There is no greater influence in the life of a child than a parent. That's why we give you the big idea, Bible verse, and Bible story from each week. Not only for you to review with your kids, but so that they can hear it and learn it from you first before they come to a weekend service. We want to come alongside you as you lead your kids to Jesus.
Series Bible Verse
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Spend some time memorizing this verse as a family.
Bible Story - (Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1-41:57)
Joseph was loved greatly and favored by his dad which made his brothers mad. They beat him, sold him, and he was sent to Egypt. But Joseph knew that God had a special plan for him. When he was in Egypt, Joseph definitely had his challenges, including being placed in jail! Lots of bad things happened to Joseph, but God also blessed him and took care of him. God never left Joseph and God actually had a very special plan for Joseph’s life. Joseph was able to give God the credit through the hard times because he knew God was using him in His plan to help many people. Sometimes it is hard to trust that God’s plans are good, but what does this story tell us about God’s faithfulness?
Big Idea - God's plan is good.
Joseph was hated and people turned their backs on him. But he STILL trusted in God. Even when it was hard- he trusted in God’s plan! And God used Joseph in His plan! When things are hard, it can be extra challenging to trust in God. Yet, the same God who was with Joseph is also with us. He’s the one who sent His son Jesus to live a perfect life, die on the cross and come back to life so that we could be saved. God’s plan is good, and we can trust his promise to always be with us and to save us from sin.
How was God’s plan for Joseph similar to His plan for Jesus?
WHAT YOU DO: Stand across from your kid, or in a circle if there are more than two of you, and toss a ball or small object between one another. When you catch the ball, say one word of the Bible verse (Proverbs 3:5-6). Continue passing the ball, saying one word of the verse at a time. As you master the verse together, try to pass the ball more quickly. For an added challenge, randomly call out “Stop!” and guide the child holding the ball to recite the entire passage.
Take time as a family to pray that God would give you the courage to trust him at all times. Even when it is difficult, pray that you can place your trust in God, who promises to never leave you and that he has a plan for you.
Bible Story - (Genesis 42-46; 50)
Joseph went through some pretty challenging times as we learned last week, but God also blessed him by putting him in charge of some important tasks and Joseph gave God the credit for His success. When Joseph is reunited with his brothers under unexpected circumstances due to a famine, Joseph chose for forgive his brothers- he even invited them to come live with him!
Big Idea – God is faithful to his plan.
Joseph showed grace to his brothers because he knew God was in control. God was being faithful to His plan! That plan involved being sent to Egypt to establish a family of people what would ultimately bring us our Savior, Jesus. Aren’t you thankful God is faithful to His plan!? Aren’t you thankful that nothing can stop God’s plan?
Together, read Genesis 50:20:
(Joseph talking to his brothers) “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
Talk about how God took a bad situation and used it for the good of Joseph and his family. God’s plan wasn’t hindered because of a bad situation.
Next, have your kids write down or draw their own burdens or tough situations on a piece of paper (bullies, homework, bad grades, trouble listening, etc.). When they are finished have them crumble up their paper, and read Romans 8:28 together:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Talk about how this verse encompasses all things. Is there anything God is not able to turn into good?
Lead your kids in a prayer asking God to help us trust him to help us in our challenges, knowing He is able faithful to bring good into out tough situations. Thank him for his word and for the example of Joseph in trusting he is faithful to his plan.
Bible Story - (Exodus 1-4)
Moses was born into a place where his safety was immediately threatened simply because he was an Israelite. The pharaoh was awful to the Israelites and he even wanted to harm Moses and the other baby boys. God had a plan to rescue and save Moses because God would later call Moses to deliver His people from captivity. God would use Moses, but it would be God who would do the rescuing. God showed Moses that it would be His power which would allow Moses to help rescue His people from Egypt.
Big Idea - Jesus rescues.
God rescued Moses as a baby so that he could rescue the Israelites. That story points to a greater rescue: the story of Jesus coming to earth, dying on the cross and coming back to life to rescue God’s people. We get to tell others this story and share that Jesus is the ultimate hero! Who in your life can you tell about Jesus and the way that He came to rescue us?
- How do superheroes like Batman or Superman rescue people?
- How did Jesus rescue us? (He rescues us differently than other superheroes – He died (on the cross) and came back to life so that we can live. He was ridiculed and embarrassed while the other superheroes are looked at as awesome, etc.)
- What do superheroes rescue people from? (bad guys, bad things happening)
- What does Jesus rescue us from? (Sin! Sin no longer separates us from God!)
- How did Moses first react when God called him to deliver His people from captivity? Lead your kids to recall that Moses had a lot of questions and excuses for why he wasn’t the right person. Moses even asked God to send someone else. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read Ex. 4:10.)
- What kind of people does God use in His plans?Guide kids to recognize that God often uses ordinary people as part of His plan to show His power through them. God, working through Moses, would lead His people out of Egypt. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read Acts 13:17.)
- Do you think God could use you in His plan? In what ways? Point out that God can use us even in our weaknesses. Moses wasn’t a strong speaker but confronted Pharaoh because God was with him. Emphasize that we can rely on God’s strength through us. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read 1 Corinthians 1:26-27.)
Thank God for showing us how God rescued Moses and how that reminds us of how Jesus saved us. Praise God for the sacrifice of Jesus so that we don’t have to live separated from Him any longer!
Bible Story – (Exodus 5-12)
When the Pharaoh did not let the Israelites go free from slavery, Moses did not worry because he knew that his powerful God was in control of the situation. A series of plagues continued as a result of Pharaoh refusing to let the people go. While all these plagues happened to the Egyptians, nothing happened to the Israelites. God showed everyone that He is the one true God, and eventually, the Pharaoh let the Israelites go. God’s power prevailed.
Big Idea – God is the one true God.
The final plague was the most serious, and God continued to show his people that they would be spared from the judgement that would come upon the Egyptians. The Israelites didn’t deserve to be saved and they could earn their salvation. God chose to save the Israelites because He is gracious and loving. The gods of the Egyptians could not save them. God showed us that He is the one true God. This story is a picture of Christ’s rescue of sinners. Jesus is the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world!
Act it out!
Have your child act out a plague. You will try and guess what they are acting out. If you have multiple children, let them take turns acting!
Here are some suggestions on how they could act them out if they are stuck:
- Nile River turned into blood (act like you’re scooping water from the river)
- Frogs (hopping, ribbet sound)
- Gnats (swatting at the gnats)
- Swarms of flies (act like you’re flying around, make a buzzing sound)
- Sickness and death of livestock (make sound of farm animal that is sick like a cow or horse)
- Boils (scratch arm or leg)
- Hail (hold your hand over your head to protect from hail)
- Locusts (pretend to eat everything)
- Darkness (act like you’re shining a flashlight or cover your eyes)
Discuss: The plagues were a punishment for the Egyptians because they worshipped false gods and refused to listen to God. How were Israelites saved from the 10th plague? (they painted their door frames with lamb’s blood.)
Have your child look up 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
Just like the lamb’s blood saved the Israelites, how does the blood of Jesus save us? (Sin separates us from God. When Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood he saved us from sin. We are no longer separated from God)
Thank and praise God for sending Jesus to save us from our sin. Encourage your kids to thank God directly for Jesus in their own way.
Saturday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m.