BABIES & TODDLERS: MOSES AND THE EXODUS
This week our story was about Moses and how God used Moses to lead God’s people out of Egypt.
ACTIVITY IDEA: This week as your help your little one identify people in their life and how they are all a part of God’s people. Say: “God leads everyone – mommies, daddies, [etc.], and you!”
NEXT WEEK: Hannah & Samuel (1 Samuel 1-2)
PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: PAUL’S LETTER TO PHILEMON (UNIT 35, SESSION 1)
UNIT KEY PASSAGE: All scripture is inspired by God. 1 Timothy 3:16
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to come back? We follow Jesus and tell everyone about Him.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS:
- God teaches us through the Bible.
- Paul asked Philemon to forgive Onesimus.
- Jesus wants us to do what is right because we love Him.
BIBLE STORY DETAILS:
During this unit, we will be looking at how God gave hope to Christians while they waited for Jesus’ return. Paul was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome when a man named Onesimus (oh NESS ih muhs) came to visit him. Onesimus was a slave who had run away from a wealthy man named Philemon. As it turned out, Paul was a friend of Philemon. So when Paul told Onesimus the good news about Jesus and Onesimus believed, Paul desired forgiveness and reconciliation between Onesimus and Philemon—now brothers in Christ.
So Paul wrote a letter and told Onesimus to take it to Philemon. The Book of Philemon is the letter written by Paul to Philemon. Though Onesimus had become dear to him and Paul wanted Onesimus to stay with him in Rome, Paul sent him back to Philemon with his letter.
In the letter, Paul urged Philemon to forgive Onesimus and treat him as a fellow brother in Christ. Paul even offered to pay Onesimus’s debt for him. Though Paul could have used his authority as an apostle of Christ to force Philemon to do what he wanted, Paul instead appealed to him as a friend and a fellow believer. He urged Philemon to treat Onesimus as if he were Paul himself—with love and kindness.
Paul offered to pay Onesimus’s debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and man. Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He paid our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed by God as brothers and sisters of Jesus. (See Heb. 2:11.)
CHRIST CONNECTION: Paul’s letter serves as a reminder to us that everyone is equal before Jesus. People from completely different backgrounds—like Paul, a former Jewish leader; Onesimus, a runaway slave; and Philemon, a Gentile slave-owner—are brought together by the gospel under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In light of God’s love for us, remind your kids this week that we can be loving, kind, and forgiving to our brothers and sisters in Christ for the glory of God.
ACTIVITY IDEA: Discuss a recent situation where you preschooler was upset with someone (i.e. sibling, friend, etc). Discuss with them just like Jesus died to forgive us of our sins, we can be loving, kind, and forgiving to the people in our life. Encourage your preschooler to draw a picture to give to the person they were upset with, to tell them that they love them.
Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional (http://gatewaychurch.org/whats-up-in-kidztown/using-the-gospel-project-as-a-family-devotional/)
NEXT WEEK: “Paul Gave Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)