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 3: Joseph Explains Some Dreams, Genesis 40-41
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. A lot happens in Joseph’s story. What part surprised you the most? (Take some responses.) 2. Did Joseph ever stop trusting God? (No.)
3. How did Joseph get out of jail? (The Pharaoh asked him to tell him what his dream meant.)
4. How did Joseph show faith? (Take some responses.)
5. How did God help Joseph? (He made him a leader; he was always with him; he helped him get out of jail.)
6. What is our Bible verse this month? (“… faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1.)
ASK YOUR KID
What did Pharaoh’s dream mean?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Genesis 40-41
Dreams punctuated Joseph’s story from the beginning. They turned his brothers against him and then became his get-out-of-jail-free card. Throughout his story Joseph’s dreams showed God working through everything.
Joseph recognized that God was the only one who could interpret dreams. While he was in jail with the cupbearer and the baker, they told him their dreams and he told them their meanings. Joseph saw into the future for those two prisoners, just like he caught a glimpse of his own future from his dreams as a young man.
Interpreting the dreams paid off for Joseph eventually. But God’s timing may have seemed slow. He had to wait two more years before being released from prison to interpret the ruler of Egypt’s dreams. Finally, he was in the right place at the right time. Joseph reiterated what he told the cupbearer and the baker, that telling people what their dreams meant was not his skill, but God’s. Then he predicted the famine to come. But Joseph didn’t stop there—he also proposed a plan to Pharaoh to save his people from this disaster.
Pharaoh could see God working through Joseph. He was so impressed with this ex-con that he appointed him to be second-in-command and take charge of saving the entire country from starvation. Joseph’s dreams had come true. He became a great ruler. But that was not because he was great, or because of good luck. His dreams came true because they were God’s dreams for him. God saw from the beginning how Joseph would journey to Egypt to eventually save an entire population, as well as his own family, from starvation—the same family that wronged him horribly.
Joseph’s story is an amazing story of the providence of God. What a great reminder to us not to be consumed by our momentary (or years-long) struggles and trials, but rather, like Joseph, to believe that God has a great plan for our lives and we are part of something much bigger than just ourselves.
How does Joseph’s story give perspective on your current hardships?
Think through some ways God may be working through your life for the good of others.
“… 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.