Week THREE | BATTLE PLAN
JESUS | jesus was god in human form
Level of Biblical Learning: Jesus was God in human form.
Scripture: Matthew 1:21 CSB “She will give birth to a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
Have you ever received news? What does it mean to hear good news? What about bad news? How do you react? This week, we are learning about the time in the Bible when a girl named Mary received the best news she had ever heard.
One day, God sent an angel, named Gabriel, to Mary. Gabriel went to Nazareth, the town where Mary lived, to share the good news with her. Gabriel told Mary that she would have a son and that she would name Him Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God! This good news was very surprising to Mary.
To Mary, this news of giving birth to Jesus was very new, but the news that Jesus was coming to Earth was actually very old. Hundreds of years before Gabriel came to Mary, there were prophets who wrote down words from God about Jesus. (Read Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 and Micah 5:2.) These promises, called prophecies, were finally being fulfilled in Jesus! God always planned to send His Son, Jesus, to show His love to people. Jesus fulfilled every single prophecy about Himself, which shows us He is the promised Son of God.
When Mary heard this news from Gabriel, she responded and said, “I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary heard the best news—that she would give birth to God’s Son—and she obeyed God. John 3:16 tells us why Jesus coming to Earth is the best news. (Read John 3:16.) After hearing the best news ever, how should we respond?
1. Who did God send to deliver the good news to Mary? (Gabriel, an angel)
2. What was the good news? (Mary would give birth to God’s Son, Jesus.)
3. Were there any promises/prophecies Jesus could not fulfill? (No)
4. What verse tells us the best news? (John 3:16)
A mealtime discussion starter:
Look at the different foods on your plate. Before you entered the kitchen, how could you have guessed what would be for dinner? What are some things that help you predict what we would eat tonight? The smells of the different foods cooking, sound of the machines used, or even seeing the groceries on the counter in the morning are all great answers to discuss. In the Bible, God gave clues about Jesus in the Old Testament writings hundreds of years before He was born. Isaiah 9:6 told the people that a special son would be born. Micah 5:2 predicted the town where Jesus would be born. There are many more predictions, also called prophecies, in the Bible that Jesus perfectly fulfilled to help us know today that Jesus is God’s Son
Your child may have heard a lot about Jesus at home, church, and other places, but there are many difficult concepts for young minds to understand regarding prophecies about Jesus, His birth, His death, and His resurrection. Be bold to speak about these truths. Lookout for misunderstanding. Questions are good to ask your child and to answer for your child. How did the prophets learn about Jesus hundreds of years before He came to Earth? Remind them that the prophets did not know about Jesus on their own, but God told them.
Live It Out:
Do you notice road signs when we drive? Road signs tell us what is coming up just like how the Old Testament prophets told of the coming Savior. In the car this week, read the signs and explain to your child how the signs show us what is coming next. Talk about how the Bible does the same thing.
Week Two | BATTLE PLAN
GOD | GOD IS perfect
Level of Biblical Learning: God is perfect.
Scripture: Exodus 15:11 “Lord, who is like you among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders.”
Teach: What do you know about God? If one of the answers you gave is “He is good,” you are correct. What does it mean to be good? Maybe you said it was something to be desired, like a good piece of cake. God is good; He is to be desired. He is also good in that He is right and worthy. God is good, and He knows what is best for us, so He gave us rules, so we can learn how to love Him and other people. Because God is good, we should obey Him.
Some people think God gave the Ten Commandments, so people would know how to be good enough to get to Heaven, but that’s not the reason. God gave us rules because He wants to protect us from doing the wrong thing. His rules are never meant to be harsh or hurt us. Here’s an abbreviated Bible account of God giving Moses the Ten Commandments in Exodus 19 and 20:
Long ago, God asked a man named Moses to lead the people of Israel. God called Moses to come up the mountain where He gave Moses 10 rules to follow. (Use your Bible to review the commandments or look at the list below to review the commandments with child-friendly wording.)
1. Worship only God.
2. Do not make anything more important than God.
3. Honor God’s name.
4. Set aside one day per week to go to church and rest.
5. Respect your parents.
6. Do not kill other people.
7. Keep your marriage promises.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not lie.
10. Do not want things that belong to other people.
Moses told the people what God said. The people said they would follow God’s rules.
