About the Great Commission

 

 

  1. What commission has Jesus Christ given to His Church?

Jesus Christ commanded His Church to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples everywhere in the world.

  • Jesus Christ commanded His Church to proclaim the Gospel (Mark 16:15)
  • Jesus Christ commanded His Church to make disciples everywhere (Matthew 28:19)
  • Tell the child how you were led to Christ. Tell them about the people that shared the Gospel with you and discipled you.

 

  1. What is the Gospel?

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world, died, and rose again on the third day, and that anyone who repents of their sins and trusts in Christ will be forgiven of their sins and receive the gift of eternal life.

  • The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
  • The Gospel is the good news that anyone who repents and believes will be forgiven and receive eternal life (Luke 24:47, John 3:16)
  • Tell the child to share the Gospel with you as if you were a non-Christian. Help them if they forget any of the main points.

 

  1. How does Christ tell His Church to make disciples?

Christ tells His people to make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that He has commanded.

  • Christ tells His people to make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
  • Christ tells His people to make disciples by teaching them to obey all that He commanded (Matthew 28:20)
  • Explain to the child why you are grateful to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • Take time to pray for them that they will also become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
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About the Lord’s Day

 

 

  1. On which day do Christians weekly celebrate their redemption?

Believers celebrate their redemption every day, but especially on Sunday; this is called the Lord’s Day.

  • The weekly celebration for Christians is called the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10)
  • The Lord’s Day is on Sunday, the first day of the week (Acts 20:7)
  • What do you like least about going to church on Sundays?
  • What do you like most about going to church on Sundays?
  • Share with the child why church is important to you.

 

  1. Why do Christians celebrate on the first day of the week?

Christians celebrate on the first day of the week to commemorate the resurrection of Christ which took place on that day.

  • Christians celebrate the first day of the week because that is when Christ rose from the dead (Mark 16:2)
  • What do you think it would have been like to see Jesus rise from the dead?

 

  1. How do Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day?

Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day by gathering together for corporate worship, worshipping at home with their families and spending time in personal devotion.

  • Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day by corporate worship (Acts 2:42)
  • Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day by worshiping at home with their families (Ephesians 6:4)
  • What are some things we can do on Sundays as a family to celebrate the resurrection of Christ?

About the Holy Sacraments

 

 

  1. What is a sacrament?

A sacrament is a ceremony established by Christ that shows us the meaning of the New Covenant.

  • Christ established the sacraments to signify the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:23)
  • Explain to the child that God uses sacraments as a visual symbol to teach us about the meaning of the Christian Faith.

 

  1. What are the sacraments of the New Covenant?

The sacraments of the New Covenant are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

  • The New Covenant sacraments are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:20 and 26)
  • Have you ever seen someone baptized?
  • What was most interesting about watching someone be baptized?

 

  1. How does baptism represent our union with Christ and our commitment to Him?

In baptism a person is immersed in water showing that he has been buried with Christ and has died to sin, and then he comes up out of the water showing that He has been risen with Christ to live a new and holy life for God.

  • Baptism signifies dying with Christ to sin and living with Christ to God (Romans 6:3-4)
  • Tell the child about when and why you chose to be baptized.

 

  1. Who can be baptized?

Baptism is only for those who have repented of their sins and trusted in Christ for salvation.

  • One must repent and believe to be baptized (Acts 2:38 and 8:37)
  • Talk with the child about their salvation. Discuss their sin and the judgment of God. Tell them that Jesus died for them and rose again to give them a new life. And tell them that they must turn from their sins and trust in what Christ has done.

 

  1. How does the Lord’s Supper show the sacrificial death of Christ?

In the Lord’s Supper the bread is broken representing the body of Christ that was broken for us on the cross, and the wine represents the blood of Christ that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.

  • The bread and wine signify the broken body of Christ and the poured out blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
  • Have you ever seen people eat the Lord’s Supper?
  • What was most interesting about watching people eat the Lord’s Supper?

 

  1. What does the eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine in the Lord’s Supper represent?

When people share in the Lord’s Supper they show that they trust in the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and commit to take up their cross and follow Him.

  • When people eat the bread and drink the wine they are declaring their faith in, and commitment to, Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
  • Tell the child why the Lord’s Supper is important to you. And explain how you prepare your heart before eating.

 

  1. Who can partake of the Lord’s Supper?

Only those who have repented, believed and been baptized can share in the Lord’s Supper.

