On this page, Tammy shares ideas for crafts, prayers and Scriptures to make Sunday School a home experience for the whole family! Our Sunday school is also meeting in person on Sunday mornings in Fellowship Hall!
LOOK, OVER HERE!
How often do we go out looking for God? We seek him high and low. We look for him in nature, in church, in other people. Yet, we don’t need to go anywhere or look beyond ourselves to find him. He’s waiting for us inside the whole time. Jesus was asked when the kingdom of God would come. The kingdom of God, Jesus replied, is not something people will be able to see and point to.
The kingdom of God is within you.
The Kingdom of Heaven, sometimes called the Kingdom of God in the Bible, is more than just a place, though. What do you usually think of when you hear the word “kingdom?” We usually picture castles and kings and rolling hills and knights in shining armor riding out to battle on white horses. We picture a kingdom as a place.
God’s Kingdom is about “living a life of goodness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” how can YOU bring God’s Kingdom to your friends and family?
God’s Kingdom isn’t like any other Kingdom we’ve ever seen or heard of, it’s unique because it’s inside His people and it goes where we go! LETS PRAY for God to help us to show the goodness, peace, and joy of the Kingdom to everyone we meet!
Since we are Christians, we represent the Kingdom of Heaven and carry the Kingdom of Heaven everywhere we go. We live like citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Parables are stories Jesus told to teach us important lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven. From them, we learn what Heaven is like, what God is like, and what we should do as citizens of Heaven.
If this idea seems a little confusing to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The Pharisees were confused by it too. Let’s look up Luke 17:20-21 in our Bibles:
“One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, ‘When will the Kingdom of God come?’ Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, “Here it is!” or “It’s over there!” For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
In these verses, the Pharisees are asking Jesus about a place and a certain kind of rule they expected. But Jesus surprised them by saying the Kingdom of Heaven won’t be a place that shows up with trumpets and banners and knights in shining armor. He told the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God was already among them. The Kingdom of God, also called the Kingdom of Heaven, is in people who believe in Jesus and follow Him as their King. When we decide we want to repent of our sins and give our lives to Jesus, he makes us princes and princesses. We are adopted by God when we believe in Jesus. (Eph 1:5). Since God is the King, that makes us princes and princesses! Since we are sons and daughters of God, we follow his rule and reign wherever we go. Think of being on a sports team, or going on field trips with school. When we go out as a part of a group, we are expected to be on our best behavior so we can show that we come from a good team or a good school. Since we are Christians, we represent the Kingdom of Heaven and carry the Kingdom of Heaven everywhere we go.
So now that we understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is not only a place, but is Jesus ruling in our hearts, let’s look at a parable that describes what the Kingdom of Heaven is like in more detail.
The parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4: 30–32)
Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a little mustard seed. When this little seed is planted it grows into a huge plant, many times the size of the little seed.
From the parable of the mustard seed, we learn that no matter how young and small we are, Jesus can do BIG things through us!
What are some small things we can do to show others that we love Jesus?
Don’t you love playing hide and seek — a game in which all but one participant hides with the intent of being the last one found. But it wouldn’t amount to much if one person didn’t seek the others, would it? Consider us the “it” seeking God’s Kingdom with all we have, looking in every nook and cranny until our search results in us finding Him.
How do I pray for the kingdom of God?
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.” Amen.