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JANUARY WEEK 2 / / PROMISES OF GOD

JOSEPH IN EGYPT

Now Joseph was under control of the slave traders. He had to walk miles and miles in chains, not even knowing where he was going. He walked with them all the way to the nation of Egypt (yes, the one with the pyramids). That means the Joseph was super far away from home! He didn’t speak their language and he wasn’t used to their food. It wasn’t a great situation. However, even though he might have felt alone, the Lord was with him! He never left Joseph! And God still had big plans for his life.

Soon after he came to Egypt as a slave he was sold to a man named Potiphar. Potiphar was a very wealthy man. In fact, Pharaoh the king of Egypt had him as one of his most trusted officials. Potiphar had a lot of power and lived in a nice big house. That means that Joseph got to live in one of the greatest places in Egypt! Things were going pretty well for him, until something bad happened. Potiphar’s wife was not a good person. She lied about Joseph and got him in big trouble! And Potiphar believed her over Joseph! Oh no!! So Joseph got thrown into prison even though he didn’t do anything wrong. However, even though it looked like the worst ever possible thing that could happen to him, God still had a plan for Joseph and God was with him!

Questions (for parents to ask kids, and kids to ask parents!)

1. Have you ever been to another country and had other foods? What was it like?

2. How do you know when God is with you even when it may not look like it?

3. How would you feel if you were in Joseph’s situation? How do you think he felt?

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JANUARY WEEK 1 / / PROMISES OF GOD

JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS

A long time ago there was a man named Joseph. Joseph and his family lived in the land of Canaan. Canaan was a country where Joseph lived with his parents and his eleven brothers. You might think it would be cool to have that many brothers, but it wasn’t that great for Joseph. In fact, all of his brothers hated Joseph for being his dad’s favorite son. Jacob loved him like crazy, and let all the other brothers know. His Dad gave him a coat one day with all kinds of colors and really nice fabric and his brothers got extra jealous and mean. Then something happened one day that made it a lot worse.

Joseph started having some interesting dreams at night while he was sleeping. And these were different from any other dream he had ever dreamt. One night he had a dream that he and his brothers were in the field collecting wheat when all of a sudden, Joseph’s bundle of wheat stood up tall and all of the other brothers’ wheat bowed down to his. Another time, Joseph dreamt that the sun, the moon, and eleven stars all bowed down to him. These dreams weren’t just random, they actually meant something! They were dreams that came from God! God gave Joseph those dreams to show him that He had big plans for his life! After Joseph had those dreams, he told his family all about them. This made his brothers so mad that they started making plans to kill him! But instead, they came up with a way to get rid of him and make some money… They sold Joseph into slavery! What jerks! They ripped up his fancy coat, and sold him as a servant. Then they dipped his coat in goats blood and brought it to their dad saying, “Joseph was killed by a wild animal!” and their father believed them. Jacob was heartbroken. But the story doesn’t end there…

Joseph knew God was with him, and God still had amazing plans for him! We’ll see what happens to Joseph in weeks to come. But just like Joseph, no matter what happens we can have faith that God’s plans for us are awesome too!

Questions (for parents to ask kids, and kids to ask parents!)

1. What are some challenges you have had to overcome?

2. How do you keep faith in God? Has it been hard to trust in Him during hard times?

3. If you could give a friend advice on how to stay faithful to God, what would that advice be?

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DECEMBER WEEK 4 / / THE CHRISTMAS STORY

THE WISE MEN

The night Jesus was born, there were wise men far far away who saw the great star of Bethlehem. They had studied the prophecies of the Jews, and knew that this star must mean that the The promised one, Jesus, the savior of the world was being born that night. Immediately they made preparations and saddled their camels for the long journey ahead of them. They traveled through desert and jungle, mountains and valleys, over many many miles. They traveled for two whole years!!! 

On their way to Bethlehem, the wise men met the king of that area,  Herod. He was a mean man, and when he heard that Jesus was born, Herod was jealous of Jesus and wanted to kill him.  He then told them, "Go and find this child.  As soon as you find him, tell me, so that I can go and worship him." But secretly he wanted them to report back so that he could make sure Jesus would not take his place as king.

After they had spoken to the King, the wise men left to find the baby.  But now they were lost! They knew where Bethlehem was, but there were so many houses and buildings and farms. There were even lots of babies! How would they ever know which one was Jesus? That night, the star appears again in the sky!!! It was a Miracle!!! They followed the star, and found Jesus who by now was a couple of years old.

They bowed down and worshipped him.

