Jesus Is King

Scripture Passage: Matthew 21

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1. Jesus is a Humble King (Clue: A Donkey)
Humility is a powerful and important quality that Jesus had, and one that the Lord says is important in the hearts of Christ followers. Scripture tells us to humble ourselves.

• Why didn’t Jesus ride in on the finest stallion? He is the Son of God! He could have chosen anything. 

• What are some ways that you can show humility this week? Pray, and ask the Lord to show you ways that you think of yourself more than others. Confess that to Him, and He will always forgive you! Ask Him for help to be more like Jesus. 

2. Jesus is a Saving King (Clue: A Crowd)
The Creator of the universe sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save you. He loved you so much that He wanted to pay the price of your sin, so that you could live and have eternal life with Him. He even died to save the people who hated Him. What a friend we have in our Savior, Jesus, right?

• What does the word Hosanna mean? If you don’t remember, look it up as a family. 

• What are some sinful things you struggled with this past week that make you glad you have a Savior? Confess that to your family and the Lord, and don’t go back to it. Don’t hold on to any shame from it, because there is no condemnation (disapproval) in Christ Jesus! 

3. Jesus is a Conquering King (Clue: A Mountain)
Jesus is coming again! He’s coming to make all things new. He’s coming to wipe out evil, suffering, poverty, and disease. He’s coming to take His children home to be with Him. He’s coming to make happen a glorious reunion with Saints who’ve gone before. He’s coming to mend the broken hearts. Praise the Lord!

• What are some words that you can use to describe the Lord and remind you of who He is when you are feeling nervous or scared? Scripture is a great place to look for words that describe God’s goodness and remind you that He has got this! 

• Romans 8 tells us that God works all things for the good of those who love Him, according to His plan. James 1 tells us that if we persevere in trials, we will be blessed. When you have gone through something tough in the past, what were some good things that came out of it? Remember, when our hope is in our Conqueror, Jesus, the battle has already been won.

Prayer Time
Take a moment and pray as a family, acknowledging Jesus as your Humble King, your Saving King, and your Conquering King. Ask Him to remind you of who He is, so that you don’t feel nervous or scared when you are going through a difficult time or feel unsure. Most of all, remember that Jesus is King, and God is in control!

Dealing with a Money Crisis

Scripture Passage: 2 Kings 4:1-7

The Bible tells the story of a woman who was dealing with both the grief of loss and the fear of the future because of her financial situation. We all are familiar with the same anxieties she experienced. Here are four questions to ask ourselves in a money crisis.

1. What do I need?
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray for our daily needs. We should take stock of the things we actually need and also who we need. Look at what we need, what God has already provided, and remember how He has provided for us in the past.

2. What do I have?
God often begins to provide for us using what we already have. We can look at what we have and ask for insight about how to recover in ways we hadn’t thought of yet.

3. What can I do?
We can both trust God and also take action. During down times we can take action by changing our consumption and acting on opportunities that are given to us. We can also demonstrate faith by giving.

4. Who do I trust?
The essence of trusting God is a heart issue. We need to be honest about our heart.

DISCUSSION
• What are some things you thought you needed that you’ve had to do without over the past few weeks?

• In what ways has God already provided for you?

• What are some ways you’ve had to put your faith in God in financial situations in the past? How have you seen Him provide?

• What are new ways you are having to trust God in this challenging season?

PRAY ABOUT IT
• Thank God for His provision, even when it feels different than it has before.

• Praise God for being trustworthy.

• Ask God to provide for you in new ways and to help you have faith in Him.

The Marks of an Unstoppable Church 

Scripture Passage: Acts 4:23-31 (kids, don’t forget to post your drawings at #10000Homes)

What makes us a church? Not our activity but rather our connection to Jesus. Here are three marks of an unstoppable church.

1. Awareness of the Power of God
God is sovereign over all. The disciples prayed over any and everything. They prayed to say, “You brought us through every other time. You’ll bring us through this time! You can do anything, Lord.”

• When and what do you pray about? Bring everything to God!

• Do you think of Satan as unstoppable and evil as inevitable? Remember that God has no equal! He is not in panic mode right now!

2. Anticipation of the Work of God
God rarely works the same way twice, but He works!

• What kinds of prayers do you ask of God: specific, submissive, audacious? 

• Are you open to the different ways God will answer your prayers? Why or why not?

• Who can you share your prayer requests with?

