Updated: April 2020
Living in the new world of Coronavirus, we are forced to think differently how we interact with each other on a regular basis. With this in mind, let’s answer these challenging times with a Challenge!
For the final challenge we will look at the final week of Christ on Earth.
Many of us know the passage from Scripture very well, (found in the gospels) or
so we think...
Refresh your memory by reading through Scripture on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Are you able to retell it in your own words?
Here is the challenge: retell the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus in your own words while having someone video your retelling.
Ideas on how? Try to include the whole family, giving speaking parts to everyone as though you were performing a play.
Or … make it a puppet show using stuffed animals, etc.
Or … Draw/color each scene and record audio as you flip through the scenes.
Can you think of other ways you can retell the Good News?
Video your final project and send to a friend or anyone who needs to hear the
This week you are challenged with going undercover ~ Secret Agent for the Lord!
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for you own personal interests, but also the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
You have been identified as someone who loves the Lord and invited to join His service, G.U.E.S.S, G – God’s U – Undercover E – Especially S – Secret S -Service!
GUESS are kids who love the Lord and want to train to be His Servant. Part of that training is learning to serve without being noticed or recognized for that service. No rewards, no treats, no “good job”. You’re doing the service knowing that God has asked you to serve and that He sees you serve others, secretly, without EVER telling anyone what you did (okay, maybe mom and dad).
To prepare for these missions, should you accept, are:
Task One. Make up a smalls card that have G.U.E.S.S. on the top, to help others identify who has served them. Below “G.U.E.S.S. you might write a verse about serving, i.e.,
1 Timothy 6:18, “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share.”
Or perhaps you have another verse you would like to use.
Try to make several cards so you can practice your training to serve more than once.
Task Two. Keep on the look out for someone who could use a helping hand or some
cheering up. Once identified, secretly plan how you can help.
Some examples: (without being told)
folding the laundry for your mom, vacuuming, helping with a younger sibling,
reading a book to someone, making lunch and cleaning up afterwards, leaving
flowers for a neighbor, etc, etc.
Remember in God’s service it is the Lord who gets the glory!
Many of us have heard of the Wordless Book. Take the five colors Black, Red, White, Green and Gold, using corresponding verses for each color in order to present the Gospel. It’s a simple technique to remember, but has been used so frequently
with beads on bracelets that it has almost become boring.
Your family challenge is to find a new way to present the wordless book! For example, maybe your neighbor could use cheering up so you decide to take over a fruit salad. Choose colorful fruit to go along with the wordless book (Red strawberry, blackberry, white coconut flakes, green grapes, and gold pineapple). Share the salad AND the gospel!
Please feel free to share your challenges/ideas. We would love to see videos or pictures!
They can be sent to: Maria Gabbart - firstname.lastname@example.org
Colors and corresponding verses:
For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- The dark page represents something that prevents us from being with God: sin.
Sins are the things we do that make God unhappy
Doing, saying or thinking bad things are sins
Telling lies, disobeying your parents, hurting others and being selfish are
examples of sins
All of us have sinned
- The punishment for our sins is that we can't be with God in heaven.
Because of sin, our hearts are no longer clean
God is perfect. Perfectly good, and perfectly clean
Because God is perfectly clean, he can only allow those with clean hearts into
- On our own, we can't make our hearts clean.
- But God loves us so much that he provides a way for our hearts to be made
The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from ALL sin.
1 John 1:7
- The red color in the Wordless Book represents the blood of Jesus — the only
way our hearts can be made clean.
God loves us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus, to earth
Jesus was a man who was different from any other person
Jesus is God and never sinned
- Jesus came from heaven to earth to take the punishment for our sins.
Instead of us being punished, He took our place
Jesus died on the cross so that all the wrong things that we have done can be
And on the third day, Jesus became alive again
- When Jesus took the punishment for our sins, something amazing happened.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me,
and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
- The amazing thing is that our hearts can now be made clean — even cleaner
than this clean page.
- But before our hearts can be made clean, we need to:
Admit that we have sinned and ask God to forgive us
Believe that Jesus died on the cross to be punished instead of us, and
Invite Jesus into our lives to help us turn away from sin
- When we do these things sincerely, our hearts will be made clean.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
- The green color in the Wordless Book reminds us of things that grow, like
grass, leaves and trees.
- After praying for forgiveness and for Jesus to come into your life, you now
have a special relationship with him.
- It is important that you grow in your relationship with Jesus. You can do this
Talking to God
Reading God’s word, the Bible, and
In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? John
- Gold reminds me of heaven.
- Heaven is a wonderful place.
There is no sickness, no pain and no hunger
No one ever dies
Everyone is perfectly happy
- The most wonderful thing about heaven is that it is God's home.
- God loves us very much and wants us to be with him.