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. (Exodus 18)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Jethro and Moses.)
What are the main story beats? (Moses was on the run from Egypt; Jethro took Moses in and guided him; the time Moses spent with Jethro helped to prepare him to set God’s people free.)
What’s the main point? (Moses needed help to lead God’s people.)
CONNECT it to the family.
Sometimes we need help to achieve what God has planned for our lives. God puts people like you mom and dad to help guide you in the direction that God has for you.
God, we thank you for your plan for our lives. We thank you for the people that you currently have in our lives to guide us. We love you lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jethro Helped Moses)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
Moses needed help to lead God’s people.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
Why was it good for Moses to get help?
Why do we sometimes resist getting help from others?
What are some ways we can help others?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God puts people in our lives to help us.
RELATE to them.
When things seem to be going bad we can rely on the people that God has put in our lives to help remind us of God’s love.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!
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: What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.
Memory Verse: Matthew 22:37-39 – “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids App under Unit 5, Session 2