Oswego Christian Church https://www.oswegochristian.com Go to Church in Oswego, Chetopa, Columbus, Altamont, or Parsons Kansas Thu, 18 Jun 2020 02:46:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.oswegochristian.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cropped-favicon-1-32x32.png Oswego Christian Church https://www.oswegochristian.com 32 32 Risking Following God https://www.oswegochristian.com/risking-following-god/ https://www.oswegochristian.com/risking-following-god/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 02:46:04 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28852 **We had some technical difficulties and had to piece together some of this sermon**Let’s be honest, following God can feel risky – there are people who will write you off, family members who feel uncomfortable around you, things you feel you are supposed to do that scare you to death.  Tune in today as we evaluate whether this risk is worth it and where God is in the midst of your trials and fears. Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request.Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (http://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (http://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)


OPENINGILLUSTRATION: One of my favorite rides at Silver Dollar City is the ride the Electric Spin.  It’s just this HUGE spinning disk that it’s rocking back and forth in a U shape.  It’s one of those that gets your stomach all in a knot. 
I love to take kids on it because it has the feel of a roller coaster, but it’s pretty mild. 
A while back, I took one of my nephews on it.  I always make a big deal about how I can’t believe they don’t buckle you in and how scary it is.  You know, you’ve got to build these things up.
And then it starts, it takes off spinning, going up and down.  You feel like you are dangling over a cliff and you look straight down 50ft and hurl towards the end of the tracks… I looked over to see how he was doing and I almost died laughing his face was complete terror and his eyes were darting back and forth like he was possessed or something.
Oh man, I may have built it up a little too big… 🙂
WE:I think we’ve all gotten ourselves into something that was bigger than ourselves and then wondered what we were thinking -your eyes darting back and forth as your world spins faster than you know
-Maybe for you the leap was starting your own business and struggling through years of low profitability -Maybe you got married as a naive young woman and didn’t know just how difficult it was going to be to work through all of the stuff that comes along with marriage -maybe you thought having kids would be the solution to life’s problems and realized they only come with a whole host of new problems
We all know what it’s like to be in that moment where you realize the ride you thought you were on is not the ride you are on-and you are left with your eyes darting back and forth and feeling overwhelmed and scared
What do you do when you feel like you are dangling over a cliff?
Today, we are jumping again into the story of Israel and the Exodus and I want to catch you up to what is happening. 
The Israelites have been set free from Egypt -the first born child has been killed in the Egyptian families -The whole nation of Israel has marched out into the wilderness and God asks them to do something strange.
He tells them to turn back and camp at a place called Pi Hahiroth where they will be hemmed in by the dessert and the sea.  God has been leading the Israelites with this miracle of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night..
God tells them He wants them to turn back so they can draw out Pharaoh, so God can display His glory in him one more time…
Pharaoh, I think this may be Amenhotep II during the 15th century, I’ll post an article on FB later.  But Amenhotep was arrogant and vengeful.  Whoever it is though, this Pharaoh looks out and realizes the devastation the loss of an entire nation of free labor is going to bring on his country and he sees the Israelites hemmed in, and he goes out with his army to attack…
Exodus 14:8The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 
You get the picture, these Israelites have gone out boldly, you might remember that last week we learned they were armed for battle.  But now Pharaoh is after them. 
This is the moment they are dangling over a cliff -shortly – they will be surrounded the finest chariots, the best horseman, and an entire army
This is when Israels boldness turns to fear -literally, their eyes start darting back and forth as they process all of the terror in front of them…
10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.-they will say to Moses, “why did you bring us out here?”  they will tell him they never wanted to go in the first place – which is not true…
Listen, anyone who ever led anything worth doing has experienced this momentRisk is easy to talk about but painful to live outBRisk – especially risking for God will cost you…
Jesus knew this…  it’s why when people approached him about following Him he would say difficult things to them…
“I’ll follow you where every…”  “The son of man is Homeless” Luke 9:57-58 B “First, let me bury my dad”  “Let the dead bury the dead, you go proclaim the kingdom” Luke 9:59-60 B “I will follow you, let me say goodbye”  “No one who puts hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God” Luke 9:61-62
I am reminded of the CS Lewis quote from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe when Susan is talking to Mr. Beaver about meeting Aslan the Christ figure…

