PARENT GUIDE for Nov.22/15

THE GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 3, Session 1: The Stolen Blessing (Pre-School-Gr.4)

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Last week, kids learned that God told Rebekah before her sons were born that the older would serve the younger. That wasn’t how families typically worked in Bible times. The birthright was an important part of the patriarchal culture. Typically, upon the death of his father, the older brother would receive twice as much property and goods as the younger. But Esau gave it to Jacob for a hot bowl of stew. Later, Jacob wore his brother’s clothes and lied to his father to receive a special blessing Isaac meant to bestow on Esau—another privilege afforded to an oldest son. With his blessing, Isaac made his son master over his brother. Just as God said, the older would serve the younger.

Teach your kids that nothing can stop God’s perfect plan. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15), and He deserves all the privileges afforded to Him. But when Jesus hung on the cross, He gave up His blessing for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserve so that the Father would give us the blessing Jesus deserves.

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers Preschool Kids
  • God’s plan is perfect.
  • God planned to bless Jacob.
  • God planned to send Jesus through Jacob’s family.
  • What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s plan.
  • Jacob took what belonged to his brother.
  • What can stop God’s plan? Nothing can stop God’s perfect plan..
  • Jacob stole Esau’s blessing.

 

FLYTE: SESSION 2– Is My Family Broken? (Gr.4-6)

Dear Parent,

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.