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5 Minute Devotional: Ezra Read the Law (Nehemiah 8:1-12)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile, and they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law of Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).

(3 minutes) READ Nehemiah 8:1-12

From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the book of the law, and everyone stood up. The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of Moses. Verse 9 says the people were weeping. The law revealed their sin.

God's Word is powerful. When Ezra read God's Word, the people changed their ways and loved God more. The Bible says that Jesus is "the Word." Jesus is God who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.

Help your kids recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a Savior. God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in Him for salvation.

(1 minute) 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? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.

Memory Verse: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

(1 minute) PRAY and ask God to help us to trust in him for salvation

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 18 - Session 5.

5 Minute Devotional: Jerusalem’s Walls Were Rebuilt (Nehemiah 3:1—6:16)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

City walls and gates were very important in Bible times. Walls were built to be several feet thick. They protected a city from its enemies and provided a sense of safety and security. Gates were the center of city life, the meeting place for commercial and social transactions. Without these structures, the surviving remnant of God’s people struggled and was vulnerable to attack.

(3 minutes) READ Nehemiah 3:1—6:16

Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem to protect them from their enemies. Jesus came to protect us from our enemies. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to rescue people from sin and death.

 

Help your kids see that God provided the way for us to be protected from our enemies, sin and death. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. When we repent and trust in Jesus, He frees us from sin and death. We still sin, but we are no longer slaves to sin. (See Rom. 6:17-18.) We may die a physical death as a result of sin, but we have eternal life. (See John 11:25-26; Rom. 6:23.)

(1 minute) 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? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.

Memory Verse: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for the gift of eternal life!

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 18 - Session 4.

5 Minute Devotional: Nehemiah Heard News of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1—2)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week and the next two weeks, we are studying the story of Nehemiah and Ezra. Nehemiah was a Jew living in Persia. He served as the king’s cupbearer, a position of great trust; the cupbearer made sure no one poisoned the king’s drink. Nehemiah received word about God’s people who had returned to Judah. They were in trouble and living in shame; the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the city gates were burned. They lived in fear, unprotected from their enemies. Nehemiah sat down and wept.

(3 minutes) READ Nehemiah 1—2

Nehemiah fasted and prayed for days. He remembered God’s promise to His people. Their disobedience led to exile, but if they turned back to the Lord, their obedience would lead to blessing. God promised to restore their fortunes and give His people a home. (See Deut. 30:1-10.)

The king noticed Nehemiah’s sadness, and Nehemiah was afraid. No one was supposed to be sad in the presence of the king; it was an insult to his greatness. Nehemiah explained the plight of his city. The king granted him leave and gave him letters to ensure his safe passage. Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem. He encouraged the people to rebuild the walls and stood confidently against opposition.

Nehemiah trusted that God would keep His promise to protect His people and give them a home. When we trust in Jesus, we believe God will keep His promise to give us—His people—a home. Jesus obeyed God perfectly. He died on the cross and rose again so we can have a home with Him forever.

Help your kids understand that when we repent and trust in Jesus, we can trust His promise to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house, where we will be with Him forever. (See John 14:3.)

(1 minute) 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? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.

Memory Verse: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for preparing an eternal home for us

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 18 - Session 3.

February Music for Sojourn Kids

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

At Sojourn we want to partner with you as you disciple your children at home during the week.  Below are the memory verse, catechism and songs your children will learn in assembly this month.  We'd love for you to use these in your family devotionals to reinforce what the children are learning on Sunday.  Enjoy worshiping our great Savior with your family!

Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.

Lamentations 3:22-23  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Songs we're singing:

5 Minute Devotional: God Saved His People through Esther (Esther 5-10)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

After Esther was chosen as the queen of Persia, she received news that an evil man named Haman had a plan to kill all of the Jews. If Haman was successful in killing all the Jews, his evil plan would put God’s promises in jeopardy. God had promised to bless the world through Abraham’s family and to send a King from the line of David who would rule forever.

(3 minutes) READ Esther 5-10

Esther had a choice to make. She could do nothing and face destruction (Esth. 4:13-14), or she could risk her life by approaching the king to plead for the protection of the Jews. Esther and the Jewish people prayed and fasted for three days before Esther went to the king.

Esther was welcomed by the king, who offered to give her anything she wanted—up to half of the kingdom. Esther told the king of Haman’s plot against her people. The king ordered that Haman be killed instead!

God was in control over Haman’s evil plan to destroy the Jews. Like Haman, Satan wants to destroy believers. Satan thought he had won when Jesus died on the cross, but God raised Jesus from the dead and defeated Satan once and for all.

Help your kids understand that Jesus is the greater Esther. Esther risked her life to rescue God’s people but Jesus gave up His life to rescue God’s people.

(1 minute) 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? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.

Memory Verse: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for rescuing his people

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 18 - Session 2.