Year 2, Summer: Lesson 4
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus Gives life
Lazarus: John 11v1–45. Jesus brings a young man in Bethany back to life.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is the good news
The Great Commission. Matthew 28v16–20. Jesus meets the disciples on a mountain in Galilee and instructs them to spread His good news to all the nations of the world.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Shortly after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the women outside His tomb. He instructed them to go tell the apostles to meet Him in Galilee (Matthew 28v10). The fact that Jesus had His disciples meet Him there suggests they might have had a predetermined meeting place following the resurrection (Matthew 26v32).
When Jesus met with His disciples, He commissioned them to go and carry on His work. In His commissioning, Jesus gave them His authority—to act on His behalf—and instructed them to make disciples of all nations, declaring the universal truth of the gospel.
The Great Commission is not for the disciples alone. It’s for all who come to faith and call Jesus Christ Lord. Each of us are called to reach those who have not yet heard the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
Connect as a family
This week, get a newspaper (or other news source), sit down with your children, and show them how a newspaper works. Share with them that a newspaper gives us the news both locally and from around the world. Read a couple of age-appropriate stories of the day. Then tell them you’re going to read from The Big God Story, which is the best news of all! Read Matthew 28v16–20. Share with your children that Jesus loves everyone, and He wants all people to be part of His family. Jesus is the Good News!
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What do you think the good news is?
Who should we share the good news with?
What does it mean to be a part of God’s family?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Gives Life into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you listen for and hear from God’s Holy Spirit. May you always have Jesus’ peace. May you be bold to share the good news of Jesus.