is loving, and God is just.
 First, God is loving. He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world because He loves us. (See John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:10.) Jesus submitted to the Father’s will; He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man, and He laid down His life because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)  Jesus lived the perfect life we failed to live and died the guilty death we don’t want to die. Those who trust in Him receive forgiveness and eternal life.
 Second, God is just. God’s law for the people was plain. (See Deuteronomy 6:5.) But God’s people, and all people, broke the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. So why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? Because God is just, He requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust.
 Jesus was our substitute, taking our place on the cross and absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf so we can be forgiven and declared righteous. (See Rom. 3:25-26; Col. 2:13-15.) Jesus died to release sinners from slavery to sin, and when we trust in Him, we are free indeed.
 We deserve to die because of our sin, but God loves us and kept His promise to send a Savior. Jesus never sinned, but He died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and those who trust in Him have forgiveness and eternal life.

The 5/6 Grade Beauties!!! :)

















SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!!!!





Thursday, October 26, 2017

Night of Worship, Spirit Night...and Dracula Pie! (oh my)

Night of Worship, Spirit Night...and Dracula Pie!  (Oh My)

Nights of Worship are my FAVORITE!!!  We play games, eat pizza, and then finish the night with songs of Worship led by our 5/6 grade music team.  Our games for the night were Flag Tag, Capture the Flag, and Knock Out.  We are taking in every bit of daylight we can before daylight savings occurs.  We had 24 boxes of pizza delivered and devoured by 90 kids and leaders...a BIG thank you to the Beavers Family for donating the pizza last night!!!
In our large group challenge, one kid from each grade was competing in our Dracula Pie eating contest.  Each kid had a pair of Dracula teeth they put in their mouth and then the first one to finish eating all of their pie (chocolate pudding with whipped cream on top) was the winner.  Our winner for the night was our 6th grade boy, Jonah Ferguson!!!
The last 25 minutes of the night is singing praises to God.  Personally, my favorite time of each Wednesday night.  Our music team led us in the songs Church Clap, Lions by Skillet, Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells, and Lord I Need You by Matt Maher.  A video of Lord I Need You is the last Picture below....
Here are some great pictures of the Spirit Night...


Our Kindergarten Crew...


SOOOO much Cuteness......




My fearless Leaders...Love them!


Go Cowboys!!!



GIG EM'

If looks could kill...the stare down!  Ha!


Dracula Pie Challenge...


Just a LITTLE messy...


The awesome faces AFTER the pie eating challenge...Our winner (far left) Jonah Ferguson

Our 3/4 Girls


The 1st and 2nd grade Crazies!


Future Impact Leaders!!!

5/6 Grade Girls

Video of Lord I Need You...

3/4 Grade boys

Warrior Fans Representing...