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Sunday Morning 07/02 (Unit 22, Session 2: The Unmerciful Servant)

Jesus had been teaching His disciples when Peter asked Jesus, “How many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me?” Peter suggested seven times. Jews considered it standard to show forgiveness three times (see Job 33:29-30), so Peter probably thought he was going above and beyond. Jesus answered Peter’s question by telling a story about an unmerciful servant.

In the parable, a servant owed his master ten thousand talents. A talent was equal to about 20 years of wages. Ten thousand talents represented a debt that could never be repaid. Faced with debtors’ prison, the servant begged for more time to repay the master. Instead, the master released his servant and forgave the great debt.

The same servant went out and confronted a man who owed him a hundred denarii—about 100 days of wages. The man begged for more time, but the servant refused and put the man in prison. When the master heard what happened, he was angry that the servant who had been forgiven a great debt did not show mercy to the man who owed a small debt. So the master put the man in prison until he could pay his debt. Jesus concluded the parable by explaining that God would react in the same way to anyone who does not forgive his brother.

We are like the servant, and God is like the master.

Nothing we do is enough to pay the debt we owe God and take away God’s punishment for our sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to pay for our sin and take the punishment we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin completely. We can forgive others because God has greatly forgiven us.

As you talk with your kids, emphasize that God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others—not just three times or seven times, but many, many times—not keeping count. We have been forgiven a great debt, so we can forgive others when they sin against us.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jesus told stories about God.
    • Jesus told a story about forgiveness.
    • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.
    • We forgive others because Jesus forgives us.
  • Preschool
    • Why did Jesus tell stories? Jesus told stories to teach people about God.
    • Jesus taught about God’s forgiveness.
  • Kids
    • Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
    • God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Mark 6:34

 NEXT WEEK

  • “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37)

 

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Sunday Morning 11/6 (Unit 14, Session 3: Joel, Prophet to Judah)

This week we turned our attention back to Judah and picked up the big story with God’s people in quite a bind. The prophet Joel spoke to the Southern Kingdom of Judah at a time when the nation faced a crisis. The land had been invaded by locusts; swarms of the insects had devastated the plants. Judah was also affected by a severe drought.

Joel looked back on these events and announced that these were not mere natural disasters—the Lord was judging the people for their sin.

In Deuteronomy 28, God told His people, “If you do not obey the Lord your God by carefully following all His commands and statutes I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overtake you … You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it” (vv. 15,38). That is exactly what happened.

These disasters were a wake-up call. Joel told the people to repent. He told them to fast. He told them to gather and repent together, crying out to God and asking Him to show them mercy. Then Joel looked ahead to the future. In essence he said, “You think this is bad? This is only the beginning!”

God’s judgment of Judah was not over. The Day of the Lord was coming, a day when God would show His strength through an invading army. For those who were not right with God, this was bad news. God’s power would be against them. So Joel implored them, “Return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.”

God had pity on His people and promised to restore them. God would rather forgive His people than punish them.

Joel warned God’s people about the Day of the Lord—a day when God will judge His enemies, free His people, and make the world right again. Those who trust in Jesus will escape God’s punishment for sin. Jesus was punished in our place, and we share in His righteousness.

 Help your kids see that God takes sin seriously, but at the same time, He showers grace upon those who trust in Jesus. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for sins so people could be right with God. An ultimate Day of the Lord is coming, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God loves people.
    • Joel was God’s prophet.
    • Joel said God wants to forgive people.
    • God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • What is God like? God is merciful and loving.
    • God warned His people to repent.
  • Kids
    • What is God like? God is slow to anger, merciful, and loving.
    • God warned His people to repent before the Day of the Lord.

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Joel 2:13

 NEXT WEEK

  • “God Called Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 1)
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Sunday Morning 8/14 (Unit 11, Session 4: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom)

This week we will see how despite King Solomon’s great wisdom, he was still sinful and his sin divided the people of Israel. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, the people asked for him to ease up on them, but Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of his peers and actually demanded more from the people. Because of this, the kingdom split into two: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

King Solomon failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God’s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God.

