Bible Basis: Genesis 37; 39 – 46
Bible Verse: Philippians 2:4: “None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.”
Bible Point: God showed Joseph how to help others. God will show me how to help others too.
“Joseph’s Colorful Robe” (pages 71–77)
“Pharaoh’s Dreams” (pages78–85)
“Joseph Saves His Family” (pages 86 – 91)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.
Joseph’s brothers were upset with him. Have you ever been upset with your brother or sister? What did you do about it?
Lots of people were having dreams in these stories! Do you remember any dreams you’ve had?
How did Joseph help others? (He gathered crops to store for the future. He gave food to his family. He sold food to people who needed it. He managed the food supply for the ruler of Egypt. He invited his family to move to Egypt.)
How do you help others?
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props such as a colorful robe and bags of towels to serve as crops. Set up a “jail” for Joseph and the wine taster underneath a table. Choose a special chair to serve as Pharaoh’s throne. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
Give your child the chance to collect food and help hungry people just like Joseph did. Look through your kitchen pantry together and decide on items that can be donated. Allow your child to decorate a paper grocery bag with markers or crayons. Fill the bag with items to donate and take your child with you to drop it o at a local food pantry, shelter, or church.
Kids will Discover through a can of Cola that As a child of God I can talk to God about the hidden and hurting things in my life because the Holy Spirit wants to help me have a great relationship with God the Father.
In the class, we talked about Hebrew 4:16 says, ‘So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.’
Here are some thoughts to process with your child on the ride home:
What was the lesson about today?
What was the lesson about today?
I heard they used a can of soda during the lesson, what was that about?
Today we wrote or drew a thing we are keeping hidden deep in our hearts.
You could ask your child to explain to you what they wrote or drew!
Encourage them to be open and honest to the Holy Spirit about the deepest things in their hearts, because He loves them.
Ask your child the best and worst of their day, really take the time to listen and enjoy that simple time with them. Encourage and emphasize the great characteristics you see in your children and speak over them the great things you see about their God-given personality as you tell them you love them and tuck them in at night.
What you need to know:
Kids take their lead from you; Learning at any age, to be honest with yourself and the Lord about the deepest things in your heart only bring healing in a relationship. Model what being honest with yourself can look like. Humility is needed to confess our sins, true humility is saying what is true about you- nothing more and nothing more. Taking time to acknowledge out loud that you are good at something (I am a good cook) and bad at something (I can’t sing very well, but I still love to sing!) will show your child that humility and vulnerability with your God and your family are safe and healthy responses. Living like this may help your child open up to you when they are struggling with a problem or they just want to share special moments with you. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.