They opened the gifts they had brought Jesus.  The gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  These were very expensive gifts; these were gifts that you would give to a King, not to a child.  Mary thanked them for bringing the gifts for Jesus, and the wise men went to find a place to sleep for the night.

As the wise men slept, they each had the same dream.  They were not to go back and tell King Herod where they found Jesus.  King Herod didn't want to find Jesus to worship him; instead he wanted to kill him because he was jealous that this baby would someday be better than him.

So the wise men went home another way so that Herod would not know where they had come from.  They decided that they would not tell King Herod anything about what they had seen.

God also warned Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem so that Herod would not find Jesus, and thats exactly what they did.

So God brought Jesus into the world to save the world. All of the prophecies about his birth were fulfilled, and Jesus was safe and sound.

Questions

1. How long did it take the wise men to find Jesus? (2 years!)

2. How did the wise men know to take a different route home so that Herod wouldn’t find Jesus? (a dream)

3. What is one way you can give God a gift for Christmas? What would He want? How could you give God a gift?

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DECEMBER WEEK 3 / / THE CHRISTMAS STORY

JESUS IS BORN

Finally, Jesus was born! Mary wrapped him in blankets placed him in a feeding trough called a manger. Suddenly, a star appeared in the sky above them, and shone down on them. People all around looked at the star and were amazed at their beauty. The shepherds who were looking for Jesus, saw the star in the sky.

“That must be where he is!” one said… “Lets go!!!”
The shepherds ran as fast as they could to the birthplace of Jesus. Baby Jesus was laying in the manger, all snuggled up in his blanket. Mary and Joseph were looking at him, amazed that something so small could one day grow to be the Promised One. There was a knock at the door.

“I wonder who that could be?” Mary asked.

Joseph got up and opened the door. The shepherds were there!

“We have come to meet the promised one, the one the angel spoke about.” So they all entered, and kneeled around Jesus, amazed that they were able to see something so wonderful. After some time, they got up, and went through the whole town telling everyone about the things they had seen.

Questions

1. Who does God love? (everyone in the whole world!)

2. Why did Jesus come into the world? (Jesus came into the world to save the world from sin and show the way to heaven)

3. How do you go to heaven?

(“if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9)

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DECEMBER WEEK 2 / / THE CHRISTMAS STORY

THE SHEPHERDS

As Mary Joseph were looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem…

there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in an animal feeding trough.”

Suddenly a huge group of other angels appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those He loves.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see Jesus, whom the Lord has told us about.”

Questions

1.    Why do you think the Shepherds were terrified at first when they saw the glory of the Lord?

2.    Why is Bethlehem called the town of David? (that’s where King David grew up, and Jesus is King David’s descendant)

3.    Why would God choose to announce the great coming of His son to lowly shepherds? (God cares about everyone!)

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DECEMBER WEEK 1 / / THE CHRISTMAS STORY

THE JOURNEY

It was a hard and difficult journey for Mary and Joseph. Partly because the journey would take them three days, and partly because Mary was pregnant and about to give birth to Jesus. They trudged along, Mary riding on Josephs donkey over hills. The emperor who had conquered Israel had ordered all people everywhere to report to the towns of their ancestors. Joseph therefore, went to Bethlehem because he was a descendent of king David. Finally, the little town of Bethlehem could be seen up ahead, the sky was getting dark and dim candlelit rooms could be seen, the windows flickering.

A sharp pain shocked Mary’s side.  “Joseph” she said, “The Baby is coming!!!” Joseph heard the urgency in her voice.  He started to pull the donkey she was riding, desperate to get Mary to Bethlehem in time to give birth. The pains kept coming… “Joseph, He is coming!” Finally they made it to Bethlehem. Joseph went door to door looking for a place to stay.
“No, there is no room”… “Sorry, we are full.”…
“I have some room” Joseph turned around to see a man standing there, looking kindly at him. “It is not much” The man said, “we have a small shelter for our animals full of hay. Its not perfect, but its better than the street.” “We’ll take it.” Joseph said, and he carried Mary into the shelter and prepared to deliver the baby.

Questions

1.    What was the city where Jesus was born?

2.    Why did Joseph go to Bethlehem?

3.    Have you ever felt like you weren’t sure if God was going to work it out but God fixed it?

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NOVEMBER WEEK 4 / / AT THE MOVIES

DON’T GO BACK TO VILLAINY

In despicable me, while it would have been easy for Gru to turn back to his life of villainy, he chose to stick with his decision to be good! The Bible talks about this in Galatians 6:9… “Do not grow tired of doing what is good for in the right time you will receive a harvest of blessing.” Gru like us had many obstacles along the way where he could have easily turned back into being a villain. We will have obstacles and struggles as well, but if we stay true to the good God has planned for us, He will bless us!

