GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 2, Session 3 (Pre-School-Gr.4)
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In His covenant with Abraham, God promised land, descendants, and a blessing to all the nations of the earth. (Gen. 22:17-18) In the next Bible story, God reaffirmed the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob. (Gen. 26:3-4; 28:13-14)
When Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, became pregnant with twins, the babies struggled with each other inside her. God explained their future. The older son (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob). Their families would separate and become two nations, one stronger than the other. These things came true, but not in the way Isaac’s family would have expected. Jacob tricked his father and brother to steal the blessing. To escape his brother’s anger, Jacob fled to his uncle’s house.
On the way, God spoke to Jacob in a dream. Jacob saw a stairway to heaven, and he saw God there. God repeated the promise to Jacob. He promised to be with Jacob. Explain to your kids that, like the stairway in Jacob’s dream, Jesus bridges the gap between heaven and earth. (See John 1:51.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Sin separates people from God, but when people turn from their sin and trust in Jesus, Jesus brings them into God’s family.
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FLYTE: Family (Pre-Teens)
For the next four weeks, your preteen will be using the LifeWay|Preteens FLYTE curriculum to learn what the Bible says about families. We firmly believe in supporting your role as a parent, and this unit would be a great opportunity for discussions with your preteen about the unique and special calling God has for your family.
The Bible study focus for this unit is the story of Joseph, a familiar story to many preteens. During this unit, they will be digging past the surface facts of the story to take an in-depth look at Joseph’s family dynamics. Preteens will analyze the factors that caused problems in his family, identify the ways Joseph handled those challenges according to God’s plan, and learn to apply those strategies in their own families. Specifically preteens will study the following:
Session 1: What Is a Perfect Family?
Bible passage: Genesis 37:1-11
Session 2: Is My Family Broken?
Bible passage: Genesis 37:12-36
Session 3: Is There Hope for My Family?
Bible passage: Genesis 40-45
Session 4: How Can My Family Work Together?
Bible passage: Genesis 50:15-21
The memory passage for this unit is Psalm 133:1: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Over the next four weeks, encourage your preteen to share what he or she has learned about harmony within families. Initiate honest conversations about the strengths and weaknesses in your own family, and be open to your preteen’s insight.
We hope this unit is one that will benefit your whole family. Please contact someone at your local church if you would like additional help or resources for special challenges your family is facing or ways strengthen your family bonds.