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. (1 Kings 11-12)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (King Solomon, Rehoboam, and Jeroboam)
What are the main story beats? (Solomon disobeyed God; Jeroboam was made king; God’s people rebelled and the kingdom was split.)
What’s the main point? (God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.)
CONNECT it to the family.
Kings fail and kingdoms become divided. Due to the sin in the hearts of all people we will come up short and disobey God. Despite that God loves us enough to send a perfect king to take our place.
God, we thank you for who you are. We thank you for sending your son Jesus to die in our place. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God chose Solomon to build the temple where He would dwell with His people.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
In what ways did Solomon disobey God?
Who became king after Solomon died? Which king ruled which kingdom?
Who is the perfect king that God sent to earth?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God loves us despite our sin. God knows our hearts and he still loves us. God sent his son to suffer in our place so that we could live eternally with him.
RELATE to them.
God knows your heart and still loves you. God wants to forgive you and love you. If he loves you enough to send his son in your place, then he is willing and able to forgive you when you mess up.
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.