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 42-46; 50)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who are the main characters? (Joseph, Joseph’s Brothers, and Jacob.)
What are the main story beats? (Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt; Joseph tests and forgives his brothers; All of Joseph’s family comes to live in Egypt.)
What’s the main point? (God used Joseph to save His people.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God has a plan for all His people. His desire is that everything we do would bring God glory. From small things like listening to mom and dad, to sharing the gospel with your friends. God invites us to participate in His mission.
God, we thank you for who you are, and for having a plan for our lives. We love you Lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Joseph Saved His Family)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
God used Joseph to save His people.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What did Joseph do for his family? (Joseph forgave his brothers, offered them food, and a place to live in Egypt)
Has someone ever sinned against you? How’d that make you feel?
Were you able to forgive that person? Was it hard to talk to them? What made it difficult?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
What other people may mean for evil, God works and turns to good for His glory and our good.
RELATE to them.
God is gracious to use people (you and me) in accomplishing His plans and purposes.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
While you’ll likely face difficultly today (and everyday), trust that God is with you through it and that He’s using it to draw you nearer to Him.
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