The Israelites have risked it all Maybe you’ve risked it all to follow God -some of you have given up relationships with family -you’ve decided to use your retirement funds to help support the church -you’ve started dreaming about a ministry that you haven’t told anyone about, but God has laid it on your heart
And now, you feel like the Israelites out in the dessert with an army on one side and an ocean on the other…
If that’s you today, if you feel like you are hemmed in – hanging over a cliff Let me give you the words Moses gives the Israelites and the words God gives them…
Exodus 14:13:1413 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
The Lord will fight for you, you only need to be still… This is SUCH a powerful. I’ll never forget the person who first highlighted this passage for me Mrs.  Lois Wells, who many of you know, she was in the last stages of her cancer and I was sitting in her living room with the shades drawn, I’m assuming because the light was difficult for her.  We laughed and prayed together and then she shared this verse with me…  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still…  It seared into my heart, because here was a woman in the grips of a fight for her life and she was teaching me about life…
You only need to be still.  The actual Hebrew word (חרש) Pronounced “Ha-rush” is more like, “You need to chill out” or “keep quiet”
And then it happens – while they are all in the midst of their eyes darting back and forth, God moves.  The cloud and the Angel of the Lord move between the Israelites and the Egyptians, Moses stands and God parts the water and the Israelites walk through on dry land.  The Egyptians pursue and the waters close in over them…
And God is saying to you, “chill out” I’m comingWhen Jesus talked about worrying about how you’d be taken care of in this life as a follower of Him, His answer was this…Matthew 6:33-3433 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still Christian, can I encourage you today -don’t give up in your ruthless pursuit of Jesus -don’t give up on the dreams and vision God’s putting in your heart – even if they feel risky
There are troubles that will come But Jesus’ promise to you is that if you seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, what you NEED will be added to you…
So, what are you waiting for, why not take a risk to serve Him? It may feel risky to trust God, but the real risk takers are the ones who walk away from God.
Because those who risk for the Kingdom are backed by the King Those who run from the risk are on their own
So, today, here’s my encouragement for you risk it, be ready for the fear, and in that moment, remember the Lord will fight for you, “chill out”
My friend Lois, as most of you know, didn’t win the battle with cancer, but she won the ultimate battle, because her faith was not in this world, but in the one who controls the world.  She has not be lost, only translated into the hope of eternity.  If you have never accepted Jesus – maybe you’re watching this online later, don’t wait another minute to turn to Jesus and get baptized.  

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Matthew 26:31-35 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-2631-35/ Mon, 04 May 2020 18:56:21 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28635

Family Bible Study:
‘Jesus told them, “This very night you will all turn away because of me. It is written that the Lord said, “ ‘I will strike the shepherd down. Then the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ (Zechariah 13:7) But after I rise from the dead, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “All the others may turn away because of you. But I never will.” “What I’m about to tell you is true,” Jesus answered. “It will happen tonight. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” But Peter said, “I may have to die with you. But I will never say I don’t know you.” And all the other disciples said the same thing. ‘ Matthew 26:31-35 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.26.31-35
  • Let’s read the passage together.
  • What does it mean when Jesus says they will all turn away from Him?
  • If you were one of the disciples and didn’t know what He was talking about, how would you feel if He told you that?
  • Jesus is predicting three things in this passage, can you figure out what all three are?  (PARENTS NOTE:   Jesus is predicting that the disciples will fall away, that He will die, and that He will rise again.)
  • SAY:  Peter and the other disciples think there is no way that they will abandon Jesus, but we will see soon, just how wrong they are. But I want to ask you to do me a favor, I want you to watch how they react now, before they see Jesus raise from the dead, and when we get to the book of Acts, look at how they react after having seen Him raised from the dead.  Jesus’ resurrection changes everything.
  • Let’s pray today for Jesus to keep workin in us and for us to know the power of His resurrection in our own life and let it change everything for us.

