Growing in God
In the first unit, Learning about Our Heavenly Father, children are taught that God is loving, merciful, and powerful. They discover that he has a plan for his people, and we can depend on him for what we need. These truths are set forth in the stories of Moses: the deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the people’s travails as they began the wilderness journey.
In the second unit, Trusting God for Power to Live for Him, children find out that the people of Israel struggled to trust and obey their faithful Lord as they traveled through the desert to the Promised Land. God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and they promised to obey, but only a few short weeks later they turned their backs on God and broke his law. When they faced the walled cities of Canaan, they forgot the Lord’s power and love, and disobeyed him out of fear. In spite of their inexcusable faithlessness, God continued to teach and show his people how to live for him, and he continued to guide and care for them.
In the final unit, Listening to God’s Word, the Bible stories focus on the end of the wilderness journey, the crossing of the Jordan River, and the entry into the Promised Land. What did God’s people need to learn as they approached Canaan? They needed to believe God’s promises, obey him, and depend on him alone.
Throughout the quarter, you will direct the children to Jesus, God’s Son. He is the One whom God sent to the cross to deal with the matter of our disobedience and our faithlessness. He paid the price for our sin, forgives us and gives us hearts that are willing to trust and obey our loving heavenly Father.
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