Hey BridgeKids Families!
Zechariah’s son, John, grew up in the wilderness. John’s ministry began when God’s word came to him, and he began preaching near the Jordan River. John worked to get the people ready for the coming of Jesus, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy, “A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness” (Isa. 40:3).
Open your Bibles to Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:21-22 and John 1:19-34. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how John called the people to repent of their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River. John also instructed the people on right living. (See Luke 3:10-14.) Some of the people suspected that John might be the Messiah, but John insisted, “One is coming who is more powerful than I” (Luke 3:16).
Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John at the Jordan River. Wait a second. John was calling people to a baptism of repentance. We know Jesus never sinned (see Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21), so why did Jesus come to be baptized? John was right when he said, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?” (Matt. 3:14).
Commentators’ ideas vary about why Jesus was baptized. Perhaps He was affirming John’s work. Maybe He was identifying with sinners or showing them how they would be saved—through His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus answered John, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15).
Jesus never sinned, but He obeyed God and was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we turn from sin and start a new life—a life lived for Jesus.
Help your kids understand that baptism is not what saves us; baptism is a way we show that we have been saved. Baptism reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we die to sin and come into a new way of life—a life lived for Jesus. (See Rom. 6:3-4.)
Ask the questions:
- Who was baptized in the Bible story? (Jesus, who never sinned)
- What kind of people are baptized today? (repentant sinners)
- Where was Jesus baptized? (in the Jordan River)
- Where are people baptized today? (in water, like in a baptistry)
- Why was Jesus baptized? (to obey God, to set an example for us)
- Why are people baptized today? (to follow Jesus’ example, to show others that we have trusted in Jesus)
- Who baptized Jesus? (John)
- Who baptizes us? (a pastor or church leader)
- Whose baptism is pleasing to God? (Jesus’ and ours)
- 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 week we are collecting crafts for the shoeboxes. Some ideas are coloring books and crayons, pencils and sharpener, watercolor paints, notebooks, Playdough w/ cookie cutter, stickers, fishing kit, marbles, puzzles, compass, binoculars, gardening kit w/ gloves and trowel (no seeds). Items can be dropped off in the BridgeKids check in area!
BridgeKids Summer Nights – Get ready for a Hawaiian Luau! We are going to have an awesome summer party time as we celebrate with a Luau! So practice your limbo and hula hooping and come on out for a great time! Tuesday August 14 at LifeBridge in the Landing from 6 – 7:30. Parents are welcome to stay, but you can take a date night too!