PARENT GUIDE for Jan.24/16

The Gospel Project: Unit 4, Session 3: The Wilderness Test (Preschool-Gr.4)

Dear Parents,

This week, we will continue our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and learned that God provided food and water for His people as they wandered in the wilderness. When Israel became hungry and thirsty, they grumbled about Moses and God, and God graciously provided for them even if they did not deserve it. In the same way that God provided for Israel’s physical need, God provides for the spiritual need of people through Jesus.

Help your kids understand that God is gracious and He freely gives what we need – including Jesus – not because of anything they have done, but because of God’s goodness alone.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God takes care of us.
    • God gave His people food and water in the desert.
    • God took care of His people.
    • God sent Jesus because He loves us.
  • Preschool
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people.
    • God gave His people food and water.
  • Kids
    • What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.
    • God provided for the physical needs of His people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Hebrews 3:5-6

Babies and Toddlers – Leviticus 11:45

 

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FLYTE: How Did I Get Here? (Preteens)

“Animals have the same rights as people!” Some animal rights advocates today make that bold assertion from a naturalistic perspective. Though God made and cares for all creatures, He said only humans are created in His image. He gave Adam and Eve moral, intellectual, and spiritual characteristics that reflected His own nature.

At the closing of Genesis 1, God revealed His creation of the first humans and how He charged them to take care of the earth and its creatures. In Genesis 2, God revealed more detail about Adam’s creation. God formed him out of the earth and breathed life into him. God placed Adam in a beautiful garden with four rivers, the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam named the animals as God instructed.

Knowing our needs better than we know for ourselves, God knew that Adam needed a helper to complement him. God took one of Adam’s ribs and formed a woman. Adam rejoiced as God finished His work and brought the woman to Adam (v. 23). He named her Eve in Genesis 3:20. Thus, mankind is unique among God’s creatures. Male and female are made in His image and have infinite worth in His eyes. God reiterated this principle to Jeremiah—that He had known him and chosen him as a prophet even before his birth.

Pray that you and your preteens will live each day mindful of God’s special love and value for your life since you are made in His image.

 

Emphasize these truths with your child:

» God created people in His own image.

» God created people and the world they live in.

» God created people to serve Him and to do His will.

 

KEY PASSAGE:

Psalm 139:13-16