Sermon Guides_June 28

Kids City

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Bible passage: Deuteronomy 31:1-30
Story point: Moses reminded the people to keep God’s covenant
Key passage: Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity

Supplies: Sticky notes or paper and tape
Write: each word or phrase of the key passage on a sticky note and place the words out of order on a wall. Have kids choose the notes one at a time trying to place them in the correct order.
Say: Our key passage was written many years after the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, but the message was true for the Israelites then just as it is true for us today. We trust God because His ways are perfect. Trusting in ourselves will lead us further away from God into sin. Only God can save us from sin through Jesus and lead us to life.

Bible Story Questions
  1.  What did Moses tell the people in his farewell? (Be strong and courageous. God will go ahead of you. God will defeat your enemies for you. Do not be afraid.)
    2.  What did Moses warn would happen if the people stopped loving and obeying God? (Disaster would come on them)
    3.  Why did Moses tell the people to be strong and courageous? (Guide kids to discuss that following God is not always easy. Sometimes we face scary or difficult situations. We are often tempted to distrust God or turn away from Him to do things our own way. But God’s ways are always best. It takes strength and courage to obey God.)
Activity: Do as I Do

Supplies: None – Play outside if the weather is nice!
Have kids stand in front of you. You will direct them to do as you do trying to mimic your actions like a mirror, as if you were playing silent Simon Says. Take turns being the leader and follower.
Say: Moses was a great leader showing the people of Israel how to live. In his last moments as the leader, he reminded them to remember the covenant or promise that God made with them.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Sticky notes or paper and tape
Write: each word or phrase of the key passage on a sticky note and place the words out of order on a wall. Have kids choose the notes one at a time trying to place them in the correct order.
Say: Our key passage was written many years after the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, but the message was true for the Israelites then just as it is true for us today. We trust God because His ways are perfect. Trusting in ourselves will lead us further away from God into sin. Only God can save us from sin through Jesus and lead us to life.

Bible Story Questions
  1.  Why did Moses tell the people to be strong and courageous? (Guide kids to discuss that following God is not always easy. Sometimes we face scary or difficult situations. We are often tempted to distrust God or turn away from Him to do things our own way. But God’s ways are always best. It takes strength and courage to obey God.)
    2.  What are some things we need to do today that require strength and courage? (Guide kids to talk about the difficulty of obeying God even today. We may not fight physical battles, but spiritual warfare still happens all around us. We need strength and courage to obey God just as the Israelites did.)
    3.  What are ways God helps us fight spiritual battles? (Guide kids to discuss Jesus’ taking our punishment. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide us. We also have God’s Word to learn from, and we can pray to God for help. We also have other believers who comfort and encourage us or point us to God when we are wrong. )
Activity:

Supplies: paper and something to color with, picture of a mountain
Look: at pictures of mountains in a book or on a smartphone. Have kids draw mountain pictures. Tape the mountain pictures together to make a mountain range.
Say: In today’s Bible story, Moses went up to the top of a mountain where he could look across the Jordan river and see the promised land. Listen to hear what Moses told the people to get them ready to enter the land God would give them.

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Adults

Our mission is to make disciples who love God, grow in community, and reach out to others with the love of Christ.

Before God’s people entered the Promised Land, there was a transition of leadership and a collective commitment to love and follow God.

“This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach. 12 It is not in heaven so that you have to ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven, get it for us, and proclaim it to us so that we may follow it?’ And it is not across the sea so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea, get it for us, and proclaim it to us so that we may follow it?’ But the message is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may follow it. See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I am commanding you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and multiply, and the LORD your God may bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
Deuteronomy 30:11-16 (CSB)

Love and obey God; and be fruitful (Deut. 30:16).

“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the LORD your God, obey him, and remain faithful to him. For he is your life, and he will prolong your days as you live in the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 30:19b-20 (CSB)

“Moses then summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you will go with this people into the land the LORD swore to give to their ancestors. You will enable them to take possession of it. The LORD is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.’”
Deuteronomy 31:7-8.

Jesus taught: the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love people, and Jesus commanded us to multiply the gospel in the world.

“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Read Matthew 28:18b-20
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CENTRAL-SPIRITUAL: Lead Elders (Board of Directors)
CENTRAL-OPERATIONAL: Central Leadership Team
LOCAL-SPIRITUAL: Local Elders
LOCAL-OPERATIONAL: Local Management Teams

Conclusion: “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17 (ESV)

Obeying the will of God leads to eternal flourishing.

Let’s commit ourselves to loving and obeying God, and actively loving people for the sake of the gospel and for the glory of God.

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