EPC KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL

THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS


As a supplement to our Sunday School classes, use the videos below to listen to our current Scripture song and watch a review video of our lesson with your family. Then read the Family Worship Notes below with your kids for further discussion!


Our Spring curriculum is from The Gospel Project, Volume 2. Each Volume is divided into themed Units, and each unit is divided into weekly Lessons. Our Scripture Memory Verse and Big Picture Question will change with each Unit, and you can find those in the Unit Overviews below.

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Use the notes below provided by The Gospel Project to discuss the Sunday School lessons and pray further with your family!



VOLUME 2

FROM CAPTIVITY TO THE WILDERNESS

UNITS 4-6   |   SPRING 2024


  • The People Worshiped a Golden Calf


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 32–34 from the Bible.



    READ:  The average person will spend 52 days of his or her life waiting in line. That’s a lot of waiting. We don’t enjoy waiting in line at the store, waiting on our food to be ready, and waiting on our sister to get out of the bathroom. The worst is waiting on someone to help us do something that we really want to do for ourselves. Waiting makes us impatient and frustrated, which often leads us to say or do things we shouldn’t. 


    This was exactly the case for the Israelites. God led His people into the wilderness, but He did not leave them there alone. He was there with them. He provided food and water to satisfy them. But when Moses went up on the mountain and did not return for several weeks, the people felt abandoned. Instead of trusting God and being patient, they decided to make something new to worship.


    When God saw what they were doing, He wanted to destroy the people. It may sound harsh, but God had every right to do so. They took the worship that belonged to God—the One who saved them from Egypt—and gave it to a golden cow.


    The Israelites deserved to be punished for their sin against God, but Moses asked God to forgive the people. In the same way, we deserve to be punished for our sin, but God has made forgiveness available through Jesus.


    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.



    PRAY:  God, forgive us for seeing other things as more important than You. Help us remember Your faithfulness and help us keep You first in our lives. Thank You for Jesus and for His sacrifice to save people from their sins.





  • God Gave the Ten Commandments


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 19–20 from the Bible.



    READ:  Have you ever played a game with someone who added rules to the game or changed them as the game went on? Without knowing the rules, you can’t know when you do something wrong or why you might get penalized. It’s also not fair if the rules change and other players get a chance that you didn’t get. It can be very frustrating not knowing the rules. You just wish you knew what is required in order to win the game.


    God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments to help them know what is required for a person to be righteous. Everyone had the same commandments, and they didn’t change. The first four commandments showed the Israelites what it meant to love God and how to have a right relationship with Him. The other six commandments taught the Israelites how to live with and love others.


    God’s rules are good and are meant to help us love Him, love others, and live a life that is righteous. There was one big problem though. None of the Israelites—and none of us for that matter—could ever perfectly follow those rules. The Bible is clear that we all sin and fall short of God’s standard for holiness. Our obedience can’t save us.


    Instead, salvation is found in Jesus alone, the only perfectly righteous One. He takes away the sin of anyone who believes and welcomes him or her into God’s family. To those who believe in Him, Jesus gives power through the Holy Spirit to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).


    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.



    PRAY:  God, thank You for giving us the commandments to show us what it means to live a righteous life. We all sin and fail to live in perfect obedience, but You loved us and sent Jesus to bring us to You. We praise You for crediting His righteousness to all who believe in Him.





  • God Provided Manna


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 16–17 from the Bible.



    READ:  Did you know the Guinness World Records book has records for foods? For instance, the largest chocolate peanut butter cup is more than 440 pounds. The longest rolled fruit snack was as long as a football field at 300 feet long. In 2011, the largest hamburger for sale was created in California and weighed 777 pounds. Here’s the catch: Guinness World Record rules state that the food created for any world record cannot be thrown out and must be eaten by the public. Can you imagine trying to eat that much food?


    When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they started complaining to Moses because they had nothing to eat and nothing to drink. They probably would have loved to have a bite of that 777-pound hamburger, wouldn’t they? But God gave them something greater than a hamburger. God heard their cries, so He gave the Israelites quail every evening and manna every morning.


    Manna was a special bread that symbolized God’s faithfulness to meet the needs of His people. God gave the Israelites instructions for when to collect the manna and how much to eat. God provided this flaky bread every morning for 40 years. That equals out to more than 7,000 gallons of manna per person. Now that should be in the Guinness Book of World Records.


