At Home Review

Apex Kids @ Home: Ananias & Sapphira

February 27-28, 2016

"Ananias & Sapphira"

Read Together

Acts 4:32 - 5:16 or Story 126 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

Why were people giving their money to the apostles? (They were giving money that came from selling everything they had to support the work of the church. The apostles were giving the money to those who were in need.)

What did Ananias & Sapphira do wrong? (They lied about how much money they were giving to the apostles. They kept some of the money for themselves.)

Who did they lie to? How did Peter know? (Peter, bot most importantly God; The Holy Spirit made sure Peter knew what had happened.)

Why did God have to kill Ananias & Sapphira? (This is rather harsh to say, but we must remember that God is the author of life and He is the very same God as He always has been. He was not going to allow His church to be corrupted.)

Pray Together

Praise God for the way He pours out His Spirit for everyone who believes!

Kid’s Catechism

Q.7. In how many persons does this one God exist?

A. In three persons.

Apex Kids @ Home: The Lame Beggar Walks

Apex Kids @ Home

February 20-21, 2016

"The Lame Beggar Walks"

Read Together

Acts 3:1-4:22 or Story 125 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

Who was the crippled man? What was he doing? (A man who couldn't walk since he was born. He was brought to the temple gate everyday to beg for money from those who went inside the temple)

What happened when Peter and John talked to the beggar? (They couldn't offer any money, but they offered something much greater: They called in the name of Jesus for the man to get up and walk, and he did. He walked, leaped, and even danced all the way through the temple praising God)

What did the people think when they saw him? What did Peter tell the crowd? (They were amazed & in awe; If they repented from their sins, they would be forgiven & blotted out like they never existed. Then the Lord's presence would be with them forever)

Pray Together

Ask God to help you believe like the crippled man & rejoice like He did!

Kid’s Catechism

Q.6. Are there more gods than one?

A. There is only one God.

Apex Kids @ Home: Peter, the Prophet, & the New Believers

Apex Kids @ Home

February 13-14, 2016

"Peter, the Prophet & the New Believers"

Read Together

Acts 2:14-47 or Story 123-124 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

What happened to Peter when the Holy Spirit came? (He was "filled"; He had so much courage, he could tell everyone about Jesus! He stood up & preached to everyone and they understood)

Who was the Prophet? What did he say? (Joel; Read 2:28-32. Even all the way back then, God told Joel that His Spirit would come and be with the people)

What happened to the people listening? (They knew they had sin. Three thousand people began to turn away from their wickedness, became baptized, and trusted Jesus with their lives)

Pray Together

Lead your children in a joyful song that praises Jesus!

Kid’s Catechism

Q.5. Why ought you to glorify God?

A. Because He made me & takes care of me.

Apex Kids @ Home: Pentecost

Apex Kids @ Home

February 6-7, 2016

"Pentecost"

Read Together

Acts 1:12 - 2:13 or Story 122 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

Why were the Jews gathered in Jerusalem? (To celebrate the feast of Pentecost)

What happened when the Holy Spirit came? (There was a mighty rushing wind & tongues of fire fell on all of them. They also began to speak in other languages so everyone could understand)

Can we receive the Holy Spirit now? (Yes, when we turn away from out sins & trust Jesus. The Holy Spirit will come to live with us as our guarantee that we live with Jesus in heaven forever)

Pray Together

Thank Jesus for keeping His promise to send the Holy Spirit to be our helper

Kid’s Catechism

Q.4. How can you glorify God?

A. By loving Him and doing what He commands.

Apex Kids @ Home: The Ascension

Hey Families!
We believe that discipleship in the home is such a prominent teaching throughout the Scriptures and the family is central in passing along the faith. Parents are called to impress the hearts of their children with the love for God. This begins with family worship – talking as a family about God and His Word.
This guide is to help do just that. Let me introduce the Apex Kids @ Home: A Lesson Preview This guide provides a simple outline and discussion points for NEXT WEEK’S lesson for 45&K and KidLife (1st-5th grade). Parents, we would like you to be the first to engage your kids in teaching and hearing God’s Word. At Apex, we want to equip with the necessary tools to begin or continue these discussions at home.
For more in depth discussion: The book we use is The Gospel Story Bible. The devotional book for the New Testament section of the GSB is Old Story New.

