Hello Church Family!
Summer is nearly here, and so is our next unit! In Unit 9, kids will learn about some different people that God used in special ways, as part of His Big Story, to encourage others to trust and follow God.
Big Picture Question: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
Key Passage: “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:2)
The First Judges • Judges 3:7-31 | God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.
Judges saved people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.
Deborah and Barak • Judges 4-5 | God’s people needed someone to rescue them from their enemies.
God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to bring about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Gideon • Judges 6-8 | God used Gideon’s weakness for His glory.
The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not able to save them; God used Gideon to save the people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.
Samson • Judges 13-16 | God gave Samson power.
Samson had an important job—to deliver Israel from the Philistines. He ultimately did this, but he forgot to trust and obey God along the way. We also forget to trust and obey God, but Jesus came to deliver us from our sin!
Ruth and Boaz • Ruth 1-4 | God provided a redeemer for Ruth.
Boaz was a family redeemer. That means he would help his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and Naomi because their husbands were no longer alive. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer. We need help because of our sin. Jesus redeemed us by defeating our sin on the cross.
Eli and Boy Samuel • 1 Samuel 1-3 | Samuel was made to tell others about God’s plan.
Samuel used God’s words to tell the people what God is like. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. Jesus showed the world what God is like, and He told people to trust God and obey Him. Jesus freed people from the consequences of sin and his spirit gives us power to do what is good!
Check out these Big Picture Cards for Families to keep the conversation going at home!