    God provided water and manna for His people’s physical hunger. Later, He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever.



    PRAY:  God, You are faithful to meet our needs. You knew that our greatest need was to be rescued from sin. You sent Jesus from heaven to meet our needs and to give eternal life to everyone who believes in Him. 




  • UNIT 5:  INTO THE WILDERNESS


    Through a series of miracles, God had delivered His people from bondage in Egypt. The Israelites headed into the wilderness on their way to the land of promise. Their journey, however, was not just to move them from one place to another; it was also to be a time when their hearts were to be moved in worship for their God, their true Rescuer.



    Big Picture Question


    What is worship?

    Answer: Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.



    Scripture Memory Verse


    Psalm 95:6-7

    Come, let’s worship and bow down; let’s kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,

    the sheep under his care. 


    Abbreviated for young kids: 

    Come, let’s worship and bow down; let’s kneel before the Lord our Maker.  Psalm 95:6



  • God Keeps His Promises


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Isaiah 9 from the Bible.



    READ:  In 1969, the Baltimore Colts were highly favored to win Super Bowl III over the New York Jets. Even though his team was the underdog, Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed that his team would win the Super Bowl. It was a bold promise to make, but the Jets did in fact defeat the Colts by a score of 16-7. Joe Namath became famously known as Broadway Joe—the quarterback who made a guarantee and then delivered.


    As we read the Bible, we see that God is a promise maker. Even in the garden where Adam and Eve chose to sin and ruined their relationship with their Creator, God guaranteed that a Rescuer would come to battle the serpent and ultimately defeat sin.


    Throughout the Old Testament, God continued to remind His people about the promise of a Savior. The prophet Isaiah spoke about a Messiah to be born of a virgin and a king coming from the family of David. Isaiah spoke of how the Messiah would suffer, but also how his suffering would bring peace. For those waiting on a Messiah, Isaiah was giving hope that God would soon deliver on His promise.


    Hundreds of years later, Jesus was born of a virgin, born into the family of David, and suffered on the cross to bring peace between God and all who believe. Jesus was the fulfillment of all Isaiah’s prophecies, and He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a rescuer. Not only is God a promise maker, but He is also a promise keeper. When God makes a guarantee, we can always trust that He will deliver.


    God keeps His promises. He remembered His promise to send a Rescuer and sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a baby. Jesus grew up and provided salvation for sinners by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.



    PRAY:  God, You are faithful in everything. We can trust You because You always do what You say You will do. We praise You for sending Jesus as Savior and as the fulfillment of Your greatest promise.



  • God Parted the Red Sea


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 13-15 from the Bible.



    READ:  The Bible tells us that the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years and that about 600,000 men left with Moses. If we add to that number the women, children, and other Egyptians who wanted to be a part of the Israelites, we can estimate that more than 2 million Israelites left Egypt. That’s equal to the population of Chicago, Illinois—the third largest city in the United States.


    Now think about all those people crossing the Red Sea on dry land while God held back the water. How amazing it must have been to see a whole city of people walking through the middle of those walls of water. Once again, God had demonstrated His power over creation and over the enemy so that His people could be free.


    The Bible describes how our sin has made us enemies of God, but it also shares God’s plan to rescue those who believe. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”


    When there was no way out and all hope seemed to be lost, God provided a way for the Israelites to be free. Likewise, when we were lost in our sin and without any hope of saving ourselves, God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin.


    Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and God provided a way for them to escape through the Red Sea. The Bible says that Jesus is greater than Moses. (Hebrews 3:3) People who trust in Jesus escape the penalty of sin and have eternal life.



    PRAY:  God, thank You for showing us Your great power through the story of the Red Sea crossing and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Help us to believe in Your power to save and to know Jesus as the Savior who offers us new life with You.




  • God Delivered His People


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 5-12 from the Bible.



    READ:  Do you know about foreshadowing? Even if you don’t know what it is, you’ve probably noticed it in your favorite books or movies. Foreshadowing is when a writer uses an event—typically early in the story—to give you a hint of something very important that will happen later in the story. Did you know that God also gave us this kind of hint in His story?


    The plagues God sent on Egypt were powerful, but the tenth and final plague was the most devastating. Every firstborn son in Egypt died. However, God provided a way for the Israelites to be saved from the plague. He told them to sacrifice a lamb and place the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their house. When God’s angel saw the blood, He would pass over the house and not bring judgment on those inside.


