God is Holy {Unit 6}

Hello Church Family! For the next few weeks in Antioch Kids, we will be learning about God’s holiness—or perfect goodness—and what that means for humans. God gave a lot of rules in the Bible! But all along, God knew the rules would not save us. God Himself would come to us, to help us trust and follow Him, so we could spend eternity with Him.

Big Picture Question: Why did God give us rules? He gave us rules to show how life works best; He will help us trust and obey Him.

Key Passage: “I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45, NIV).

 
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The Ten Commandments: Love Others ● Exodus 20:12-17 | God gave us rules to help us know how to love Him and others.
The last six commandments in the Ten Commandments show God’s people ways they can love others. When someone truly loves God, they become more of what God meant humans to be—and part of that means loving others. God created human life to work best when humans treat one another with love. Loving people is not an option, but a crucial part of trusting and following God.

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The Tabernacle Was Built ● Exodus 35:4-40:38 | God told His people to build the tabernacle so He could dwell with them.
God wants to be with his people. The people of Israel gave joyfully and generously and God equipped them to construct the place where He would dwell with them. We no longer need a tabernacle today because Jesus came to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with God’s people. Through God’s gift of Jesus, people can dwell with God forever.

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God Gave Rules for Sacrifice ● Leviticus 1–27 | God requires a sacrifice for sin.
The sacrifices God required of the Israelites were pointing forward to God’s ultimate plan to forgive humans and bring them back into a relationship with Him. The book of Hebrews tells us that the sacrifices themselves did not save the people, but it was their faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus who was to come that saved them. Jesus is the ultimate and perfect Sacrifice and He is the only way we can be made right with God.

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Worship Only God ● Deuteronomy 1; 3:23–4:40 | The Lord alone is God; there is no other besides Him.
Moses reminded God’s people to worship only the one true God. God does not want us to trust in false gods—things that will disappoint us. When we love something more than God, we are forgetting God’s goodness, love, power, wisdom, and faithfulness and exchanging that for something fake. God alone is worthy of worship and we should trust in Him alone.

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God Reminded His People of His Promise ● Deuteronomy 5:1–6:25; 8:1–11:1,26-28 | God reminded His people of His promise.
Moses reminded the Israelites about God’s covenant promise and His faithfulness to them. Moses called on the people to be holy and obey only God, because this obedience and holiness would bless them. All along, God knew that we wouldn’t be able to follow Him perfectly on our own. He was working on the ultimate plan: Jesus would defeat our sin on the cross, and the Holy Spirit would come and empower us to trust and obey God.

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God the Redeemer {Unit 4}

The next five weeks will take us through Moses’ life, where we learn that Yahweh is a God who rescues and redeems!

Big Picture Question: What is God’s plan? God’s plan is to rescue His people from captivity.

Key Passage: “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s household… But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.” (Hebrews 3:5-6)

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Moses Was Born and Called • Exodus 1:8-2:10, 23-25; 3:1-4:20| God rescued Moses to deliver His people from captivity.

Moses was chosen by God to help deliver God’s people out of Egypt. When God’s people cried out to God, He responded and miraculously rescued them from physical captivity. Jesus was a greater Deliverer because He rescued God’s people from captivity to sin. The Exodus points back to Joseph bringing His family into Egypt and forward to Jesus rescuing God’s people from sin.

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The Plagues, the Passover, and the Crossing of the Red Sea • Exodus 5-14 | God proved to the Egyptians that He is the one true God.

God used miraculous plagues to show Pharaoh and the Egyptian people that He alone is God and graciously spared the Israelites from the final plague when they trusted in Him and put the blood of a lamb around their doors. God spared Israel by the blood of a lamb, but Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. God’s salvation of His people is always by grace through faith and we need Jesus to trust and obey God.

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The Wilderness Test Exodus 15:22-17:7 | God provided for the physical needs of His people.

