Sunday Morning

God Speaks to Joseph in a Dream

God revealed to Joseph that Mary’s baby was more than a boy. He was God come as man, to save us from our sins.

This morning our kids heard the story of the angel of the Lord visiting Joseph in a dream convincing him that the baby Mary is carrying would save God's people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). The story got a bit bigger as we exposed our kids to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14. 500+ years before the Son wrapped Himself in flesh, Isaiah prophesied that "a virgin would conceive and give birth to a son, his name will be called Immanuel," which means God with us. This Immanuel would be the Savior of the world, who would finally restore that which was broken. The mission: "to seek and save that which is lost" (Luke 19:10).

In the Home

Below you'll find an outline of this week's Prepare Him Room family devotional in order to give you a heads up as to where you'll be leading your family. Here is where we pass the baton to you as parents to disciple your kids in the truth.

Part 1 - God's Promise: The Greatest Proof of All

Supplies needed for family activity - A Christmas Gift:

  • Drivers license
  • White paper
  • Colored pencils and crayons
  • gift box and gift wrap and bow
  • Gift of your choice

Light the second advent candle and then read Isaiah 7:10-14.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Sing together! You can find "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" below.


Part 2 - The Angel's Announcement: Joseph's Dream

Light the first and second Advent candles again and then read Matthew 1:18-25.

She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

(You do not need any supplies for this lesson, there is no family activity)

Sing together! You can find "One Still Night" below.


Part 3 - The Fulfillment of God's Plan: The Word Became Flesh

Supplies needed:

  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper

Light the first and second Advent candles again and then read John 1:1-5, 14.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Sing together! You can find "Before the Skies" and an edition of "Silent Night" by Shane and Shane below.


Bartimaeus: A Christmas Story

At the end of each week there is this short story. Continue on in the story and see how Christopher adjusts to his new found home. 


Know as you go about your week you're not alone when you face road blocks and chaos. Just as we teach our kids that "God is with us" as our Immanuel, we as parents need to let that sink in as we go about this whole parenting thing. Before we shepherd our kid's hearts in the gospel, we need to first sit with the Chief Shepherd ourselves. Though we will find opposition in our kids, we relentlessly pursue in hopes that God would make a move and use this holiday season to draw our kids closer to Himself. I'm praying for you as you embark on the adventure of discipleship during this Advent season.

Aaron