Welcome to our interactive family worship service. Below are videos, music, and activities that you can do together. Follow the outline and click on the links. We have the opportunity to embrace sharing faith together in a new way. Parents: I know you have a lot on your plates these days. This can be a fun and easy way to connect and share with your children as we grow in faith together.
Today we’re going to find out how one disciple had a hard time believing that Jesus was alive—that is, until Jesus paid a special visit. We’ll see that Jesus helps us believe in Him, just as He helped His friends believe.
Who is someone you'd be surprised to see knocking at your door today?
After Jesus dies, His disciples hide in a locked room because they’re afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus is standing among them! Thomas isn’t there, so he doubts whether they really saw Jesus. He says he needs to see Jesus and touch his wounds in order to believe. Jesus appears again so Thomas can see and believe. Jesus helped Thomas believe, and He helps us believe in Him, too.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
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In today’s Bible story, Thomas had some questions and some doubts. All his friends said they’d seen Jesus, but Thomas wanted to see for himself. When he did, Jesus said something to him that’s kind of about us.
Jesus said "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believe." John 20:29
Why do you think it’s better to believe without seeing?
Jesus wasn’t mad at Thomas for doubting. But He said it’s better to believe without seeing. The thing is, we don’t get a choice. Unlike Thomas, we don’t have the chance to see Jesus with our eyes or touch his hands. So what if we have the same kinds of questions as Thomas? How can we believe without seeing?
Because we can’t see Jesus, not everyone believes in him. But there are a lot of things we can’t see and yet still believe in…like gravity! Let’s watch a video about a guy who doesn’t believe in gravity.
TALK ABOUT IT
What did you think about Andrew’s reasons for not believing in gravity? Do you think Andrew changed his mind at the end? If so, what do you think convinced him?
What are some things that convince you that Jesus is real?
Thomas had doubts about Jesus, just as Andrew had doubts about gravity. But Jesus helped Thomas with his doubts, just like Cammie tried to help Andrew. And Jesus helps us believe in Him, even though we can’t see Him.
We can’t physically see Jesus like Thomas did. But Jesus is always with us, and Jesus helps us believe in Him. Even if we can’t see Him, He’s there.
Believing without seeing is hard. It was hard for Thomas, and it can be hard for us. But Jesus helps us believe in him even if we have questions. He even prayed for us to believe in Him in John 17:20.
We don’t have the opportunity to see Jesus like Thomas did. That can be hard, but it requires faith. Faith is believing in what we can’t see. It’s what being a Christian is all about.
Jesus, thank you that you help me believe in you. Thank you for the ways you’ve already helped me believe. Help me believe even though I might have questions. Help me to turn to you when I have doubts. Shine your light in me, through me, over me. Help me to make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. I love you Lord. Amen!
Monthly bible Memory verse
Give thanks to the Lord, because He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:29
HAPPENING THIS WEEK
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