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Unit 13, Session 3: Elisha and Naaman

Dear Parents,

 

Everyone gets sick at some point in his or her lifetime … often many times! Illness is probably no stranger to your kids. In today’s Bible story, Naaman—a commander for the Syrian army—was really sick. He had leprosy, a skin disease that was likely disfiguring and isolating. Without a cure, Naaman would face great suffering. But help came from an unlikely source: a young slave girl.

 

The people of Israel and Syria were often at odds with one another. The Syrians sometimes attacked the cities in Israel and plundered them. They took what they wanted, including people to work as slaves.

 

The young slave girl who served Naaman’s wife had been taken from her home in Israel.

 

As an Israelite, the girl knew about the one true God. She was familiar with God’s prophets, including Elisha, who had performed miracles to help and heal people. The girl told her mistress that Elisha the prophet could heal Naaman. So the king of Syria sent a letter to the king of Israel, asking him to cure Naaman of his leprosy. But the king of Israel had no power to heal Naaman. The power to heal comes only from God.

 

Elisha called for Naaman. But what happened next was not at all what Naaman expected. Naaman expected Elisha to call upon the name of God, wave his hand over Naaman, and miraculously heal him. Instead, Elisha instructed Naaman to go wash in the river.

 

Naaman was upset! He could have washed in a river back home! But Naaman’s servants urged him to wash. He did, and God healed him.

 

Naaman was sick with a skin problem. His disease went away when he trusted God’s instruction from Elisha and washed in the river. All people have a sin problem that leads to death. We all need a Healer. When we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, God forgives our sin and heals us.

 

Help your kids understand that not all sick people will be healed on this side of heaven, but our physical maladies are symptoms of an even greater illness—sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided healing—forgiveness and eternal life—for those who trust in Him.

 

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • There is one true God.
  • Naaman obeyed God.
  • There is no one like God.
  • Jesus heals people who are sick.

●     Preschool

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God.
  • God healed Naaman.

●     Kids

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
  • God healed Naaman’s skin disease.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Hebrews 1:1-2

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “God Called Isaiah” (Isaiah 6)

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Unit 13, Session 2: Elijah Ran from Jezebel

Dear Parents,

 

The prophet Elijah had just witnessed God’s great display of power over the false god Baal. God had sent fire from heaven and then ended a long drought with a great rain. Elijah must have felt a sense of victory; the evil King Ahab could not deny the one true God. But trouble awaited Elijah in the form of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel.

 

When Jezebel heard what happened at Mount Carmel, she threatened to kill Elijah. Elijah ran away and hid in the wilderness. What a change Elijah experienced! He went from a man faithfully and confidently praying for God’s glory to be displayed at Mount Carmel to a man begging the Lord to take away his life. (See 1 Kings 19:4.)

 

God was merciful to Elijah. An angel of the Lord brought Elijah food and drink while he rested. Then Elijah traveled to Horeb for a personal encounter with God. Horeb—another name for Mount Sinai—was a familiar place in the history of Israel. It was the place where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and where Moses met with God.

 

After the events in 1 Kings 18, Elijah might have expected a grand display of God’s presence, but what he experienced was just the opposite. The Lord was not in the wind. The Lord was not in the earthquake. The Lord was not in the fire. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a voice, a soft whisper.

 

Elijah’s circumstances were difficult, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. God assured Elijah that he was not alone; there were 7,000 people in Israel who had not turned to worship Baal.

 

As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word.

 

Help your kids understand that God’s prophets suffered, but their lives and messages pointed forward to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king—Jesus Christ—who suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus was hated and killed, but His death and resurrection brought victory for God’s people.

 

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • There is one true God.
  • God spoke to Elijah in a small whisper.
  • Nothing can stop God’s plan.
  • Jesus is with us when we are afraid.

●     Preschool

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God.
  • God encouraged Elijah.

●     Kids

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
  • God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Hebrews 1:1-2

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Elisha and Naaman” (2 Kings 5)

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Unit 13, Session 1: Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continue in the big story of the Bible by learning about the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. King Ahab was an evil king. In fact, “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). The things that Ahab did made God angry. God wanted His people to be faithful to Him, but King Ahab led them away from God.

 

God chose Elijah to get Ahab’s attention. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah told Ahab that a drought was coming. God prevented rain in the land for three years. For Ahab, a man who worshiped Baal—the false Canaanite god of rain and fertility—the drought sent a strong message about the one true God.

 

When God was ready to send rain on the earth, Elijah appeared to Ahab and instructed him to gather the Israelites and the prophets of the false gods at Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people to choose: Follow God or follow Baal. They couldn’t do both.

 

Elijah set up a challenge to prove who is the one true God. He faced off against the prophets of Baal. Each group prepared a bull on an altar and called on its deity to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal called and cried and cut themselves, but Baal did not answer.

 

Elijah poured water on and around his altar. He called to God, and God sent fire from heaven. Everything was burned up. The prophets could not deny that the God of Elijah is the one true God, and God sent a great rain to end the drought.

 

The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried and cut their bodies to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus bled and died to rescue us from sin when we trust in Him.

 

Help your kids understand that God is an initiating God. We love God because He first loved us, which He proved by providing Jesus. Only God—the one true God—has power to help His people and to save them. And He saves them through His Son, Jesus, whose name means “the Lord saves.”

 

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • There is one true God.
  • Elijah showed the people God’s power.
  • God hears His people when we pray.
  • Jesus is powerful because He is God’s Son.

●     Preschool

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God.
  • God defeated the prophets of Baal.

●     Kids

  • How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
  • The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Hebrews 1:1-2

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “Elijah Ran from Jezebel” (1 Kings 19)

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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)

 

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

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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.

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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)

 

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

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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.

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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)

 

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

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