BABIES & TODDLERS: HANNAH AND SAMUEL (1 SAMUEL 1-3)
This week our story was about Samuel. We discussed how Samuel’s mom, Hannah, prayed to God for a baby. When Samuel was a a little boy, God called Samuel while he was sleeping and Samuel woke up and listened to God.
ACTIVITY IDEA: This week give your child opportunities to be a good helper and/or point out the times when they are a good helper. Discuss how Samuel helped by serving God and we can do that too!
NEXT WEEK: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: PAUL GAVE HOPE (UNIT 35, SESSION 2)
UNIT KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God
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.
- Jesus promised He would come back.
- Paul said to be ready for Jesus to come back.
- People who love Jesus will be with Him forever.
BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Consider how your life would change if you could know the future—if you could accurately predict the weather or outcomes of baseball game. If you could know how your life is going to turn out, would you live today differently? In the bigger picture of God’s plan for the world, we do know the future. God reveals the outcome of His plan for humanity in His Word.
In the Book of 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes about the future to encourage believers facing persecution. Their hope as believers then is the same as our hope as believers today. We look forward to a final resurrection, the return of Jesus, and the judgment of the world.
Around AD 50, the city of Thessalonica was filled with those who worshiped idols, Greek and Roman gods, and even the Roman emperor himself. So when Paul started a church there, he quickly faced persecution and was forced to flee the city. Even though he could not return, Paul still loved the young church and was concerned for them, so he sent Timothy to check on the believers.
Timothy reported back with good news—though the church was suffering from persecution, they were holding tightly to their faith. They did have some misunderstandings about Christianity, especially the return of Jesus, but they were working hard for the Lord. Paul wrote a letter to encourage the believers and to clear up misunderstandings about the future and what happens when Christians die.
CHRIST CONNECTION: The prophets in the Old Testament told about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would come to judge the world and save His people. Paul said that in the future, on the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked. Believers live with hope, knowing that Jesus will come again.
Paul’s letter gave believers hope. Help your kids understand this week that the hope we find in the Bible is stronger than just wanting something to happen; biblical hope is expecting with confidence because we know God is faithful and true.
ACTIVITY IDEA: As a family, read Psalm 119 together. It’s such a long chapter you might want to break it up over the whole week. King David wrote this Psalm and it reminds us how important God’s words are to us; how valuable they are for living a righteous life. Talk about the ways God’s words help you make good decisions. Then, worship and thank God for giving us His words, the Bible.
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: “Remember God’s Truth” (Jude 3-4, 17-25)