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. (Isaiah 9; Luke 2)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who are the main characters? (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.)
What are the main story beats? (Jesus is born; Shepherds and Angels worship the newborn king; Jesus is presented at the temple.)
What’s the main point? (Jesus brings peace between God and people.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God sent his one and only son as a baby to be born in a smelly stable. The savior of the world came into this world as a tiny baby. God often moves in unexpected ways.
God, we thank you for the Christmas season. Help us to remember what Christmas is about. We thank you for sending your son to save the world. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jesus Was Born)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
Jesus brings peace between God and people.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
How did God’s son come to us? (As a baby, born to Mary in a manger, in a small town that had no idea who he was)
Why do you think God sent his Son to live and experience life as a human being like us?
Why do you think we needed a Savior in the first place?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
We are separated from God by our sin. God knew there was no way for us to get back to Him on our own. He had to send his son, Jesus, to provide a way back to God for us. It’s Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death that forgives and removes our sin, and grants us righteousness so that we can come before God as his son or daughter.
RELATE to them.
God sent his son to earth to die on a cross for you and for me. Jesus brings peace between God and people.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
God loved us by sending his only Son to live among us so that we could be reconciled to the Father. God was with them then, and He’s with you now!
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