PARENT GUIDE for Jan.8/17

GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 12, Session 2: Job

Dear Parents,

This week we walked with Job through a very challenging part of his life when he lost pretty much everything he had and suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We saw that God was teaching Job about trust during this time—but He was doing far more than that.

Job suffered and wanted a mediator—someone to bring him to God. This reminds us of Jesus, who suffered even though He had never sinned. Jesus is our Mediator. He suffered to pay the price for our sins and put an end to suffering on earth. Jesus brings us to God when we trust in Him.

Help your kids see the picture of Jesus in the Book of Job and to remember that that can trust God always, even when life is difficult. Encourage them to trust and remember that God is in control—always. Even when it’s tough to believe that.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God is good.
○ Job was very sad, but he loved God.
○ God said He is in charge of everything He made.
○ Jesus speaks to God for us.
● Preschool
○ Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
○ Job learned that God is in control.
● Kids
○ Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
○ Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK
● “Praises of God’s People” (Psalms 1, 100, 110)


EXPLORERS (Gr. 5/6)

Know: The Israelites chose to worship a golden calf over God.
Think: Only God is worthy of first place.
Do: Put God first in your thoughts, words, and actions.

THE MORE YOU KNOW:

In our western context, this story is just weird, right? How in the world did the Israelites get to the point where they were melting their gold to make a golden idol to worship in just a little over a month of Moses being gone? It would be easy to miss the point for getting so caught up in the very odd details of this story, but the simple truth is that the Israelites were only reaching for the comfort of normalcy. They were doing what all the other nations around them were doing.

God wanted the Israelites to be set apart. He wanted to show the world, through the Israelites, what life could be like if they would choose to follow Him. He wanted to make the Israelites the model society, and had they followed His plan obediently, they would have, in fact, had a utopia. But they didn’t. They, more than anything, just wanted to be like everyone else, and to rest in the comfort of the status quo.

Help your preteens understand the temptations of “status quo” and how our desire to fit in, to succeed, and to be comfortable can often lead us down a dangerous path towards idolatry. God doesn’t want us to fit in. He wants us to dare to be righteous. Dare to trust Him. And He will give us so much more than the “creature comforts” of this world!