  • Only those who have been baptized can share the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42)
  • Once again share with the child the need to be born again. Describe how Jesus’ body was broken during His crucifixion. Explain that since He died for them, they should live for Him.

About the Lord’s Prayer

 

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Matthew 6:9-13)

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

  1. How did Jesus show us how to pray?

Jesus showed us how to pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer.

  • The Lord taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1)
  • How often do you pray?
  • When you pray, what do you pray for?

 

  1. What does the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?

The phrase, “Our Father in heaven,” teaches us to draw near to God in holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father.

  • Christians must approach prayer in reverence and confidence as God’s children (Matthew 6:9)
  • How can we show reverence to God when we pray?
  • Why can people who have been born again pray to God with confidence?
  • Do you know how to become a child of God so that you can pray to Him as your Father in heaven? (You must repent or your sin and trust in Christ.)

 

  1. What does, “hallowed be Your name,” teach us?

The phrase, “hallowed be Your name,” teaches us that we should praise God with our lips and our life.

  • Christians should praise God with their lips and their lives (Matthew 6:9)
  • Take time to teach the child how to praise God. This is different than giving thanks for something He has done; instead we praise Him for Who He is. Praising God does not need to be done with a song, but with simple and honest words (Hebrews 13:15).
  • How can we praise God with our lives? (By living holy lives that honor Him)

 

  1. What does, “Your kingdom come,” teach us?

The phrase, “Your kingdom come,” teaches us to pray that Satan’s kingdom of sin would be destroyed and God’s kingdom of righteousness would fully come on earth.

  • Christians should pray that God’s righteous kingdom fully comes to earth (Matthew 6:10)
  • Explain to the child that though God rules over all of creation, people and demons are living in rebellion to God. For this reason we pray for God’s kingdom to fully rule over the earth.

 

  1. What does, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” teach us?

The phrase, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” teaches us to pray that God would make us able and willing to know and obey His will in all things just as the angels in heaven do.

  • Christians should pray that God has His way on the earth and in or hearts (Matthew 6:10)
  • When we pray for specific things, how can we know if they are in line with God’s will or not? (We need to learn what pleases God by reading His word, then we will know what we should pray for.)

 

  1. What does, “Give us this day our daily bread,” teach us?

The phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread,” teaches us to pray that God may give us the things we need.

  • We may ask God for the things we need (Matthew 6:11)
  • What kind of things do you pray for?
  • How can we know the difference between wants and needs? (We must remember God is a faithful Father that will provide His children everything they need, but He does not give them everything they want.)

 

  1. What does, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” teach us?

The phrase, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” teaches us to pray that God would forgive our sins because of what Christ did for us, and reminds us that we must forgive others.

  • We must forgive people as God has forgiven us (Matthew 6:12)
  • Do you need to forgive someone for something?

 

  1. What does, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” teach us?

The phrase, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” teaches us to pray that God would keep us away from temptation, and would help us resist temptation when we are tempted.

  • We must pray that God gives us grace to live holy lives (Matthew 6:13)
  • What kinds of sins are you tempted with?

 

  1. What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?

The phrase, “For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen,” encourages us that God can do what we have asked because He is sovereign and powerful, and that we should worship Him because He is over all things.

  • We must worship God as the One who is King over all things (Matthew 6:13)
  • Explain to the child that even though God allows men and demons to rebel against Him, He is still in control of all things. And because of this they can trust that God can answer prayers.

About the Law of Christ

 

THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:3-10)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

  1. What is the summary of Christ’s Law?

Christ’s Law is summed up in two commands: love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love others in the same way we love ourselves.

  • The Law of Christ commands that we love God supremely (Matthew 22:37-38)
  • The Law of Christ commands that we love others as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39)
  • Do you think these are good commands?
  • Do you obey these commands? Why or why not?

 

  1. How do we show love for God?

We show our love for God by worshipping Him alone, rejoicing in Him, trusting Him and obeying Him.

  • We show our love for God by worshipping Him alone (Exodus 20:3)
  • We show our love for God by rejoicing in Him (Habakkuk 3:18)
  • We show our love for God by trusting Him (Proverbs 3:5)
  • We show our love for God by obeying Him (Psalm 119:4)
  • Why should we worship God?
  • What does it mean to rejoice in God?
  • Why should we trust God?
  • Why should we obey God?

 

  1. How do we show love for others?

We love others by doing good to them, praying for them, forgiving them and blessing them.

