CARING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
FAMILY COMMUNITY GROUP
If you are a parent of children from crib-stage to college age, we warmly invite you to join our Family Community Group. We currently meet weekly on Zoom to strengthen our Christian marriages, support each other as discipling parents, and grow in faith and love together. Click the pic to find out more about who we are and when we meet.
Step 1 On Sunday (or the regular time you set aside), start off by praying with your whole family. Let your children know that you're entering into a time of worship and are seeking the Lord's help in understanding what He will reveal to us.
Step 2 Use the videos and teaching prompts to guide your children through the lesson. It is helpful for children to practice holding the Bible, looking up the Scripture, and reading or hearing you read directly from the Bible.
Step 3 Continue the learning with the age-specific Handout. Throughout your week, the lesson can be reinforced through the page's creative activities, Bible story review and application questions, the Christ Connection main idea, and activities you can share as a family.
Step 4 Continue to regularly share the Gospel with your children. This useful primer HOW TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL TO A CHILD will be helpful.
Jesus Healed a Man born blind
In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah. Isaiah 35:5-6 tells about a time when “the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy.” When God the Son came to earth, He came as a Healer—removing skin diseases, raising the dead to life, making the lame walk, and giving sight to the blind.
John 9 gives us a glimpse of the kingdom of God, where creation is redeemed, and opens our eyes to the greater purpose of suffering in our lives. The disciples asked Jesus a question that many still wrestle with today: Why is this person suffering? (In this case, why was this man born blind?) Was it because of sin?
Jesus’ answer gives hope to anyone facing suffering: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). Because Jesus is Lord over everything, all suffering in this life has meaning and purpose.
Miraculously, Jesus gave sight to the man who was blind. The man’s neighbors noticed the change, and he told them what Jesus had done for him. But the reaction of the religious leaders—skepticism and unbelief—reveals a different kind of blindness: spiritual blindness. Sin keeps us from seeing what is true about God. Jesus came as light into a dark world. He helps us see what is true so we can know God.
Those who trust in Jesus are freed from sin and worship Jesus as Lord. We can live fully in the light of Jesus as we seek to make Him known to others so that their eyes might be opened to the truth of the gospel as well.
Apart from the grace of God in Christ, every one of us tends to lapse into judging our lives and the lives of others by lists of rules and laws. But how should our parenting be transformed by the truth and grace of Jesus' Gospel?
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