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Generations of Grace – Week One

Hello Grace Kids Families!

This year, we are beginning a new curriculum, Generations of Grace.  Throughout the year, we will be exploring the life of Jesus Christ, and the many wonders of the book of Acts.

On Sunday, September 10th, we will kick-off with studying Matthew 1.  Here is a quick summary of what we will be learning:

Jesus Christ Is Born: Matthew 1
LESSON GOAL
The student will understand that they
must submit to Jesus as the only Savior
of their sin.
BIBLE TRUTHS
■Jesus is the Messiah.
■Jesus was born into King David’s family line.
■God kept His promise to send a Savior.
■Jesus came to earth to save His people.
KEY VERSE
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His
name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”
—Matthew 1:21
APPLICATION
■Realize that you need to be saved from your sins.
■Trust in Jesus as the Savior of your sins.
■Live a holy life if God is with you.
■Praise God for His faithfulness.
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Generations of Grace – Week 2

Hello Grace Kids Families,

Here is a quick summary of what we will be learning in Grace Kids this week:

Jesus is Worshipped: Matthew 2
LESSON GOAL
The child will worship Jesus as King.
BIBLE TRUTHS
■The wise men came to worship Jesus.
■God rescued His Son from Herod.
■The wise men worshipped Jesus and Herod tried to kill Him.
KEY VERSE
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
—Matthew 2:2
APPLICATION
■Worship Jesus as King.
■Obey God’s directions (as Joseph did).
■Rejoice that God faithfully fulfills prophecy.
■Submit to Jesus as Lord.

Unit 21, Session 5: Jesus and Zacchaeus

Dear Parents,

Zacchaeus lived in the town of Jericho. He was a chief tax collector. Zacchaeus’s job was to collect money from the Jews for the Roman government. Many people knew Zacchaeus, and many did not like him.

The Bible says that Zacchaeus was rich. Tax collectors often collected more money than necessary and kept the surplus for themselves. His greed and dishonesty led Zacchaeus to being looked down upon as a “sinner.” But Zacchaeus treasured his wealth more than his reputation.

Zacchaeus probably never imagined that his entire life would change in a single day. When Jesus came through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see him. He couldn’t see over the crowds, so he climbed a sycamore tree and watched Jesus from a distance.

Imagine the crowd’s surprise when Jesus approached the tree and called out to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.”

Of all the people in Jericho, Jesus chose to visit Zacchaeus! The other people complained. What was Jesus thinking, going to stay with a sinner like Zacchaeus?

The story reveals that Zacchaeus’s encounter with Jesus changed him. He offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back four times what he had cheated from others. Zacchaeus no longer treasured his wealth. He realized that Jesus offered

something so much better. Jesus confirmed this evidence of a changed heart: “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came after us—sinners who do not deserve Him—and He rescues us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin, and He is glad when we repent and trust in Him.

People who encounter Jesus do not walk away unchanged. Pray that your kids encounter the real Jesus, the One who came into the world because we needed Him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost—people like Zacchaeus and people like us. “I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). When we repent and trust in Jesus, He changes us.

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

Jesus is the Messiah.

People did not love Zacchaeus, but Jesus did.

Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus.

Jesus came to rescue us.

Preschool

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.

Jesus loved Zacchaeus.

Kids

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.

Meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus forever.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE:  John 14:6

NEXT WEEK
“Parable of the Sower” (Matthew 13:1-9,18-23)

Unit 21, Session 4: Jesus Rejected in Nazareth

Dear Parents,

Jesus was about thirty years old when He began His ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then, He headed north to Galilee. He went through the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman.

Jesus began teaching in the synagogues. He went to the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. This was where Jesus grew up.

On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone’s eyes were on Him as He explained, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” What was Jesus saying? Jesus was saying, It’s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some of the people might have remembered Jesus from His youth. They asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus knew their thoughts; Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people wanted Jesus to do miracles in His hometown too. Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament accounts. Many widows lived in Israel when the prophet Elijah was there, but God sent Elijah to help a widow in another country. And Elisha likely encountered Israelites who had leprosy, but he healed Naaman the Syrian.

Jesus wanted the people to understand that His miracles were an act of grace—a gift. No one deserves God’s grace, so God may show grace to whomever He pleases—even Gentiles. The people were angry. They drove Jesus away, intending to kill Him, but Jesus escaped through the crowd.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. He would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and told everyone who was listening that He is the promised Messiah.

Help your kids see that Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set the captives free. He came preaching good news to all the people groups. Finally, the Messiah had come! Jesus was God’s plan to save sinners.

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

Jesus is the Messiah.

Jesus read Isaiah’s message in Nazareth.

God sent Him to preach good news.

God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.

Jesus said God’s Word is about Him.

Kids

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.

Jesus explained that the Scriptures tell about Him.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: John 14:6

NEXT WEEK
“Jesus and Zacchaeus” ( Luke 19:1-10)

Unit 21, Session 3: Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman

Dear Parents,

At the time Jesus was on earth, the social food chain went like this: Jews don’t talk to Samaritans. The strife between the two groups stretched back hundreds of years, to the Babylonian exile.

When the Babylonians attacked Judah, they moved a large group of God’s people away from their homes. But some of the people—the poorest, sickest, least able to work—were left behind in the region that became known as Samaria. The exile lasted 70 years. During that time, those left in Samaria began to mingle with their neighbors to the north. They intermarried and practiced foreign customs. While the Samaritans still believed in God, they adapted their beliefs.

The Jews who returned home from Babylon to rebuild God’s temple in Jerusalem rejected this new way of life. They were dedicated to obeying and worshiping God, and they didn’t agree with the Samaritans’ practices. The Samaritans opposed the Jews’ efforts to reestablish their nation. In time, the Jews’ hate for the Samaritans grew—so much so, that a Jew traveling from Judea to Galilee would take a longer route to travel around Samaria rather than through it.

Jesus broke down barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria. Even more surprising, Jesus stopped at a well around noon and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jewish men did not speak to women in public.

But Jesus was kind to her, and He offered a gift—living water. The woman didn’t understand, but Jesus revealed His knowledge of her past. He even gave her a glimpse of the future. The Samaritan woman expected a Messiah to come and fix everything. Jesus said, “I am He.”

Jesus offered the woman something no one else could give her—living water. Jesus wasn’t talking about water that she could physically drink; Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit who would satisfy her spiritual thirst. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who come to Him by faith.

Check this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

Jesus is the Messiah.

Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman.

The woman told people to come and hear Jesus.

Many people believed Jesus is God’s Son.

Preschool

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is God’s Son.

Kids

Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman He is the Messiah.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE:  John 14:6

NEXT WEEK
“Jesus Rejected in Nazareth” ( Luke 4:14-30)