Apex Kids @ Home

January 30-31, 2016

"The Ascension"

Read Together

Acts 1:1-11 or Story 121 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

What is the Holy Spirit? (It is the "Helper" that Jesus promised in John 14. It's purpose is to call us to God Himself. It teaches us and helps us remember everything about God. See John 14 or Story 112 to teach this further.)

Where was Jesus going? (He was going home to be with His Father, God.)

What did the two white-robed men tell the disciples about Jesus leaving? (The angels said, "Men of Galilee, why do you look to the sky? Jesus will come back and in the same way He left. He will return.")

Pray Together

Just like the disciples did, take time to pray and worship God together. Help your children by showing them what praising God looks like.

Kid’s Catechism

Q.3. Why did God male you and all things?

A. For His own glory.

Apex Kids @ Home: The Great Commission

Hey Families!
We believe that discipleship in the home is such a prominent teaching throughout the Scriptures and the family is central in passing along the faith. Parents are called to impress the hearts of their children with the love for God. This begins with family worship – talking as a family about God and His Word.
This guide is to help do just that. Let me introduce the Apex Kids @ Home: A Lesson Preview This guide provides a simple outline and discussion points for NEXT WEEK’S lesson for 45&K and KidLife (1st-5th grade). Parents, we would like you to be the first to engage your kids in teaching and hearing God’s Word. At Apex, we want to equip with the necessary tools to begin or continue these discussions at home.
For more in depth discussion: The book we use is The Gospel Story Bible. The devotional book for the New Testament section of the GSB is Old Story New.

Apex Kids @ Home

January 23-24, 2016

"The Great Commission"

Read Together

Matthew 28:11-20 or Story 120 in The Gospel Story Bible

Talk Together

What is a "Commission? (An instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people)

Who was Jesus meeting with? (His followers)

How can others, "...believe and become my disciples too"? (We, "Go and tell people from every nation."; Jesus came & defeated sin and gives eternal life for those who believe)

Pray Together

Pray that God would give you the courage to spread the message of the Gospel to everyone.

Kid’s Catechism

Q.2. What else did God make?

A. God made all things.

AT HOME REVIEW: THE HIDDEN TREASURE

Mondays on the Apex Parents Blog we recap the previous weekend’s lesson taught in the 45K hall and KidLife. This is a way for parents to reinforce the lesson and keep the conversation going during the week. This is one way we seek to connect the church and the home.

For more in depth discussion: The book we use is The Gospel Story Bible. The devotional book for the New Testament section of the GSB is Old Story New.

 

Summary:  The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:31-46)

  Jesus told many stories to help the people understand what the kingdom of God is like.

In one story, Jesus talks about a man who finds a treasure hidden in a field. The treasure, of course, would rightfully belong to whoever owned the field. The man buried the treasure and went to see if he could buy the field. In order to buy it he sold everything he had, and now the field, and more importantly the treasure, was now his.

Another story is of a businessman who was looking for fine pearls. Finally he found one that was extremely valuable, so he sold everything he had to buy it.

 

Ask Your Kids: 

1. Why did Jesus tell stories (or parables)?

2. In the stories, what did the treasure and the pearl represent?

3. What did the men do when they found the treasure and pearl?

 

The Gospel:


We know from the bible that we cannot do anything to earn God’s grace or to be saved (Eph 2:8-9), but that doesn’t mean salvation is cheap. In fact it’s very costly. The men in the story sold everything they had to get the treasure they desired. It was the most important thing to them, worth giving up everything. In the same way, Jesus is to be more important than anything else in our lives. Everything else should seem worthless in comparison. (Phil 3:8). A relationship with God through Jesus is the great pearl, the great treasure.

In The Jesus Storybook Bible1, this story closes saying:

God had a treasure, too, of course. A treasure that was lost, long, long ago. What was God’s treasure, his most important thing, the thing God loved best in all the world? 

God’s treasure was his children. It is why Jesus had come into the world. The find God’s treasure. And pay the price to win them back. And Jesus would do it — even if it cost him everything he had.

 

 1 Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible (Zonderkidz 2007) 255.