Welcome to LifeSpring Kids At Home, a resource designed to fuel family discipleship in your home in partnership with what kids are learning at church. Each week you will be provided with new content that relates with what is being taught in your church's kids ministry.
Whether you have been discipling for years or are just getting started, The Gospel Project At Home is designed to give you a realistic, yet meaningful, starting point of one night a week family worship that you can build from by using additional content included here as well as by adding other resources.
Choose a day and a time for a weekly family worship experience that allows your family to be as consistent as possible. Use these materials to engage in an experience that lasts about 10-15 minutes, or one that can be longer if you desire. All you need is LifeSpring Kids At Home and a Bible.
Ready? Keep scrolling for this week's Kids at Home!
- READ THE SCRIPTURE -
Read all or parts of the book of Esther from your Bible.
- TALK ABOUT THE SCRIPTURE -
In 2011, Volkswagen aired a Super Bowl commercial that featured a young boy, dressed as Darth Vader, trying to control things by using “the force.” After several failed attempts at moving objects, the boy stands in front of his dad’s car, puts his hands out toward the car, and the car engine starts! The boy is amazed at his powers, but the commercial reveals the dad standing inside the house using a remote to start the car. The father was in control the whole time!
As we read the Book of Esther, God’s name never appears in the story. He is not mentioned one time, yet it is evident that He is control the whole time! When Mordecai heard of Haman’s evil plan to kill the Jews, he reminded Esther that perhaps God had made her queen for a purpose. God used Esther to save His people from Haman.
Esther’s life did not go exactly the way she planned. There were ups and downs, but God was in control the whole time! We can trust that God has a plan for us, too. No matter what happens in our lives, we can trust that God is in control, and His plans will always be for His glory and our good!
God was in control over Haman’s evil plan to destroy the Jews. Like Haman, Satan wants to ruin God’s plan and destroy believers. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died on the cross, but God raised Jesus from the dead and defeated Satan once and for all. All who believe in Jesus are rescued from sin and death.
Pray: God, You are always in control. Help us to trust that You have a plan, and Your plans are good. Even when we don’t understand what is happening, remind us that You have the power to use what the enemy means for evil and turn it for good and for Your glory! Amen.
- WATCH THE BIBLE STORY VIDEO -
Watch this Bible Story video with your kids to reinforce this week's devotion.
- LEARN SCRIPTURE -
The key passage below is focused on at church. Consider talking about what this passage means and memorizing it as well.
- Sing SCRIPTURE -
This song is a helpful way to worship, and to learn and memorize the Key Passage.
The prayer guide includes two prompts—one for mornings and one for evenings—that you can use during the week to help direct prayer and start casual family conversations about God.
Ask God to help you trust Him more. How can learning more about God’s character and His mighty works help you to trust Him more?
Thank God for His good and perfect will for your life. Even when we don’t know or understand His plans, we can trust that He is perfectly working out His plan. Why can we trust that His plans for us are good?
Two activities related to what your family is talking about are suggested each week. One activity is for your family to enjoy and the other is for your family to serve in some way as you live out the gospel in your community.
Take turns playing with a remote-control car or helicopter. Set up an obstacle course for each family member to guide the car through. Afterward, talk about how the remote gave control to whoever was holding it. While we aren’t perfect with that power, God always is perfect and will work out His good plans no matter what.
Purim is a Jewish feast to celebrate the saving of the Jewish people from Haman’s plan. Baskets of pastries, candy, and juice are often given to family members and those in need as part of the celebration. Assemble a basket of food and drinks that you can give to someone else. Take the opportunity to share the story of Esther and how her story points us to the greater rescuer—Jesus!