    Can you see the foreshadowing hint that God gave us through this story? The lamb’s blood was placed vertically on the posts of the door and horizontally on the lintel of the door. The combination of these motions helps us to see the cross. Through God’s saving of the Israelites, He points us all to Jesus—the perfect Lamb who was sent to save us from sin!


    Like the blood of the lamb that saved the Israelites, Jesus shed his blood for us. It is His sacrifice that allows the judgment of God to pass over all who believe. John the Baptist understood this to be true when he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”


    By His grace, God spared the Israelites from judgment by requiring the blood of a lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and those who trust in Jesus are under His saving blood and will be passed over in the final judgment.



    PRAY:  God, thank You for Your Word and how every story points us to Jesus. Thank You that through Jesus’ sacrifice, we do not have to face the punishment for our sin. Help us know Jesus and trust in Him as our hope and salvation.



  • God Called Moses


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Exodus 1-4 from the Bible.



    READ:  In 1939, DC Comics introduced a character that would become quite famous: Batman. Batman fought crime and enforced justice for the people of Gotham City. Whenever the peace of Gotham was disturbed by criminals, the bat signal would light up the night sky, calling for Batman to come to the rescue. 


    As we open the Book of Exodus, we see God speaking to Moses—not through a bat signal but through a burning bush that never burned up. Why would God use such a dramatic sign to get Moses’ attention? Because He was calling Moses to something amazing and possibly frightening: to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt. 


    In Exodus 3:10, God said to Moses, “Therefore, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh so that you may lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” God promised to be with Moses and to supply the power he needed to free the Israelites. 


    God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin.


    We all love a good rescue story like the ones from comic books, but the story of Jesus’ rescue for sinners is 100% true and even more amazing! 



    PRAY:  God, we praise You because You are great. We see Your great power in the way that You used Moses to rescue the Israelites, and we see Your great love to send Jesus to rescue us from sin. Help us trust that You will be with us and give us the power we need to do what You call us to do.


  • UNIT 4:  OUT OF EGYPT


    Many years had passed since God used Joseph to rescue His people from a famine by bringing them into Egypt. Now, however, God's people were in bondage and needed to be rescued. God raised up a new rescuer, Moses, to deliver his people out of Egypt and lead them back to the promised land.



    Big Picture Question


    Does God keep His promises?

    Answer: Yes, God always keeps his promised because He is faithful.



    Scripture Memory Verse


    Numbers 23:19

    God is not a man, that he might lie, or a son of man, that he might change his mind. Does he speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?


    Abbreviated for young kids: 

    God keeps His promises.



VOLUME 1

From Creation to Chaos

units 1-3   |   Fall 2023


  • God Had a Plan for Joseph


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 37-50 from the Bible.  



    READ:  The movie Despicable Me introduces the villain Gru, who is on a mission to shrink and steal the moon. Gru’s despicable plan includes stealing a shrink ray by adopting three orphans and using them to sneak into the base where the ray is kept. But Grus plan backfires as he falls in love with the three girls who have joined his family. Gru’s plan actually led to a happy ending and a happy family.


    The story of Joseph is not exactly like Despicable Me, but the whole episode does end with a happy ending and a happy family. After Joseph is placed in charge of the food supplies in Egypt, his brothers came to buy food so that they could survive. Because Pharaoh had placed Joseph in charge, Joseph was able to save the lives of his family and all the people of Israel. Even though the story began with an evil plan, God used Joseph to save his entire family from a famine.


    After the family had settled safely in Egypt, Joseph told his brothers, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people.” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph’s life points us to Jesus as the greater rescuer. Jesus was hated by others. He was treated unfairly. He was punished for sins He did not commit. But every event of Jesus’ life—even His death—was part of God’s plan to save people from their sin. For those who believe in Jesus, His story has the happiest ending of all.


    God had a plan for Joseph’s life. He allowed Joseph to suffer to rescue a whole nation. In a greater way, God planned for Jesus to suffer so that many—people from all nations—would be saved from sin.



    PRAY:  God, thank You that we can trust You in every situation—good and bad. We know that You are always in control and nothing can stop You from doing what You have planned. Thank You for using Jesus’ death to bring forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe.



  • God Changed Jacob


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 32:1 - 33:20 from the Bible.  



