In the first unit, God Creates Families, children learn that God created the first family, Adam and Eve, and gave them a perfect garden home. They also discover that sin spoiled God’s creation, leaving us all sinful and in need of God’s forgiveness. Only those who are joined by faith to the Savior are members of God’s family. They will learn that God’s children trust their heavenly Father to help them believe and live godly lives.
The second unit, God Calls Families, focuses on Noah and Abraham, and shows what it is like for redeemed sinners to live as members of God’s family. Our sovereign God calls, saves, leads and protects his people; they, in turn, respond to his grace and mercy with thanksgiving and show their faith by their obedience.
The third unit, God Blesses Families, continues to show what it means to live in relationship with God. Abraham trusted and obeyed God even when it was hard to do so. On the other hand, Isaac and Rebekah often dishonored God and each other in family relationships. Your students will learn that God works out his purposes in spite of the sin of his people.
In the fourth and final unit, God Is Faithful to Families, children focus on the lives of Jacob and Joseph. Through these Old Testament men and their families, children learn that it is God who gives us faith, changes us and takes care of us - not because of anything we do, but because he chooses us to be in his family. They come to understand that God uses people, including us, to carry out his good purposes.
Younger Elementary children are starting to develop relationships with people outside the family circle, but home is of central importance to your students, therefore an excellent vehicle for teaching them what it means to live in God’s family. This quarter, you will challenge them to trust and obey the loving heavenly Father, who has called them to belong to his family and has revealed who he is through his Word.
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