It’s important to teach kids to respond to God’s Word every time they read it. A response can be a question, something that made you smile, or another story in the Bible this reminds you of. Responding to God’s Word can also be something you do: acting out what you read, building the story out of Legos, or praying about something God said. There are no right or wrong answers, its about teaching your children to read God’s Word and respond to Him. Each week we will post new questions and activity ideas to get you started. Don’t feel pressured to get through them all– just pick a few that fit your family and see how they lead to great conversations about who Jesus is!
- How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus didn’t go to Lazarus after hearing that he was sick? Do you think it was hard for them to follow Jesus when they didn’t agree or understand what he was doing?
- Why didn’t Jesus come before Lazarus died? How might the story be different?
- Before he called out to Lazarus, he prayed “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” Do you ever pray and feel like God doesn’t hear you? How do you think you would pray differently if you began your prayers with the same confidence that Jesus had in this verse?
- Watch a Video: After reading the passage together, experience the story in a different way by watching this video.
- Dramatic Play: Act out the story by choosing one child to be Lazarus and wrap him or her in toilet paper. Discuss how when we choose to make Jesus our King, we can be free from sin like Lazarus was freed from death! Call to the child “Lazarus! Come out!” and let him/her bust out of the toilet paper wrapping!