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.
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