PARENT GUIDE for Dec.13/15

Unit 3, Session 3: Joseph Sent to Egypt (Preschool- Gr.4)

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. This week’s Bible story will be about Joseph and his brothers. Jacob had 12 sons. They would become the leaders of the tribes of Israel. But Jacob’s favorite son was Joseph. Joseph was the son of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife, and Jacob didn’t hide his favoritism. Needless to say, Joseph’s brothers were jealous of Joseph. When Joseph told his brothers about the dream he had that they would one day bow down to him, the Bible says they could no longer speak peaceably with him. In short, they hated him.

Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit with the intent to kill him. Then they figured they’d make a profit by selling him to people taking slaves to Egypt. Joseph was about seventeen years old when he was sold into Potiphar’s house. But God was with him–even when Potiphar’s wife had Joseph thrown into prison for something he didn’t do. God had a wonderful plan for Joseph. He raised up Joseph into a position of power in Egypt. Remind your kids that nothing can stop God’s perfect plan to send Jesus through the family of Israel.

 

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers Preschool Kids
  • God’s plan for us is good.
  • God took care of Joseph in Egypt.
  • We can trust God even when we do not understand His plan.

 

  • What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s plan.
  • God sent Joseph to Egypt.
  • What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan.
  • God used Joseph’s suffering for good.

Memory Verse: Genesis 26:24

 

FLYTE: How Can My Family Work Together? (Pre-Teens: Gr.4-6)

Family relationships can be complicated! In fact, many people will admit to dreading the holidays because of the inevitable conflicts. It’s not that family members don’t love each other or care for one another, but when a conflict arises, it is often shoved under the proverbial rug in order to keep the illusion of a happy family gathering.

Problems occur when those family conflicts are never resolved and instead build up over time until there’s an emotional explosion. Resolving conflict in families is hard. Family members have to be aware of private issues the other person is having, personalities that clash, and temperaments of the family member with whom they are at odds. Not to mention that different communication styles and the history of conflict must be considered as well!

This week’s passage is a wonderful biblical example of how Christians should resolve conflict. Joseph has many reasons to hold a grudge against his brothers, but he chose again and again to forgive, forget, and move forward in the relationship, giving even more than is required. Read through Genesis 50:15-21 several times this week, thinking about Joseph’s choice to forgive.

Preteens may just now be realizing some of the conflict that goes on within their extended or nuclear families. Small children are sometimes oblivious, but preteens’ ears pick up on everything! The older they get, the harder it can be to forgive. Preteens must learn at a young age that one important key to a healthy family is forgiveness.

Pray. Name your preteens aloud to God, asking Him to soften their hearts toward family members with whom they are in conflict.

Memory Verse: Psalm 133:1