January 25th, 2019
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: José perdona a sus hermanos
English Preschool: Joseph Forgave His Brothers
School Age: Joseph Forgave His Brothers
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Caleb Bergman participated in class.
-Jacob Bergman helped set up the classroom.
-Vanessa Emokah made a new friend in class.
-Brandon Hartman has a birthday on January 28.
-Nicole Leon made a new friend in class.
-Aubrey Lopez has a birthday on January 30 and she made a new friend in class.
-Oliver Lowrance helped set up the classroom.
-Natalie Osorto has a birthday today.
-Maya Pino was a great listener and a leader in a class project.
-Lyla Sensing sang a new song for the class.
-Angela Solorzano worked until she accomplished a challenging project.
-In the Kindergarten-2nd Grade Class Jacob Bergman, Oliver Lowrance, Aiden Martinez, Sammy Pino, Logan Sensing, and Weston Sensing made up some great new verses to a song.
-In the 3rd-5th Grade Class Jassiel Baez, Jedany Baez, Caleb Bergman, Elias-Ivan Hernandez, and Dayleen Valdes read from the book of Genesis.
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Noche de Alabanza
This idea that God can use children to teach us, that we have an opportunity to gain spiritual insight from those we are called to raise and teach, comes from our Lord himself, who in this regard was something of a revolutionary.
In the first century, children enjoyed little esteem and virtually no respect. While families appreciated their own children, society merely tolerated them. The very language of the day reveals this first-century prejudice. One Greek word for child (pais or paidion) also can mean “servant” or “slave.” Yet another (nepios) carries connotations of inexperience, foolishness, and helplessness. Greek philosophers regularly chided a stupid or foolish man by calling him “nepios.” Indeed, even biblical writers admonished Christians to “stop thinking like children [paidia]” (1 Corinthians 14:20).
Imagine, then, the people’s astonishment when Jesus brings a troublesome, noisy child and places him in front of the crowd (Matthew 18:1-9). With His hand on the lad’s shoulder, Jesus has the audacity to suggest that this small tyke provides an example to be followed.
Even the boy himself had to feel great surprise! Young children couldn’t wait to reach adulthood. They eagerly looked forward to shedding their lowly station.
But Jesus said, “No, you’re missing it entirely. Unless you humble yourself like one of these, you’ll never enter the kingdom of God.” He means, “Look at them now, learn from them now, and aspire to become like them.”
Then Jesus does it yet again, just after He clears the temple of the money changers (see Matthew 21:12–16). Jesus not only chases off the thieves, but He heals the blind and the lame as well. The kids start shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
The chief priests and teachers of the law were furious and demanded of him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
What went on here? The religious leaders scoffed at Jesus: “Rein in these ignorant, foolish, and lowly children who treat you like the Messiah. You might be able to fool them, but we see right through you!” Jesus shrewdly turned the tables, in essence saying, “You were fooled, but not the ‘ignorant’ children!”
Jesus seemed to delight in the fact that “inexperienced, simple” children had an understanding superior to the trained adults.
Speaking to the crowds in Galilee, Jesus declared, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure” (Matthew 11:25–26).
We find the genius of children, spiritually speaking, in their helpless state. The Bible, as well as Christian spirituality, has consistently held pride as the greatest spiritual failing known to humankind. The message of the gospel scandalizes the proud: it insists that we admit we are fallen, helpless, and in need of someone to pay the price on our behalf and then to imbue us with a foreign power so that we can live life the way it was meant to be lived. An infant incarnates this truth perfectly.
The process of parenting is one of the most spiritually formative journeys a man and a woman can ever undertake. Unless we are stone-cold spiritually – virtually spiritual corpses – the journey of caring for, raising, training, and loving children will mark us indelibly and powerfully. We cannot be the same people we once were; we will be forever changed, eternally altered. Spiritually speaking, we need to raise children every bit as much as they need us to raise them.
Condensed from “Jesus Said, ‘Become Like Little Children’” by Gary L. Thomas from faithgateway.com.