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Justification - Matters of the Heart

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - Matters of the Heart Today we started a new series about God justifying us to receive salvation and eternal life. We learned that “justification” means being made and seen as perfect through the eyes of God. Because we sin there must be a way for God to save us (or be justified). Thankfully, He provided the way through Jesus’ death and resurrection! And God cares more about our hearts than outward appearances. He desires for us to be people of honesty, integrity, and love. While obeying Him certainly has importance, we should obey Him because our hearts are changed and not because we want to look good in front of others. Our hearts matter to God, and when we are truly changed by the Spirit our obedience will reflect the love and sacrifice of Christ. (Scriptures used: Romans 2:17-24, 28-29)
Memory Verse:
“The Lord does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b NIV…

NEW BEGINNINGS - We plan, God guides

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  New Beginnings – We plan, God Guides Today, your child learned that we make plans and set goals that seem best to us. There are times when our plans turn out as we had hoped and other times when they turn out quite the opposite. While it may be hard to fully understand, we need to realize that the Lord is in control and will at times establish our steps according to His purposes for our lives. (Scriptures used Isaiah 55:8-9.)
Memory Verse:
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read Isaiah 55:8-9. After reading this passage, discuss why God’s ways and thoughts are better than ours. Read Proverbs 16:9 and Proverbs 19:21. Discuss why is it important to plan and set goals. We are to use our wisdom and discernment when planning anything from small to big. As we plan, God’s purpose for us will prevail and guide us. Sometimes our plans change for the good or get adjusted causin…

NEW BEGINNINGS - On With The New

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  New Beginnings – On with the new Today, your child learned, that as believers, we are to get rid of our old sinful nature and become a new creature in Christ, living our lives in such a way as to best represent Him to the world. (Scriptures used: 2 Corinthians 5:17-22)
Memory Verse:

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception……..Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22 & 24)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-22. After reading this passage, discuss why it is good to get rid of things which hinder us from becoming who God wants us to be. Have each family member go to his or her room and see if there is anything in the room he or she can get rid of because it is broken, useless, or basically just taking up space. Place all the items in a pile on the floor and have each family member discuss why he or she wants to get rid of the item…

NEW BEGINNINGS - Unlimited Chances

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  New Beginnings – Unlimited Chances Today, your child learned that God’s mercy allows us to start afresh. Each week is a new week, each day is a new day and each hour is a new hour. We can come to our Father in Heaven through His Son and ask for forgiveness as often as needed, when we are truly repentant. God will forgive us an unlimited amount of times because His mercy and love is unlimited. When we truly repent, and are sorry for our sin, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will allow for us to be cleansed from our sin. (Scripture used: Matthew 18:22-23)
Memory Verse:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NIV Practice this verse several times with your child during the week. This will help your child remember the verse and it will help to reinforce what he or she learned during class.
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read Matthew 18:22-23 with your child. After reading this …