PARENT GUIDE for EASTER SUNDAY (April 16/17)

THE GOSPEL PROJECT

Unit 15, Session 2: Jeremiah Prophesied a New Covenant

Dear Parents,

Shortly after God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He made a covenant with them at Mount Sinai. The terms of the covenant are found in Exodus 19.

God said through Moses, “If you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, … and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation” (vv. 5-6). God’s people responded, “We will do all that the LORD has spoken.”

But the people did not do all that the Lord had spoken. The people had God’s law, but they were not able to obey Him because of the sinfulness of their hearts. God punished His people for their unfaithfulness, eventually sending the Northern Kingdom into exile. But God was faithful; He preserved two tribes, keeping His promise to establish David’s house forever.

The Israelites in Jeremiah’s day broke the covenant just like their ancestors before them. The prophet Jeremiah told about a new covenant. He prophesied about a coming day when God would forgive sin and write His law on the hearts of His people. This prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus did not come to get rid of the law. (See Matt. 5:17.) Through His sinless life, Jesus fulfilled the demands of the old covenant.

Jeremiah told about a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts. Jesus made these words come true. God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.

Help your kids understand that obedience only comes from a heart changed by God and it is always a response to God’s goodness and love for us. It is because of the overwhelming LOVE God showed us through Jesus that we are motivated to become more like Him in our thoughts and actions. His Holy Spirit guides our hearts, rather than us having to follow a “checklist” of rules. 

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God helps me love Him.
○ People do not always love and obey God.
○ God made a new promise to forgive His people.
○ God sent Jesus to forgive His people forever.
● Preschool
○ Why should we obey God? We obey God because He loves us.
○ God promised a better covenant.
● Kids
○ Why should we obey God? We obey God because He loves us.
○ God promised a new and better covenant.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Ezekiel 11:19-20 (Preschool: Ezekiel 11:19)

NEXT WEEK
● “Judah Was Taken into Captivity” (2 Chronicles 36:1-21)


PRETEENS: Explorers

The Risen King
>based on Matthew 28:1-15

LESSON OBJECTIVES
Know: Jesus rose from the dead on the third day.
Think: Jesus’ resurrection proved He is the Son of God.
Do: Share the good news that Jesus is the risen King with those around you.

THE MORE YOU KNOW
As we’ve already established, Jesus’ kingship defines His rule and authority over His dominion—which has no borders or limits. When Jesus died and rose again, He conquered the laws of death and sin and established Himself ruler over that, too, which is why Jesus is the only path to God and Heaven.
There are many religions that propose paths to righteousness. Most claim we must earn our way to Heaven with good deeds. Everything in these religions hinges on works; a scale that balances between good and evil and either payment or punishment based on which you contributed to most. The problem with this is it was never about us earning God’s favor the way these religions make it out to be. The problem is and has always been that our sin makes us incompatible with the holiness of Heaven. In order for that gap to be bridged, the problem of sin had to be solved and its payment of death had to be satisfied. Only Jesus provided that solution.

Talk to your kids about the overwhelming LOVE that God showed in Christ Jesus. He loved us so much and saw that it was impossible for us to get back to Him on our own. So He willingly left His throne in Heaven to become a below-average human being (by society’s standard) and gave us the example of perfection none of us could live up to. And then, Jesus became the last blood sacrifice for our sins. But he didn’t stay down. He not only beat sin by living a perfect life, He beat death by rising again! Now, all we need to do is believe. Trust. Receive this free gift of debt-payment. No more “good/evil” to balance out. The scales of Judgement no longer apply to Christ-followers! Jesus broke those scales— shattered them with His goodness!