Children’s Church/Family Worship 08-23-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 25:39-44

Topic(s): Serving Others

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Read John 13:1-17  (NIV is best for children)
  2. Jesus is King, yet He washed His disciples feet. Why do you think He washed their feet?
    1. He washed their feet to teach them about what it means to be a Christian.
      1. No matter how we sin, Jesus is always washing His disciples clean because they are covered by His righteousness.
  3. Why do you think Jesus instructed His disciples to wash one another’s feet?
    1. They are to perpetually forgive one another like Jesus perpetually forgives His disciples.
    2. This is possible, because we are not interested in gaining from one another but serving one another.
  4. If we build relationships based on what we can get from others, we will always be dissatisfied. If we live to serve our friends, siblings, and parents, we will have the joy of Jesus in life.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 25:39-44 again.
  2. Abigail was a strong woman, yet submitted herself to David as his wife. What do you think biblical submission is?
  3. How do you think the biblical idea of submission applies to every relationship we have?
  4. Read Ephesians 5:22-6:9 together and talk about the relationship dynamics according to Scripture.

Note from the pastor to families:

Jesus is King, yet he came to serve rather than be served (Cf. Matthew 20:28). Because we were created in His image, we were created to serve and not be served. God’s creation exists for Him, but He serves His creation by sustaining it. He serves His people by perpetually cleansing them from all sin (Cf. John 13:1—17). The world tells us only to associate with people who benefit us. We date and marry according to our own preferences and according to what pleases us. That is a philosophically selfish position. We wonder why we are so dissatisfied in our relationships on this earth; We have made them all about us rather than about God’s design and about serving others unconditionally. So, our relationships in response to God’s cleansing power are service-oriented, not preference or pleasure oriented. That is why the true Christian’s relationships are so much more satisfying than the relationships of the world—whether we are talking about marriage, friendship, or something like the relationships between an employee and his boss or a businesswoman and her clients. We bear the fruit of Christ’s cleansing power over our sin when we ask, “What can I do for you,” instead of “What can I get from you.”

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Published by Andrew Paul Cannon

Andrew has been in vocational ministry since 2011 after volunteering from his teens. He has served in the lead pastorate since he was 25. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry with an emphasis on Youth Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Apologetics. Andrew is currently in pursuit of his Doctorate of Philosophy, where he will specialize in Systematic Theology. Andrew has written several books, has served in both large and small churches, and started his own non-profit missions organization. Andrew’s wife, Kati, and family serve alongside him.

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