This four-part, video series shows kids how Joseph had faith that God would use him for something great. Through years of hardship, Joseph remembered his dreams, and believed God had a plan. Kids will see that we can have faith in God too.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Watch the story from Week 2: Joseph Goes to Jail for Nothing, Genesis 39
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. Who did Joseph work for when he was a slave? (Potiphar)
2. Why did Joseph go to prison? (Potiphar’s wife lied about what he did.) 3. Did Joseph do the right thing and still get in trouble? (Yes.)
4. What did Joseph still believe even though he was in prison? (God had a plan for him to be a leader.)
5. Who can say our memory verse out loud? Let’s say it together once: (“… faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1.)
ASK YOUR KID
How can you do what’s right, even if it’s hard?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Genesis 39
It can be easy to believe the lie that if we follow God and do what he says is best, then our lives will be stress-free. But Joseph’s story teaches us something uncomfortably different. Sometimes, even when we do exactly what God has told us to do, we still get hurt and fall into trouble.
Potiphar’s wife became interested in a sexual relationship with Joseph. He refused and refused. Finally, everything came to a head one day when Potiphar’s wife became so forceful that she pulled off Joseph’s shirt as he was trying to run away from her. Then she lied to her husband and got Joseph thrown in jail. Joseph is an example of someone who tried to respond to circumstances with complete trust and obedience to God, but bad things still happened to him. Joseph knew that if he had a sexual relationship with Potiphar’s wife he would be sinning against Potiphar and against God. But even though Joseph ran away from temptation, he was still punished. But this part of Joseph’s story is similar to the other trials he faced. God ended up taking what others meant to hurt Joseph and using it to bless him.
Joseph’s life brings up the question of why we do what God tells us to do? Are we doing good as some kind of transaction with God to get what we want in the end? Or is there more to faith in God?
In any other relationship, we try to do things to benefit the other person because we love them. So why should we think of our relationship with God any differently? We listen to God, not so that we can have bargaining rights, but so that we can work on building a relationship with him. If we are constantly doing things he says not to do, or not doing what he says to do, he will forgive us but in the end our relationship with him suffers.
God took all that happened to Joseph and eventually blessed him in big ways. And Joseph had only his strange dreams from when he was a teenager to encourage his to believe that God’s blessings would come. He had to be willing to follow God even when things got really hard. Even when wrongfully imprisoned, Joseph had to have faith that God wanted what was best for him. Joseph’s story is an example to us to have faith, whatever our circumstances.
How can you continue to make your relationship with God stronger?
What areas in your life do you need God’s help with in order to run away from temptation?
“… faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.