  • We love others by doing good to them (Galatians 6:10)
  • We love others by praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1)
  • We love others by forgiving them (Mark 11:25)
  • We love others by blessing them (Romans 12:14)
  • Name some ways we can do good to people.
  • Name some people you often pray for.

 

  1. How else do we show love for others?

We love others by obeying God’s commands; we do not lie, steal, hate, speak evil or break any of God’s commands.

  • We love others by obeying God’s commands (Romans 13:8-10)
  • Explain to the child that all the commands of Christ are meant to either show us how to love God, how to love people or how to love both God and people.

 

  1. How do we walk on the road that leads to eternal life?

We walk on the road of holiness which leads to eternal life by obeying the commands of Jesus Christ through the grace of God’s Spirit.

  • We walk of the road that leads to eternal life by obeying Jesus’ commands (Matthew 7:14, 24-25)
  • We live holy by the grace of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13-14)
  • Do you want to obey God’s commands?
  • Do you think you can do it without God’s Spirit helping you?

 

  1. How do people walk on the road that leads to destruction?

Someone walks on the road that leads to destruction by living in disobedience to the commands of Jesus Christ.

  • People walk on the road to destruction by disobeying the commands of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:13, 26-27)
  • Why do people disobey Jesus’ commands if His commands are so good?
  • Why do you disobey Jesus’ commands?

About the Holy Scriptures

 

  1. What has God given us to show us how to glorify and enjoy Him?

God gave us His word, the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, to show us how to glorify and enjoy Him.

  • God gave us His word to show us how to glorify and enjoy Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • God’s word (the Bible) is made up of both the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Do you like hearing stories from the Bible? Why or why not?
  • Show the child how to find the Old and New Testaments in the Bible.
  • Tell them the basic difference between the Old and New Testaments.

 

  1. What do the Scriptures teach us?

The Scriptures teach what we should believe about God and salvation as well as how we should live.

  • The Scriptures teach us what we should believe about God and how we should live (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • The Scriptures teach us the way of salvation (2 Timothy 3:15)
  • How does the Bible say we should live?
  • What does the Bible teach is the way of salvation?

 

  1. How should we read God’s Word?

We must read God’s Word prayerfully, receive it in faith, treasure it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

  • We must read God’s word prayerfully (James 1:2)
  • We must receive God’s word in faith (Hebrews 4:2)
  • We must treasure God’s word in our hearts and obey it (Psalm 119:11)
  • Why should we read the Bible differently than we read other books?

About the Church and Salvation

  1. Who is God’s holy and chosen people?

The Church of Jesus Christ is God’s chosen people; the Church is made up of all true Christians.

  • The Church is God’s chosen people (Ephesians 2:19-22)
  • The Church is made up of all true Christians (1 Corinthians 1:2)
  • What color of skin do God’s people have? (God’s people are not known by the way they look but by their faith and character.)

 

  1. How can we receive salvation in Jesus Christ?

We are saved by trusting that Jesus, through His death on the cross, covers all of our sins and gives us peace with God.

  • We share in Christ through faith (Romans 5:1-2)
  • Saving faith trusts in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • Do you believe that Jesus died for you?
  • Do you live for Him?

 

  1. How does God call people out of darkness?

God calls people out of darkness by the Holy Spirit who leads them to repentance and faith.

  • God frees people by leading them to repentance and faith through grace (1 Thessalonians 1:4-9)
  • Do you pray that God will lead you to faith and repentance?
  • Teach the child how to pray for God to lead them to faith.

 

  1. How does God make His people holy?

God makes His people holy by writing His law on their hearts by the Holy Spirit.

  • God renews His people’s hearts (Titus 3:5-6)
  • God writes His law on their hearts (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
  • Do you know that you need God to change the desires of your heart?
  • Share some of your wrong desires.

 

  1. What has God promised His people?

God has promised to lead His people all of their lives and then resurrect them from the dead and give them eternal life.

  • God has promised to raise His people from the dead and give them eternal life (John 6:40)
  • God has promised to guard them and bring them to that life (John 10:28-29)
  • Talk with your child about eternity and the importance to live for eternity not just for this life.

 

  1. What condition does God put on the promise of eternal life?

God promises to give eternal life to those who follow Him by faith until they die.

  • People must trust in Christ until the end (1 Peter 1:5, Hebrews 3:14, Matthew 24:13)
  • Explain to the child that the Christian life is like a race that we must finish to gain the prize. And remind them that until they join the race they have no hope of winning the prize.