Matthew 26:17-30 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-2617-30/ Mon, 04 May 2020 16:07:34 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28633

Family Bible Study:
‘It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The disciples came to Jesus. They asked, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover meal?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover at your house with my disciples.” ’ ” So the disciples did what Jesus had told them to do. They prepared the Passover meal. When evening came, Jesus was at the table with his 12 disciples. While they were eating, he said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. One of you will hand me over to my enemies.” The disciples became very sad. One after the other, they began to say to him, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord, do you?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will hand me over. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But how terrible it will be for the one who hands over the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Judas was the one who was going to hand him over. He said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Teacher, do you?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body.” Then he took a cup. He gave thanks and handed it to them. He said, “All of you drink from it. This is my blood of the covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many people. Here is what I tell you. From now on, I won’t drink wine with you again until the day I drink it with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. ‘ Matthew 26:17-30 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.26.17-30
  • (Be sure to gather supplies to have communion at the end of this study)
  • What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  • What is it like before we all eat on that holiday?
  • SAY: The passover meal that Jesus is eating with His disciples would have been one of their favorite holidays.  The Jewish people celebrated it once a year (and still do to this day).  It was the meal that celebrated when God came and saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
  • Why do you think Jesus choose passover as a time for Him to die for our sins?
  • When Jesus passed the cup and the bread, he said something about them, do you know what He said?  Let’s look.
  • How would you feel if someone gave you a drink and said, “this is my blood?”
  • What if they gave you bread and said, “this is my body?”
  • Why do you think Jesus used such shocking ideas to help His disciples remember His sacrifice?  (PARENTS NOTE:   Jesus wants them to remember His death and sacrifice.  Helping them have a visual aide for this will be something that will cause them to regularly pause their own life and reflect on His life that was given for them.
  • Let’s take some time together and pause to reflect on Jesus’ life together.  We are going to take communion as a family and remember Jesus’ sacrifice.  
  • Pass communion and talk about Jesus’ death and remind your kids how important it is to not forget Him.  End with a prayer time.

Matthew‬ ‭26:14-16 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew%e2%80%ac-%e2%80%ad2614-16/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:58:25 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28535

Family Bible Study:
“One of the 12 disciples went to the chief priests. His name was Judas Iscariot. He asked, “What will you give me if I hand Jesus over to you?” So they counted out 30 silver coins for him. From then on, Judas watched for the right time to hand Jesus over to them.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:14-16‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
  • Have someone read the passage.
  • Does anyone know how much 30 silver coins would have been worth?  (PARENTS NOTE:   if your kids are old enough, you can have them google this.  The amount would have been a little under $200.  In Exodus 21:32, Moses says that if an animal gores a slave to death that the penalty to pay the owner of the slave is 30 pieces of silver.  Many scholars believe that the chief priests are saying that in their mind, Jesus isn’t worth any more than a slave.)
  • Why do you think Judas would make a deal to hand Jesus over like that?
  • SAY:  We can’t really know exactly why Judas decided to turn Jesus over, but one of the ideas is that he was tired of waiting for Jesus to fight against the Romans.  He may have thought he was forcing Jesus into a fight, to finally become the Messiah He was supposed to be.  No matter why Judas did it, he still betrayed Jesus and missed what it was Jesus was really trying to do.
  • Do you think people “miss” what Jesus is doing today?  Explain?
  • Do you think people still betray Jesus?  How?
  • How can we ensure that we remain faithful to Jesus?
  • Thank God for His grace to forgive you and ask Him to help you remain true as you follow Him.

