We're trying something new! 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. (Galatians 2:11-21)
ASK some questions about the story.
- Who were the main characters? (Paul and Peter)
- What are the main story beats? (Paul writes to the church in Galatia rebuking their actions; Paul explains what Peter did wrong when it came to the Gentiles; Paul explains to the church in Galatia that we are saved through faith alone and nothing else.)
- What’s the main point? (Paul wrote that we are saved through faith in Jesus alone.)
CONNECT it to the family.
Because we are saved through faith alone, the pressure is off. There is nothing we can do on our own to be saved. Just like you, mommy and daddy can’t do anything to be saved, we are saved through faith alone. Jesus can save you when you repent, believe, and put your faith in Christ.
God, thank you for your word that shows us that faith alone in you is enough to bring salvation. I pray that you’d teach us to love you and trust you with our lives. Lord, please help us to rely on you and not ourselves as we seek your grace in forgiveness from our sins. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Paul Confronted Peter)
- See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
- Paul wrote that we are saved through faith in Jesus alone.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week (do you ever feel like there is something you could do to be saved? Why? Does that put a lot of weight on your shoulders?)
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of the gospel (there is nothing you can physically do to be saved because God’s grace sets us free; Jesus lived a perfect life without sin, and when we repent from our sin and turn toward Jesus our sins are forgiven; it’s what Jesus did on the cross that sets us free from our sin)
RELATE Mommy and Daddy are saved by faith alone too; we sin against each other and fall short of the Glory of God every day – we mess us at work, we lose our temper with you at dinner, we ignore our responsibilities; God’s grace is through faith alone and not the things we can do right or wrong.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s grace today at school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.; remind them that salvation is through faith alone and not works.
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: Why does God want us to obey Him? Obedience is our response to God's love for us.
Memory Verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 31 - Session 1