Family Discipleship

march 12, 2023 | god deserves our worship

Lesson Recap | Leviticus 1-4

- God gave His people instructions for how to make different offerings to worship Him and cover sin.
- The fair payment of sin is death, so the people had to sacrifice animals to be forgiven of sin.
- God is our Creator and King, and He deserves worship because of who He is

Discussion Starters

- Where did God meet with Moses?
- Why did the people give offerings to God?
- What does it mean to worship?
- Why does God deserve all our worship?
- Why do you think we sometimes worship people or things other than God?

Family Activity

- Talk about how the offerings we give are used to carry out the mission of the church. List ways you can give as a family to your church.
- Work together as a family to write a poem praising God and the things He has done for you. Consider using a psalm, such as Psalm 66, 78, or 136 as a guide. Come up with a melody to sing the poem, or set the poem to a well-known melody.

Christ Connection:  God deserves our worship. He created us to be in a relationship with Him, and He has provided salvation from sin through His Son, Jesus. We can worship God by loving and obeying Him as we live to give Him glory.

march 5, 2023 | the people built the tabernacle

Lesson Recap | Exodus 35-40

• God gave the people instructions on how to build the tabernacle, where He would meet with them.
• Moses asked the people to offer gifts to help build the tabernacle, and the people gave much more than was needed.
• God gave some craftsmen special talents for building, and His glory filled the tabernacle when it was finished.

Discussion Starters

- What are some of the things the Israelites used to build the tabernacle?
- Why do you think God wanted His people to make a tabernacle that they could pick up and move?
- Why do you think God wants to dwell with His people?
- In what way does God live with us today?

Family Activity

- Read portions of Exodus 37. Use playdoh or other supplies to make some of the furniture used in the tabernacle. Talk about how each part of the tabernacle was special.
- Plan a camping trip with your family (or camp in your living room). Ask your kids to help you set up the tent, and use the time to talk about the reasons God instructed His people to build the tabernacle, such as their need for a portable place to meet with Him. Ask your kids to talk about the pros and cons of meeting with God in a tent.

Christ Connection:  God told the Israelites to build a tabernacle where He would dwell with them. God wants to be with His people. As part of His plan to save sinners, God sent Jesus to dwell on earth with people.

February 26, 2023 | the people worshiped a golden calf

Lesson Recap | Exodus 32-34

• Moses stayed on Mount Sinai for 40 days listening to God. The people didn’t know if Moses was still alive, so they asked Aaron to make them a god to worship.
• Aaron made a calf out and the people worshiped it.
• God said He was going to destroy the Israelites, but Moses asked God to show them mercy.

Discussion Starters

- Which commandments did the Israelites break by worshiping the golden calf?
- What did Aaron make for the Israelite people to worship?
- Why do you think the people worshiped the golden statue of the calf?
- Why did God punish the people?
- What are some things you may sometimes put before God in your life?

Family Activity

Use playdoh to make calf figures as a family. Then, smash the calf figures all at once while saying “We worship the one true God only!” Talk about God’s commandment that we should only worship Him.

Christ Connection:  Moses acted as the people’s mediator, standing for them before God. Moses could not do anything to make up for their sin, but we have a better Mediator Jesus. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and stands for us before God. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.

February 19, 2023 | god gave the ten commandments

Lesson Recap | Exodus 16-17

• God’s people arrived at Mount Sinai, and God told Moses to prepare them to hear Him.
• The people gathered around the mountain and heard a booming voice come from thick smoke.
• God gave His people ten rules to show them what it looks like to love Him and one another.

Discussion Starters

- What commandments can you remember that God gave His people?
- Which of the Ten Commandments feel difficult for you to obey?
- Why are God’s rules better than other rules?

Family Activity

Memorize the Ten Commandments as a family: Do not worship anyone but Me. Do not make statues to worship. Do not treat My name like it is not special. Remember the day of rest. Obey your mother and father. Do not murder. Keep your marriage promises. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not want things that belong to other people.

Christ Connection:  God’s law shows us what He requires. Our sin separates us from a holy God, but Jesus came to bring us back to God. When we trust in Jesus, He takes away our sin and gives us His perfect righteousness.

February 12, 2023 | god provided manna

Lesson Recap | Exodus 16-17

- God’s people were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.
- They accused God of leading them to the wilderness to die.
- God provided them with food and water.
- God gave special instructions for how to gather Manna.

Discussion Starters

- What food did God provide for His people?
- Why do you think God required His people to collect only what they needed for each day?
- Why do you think the people complained to Moses rather than asking God to give them what they needed?
- Is it sin for us to complain? Why?
- How does God provide for you?

Family Activity

Make a meal as a family. Allow your children to plan, lead, and prepare the meal. Talk about the ways God provides food for your family.
- Buy some different kinds of breads for your family to try. Discuss the role of bread as a staple in most diets around the world and how that relates to Jesus’ role in our “spiritual diet.”

Christ Connection:  God provided water and manna for His people’s physical hunger. Later, He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35). The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever.

Current Key Verse

Preschool Key Verse

“Come, let us  bow down and worship Him.”

Elementary Key Verse

“Come, let us  bow down and worship Him. Let us fall on our knees in front of the Lord our Maker. He is our God. We are the sheep belonging to his flock. We are the people he takes good care of.” Psalm 95:6-7