The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach your family that God did not abandon His people. The prophet Jeremiah encouraged God’s people. He said God was going to save His people from captivity and raise up a new King—a forever King—from David’s family.
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
Use this time to begin Family Worship Night and have fun!
Give kids supplies to wash the family car or your home’s windows. Encourage them to have fun while they work together to clean. After the cleaning is finished, read 1 John 1:9 for kids. Discuss how the sacrifice of Jesus perfectly and fully washes away sin.
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- Who was the perfect sacrifice that saves us from our sin? Jesus!
- God knew that people would not be able to perfectly keep His laws.
- God’s laws are good, but sometimes people make wrong choices. Do you ever make wrong choices ?
- Long ago, people made sacrifices of bulls and goats, but those could not remove sins. Did we need something greater? Yes! We needed Someone greater. That is why it was always God’s plan to send us Jesus.
- Only Jesus perfectly kept God’s laws and only Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. Then, Jesus rose from the dead to show that He is stronger than death. When we put our trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin forever!
- If you visit your church’s nursery, you might hear a baby crying because he didn’t want his mommy and daddy to leave him. Even though parents promise they’ll come back after the service, the baby continues to look for and anticipate when his parents will return. When the parents return, the baby is overwhelmed with joy because they kept their promise!
- Because God’s people didn’t listen and continued to sin, God allowed their enemies to take them captive. While the people were living in in exile, God sent the prophet Jeremiah to remind His people that He would not abandon or leave them. They would have to wait for the time when God would bring them back home. They would face more hard times and would have to wait for 70 years, but God promised that He would bring the people back to the land of Judah.
- The people of Israel were comforted by the promise that God shared through Jeremiah. Through Jeremiah, God told the people how He would raise up a new King from the family of David. God had a plan for His people. They would soon learn that God is faithful and always keeps His promises. God kept His promise and sent Jesus, a descendent of David, to be the eternal King!
- God did not abandon His people. The prophet Jeremiah encouraged God’s people. He said God was going to save His people from captivity and raise up a new King—a forever King—from David’s family.
- Pray: God, thank You for always keeping Your promises. We can know that Your plans for us are good. Help us to seek You with all our heart and trust that You will do all that You promise. Amen.