February Series:

Grace-filled stewards

Throughout the month of February, we will use a four-week series focusing on discipleship and stewardship. Jesus has called each of us to be His disciples. As His disciples, we follow Him and learn from Him as we read and study His Word.  His love for us compels us to go and encourage others to follow Him and become His disciples. 


Acknowledging that all we are and have are gifts from God, we become His faithful stewards who manage all that has been entrusted to us.  God honors us with the privilege of being His disciples who live as grace-filled stewards.  

Bible study & devotions

Week 1 (Feb 3) | Teaching & Equipping

Week 2 (Feb 10) | Grace-Filled Ambassadors

Week 3 (Feb 17) | Grace-Filled Servants

Week 4 (Feb 24) | Grace-Filled Givers

family devotion

a loving feeling

LET'S REMEMBER: John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.


FOR REFLECTION:

Christopher loved to pet his dog's fur. Spike liked it too. He wagged his tail, and every so often, he opened his sleepy eyes. 


"You certainly like that animal," said his aunt. "I can feel his love," said Christopher. "When I put my fingers deep in his fur, I can feel that Spike loves me."


"Can you feel my love when I give you a hug?" his aunt asked, reaching out to pull her arms around Christopher. He nodded. 


"I can feel love all over this room," said Christopher. "There's love in this whole, big entire house!" "God has given us a wonderful family," agreed his aunt. "We're all a part of God's family too. That makes us special."


LET'S TALK:

Which family members live with you? Which family members live in other places?


PARENT CONNECTION:

Some abstract concepts are difficult for children to understand, but love is one of the easiest to teach: there are simply so many ways to demonstrate love. Of course, when we comfort a sick child in the middle of the night or make a special effort to prepare a favorite food, a child doesn't say, "Mommy loves me." However, our repeated, caring actions communicate clearly without words. Because God surrounds us with His love, a similar type of love flows easily and consistently from our parent-heart.


PRAY ABOUT IT: 

Thank you for my family. Please bless the people I love. Bless ___________. Thank You for making me part of Your family too. Through Jesus alone, Amen.


This week's devotion is taken from Little Visits at Bedtime by Dr. Mary Manz Simon (p. 68).

sharefaith kids devotions

Studying God's Word is a lifelong endeavor as we learn more about the one who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. We want to encourage families to grow together in their faith along this journey. 


Sharefaith Kids has some great resources that CC families are welcome to enjoy. Check out this week's story and the devotion that is available to you!


The Sermon on the Mount

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A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.