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Unit 8, Session 2: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

Dear Parents,

 

This week we pick up just a few days after the triumphal entry when the same crowd that chanted “hosanna” to Jesus now chanted “crucify Him.” Jesus was betrayed by Judas, arrested, condemned, and crucified. After He died, Jesus was placed in a tomb, but on the third day, He rose again conquering death and providing life to those who believe.

 

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

 

Help your children understand the gospel. Spend some time explaining our sin and our need for forgiveness that only comes through trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Unit 8 Easter Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus is alive.
    • Jesus is God’s Son.
    • Jesus always obeyed God.
    • Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again.
    • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
    • Jesus died on the cross and is alive.
  • Kids
    • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.
    • Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Luke 24:5-6

●     Babies & Toddlers and Preschool: Luke 24:6

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Promised Land and Jericho” (Joshua 2–4; 6)

 

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Unit 8, Session 1: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will step out of our study through the Old Testament and briefly turn our attention to the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. We start with a look at the triumphal entry, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowds that day welcomed Him as King, but they didn’t really understand what kind of King He was.

 

Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)

 

Help your kids see that Jesus was first the suffering servant when He came to earth the first time, but when He returns, He will be the conquering King.

Unit 8 Easter Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is alive.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • People and children praised Jesus as their King.

●     Preschool

  • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
  • People welcomed Jesus as their King.
  • Kids
    • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.
    • People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Luke 24:5-6

●     Babies & Toddlers and Preschool: Luke 24:6

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” (Matthew 26:36–28:10; John 18:1–20:18)

 

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Unit 7, Session 2: The Bronze Snake

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will experience the people of Israel grumbling to God in the wilderness. God punished them for their sin by sending poisonous snakes to bite the people. However, God also provided a way to be healed. He told Moses to place a bronze snake on a pole and whenever someone looked at it, they would live.

 

Because of our sin, we face a huge problem: we are separated from God. We deserve to die, but anyone who looks to Jesus on the cross and trusts in Him will live forever with God.

 

Help your children see that God takes sin seriously, but He also graciously provided a solution for sin: Jesus.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • We can trust God.
    • God did not leave His people when they grumbled.
    • God healed His people.
    • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • Whom can we trust? We can trust God.
    • God told His people to look at the bronze snake.
  • Kids
    • Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
    • God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Joshua 1:9

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry” (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19) [EASTER UNIT]

 

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Unit 7, Session 1: Joshua and Caleb

Dear Parents,

 

As we continue our journey through Old Testament this week, the people of Israel have arrived at the promised land and they send spies into the land to scout it out. The spies return, reporting that the land is indeed good, but the people are too strong so they should not try to conquer it. Only Joshua and Caleb trust God’s plan.

Because of their lack of trust, God sends the people into the wilderness for that generation to die off so that the next generation could enter the land. God planned for Joshua to lead the next generation of Israelites into the promised land. Joshua was not perfect, but His faithfulness reminds us of Jesus, who is perfect. Jesus obeyed the Father and trusted His plan to save people from their sins.

Help your children to see how vital our total trust in God is, because that is an essential component of the gospel.

Unit 7 Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • We can trust God.
  • Moses told 12 men to look at the promised land.
  • Joshua and Caleb trusted God to keep His promises.
  • God sent Jesus because He loves us

●     Preschool

  • Whom can we trust? We can trust God.
  • Caleb and Joshua trusted God.
  • Kids
    • Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
    • The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Joshua 1:9

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “The Bronze Snake” (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)

 

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