    READ:  Have you ever been afraid because you felt like a duck was watching you? If so, you suffer from Anatidaephobia , which is the scientific name for that fear. And did you know that Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of really, really long words? It’s just cruel to give that fear such a long name. 


    The truth is that we all have fears—some that might seem silly like these, and some that are very, very real. This week, we learned that Jacob’s biggest fear was meeting his brother Esau again after hiding from him for twenty years. After all of Jacob’s lies and tricks, and Esau’s threats to kill him, Jacob’s fears were not silly at all.


    As he prepared to meet Esau, Jacob prayed to God for protection. That night, a mysterious man wrestled with Jacob for hours. Although the man was stronger than Jacob, Jacob prevailed. Finally, at daybreak, the man wounded Jacob’s side and then God blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel. God changed Jacob’s name, but even more, He changed his heart. From that moment on, Jacob would look more to God for help than rely on himself.


    The limp that Jacob had for the rest of his life was a gracious reminder of his need to do this. When Jacob cried out to God, God was there to help. Like God was there for Jacob, He is here for us. We do not have to fear the punishment of sin because Jesus has died in our place and paid that punishment. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives us and gives us a new identity. From that moment on, we live as chosen, forgiven, and loved children of God.


    God changed Jacob’s life and gave him a new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we trust in Jesus, we also receive a new name—children of God.



    PRAY: God, thank You for loving us even though we do not deserve it. You sent Jesus to die in our place so that we could be forgiven and accepted into Your family. Help us to trust in Jesus so that we can live with the new identity that You want us to have.



  • God Provided Isaac


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 21:1-7 and 22:1-18 from the Bible.  



    READ:  Do you have a favorite toy or stuffed animal that you would never want to give away? Parents, do you have a favorite item—cellphone, TV, a car—that you would never want to lose or be without?


    What if God asked you to give up that special item and never use it again? We can all thank God for giving us the things that we love, but we would likely be pretty upset if He asked us to give up something so valuable or special.


    That’s why Abraham’s trust and obedience are even more remarkable. When God tested Abraham’s love, Abraham was faithful to do what God said—even the unthinkable assignment of sacrificing his son. Even in such a hard moment, Abraham trusted and obeyed God. 


    Abraham led Isaac up the mountain toward the place where the sacrifice would be made. As Abraham prepared to do what God had told Him to do, he was suddenly stopped by the angel of the Lord and he saw that God had provided a ram to sacrifice instead of his son, Isaac. 


    Abraham’s obedience showed how much he loved God, but God showed us an even greater love by sending His Son to die for us. Like the ram that God provided to save Isaac’ s life and die in his place, God provided Jesus to save sinners like us. God sent His only Son to be our substitute and die for us. When we trust in Jesus and what He has done for us, we receive forgiveness and eternal life through Him.


    Abraham showed his love for God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram instead. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.



    PRAY: God, we thank You for loving us and giving Your son to save us. Because You love us, we want to show our love for You by trusting and obeying You no matter what. Help us to obey You so that others can see how much we love You and how much You love us.




  • Melchizedek Blessed Abraham


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 14:1-24 from the Bible.



    READ:  The next time you’re in the car, try to count how many road signs you see. It will be a lot because they’re everywhere! Drivers are required to pay attention to these signs and to know the message each sign communicates. Road signs are there to help you notice what you might otherwise miss. 


    As we read our Bibles, God has placed signs everywhere that are meant to draw our attention to Jesus. Long before Jesus was born, God gave us pictures of what Jesus would be like and what He would do. God did not want us to miss seeing Jesus as the hero of the story!


    God placed one of these signs in the story of Abraham. After Abraham fought to rescue his nephew Lot, he was visited by a man named Melchizedek. Melchizedek was the King of Salem, and the Bible says he was also “Priest of God Most High.” Melchizedek blessed Abraham, and then he pretty much disappeared from the story of the Bible. 


    These short verses that introduce us to Melchizedek are a sign meant to point us to Jesus—the better King and greater Priest! The book of Hebrews says that Jesus is the “high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26) Jesus gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Through faith in Him, we can have forgiveness and eternal life.


    Melchizedek means “king of righteousness.” Melchizedek reminds us of Jesus, an even greater priest and king who lives forever. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to bless all who trust in Him by providing forgiveness and eternal life.



