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Joseph Saved His Family (Genesis 42-46; 50)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Genesis 42-46; 50)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters? (Joseph, Joseph’s Brothers, and Jacob.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt; Joseph tests and forgives his brothers; All of Joseph’s family comes to live in Egypt.)

  • What’s the main point? (God used Joseph to save His people.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God has a plan for all His people. His desire is that everything we do would bring God glory. From small things like listening to mom and dad, to sharing the gospel with your friends. God invites us to participate in His mission.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for who you are, and for having a plan for our lives. We love you Lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joseph Saved His Family)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God used Joseph to save His people.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What did Joseph do for his family? (Joseph forgave his brothers, offered them food, and a place to live in Egypt)

  • Has someone ever sinned against you? How’d that make you feel?

  • Were you able to forgive that person? Was it hard to talk to them? What made it difficult?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • What other people may mean for evil, God works and turns to good for His glory and our good.

RELATE to them.

  • God is gracious to use people (you and me) in accomplishing His plans and purposes.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • While you’ll likely face difficultly today (and everyday), trust that God is with you through it and that He’s using it to draw you nearer to Him.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.

Memory Verse: Hosea 13:4 – “But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 4, Session 3

Joseph Explained Dreams (Genesis 39-41)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Genesis 39-41)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters? (Joseph, Potiphar, and Pharaoh.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Joseph works for Potiphar and is falsely accused by his wife; Joseph interprets prisoners dreams; Joseph interprets Pharaohs dream about a drought.)

  • What’s the main point? (God was with Joseph.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • No matter what is happening or where we are God is with us. When we are scared God is by our side. When our family is going through something tough God is right there with us.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for who you are. We thank you that you are always with us. That gives us the confidence to glorify you in all we do. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joseph Explained Dreams)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God was with Joseph.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What suffering did Joseph endure in this story? (He was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown in prison)

  • How did God use Joseph’s suffering to move his plan forward? (He gave Joseph wisdom to interpret dreams, and used that to gain favor with Pharaoh)

  • Have you ever had anything bad happen to you that you can see God used for something good?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • Even in the midst of our suffering, God is with us, and He can use that suffering for our good and His glory.

RELATE to them.

  • There will be things that don’t go your way (hopefully not as drastically as what Joseph faced). God invites us to trust Him as we walk through that suffering and uncertainty alongside Him.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • God is with you – whether your day is going smoothly or it’s shaping up to be terrible because you had a fight with a friend, lost your homework, or you spilled lunch on your favorite shirt.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.

Memory Verse: Hosea 13:4 – “But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 4, Session 2

Joseph Sent to Egypt (Genesis 37)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Genesis 37)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters? (Joseph, Joseph’s Brothers, and Jacob.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Joseph is favored by Jacob and has dreams that claimed he would be greater than his brothers; His brothers conspire to kill him; Joseph’s brothers sell him to Egyptian slave traders.)

  • What’s the main point? (Joseph’s brothers sent him to Egypt.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God always has a plan. There is nothing that he cannot do. When times get tough or things get sad we can trust that God is completely in control of the situations.  

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for always having a plan. We thank you for your power and love. Prevent us from doubting you Lord when things get tough. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joseph Sent to Egypt)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Joseph’s brothers sent him to Egypt.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What did Joseph’s brothers do to him? (sold him into slavery and tricked Jacob into thinking he was dead)

  • Joseph endured a lot of suffering in these few verses. How do you think he felt after he realized what had happened?

  • Do you ever feel like you’re suffering? Do you ever feel alone?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • Even in the midst of our suffering, fear, or loneliness, God is with us and his plans cannot be stopped.

RELATE to them.

  • Sometimes we have doubts about what God is doing, but our doubt doesn’t stop God’s plan from moving forward. God is always working for the good of those who love Him and for His glory. 

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • God is with you wherever you go today, and He’s working to use your life to accomplish His plans

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Is there anything God cannot do? God can do all things.

Memory Verse: Hosea 13:4 – “But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 4, Session 1

Jacob’s New Name (Genesis 32-33)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Genesis 32-33)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (God and Jacob.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Jacob began to make his way back home; He split up his family to prepare to face Esau; Jacob wrestles with God and God changed Jacob’s name.)

  • What’s the main point? (God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, the name of God’s covenant people.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • God has a plan for our family. God’s plan provided us a savior who changed everything. We are changed due to Christ’s work on the cross.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for the plan that you had to send your son to die on the cross for our sins. We pray that we can have faith in your plan. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jacob’s New Name)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, the name of God’s covenant people.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • How does God change us when we trust in Jesus?

  • How can God use difficult circumstances for our good?

  • What are some ways God has blessed you? How can you be a blessing to others?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God keeps his promises and offers change to come.

RELATE to them.

  • God has a plan for your life. He sent His son to die for our sins. We can trust that God will always do what is best for us.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Does God keep his promises? God always keeps his promises because he is faithful.

Memory Verse: Genesis 28:15 – “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 3, Session 3

Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 29-31)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Genesis 29-31)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the characters? (Jacob, Laban, Leah and Rachel.)

  • What are the main story beats? (Jacob flees to his uncle Laban; Jacob worked seven years to marry Rachel; Laban tricked Jacob and gave him Leah as his bride.)

  • What’s the main point? (Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Leah and Rachel.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • Even when things do not go our way. Even when we find ourselves in a situation that seems unfair. We can trust in the promise that God has made to us.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for your love for us. We pray that even win things don’t go our way you still love us and have a plan for us. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jacob and Rachel)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • Laban tricked Jacob into marrying Leah and Rachel.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • God’s plan always happens. How does knowing this help you face difficult or unexpected events in your life?

  • How much does God love you? How do you know?

  • How can we show love to people who are lonely or misunderstood?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God always has a plan for our lives no matter what happens.

RELATE to them.

  • When we think things aren’t going our way God promises us that that is not true.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Does God keep his promises? God always keeps his promises because he is faithful.

Memory Verse: Genesis 28:15 – “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 3, Session 2