17 Oct Family Devotion – Hosea, Prophet to Israel
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.
Kids will look forward to family devotions if we can make it a fun and engaging time for everyone. Try out one of these activities this week.
1. Make heart shaped sugar cookies with your family to pass out to your neighbors. Explain the gospel through the story of Hosea. Help your kids prepare a response to people confused by heart cookies outside of Valentines Day.
2. Play a game of hide and seek. Choose one person to be “Hosea”. Everyone else is Gomer. All the “Gomers” must hide while Hosea tries to find them. Discuss how Hosea loved his wife and looked for her even though she ran away from him. We also have sinned against God, but He sent Jesus to come and bring us back to God.
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 Hosea 1-14. Here is the gist of the story:
1. God asked Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman.
2. Hosea loved his wife, even though she did not love him.
3. Hosea’s family showed the way God always pursues His people.
4. God loves people even when they don’t deserve it.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. What are some times it is hard to love other people?
2. What are some ways God shows His love to us?
3. How do you feel knowing that God never stops loving us?
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
God used Hosea’s unfaithful wife to show the people of Israel that they were unfaithful to Him. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and loves them back to Himself.
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.