Key Passage: Genesis 17:1 “I will keep My covenant between Me and you…to be your God.”

Big Picture Question: How can we show we believe God’s plan? We obey God.

Christ Connection: Abraham showed his faith in God when he was willing to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac also showed he was ready to do what his father said. This is a clear picture of God who was willing to sacrifice His only Son, and of Jesus who was willing to do what was necessary for God’s plan of salvation. Isaac’s life was spared because God provided a substitute. We need a perfect sacrifice as our substitute for sin. God provided a perfect sacrifice in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

God’s story continued this week in The Gospel Project for Kids with the story of God testing Abraham. Imagine being Abraham, trusted in old age with the son God had promised. Now God instructs you to offer your son as a sacrifice. What would go through your mind? The sacrifice of a child was not common among God’s followers, but Abraham obeyed God.

Think about your children. Not only was Abraham obedient to God, Isaac was obedient to his father, likely not knowing what was happening but trusting that his father knew what was best. Isaac was willing and ready to do what his father asked him to do.

God provided a ram as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. This story is a clear depiction of what God was willing to do when He sent Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus was willing to do what was necessary for God’s plan to succeed. God spared Isaac by providing a substitute. Likewise, we need a perfect substitute for our sin; that substitute is Jesus.

Family Activity: Guide kids to complete someone else’s chore. Remind them God sent Jesus to pay our penalty for sin as a substitute.

Key Passage: Genesis 17:1 “I will keep My covenant between Me and you…to be your God.”

Big Picture Question: Who always keeps His promises? God always keeps His promises.

Christ Connection: God fulfilled His promise to Abraham by giving him a son. Isaac was the hope of Abraham and Sarah for a future and a legacy. God fulfilled His promise to the world by giving us His Son. Jesus ultimately fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham, and He is the hope of the world for salvation and redemption.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, we heard the story of Abraham’s sons! That’s right, two sons!

Abraham and Sarah took into their own hands the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring a son into the world. God, as always, did not need their help—only their faithfulness.

God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, but only in His timing, not Abraham’s. Isaac was the hope of Abraham and Sarah for a future. The ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the hope of the world for salvation and redemption.

Family Activity: At the beginning of the week, encourage each family member to make a promise to God (to pray each day, memorize a Bible verse, show someone God’s love, read the Bible every day, and so forth). Write the promise below for each family member. At the end of the week, share and document how well each person did at keeping their promise. Talk about how God always keeps His promises.

Key Passage: Genesis 17:1 “I will keep My covenant between Me and you…to be your God.”

Big Picture Question: Why did God choose Abraham? God chose Abraham to be part of His plan.

Christ Connection: God chose Abraham to be the father of the nation in which Jesus would be born. In this way, Abraham would bless all nations, as God had promised. God also saw Abraham’s faith in God’s promises and counted it as righteous. It is our faith in Jesus’ perfect righteousness that brings salvation to God’s people.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

We had another great week at The Gospel Project for Kids. Today your kids learned that when sin entered the world, God already had a plan to provide a Savior. God’s plan to provide a redeemer for His people began through the person of Abraham.

God called Abraham to move away from his home and land to a place that God Himself would show him. Abraham obeyed and God would use Abraham to bless all people, even you and me. Abraham had much faith in the promise God had given him, and God credited Abraham’s faith as righteousness.

Kids heard that all people are sinners, but through the family of Abraham, God sent His Son Jesus, who never sinned, to bring salvation to God’s people. Boys and girls learned that through the family of Abraham, Jesus was born.

Family Activity: Try to count the stars on a clear night. Remind kids that God always keeps his promises. Write a prayer to thank God for being faithful.

Key Passage: Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Big Picture Question: Who is all-powerful? God is all-powerful.

Christ Connection: Job’s suffering and his request for a mediator give us a glimpse of our Savior, Jesus. Neither Job nor Jesus experienced suffering because they had sinned. Unlike Job, Jesus never questioned why He had to suffer. Jesus understood that we needed Him to pay the price for our sin and be our mediator before God.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, we heard the story of Job! It might seem strange to present the story of Job this early in the chronology of Scripture, but most biblical authorities believe, based on subject matter and language, that Job was a contemporary of the patriarchs. Job fits chronologically into this period of history.

The story of Job helps Christians see that God alone is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. Job’s story is one all people can relate to, as everyone will suffer in his or her lifetime. God’s dialogue with Job reveals His characteristics clearly.

Throughout all of Job’s suffering, Job never stopped trusting God. Listen to Job’s response to God’s questions: “I am so insignificant. How can I answer You?” (Job 40:4) Job didn’t understand his suffering, but he understood who God is.

While the Book of Job speaks volumes to the problem of human suffering, it is also an important picture of how a suffering person should relate to God. Though Job sometimes doubted God, he never turned away. Job’s suffering actually brought him closer to God.

Kids discovered the true Suffering Servant, Jesus, who was truly innocent. He suffered greatly so that we could be brought closer to God in our suffering. The Bible says Christians will suffer in their lifetimes, and Job reminds us that following Jesus is worth it. God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. We can trust Him when we don’t understand the pain we experience. At the cross, God used the ultimate pain to bring about the ultimate good: our future and final salvation from sin.

Family Activity: Find a way for your family to help someone who is less fortunate. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, or run a clothing drive. Talk to your family about how God’s goodness flows from Jesus through us!