Children’s Sunday Programme
January 2017 – Judges
- To teach that even as Christians we will keep making mistakes and fail to love God as we should.
- To teach that God faithfully saves those who repent of sin and helps them to live for him.
- To teach that God uses us to carry out his plans despite our weakness, pride and failures.
This series introduces the cycle of rebellion in the book of Judges. Each lesson focuses on one judge as a case study, highlighting two key themes:
- Man’s Failures – Both the judges whom God raised up to rescue Israel and the people themselves failed to trust and live for God. Even those who did love God were weak and could not bring about lasting change or repentance.
- God’s Faithfulness – Despite Israel’s constant failures and rebellion against him, God remained faithful to his people. He sent foreign armies to oppress them in order to lead them to repentance; he rescued them whenever they cried out to him; and he even saved them when they did not ask for help or give him the glory that he deserved.
Throughout the book of Judges God is clearly seen as the true hero of the story as he patiently disciplines and rescues his people.
8/1 Ehud the Unlikely – Judges 2:6-3:6, 3:12-30
15/1 Gideon the Small – Judges 6:1-7:25
22/1 Gideon the Great – Judges 8:1-35
29/1 Samson the Sinner – Judges 13:1-7, 14:1-9, 15:20-16:30
“The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth” Psalm 145:18
February 2017 – Judges
- To understand that God is in control of every aspect of our lives and that we can trust him to care for us even in difficult situations.
- To understand that God uses ordinary people and difficult circumstances to bring about his bigger plan for the world.
This series covers the story of Ruth the Moabitess, from her conversion to her redemption. God’s sovereign care is clear throughout the book in two different ways:
- Immediate Provision – Although Naomi and Ruth had suffered greatly, God was working through their pain and loss to bring Ruth to a saving faith; to bring Naomi back to Israel; and to bless and redeem them from their poverty.
- Lasting Provision – God’s care extended far beyond the physical or even spiritual needs of these two women. Their suffering led to Ruth’s conversion in keeping with God’s original promise to Abraham – that all nations would be blessed through his offspring. But their redemption led to the fulfilment of an even greater promise – that God would send a rescuer from the line of David to redeem his people once and for all.
12/2 Bitter Ruin – Ruth 1:1-2:23
19/2 Sweet Redemption – Ruth 3:1-4:22
But Ruth replied ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.’ Ruth 1:16