GOD STOPPED THE JORDAN RIVER (JOSHUA 3–4) God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.
GOD ENCOURAGED JOSHUA (JOSHUA 1) God encouraged Joshua and promised to be with him as he led the Israelites into the promised land, where they would be victorious and find rest. We have victory over sin and rest for our souls in Jesus, who is with us always and leads us into the promised land of God’s kingdom.
BACK TO THE LAND When the next generation of God’s people, led by Joshua, returned back to the land of Canaan, God reminded them of His promises and that all of His words are true. Joshua and the Israelites would need to remember God’s Word, trust it, and live in obedience to it if they were to conquer the land.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Younger Preschool: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s words to us. Older Preschool: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word. Elementary: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word that tells us what is true about God and ourselves.
KEY PASSAGE: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
SESSION SCHEDULE: March 27: God Encouraged Joshua (Joshua 1 ) April 3 God Stopped the Jordan River (Joshua 3–4) April 10: The Bible Helps Us Live for God (2 Timothy 3 )
NO ONE IS LIKE GOD (1 Peter 1) No one is like God. He is holy, good, and loving. Jesus shows us what God is like. Jesus is holy. When we trust in Jesus, God makes us holy. God can make us more like Jesus.
GOD HEALED THE PEOPLE (Numbers 21) God sent snakes to punish the people, but anyone who was bitten could look at the snake on the pole and live. We sin, too. We can look to Jesus and trust in Him to be saved from our sin.
THE PEOPLE DIDN’T GO INTO THE LAND (Numbers 13-14)
The Israelites did not obey God because they did not trust Him. Jesus always trusted God. He came into the world and was punished for our sin. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us life with Him forever.
AWAY FROM THE LAND Unit Description: When God’s people arrived at the border of the promised land, they did the unthinkable: they disbelieved God’s faithfulness and disobeyed His command by refusing to enter. As a result, God forced His people away from the land to wander in the wilderness where they continued in their disbelief and sin against a good, loving, and holy God.
Big Picture Question: What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.
Scripture Memory Verse: Exodus 15:11 Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Lesson Schedule: FEBRUARY 27: The People Didn’t Go Into the Land (Numbers 13–14) MARCH 6: Moses Disobeyed God (Numbers 20) MARCH 13: God Healed the People (Numbers 21) MARCH 20: No One Is Like God (1 Peter 1)
God Deserves Our Worship (Leviticus 1–4) God deserves our worship. He made us to know and love Him, and He saves us from sin through His Son, Jesus. We can worship God by loving and obeying Him as we live to give Him glory.
The People Built the Tabernacle (Exodus 35-40) God told His people to build a tabernacle where He would meet with them. God wants to be with us. As part of His plan to save people from sin, God sent Jesus to earth to be with people.