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What We’re Learning this Fall


Dear Parents,

At Southwood Kids, your children embark on an exciting discovery of God’s big story: God’s plan to send His Son, Jesus, into the world to save sinners. What better way to begin a story than the beginning of everything?

In the beginning, God created everything. God created the universe ex nihilo, or “out of nothing.” All of creation began with a word. When God spoke, it happened: light, land, sky, stars, plants, and animals. God made them all, and they were good. Creation was perfect, just as God intended.

The first story—in fact, every story in the Bible—is a small piece of a much bigger story: God’s redemptive story. Sin would enter the world and affect everything, but God already knew. He already had a plan to show His grace to people through His Son (2 Tim. 1:9), to rescue and restore.

The Bible says that God’s plan existed before He created the world. (Eph. 1:4-6) The Bible tells the story of how a great God redeemed rebellious people by sending His Son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice for sin.

The story of Jesus does not begin in a manger. Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together. All of creation exists to bring God glory. Through creation, we see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature. (Rom. 1:20)


As you talk to your kids this week, help them discover who God is. Remind boys and girls that God created everything with a purpose: to bring Him glory. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.” The Book of Genesis is the beginning of the greatest story ever told. It is a true story, and at the center of it all is the true hero: our Savior, Jesus Christ. This story changes everything.


Each Sunday, we’ll send home an Activity Page for Preschool and Explore Kids (Kg-3rd Grade) and a Student Guide for Journey Kids (4th-6th Grade) as well as a Big Picture Card for you to review with your child throughout the week.  You can also check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for additional ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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WHAT WE’RE LEARNING THIS FALL:
UNIT 26: TO THE CROSS
As people began to turn against Jesus, He journeyed toward Jerusalem where He knew He would be arrested and crucified. Jesus continued to tell people that they needed to repent, and He prepared His true followers for His death. Soon after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was betrayed, arrested, tried, and crucified.

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Unit 26, Session 1: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything.

Help your kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers
-Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
-People welcomed Jesus as their King.
-God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
-Jesus is the King who rescues His people.
-Jesus died to rescue us.

Preschool
-People welcomed Jesus as their King.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Kids
-People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Philippians 2:8

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Unit 26, Session 2: Jesus Was Questioned


When the religious leaders questioned Jesus, He answered with wisdom and power. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. He is the Word of God, who came to show us exactly what God is like. Jesus has authority in heaven and on earth.


FAMILY STARTING POINTS
-Babies and Toddlers
-Some teachers tried to trick Jesus.
-Jesus answered with wisdom.
-Jesus told the people that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.
-Jesus spoke with wisdom that comes from God.
-Jesus died to rescue us.

Preschool
-Jesus spoke with wisdom.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.


Kids
-Jesus spoke with wisdom and authority.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Philippians 2:8

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Unit 26, Session 3: The Last Supper

Jesus showed His disciples with the bread and the drink that He is the true Passover Lamb. God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. The new covenant says that everyone who turns away from sin and trusts in Jesus’ death and resurrection will be forgiven of his sins and will have eternal life.

Connecting with your Child…
Believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. We remember God’s faithfulness, and we look forward to the day that Jesus will return.

If your kids are not ready to take the Lord’s Supper at church, gently explain that the Lord’s Supper, like baptism, is an ordinance of the church and is a celebration for those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus for salvation.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers
-Jesus ate a special meal with His friends.
-Jesus told His friends about God’s plan.
-Jesus told His friends to remember what He did for them.
-Jesus made a new, better promise.
-Jesus died to rescue us.

Preschool
-Jesus told His disciples to remember Him.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Kids
-Jesus commanded His disciples to remember His sacrifice.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Philippians 2:8
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Unit 26, Session 4: Jesus Was Arrested

Jesus knew that His death was God’s plan to save people from sin. Jesus’ friends turned against Him and He was arrested and put on trial, but Jesus followed His Father’s plan in order to bring salvation to the world.


FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers
-Jesus went to a garden to pray.
-People arrested Jesus, but He did nothing wrong.
-Jesus said everything happened as God planned.
-Jesus obeyed His Father’s plan no matter what.
-Jesus died to rescue us.

Preschool
-Jesus was arrested though He did nothing wrong.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Kids
-Jesus allowed His enemies to arrest Him.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Philippians 2:8

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Unit 26, Session 5: Jesus’ Crucifixion

We deserve to die because of our sins, but God loves us and kept His promise to send a Savior. Jesus never sinned, but He died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and those who trust in Him have forgiveness and eternal life.


FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers
-Jesus never did anything wrong.
-Jesus died on the cross to do God’s plan.
-God made Jesus alive again.
-We deserve to die because of sin, but Jesus died for us.
-Jesus died to rescue us.

Preschool
-Jesus died on the cross for our sin.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

Kids
-Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins.
-What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Philippians 2:8