God’s Covenant with Abraham

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.

Job

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!

The Tower of Babel

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: What happens when people sin? Sin separates people from God and one another.

Christ Connection: Instead of glorifying God, people chose to ignore God’s plan and glorify themselves. This didn’t stop God’s plan to scatter the people and to form nations. Eventually one of these nations would become God’s chosen people. Through the nation of Israel, Christ would come to save the world.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

The story of the Tower of Babel helps us understand the devastating effects of sin. Even after God had destroyed all life on earth through the flood and graciously saved Noah’s family and the animals, it wasn’t long before people disobeyed God again.

God instructed Noah to spread out and fill the earth. Instead, people decided it best to settle. Rather than bringing glory to God by following God’s plan, people decided to glorify themselves. They built a tower to make a name for themselves.

God’s plan to populate the earth following the flood could not be sidetracked. When God confused the languages of the people, they were forced to move away from one another and into people groups and nations bound by single languages. Eventually one of these nations would become God’s chosen people. Through the nation of Israel, Christ would come to save the world.

Family Activity: List the talents and abilities you see in family members. Choose a way to use your talents to show God’s greatness, instead of your own.

Noah and the Ark

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: Why does sin separate people from God? God is holy. Christ Connection: The story of the flood shows us how serious God is about sin. He […]

Sin Entered the World

Genesis 3-4

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

Christ Connection: Since Adam and Eve, everyone has sinned against God. Our sin separates us from God. God promised that one of Eve’s descendants would put an end to sin and death. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as Adam didn’t—perfectly sinless. God the Son came into the world to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

As we begin to unwrap the big picture of God’s story through the pages of His Word, it is important for boys and girls to grasp a full understanding of how sin entered the world. God’s story starts in the glorious perfection of creation but soon is marred by personal and tragic sin.

Sin is defined as breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God. When Adam and Eve chose to break the one rule God had given them, sin entered not only their lives, but the lives of all mankind. When Adam and Eve sinned, they failed to give God the glory He deserved.

In God’s glorious way, He chose not to leave Adam, Eve, and all of humanity without hope. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as Adam didn’t—perfectly sinless. Jesus was God in the form of a man sent to rescue people from their sin.

Family Activity: Each night, discuss what sins you committed during the day. Pray and ask God to help you turn from sin. Thank God for sending Jesus.

God Created the World and People

Genesis 1-2

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 made everything? God made everything.

Christ Connection: Colossians 1:15-22 reveals that Christ is ruler over all of God’s creation. All of creation was created through Him, by Him, and for Him. Everything was created to give glory to Christ, but people would choose not to give Him glory. The rest of the Bible reveals how Jesus would restore the relationship between God and man.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

We are so excited your child was able to join us this week for the kickoff of The Gospel Project for Kids! This week began a three-year chronological study of Scripture. Each week’s study will build upon the previous week, and we can’t wait to help boys and girls discover the big picture of God’s story.

God’s story begins with creation. This week we learned what God made during the six days of creation—from light and stars to birds and people! Everything God made is good. Have you ever wondered why butterflies exist or why the sky explodes with vivid color when the sun sets? The Bible says that all things were created for Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).

We also found out that God didn’t just create people for no reason. He created people with a purpose: to know, love and glorify Him. Colossians 1:15-22 reveals that Christ is ruler over all of God’s creation. All of creation was created by Him, through Him, and for Him. It’s all about Jesus! Everything was created to give glory to God, but people would choose not to give Him glory. The rest of the Bible reveals how Jesus would restore the relationship between God and man.

This week take a walk outside and discuss how God created the world. Look for things He created on each of the six days. Make a list of the creations you saw on your walk.

Jesus, Our Promised Savior

Dear Parents,
Happy New Year! For the past four weeks of Advent, we have been talking about God keeping his great BIG promise to send Jesus to be our Savior. For a long, long, long, LONG time, God’s people prayed, “Dear God, keep your promise.” And God did. God said, “Yes! It’s time for the Savior to be born.”

Because God kept that BIG promise, we know he will keep all his other promises too! Those promises are all YES because of Jesus.

God has promised to forgive our sins (1 John 1:9). God has promised to be with us in trouble (Psalm 91:15). God has promised to be our forever friend (Psalm 25:14). Because God kept his promise to send the Savior, we can be sure he will keep all his other promises to us, too. That is very, very good news!

Angels Announce the Promise Fulfilled

Parents,
This week is the third week of Advent. When it came time for God to keep his promise to send a Savior for us, Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Jesus was the very first Christmas gift. Jesus is the very best Christmas gift!

And Jesus’ birth was good news for many, many, many people. It was such good news that even the angels burst out of heaven shouting praises to God! The angels told the shepherds the good news. And then the shepherds went to find Baby Jesus all wrapped up, tight and warm and safe, lying in a manger—just as the angels had said.

As the shepherds went back to their sheep, they told everyone they met that God had kept his promise. Baby Jesus, the Savior, was born! Those people told other people, and those people told more people. Finally, someone told me and someone told you! Christ the Savior is born! Our Savior has come! Baby Jesus is God’s gift to me and to you.

Jesus our Savior is the very best Christmas gift of all. Because of Jesus, we are forgiven. We are God’s children. God’s love holds us close to him and keeps us safe forever. God kept his BIG, BIG, very best promise to send our Savior!

God’s Promise to Joseph

Parents,
This week is the second week of Advent.

We can never, never save enough to buy God’s forgiveness. Not all the money in the world would be enough to save us!

God made many wonderful promises to his people, promises to save them. Last week, we talked about promises God made to Mary through the angel Gabriel. Gabriel told Mary that the Son of God would be “great” and “called Son of the Most High.” “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,” and “he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)

God also made a wonderful promise to Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father. Gabriel told Joseph that Jesus “will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) What are sins? Sins are things that we think, say, or do that make God sad. How did Jesus save us from our sins? He died on the cross and came alive again on the first Easter morning. Now our sins are gone. They are washed away. God forgives us and calls us his children—because of Jesus.

We can never buy forgiveness, but God gives us this gift for free because of all Jesus did for us!

God’s Promise to Mary

Parents,
This week begins the Advent season: a time of looking forward to the day of Christmas, when we celebrate God keeping his promise to send a Savior to the world.

Long ago, the first people sinned. They disobeyed God. God had made them and he cared for them. In fact, he loved them very much. But they disobeyed him. Their sin ruined the beautiful home God had given them—the Garden of Eden. But God did not stop loving them. He could have, but he didn’t.

Instead, he made a BIG promise—the first promise of a Savior from sin. After that, again and again, God made even more promises, even bigger promises about the Savior and what he would do. For many centuries, God sent prophets who wrote down more and more promises about the coming Savior who would wash away our sins.

Then, one day, the angel Gabriel came to a little town called Nazareth to see a young woman named Mary. Gabriel had come from God to make more BIG promises about the Savior.

Read Luke 1:32-33 and look together for BIG promises Gabriel made about Jesus. (He would be a great king—the King of Love. He would be God’s Son. He would rule his people, forgiving and protecting them forever! He would suffer and die in our place. He would make us friends of God, members of God’s very own family!)

Those are BIG promises. Did God kept every one of his BIG promises! Jesus was the very first Christmas gift. Jesus is the very best Christmas gift. He is our Savior—and we receive every one of God’s other BIG promises because of Jesus. Those who trust in Jesus need never, ever, be disappointed!