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 39-41)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who are the main characters? (Joseph, Potiphar, and Pharaoh.)
What are the main story beats? (Joseph works for Potiphar and is falsely accused by his wife; Joseph interprets prisoners dreams; Joseph interprets Pharaohs dream about a drought.)
What’s the main point? (God was with Joseph.)
CONNECT it to the family.
No matter what is happening or where we are God is with us. When we are scared God is by our side. When our family is going through something tough God is right there with us.
God, we thank you for who you are. We thank you that you are always with us. That gives us the confidence to glorify you in all we do. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joseph Explained Dreams)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God was with Joseph.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What suffering did Joseph endure in this story? (He was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown in prison)
How did God use Joseph’s suffering to move his plan forward? (He gave Joseph wisdom to interpret dreams, and used that to gain favor with Pharaoh)
Have you ever had anything bad happen to you that you can see God used for something good?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
Even in the midst of our suffering, God is with us, and He can use that suffering for our good and His glory.
RELATE to them.
There will be things that don’t go your way (hopefully not as drastically as what Joseph faced). God invites us to trust Him as we walk through that suffering and uncertainty alongside Him.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
God is with you – whether your day is going smoothly or it’s shaping up to be terrible because you had a fight with a friend, lost your homework, or you spilled lunch on your favorite shirt.
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 2