Hey BridgeKids Families!

The Book of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His time at the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). Both stories set the stage for Jesus’ ministry on earth as an adult.

Family Devotional

Open your Bibles to Luke 2:40-52. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews. They had dedicated the baby Jesus according to the law of Moses, and they traveled to Jerusalem each year to celebrate Passover. God had commanded the men to appear before Him three times a year to observe certain festivals. (See Deut. 16:16.) Once a year, those who followed God’s law would travel to Jerusalem—often in large groups—to celebrate Passover.

In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood, social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem, Joseph might have taken Jesus around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and explain the purpose of the Passover feast.

Jesus’ parents started the journey back home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. Mary and Joseph traveled for a day before they noticed Jesus was missing. They went back to Jerusalem and found Him at the temple.

When Mary asked why He had done this, Jesus answered Mary’s question with a question: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin.

Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan. As Jesus grew up, He became strong and wise. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

Ask the questions:    
  • Why did Jesus’ family travel to Jerusalem? (to celebrate Passover, Luke 2:41)
  • How often did the Jewish people celebrate Passover? (every year, Luke 2:41)
  • How old was Jesus in today’s Bible story? (12 years old, Luke 2:42)
  • How long did Mary and Joseph travel before they realized Jesus was missing? (a whole day, Luke 2:44)
  • Where did Mary and Joseph find Jesus? (at the temple, Luke 2:46)
  • What was Jesus doing at the temple? (listening to the teachers and asking them questions, Luke 2:46)
  • Why did Jesus say He was at the temple? (He had to be in His Father’s house, Luke 2:49)
  • Did Jesus sin by staying behind in Jerusalem? (No, Jesus never sinned; Luke 2:51; 2 Cor. 5:21)
  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

BridgeKids Announcements

  • Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God.  Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
  • Operation Christmas Child: BridgeKids has a goal of sending at least 100 shoeboxes this Christmas.  Every week we are collecting a new themed item for our boxes.  Drop items in the BK check in area. Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ
    Stay tuned to BridgeKids Facebook for more details! This weeks item is the shoeboxes themselves.  We are collecting 6 qt. plastic boxes.  These can be found at Wal Mart, Meijer or the dollar store for less than a dollar a piece.

BridgeKids Summer Nights: Family Movie Night! Come out to the Landing at LifeBridge Church for a family movie night!  We will have snacks and watch The Incredibles.  This will be a great night of just hanging out together! Movie will start a 6 pm on Tuesday, August 7.