Matthew 26:6-13 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-266-13/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:42:44 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28065

Family Bible Study:
‘Jesus was in Bethany. He was in the home of Simon, who had a skin disease. A woman came to Jesus with a special sealed jar of very expensive perfume. She poured the perfume on his head while he was at the table. When the disciples saw this, they became angry. “Why this waste?” they asked. “The perfume could have been sold at a high price. The money could have been given to poor people.” Jesus was aware of this. So he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. You will always have poor people with you. But you will not always have me. She poured the perfume on my body to prepare me to be buried. What I’m about to tell you is true. What she has done will be told anywhere this good news is preached all over the world. It will be told in memory of her.” ‘ Matthew 26:6-13 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.26.6-13
  • Everyone get a piece of paper and a pencil.  I want you to draw a picture of the story I am going to read.
  • Read the passage, give your kids time to draw the picture.
  • Tell me what’s going on in your picture?
  • Jesus says this woman is preparing Him to be buried, what does He mean by that?  (PARENTS NOTE:   remember in our last study Jesus said he was going to be crucified.  The bible says that the disciples never really understood what Jesus meant by this, but this woman seems to understand.)
  • Do you think it’s important that a woman instead of a man was the one who understood Jesus?  (PARENTS NOTE:   at first, this question seems a little dated and sexist, but that’s because in the time Jesus lived, people were VERY sexist.  It would be unthinkable to write a document that had women understanding something and the men – especially the men who are going to start a movement, not understand.  We will see this dynamic again.  What this tells us is that this document – Matthew, can be trusted as a historical document.  This is something that actually happened, not just a nice story.)
  • SAY:  This woman gave her very best to Jesus, we don’t know exactly how much this perfume would be worth, but enough that Jesus’ disciples got upset with her.  What it tells me is that it’s important to give Jesus our best.
  • How can we, as a family, give Jesus our best?  Let’s brainstorm some things we can do and then do them this week.
  • Thank God for His grace in your life and tell Him how you want to give Him your best!

Matthew 26:1-5 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-261-5/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:26:05 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28013

Family Bible Study:
‘Jesus finished saying all these things. Then he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover Feast is two days away. The Son of Man will be handed over to be nailed to a cross.” Then the chief priests met with the elders of the people. They met in the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest. They made plans to arrest Jesus secretly. They wanted to kill him. “But not during the feast,” they said. “The people may stir up trouble.” ‘ Matthew 26:1-5 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.26.1-5
  • Have someone read the passage?
  • Do you guys know what the Passover Feast is?  Let’s look it up.
  • Google “passover in the time of Jesus,” what interesting things can we learn?
  • Do you think it would be surprising to the disciples to hear Jesus talking about this feast and then saying He is going to be nailed to a cross?  Why do you think so?
  • What would you have said to Jesus if you were one of His disciples and heard him say this?  (PARENTS NOTE:   remember, the disciples didn’t know that Jesus was going to die – it didn’t make sense for them.  So, for them, this would have been confusing as you saying to your child, “tonight I will be standing on top of the statue of liberty.”  They would have just thought, “this is crazy…”)
  • Why do you think the chief priests and the elders don’t want to kill Jesus during the feast?
  • Do you remember a while back what the people were doing and saying when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey?  (PARENTS NOTE:   the people were crying hosanna and putting their own coats on the ground for the donkey to walk on)
  • SAY:  what the disciples and the elders didn’t know was that Jesus chose passover specifically to die so He could become our passover lamb and rescue us from the grip of death.  No one really knew what Jesus was going to die for us except for Him, to face that for you and me is the bravest most loving thing anyone could do.  Let’s take some time to thank Jesus for loving us so much!
  • Pray for God to give your child a heart for people and to see Jesus in the faces of those you are around.

Matthew 25:31-46 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-2531-46/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:09:54 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28011