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Let’s continue to live in the new life we have in Christ! The new life we have in Him is so much better than any other life. Lets never go back to villainy!!!

Questions

Lets see if you have what it takes to not go back to villainy! Read these situations… What would you do?

1. Your mom made only enough cookies for your brother's class. She tells the family not to eat any. You really want a cookie, so you decide to take one. Mom notices a cookie is gone. What will you do? (Psalm 119:30Proverbs 19:5)

2. Pretend you're playing with another child who is younger than you. That child has a toy you want to play with. You could just take the toy if you wanted to. You could switch it with the toy you have. The other child might cry, but maybe you won't get in trouble if you pretend you didn't do anything. No one is looking now. What will you do? (Proverbs 3:31 John 3:18)

3. You're throwing a ball in the house and break your mom's favorite table decoration. Mom hears the crash and comes running to see what happened. If you tell the truth, you know you will be punished. You could say you accidentally bumped the table. What will you do? (Psalm 51:6Proverbs 12:22)

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NOVEMBER WEEK 3 / / AT THE MOVIES

FORGIVENESS MAKES US INCREDIBLE

In the Incredibles 2 movie we are introduced to two new characters: Winston and his sister Evelyn. (SPOILER ALERT) One was able to forgive and even help the supers, and the other couldn’t forgive and let the bitterness stew. In the Bible God teaches us to love others, and even explains what it means to love. 1 Cor. 13:5 says, “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” Evelyn kept a record of all the wrong done to her, and was angry against the supers while Winston forgave.  Jesus said, “Forgive others as God has forgiven you”. Just like Winsten lets always forgive others when they are mean to us, hurt us, or offend us. So that we don’t become like Evelyn, who was angry and unforgiving. When we choose to forgive others and treat them with love, we become exactly what God made us to be - Incredible.

Questions

  1. What does it mean to forgive someone?

  2. Is there a time when you had to forgive someone? How did it feel after you forgave them fully?

  3. What have you been forgiven of?

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NOVEMBER WEEK 2 / / AT THE MOVIES

JESUS IS THE TRUTH

In the movie, “The Small Foot” the yeti’s who live high up on the mountain don’t believe in humans (aka smallfoots) when Migo the Yeti found Percy the small foot he found not only a never before seen species, he found a friend. All Migo had to do was boldly chase the truth no matter what people said. Jesus said in John 18:17, “I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Jesus is also known as “the way, the truth, and the life.” As you can see, the truth is a really important thing to God. He doesn’t want anyone to be deceived by lies. 

the whole yeti village believed one big lie, that humans aren’t real. Its a lot like how a lot of people are taught that God isn’t real. But anyone can find God no matter what they are taught. If they are on the side of truth like Jesus said, with a little help from you they can find not only that God Is real, they can find that He can be their closest friend in life. God’s truth and life fills us with wonder, and there is no life I would rather live than living with Him. Because a life thats full of wonder is a wonderful life.

So lets always be ready to tell people the truth - that God is real! And that He loves them and cares for them. Let’s remember Jesus’ words that He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Questions

  1. What does it mean when something is true?

  2. Is everything Jesus says true?

  3. How can we help others to see the truth of Jesus

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NOVEMBER WEEK 1 / / AT THE MOVIES

BE YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT

In the end the emoji Gene was able to save all his friends by being himself! This is true for us too… Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God loves the way He has made us and we should too! Don’t let the world try and take from you what God has called you to be! He has called us to live lives that are free and full of Him! A life that is the way God has made it to be will be fun of all of the fruits of the spirit! Do you know them? They can be found in Galatians 5:22-23. If you know them, go ahead and say them. Otherwise, heres the list:

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

We should have emoji’s for all these! But better yet, if we rely on God we can BE all of them!

Questions

  1. What is one thing about yourself that you love that you know God loves?

  2. What does it mean to be yourself?

  3. Jesus has called us to love Him with everything we have. What is one way you can love God your way?

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OCTOBER WEEK 3 / / EACH ONE REACH ONE

The Big Point

I CAN TAKE THE GOSPEL TO MY WORLD "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16.

In the book of Acts we read all about Paul. He went around to different cities to share the gospel and told many people about Jesus. This man was a true world changer. Churches were started and many people heard the good news of Jesus Christ. Often Paul would travel by boat to get to the various cities that he visited. Most of his sailing trips went well, bit on his second journey things were getting difficult as he was already a prisoner of the Romans. This voyage was to Italy in captivity and now there was a storm coming.

