March 3

Joshua and Caleb

Bible Passage: Numbers 13-14

Story Point: Joshua and Caleb trusted God to give His people the promised land.

Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

Big Picture Question: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

The Israelites rebelled against God because they did not trust Him. Jesus trusted God perfectly. He took the punishment we deserve for our sin, or rebellion against God. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life.

March 10

The Bronze Snake

Bible Passage: Numbers 20-21

Story Point: God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

Big Picture Question: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

The Israelites faced a huge problem because of their sin. God sent snakes to punish Israel, but anyone who was bitten could look at the bronze snake on the pole and live. Because of our sin, we face a huge problem: We are separated from God. We deserve to die, but anyone who looks to Jesus on the cross and trusts in Him will live forever with God.

March 17

Balaam and Balak

Bible Passage: Numbers 22-24

Story Point: God commanded Balaam to bless His people.

Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

Big Picture Question: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Balaam could not curse God’s people. God has blessed the Israelites, so Balaam blessed them too. Fourteen hundred years after Balaam announced God’s promise, Jesus was born. God sent Jesus to bless the whole world by rescuing people from sin.

March 24

Moses’ Farewell

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 31-34

Story Point: Moses reminded the people to keep God’s covenant.

Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

Big Picture Question: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Moses was a good leader for God’s people. NO other prophet in Israel was like Moses — until Jesus came. The Bible says Jesus deserves more glory than Moses. Jesus is our perfect leader. He died and was raised so that Moses and every believer in all of time can enter the promised land of God’s Kingdom.

March 31

Crossing the Jordan

Bible Passage: Joshua 1-4

Story Point: God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross

Key Passage: Deuteronomy 31:8

Big Picture Question: How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

April 7

The Battle of Jericho

Bible Passage: Joshua 2;6

Story Point: God brought down the wall of Jericho.

Key Passage: Deuteronomy 31:8

Big Picture Question: How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

By faith Rahab believed God would win the battle, and she asked the spies to show mercy to her family and keep them safe. When the Israelites attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family received mercy and became part of God’s people. Jesus has won against sin and death. Everyone who trusts in Jesus receives mercy and becomes part of God’s family forever.

April 14

Taking the Land

Bible Passage: Joshua 10-11:24

Story Point: God made the sun stand still and gave His people victory.

Key Passage: Deuteronomy 31:8

Big Picture Question: How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Joshua’s name means “The Lord is salvation.” God fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. Sinners can look to God for victory over sin and death. God brought us salvation by sending His Son, Jesus to die on the cross and rise again.

April 21

Easter: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

Bible Passage: Matthew 26-28

Story Point: Jesus died on the cross to pay for sin and rose again to defeat death.

Key Passage: Deuteronomy 31:8

Big Picture Question: How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

The death and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. Because Jesus is alive, we do not need to fear anything. Those who trust in Jesus have forgiveness and eternal life, and we can joyfully obey Him.

April 28

Israel’s Unfaithfulness

Bible Passage: Judges 1-3

Story Point: God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Key Passage: 1 John 1:9

Big Picture Question: What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliver—Jesus, his own Son— to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

May 5

Deborah and Barak

Bible Passage: Judges 4-5

Story Point: God uses Deborah, Barak, and Jael to rescue His people.

Key Passage: 1 John 1:9

Big Picture Question: What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3, Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak and Joel to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to teach us about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

May 12

Gideon

Bible Passage: Judges 6-8

Story Point: God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Key Passage: 1 John 1:9

Big Picture Question: What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to help His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was might to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.

May 19

Samson

Bible Passage: Judges 13-16

Story Pint God: gave Samson strength to defeat the Philistines.

Key Passage:1 John 1:9

Big Picture Question: What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Samson’s sin led to his own death, but God used his death to save the Israelites from their enemies. Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue people from sin and give them eternal life.

May 26

Ruth and Boaz

Story Point: God provided a redeemer for Ruth.

