Unit 12, Session 2: Job

Dear Parents,

This week we will walk with Job through a very challenging part of his life when he lost pretty much everything he had and suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We will see that God was teaching Job about trust during this time, but He was doing far more than that.

Job suffered and wanted a mediator—someone to bring him to God. This reminds us of Jesus, who suffered even though He had never sinned. Jesus is our Mediator. He suffered to pay the price for our sins and put an end to suffering on earth. Jesus brings us to God when we trust in Him.

Help your kids see the picture of Jesus in the Book of Job and to remember that that can trust God always, even when life is difficult. Encourage them to trust and remember that God is in control—always.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is good.

Job was very sad, but he loved God.

God said He is in charge of everything He made.

Jesus speaks to God for us.

Preschool

Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.

Job learned that God is in control.

Kids

Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

Job learned that God is all­powerful, sovereign, and good.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK

“Praises of God’s People” (Psalm 1, 100, 110)

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Unit 12, Session 1: Solomon Thought about Life

Dear Parents,

This week we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible and wrap up our time with Solomon by learning about how he thought about the purpose of life and wrote about it in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Solomon discovered that apart from God, life does not make sense. God created everything, and He gives everything a purpose. Jesus gives us purpose for living. Jesus came so that we might live for Him and have full, meaningful life.

Help your kids find purpose in loving Jesus and living for Him. Remind them that Jesus gives us value and purpose in life.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is good.

Solomon wrote about life.

We can love God and praise Him.

Jesus taught people how to love and praise God.

Preschool

Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.

God gives us purpose.

Kids

Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

Life has purpose only with God.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK
“Job” (Job 1­42)

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Unit 11, Session 4: Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom

Dear Parents,

This week we will see how despite King Solomon’s great wisdom, he was still sinful and his sin divided the people of Israel. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, the people asked for him to ease up on them, but Rehoboam listened to the bad advice of his peers and actually demanded more from the people. Because of this, the kingdom split into two: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

King Solomon failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God’s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God.

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and when we love Him and follow Him and do what He says, we will glorify God and be part of God’s plan to bring people back to Himself through Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God knows everything.

King Solomon’s wrong choice split the kingdom.

David’s family were kings of Judah.

Jesus was born into Solomon’s family.

Preschool

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.

God split Israel into two kingdoms.

Kids

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Proverbs 2:6­7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

NEXT WEEK

“Solomon Thought about Life” (Ecclesiastes 1:1­-11)

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Unit 11, Session 3: Solomon Built the Temple

Dear Parents,

King David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God had a different plan. God wanted Solomon to build a temple where God could dwell with His people and where they could worship Him. So God told Solomon to build a temple and Solomon obeyed.

Because God is holy, only the priests could approach God in the temple—and only if they followed specific instructions. Ordinary people had no direct access to the holy presence of God. Jesus changed all that. By His death on the cross, Jesus took away our sin. We can approach God intimately and individually when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Help your kids see how the temple shows the holiness of God and how we are separated from Him because of our sin. Remind them that the temple also points toward Jesus who came to bring us to God when we trust in Him.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God knows everything.

Solomon built a temple for God.

Solomon told the people to love God with all their hearts.

We can worship God wherever we go.

Preschool

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.

God chose Solomon to build a temple.

Kids

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

God chose Solomon to build a temple where He would dwell with His people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Proverbs 2:6­7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

NEXT WEEK
“Solomon’s Sin Divided the Kingdom” (1 Kings 11­,12)

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Unit 11, Session 2: Wisdom for God’s People

Dear Parents,

Last week we learned how King Solomon asked God for wisdom and God made him wise. This week we will explore some of Solomon’s wisdom that he was guided by God to write in the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs provides God’s people with great principles for living.

Wisdom comes from God. He made the world and knows how it works best. Everyone is born a foolish sinner, but God sent His Son to earth to save us. The Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. Jesus makes us wise and holy. He frees us from sin.

Help your kids see their need to trust in Jesus to be truly wise, not to simply try to live like Jesus. True wisdom comes from God and transforms us. That is the nature of the gospel.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God knows everything.

God made Solomon very wise.

Solomon wrote that wisdom comes from loving God.

Jesus spoke with God’s wisdom because He is God’s Son.

Preschool

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.

Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word.

Kids

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Proverbs 2:6­7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

NEXT WEEK

“Solomon Built the Temple” (1 Kings 6­8)

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Unit 11, Session 1: Solomon Asked for Wisdom

Dear Parents,

This week we pick up our journey through the big story of the Bible with God inviting King Solomon, David’s son, to ask Him for whatever he wanted. Solomon could have chosen riches, or power, but he did not. He asked God for wisdom so he could lead God’s people well. God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted it and also blessed Solomon in other ways.

Solomon was a wise king, but God planned to give His people a greater and wiser king—His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God with His life. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin.

Help your kids understand that true wisdom comes from God. Encourage them that reading the Bible and talking with God are ways they can understand God better and live with wisdom.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God knows everything.

King Solomon asked God to make him wise.

God gave Solomon wisdom to lead God’s people.

When Jesus lived on earth, He was wiser than Solomon.

Preschool

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God.

Solomon asked God for wisdom.

Kids

Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God’s people.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Proverbs 2:6­7 (Preschool: Proverbs 2:6)

NEXT WEEK

“Wisdom for God’s People” (Proverbs 1:1­7; 3:1­1-12; 4:10-­19)

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Unit 10, Session 6: David Sinned and Was Restored

Dear Parents,

This week are going to learn about God’s unending forgiveness that David experienced and we can too because of Jesus. David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba away from Uriah and having Uriah killed in combat, but when God sent Nathan to confront him about his sin, David repented and God forgave him. David’s sin came with a price though, as sin always does.

In the same way, we can receive God’s forgiveness too because God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could be made right with God.

Help your kids understand that sin is serious and that God has not promised to spare us from its consequences. At the same time, point out the love, mercy, and grace of God that we experience because of Jesus and how in Jesus we have been completely forgiven of all our sin.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

Jesus is our King.

David made a wrong choice.

David asked God to forgive him, and God forgave David.

God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.

Preschool

Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.

God forgave David.

Kids

Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

God forgave David when he repented of his sin.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 47:7­8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

NEXT WEEK
“Solomon Asked for Wisdom” (1 Kings 2:1­4,10­12; 3:1­15)

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