Family Bible Study:
‘“The Son of Man will come in all his glory. All the angels will come with him. Then he will sit in glory on his throne. All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate the people into two groups. He will be like a shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep to his right and the goats to his left. “Then the King will speak to those on his right. He will say, ‘My Father has blessed you. Come and take what is yours. It is the kingdom prepared for you since the world was created. I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.’ “Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘You are cursed! Go away from me into the fire that burns forever. It has been prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry. But you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty. But you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger. But you did not invite me in. I needed clothes. But you did not give me any. I was sick and in prison. But you did not take care of me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and not help you? When did we see you as a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you didn’t do for one of the least important of these, you didn’t do for me.’ “Then they will go away to be punished forever. But those who have done what is right will receive eternal life.”’ Matthew 25:31-46 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.25.31-46
  • Read the passage?
  • Ok, let’s act out this passage.  Tell me the story by acting
  • What was it that the people on the right of Jesus had done?
  • What was it that the people on the left did?
  • Why does Jesus say that whatever they did (or did not do) to the least of these, they did to Him?  (PARENTS NOTE:   Jesus is explaining to them that when they do something for other people, especially those who are hurting, poor, or being treated unfairly, that they are doing those things for Jesus – as if He was there.)
  • What are some things that we have done as a family or you have done to help other people?
  • SAY:  It could be easy to think that Jesus is saying if we want to go to heaven we just need to do good things.  But that’s not what He’s saying, what He’s trying to get across to His disciples is that people who truly believe in Him WILL do good things for those who don’t have good things.  Being a follower of Jesus should change the way we act towards other people.
  • What are some things we need to change when it comes towards how we act towards other people?  What about towards our family members or friends?
  • SAY:  Don’t forget, when we treat others with kindness like they were Jesus, we are actually doing it for Him!  So let’s love each other and other people a lot today!
  • Pray for God to give your child a heart for people and to see Jesus in the faces of those you are around.

Matthew‬ ‭25:14-30 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew%e2%80%ac-%e2%80%ad2514-30/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 04:11:13 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28008

Family Bible Study:
““Again, here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like. A man was going on a journey. He sent for his slaves and put them in charge of his money. He gave five bags of gold to one. He gave two bags to another. And he gave one bag to the third. The man gave each slave the amount of money he knew the slave could take care of. Then he went on his journey. The slave who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work. He earned five bags more. The one with the two bags of gold earned two more. But the man who had received one bag went and dug a hole in the ground. He hid his master’s money in it. “After a long time the master of those slaves returned. He wanted to collect all the money they had earned. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have earned five more.’ “His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you trusted me with two bags of gold. See, I have earned two more.’ “His master replied, ‘You have done well, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man. You harvest where you have not planted. You gather crops where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid. I went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You evil, lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I have not planted? You knew that I gather crops where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money in the bank. When I returned, I would have received it back with interest.’ “Then his master commanded the other slaves, ‘Take the bag of gold from him. Give it to the one who has ten bags. Everyone who has will be given more. They will have more than enough. And what about anyone who doesn’t have? Even what they have will be taken away from them. Throw that worthless slave outside. There in the darkness, people will weep and grind their teeth.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:14-30‬ ‭NIRV‬‬
  • I need some actors, who wants to act out this story while I read?  (If you only have one Child have them play all the parts, let them have fun)
  • Read the passage?
  • Does anyone know how much one of those bags of gold would have been worth?  It would have been worth 20 years of a working persons labor.
  • What would you do with that much money?
  • Why was the master mad at the servant who buried his gold? (PARENTS NOTE:   The has given each servant an amount of gold based on their ability, the master did not expect the servant with one bag of gold to get the same amount of return as the ones with more, but he certainly did not expect him to bury it.)
  • Do you think God expects us to do great things for His kingdom with the things he’s given us?  Explain.
  • Let’s make a list of all the good things Good has given us and think of ways we could use them for God.  
  • Thank God for being so generous to your family, ask Him to help you keep setting ways to be generous to others with what He’s govern you. 

