Professor Fantastic is not that fantastic. But videos of the professor’s failed experiments introduce four live-teaching Bible stories that show kids that God is the one who does great things. He can stop a river, make walls fall down, beat huge armies with no weapons, and make a weak man strong again.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Watch the video and listen to the story from Week 1: God Stops a River for Joshua, Joshua 3-4
ASK YOUR KID
Who does great things? God
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Joshua 3-4
As the new leader of the Israelites, Joshua was appointed to bring the people into the Promised Land. But just like 40 years earlier, when God parted the Red Sea at the beginning of their journey, water stood in the way again. This time it was the Jordan River. It was actually at flood stage, meaning it was extra full from snow melt and spring rains. Joshua had no idea how he was going to lead the Israelites through this flooding, raging river, but he knew he had firm ground to stand on. He remembered God’s encouragement and promise, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:9. Just like the Red Sea, the people passed through the Jordan on dry ground.
Then God commanded them to build a memorial using 12 stones from the river. He wanted the people he loved to remember that both his power and his presence were always with them. Just like us, the Israelites had a habit of forgetting God’s love and faithfulness. Instead of remembering and trusting God, they had been whining and complaining the past 40 years. Every time they faced a challenge or a problem, they panicked and wondered how God would manage. It didn’t occur to them that since God could open the Red Sea, lead them with clouds and pillars of fire, literally rain down food for them from the sky, etc., that maybe he could be trusted.
God calls us to remember his faithfulness and the times he does big things in our lives, too. He wants us to know that he is powerful and worthy of our trust. Joshua 4:24 says, “He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” To fear the Lord means having a deep, heart-changing, and awe-filled respect for who God is. Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past gives us courage and confidence to press into the future. We can trust God even more now because of what we have already seen him do.
Are you afraid or discouraged because what’s in front of you seems impossible? How does Joshua’s example of trusting and obeying God in the face of the impossible encourage you?
It may not be 12 stones, but what are some practical things you can do this week to help you remember God’s faithfulness in your own life?
“God does great things,” Job 37:5.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. 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 a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers 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 play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.