Kids Core Truths is a four-week class for kids in grades 2-5. This year we are learning about God's church. The church is all people who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Its mission is to make disciples through loving God, loving others, and teaching God’s Word. In our weeks together we will get to learn how we can be a part of the church, what it means to share God's love with our words and actions, and how God is using the church all around the world today.
This week we learned the purpose of the church and what it means to be the church in our city. We talked about how the church is not a building. The church is all people who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Ask your kids what they think that means. Hopefully they can remember that it starts by admitting that we are sinners and believing that Jesus came to be our Savior through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. Our mission, as part of the church, is to share this good news and God's love to others through our words and actions. Ask your kids how they got to live this out by serving kids and families who are part of Dallas' foster care system.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
If you want to learn more about this week's missionaries, check out these books.
Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes
George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol's Orphans
Why You Should Serve with Your Kids
This week we learned about the message of the church and what it means to be saved through faith in Jesus. We talked through verses in the Bible that help us understand the rescue plan God set out for us through Jesus because He loves us. Help you kid cut out and put together the “Gospel Joe” cards that can be used to share the Good News with others. Then talk through it with them. Hopefully they can remember that it starts by admitting that we are sinners and believing that Jesus came to be our Savior through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. We also got to hear from a Watermark staff member who is from El Salvador and has worked as our churches partner with local churches down there through Compassion International. Visit the Compassion page to find a kid to consider sponsoring or at least commit to pray for them each week.
”Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12
This week we heard from a Watermark staff member who spent three years living in Sudan. While she was in Africa, she had many opportunities to love and serve kids and families. She had some fun pictures, toys, and stories to share. Ask your kids about one thing that stood out about her stories. We also talked about what a refugee is and how many from African countries and surrounding countries have made their way to Dallas. One way some of the kids chose to serve them was to take home supplies to make friendship bracelets to bring back for us to send to a partner ministry we have here at Watermark. We also learned that there are more than 2,200 different languages and nearly 560 languages are waiting for Bible translations to begin. We will be talking about Bible translating more on our final week!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Operation World- Choose a country each day to research and find out how to pray specifically for the church there.
This week we talked about the importance of God’s word, the Bible. We discussed how there are still over 2,000 different languages around the world that do not have a Bible written in their language. We learned about a family who is currently helping in this project. Ask your kids about one thing that stood out about her stories.
If you and your family would like to learn more about Bible translating or have access to great kid friendly activities to do at home, check out the link in the resource section below!
Our prayer is that your child’s interest in what God is doing in and through the church around the world would continue to grow. That they would be in awe of our big God who loves us and desires for more to come to know and trust in Him. We hope that each child feels more equipped and excited to share the good news of Jesus with their friends around them along with praying for the church, all people who have been saved through faith in Jesus, all over the globe!
“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 28:18-19