KidZone 11/8/2015 (please click on 11/15 below to view current week's blog)

RUN THE RACE!

 

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"    Hebrews 12:1

The author of Hebrews compared our journey of faith to running a race. And he said we are surrounded by witnesses - saints who have gone on before us.   If we are running a foot race and weighed down by heavy clothes, hats and belts, we are going to struggle to get across the finish line.  It's the same way when we are trying to live out our Christian faith.  If we are weighed down by sin, it will be difficult to find God's true path for us.  

To demonstrate, we ran our own races.  On the first half, we were weighed down by costumes, hats, even angel wings, - and we were blindfolded!  We relied on our own witnesses (friends) to help guide us. After we ditched the extra clothes and blindfold, the second half of the race was a breeze!


KidZone 11/1/2015

WHAT IS FAITH?

Readers of Hebrews were in a tough situation. The Christians were being persecuted and killed because they believed in Jesus. When suffering comes, it’s easy to think about quitting. But that is just the time that endurance is needed.

Hebrews 11 reminded us of many examples of people who endured by faith, believing what God said even when they weren't sure of or could not see the outcome. Saints like Abraham, Moses, Noah, and Enoch demonstrated their faith in powerful ways.    

Sometimes it's hard to have faith in God's Word, because we can't see Him.  But that faith which comes from being sure of what we hope for (Jesus) and certain of what we do not see, is the only way to please God.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR HEBREWS 12:  RUN THE RACE!


             

KidZone 10/25/2015

JESUS IS THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

In Exodus 25 we find God's commandment to the children of Israel:

"Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering........And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." 

We used Eric J. Bouchoc's Book and Video, The Tabernacle, to learn that God told his people to make a great tent, or "Tabernacle" that was set up right in the middle of the Jewish camp.  We showed pictures of what a Tabernacle might look like - the bronze altar where animals were sacrificed and the bronze basin where the priests could wash.  The priests made sacrifices for their sins and for the sins of the people and every day sacrifices were burned on the altar.

Hebrews tell us that Jesus is better than the old covenant sacrifices.  Because Jesus willingly sacrificed his own blood for us, we now have a perfect, once for all, sacrifice. Because he willingly gave up his life for us, we are redeemed and sanctified.  No further sacrifices are necessary.

 

KidZone 10/18/2015

The Priestly Order of Melchizedek   Hebrews 7:1—8:5

The Old Testament priests all came from the tribe of Levi, so they were called Levitical priests. It was a great honor to be of the tribe of Levi and to be connected with the Jewish priesthood. But Jesus is connected with an altogether better priesthood.  In Genesis 14:18-20 we see Melchizedek, who was both a priest and a king, bless Abram.  Melchizedek's brief appearance in Scripture foreshadows the coming of a greater high priest from a line other than that of Aaron. The author of Hebrews goes on to show how Jesus, a high priest from the priestly order of Melchizedek is better than the Jewish priestly order of Aaron. Jesus' position came from the power of an indestructible life, whereas the Levitical priests served through a legal requirement.  Jesus holds priesthood permanently and forever lives to make intercession for us.  Many Levitical priests were needed because they could serve for only one lifetime. Whereas Jesus was holy and unstained with sin, the priests had to make daily animal sacrifices to atone for their sins and the sins of the people. Jesus made only one sacrifice and that was of himself on the cross.  One sacrifice for all.  

 

 

 

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