This past Sunday, while Chris was cracking circumcision jokes and singing Bee Gees songs, Kids Branch was learning that Jesus is Power! (Seriously -- Chris’ sermon on how God is greater than our past was outstanding. If you missed it, go to www.thebranch.org and take it in. Immediately.)
Read Genesis 1:11-12 and John 1:1-3 with your kids. Talk to them about how God spoke the world into existence -- He used His Words to create the world. Talk to them about how John tells us that Jesus was with God at the creation of the world, and is the very WORD of God. That Word became human, and came to live with us on earth. Tell them that one name of Jesus -- Immanuel -- literally means “God with Us.”
Read Luke 8:22-25, Matthew 14:22-34 with your kids. Have you ever tried to walk on water? Ever stood at the edge of a body of water and imagined yourself taking a step in faith and walking out on the water? To Jesus, it was no big deal. Talk to your kids about what we are capable of when we have faith in our creator.
Do your kids get afraid during thunderstorms? Talk to them about how scary it would be to be on a boat in the middle of a lake during a raucous, raging storm. Jesus’ disciples were afraid -- but Jesus told them they had nothing to be afraid of, and calmed the storm with just His words. PEACE BE STILL! Just simple words from the Word of God, and all creation bows down. Jesus is Power!
The best teachable moments come at unexpected times. Next time your kids come running into your room, crashing into your bed in the middle of the night, afraid of a noisy thunderstorm, remind them that Jesus is Power, and bigger than any thunderstorm. Tell them that we serve the God who spoke the universe into existence. Tell them we Live the Glory of God as we recognize Him as creator of all things. Jesus is Power!
Coming up this Sunday: Jesus feeds the 5,000! We will have a snack (trail mix) in our small groups, and will do our best to accommodate certain food allergies with substitute foods. However, if you would like to send an alternative snack with your kids who have allergies, that would be fine.
Last weekend, we had 21 singles/families indicate that they were first-time guests at The Branch. Twenty-one! People visit churches looking to connect with other believers in real and meaningful ways -- be on the lookout for new faces, and make them feel welcome. You never know the impact of being friendly and hospitable on a visiting family.