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Dear Parents,

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

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Here is this week’s summary:

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC

Story Point: Abraham trusted God even when he did not understand God’s plan.

Big Picture Question: Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.

Christ Connection: Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram instead. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.

This week, kids learn that God kept His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, and they named him Isaac. Isaac was the child chosen by God to carry the family line—to follow God, to lead the family, and to teach the next generation to follow God too. When Abraham was well over 100 years old, God tested Abraham. God instructed him to sacrifice Isaac on a mountain. How could this be? Abraham had waited so long for this child!

But Abraham obeyed. He got up early the next day and left on his trip. Instead of waiting around to see if God would change His mind, he saddled the donkey, took the wood, two servants, and his son, and left on the journey as God commanded.

As Isaac walked with his father, he noticed something was missing. They had the wood and the fire, but “Where is the lamb?” Isaac asked. Abraham answered that God Himself would provide. Abraham had supreme faith that God was able to do anything. Before going up the mountain, Abraham told the servants, “Stay here … we’ll come back” (Gen. 22:5). Hebrews 11:19 also gives us a peek inside Abraham’s mind: “He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead.”

God did provide. He provided a ram in place of Isaac, who was spared. After what we might imagine was quite a worship service, Abraham and Isaac returned home.

This week, help your kids understand that in the New Testament, God brings through John the Baptist the final answer to Isaac’s inquiry, “Where is the lamb?” “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him. He was the sacrifice made in our place so we can live.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

    • Babies and Toddlers
      • God made a promise.
      • Abraham trusted God to keep His promise.
      • God gave a ram to use as the sacrifice.
      • God promised to send Jesus into Abraham’s family.
    • Preschool
      • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful.
      • Abraham trusted God.
    • Kids
      • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.
      • Abraham trusted God even when he did not understand God’s plan.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

    • Galatians 3:29 (Galatians 3:29b for Babies and Toddlers)

NEXT WEEK

    • “Isaac and Rebekah” (Genesis 24)

Dear Parents,

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Want the weekly KidLife lesson recap and other blog post delivered right to your inbox? Be sure to signup to receive post from the Grace Life Blog.

Here is this week’s summary:

God’s Covenant with Abraham

Story Point: God made a covenant to bless all the world through Abraham.

Big Picture Question: Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.

Christ Connection: God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins.

Over the next few weeks of the Gospel Project for Kids, kids will learn that God was still working out His plan to send Jesus into the world to rescue us from sin. Since the beginning, God wanted to bless and provide for His people. Genesis 11 records the generations between Noah and Abram. Noah’s son Shem had a family. Through Shem’s line, God would keep His promise to send a Savior. Shem’s seventh-great grandson was named Abram. Abram was born in Ur of the Chaldeans.

Abram was in his homeland when God spoke to him. God told Abram: “Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen. 12:1-3).

By faith, Abram obeyed God. He traveled toward the land of Canaan with his wife, Sarai; his father, Terah; and his nephew, Lot. They settled in Haran, about 600 miles from their home. When Abram was 75 years old, he left Haran with his wife, his nephew, and all their possessions.

Genesis 15 records the Abrahamic covenant. The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. God made a covenant with Abram and promised to give him offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky and to give his family the land of Canaan. At 99 years old, Abram was still childless. How would God keep His promise if Abram didn’t have any children? But God was serious about the covenant; He always keeps His promises. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “Father of a Multitude.”


As you talk to your kids this week, help them discover God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God made a promise.
    • God made a promise to Abraham.
    • God always keeps His promises.
    • God promised to send Jesus into Abraham’s family.
  • Preschool
    • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful.
    • God promised to bless all the world through Abraham.
  • Kids
    • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is faithful and does everything for His glory and our good.
    • God made a covenant to bless all the world through Abraham.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Galatians 3:29 (Galatians 3:29b for Babies and Toddlers)

NEXT WEEK: “Abraham and Isaac” (Genesis 22)

A Pathway for Everyone

On Vision Sunday, I had the joy of laying before you our intentional plan to make Jesus-centered disciples so we can see our community transformed by God’s grace and become passionate for His glory. If you missed Vision Sunday, listen to the sermon here or read about it here.

