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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!