Family Discipleship for Children

To assist with discipleship in the home, please utilize these weekly resources offered by The Gospel Project! They coincide with the lessons your children learn each Sunday in Four Points Kids. The resources include the scripture reference, a summary of the passage, the main points of the lesson, and a memory verse for the Unit!

Solomon Asked for Wisdom
August 4th, 2019
1 Kings 2-3

Wisdom for God’s People
August 11th, 2019
Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs

Solomon Built the Temple
August 18th, 2019
1 Kings 6-8

The Kingdom Divided
August 25th, 2019
1 Kings 11-12

Elijah and the Widow
September 1st, 2019
1 Kings 17
God provided in miraculous ways.

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After King Solomon died, the tribes of Israel split into two kingdoms—the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Jeroboam was the king of Israel, and Solomon’s son Rehoboam was the king of Judah. These two kingdoms were frequently at war with each other, and they rotated through mostly evil kings for decades. Ahab was the king of Israel when the prophet Elijah came to him.

The name Elijah means “My God is Yahweh.” We don’t know anything about Elijah’s background or family, but God chose Elijah (and later the prophet Elisha) to warn the Israelites of their future destruction. For years, God sent prophets to warn His people about the consequences their sin would bring. He wanted them to turn back to Him, but they would not.

Three significant events occur in 1 Kings 17. First, Elijah announced a drought in the land of Israel. Evil King Ahab and his wife Jezebel encouraged Baal worship, so the drought was punishment for Israel’s idolatry—according to the law of God. (Deut. 11:16-17) God provided for Elijah during the drought.

Second, Elijah visited a widow. God promised that the widow would provide for him. Lack of rain caused a famine in the land. God provided food for the widow and her son. Elijah stayed with the widow for two years.

Third, Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead. Elijah asked God to bring the boy back to life, and God did. The woman believed that Elijah was a man of God and that his words from God were true.

Help your kids connect this story to Jesus. God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

● Babies and Toddlers
○ Elijah said that no rain would fall in Israel.
○ God kept the widow’s flour and oil from running out.
○ Elijah’s miracles showed that God is powerful.
○ There is one God.

● Preschool
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God.
○ God took care of the widow and her son.

● Kids
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
○ God provided in miraculous ways.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Isaiah 42:8

Elijah at Mount Carmel
September 8th, 2019
1 Kings 18-19
God showed that He is the one true God.

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King Ahab was an evil king. In fact, “Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). God wanted His people to be faithful to Him, but King Ahab led them away from God.

God chose Elijah to get Ahab’s attention. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah told Ahab that a drought was coming. God prevented rain in the land for three years. For Ahab, a man who worshiped Baal—the false Canaanite god of rain and fertility—the drought sent a strong message about the one true God.

When God was ready to send rain on the earth, Elijah appeared to Ahab and instructed him to gather the Israelites and the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people to choose: Follow God or follow Baal. They couldn’t do both.

Elijah set up a challenge to prove who is the one true God. He faced off against the prophets of Baal. They prepared a bull on an altar and called on their deity to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal called and cried and cut themselves, but Baal did not answer.

Elijah poured water on and around his altar. He called to God, and God sent fire from heaven. Everything was burned up! The Israelites could not deny that the God of Elijah is the one true God. Finally, God sent a great rain to end the drought.

Elijah fled from the wrath of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. He met with God on a mountain, and God revealed Himself to Elijah in a soft whisper. God gave Elijah a friend and successor in Elisha and assured him of 7,000 people in Israel who had not turned to Baal.

The false god Baal had no power. The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried out for hours to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. We do not have to work hard to show God we love Him. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus died to rescue us from sin, and He hears us when we cry out to Him. As you talk with your kids about the Bible story this week, emphasize that only God—the one true God—has power to help His people and to save them. And He saves them through His Son, Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Elijah prayed for God to send fire.
○ God hears us when we pray to Him.
○ God showed that He is the one true God.
○ There is one God.

● Preschool
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God.
○ God showed that He is the one true God.

● Kids
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
○ God showed that He is the one true God.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Isaiah 42:8

Elijah and Elisha
September 15th, 2019
2 Kings 2
God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

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Following God’s great display of power at Mount Carmel, Elijah fled for his life and traveled to Mount Horeb where he encountered God in a soft whisper. God instructed Elijah to anoint a man named Elisha as his successor. Elijah found Elisha plowing a field. Elijah put his cloak over Elisha to show that Elisha would be a prophet like Elijah. Elisha followed Elijah and served him for many years. In time, King Ahab of Israel appointed his son Ahaziah as king. When Ahaziah died, his brother Joram became king.

