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Jesus is the Vine: Lent Family Devotions


  • Take your children outside or to a park and find a bush or a tree in your hard that is budding for spring
  • What does this plant need to grow?
  • Does this plant produce anything? (flowers, leaves, fruit, etc.)
  • What happens if a branch breaks off? Does it still grow?
  • Today we are going to look at a story in the Bible where Jesus compares us to branches Read the rest of this entry

Jesus is the Way: Lent Family Devotions for 3/11/2012

Warmup Activity

  • What have we learned about Jesus so far in our family devotions? 
    • You can use the symbol cubes to remind your kids
  • Tonight we are going on a little car trip as part of our devotions and going somewhere new
    • Find a new restaurant or dessert place that your family hasn’t been to
  • Tonight we are going to go to _________. Do you know how to get there? How can we find out how the way to get to there?
  • Go to Google Maps and find the directions to the spot. Print them off and drive to the location. Have one person tell the driver the directions.
  • Once you are there get dessert or food and while you are enjoying, work through the next questions.
  • For us to get to this restaurant, what did we need? (directions)
  • How did the driver know where to go? (they listened to the directions)
  • Tonight we are going to learn about our next symbol and it has something to do with “the path”

The Word

  • Read John 14:2-6
    • “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

      Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

      Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

  • Who is Jesus’ father? 
  • Where is Jesus preparing a place for us?
  • Jesus is the way to who?
  • Just like we needed directions to find this place, we need directions to find God. Jesus says that if we follow him we will find God. We just need to listen to Jesus and he will tell us the way to live.

The Connection

  • What kinds of things distract us from listening to Jesus?
  • Do you think Jesus talks to us? How?
  • Daily application question at dinner: How did you listen to Jesus today?

Symbol Activity

  • What do you think our symbol is today?
  • Now whenever you see this path you can remember that Jesus tells us the way to follow him
  • Color in the path and then we will put the square on our cubes
Here is the design for the cube that can be printed on card stock and cut out.
Here are the symbol cut outs for each week.

I Am the Bread of Life: Lent Family Devotions for 2/26/2012

Warmup Questions

*Bonus points if you bake bread and eat it together as you discuss this lesson.

  • How often do we eat bread?
  • Why is eating bread important for our health?
The Word
  • Do you remember the story in the Bible where Jesus made a lot of bread? What happened?
  • A day later Jesus was talking to some of the same people and said something really interesting. He said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).
  • Why do you think Jesus said he was the bread of life?
  • Is Jesus really bread? What is he saying?
The Connection
  • Just like we need bread and food each day to stay alive, we also need Jesus and a relationship with him
  • We were created for a relationship with Jesus
  • How is Jesus everything that we need?
  • Application question: What is one thing you can do each day to get to know Jesus better?
Symbol Activity
  • Each week we are going to color a symbol that represents what we talked about 
  • What do you think our symbol is today?
  • Now whenever you see this loaf of bread you can remember that a relationship with Jesus is what we really need in life
  • Color in the loaf of bread and then I will show you what we are going to do next
  • Now we are going to made a cube to put the bread on. Each week we will get a new symbol for the cube.
Here is the design for the cube that can be printed on card stock and cut out.
Here are the symbol cut outs for each week.
We are putting our cubes on the dinner table so we can ask our kids the application question each night at dinner.

Lent Family Devotions 2012

Yesterday my six year old daughter Anna asked me what Lent is all about. It was kind of hard to explain to her. My wife and I go through different practices of Lent each year to prepare for Easter. We want to use our weekly family times to prepare our children for Easter. This year I am going to write a series of Lent Family Devotions over the next six weeks until Easter. My daughters love coloring and hands on activities so we are going to use a cube to illustrate six different metaphors that Jesus used to describe himself. Each week the girls will color an image that relates to these metaphors. Then on Easter they will open the cube to find the last image.

Here is the schedule if you want to join us on this Family Lent Journey.

Week Big Idea Bible Passage Symbol
February 26 Jesus is the bread of life John 6 Loaf of bread
March 4 Jesus is the light of the world John 8 Candle
March 11 Jesus is the way John 14 Path
March 18 Jesus is the good shepherd John 10 Shepherd’s staff
March 25 Jesus is the vine John 15 Vine and branches
April 1 Jesus is our Savior John 19 Cross
Easter Jesus is the resurrection and the life John 11 & 20 Empty tomb

Here is the link to the cube design that you can print and cut out. It’s probably best to use card stock if you have it as it will be more durable. We will help our daughters each make their own cube.

Each Sunday I will post the family devotion as well as the image to print out, color and paste onto the cube.