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Family Sunday school: March 22

Here in our first full week of the “Corona Crisis” we are experiencing so many feelings and spending lots of time together as a family. We hope that Family Sunday School this week may be a time where God feeds your family’s soul through his Word and Spirit. 

A hope is these Family Sunday School classes may give your family some experience and a pattern for family worship and spiritual connection that continues when life returns to normal down the road.

The following is lesson structure so that your family can have “Family Sunday School” together. Parents, I know this may be a touch intimidating, but it’s worth it. The following lesson plan should make it relatively easy to facilitate Family Sunday School as a group in thirty minutes or less. 

Preparatory Resources

  1. 3/3’s Method for Family Worship  – Canon Matt Schneider has provided this format to use as the structure for Family Sunday School. The first page provides some principles; the second page is the actual lesson. Obviously, you can pick and choose the elements you would like to use.
  2. Teaching on the 3/3’s Method for Family Worship – Canon Schneider taught two classes on family worship and the 3/3’s Method in our Faith and Family class in February. You can access these resources at the following links:

Class #1 – February 9 
Class #2 – February 16 

As you go through Family Sunday School, refer to the 3/3’s Method PDF. Below, I have included some helpful resources to supplement the method, such as music for the praise section and a video to introduce the Bible passage and series. 

Step #1: Look Back
Refer to the recommended practices in “Step #1 – Look Back” in the 3/3’s Method PDF. In addition to prayer and sharing, this section includes an option to sing songs, among others. Sometimes it can be awkward to sing acapella. Linked below are two familiar songs to Advent families with audio and lyrics on the video. Play it loud! It makes it less awkward to sing out!

Song #1 – In Christ Alone
Song #2 – Abide With Me (Skip to 0:33 seconds to avoid some random commentary)
Song #3 – It Is Well My Soul

If you have younger children:
Song #1 – Jesus Loves Me
Song #2 – God Made Me 

Step #2: Look Up

We’re currently working through a series, “Trusting God in Scary Times.” Each Bible passage will relate to one key attribute of God that enables us to trust him in times of fear: His goodness, sovereignty, and favor. For Family Sunday School, we want you, as a group, to read and analyze the passage. 

Today’s passage, Psalm 115, talks about the sovereignty of God — his total control — at all times. Use the questions on the right to dig into the content but use the questions Step #2 – Look Up – for personal application, which is most important. 

The linked video gives an introduction to the series and some background on this psalm. 

Passage: 
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
9 O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.
12 The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great.
14 May the LORD give you increase, you and your children!
15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
16 The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.
17 The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the LORD!

Questions on the passage:
V1 – What are the two reasons to give glory to God in V1?
V2 – What question do “the nations” / non-believers ask?
V3 – What does it mean that God is in heaven, He does all that he pleases? What is this comforting?
V4-8 – How are the idols described in these verses?
V9-11 – What is Israel called to do in these verses? What is the reassurance they are given who God is? 
V12-13 – What will God do for his people?
V15-16 – What do these verses say about God’s power? How does this give us comfort in tough times? 
V18 – How does the psalm end? How is the ending like the beginning? 

 Step #3 — Look Ahead

You can finish up the lesson with the content on Step #3 — Look Ahead — of the 3/3’s Method PDF. 

Click here to access this lesson as a PDF

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