Elijah’s ministry came to an end, and God took him to heaven in an unusual way. First, Elijah and Elisha traveled from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho and then to the Jordan River. Elijah met with other prophets and their families. Despite Elijah’s insistence otherwise, Elisha did not leave Elijah’s side.

A group of prophets watched as Elijah parted the Jordan River by striking the water with his mantle (cloak) so he could cross. In Elijah’s final moments, Elisha requested, “Please, let me inherit two shares of your spirit” (2 Kings 2:9). Elisha wanted power to continue God’s work and confirmation as Israel’s next prophet.

A chariot of fire and horses of fire suddenly appeared and separated the men. Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind, and Elisha cried out after him. When Elijah was out of view, Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak and struck the water of the Jordan River. The water parted—a sign that Elisha had received power from God. Elisha would continue the work of Elijah as a prophet to Israel.

As you talk with your kids this week, remind them that God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah so Elisha could carry out his mission as a prophet. Years later, Jesus told His followers to wait for the Holy Spirit. God gives believers the Holy Spirit so they can share the gospel with the world.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Elisha was Elijah’s helper.
○ God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind.
○ God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah.
○ There is one God.

● Preschool
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God.
○ God chose Elisha to be His prophet after Elijah.

● Kids
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
○ God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Isaiah 42:8

Elisha and the Army
September 22nd, 2019
2 Kings 6
God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

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After Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind, his successor Elisha continued Elijah’s work as a prophet to Israel. God used him, like Elijah, to perform miracles—multiplying the oil of a poor widow, raising a Shunammite woman’s son from the dead, purifying a poisoned pot of stew, and more.

At this time, Israel was ruled by King Joram. The land of Aram to the northeast (located in present-day Syria) was ruled by King Ben-hadad. In 2 Kings 5, Naaman—the commander of the army for the king of Aram—sought out Elisha for healing of a skin disease. Naaman recognized the one true God (2 Kings 5:15), but Aram was an enemy of Israel and waged war against the people.

Each time the king of Aram made plans to attack Israel, God revealed the plans to Elisha and he alerted Israel’s king so Israel could thwart their enemy’s plans. When Aram’s king discovered Elisha was to blame, he was determined to kill God’s prophet and sent an army to surround the place where Elisha was hiding. Elisha’s servant saw the enemy army and was afraid, but Elisha could see something the servant couldn’t see: an army of the Lord outnumbering the Arameans covered the mountain, ready to protect Elisha.

God blinded the enemy army, and Elisha led them to Samaria where the king of Israel could have killed them. Instead, Elisha told the king to feed the men and send them home. Those raiders did not come into Israel’s land again.

This story in 2 Kings 6 reveals that the world is not limited to what is seen. As you talk with your kids this week, emphasize that God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant so he could see God’s protection. God is always with us. Jesus came to earth as the visible image of our invisible God. God’s protection from sin and death is given to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God told Elisha the king of Aram’s plans.
○ God rescued His prophet from the king of Aram.
○ God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin.
○ There is one God.

● Preschool
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God.
○ God protected His people.

● Kids
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
○ God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Isaiah 42:8

Jonah, Prophet to Nineveh
September 29th, 2019
Jonah
God loves ALL people and showed mercy to the Ninevites.

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Jonah lived during the time Jeroboam II was king over Israel, mere decades before the Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed. Jonah was a prophet—and while he is best known as the man who was swallowed by a big fish when he tried to run away from God, his story continues beyond chapter 2 to reveal what Jonah knew all along: God is “a gracious and compassionate God” (John 4:2b).

Jonah’s account centers around the compassion of God, not only for the people of Israel but for people throughout the earth—even Israel’s worst enemies!

Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, and the rulers of Nineveh were notoriously evil and cruel. That was the very reason God called Jonah to go to them: “their evil has come up before me” (Jonah 1:2). God is the Judge of all the earth (Gen. 18:25), and He is sovereign over all the nations.

Jonah discovered that no one can flee from God’s presence. (Ps. 139:9-10) Through a storm and some time in the belly of a fish, God got Jonah’s attention, and Jonah went to Nineveh. For three days, Jonah walked around the city. His message to the Ninevites was brief: “In forty days Nineveh will be demolished!” (Jonah 3:4)

The people of Nineveh immediately repented, and God withheld His judgment. “Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious” (Jonah 4:1). God rebuked Jonah. He left Jonah—and the reader—with a question to consider: “May I not care about the great city of Nineveh?” (Jonah 4:11).