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and when we love Him and  follow Him and do what He says, we will glorify God and be part of God’s plan to bring people back to Himself through Jesus.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●      Babies and Toddlers

  • God knows everything.
  • King Solomon’s wrong choice split the kingdom.
  • David’s family were kings of Judah.
  • Jesus was born into Solomon’s family.

●      Preschool

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.
  • God split Israel into two kingdoms.

●      Kids

  • Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.
  • God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●      Proverbs 2:6-7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6) 

NEXT WEEK

●      “Solomon Thought about Life” (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)

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Sunday Morning 2/21 (Unit 6, Session 3: God Gave Rules for Sacrifice)

This week, we continued our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids and examined the rules that God gave His people for how to worship Him in the tabernacle. God required sacrifices from the people when they sinned. The book of Hebrews tells us that the sacrifices themselves did not save the people, but it was their faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus who was to come that saved them.

Help your kids realize that Jesus it the ultimate and perfect Sacrifice and salvation is found in Him alone.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is holy.
God is holy; He always does what is right.
People make wrong choices. People do not obey God.
God gave His people rules for worshiping Him.
God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
God provided a way to forgive His people.

Kids

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Because God is holy, God requires a sacrifice for sin.

NEXT WEEK

“Worship Only God” (Deuteronomy 1; 3:23-4:40)

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Sunday Morning 2/7 (Unit 6, Session 1: The Ten Commandments: Love Others)

This week, our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids took us to the remaining six of the Ten Commandments. These commands show God’s people how they can love others. When someone truly loves God, they are compelled to love what He loves – including other people.

Help your kids understand that loving people is not an option but something God commands us to do and something we should want to do out of gratitude to God.

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is holy.
God is holy; He always does what is right.
God wants us to love others.
God showed His love for us by sending Jesus.

Preschool

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
God gave rules about loving others.

Kids

Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
God gave us rules to help us know how to love Him and others.

NEXT WEEK

“The Tabernacle Was Built” (Exodus 35:4-40:38)

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Sunday Morning 10/4 (Unit 1, Session 4: Cain and Abel)

Today’s Bible story shows how deeply sin infected Adam and Eve’s children. Imagine Adam and Eve’s joy as their family grew. With each birth, maybe Eve hoped that this son would be the one to end the curse of sin, to crush the head of the snake. (Gen. 3:15) But as her sons Cain and Abel grew up, she and Adam probably witnessed with grief how sin affects their own children. Cain was not the Promised One, and neither was Abel. Out of jealousy and anger, Cain killed Abel. God punished Cain by sending him away to wander the earth.

Some time later, Eve gave birth to another son. She named this baby Seth. Seth was not the Promised One either, but Jesus would come from Seth’s descendants. (See Luke 3:23-38.) Every baby was born a sinner—like his parents and like Adam and Eve. At just the right time, God would send His Son to be born to save sinners. (Heb. 11:13; Gal. 4:4) God always keeps His promises.

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers

Preschool

Kids

God made everything. God made families.

Adam and Eve’s family did not obey God.

God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Why did God create the world? God created the world for His glory.

What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law.

God punished Cain for his sin.

Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.

What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God.

Cain’s sin separated him from God and people.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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Sunday Morning 9/27 (Unit 1, Session 3: Sin Entered the World)

Today’s Bible story takes us back to the garden of Eden.  Before the fall, Adam and Eve enjoyed a loving, two-way relationship with God. The garden was a true paradise. God filled the garden with good gifts so that they might enjoy them and give thanks to God. The Lord gave them only one restriction: “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” and the punishment was severe: “You will certainly die” (Gen. 2:17).

Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie, and they sinned. Because of their sin, God cast them out of the garden. Though they did not die right away, sin’s effect was immediate and thorough. Their lives and their children’s lives—and the lives of all of mankind—would be forever affected by their choice. As your kids become increasingly aware of the bad news—that we are all sinners from birth—rejoice with them over the good news: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15).

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers

Preschool

Kids

God made everything. God made people to make choices.

Adam and Eve did not obey God’s one rule.

God loves us even when we make wrong choices.

God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Why did God create the world? God created the world for His glory.

What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law.

Adam and Eve sinned.

Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.

What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God.

Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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