    PRAY: God, thank You for all the signs that point us to Jesus. He is better than anything else. Help us to trust in Jesus and help our lives to be a sign that points others to Him.




  • God Made a Covenant with Abraham


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 12:1-9 from the Bible.



    READ:  Who is your favorite athlete? Your favorite athlete is probably a star player on your favorite team or someone who is one of the best in the world in your favorite sport. Few people, probably, have a favorite athlete who sits on the bench and never plays or is way far down on the list of top players in the world. Why would someone choose an athlete like that?


    When God chose Abraham and promised to make his family as big as there are stars in the sky, it seemed like an odd choice. At this point, Abraham was an old man who didn’t have any children. How would Abraham be the father of a great nation? Why would God choose someone like that?


    Abraham did not seem like the best choice to carry out God’s plan, but God’s plan did not depend on Abraham’s ability. This plan was up to God, and it could not fail because God is faithful and true. He will always do what He says He will do. And God can do what no person can do.


    God chose Abraham because He is the God who makes all things possible. God showed His faithfulness and power by giving Abraham and Sarah a son when they were almost 100 years old! Through that son, God built the nation of Israel, His chosen people. From this nation, just as God had promised, Jesus was born.


    God is faithful. He will always keep His promises. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God kept His promise to bless the world through Abraham, and He will keep His promise to save all who believe in Jesus. 


    God promised to bless all the world through Abraham. God sent Jesus from His home in heaven to be born on earth into Abraham’s family. Through Jesus, all the nations of the earth are blessed because Jesus saves people from their sins.



    PRAY:  God, all things are possible with You. You are faithful and we can trust You to always keep Your promises. Help us to trust You more and to know all the ways You have blessed the world through Jesus. 



  • UNIT 3: GOD'S RESCUE PLAN


    God’s solution for sin, which He promised in Eden, became clearer when God made a covenant with Abraham. God promised to bring the Rescuer through Abraham’s family. This family was far from perfect and endured great adversity, but through it all, God remained faithful, revealing that nothing could stop His plan.



    Big Picture Question


    Who is in control of everything?

    Answer: God is in control of everything. 



    Scripture Memory Verse


    Younger Kids: Psalm 135:6

    The LORD does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.


    Older Kids:  Psalm 135:5-6

    For I know that the LORD is great; our Lord is greater than all gods. The LORD does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.


  • People Rebel Against God


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 11:1-9 from the Bible.



    READ:  A polyglot is someone who can speak fluently in multiple languages. The world record was held by Powell Janulus, a Canadian polyglot who spoke 42 languages. That’s impressive, but still a long way from knowing the roughly 6,500 different languages spoken in the world. Have you ever wondered where all those languages came from? 


    After the flood, God had told Noah and his family to “be fruitful and increase in number and fill the whole earth.” (Genesis 9:1) This was the same command that God had given to Adam and Eve. Even though the world was starting over in a way after the flood, God’s plans had not changed. 


    As the number of people grew, they disobeyed God’s command to spread out and fill the whole earth. Instead, they clumped together and decided to build a tower to show how great they were. 


    The people of Babel seemed to be accomplishing some amazing things, but these accomplishments actually showed how sinful their hearts had become once again. In the garden, Eve believed the lie that the fruit would make her like God. The people of Babel believed their tower would make them as great as God. The people wanted glory for themselves, but all glory belongs to God. 


    So, God mixed up the words of the people so that they spoke in different languages. The different languages made it impossible for them to continue building, so they spread out across the world as God had originally commanded. The many languages of our world are a reminder that God is great, and all glory belongs to Him! 


    People wanted glory for themselves instead of God. They ignored God’s plan, so God confused their language and scattered them all over the earth. One day, Jesus will gather together all of God’s people—from every tribe and language—and they will worship Him together.



    PRAY:   God, all glory belongs to You. Help us to honor You in everything we say and do. We look forward to the day when people of every language will know You and worship You together.



  • God Spared Noah


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 6-10 from the Bible.



    READ:  When God told Noah to build a big boat called an ark, it must have seemed like a pretty challenging command. The ark Noah was to build was going to be huge. And he had to build this giant boat with just the help of his family. That’s a lot of work that would take a long time. 