3. Authenticity Among the People of God
Our current physical separation does not mean we have to be spiritually separated. We need to pray together and connect in biblical community now more than ever!

Please pause for a few minutes and allow the Lord to speak to you.

• Acknowledge, first, the power of God. 

• Ask the Lord to move among us – anticipating the work of God. 

• Pray for one another – ask the Lord to open up a renewed sense of deep fellowship among the people of God. 

Remember: A praying church is an unstoppable church!

The Opportunity of the Storm

Scripture Passage: Matthew 14:22-33

Retell the story or act out the story with different family members taking a role, i.e. Peter, Disciples, Jesus, someone responsible for sound effects

• What was the problem that the disciples had?

• Where was Jesus when they had the problem?

• What did Jesus do?

• What did Peter do?

• What happened when Peter took his eyes off Jesus?

• Why did he take his eyes off Jesus?

• What did Jesus do?

• What did the disciples realize when Jesus brought Peter into the boat?

Practical Application

• When have you been afraid?

• What or who helped you not be afraid?

• What can we learn from “storms?”

• What can we learn about God in “storms?”

A Current Event

• Talk about our present storm (COVID-19)

• What do we know about it?

• How does it make you feel?

• What can we do?

• From our Bible story and past experiences, how can we apply what we have learned to our present challenge?

• Where is Jesus in our present circumstances?

Blessed Are the Pure In Heart

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:8

The message of Jesus in the Beatitudes is that we should yield to God’s agenda. There is incredible power and influence when we live according to the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes. In Matthew 5:8, Jesus said that the pure in heart will see God. Every believer can be truly happy by making three essential choices called for in this passage.

1. I Must Choose Devotion Over Division



Purity is not about sinlessness, although it will certainly lead us to sin less. Purity is not about checking off a list of things we should not do. The word “purity” means clean, innocent, or unstained. The point of purity is total and undivided devotion.

Is there anything in your life that you have allowed to keep you from undivided devotion to God? What steps can you take to move toward greater devotion to God?

2. I Must Choose Motivation Over Obligation

The word “heart” in the passage refers to the center of our spiritual life. The heart is the seat of thoughts, passions, desires, affections, and purposes. It is easy for us to hide an impure or divided heart. Jesus once referred to the Pharisees as whitewashed tombs — beautiful on the outside but filled with death on the inside (Matthew 23:27-28).

In what ways have you tried to white wash the exterior of your life? What steps can you take to give God access to every part of your heart?

3. I Must Choose Focusing on God Over Focusing on Me

The pure in heart will see God. To “see” means to perceive or know. To see God means that when our hearts are devoted to Him we begin to live in His presence. We are able to see God more and more clearly with our spiritual eyes. We know Him more and enjoy fellowship with Him.


What steps can you take to focus more on God, to keep your eyes fixed on Him? How will seeing God more clearly help you in your daily walk?

The Peacemakers

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:9

What does it mean to be peacemaker? Think back for a moment to the Christmas story. What did the angles proclaim in Luke 2:14?

Peace in the biblical sense is harmony that brings “warring parties” together to enjoy the full benefits of one another.

How hard is it to be peacemaker? Why?

Look up a couple of these verses on peace and ask what is God telling us?
• 2 Timothy 2:22
• 1 Peter 3:11
• 1 Corinthians 7:15b
• Romans 12:18
• Hebrews 12:14
• James 3:18.

Read together Ephesians 2:14-21 to learn 3 markers of a peacemaker:

1. Peacemakers move toward the conflict, not away. What did Jesus do in verse 17?

2. Peacemakers identify and remove barriers. Discuss what Jesus did in verse 14.

3. Peacemakers recognize that real peace is not of this world. What do verse 16 and 18 reveal about real peace?

Practical Application:

• Mom & Dad – How can you be a peacemaker in your marriage/home?

• Kids – Think about your last fight with your friend or brother/sister. What could you have done differently?

• Pray to have peace with God and to be a peacemaker.

Forgiveness

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:7 and 18: 21-35

Forgiveness isn’t a suggestion God gives us. It’s an obligation for believers. So how do we forgive and why?

In the Parable of the Unfaithful Servant, we see forgiveness practiced. The servant that owed much was forgiven but then didn’t forgive someone else of a much smaller debt. How do we practice extraordinary forgiveness?

1. My Opportunity to Receive Mercy | The man forgiven of the immense debt is an example of the sin debt we can’t possibly pay on our own. God forgives us when there is no way for us to pay.

