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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)

 

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Unit 11, Session 3: Solomon Built the Temple

Dear Parents,

 

King David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God had a different plan. God wanted Solomon to build a temple where God could dwell with His people and where they could worship Him. So God told Solomon to build a temple and Solomon obeyed.

 

Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God in the temple—and only if they followed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.

 

Help your kids see how the temple shows the holiness of God and how we are separated from Him because of our sin. Remind them that the temple also points toward Jesus who came to bring us to God when we trust in Him.

Unit 11 Session 3

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God knows everything.
  • Solomon built a temple for God.
  • Solomon told the people to love God with all their hearts.
  • We can worship God wherever we go.

●     Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • God chose Solomon to build a temple.

●     Kids

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
  • God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would dwell with His people.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

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

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom” (1 Kings 11-12)

 

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Unit 11, Session 2: Wisdom for God’s People

Dear Parents,

 

Last week we learned how King Solomon asked God for wisdom and God made him wise. This week we will explore some of Solomon’s wisdom that he was guided by God to write in the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs provides God’s people with great principles for living.

 

Wisdom comes from God. He made the world and knows how it works best. Everyone is born a foolish sinner, but God sent His Son to earth to save us. The Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. Jesus makes us wise and holy. He frees us from sin.

 

Help your kids see their need to trust in Jesus to be truly wise, not to simply try to live like Jesus. True wisdom comes from God and transforms us. That is the nature of the gospel.

Unit 11 Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God knows everything.
  • God made Solomon very wise.
  • Solomon wrote that wisdom comes from loving God.
  • Jesus spoke with God’s wisdom because He is God’s Son.

●     Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word.

●     Kids

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
  • Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

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

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Solomon Built the Temple” (1 Kings 6-8)

 

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Unit 11, Session 1: Solomon Asked for Wisdom

Dear Parents,

 

This week we pick up our journey through the big story of the Bible with God inviting King Solomon, David’s son, to ask Him for whatever he wanted. Solomon could have chosen riches, or power, but he did not. He asked God for wisdom so he could lead God’s people well. God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted it and also blessed Solomon in other ways.

 

Solomon was a wise king, but God planned to give His people a greater and wiser king—His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God with His life. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin.

 

Help your kids understand that true wisdom comes from God. Encourage them that reading the Bible and talking with God are ways they can understand God better and live with wisdom.

Unit 11 Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God knows everything.
  • King Solomon asked God to make him wise.
  • God gave Solomon wisdom to lead God’s people.
  • When Jesus lived on earth, He was wiser than Solomon.

●     Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • Solomon asked God for wisdom.

●     Kids

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
  • Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

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

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Wisdom for God’s People” (Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-12; 4:10-19)

 

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Unit 10, Session 6: David Sinned and Was Restored

Dear Parents,

 

This week are going to learn about God’s unending forgiveness that David experienced and we can too because of Jesus. David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba away from Uriah and having Uriah killed in combat, but when God sent Nathan to confront him about his sin, David repented and God forgave him. David’s sin came with a price though, as sin always does.

 

In the same way, we can receive God’s forgiveness too because God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could be made right with God.

 

Help your kids understand that sin is serious and that God has not promised to spare us from its consequences. At the same time, point out the love, mercy, and grace of God that we experience because of Jesus and how in Jesus we have been completely forgiven of all our sin.

Unit 10 Session 6

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • David made a wrong choice.
  • David asked God to forgive him, and God forgave David.
  • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God forgave David.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God forgave David when he repented of his sin.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Solomon Asked for Wisdom” (1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12; 3:1-15)

 

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Unit 10, Session 4: David and Jonathan Became Friends

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will continue to trace David’s rise to replace Saul as king. David’s victory over Goliath brought David great fame and adoration in Israel. Saul had brought David into his court, but in time, Saul became intensely jealous of David and even tried to kill him.

 

Meanwhile, David and Saul’s son Jonathan became true friends. Even though Jonathan was next in line to be king after Saul, he recognized and accepted that God had chosen David instead. David and Jonathan’s friendship points to an even greater friendship—our friendship with Jesus. Jesus calls us friends (John 15:15), and he showed His love by dying to save us from sin.

 

Help your kids see Jesus is our King and He is our friend also.

