Basic Truth: God Made Me
Key Question: Who made good things?
Bottom Line: God made good things.
Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV
Bible Story: God Made the World, Genesis 1: 20 – 2:23
Monthly Song: “God Made Everything” from One Big Gulp!
Bible Story Summary
God made fish and birds, God made animals, and God made people. God provides good things for us and we can celebrate his goodness!
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Key Question: Who is always with you?
Bottom Line: God is always with you.
Memory Verse: “God Is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NLT
Bible Story Focus: God takes care of me.
Baby Moses• Exodus 1:21
Monthly Songs: “God Loves You and Me” from One Big Gulp & “Dance” from TRU Worship
Teachable Moment: Play Time
The thought of God always being with us when we can’t see Him is hard for a preschool child to understand. Introduce this truth to your child by taking a favorite stuffed animal wherever you go for a day, a week, or even a month. Throughout the day tell your child that God is with her wherever she goes kind of like her stuffed animal. When the time comes to put the stuffed animal back in the toy box, tell him you had fun, but God is the only one who can ALWAYS be with us.
Dinner Table Discussion
Discuss the following questions as a family during dinner this week. They’re meant to prompt further conversation about what was experienced on Sunday morning.
I wonder questions?
I wonder…what did Pharaoh want to do to the little boys?
I wonder…what did Moses’ mother put him in to keep him safe?
I wonder…where did Miriam put Moses when he was safe in the basket?
I wonder…who found Moses in the water and took care of him?
I wonder…God took care of baby Moses and kept him safe. Who helps keep you safe every day?
K-4 8:00 and 9:30
Rotation Topic: Abraham and Isaac—God Provides a Lamb (Genesis 22)
Key Concept: God always keeps His promises and we can trust him. He gave His only Son to provide for our greatest need—forgiveness of sin.
Objectives : Children will learn:
The Bible is not a collection of different stories, but one ultimate story of God rescuing His people from sin.
Jesus was the ultimate “only son” loved by his father who submits to being bound and laid upon a wooden altar; the ultimate Lamb that God Himself provides as a sacrifice for our sin.
▪ The Bible is not a collection of different stories, but one ultimate story of God rescuing His people from sin.
▪ Jesus was the ultimate “only son” loved by his father who submits to being bound and laid upon a wooden altar; the ultimate Lamb that God Himself provides as a sacrifice for our sin.
▪ Just as God knows that Abraham loves Him because he does not withhold his only son, we know that God loves us because he sacrificed his only son in our place.
▪ God always keeps His promises.
▪ We can trust God even when our circumstances are difficult.
Memory Verse: The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. Psalm 145:13b
Unit Overview In this unit, children will learn how the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah points to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for our sin. Children will study the image of the Lamb as it appears throughout the Bible. Just as God provided the lamb in Isaac’s place, they’ll learn that God provided Jesus to die in our place. Children will learn that because God sacrificed His one and only Son, we can trust Him even when things are difficult because He loves us.
5th Grade and 4th Grade 11:00
What Would Jesus Play on His iPod?
God’s Guidelines for Making Good Music Choices
Dig Into the Bible:
1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:16-17
What would Jesus play on his iPod? Would he listen only to Christian music? Would it all be jazz, rock ’n’ roll, or heavy metal? Bring an empty chair into a conversation with your preteen about music. If Jesus were sitting in that chair, what would he add to the discussion? How would your preteen explain his or her choices to Jesus? If your child has an iPod, go online together to buy a new song for it. What does your preteen look for in music? Which bands are favorites? What types of lyrics do these bands sing? Trade playlists, and explain your choices. Reminisce about songs that were your favorites when you were a preteen. You might be surprised at how much you have in common!
Scripture: Exodus 16-17 (Ten Ways to Be Perfect)
Big Idea: No matter how hard we try, we can never be perfect.
Follow-Up Activity: Read “Ten Ways to Be Perfect” in The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 100-107. Discuss the following questions together:
How did God provide for the Israelites? (Manna and Quail, Water from a rock and other unusual places, safety, etc…)
How did the Israelites respond? (They complained and quarreled—fought, they didn’t trust God, they thought they could do a better job of taking care of themselves.)
What did God give the Israelites to help them know him better on the Mountain? (The 10 Commandments—rules/laws on how life works best that)
The Israelites promised to keep these commandments. Did it work out o.k.? (No! They couldn’t keep their promise. They couldn’t be perfect. No matter how hard they tried, they could never keep God’s rules all the time, but God knew they couldn’t and wanted them to know it too.)
Do we keep God’s rules all the time? (No! Just like the Israelites we can’t be perfect. Even when we try really hard, we’ll always fall short.)