The wind began to pick up violently as they sailed along, It was so strong it began to blow the ship off course, the men in the ship were through around and got very sea sick! They threw cargo overboard and were afraid for their lives. But God had taken care of all 276 of them.

After sailing for a long time things seemed to calm down a bit, the wind slowed, the sun came out and the sailors started to panic, they were so scared and they scrambled to get the boat under control. Paul kept telling them not to worry and that everything would be okay.

Then one night the storm got even worse. The ship was tossed around in the sea and it smashed against rocks and started to break apart. They were going to be shipwrecked! When they came near to land it was nearly morning They had been up all night in the storm and had not eaten any food. Paul broke bread, said thanks to God and they ate. Then as the ship ran aground they all swam to shore and safety. Paul, the other prisoners and all the sailors found themselves on an island called Malta. They had all arrived safely and Paul could go on spreading the good news of the Gospel

Paul’s life was an amazing adventure, that is told in Acts and his letters. He shone his light wherever he went. Even on that boat under arrest by the Romans he boldly stood and thanked God for the food. Throughout everything he trusted God, knew there was power in the Gospel and he boldly took the Gospel to the world.

Big Questions

1. Who was Paul and what did he do? 
(he was an apostle, told people about Jesus)

2. Was Paul afraid to tell people about Jesus? Why shouldn’t we be ashamed either? (See memory verse at top)

 

3. What other things did Paul do other than be shipwrecked? Do you know any other stories?

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OCTOBER WEEK 2 / / EACH ONE REACH ONE

The Big Point

WHATS YOUR STORY? "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16.

The Apostles followed Jesus during his time on earth. After he went to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to be their helper. The apostles performed many miracles and healed the sick! When they told everyone what Jesus had done in their life (their testimony), many people believed in Jesus!

All of this made the jewish high priest and his officials very jealous. So they arrested the apostles and put them in jail. But an angel of the lord came in the night and set them free! The angel told them to go and continue to tell people about Jesus. 

So at daybreak thats exactly what they did! Meanwhile, the high priest called together a meeting to talk about what they were going to do with the apostles who they thought were still in jail. When they realized that the jail was empty, someone arrived and announced that they were teaching people at the temple! Soldiers arrested the apostles and brought them to the council. 

The high priest said, “We gave you strict orders to never again tell people about Jesus.” But Peter and the apostles said, “we must obey God rather than any other human authority”. They even told the high priest and the high council all about Jesus! About how he had died and rose from the dead, and that everyone can be forgiven of their sins!

The high priest ordered the apostles to be executed!! But one of them named Gamaliel stood up and asked that the apostles be sent out. He advised the council to not kill the apostles because it would do more harm than good. So, they decided to give the apostles a beating and sent them off.

When the apostles left there, they were so happy that they were able to suffer for Jesus, and they happily went right back to telling everyone how amazing God’s love is!!!

Big Questions

1. What is a testimony?
Your story about what Jesus has done in your life.

2. What is your testimony? (When did you start believing in Jesus? How did it happen?)

3. What did the apostles say when they were asked by the pharisees to stop telling people about Jesus?
"Which is right in God's eyes: to listen to you, or to him?” and they kept on preaching!

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OCTOBER WEEK 1 / / EACH ONE REACH ONE

The Big Point

THERE IS POWER IN THE GOSPEL "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16.

In the times of the Bible, the city of Corinth was full of wealth, luxury and immorality. The population was growing fast and many people visited and came traveling through. Corinth was a busy trade route with lots of ships coming in and out bringing supplies and things to sell.   Paul had visited Corinth during his second big missionary journey and stayed there for over a year.  In that time he shared the gospel and helped set up the church to reach more people. They did not have a building for the church to me so they had to meet in People’s homes.

Paul was traveling to many places in because he could not stay too long at each location he would write letters to the church leaders to help them. The book of 1 Corinthians is one of those letters. The people of Corinth were very impressed by human wisdom and learning, and Paul wanted to stress the power of God. 

Paul wrote, “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.  I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 2:10-5

No matter how scared Paul was or how hard he thought it would be to share the gospel with the people of corinth, he knew that it was not about his ability, it was about the power of God.

Big Questions

1. What is the Gospel?
The good news about Jesus! His death, resurrection and the new life we can have in Him for all eternity.

2. Who can be saved by believing the good news about Jesus? Is there anyone who cannot be saved?
Everyone can be saved! No exceptions!

3. What has Jesus asked us to do with the good news about Him?
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel (good news) to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

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