God provided food and water for His people as they wandered in the wilderness. When Israel became hungry and thirsty, they grumbled about Moses and God, and God graciously provided for them even though they did not deserve it. In the same way that God provided for Israel’s physical need, God provides for the spiritual need of people through Jesus. God is gracious and He freely gives what we need – including Jesus – not because of anything we have done, but because of God’s goodness alone.

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The Golden Calf • Exodus 32:1-35; 34:1-9 | It’s always best to obey God.

Moses went up Mt. Sinai to talk with God for 40 days. During that time, the people rebelled against the one true God and asked Aaron to make a golden calf to be their god. When God became angry, Moses interceded on their behalf. As Moses interceded for Israel that day, Jesus intercedes for all God’s people today.

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The Ten Commandments: Love God • Exodus 19:1-20:11; 31:18 | God gave us rules because He knows what’s best for us, and He will help us trust Him.

The first four of the Ten Commandments were given by God through Moses to teach His people how to love and worship Him. God loves us and His plan is the best way to live, but we cannot obey God on our own. And that’s the point of the law – to show us of our need for another way to be right with God; a way found only in Jesus. God is holy and wants us to be holy as well—we can be holy because of Jesus.

For more resources and ideas of how to continue these conversations at home, check out these Big Picture Cards for Families.

Antioch Kids: Elementary!

In the beginning of their relationship with Jesus, the disciples might not have been the most courageous bunch you’ve ever seen. Remember when the storm blew up and even the most seasoned fishermen woke Jesus in a panic (Mark 4)? But Jesus wasn’t scared. He knew the power and reliability of God. Time and again, Jesus showed His disciples that God would provide whenever they needed Him. As they learned to trust God, the disciples’ courage grew—to the point that Peter and John boldly testified before the Jewish government (Acts 4) about Jesus’ life and resurrection.

Courage is being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid. Courage is not the absence of fear but how you respond in the face of fear. When we approach potentially scary situations, we can remember that God is big enough to handle anything, He’ll always be with us, and He’ll provide for our needs.

The monthly memory verse is: “When I’m afraid, I will trust in You,” Psalm 56:3, NIrV. Many of God’s followers will tell you their greatest adventure started when they trusted God in a decision they were afraid of. But in the end, they never regretted living courageously and believing God’s promises.

In Week One’s Bible story, Joseph lived a life of courage (Genesis 30, 37, 39-46). Joseph remained faithful to God regardless of the circumstances, trusting that God must have a bigger story at work. Our Bottom Line is: I can be brave because I know God is with me. As kids approach a new school year, sports team, or art class, they can push past their fear because God is with them.

In Week Two’s Bible story, Moses gives excuse after excuse for why he’s not the person God should use to rescue the Israelites (Exodus 3:1–4:17; Exodus 7-12), but he trusts God and confronts Pharaoh to help God rescue the Israelites. Our Bottom Line is: I can be brave even when I don’t feel ready. God will fill in where we think we don’t measure up. He has everything under control.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Moses was up against an impossible task: On one side is the Red Sea, on the other side is the Egyptian army coming after the Israelites (Exodus 14). Moses stood strong in the face of fear and trusted God with the outcome. Our Bottom Line is: I can be brave even when things seem impossible. When we follow God into what seems impossible, we can see Him do amazing things that we never imagined.

In Week Four’s Bible story, Joshua and Caleb were the only two Israelites who spoke up and said God would provide a way for them to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 13–14). Our Bottom Line is: I can be brave even when others aren’t. Sometimes, everyone is afraid of the same thing. But we can be the ones to have courage because we remember our trust isn’t in our own ideas or strength. Our trust is in God.

In Week Five’s Bible story, we remember God’s promise to Abraham that he would receive the Land of Canaan. But the great city of Jericho is blocking Abraham’s family from moving into Canaan (Joshua 6). Our Bottom Line is: I can be brave because I know God keeps His promises. Sometimes it’s our fear that keeps us from ever living in the promises God has given us.

We want to help your kids keep learning about these important Bible stories and virtues! Make sure to click below and use the God Time Cards throughout the week!

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We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

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