Habakkuk was such a rich book to go through these past few weeks. We have really seen God work through His word.
As a storm passed through yesterday afternoon, I felt it was fitting to sing in the middle of it!
Kids Worship was a lot of fun yesterday! We had a great time finishing up Habakkuk. If you missed Jerry’s sermon yesterday, click here. Here are the Conversation Starters for this week:
- What is your favorite song?
- If you didn’t say a Christian song, then what Christian song is your favorite? (If you as a parent don’t know their song, go listen to it.)
- Do you know every word to that song?
- Did you know that you can sing that song even when it’s hard to?
- Habakkuk was in a storm, but he said he would rejoice in the Lord. What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord?
- Can you rejoice in the Lord even when you are scared?
- Habakkuk says that God is his strength. What does he mean?
- Is there anyone stronger than God?
- Let’s practice singing our song!!! (Yes, you have to sing their favorite song with them!)
The Holy Spirit was evident at Grace yesterday. It was amazing to see the Holy Spirit moving. The only person who receives glory is our good, good Father.
Little Pike Jr. brought the message to the kids in Kids Worship yesterday. I heard only great things about it! After reading his sermon, I truly believe that he did awesome.
The Conversation Starters are based off of Pike’s sermon in Kids Worship. It goes directly with what I preached in Adult Worship. If you missed the sermon yesterday, please listen to it here. Please adjust these questions to fit you and your kiddos!
- What is something that you are scared of?
- Are you scared of thunderstorms?
- If not, what is something you are scared of?
- Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm (or whatever you are scared of)?
- Have you ever sung a song in the middle of it?
- Habakkuk was in the middle of a storm and sang a song. How did he do that?
- He did that because he had to Remember What God Had Done. What is something God has done in the past to help you feel safe? (Ended the thunderstorm? Got you through a scared time?)
- Habakkuk also had to Remember Why God Did It. (Read Habakkuk 3:13). Did you know that God helps you in the storm because he loves you?
- Habakkuk also had to Anticipate What God Will Do. (Read Habakkuk 3:16).
- Habakkuk was clearly scared, right? He knew that God would get him through the storm because he had done it before.
- Choose a song that you love. The next time you are scared, sing that song. And remember that God has protected you before, and he will do it again.
What an awesome day to worship our Lord yesterday! It is comforting to know that even in the midst of evil God will have his way.
God is never not sovereign over us.
In Kids Worship, we used different “woes” than adult worship did. If you did not hear Jerry’s sermon from yesterday, please listen here. I will give my five woes compared to Jerry’s five woes so that you can know how to ask the kids:
- The Robber Robbed / The Pillager Pillaged
- The Protected Destroyed / The Fortified Dismantled
- The City Disrupted / The Civilized Demoralized
- The Rude Dishonored / The Shameless Defamed
- The Pagan Powerless / The Pagan Idolator
This is just so you (the parent) know what we talked about. Here are the Conversation Starters!
- Have you ever had a player on your team to never came to practice, but they played in games?
- Have you ever had a friend in class who’s parents did their homework and they made better grades than you?
- Is that fair?
- Is God in sovereign even though they prosper?
- King Nebuchadnezzar was evil. Was God sovereign even though he was destroying nations?
- Nebuchadnezzar did many bad things to people, what did God say would happen to Nebuchadnezzar? (He would get what he deserved.)
- What does the cup represent? (God’s wrath.)
- If Nebuchadnezzar would have to receive God’s wrath because of his sin, who took God’s wrath for us? (Jesus.)
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. (Habakkuk 2:3-4 ESV)
How amazing has it been studying Habakkuk? I have received so much encouragement by studying and preparing my sermons from this book.
Live By Faith, Die By Pride. The righteous shall live by faith.
This is essentially the slogan for all of Scripture. This is what God wanted Habakkuk to write plainly on tablets. In Kids Worship, we discussed this very sentence.
If you haven’t heard Jerry’s sermon from Sunday, please listen here.
Here are the Conversation Starters for you and your kids:
- Can you tell me some slogans that companies use? (Use Nike, McDonalds, etc.)
- Read Habakkuk 2:2
- God told Habakkuk to write on tablets. Why on tablets? (Permanence, durability, etc.)
- Read Habakkuk 2:4
- What was the Main Idea in Kids Worship on Sunday? (The Righteous Shall Live By Faith)
- If you commit a crime, are you guilty of that crime?
- If you commit a sin, are you guilty of that sin?
- What does righteousness mean? (A gift of forgiveness)
- Are you righteous without God? (NO)
- Scripture says we have been given righteousness and we are to live by faith. What is faith? (To trust all of the time)
- Do you trust your parents?
- Do you trust the God who made your parents?
- If you are guilty of sin, but been given righteousness, then who received the punishment for the sin? (Jesus)
As always, adjust what need! Enjoy and God bless!
The sovereignty of God is not something we can question, but questioning God in his sovereignty is exactly what we see Habakkuk doing in the passage from Sunday.
The Chaldeans have moved in on the people of Judah and now Habakkuk is seeing the carnage they are bringing. What an eye opening passage.
If you have not listened to Jerry’s sermon from Sunday, please go listen here.
I’m excited to give out these Conversation Starters for all you parents! The sovereignty of God is a heavy subject, but it is crucial for our kids to understand it.
Here are the questions for this week:
- What is the King of England in charge of? (We discussed that he reigns over all of England)
- What does sovereign mean? (We talked about soveREIGN. To reign over a something)
- If the King of England is sovereign over England, what is God sovereign over? (All creation)
- Read Habakkuk 1:12-13.
- Even though we know God is sovereign over all creation, is there still evil in the world?
- Is God sovereign even though people kill other people? (You could mention 9/11 or the Pakistan bombing from Easter Sunday)
- Have you ever asked your parent “Why?”
- Have your parents ever told you to wait and trust them?
- Are you allowed to ask God “Why?” (Habakkuk asks God why)
- Did you know that God wants us to trust him?
- Read Proverbs 3:5-6
Again, feel free to adjust these accordingly! Enjoy and God bless!