August 25

The Kingdom Divided

Story Point: God divided Israel into two kingdoms

Key Passage; James 1:5a

Big Picture Question: What does God know? God knows everything

No king led God’s people perfectly. Solomon sinned, and Israel was divided between two kings. God’s people needed a perfect king. God would send His own Son, Jesus, to be King. Jesus is better than Solomon. Jesus is a perfect King who brings God’s people together.
 

September 1

Elijah and the Widow

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 17

Story Point: God provided in miraculous ways.

Key passage: Isaiah 42:8

Big Picture Question: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.

September 8

Elijah at Mount Carmel

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 18-19

Story Point: God showed that He is the one true God.

Key Passage; Isaiah 42:8

Big Picture Question: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

The people who worship the false god Baal danced and cried out for hours to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. We do not have to work hard to show God we love Him. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus died to rescue us from sin, and He hears us when we cry out to Him.

September 15

Elijah and Elisha

Bible Passage: 2 Kings 2

Story Point: God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

Key Passage: Isaiah 42:8

Big Picture Question: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah so Elisha could carry out his mission as a prophet. Years later, Jesus told HIs followers to wait for the Holy Spirit. God gives believers the Holy Spirit so they can share the gospel with the world.

September 22

Elisha and the Army

Bible Passage: 2 Kings 6

Story Point: God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

Key Passage: Isaiah 42:8

Big Picture Question: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant so he could see God’s protection. God is always with us. Jesus came to earth as a visible image of our invisible God. God’s protection from sin and death is given to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

September 29

Jonah, Prophet to Nineveh

Bible Passage: Jonah

Story Point: God loves all people and showed mercy to the Ninevites.

Key Passage: 2 Peter 3:9

Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

God called Jonah to go to his enemies and call them to turn away from their sin, but Jonah refused. Instead, he ran away. Later, God sent Jesus to His enemies to call us to repentance. Jesus willingly obeyed. Jesus died on the cross to rescue us from sin.

October 6

Hosea, Prophet to Israel

Bible Passage: Hosea

Story Point: God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him

Key Passage; 2 Peter 3:9

Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

God used Hosea’s unfaithful wife to show the people of Israel that they were unfaithful to Him. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and paid a great price to get us back.

October 13

Israel Taken Captive

Bible Passage: 2 Kings 17

Story Point: Israel ignored God’s prophets and was captured

Key Passage: 2 Peter 3:9

Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

When the Israelites disobeyed God again and again, God punished them by removing them from His presence. We disobey God, but Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself. Jesus brings us into God’s presence and keeps us there.

October 20

Isaiah, Prophet to Judah

Bible Passage: Isaiah 6;53

Story Point: The prophet Isaiah told about the Messiah

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

God planned all along that Jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that this would happen! Jesus is the Servant who suffered so that those who trust in Him would be forgiven.

October 27

Hezekiah and Josiah

Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 29; 34-35

Story Point: Hezekiah and Josiah led the people back to God.

Key passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send a Messiah to save sinners.

Hezekiah and Josiah loved God and wanted to follow His commands. They wanted God’s people to love God and obey the law too. When Jesus came to earth, He fulfilled the law by obeying it perfectly.

November 3

Jeremiah, Prophet to Judah

Bible Passage: Jeremiah

Story Point: Jeremiah told God’s people about a new and better covenant.

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Jeremiah told about a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts. Jesus made these words come true. God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.

November 10

Habakkuk the Prophet

Bible Passage: Habakkuk

Story Point: Habakkuk learned to have faith and trust in God.

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before HE created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Habakkuk lived at a time when evil seemed to be everywhere. By faith, he trusted God’s promise that God would deliver His people. Injustice, violence, and wickedness surround us today, but we can live by faith and trust that Jesus will return to make all things right.


November 17

Judah taken Captive

Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 36

Story Point: Judah ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son Jesus, and made Him our King forever.

November 24

Ezekiel Gave Hope

Bible Passage: Ezekiel 37

Story Point: God planned to bring His people home and give them new life.

Key Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Apart from Jesus, we are like the dry bones Ezekiel saw. God showed Ezekiel HIs power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross. Jesus died to save sinners. God raised Jesus from the dead, and He gives us eternal life.

 

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