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Colossian - Only Jesus can Complete me

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Colossian - Only Jesus can Complete me Being a Christian means more that reading our bibles and going to church: Our day-to-day actions must also reflect our love for Jesus. Today we learned how our Christian conduct, or behavior, should be motivated by our desire to represent Jesus instead of fitting in with the world. And while there are many things that can “fill” our time, thoughts, and hearts, only filling ourselves with Jesus gives true contentment. His victory over death makes it possible for us to persevere and rely on Him. And because we know that God has our best interests in mind, we can trust His plans and obey His word! (Scriptures used: Colossians 2:6-15) Memory Verse: “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” Colossians 1:13 NIV Suggested Parent/Child Activity: While shopping, teach your child about using a credit card. Explain the benefits (being able to b

Justification - Grace Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - Grace Matters Being justified, or perfected by God, involves both obedience (the law) and grace (God’s unmerited favor). Today’s lesson taught us the necessity of His grace for our salvation. We could never earn grace, so God provided a solution for the payment of our sins. His justification depends on a perfect, sacrifice for our sins, and grace matters because it bridges the gap between the punishment for our sins and eternal life. Without God’s provision of grace through the death of His Son, we would never be fully justified. Receiving His grace through faith means we accept the gift of Jesus’ shed blood as payment for our sins. And through faith, we are fully justified before God. (Scripture used: Romans 3:21-31) Memory Verse: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 NIV  Suggested Parent/Child A

Justification - The Law Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - The law Matters Being justified, or perfected by God, involves both obedience (the law) and grace (God’s unmerited favor). Today’s lesson outlined the importance of the law by identifying the reasons it was created. Because all have sinned, the law has a very special part in justification. However, there is a distinction about the law that many misunderstand: God requires more than obedience to truly be justified. While God’s standards teach us that we are sinful and need Him, obedience alone cannot justify us and make us perfect. Obedience leads to salvation through grace. And the law matters because God desires that we reflect His nature through our words and actions. (Scriptures used: Romans 3:10- 20) Memory Verse: “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20 NIV  Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Review your chi

Justification - God's Faithfulness Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - God's Faithfulness Matters Today’s lesson was the second in a series about God’s justification in our lives (how He perfects us to be more like Him). When we become believers, there should be a continual change in our desires, thoughts, and actions toward the things of God as He justifies us. However, sometimes people misinterpret God’s perfect faithfulness and think it’s okay to still sin since He can make good come from it. Today we learned how human reasoning and judgments can keep us from truly understanding God’s purposes as He seeks to make us more like Him, and it’s never right to sin. Everyone is a sinner, so we all have the opportunity to receive salvation and allow God’s justification to change our hearts and minds. And that’s why His faithfulness matters! (Scriptures used: Romans 3:1-9) Memory Verse: "He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright