Monthly Archives: August 2016

Unit 12, Session 3: Praises of God’s People

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will look at a few psalms to see how people wrote the Book of Psalms, or songs, to God to worship Him and praise Him for who He is. Some of the psalms celebrate God’s goodness. Some of the psalms are requests by God’s people for God to provide and protect them. Still other psalms express the people’s awareness of their sin or ask God why He does what He does.

 

In the Old Testament, whenever God’s people cried out for mercy and forgiveness, praised God, or thanked Him, God heard their prayers. He promised to answer them, and He did when He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus meets our greatest need by providing salvation from sin so we can be forgiven and have eternal life.

 

Help your kids understand that God delights in hearing from us. Encourage them to be real with God in how they talk with Him and to share their joys, sorrows, and questions with Him. Remind them that God hears their prayers and that God has already given our greatest need—Jesus.

Unit 12 Session 3

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God is good.
  • People wrote songs to worship God.
  • We read the psalms in the Bible.
  • Some psalms told about God’s plan to send Jesus.

●     Preschool

  • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
  • People wrote songs to praise God.

●     Kids

  • Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
  • Psalms are basically special songs to God.
  • People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.
  • People wrote songs about how God views sin.
  • People wrote songs to remember what God had done for them.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS

  • What kind of music do you like most? Happy songs? Fast songs? Loud songs?
  • Have you ever sung a song to God to help you express yourself to Him?
  • Why do you think God likes to hear our praises?

FAMILY ACTIVITY:

Take some time to make up a song about God. It can be completely original or using a well-known melody. Or, share your favorite worship songs. Sing with your family.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 100:5

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab” (1 Kings 18)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Unit 12, Session 2: Job

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will walk with Job through a very challenging part of his life when he lost pretty much everything he had and suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We will see that God was teaching Job about trust during this time, but He was doing far more than that.

Job suffered and wanted a mediator—someone to bring him to God. This reminds us of Jesus, who suffered even though He had never sinned. Jesus is our Mediator. He suffered to pay the price for our sins and put an end to suffering on earth. Jesus brings us to God when we trust in Him.

Help your kids see the picture of Jesus in the Book of Job and to remember that that can trust God always, even when life is difficult. Encourage them to trust and remember that God is in control—always.

Unit 12 Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God is good.
  • Job was very sad, but he loved God.
  • God said He is in charge of everything He made.
  • Jesus speaks to God for us.

●     Preschool

  • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
  • Job learned that God is in control.

●     Kids

  • Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
  • Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.

 

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • Who is in control, even in the hard times?
  • How can we know that God is good?
  • How do you think Job felt after God spoke with him?

FAMILY ACTIVITY:

Find a way for your family to help someone who is less fortunate. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, or run a clothing drive. Talk to your family about how God’s goodness flows from Jesus through us!

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 100:5

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Praises of God’s People” (Psalms 1, 100, 110)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Unit 12, Session 1: Solomon Thought about Life

Dear Parents,

 

This week we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible and wrap up our time with Solomon by learning about how he thought about the purpose of life and wrote about it in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

 

Solomon discovered that apart from God, life does not make sense. God created everything, and He gives everything a purpose. Jesus gives us purpose for living. Jesus came so that we might live for Him and have full, meaningful life.

 

Help your kids find purpose in loving Jesus and living for Him. Remind them that Jesus gives us value and purpose in life.

Unit 12 Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God is good.
  • Solomon wrote about life.
  • We can love God and praise Him.
  • Jesus taught people how to love and praise God.

●     Preschool

  • Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
  • God gives us purpose.

●     Kids

  • Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
  • Sometimes life is confusing and hard to understand.
  • Solomon was a wise king who thought a lot about life.
  • Solomon recorded his thoughts in a book called Ecclesiastes
  • Life has purpose only with God.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • What are some things about life that you struggle to understand?
  • How does it make you feel to know that God is in control, even when life is confusing?
  • What does God say is the purpose of our lives?

FAMILY ACTIVITY:

Do an art or woodworking project with your family. Talk with your kids about the purpose of different types of tools you use for different tasks. Explain to them that our purpose is to glorify God!

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 100:5

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Job” (Job 1–42)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Unit 11, Session 4: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will see how despite King Solomon’s great wisdom, he was still sinful and his sin divided the people of Israel. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, the people asked for him to ease up on them, but Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of his peers and actually demanded more from the people. Because of this, the kingdom split into two: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

 

King Solomon failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God’s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God.

 

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and when we love Him and  follow Him and do what He says, we will glorify God and be part of God’s plan to bring people back to Himself through Jesus.

Unit 11 Session 4

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God knows everything.
  • King Solomon’s wrong choice split the kingdom.
  • David’s family were kings of Judah.
  • Jesus was born into Solomon’s family.

●     Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • God split Israel into two kingdoms.

●     Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
  • God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Proverbs 2:6-7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Solomon Thought about Life” (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Lower Elementary (1st-3rd), Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Sneak Preview, Upper Elementary (4th-5th)