28 Nov Family Devotion – Ezekiel Told About a Future Hope
GATHER EVERYONE FOR WORSHIP AND PRAY
Get everyone’s attention by playing a song. Gather around the dinner table, on the couch, or another comfortable location that works for your family. Open in prayer and ask God to bless this time.
MAKE IT FUN.
1. Use marshmallows and toothpicks to create a stick man. Discuss how Ezekiel had a vision of bones that were turned into real people again.
2. Peel a banana in the morning and save your banana peel. Show it to your kids later in the day after it has turned brown. Discuss what happened to the banana peel. Talk about God’s power to bring something dead back to life as a way to introduce the story.
READ THE STORY.
Read directly from the Bible, use a children’s Bible, or summarize the story in your own words. The Bible story this week is from Ezekiel 37. Here is the gist of the story:
1. God gave Ezekiel two visions about His people’s future.
2. Ezekiel’s first vision had bones rebuilt into bodies, and then brought to life.
3. Ezekiel’s second vision showed a broken stick becoming whole again.
4. God planned to bring His people back to their land and give them new life.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. How did God plan to give His people new life?
2. How are we like the dry bones?
3. How can we experience new life, too?
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The dry bones remind us what we are like when we sin. 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.
Singing is an important way to reinforce and memorize important biblical truths. Our worship pastor has provided links to songs your kids will actually hear in our worship service each week.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Take a moment to recap what you’ve learned and ask God to help you believe and obey the truths of the Bible. Pray for any other needs you are aware of as well.
*The majority of this content is provided on our take home page and teachers guides included with The Gospel Project curriculum.