Unit 10 Session 4

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • King Saul wanted to hurt David.
  • Jonathan was a good friend to David.
  • Jesus is our Friend and King.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God gave David a friend.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God used Jonathan to save David’s life.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “God Made a Covenant with David” (2 Samuel 7)

 

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Unit 10, Session 3: David Was Anointed and Fought Goliath

Dear Parents,

 

As we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible this week, we come to God anointing David to replace Saul as king and David’s victory over the giant Goliath. While Saul looked the part to be king, David didn’t look like a strong warrior and seemed to be no match for the Philistine champion. But God gave David power and he defeated Goliath.

 

God used this victory to position David as the next king and also to show us a picture of Jesus. When Jesus came to earth, He didn’t look like a strong warrior either. But Jesus showed His power when He died on the cross and rose again to defeat death.

 

Help your kids see the connection between David and Jesus. Talk about how God defeated Israel’s enemy of Goliath and our greater enemy of sin and death. Guide your kids to see that David doesn’t primarily teach us to be brave, but to trust in Jesus instead.

Unit 10 Session 3

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • God chose David to be king after Saul.
  • God gave David power to fight Goliath.
  • God sent Jesus through David’s family.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God gave David power to defeat Goliath.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God gave David power to defeat Goliath.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “David and Jonathan Became Friends” (1 Samuel 18:1-12; 19:1-10; 20:1-42)

 

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Unit 10, Session 2: God Rejected Saul as King

Dear Parents,

 

Last week, we saw how Israel demanded a human king to rule over them. God’s intention was to provide the perfect King for His people in Jesus, so He warned Israel about the problems they would face if they chose a human king instead. The people did not heed God’s warning, and God gave them Saul to be their king.

 

This week, we will see that God’s warnings about a human king began to come true with Saul. Saul looked just like the kind of king that the people wanted, but he sinned when he tried to offer a sacrifice that only the priest was allowed to give. Because of this, God rejected Saul as king.

 

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and that we can trust and follow Him completely. Talk with them about our need to obey God completely and that we should do so because of our love for Him.

Unit 10 Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • King Saul did not obey God.
  • God was going to choose a new king.
  • Jesus is our King who always obeyed God.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • Saul disobeyed God, so he could not be king anymore.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “David Was Anointed and Fought Goliath” (1 Samuel 16-17)

 

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Unit 10, Session 1: Israel Demanded a King

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we will reach an important juncture in the big story of the Bible. The people of Israel had been led by a series of judges, but now they looked around and saw how the other nations had kings, so they too wanted a king. So the people went to the last judge, the prophet Samuel and demanded a king. Samuel resisted, but God told him to do as the people asked. However, God told Samuel to warn the people about the consequences of having a king.

 

Samuel tried to warn the people that a king would place a heavy burden on them. He would take young men to fight in wars. He would tax the people. He would make them work hard. But the people refused to listen so God appointed a man named Saul to be Israel’s king. From a human perspective, Saul was the perfect choice, but as we will see next week, he was far from being the perfect king God had in mind.

 

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our King and that He is the perfect, wise, and loving King. Encourage your kids to follow Jesus as the absolute leader of their lives.

Unit 10 Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • God’s people wanted a king to lead them.
  • Saul was the first king of Israel.
  • God sent Jesus to be our King.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God chose a king for Israel.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God chose Saul as Israel’s first king.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool:: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “God Rejected Saul as King” (1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35)

 

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Unit 9, Session 6: Eli and Boy Samuel

Dear Parents,

 

This week we wrap up our study of the Old Testament judges by studying Samuel. Samuel was called by God as a boy to tell Eli and the people of Israel about God’s plan.

 

Samuel used God’s words to tell the people what God is like. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. Jesus showed the world what God is like, and He told people to turn away from their sin. Jesus ultimately freed people from the power of sin by dying on the cross and rising again.

 

Help your kids connect Samuel using God’s words to tell others about what God is like and Jesus, the Word of God, showing the world perfectly what God is like because He is God.

Unit 9 Session 6

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • God’s plan is perfect.
  • God heard Hannah’s prayer for a son.
  • God used Samuel to tell His words to the people.
  • Like Samuel, Jesus told people God’s words.

●     Preschool

  • Whom does God use in His plan? God uses people in His plan.

 

  • God spoke to Samuel.

●     Preschool

  • How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
  • God called Samuel to share God’s plan.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Isaiah 33:22

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Israel Demanded a King” (1 Samuel 8–10)

 

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by | May 29, 2016 · 6:00 am