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Family Discipleship: Jeremiah, Prophet to Judah

Dear Parents,

Our KidLife Preschool and Elementary Class are currently studying through the entire Bible while focusing on the Gospel. As they learn the incredible stories of Scripture, they’ll be taught how Christ is connected to all of it.

We have a deep desire to come along side you, the parent, and help you disciple your children. We want to help you teach them about God’s Word. Every week, we will send home information about the lesson your child learned. We also plan to include the lesson in our church program and post a weekly summary here, on the Grace Life Blog.

Take the time each day to go over what they learn, memorize the Scripture verse with them, and continue to show them Jesus. The greatest responsibility we have as parents is to disciple are kids and to show them how to follow Jesus. For more information on the importance of Family Discipleship, here’s a quick Facebook Live video or you can listen to this sermon on Family Discipleship from Pastor Matt.

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Here is this week’s summary:

Jeremiah, Prophet to Judah

Jeremiah

Story Point: Jeremiah told God’s people about a new and better covenant.

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Christ Connection: Jeremiah told about a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts. Jesus made these words come true. God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah the priest. He lived in Judah, just north of Jerusalem. At the time God called Jeremiah into ministry, Josiah was king of Judah.

As evidenced in the callings of Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others, each time God calls someone, He equips that person to do His work. Like Moses, Jeremiah was hesitant: “Oh no, Lord GOD! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth” (Jer. 1:6). God assured Jeremiah: “I will be with you” (Jer. 1:8).

God called Jeremiah to be a prophet. The people of Judah had broken the covenant God made with them at Mount Sinai. The terms of the covenant are found in Exodus 19. God said through Moses, “If you will carefully listen to me and keep my covenant, you will be my own possession out of all the peoples, … and you will be my kingdom of priests and my holy nation” (vv. 5-6). God’s people responded, “We will do all that the LORD has spoken” (v. 8).

But Judah was deep in idol worship and other sins. God punished the unfaithfulness of Israel by sending the Northern Kingdom into exile. Now God’s judgment was coming for Judah, and Jeremiah’s job was to warn them.

This week, share with your kids that along with the warnings, Jeremiah brought a message of hope. Jeremiah told God’s people about a new and better covenant. Jeremiah told about a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts. Jesus made these words come true. God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands. Jesus did not come to get rid of the law. (See Matt. 5:17.) Through His sinless life, Jesus fulfilled the demands of the old covenant. When we trust in Jesus, we are credited with His righteousness and our changed hearts enable us to want to follow in Christ’s footsteps and obey God as well.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Jeremiah was a prophet to Judah.
    • God made a new promise to forgive His people.
    • God sent Jesus to forgive His people forever.
    • God planned to send Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
    • Jeremiah told about a new and better covenant.
  • Kids
    • How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
    • Jeremiah told God’s people about a new and better covenant.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

2 Chronicles 7:14

NEXT WEEK

“Habakkuk the Prophet” (Habakkuk)

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