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. (James 2:1-13)
ASK some questions about the story.
- Who were the main characters? (James and the Church.)
- What are the main story beats? (James encourages the church to not show partiality to the rich over the poor; James reminds the church to love your neighbor as yourself.)
- What’s the main point? (James calls us to treat people with mercy because Jesus shows us mercy.)
CONNECT it to the family.
James was warning the church of their favoritism and their call to love all people equally. We are called to do the same as the church. Mom and Dad are called to love everyone
equally. Sometimes Mom and Dad fall short and we don't. The good news is that God gives us grace even when we don’t treat everyone equally. We can be reminded just as the Church was reminded in this week’s lesson.
God, we thank you for your word and we thank you for the message in James. We pray that we can be reminded to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Church Showed Favoritism)
- See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
- James calls us to treat people with mercy because Jesus shows us mercy.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week (Do you treat everyone equally? What can you do to make sure you treat everyone equally?)
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise (God has called us to show the same love to others that he showed us.)
RELATE Mom and Dad are called to treat everyone equal just like you; God gives us all grace; it’s God’s grace that helps us treat everyone equally.
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.; they are called to love all their friends equally.
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 3