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Eli and the Boy Samuel

9_6_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week we wrap up our study of the Old Testament judges by studying Samuel. Samuel was called by God as a boy to tell Eli and the people of Israel about God’s plan. Samuel used God’s words to tell the people what God is like. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. Jesus showed the world what God is like, and He told people to turn away from their sin. Jesus ultimately freed people from the power of sin by dying on the cross and rising again. Help your kids connect Samuel using God’s words to tell others about what God is like and Jesus, the Word of God, showing the world perfectly what God is like because He is God.more...

Ruth and Boaz

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Samson

9_4_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week we come to Samson in our study of the Old Testament judges. God gave Samson great strength, but Samson was very weak when it came to being faithful to God. Samson’s sin led to his death, but God used his death to defeat the Philistines and deliver the Israelites from their enemy.Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue believers from sin and give them eternal life.Help your children see that Samson offers us a contrasting picture of Jesus. Like Samson, Jesus’ death was used to deliver God’s people, only Jesus did not die because of a sin He committed. Jesus died because of our sin.more...

Gideon

9_3_biblestorypicture.jpgThis Sunday morning, we continue examining the judges of the Old Testament with Gideon. Gideon was an unlikely judge. When God called him, he was afraid and was unsure if he could be used by God. God proved to Gideon, and the Israelites, that He is strong enough and that He is the One Israel should depend on.The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them? God used Gideon to save His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us. Help your kids see that God uses our weaknesses for His glory.more...

Deborah and Barak

9_2_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week we continue our study of the judges as we work through the Old Testament. When God’s people were distressed by Canaan, they cried out for a judge and God sent them a judge named Deborah. Deborah obeyed God and instructed Barak to fight Israel’s enemy. With the help of a woman named Jael, Israel won the victory. God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3? Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan.more...

The First Judges

9_1_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week we begin studying the Old Testament judges. After Joshua died, the people were left without a leader and began to sin against God. God disciplined them and when the people cried out for deliverance, God sent a leader called a judge to rescue them.Later, when that judge died, the people sinned again and the pattern was repeated.The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.Help your kids see that all of the judges were imperfect humans and they could not rescue God’s people from the cause of their sin, just the consequences.more...

Joshua’s Final Encouragement

7_5_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week we will listen in as Joshua shares his final words of encouragement to Israel.Joshua is near the end of his life, and like Moses, he addresses the people to point them to God. They had a choice to make: choose to follow God or choose to follow the false gods. They couldn’t do both. As Joshua prepared for his own death, he left a legacy of obedience to God. After Jesus’death and resurrection, He appeared to the disciples and left them with a legacy: to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20) Help your children see that they have the same choice to make today. They may not be tempted to worship little statues, but they can worship plenty of other things besides God.more...

Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai

7_4_biblestorypicture.jpgAs we continue exploring the Old Testament this upcoming Sunday, we will encounter Achan disobeying God and taking something from Jericho after its defeat. Because of this,when Israel attacked Ai next, they suffered defeat. God helped Joshua uncover Achan’s sin, and God punished Achan for his sin.The punishment for Achan’s sin was death. It seems harsh, but the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Because we sin, we deserve to die too. Jesus came to die in our place. When we confess our sins and trust in Jesus, we are forgiven and saved from spiritual death.Help your children see that God takes sin seriously, but He also offers forgiveness and eternal life with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.more...

Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection

8_2_biblestorypicture.jpgThis week in Sunday school, we pick up just a few days after the triumphal entry when the same crowd that chanted “hosanna” to Jesus now chanted “crucify Him.” Jesus was betrayed by Judas, arrested, condemned, and crucified. After He died, Jesus was placed in a tomb, but on the third day, He rose again conquering death and providing life to those who believe.more...

The Promise Land and Jericho

7_3_mainpoint.jpgOur journey through the Old Testament continues this week with Israel crossing the Jordan River and entering into the promised land at last. Their first battle is against the city of Jericho. God fought for His people and gave the city to them. It was clear from the beginning that it was God’s power, not Israel’s strength, that would give them the land. Just as the Lord defeated Jericho for the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity. Help your kids connect how God defeated Israel’s enemies with how Jesus defeated our greatest enemy: sin.more...

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