Monthly lessons

August Weekly CBkids Lessons

This month we are learning more about Jesus and some of the miracles he preformed while on Earth. We are going to look at Jesus calming a storm, feeding a crowd, walking on water and showing us his glory. The more we know Jesus, the more we know about God.

Our memory verse this month is a psalm that is a wonderful reminder that God is good. All He does is good. All His plans are good. We can trust Him through every trial and all hard times we face.

Aug 23rd Talking Points

Our big picture question helps us think about Jesus’ miracles. Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God, to show He is the Son of God, and to care for people. Whenever Jesus did something by God’s power that would normally have been impossible, it communicated wonderful things about Jesus. His miracles met people’s physical needs and showed that He is the Messiah, God’s Son. Not only is He able to save us, He wants to as well!

At the start of our unit, we learned that Jesus calmed a storm to show the disciples He is God. Last week, we discussed how Jesus miraculously fed a crowd with five loaves and two fish. Immediately after that, Jesus sent His disciples back across the lake and stayed behind to pray. Another dangerous storm arose, but this time, Jesus wasn’t with the disciples!

Jesus’ disciples found themselves at the mercy of a dangerous storm once again, but this time, they couldn’t just wake Jesus and say “Save us!” But what I love about this story is that even though Jesus was still way back on the mountain, He knew about their troubles and came to save them. Jesus showed He is God by walking on water. Not only was this something miraculous that could only happen by God’s power, it was also a picture of God’s love for us. Jesus did not walk away from danger, He walked right into it! He strolled into the middle of the storm to be with His disciples.

Peter—who was always confident but often wrong—showed great courage and faith when he stepped out of the boat, but it didn’t last long in the face of the storm. Even so, as soon as Peter began to sink, he called out for Jesus. Jesus didn’t delay in saving him. Jesus didn’t say, “Sorry, Pete, looks like you’ll have to swim back to the boat.” Jesus saved him right away. Jesus wasn’t angry that Peter doubted, but He wanted Peter to have more faith. When they got back in the boat, Jesus calmed this storm too, and all the disciples worshiped Jesus.

Jesus proved that He can be trusted. His miracles, teaching, death, and resurrection showed that He is who He says He is. Only Jesus can save us when we look to Him in faith. Whenever we struggle to trust God or feel doubts growing in our mind, we can turn to Jesus and pray. We can ask Him to give us more faith and protect us from our doubts.

All of God’s plans are good. All of His actions are good. We can trust God because everything about Him is good! That was true when our monthly verse was written, it has been true ever since then, and it will be true forever.

When Peter called out to Jesus to save him from drowning, Jesus didn’t wait until Peter had done something to prove his faith. Jesus saved Peter just as he was. Jesus can save us too when we call out to Him, and He can transform us into new creations with hearts that love and obey God.

Lord, thank You that You are trustworthy. Help us love You and obey You out of love. Give us more faith each day. Give us courage to live for You even when the world around us says that is foolish or wrong. Amen.

Aug 30th Talking Points

We’ve been studying a big picture question and answer about Jesus’ miracles. Remember that a miracle is something done by God’s power that would normally be impossible. Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to glorify God, to show He is the Son of God, and to care for people. When Jesus did impossible things, it proved that He has power over creation. It demonstrated that He is God the Son. He also used miracles to meet people’s needs for food, healing, and safety.

We learned that Jesus calmed a storm to show the disciples He is God. He protected His disciples from sinking and showed His power. We also talked about the time Jesus miraculously fed a crowd with five loaves and two fish. Again, Jesus was showing compassion on the hungry people and proving that He is God. When another storm put the disciples in danger, Jesus showed He is God by walking on water. They all worshiped Him and glorified God after that. This week, we will look at a story called “Jesus Showed His Glory.”

Jesus showed His glory to Peter, James, and John. Mark wrote that Jesus’ clothing was whiter than any person could get them no matter how he or she washed them. Matthew explained that Jesus’ face shone like the sun! It would have been an incredible sight. Jesus’ glory is bright and intense, but it’s more than just a light.

Jesus’ glory is sort of like a combination of many different, wonderful things about Him. His glory is the intensity of His goodness. It is the depth of His love. It is the fullness of His holiness. It is the height of His fame. It is the length of His endlessness. It is also the majesty of His power. Jesus is the greatest treasure in the world. Jesus is more than a good man or a wise teacher, He is God the Son. The Bible tells us He is the image of the invisible God. He is the King of kings. All things were created by Him and for Him. Without Him, all of creation could no longer exist. When Peter, James, and John saw Jesus in His glory, they saw who Jesus really is more clearly than they ever had before.

Jesus showed His glory to Peter, James, and John. Jesus said He would die, rise from the dead, and return to heaven. One day, Jesus will come back to earth in His glory to make all things new. This story tells of the first time Jesus revealed His glory to humans, but it will not be the last time humans see Jesus in glory. When Jesus returns to earth wearing bright white clothing and shining brighter than the sun, He will destroy all evil and fix everything wrong in the world. Everyone who has faith in Jesus will receive new, glorified bodies to live forever with God.

This month's key passage helps us think about God. His plans and actions are perfect and righteous. We can praise Him for doing what is best. Jesus loves us just as we are, but when we have faith in Him, He does not leave us the way we are. Instead, He changes us to be more and more like Him. Someday He will return and give us glorified bodies to live with God forever in His perfectly restored world.

Lord, help us glorify You. Give us wisdom to obey and courage to tell others about You. We know that we can only imagine how wonderful You are. Help us live in hope for the time when Jesus will return to fix everything wrong. Amen.