God Speaks to Joseph in a Dream
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.
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.
(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
- 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
Light the first and second Advent candles again and then read John 1:1-5, 14.
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.