Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summaries, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child! Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.
Teaching God’s Word
The Gospel of Matthew formed the basis of our 3rd-5th graders lesson this week. Jesus calls on us all to be the Salt and the Light and to show others the power of God’s Word through our actions. The church was just beginning and followers were often in hiding to avoid persecution. Matthew is calling on the members of the church not to hide their beliefs, but to be a beacon of light and help to lead others to God’s teachings and the Salt that prevents the world from going bad.
Our younger children learned about those that Jesus first called to be the teachers of God’s Word, the Disciples. Jesus brought together men from all walks of life to help him in his journey and to carry his message to others after he returned to God. These first teachers should be our role models as we continue the work they began.
Table Talk Questions
- What is the purpose of a lamp? What is the light that Christians have to offer?
- Salt was essential for preventing food from spoiling or “going bad.” How might following in God’s ways prevent the world from “going bad?”
- Why do you think the people in the early church might have preferred to hide their light – their love of Christ – in the world? When might followers of Jesus today feel the same way?
- What did Jesus call on his Disciples, and Matthew on members of the early church, to do? How can we follow in their path today?