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.
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