Family Discipleship

mAY 14, 2023 | GOD stopped the jordan river

Lesson Recap | Joshua 2-4

• God’s people were finally ready to enter the land.
• The Jordan River was flooded, but the people needed to cross it to enter the land.
• God told the priests to carry the ark into the river.
• God stopped the river’s flow so the Israelites could cross on dry land.
• The Israelites used stones from the river to make a memorial that would help them remember God.

Discussion Starters

- What is one thing you remember from this week’s Bible story?
- What did God’s people need to do to get into the land God had promised to give them?
- When God made the water stop, how do you think the people felt? Would you have been scared or excited to cross the river?
- Why did Jesus show His power when He came to earth?

Family Activity

If possible, visit a river. You may also watch videos of a river online. Point out the river’s flow. Talk about how when the priests stepped into the Jordan River, God made the water stop flowing, and His people crossed on dry ground.

Christ Connection:  God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so
people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.


Lesson Recap | Joshua 1

• Moses died and God chose Joshua to be the next leader of the Israelites.
• Leading God’s people was not easy. THe people often dishonored God.
• God told Joshua to be strong and courageous.
• God reminded Joshua of the wonderful things He had done, and encouraged Joshua to obey Him.

Discussion Starters

- What is one thing you remember from this week’s Bible story?
- Who did God choose to be the new leader of Israelites?
- How do you think Joshua felt when God chose him to be the new leader?
- God said to Joshua, “Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. I will be with you wherever you go.” When are times you might be afraid and can trust God?
- What qualities do you think God wants leaders to have?
- How can you grow in these leadership qualities?

Family Activity

God encouraged Joshua. Explain the word encourage to your children, defining it as saying helpful and supportive words. Guide each family member to say encouraging words to the other family members. Talk about ways your family can encourage others.

Christ Connection:  God encouraged Joshua and promised to be with him as he led the Israelites into the promised land, where they would be victorious and find rest. We have victory over sin and rest for our souls in Jesus, who is with us always and leads us into the promised land of God’s kingdom.