Emphasize to your kids that Jesus is greater than Jonah. (Matt. 12:41) God called Jonah to go to his enemies and call them to turn away from their sin, but Jonah refused. Instead, he ran away. Later, God sent Jesus to His enemies to call us to repentance. Jesus willingly obeyed. Jesus died on the cross to rescue us from sin. God shows His mercy in the gospel, forgiving those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. God sends us out, like Jonah, to share the good news of salvation.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh.
○ God showed mercy to Jonah and the Ninevites.
○ God sent Jesus to show us mercy.
○ God’s plans are good.

● Preschool
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ God loves all people.

● Kids
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ God loves all people and showed mercy to the Ninevites.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● 2 Peter 3:9

Hosea, Prophet to Israel
October 6th, 2019
Hosea
God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him.

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Hosea was a prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel for at least forty years. God sent Hosea to tell Israel of God’s hatred toward sin and of His coming judgment. (See Hos. 4:1,6.) God also sent Hosea to bring a message of love—a love that never gives up. (See Hos. 11:7-9.)

To get the message across to the Israelites, God used Hosea’s own life to show Israel what a never-gives-up kind of love looks like. Hosea obeyed God’s instructions to marry a prostitute. Hosea loved Gomer as his wife, even though he knew she would not be faithful to him. Gomer gave birth to children who were conceived with other men. Can you imagine Hosea’s grief each time he realized his wife’s unfaithfulness?

It would have been easier for Hosea to end his marriage covenant—to throw up his hands and say, “Enough! I’m done with you!” Yet God’s people were no different than Gomer. They were spiritual adulterers. Their hearts chased after other lovers by loving and worshiping idols.

It would have been easier for God to end the Mosaic covenant—to throw up His hands and say, “Enough! I’m done with you!” But God’s love never gives up. God gave Hosea a love for his wife that compelled him to buy her back from the slave market after all she had done. In the same way, God sought after His unfaithful people even after all they had done. God paid a high price—the life of His Son, Jesus—to bring them back to Himself.

Remember to talk about the story of Hosea with your kids in an age-appropriate way. God used Hosea’s unfaithful wife to show the people of Israel that they were unfaithful to Him. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and paid a great price to get us back. Even when God’s people worship false idols, He is ready to forgive those who turn back to Him.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ The people of Israel stopped loving God.
○ Hosea’s life showed Israel how much God loved them.
○ Jesus’ life shows how much God loves us.
○ God’s plans are good.

● Preschool
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ God loves people who do not love Him back.

● Kids
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● 2 Peter 3:9

Israel Taken Captive
October 13th, 2019
2 Kings 17
Israel ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

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God’s people had a history of disobeying God. Sin separated them from God. But man was created to know and love God, and God was working out a plan to bring His children back to Himself. Like any good father, God knows that disobedience needs to be punished. “For the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights” (Prov. 3:12).

After the tribes of Israel split into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom, God sent prophets to both kingdoms to warn the people to turn from their sins and obey God. Over the course of 200 years, the prophets Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Amos, and Hosea spoke to Israel and warned them of the consequences of their idolatry. They called for Israel to repent and turn back to God. But Israel did not listen.

God had been very patient with the Israelites. He had helped them in times of trouble and delayed their punishment because He is gracious and compassionate. (See 2 Kings 13:23.) But God knew His people would not love Him with all their hearts.

Finally, God had had enough. Evil King Hoshea ruled over Israel, and God allowed Israel’s enemies to send the people into exile. The king of Assyria attacked Israel and laid siege to Samaria. Assyria captured Samaria and forced the people to leave the city. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed and the people were scattered, just as God had said it would be. (See 1 Kings 14:15.)

Israel’s exile was God’s judgment on their sin but God was not finished working among His people. God was still working out His plan to keep His covenant promises. As you talk with your kids this week, point them to Jesus, the answer to God’s promises. When the Israelites disobeyed God again and again, God punished them by removing them from His presence. We disobey God, but Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself. Jesus brings us into God’s presence and keeps us there.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ The people of Israel would not obey God.
○ Assyria captured Israel.
○ When Jesus comes back, He will bring people together.
○ God’s plans are good.

● Preschool
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ Israel did not listen to God’s warning.

● Kids
○ Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
○ Israel ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● 2 Peter 3:9