Here at Grace Life, our mission is simple: We exist to make Jesus-centered disciples for God’s glory.

You may wonder what that looks like for you in a practical sense, so we put our mission into action in what we call “The Discipleship Pathway.”

Know God Find Community Change the World Make Disciples

As a member of Grace Life, we want you to be involved in 3 specific areas of our church:

  1. We want you to CONNECT because of the gospel through Sunday morning services, weekly LifeGroups, and other events.
  2. We want you to GROW in the gospel through personal study of the Bible and engaging in intentional discipleship.
  3. We want you to INFLUENCE with the gospel in everyday life through missions, evangelism, and volunteering.

These strategies will help us accomplish our mission of making Jesus-centered disciples. Don’t look at them as stages to your Christian life; think of them more as a self assessment. We believe every disciple of Jesus needs to live connect, grow, and influence. We also know this looks different for every disciple of Jesus. That’s why we want to do everything we can to help you take your next step. Go to thegracelifechurch.org/nextsteps and check everything that applies.

Where are you on The Discipleship Pathway? It’s time to take your next step!

VISION OFFERING

One way you can be an influence with the Gospel is by giving towards our Fall Vision Offering. Every year, we hold a special offering in the spring for global missions and a special offering in the fall for local missions and ministry equipment. Our goal for this fall’s special offering is $3000. This is above and beyond your normal giving and is a step of faith that allows us to continue reaching our community with the Gospel by purchasing supplies without breaking our budget.

This special offering will go towards:

  • Supplies for KidLife such as toys, puzzles, a new printer, and bases for the play panels.
  • Discipleship material
  • Supplies for Lake Asbury Elementary and Lake Asbury Junior High
  • Our Movie in the Park

Please consider giving towards the Vision Offering. You can give two ways:

Online at thegracelifechurch.org/give and select “Special Offering”

– or –

In Person; be sure to use an Offering Envelope and write “Vision” in the space next to “other”.

Let’s continue to work together and make disciples so we can see our community transformed by God’s grace and become passionate for his glory.

By His Grace,

Pastor Matt

Dear Parents,

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Want the weekly Kidlife lesson recap and other blog post delivered right to your inbox? Be sure to signup to receive post from the Grace Life Blog.

Here is this week’s summary:

THE SUFFERING OF JOB

Story Point: Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.

Big Picture Question: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

Christ Connection: Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

Why would we hear the story of Job while studying stories from Genesis? Most biblical authorities believe, based on subject matter and language, that Job was a contemporary to the patriarchs. Job fits chronologically into this period in history.

Job was a wealthy man who loved God. At the beginning of the book, God allows Satan to test Job’s faithfulness. Job lost everything, and he asked God why these things were happening. God answered Job, and His response reveals that God alone is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.

“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place?” (Job 38:12). God has. He is all-powerful. “Does the eagle soar at your command?” (Job 39:27). It does at God’s. He is sovereign. “Who provides the raven’s food when its young cry out to God?” (Job 38:41). God provides. He is good.

Everyone suffers—those who follow God and those who don’t. While the Book of Job speaks volumes to the problem of human suffering, it is also an important picture of how a suffering person should relate to God. Job didn’t understand his suffering and he even doubted God, but Job’s suffering ultimately brought him closer to God. God is always in control, even when His people can’t see the reason behind the suffering God allows.

As you share with your kids this week, help them see that following Jesus is worth it. God is good, present, and in control. We can trust Him even when we don’t understand the pain we have to endure. At the cross, God used the ultimate pain to bring about the ultimate good: our future and final salvation from sin.

Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

    • Babies and Toddlers
      • God made everything.
      • Sad things happened to Job, but he loved God.
      • God is in charge of everything He made.
      • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
    • Preschool
      • Who is God? God is our Creator and King.
      • Job learned that God is always good.
    • Elementary
      • Who is God? God is our Creator and King.
      • Job learned that God is good, even in suffering.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

    • Colossians 1:16b-17 (Colossians 1:16b for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)

NEXT WEEK

    • “God’s Covenant with Abraham” (Genesis 12; 15; 17)

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Here is this week’s summary.

