September Memory Verse: A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.” (Matthew 3:17)
September 23: Jesus Creates a Family: The way Jesus called his disciples showed how different his ministry was going to be. Normally, in Jewish history, a disciple would seek to follow a teacher. Jesus seeking out of his own disciples was a breach of custom. But Jesus was showing them a new way. These special disciples traveled with and were taught by Jesus for the next three years. They became closer than family. After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, most of these men continued to spread the good news of the kingdom. Join us and learn about the higher calling in God’s kingdom.
September 30: Jesus and the Children: Matthew was concerned with the place of children in church life. In contrast to contemporary Jewish and pagan religious life, the Christian community encouraged participation by the whole family. The child in biblical times was completely dependent on the father. The father decided whether the child would even be accepted into the family. Children belonged to their father and remained subject to his authority even as adults. Jesus reminded the disciples that they, like children, were totally dependent on God’s grace. Join us to learn about children in biblical times.
October Memory Verse: Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one! (Psalm 133:1)
October 7: Family Blessings: Abraham received a promise from God that his descendants would number as many as the starts, and they would be God’s people. In today’s story, Jacob, who was eventually renamed Israel and became the leader of the Israelites, showed actions that led to distrust and disobedience. Yet in God’s choice of Jacob as the promise bearer, we see hope for us all. Sometimes God chooses the ordinary people in this world to become leaders to show God’s power. No one can brag in God’s presence.
October 14: Joseph and His Brothers: The story of Joseph explains how the family of Jacob came to be in Egypt. God showed his provision for his people and continued to watch over the promise given to Abraham. Join us to explore Joseph’s life and his family.