14 Nov Family Devotion – Jeremiah Prophesied a New Covenant
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. Gather a sponge, a rock, and a bucket of water. Tell your child that the water is like the Word of God. Dip the rock into the water and say, “God repeatedly warned Israel to repent of their sin and turn to Him, but because they had hard hearts, God’s message didn’t penetrate their hearts and change them.” Next, dip the sponge in the water and let it soak up the water. Pull it out and say, “But God promises to give us new hearts that are able to hear God’s Word and soak it up. When God gives us a new heart, His Word goes deep inside of us and changes us on the inside.”
2. Line up dominoes so that you can knock over the first domino and the rest of them fall down. Discuss how Adam and Eve’s sin against God affected all of the human race. Their sin caused sin to enter the human race. Because of them we are all born with a sinful nature and we have hard hearts. (See Romans 5). But the good news is that God’s Holy Spirit can transform us and help us trust in Jesus Christ.
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 Jeremiah 17:1-10; 31:31-34. Here is the gist of the story:
1. Jeremiah explained that Judah had a sin problem.
2. God said that our hearts are sick and can trick us.
3. God promised to give people new hearts and write His law on their hearts.
4. God promised a new and better covenant.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. What do you think it means to have God’s law written on your heart? (God would change people’s hearts so that God’s Word would penetrate and change them.)
2. What makes the new covenant better? (The old covenant did not change people’s hearts. The new covenant changes our hearts)
3. Who initiated the new covenant? (God, not man.)
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
Jeremiah told about a day when God would forgive sin and change people’s hearts. Jesus made these words come true. God forgives our sin through His Son, Jesus. He changes us and gives us power through His Spirit to obey His commands.
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.