Key Passage: 1 John 1:9

Big Picture Question: What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Boaz was a family redeemer. He helped his close relatives who were in trouble. Boaz cared for Ruth and Naomi because their husbands had died. In a similar way, Jesus is our Redeemer. We need help because we sin. Jesus bought our salvation for us by taking our punishment when He died on the cross.

June 2

Hannah and Samuel

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 1-3

Story Point: God spoke to Hannah’s son Samuel

Key passage: Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is there anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything.

Samuel told people what God is like and what He would do. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a human. He told people about God’s plan showed and showed the world what God is like.

June 9

The Ark Was Captured

Bible Passage; 1 Samuel 4-6

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

Key Passage: Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything.

The ark of God reminded the Israelites that God was with them. Many years later God gave His people something even better to remind them that He was with them. God sent His Son, Jesus. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel, which means “God with us”.

June 16

Israel’s First King

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 8-15

Story Point: God’s People wanted a king

Key Passage; Jeremiah 10:6

Big Picture Question: Is anything greater than God? No, God is greater than everything

God planned for a heavenly king to rule over His people, but the Israelites wanted an earthly king like the people around them. God made Saul king, but King Saul did not obey God. God sent His Son, Jesus to be king over everything. King Jesus obeyed God perfectly and died so we can be forgiven.

June 23

David Was Anointed

Bible Passage; 1 Samuel 16-17

Story Point: God chose David to be king

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

David did not look like a king or someone who could be a giant. But David trusted God, and God helped David win the battle for his people. Jesus did not look like someone who could save people either. But when Jesus died and came back to life, He shoed His power over sin and death and won our victory.

June 30

David Showed Mercy

Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 24

Story Point: David showed mercy to Saul

Key Passage: Psalms 145: 13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything

David showed mercy to Saul, his enemy, because David trusted God’s plan. Jesus trusted His Father’s plan too. He died on the cross so His enemies could have God’s mercy and live forever as part of God’s family.

July 7

God’s Covenant With David

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 6-7

Story Point: God promised that every king of Israel would come from David’s family

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question:

How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything

God promised David that every king of Israel would come from David’s family. Go kept His promise. God sent His Son, Jesus as part of David’s family. Jesus is our King. Jesus is alive, and He will be King over God’s people forever.

July 14

David’s Kindness

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 9

Story Point: David showed kindness to Jonathan’s son

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

King David showed surprising kindness to Mephibosheth even though he didn’t have to. In a greater way, God shows surprising kindness to us. Because of Jesus, He invites us into His family and gives us life with Him forever.

July 21

David Sinned and Was Restored

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51

Story Point: God forgave David

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

God hates sin because it dishonors Him and hurts us and other people. When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus took the punishment for our sins when he died on the cross. Jesus changes our heart so that we no longer want to sin.

July 28

David’s Psalm

Bible Passage: Psalm 23

Story Point: David wrote a song to praise God.

Key Passage: Psalm 145:13a

Big Picture Question: How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He gave up His life to save us from sin. Because of Jesus, we have hope that one day we will live with God forever.

August 4

Solomon Asked for Wisdom

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 2-3

Story Point: God gave Solomon wisdom

Key Passage: James 1:5a

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

Solomon was a wise king who wanted to follow God’s plan, but Solomon was not perfect. God had a plan to send a greater and wiser king—Jesus. Jesus trusted God and followed God’s plan by dying on the cross for our sin.

August 11

Wisdom for God’s People

Bible Passage: Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon

Story Point: Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word

Key Passage: James 1:5a

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

God gives us wisdom in the Bible. Wisdom helps us be like Jesus— in how we live, how we talk, and how we think. But wisdom cannot save us. Only Jesus, who perfectly followed God’s wise plan, can rescue us from sin.

August 18

Solomon Built the Temple

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 6—8

Story Point: God’s people built Him a temple

Key Passage; James 1:5a

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

The temple was a place where God was with His people. The people could go there to make sacrifices and worship God. Today, when we trust in Jesus, he forgives us and is always with us, ready to guide and help us.

August 25

The Kingdom Divided

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 11-12

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.

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