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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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 6, Session 4: Worship Only God

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and studied Moses’ reminder to God’s people to worship only the one true God. God alone is worthy of worship and He is jealous of this.

 

Help your kids identify possible “idols” in their lives that draw their worship away from God and pray about ways to reject worshiping anything except God.

 

Unit 6 Session 4

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God is holy.
    • God is holy; He always does what is right.
    • There is no one like God.
    • God brought His people out of Egypt and took care of them.
    • People should only worship God.
  • Preschool
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
    • The Lord alone is God.
  • Kids
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
    • The Lord alone is God; there is no other besides Him.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Leviticus 11:45

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “God Reminded His People of His Covenant” (Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25; 8:1-11:1,26-28)

 

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Unit 6, Session 3: God Gave Rules for Sacrifice

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and examined the rules that God gave His people for how to worship Him in the tabernacle. God required sacrifices from the people when they sinned. The book of Hebrews tells us that the sacrifices themselves did not save the people, but it was their faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus who was to come that saved them.

Unit 6 Session 3

Help your kids realize that Jesus it the ultimate and perfect Sacrifice and salvation is found in Him alone.

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God is holy.
    • God is holy; He always does what is right.
    • People make wrong choices. People do not obey God.
    • God gave His people rules for worshiping Him.
    • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
    • God provided a way to forgive His people.
  • Kids
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
    • Because God is holy, God requires a sacrifice for sin.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Leviticus 11:45

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “Worship Only God” (Deuteronomy 1; 3:23-4:40)

 

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Unit 4, Session 2: The Plagues, the Passover, and the Crossing of the Red Sea

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and learned about God leading the Israelites out of Egypt. God used miraculous plagues to show Pharaoh and the Egyptian people that He alone is God and graciously spared the Israelites from the final plague when they trusted in Him and put the blood of a lamb around their doors. God spared Israel by the blood of a lamb, but Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

 

Help your kids understand that God’s salvation of His people is always by grace through faith and remind them of their need for Jesus to forgive them of their sin.

Unit 4 Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God takes care of us.
    • God sent Moses to bring His people out of Egypt.
    • God takes care of His people.
    • No one is more powerful than God.
  • Preschool
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
    • God showed Egypt that only He is God.
  • Kids
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.
    • God proved to the Egyptians that He is the one true God.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Hebrews 3:5-6
  • Babies and Toddlers – Leviticus 11:45

 

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Wilderness Test” (Exodus 15:22-17:7)

 

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