2. My Opportunity to Offer Mercy | If we don’t forgive others much smaller debts, our salvation isn’t at risk, but we are putting ourselves in a prison of bitterness and pain.

God tells us to forgive others, but how do we do it?

Identify | We must identify in what way we perceive we were wronged and what we feel we are owed. Write it down and be honest with yourself.

Love | We must look past the fault and see the other person’s need. We are undeserving of God’s forgiveness, but He sees our need and loves us anyway.

Surrender | We must release the debt we deserve.

Forgive | Forgiveness is passing along the owed payment to God.

There are no shortcuts to quality. Forgiveness is hard work, but God asks it of us and He will give us the strength to succeed.

Discussion Questions: 

• How have you been wronged and whom do you need to forgive? What steps can you take today? 

• Who has forgiven you when you didn’t deserve it? 

• How can you seek to forgive someone that hasn’t asked for forgiveness? 

• Discuss times you may have unintentionally hurt someone. Have you asked for forgiveness? 

Happiness is Humble

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:5

Many people associate happiness and success with strength, confidence, self-assurance, survival of the fittest, conquest, and power. In contrast, happiness and success, as defined by Christ, is found in humility.

One writer precisely described humility as “… an internal characteristic is a disposition of heart, which through the keen perception of its own misery and the abounding mercy of God, has become so pliant, gentle, mild, flexible, and tractable, that no trace of its original ruggedness, of its wild and untamed nature even remains.”

When Jesus said, “blessed are the humble” He was referencing Psalm 37:11, explaining the practicality in the pursuit for humility. There are at least four key components to it:

1. Trust the Lord. God knows what He is doing. If something is outside our grasp, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to sin just to try to get hold of it. And if something is slipping away, we shouldn’t sin to hold on.

2. Take Delight in the Lord. This requires us to shift our focus away from the good things God created for us to enjoy but which were never designed to bring true fulfillment and shift it towards God. He is the only source of true fulfillment.

3. Commit Your Ways to the Lord. The essence of humility means to “trust God to set the path and determine the destination.” It is submitting your dreams and desire to God and trusting Him to direct your life in the best possible direction.

4. Rest in the Lord. Stop striving, stop thinking that you can do it on your own. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are, then sit back and let God be God.

Discussion

• How do you feel when things are getting out of your control? Do you really trust the Lord?

• Are you willing to shift your focus to God? What are some ways that you can delight in the Lord?

• Do you dare to submit your dreams and desires to Him?

• How does your soul respond to “rest”? Are you resting in Him?

Happiness is Sorrowful

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:1-4

Grief is a surprising path God can create to happiness. There are times when God invites us to grieve; we can experience the power of mourning by recognizing the implications of grief found in Matthew 5:4.

1. Grief is a choice. | We often try to avoid grief, but grief is God’s tool for getting us through transitions in life. Grief takes time and we don’t get over grief, we get through grief. Grief is a season, not a day.

2. Grief is the path to comfort. | If we want comfort, we must mourn. If we don’t learn to grieve, we’ll end up managing the pain in unhealthy ways.

3. Grief is designed for community. | We are to carry one another’s burdens. Throughout the Bible are examples of people grieving in community. And not only do people grieve with us, God grieves with us.

Discuss:

• In what ways have you been comforted in community during a time of mourning?

• What are some ways that you can see mourning leads to happiness?

• What is a loss you haven’t grieved over?

• How can you have the courage to lament over that loss this week?

Happiness

Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:1-5

You will be happy when you realize the two secrets of happiness.

1. Happiness is a by-product of surrender.  

People pursue happiness through acquisitions, enlightenment, and acceptance. Instead, happiness comes from giving up that individual pursuit and depending on God.

2. Happiness is a by-product of holiness.  

Holiness means to be set apart. You are supposed to be different. There are two critical steps we must take in response to this invitation to happiness through holiness.

A. Embrace the call to holy living. Stop buying the enemy’s lies about the glory, excitement or relief of ignoring God’s law and set your mind on the good things of God.

B. Understand your standing in Jesus. Until you realize you are spiritually bankrupt, you will not be happy. But when you realize you are, you have access to the Kingdom.

Stop chasing happiness. Pursue brokenness. Pursue Jesus.

Discussion Questions 

• What are you pursuing to make you happy? 

• Why is it hard to pursue brokenness?  

• What can you do today to pursue Jesus instead of happiness?