PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
From adam to jesus
Bible Passage: Matthew 1; Luke 3; John 1
Story Point: Jesus’ family line proved He is the Messiah.
Key Passage: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2 (NIV)
What is God Like: God is personal. (He is fully God and fully a human)
CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus is God’s Son, but He came to earth as a human. He had parents on earth—Mary and Joseph—but His true Father is God. God sent Jesus to keep His promises to Abraham and David. Jesus rescues people from sin and makes them part of God’s family.
LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION
1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here are a couple for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
What are some ways you are similar to members of our family? What are some ways you are different? (This can be a fun question, serious question…whatever direction it goes). Consider taking the conversation to the question, how is Jesus similar to other members of His family? What made Him different?
Ask kids to think about their “family.” Remind them that family includes people “adopted” into the family through marriage, friendship, church, etc. Consider how to encourage someone in your family today.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
Who is God’s Son? (Jesus)
Who made Jesus? (no one; He has always existed)
Was Jesus’ family big or small? (It was very big. The Israelites, God’s people, were Jesus’ family.)
Tell me a few people you remember from Jesus’ family. (Adam, Eve, Abraham, King David, many kings, Mary, Joseph)
Who was the one God promised to send to save people from sin? (Jesus)
6. Is Jesus God or human? (He is both! He is fully God and human! He is personal.)
Where was Jesus before He was born as a human baby? (with God the Father, John 1:1)
Who were three of the women named in Jesus’ family line? (Rahab, Ruth, and Mary; Matt. 1:5,16)
Who was Jesus’ earthly father? (Joseph, Luke 3:23)
Why is it important to understand who was part of Jesus’ family? Guide kids to understand that many of God’s promises about the coming Messiah had to do with specific families. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were promised blessings to bless the world; and David was promised a descendant who would reign forever. Seeing Jesus’ family line helps us understand that Jesus is the Messiah.
How do you feel knowing Jesus’ family was not perfect? Discuss the idea that God uses imperfect people to bring about His perfect plans. Jesus’ family was not perfect, our families are not perfect, and we are not perfect. Even so, God can use us in His plans.
How can we be a part of God’s family? Remind kids that Jesus’ death and resurrection made the way for us to be forgiven of sin and adopted into God’s family. Even though people in God’s family are not perfect, we can love one another and help one another with God’s power and help. Someday all believers will be perfected at Jesus’ return and the restoration of the world.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
WHAT YOU NEED: dominos
WHAT YOU DO: Set up various patterns of dominoes. If multiple people involved, work together or separate trying to create different patterns. Take turns pushing over the first domino to observe what happens. Challenge them to make many patterns and see if there are any patterns that won’t all fall down when the first domino is pushed.
WHAT YOU SAY: Each domino that fell led right into the next. In a way, that’s kind of like our families. Each set of parents had kids, leading to the next generation. Jesus had a human family just like we do. His family can be traced back very far. Do you remember what we learned about it?
WHAT YOU DO: Select five or six people from Jesus’ family lineage about whom your child(ren) have learned. Challenge the kids to work together (or as a family) to retell stories they know about those people. Provide Bibles and help the kids find the passages the stories come from.
Abraham (Gen. 22)
Jacob (Gen. 27)
Rahab (Josh. 2)
Ruth (Ruth 3)
David (2 Sam. 7)
Zerubbabel (Ezra 3)
WHAT YOU SAY: When we look back at the Old Testament, we read story after story of God using imperfect people to bring about His perfect plan. All along the way, God was planning to send the Messiah, our perfect Rescuer. Jesus’ family line proved He is the Messiah. But God the Son existed before He was born as a human. He has always existed. Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is personal.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, marker, or sidewalk chalk
WHAT YOU DO: Write each word or phrase from the key passage onto 10 sheets of paper. Use tape to fix the sheets to the floor in a hopscotch pattern (or do this on the driveway/sidewalk) Line up and take turns tossing a beanbag onto the key passage before hopping across the passage, saying each word aloud. Kids will skip the word on which the beanbag landed.
WHAT YOU SAY: Our key passage comes from the very beginning of the Gospel of John. John wrote to tell people about Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God; through Jesus, all things exist. Jesus perfectly represents God’s desire for the world. John also explains that the Word is God and is with God. Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is personal.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1-2
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
SING A FAMILY SONG
WHAT YOU DO: Sing to the tune of “London Bridge Is Falling Down” :“Who is in my family, family, family? Who is in my family? There’s my brother!” Invite a child to tell about his brother. Continue singing verses, naming different family members and talking about each family member you name.
WHAT YOU SAY: God gave each of you a family. Sometimes family members disagree, but they also love and care for one another. This week we learned about some of the members of Jesus’ very large family.
MAKE THUMB PRINT ART
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, washable ink pad, pen/pencils, and stickers (optional)
WHAT YOU DO: Help toddlers press their thumb onto the ink pad and then onto their paper, once for each person in their family. Wipe hands immediately. Draw simple stick bodies for the thumbprints. Give toddlers stickers to decorate their family portrait. Write the Christ connection on each child’s art. (Jesus rescues us and makes us part of God’s family.)
WHAT YOU NEED: God promised to send Jesus to earth through the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus is God’s Son, and Jesus is a man too. THERE IS NO ONE LIKE JESUS! Jesus rescues us and makes us part of God’s family!
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?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.