THE TOWER OF BABEL

Genesis 11

MAIN POINT: People tried to build a tower to glorify themselves instead of God.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: People chose to give glory to themselves instead of God. They ignored God’s plan, so God confused their language and scattered the people all over the earth. One day, Jesus will gather together all of God’s people—people from every tribe and people who speak all kinds of languages— and they will worship Him together. (Revelation 7:9-10)

KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b-17

 

NEXT WEEK: The Suffering of Job (The Book of Job)

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Here is this week’s summary.

NOAH AND THE ARK

Genesis 6-9

MAIN POINT: God punished sin but chose to rescue Noah and his family.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus—the only perfectly righteous One—came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.

KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b-17

 

NEXT WEEK: Tower of Babel (Genesis 11)

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Here is this week’s summary.

SIN ENTERED THE WORLD

Genesis 3

MAIN POINT: Adam and Eve broke God’s law, and their sin separated them from God.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, all people have been sinners. Our sin separates us from God, but God still loves us. God promised a Rescuer would come from Eve’s family. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God.

KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b-17

 

NEXT WEEK: Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6-9)

 

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Here is this week’s summary.

GOD CREATED PEOPLE

Genesis 1-2

MAIN POINT: God created people in His own image, and He loves us.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: God created people in His own image and provides for everything He made. People are special because God made people to live forever in a relationship with Him. Through His Son, Jesus, we can have eternal life with God just as He planned.

KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b-17

 

NEXT WEEK: Sin Entered the World (Genesis 3)

 

This past Sunday, our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class began a new curriculum cycle. This cycle will walk your child through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video from Pastor Matt.

Here is this week’s summary.

GOD CREATED THE WORLD

Genesis 1

MAIN POINT: God created everything, and everything He created was good.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Who is God? God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION:  Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together. All of creation exists to bring God glory.

KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b-17

MEMMORY VERSE: Genesis 1:1

 

NEXT WEEK: God Created People (Genesis 1-2)

 

 

I’m busy with work, kids, and other obligations. I’m constantly stressed, constantly tired, and constantly feeling defeated! Why do I really need to go to Life Groups? I’m already going to church on Sundays. Isn’t that enough? If you’ve ever felt this way (I know I have), allow me to share four thoughts about the power of Life Groups.

 

1. Life Groups provide something that you can’t get on Sunday.

It’s been ten weeks since our last Life Group met. It has been good to get some rest and spend time with family over the summer, but I think this break has solidified the importance of Life Groups in my mind. It’s great to come to Sunday worship services, but smaller groups are where true connections can be formed. The focus of Sunday services is to worship God through song and the preaching of His word. We gather to hear truth from God and respond to that truth. While connections with other believers may happen on Sundays, the primary purpose for Sunday gathering is not to foster community. Life Groups are specifically designed to help you make deep, meaningful connections with other believers.

 

2. Life Groups encourage and empower us to live for Christ.

We need meaningful relationships with other believers in order to grow in Christ. To be effective servants of God, we need to gather together frequently and encourage each other in our daily relationships with Jesus. We can share our struggles with each other and encourage each other through those struggles. In Ephesians 4:29 Paul tells us to use our words to build each other up and he describes how our words actually minister grace to other believers. In community with others we are encouraged and strengthened to live a life that is pleasing to God.

 

3. Life Groups prevent us from isolating ourselves, which will weaken us in our fight against sin.

God created humans to live in community with Him and with each other. God said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.” We must avoid isolation if we are to be effective in the battle against sin.

 

4. We need the support of others in order to thrive.

I recently learned some interesting facts about the California Redwood tree. These trees are known to grow to heights of over 350 feet! Typically we would expect such a tall tree to have a deep root system, but the Redwood trees only have a root system only ten to thirteen feet! In fact, Redwood trees are highly susceptible to being uprooted by wind. So how do these trees thrive in such high numbers? Because of their close proximity with the other trees around them, their roots interlock and provide support and stability for each other. In a similar way, we need to lock arms with other believers as we seek to accomplish God’s mission on earth!

Don’t miss out on being in a LifeGroup. You can find more information on our LifeGroups here.

I hope to see you in a LifeGroup this week!

Lawrence Wilson

Director of LifeGroups

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