God's Design for Worship
In the Winter 2 quarter, third and fourth graders will be introduced to God’s Design for Worship, a hands-on, topical study of tabernacle worship in Exodus and Leviticus and how it was fulfilled in the coming of the promised Savior.
The first unit is on the tabernacleand what it means for God’s people to live in his holy presence and worship him. Students will learn we must worship God only in the way he commands, and his presence with us is central in worship and in our lives. Students will also discover everything about the tabernacle looked forward to the coming of Christ.
The second unit deals with the priests. God chose and set apart priests from the tribe of Levi to serve him in the tabernacle. The priests continually offered sacrifices for their own sins and the sins of the people, pointing to the full and final atonement Christ would make for the sins of all his people.
The third unit studies the sacrifices offered in worship, feasts, and sacred assemblies (Lessons 7–10). All people are guilty before God and need a Savior to pay for their sins. In the Old Testament, God required animal sacrifices for sin, which pointed to Christ’s sacrifice once for all. Students will learn to thank God for his grace and mercy in sending Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God. They will study the special times God gave Israel for remembrance, joy, and thanksgiving for his faithfulness.
The fourth unit focuses on what it means to worship and serve God through Christ our Savior. No longer bound by tabernacle worship because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice for us, we can draw near to God through faith in Christ, who is our High Priest. God’s peoplegather to worship him regularly, receiving his grace and blessings through coming into his presence according to his Word. Worship is at the heart of life in the church and also in each believer’s life.
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