1. Whose name should never be misused or used disrespectfully? (God)
2. How does God want us to treat our parents? (with honor and respect by obeying them)
3. Why should we obey and respect God? (He is perfect.)
4. Why did God give us these rules? (to protect us and show us how to love Him)
Show: When it is time to clean up from your meal, take your child to the sink/dishwasher to help you clean up. Whether you wash your dishes in the sink or put them into the dishwasher, make sure your child helps. When cleaning the dishes, explain that using a sponge, dishcloth, or a dishwashing machine is the best ways to get dishes clean from dinner. We would never use a toothbrush or a bath towel to clean our dishes because they do not work as well. In the same way, God’s instructions for us are the best way to help us to live. Because God is perfect, He gives us perfect instructions.
God is holy, good, and perfect. These three concepts are descriptors of the perfections of God. We start in preschool by exploring God’s goodness. As children begin to understand the idea of sin and brokenness, they learn more of God’s perfection and holiness. By early elementary school, children know they sometimes do things they should not. They know they break rules. We want children to know God is perfect, so they can eventually understand why we worship Him.
Live It Out:
Do you remember going to bed really early as a child? Sometimes, it was hard to fall asleep, and your mind wandered with all kinds of imaginative and sometimes scary thoughts. Lead your child to check out what David wrote to God in Psalm 63:6–8. Talk to your child about David’s strategies when he couldn’t sleep:
• Think about God.
• Sing a song to God.
• Pull your blankets tightly around you and remember God takes care of you and loves you.
Week One | BATTLE PLAN
CREATION | GOD CREATED THE WORLD
Level of Biblical Learning: God created the world from nothing.
Scripture: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God made the world.”
(Show a Bible.) The Bible begins with these words, “In the beginning.” In the beginning, God made the world. He made a beautiful world with a sky, oceans, land, plants, sunshine, moonlight, and all kinds of fish, birds, and animals. God saw all He had created was good.
(Open your Bible to Genesis 1 and walk through a very basic overview of the seven days of Creation. Here is an example of how this might work to blend Scripture with your teaching points for the first two days of Creation. An abbreviated version of the Creation account has been written according to your child’s age-leve and included below.)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God spoke, and it happened. God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God separated the light and darkness and called them day and night. This was day one. Then God said, ‘Let the waters separate to form a space above the earth.’ God called the expanse ‘sky.’ This was the second day.”
(Continue through the days of Creation in your Bible. Be sure to end with “All God created was good.”)
After each thing God created, He said it was good, but after He created man and woman, He said it was very good. God was pleased with everything He created, but especially people.
1. Who created the heavens and the earth? (God)
2. What did God create on Day 3? (Dry land, trees, and plants)
3. What did God create on Day 4? (Sun, moon, and stars)
4. What did God create that pleased Him the most? (Man and woman)
Usually, we tell our children to stop playing with their food. Today, you will instruct them to play with their food. If you are using this devotion during a mealtime, pick a food item on your child’s plate for them to use to create something with. Mashed potatoes would be a perfect artistic medium. Have fun with this! Encourage your child to get creative because God made us as creative beings.
After a time, discuss with your child other foods that would be good for creating things. How about a meatball snowman or a green bean castle? Eventually, turn the discussion to the fact that God didn’t have anything to use for His creation. Your child made something out of something else. God made something from nothing; He made the whole world and everything we see from nothing. Teach your child that we worship and serve a very creative God!
During the preschool years, you taught your child about how God created everything, and you were able to drill the days of Creation with your child. Continue to review and enjoy that material. Now, your first and second grade child can go deeper and begin to understand that God created things with a purpose in mind. He created the world and us for His glory. Each person is a special creation with a purpose. On the seventh day of Creation, God did not rest because He was tired; He rested because He had finished everything He wanted to create.
Live It Out:
• Take a walk around your neighborhood or a nature hike. Use a paper towel tube or other “spy glass” to spot things that God has made.
• Visit a garden or the zoo for more unique animals and plants that testify to the wonder of God’s creation and design.