Big Idea: We can stand firm and put our hope in Jesus in all things
Bible Passage: 1Thessalonians 4-5
This week we talked about our future hope in Jesus. Paul wrote a letter from prison to his friends in Thessalonica. Paul and his friends had visited Thessalonica and had started a church there. Since being in prison Paul had heard they were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus, so he wrote them a letter of encouragement. He told them how to live as God's people and to stand firm in their faith with the hope in Jesus. Paul talked about how his friends can look forward to the day that Jesus comes back (riding on the clouds!) and takes all those who trust Him to be with Him forever in a new, perfect world.
We talked about how when we are struggling to follow Jesus or are suffering bad times, we can stand firm and hold on to our hope in Jesus because He never fails. He promises that one day He will come back and take us to be with him forever, and all things will be perfect- with no sadness, hurt, sickness or death!
Reminders of hope: This week we talked about what it would look like for Jesus to come riding on the clouds, and what that day will be like for those that follow Jesus. Go outside and lay on the grass as a family and look up at the clouds. Talk about the shapes and sizes and which cloud you think Jesus would choose to ride on. Ask the children to tell you what it will be like to see Jesus face to face for the first time. Remind children that when they are hurting or struggling, they can look to the clouds and be reminded of their forever hope in Jesus and His promise to make all things right.
Talk to Jesus together as you look at the clouds and tell Him things you love about Him.
Have a great week!
Please note- as we are on school holidays now, Kidzone and Bumblebees will resume October 14th.