WEEK OF SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Hosea, Prophet to Israel
Bible Passage: Hosea
Story Point: God loves people who do not love Him back.
Key Passage: - "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 2 Peter 3:9 ESV
Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Gomer did not love Hosea with all her heart. She did things that made Hosea sad, but Hosea still loved Gomer. God’s people do not love God with all their hearts. We do things that make God sad, but God still loves us. He showed us His love by sending Jesus to rescue us from sin.
WATCH THE STORY
SOME ACTIVITIES TO DO TOGETHER
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Balloon (or ball)
Form two teams and instruct each team to stand on one side of the room. You may use tape to mark the middle of the room and divide the two teams. Then toss the balloon to one team and challenge them to play a sort of volleyball game, bopping the balloon back and forth. Kids must say the next word of the key passage (top of this page) each time they bop the balloon. See if the teams can say the entire key passage without the balloon hitting the floor.
SAY • Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples and closest friends. Peter wanted people to know that God is patient with people. He wants people to repent of sin and obey Jesus. Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
BACK AND FORTH
Stand at one side of the room. Instruct the kids to rush toward you if you say something good, or to rush away from you if you say something bad. Suggested statements:
- You have no homework.
- You won’t get dessert.
- Your sibling was mean to you.
- You got $20 for your birthday.
SAY • Our game had you running back and forth over and over. Today we will learned about a man whose wife kept going back and forth. She would run away, and he would go rescue her. Who else tends to run away and need rescue?
QUESTIONS TO TALK ABOUT
- What does it mean to be faithful? How is God faithful to us? Help kids understand faithfulness as loyalty to someone or something. Someone who is faithful is trustworthy and reliable. Emphasize that God is faithful to us; His love never gives up on us. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read Ps. 118:1-4.)
- What price did God pay to rescue people from sin? Lead kids to see how Hosea’s paying to get Gomer back after she ran away reminds us that God paid a great price to rescue us. God sent His one and only Son into the world so that we might have life through Him. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read John 3:16.)
- Who is someone in your life currently that's difficult to love?
- How can we love people who are difficult to love? (Option: read Matt. 5:43-47.)
JOURNALINGFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?