    But there was a reason for it all. God was ready to send out His punishment for the sin that had spread across the whole world. Everything had been infected by sin, and therefore everything would be destroyed. Everything, that is, except Noah, his family, and the animals inside the ark. Because they were inside the ark, they were saved from the flood. God showed His overwhelming love and kindness by giving them this way to be saved from the punishment of sin. And he showed other people the same kind of kindness by giving them the opportunity to turn from their sin while Noah took all of that time to build the ark.


    God has shown us the same overwhelming love by sending Jesus to save us from our sin. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” We can escape God’s judgment against sin only through faith in Jesus Christ. Like Noah and his family found safety inside the ark, we find our hope and salvation in Jesus.


    God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus—the only perfectly righteous One—came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.



    PRAY:  God, You promised Noah safety in the ark, and You promise us eternal salvation in Jesus. Help us to remember that You always keep Your promises.




  • Sin Spread to People


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 4-5 from the Bible.



    READ:  Genes are the parts of a person’s DNA that determine things like hair color, eye color, height, or whether we’ll be allergic to cats! Half of a person’s 20,000 genes come from the mother and the other half come from the father. When Adam and Eve had children, they passed down more than just the color of their hair and eyes and how tall they would be. Adam and Eve passed down their sin and all the consequences to their children. It didn’t take long for the effect of sin to be seen in the lives of their sons, Cain and Abel.


    As the two boys made offerings to God, God showed favor to Abel’s sacrifice. The sin in Cain caused him to become furious. God had not responded the way Cain thought or wanted God to respond. God warned Cain not to let the power of sin rule over him, but sin continued to have power over Cain. Just as sin had caused their parents to blame one another in the garden, Cain became jealous of Abel and turned his anger towards his brother. The anger grew until Cain attacked and killed Abel.


    Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When sin rules, as it did in Cain, the consequence is death. But God has provided salvation through Jesus. The power of sin has been broken for all who believe in His perfect life, death, and resurrection. When Christ rules, the gift is eternal life!


    Adam and Eve’s sin and its consequences spread to all of their descendants. But God did not forget His promise to send a Rescuer. At just the right time, God would send His Son to save sinners.



    PRAY:  God, thank You for remembering Your promise to send a Savior. Give us strength to live in a world broken by sin, and help us to believe in Jesus so that we can experience eternal life with You.





  • Sin Entered the World


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 3 from the Bible.



    READ:  Did you know that it is against the law for anyone to use a fork to eat fried chicken in Gainesville, Georgia? There is also a law in Arkansas that says alligators cannot be kept in your bathtub! Where are we supposed to keep our alligators then?


    These are real laws, but they’re obviously very silly rules that aren’t necessary. When God gave Adam and Eve the rule not to eat the fruit of one tree, it wasn’t a silly rule though. God gave that rule so that Adam and Eve could continue to enjoy an amazing relationship with Him.


    Even though God had provided everything they needed, Adam and Eve believed the lie that maybe there was something better. So, they ate the fruit and disobeyed God. Instead of finding something better, Adam and Eve lost the perfect world God had created for them. They were cast out of the garden and forced to live in a world broken by sin.


    When Adam and Eve broke that rule, sin broke their relationship with God. From that moment on, all people became sinners who are separated from God. We live in a world that is noticeably broken by sin. Like Adam and Eve, we are guilty of choosing our own way instead of God’s way.


    But God still loves us! The whole Bible points us to Jesus as the promised Savior who would save sinners. Through faith in Jesus, we can once again have an amazing relationship with God that will last forever and ever.


    Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, all people have been born as sinners. Sin separates us from God, but God still loves us. God promised a Rescuer would come from Eve’s family. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God.



    PRAY:  God, help us to see that Your rules are perfect and for our good. We have all sinned and disobeyed You. Sin has broken our relationship with You, but we thank You for sending Jesus as the Savior we need. Help us to trust in Him so that we can experience the relationship we were created to have with You.



  • UNIT 2: CREATION IS RUINED


    Everything was perfect when God created it, but it didn’t stay that way. Adam and Eve rebelled against God. From that time on, creation was ruined and everyone has been born a sinner. But God would not leave people to remain dead in sin. He would provide the solution for sin: His Son, Jesus Christ.



    Big Picture Question: What does it mean to sin? 

    Kids Answer: To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

    Preschool Answer: We sin when we disobey God. / To sin is to go against God and His commands.


    Scripture Memory Verse: Romans 3:23

    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


  • Lesson 3: Creation Glorifies God


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Psalm 19 from the Bible.



