Year 2, Winter: Lesson 1
This week's memory verse
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is in charge
Rise and fall of King Saul: 1 Samuel 8—10; 15, God’s people beg for a human king, and God grants them one even though He was enough for them.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is Immanuel
An angel visits Mary and Joseph: Isaiah 7v14; Luke 1v26–35; Matthew 1v18–25, An angel announces Jesus’ birth to Mary and Joseph.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
- The name Immanuel, God with us, was prophesied in Isaiah 7v14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
- Immanuel derives from the Hebrew word Immanu’el; Emmanuel derives from the Greek word Emmanouel. Whether spelled with an “E” or an “I,” both spellings mean “God with us.”
- God came to earth and dwelt among men. He temporarily set aside His divine prerogatives to become a servant to all.
Connect as a family
Pile your family into mom and dad’s bed. Snuggle in under the covers. Once everyone is settled, in a hushed voice read about the angel visiting Joseph in a dream in Matthew 1:18–25. Afterward, ask family members to recount what they heard. After you’ve hit all the meaningful parts of the story, pray together and ask God to show you where He appears in this part of The Big God Story. Jesus was called Immanuel, or “God with us.” Talk about some of the ways they can know that God is with us today.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What do you think it must have felt like for Joseph to be visited by an angel?
How can we know that God is with us?
Who can we tell about Jesus?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus Is Immanuel into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know that your God, who is mighty and wonderful, is always with you.