PARENT GUIDE for November 20, 2016

Unit 11, Session 1: Solomon Asked for Wisdom

Dear Parents,

This week we picked up our journey through the big story of the Bible with God inviting King Solomon, David’s son, to ask Him for whatever he wanted. Solomon could have chosen riches, or power, but he did not. He asked God for wisdom so he could lead God’s people well. God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted it and also blessed Solomon in other ways.

Solomon was a wise king, but God planned to give His people a greater and wiser king—His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God with His life. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin.

Help your kids understand that true wisdom comes from God. Encourage them that reading the Bible and talking with God are ways they can understand God better and live with wisdom.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
Babies and Toddlers
God knows everything.
King Solomon asked God to make him wise.
God gave Solomon wisdom to lead God’s people.
When Jesus lived on earth, He was wiser than Solomon.
Preschool
Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
Solomon asked God for wisdom.
Kids
Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Proverbs 2:6-7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

NEXT WEEK
“Wisdom for God’s People” (Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:1-12; 4:10-19)


EXPLORERS (Preteens)

Why is it so hard to obey all the time?

LESSON OBJECTIVE
Know: All Christians struggle with obedience to God.
Think: God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us win over sin.
Do: Listen to God’s tug on your heart to obey Him.
THE MORE YOU KNOW
Many people believe that something that feels natural is something that they should be able to have. The sexual identity issues that have marked modern-day America are a perfect example of the extremes people will justify because something feels natural to them. They believe the innate aspect of their feelings validates their desires. They believe indulging their nature will bring them peace and freedom, but what they are really doing is enslaving themselves to their flesh.
The believer surrenders to the supernatural and releases him or herself from the bondage of what comes naturally. Read 1 Corinthians 2:14 to see what God says about the natural man. Following God is hard, and it’s not natural. It goes against everything that sin has bred in us. Don’t paint this as an easy choice to your students. It hasn’t been easy for you to deny your natural self, and it won’t be easy for them to, either. It’s better to shed light onto the messy truth, rather than to paint a pretty picture that ultimately makes them feel like they can never be good enough.

Help your preteens understand that obedience to God isn’t easy for anyone, but it is worth it.

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Day 1—John 15:18-22
Day 2—John 15:26-16:1
Day 3—2 Peter 1:3-8
Day 4—Romans 8:5-9
Day 5—John 16:12-14