    READ:  Our planet, Earth, is part of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way Galaxy is 588 quadrillion miles wide and it’s filled with billions of stars. So many stars that if you counted one star per second, it would take you 2,500 years to finish counting them all! Even more amazing is the fact that our God put every star in its place, and He knows them all by name! And this is just one galaxy of an estimated 125 billion galaxies in the universe!


    God created all of this—everything—out of nothing. The Sun, moon, stars, planets, and everything we can see on Earth—He created all of it. And He created it so that we could see His awesomeness and worship Him. In Psalm 19, David reminds us that the heavens and the skies are showing us the glory of God. They are shouting out a message to the whole world that there is a Creator God and He is big, He is powerful, He is creative, and He is awesome!


    God’s glory can be seen all around us through the world that He created, but there’s an even greater way we see God’s awesomeness. Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The awesome God who created this huge universe loves you. He loves you enough that he would send Jesus to save sinners and offer eternal life to all who believe in Him.


    All of creation displays the glory of God—how great He is—although not perfectly. The perfect revelation of God’s glory is found in Jesus, who came to show us exactly what God is like. Because Jesus is God, He is the perfect display of God’s glory.



    PRAY:  God, You are awesome! Everything in Your creation is showing us how great You are. Most of all, you have shown us Your great love through Jesus, who is the perfect picture of Your glory! We give You all the praise and all the glory, because You are worthy of it all.



  • Lesson 2: God Created People


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 1:26-31 and 2:15-25 from the Bible.



    READ:  More than half—56% to be exact—of adults in the United States still have their favorite stuffed animal from childhood. The love for these cotton-filled animals is so great that many adults still sleep with them! When we love a stuffed animal, we take extra special care of it and we want to have it near us at all times. Do you have a favorite stuffed animal?


    As a child might choose a teddy bear to be his favorite, God made people and loved them more than any other part of His creation. Because He loved Adam and Eve, God took special care of them by providing food from the trees and a river for water. He gave them everything they needed.


    Most importantly, God showed His love for people by creating them to have a relationship with Him. God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden. God created people to know Him and love Him forever. Even when sin broke this relationship, God would show how much He loves people by sending Jesus to make a way for us to be with Him again.


    God created people in His own image and provides for everything He made. People are special because God made people to live forever in a relationship with Him. Through His Son, Jesus, we can have eternal life with God just as He planned.



    PRAY:  God, thank You for creating people and providing everything we need. You made us with the ability to know You and love You. Help us to trust in Jesus so that we can know You and have eternal life with You.



  • LESSON 1: GOD CREATED THE WORLD


    Watch the Bible story video or read all or parts of Genesis 1:1-25 from the Bible.



    READ: Did you know that the largest animal that has ever lived is the Blue Whale? Its body weight is heavier than even the largest dinosaur ever discovered! The Blue Whale is enormous— measuring up to 110 feet long and weighing over 200 tons! It would take 2,200 pounds of food to fill a blue whale’s stomach, and they can eat more than 3 ½ times a day! That’s more than 8,000 pounds of food. Imagine that grocery bill!


    In the Bible story this week, we learned that God created everything, and everything brings Him glory. The blue whale is a good example of just how amazing God is. As big as blue whales are, they remind us that God is even bigger. God is bigger, stronger, and greater than anything else.


    In Genesis 1 we see that God created everything out of nothing and He created everything just by speaking it into existence. So God said, “Tree,” and there was a tree! God said, “Bird,” and there was a bird. God said, “Blue whale,” and there was a huge blue whale. That’s amazing, isn’t it?


    But do you know what is most amazing of all? Everything God created was good. God made everything just as He wanted it to be. Every part of creation exists to bring glory to God! The trees, the birds, the blue whales—everything.


    Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together. All of creation exists to bring God glory.



    PRAY: God, thank You for creating everything. You made everything good so that we can see how wonderful you are. Help us to see Your glory all around us so that we love you more.



  • UNIT 1: IN THE BEGINNING


    The story begins with God creating everything from nothing. Of all of God’s perfect creation, people were most special, alone being made in God’s image. All that God created was created to reveal God’s glory—how amazing He is.



    Big Picture Question: Why did God create everything? 

    Answer: God created everything for His glory and our good.


    Scripture Memory Verse: Psalm 19:1

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.