Matthew 25:1-13 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-251-13/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:04:50 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28005

Family Bible Study:
‘“Here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like at that time. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish. Five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t take any olive oil with them. The wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. The groom did not come for a long time. So the bridesmaids all grew tired and fell asleep. “At midnight someone cried out, ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There may not be enough for all of us. Instead, go to those who sell oil. Buy some for yourselves.’ “So they went to buy the oil. But while they were on their way, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went in with him to the wedding dinner. Then the door was shut. “Later, the other bridesmaids also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. I don’t know you.’ “So keep watch. You do not know the day or the hour that the groom will come. ‘ Matthew 25:1-13 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.25.1-13
  • Who wants to read today?
  • SAY:  Did you know that weddings in Jesus’ day lasted a lot longer than today?  They were like a giant party.  Part of the celebration was the Groom going to finalize his bridal dowry (the money he would pay for her – it’s a funny way of doing it to us) for His new wife with her parents.  He would go off and they would haggle (negotiate).  While he did that, everyone else was supposed to wait and be ready, because at some point, there would be someone who would come and tell them the groom is coming.  When this happened, they were supposed to be ready with their lamps lit and make a parade to where the wedding would be held.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it!
  • In the story Jesus told today, there were two types of bridesmaids.  Tell me what was different about the two groups?
  • Why didn’t the other bridesmaids give some of their oil?  (PARENTS NOTE:  They had only brought enough for themselves to get in – this can be hard for kids because we teach them to be kind and share. Explain to them that the foolish bridesmaids made a big mistake and if the others had helped them, it would have kept them from getting into the wedding too.  Jesus’ whole point is that you can’t rely on someone else to get you in, it is about YOU being ready.)
  • Someday Jesus is going to return too – He’s like that groom, off preparing for us someday, what do you think we can do to keep “oil” in our lamps and stay ready for Him?  (PARENTS NOTE:  Help your kids think through things that help them build their relationship with Jesus.  Prayer, share Jesus with others, study the bible, memorize bible verses, serve at church, etc.  Jesus’ big point though, is that He will say to them, “I don’t know you,” what Jesus cares about more than anything is “knowing” you, having an intimate, loving, real relationship with you.)
  • Have a prayer time where you tell Jesus all the things you are thankful for and tell Him how much you want to always be close to Him.

Matthew 24:45-51 https://www.oswegochristian.com/matthew-2445-51/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:04:50 +0000 https://www.oswegochristian.com/?p=28004

Family Bible Study:
‘“Suppose a master puts one of his slaves in charge of the other slaves in his house. The slave’s job is to give them their food at the right time. The master wants a faithful and wise slave for this. It will be good for the slave if the master finds him doing his job when the master returns. What I’m about to tell you is true. The master will put that slave in charge of everything he owns. But suppose that slave is evil. Suppose he says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time.’ Suppose he begins to beat the other slaves. And suppose he eats and drinks with those who drink too much. The master of that slave will come back on a day the slave doesn’t expect him. He will return at an hour the slave does not know. Then the master will cut him to pieces. He will send him to the place where pretenders go. There people will weep and grind their teeth.’ Matthew 24:45-51 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.24.45-51
  • If you could pick one chore to stop doing, what would it be?
  • Today, we are going tor read a story Jesus told about a servant who quit doing his job after his master left, let’s read it together.   (PARENTS NOTE:  just in case this passage brings up the topic of slavery with your child.  Slavery was different in biblical times.  Slaves were more like what we would think of as a servant in a household.  It is true that they were owned, but most had sold themselves into slavery to pay off a debt.)
  • Have someone read the passage.
  • There are two kinds of servants in this passage that Jesus talks about.  Let’s act it out.  One of you be the good servant and one of you be the bad servant. (if you only have one child, have them act out both parts)
  • Have you ever been in class at school and had your teacher leave the room for a while?  What happens while they are gone? (PARENTS NOTE:  If you have a funny story from your childhood, tell it now – children love hearing stories about their parents childhood.)
  • Why do you think the bad servant treats all the other servants so poorly? 
  • Jesus has pretty hard words for the bad servant doesn’t He?  Why do you think Jesus is so hard on him?  (PARENTS NOTE:  Jesus is making a point about us being ready for Him.  Remember, he is talking to His disciples who will one day be leaders for all His church.  He is reminding them that He will leave them in charge, and it’s their job to feed and protect people, not to take advantage of the situation.)
  • How can we make sure that we stay ready for when Jesus returns?
  • Pray with your child and ask God to help you stay prepared and ready for Him – to care for those around you and love the people He puts in your life.