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This session was a new one for most boys and girls. Recall the last time you sat and read the Book of Leviticus. What does it mean? Why did God give all these rules? God gave rules for sacrifice to show people how to worship Him and how to be forgiven of the sin they had committed. Why did God require a sacrifice of blood? Simply, God is holy and because of that His forgiveness requires a sacrifice. The Book of Romans teaches us that the penalty for sin is death. The sacrifice offered stood instead for the one who had sinned.

The ultimate example of a substitution for sin is of course, Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross for the sins of all. Christ died so that sinners wouldn’t have to die for their sin. The rules of Leviticus were given to help people know they could not live in right relationship with God apart from sacrifice. We today are free from following the rules of sacrifice because we trust in Jesus who perfectly obeyed the law. Our faith in Christ is what cleanses us from the sin in our lives.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Joshua and Caleb
Bible Passage: Numbers 13:1–14:38
Big Picture Question: What happens when God’s people sin? Sin has a
price, but God forgives when people seek forgiveness.

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day and ICF will be celebrating by honoring the women in prison in Dakar and preparing gift bags for them. Please be praying for this day and that we would be a blessing to these women.

If you are interested in helping with the preparations or going to the prison on March 8th, please email icfdakar@gmail.com ASAP. Thank you!

The Tabernacle Was Built

Dear Parents,

Talk about your church with your kids. What makes your church unique? Do you meet in a traditional church building structure, or do you meet in a more temporary place? The tabernacle was built as a temporary structure used to worship God and to house His presence. God’s presence would lead the nation of Israel, and they would follow. Whenever His presence would stop, the tabernacle would be set up for worship.

The tabernacle in the Old Testament was the physical place where God’s Spirit dwelled as the Israelites journeyed to the land God had promised Abraham. The tabernacle gives us a clear picture of God’s desire to dwell with His people and to be worshiped by them. The word tabernacle means “to dwell.” To show in the New Testament God’s desire for dwelling with His people has not ended, He sent Jesus to tabernacle (dwell) with people on earth.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: God Gave Rules for Sacrifice
Bible Passage: Leviticus 1–27
Big Picture Question: Why did God require a blood sacrifice? Because
God is holy, His forgiveness requires a payment for sin. Jesus made the
ultimate payment for sin with His death on the cross.

Dear Parents,

Count to 10 with your kids. Ask them to name one rule that you follow in your house. Ask and see if they know why they have that rule. Help your kids see the importance of rules for keeping order. Ask what they remember about the story they heard in The Gospel Project for Kids about God giving the commandments.

God had redeemed His people from slavery in Egypt. People who have been redeemed demonstrate their love for the Redeemer thorough obedience. By giving the Ten Commandments, God showed His standard for holiness. But the people could not obey the commandments perfectly; God used the law to show that people needed a Savior. God provided that Savior ultimately through the person of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
The Tabernacle Was Built
Bible Passages: Exodus 35:4-40:38
Big Picture Question: What does the tabernacle show about God?
God wants to dwell with His people and be worshiped by them.

Dear Parents,

After being slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years, the Israelite people were finally free. It sure didn’t take them long after they left Egypt to start complaining about their circumstances! Think of a time you have faced difficult circumstances and you didn’t respond the way you should have. What could you have done differently?

Trapped between a great expanse of water and an approaching army, Moses again—by God’s help—led the Israelite people to victory. God used Moses to part the waters, allowing His people to walk through on dry ground. Imagine the scene. Pretend with your kids that you are standing on the banks of the sea when it begins to split apart. Talk about what you would be feeling. How would the air smell? How would the ground feel?

God created a way for the Israelite people to escape the harsh treatment of the Egyptian taskmasters. Just as God provided a way of salvation for His people from Egypt, He does the same for His people today. God provided physical salvation for the Israelites, but today, He offers spiritual salvation through the person of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: God Gave the Ten Commandments
Bible Passages: Exodus 19:1–20:21; 31:18; 32:1-35; 34:1-9
Big Picture Question: Why did God give His people the Ten
Commandments? God is holy and wants His people to be holy.

Thank you!

Dear ICF,

I am writing on behalf of the women’s ministry of the Assemblée Evangélique de Saint-Louis. Thanks to your generosity we were able to give gift bags to 15 women and minors on Christmas day. What a joy to spend the day with them, share a meal, give gifts and most importantly tell the Bible story of Jesus’ birth. We’ve been going to the prison for several months but this is the first time we’ve been able to so clearly share the gospel with them. Thank you for your part in this special Christmas blessing.

In Christ,
Joanna Beske

The Passover

Dear Parents,

This session of The Gospel Project for Kids dealt with the final plague God brought upon the Egyptians. This story has a clear message regarding the importance of Christ and His presence with people. Talk with your kids about the events of the Passover. Ask them to think about how they might have felt if they were living in Egypt during that time. Moses led the people to honor God, and by so doing, the people of Israel were saved from the hand of the Egyptians.

This week your kids learned that God rescued His people from the hands of the Egyptians by the shedding of blood. The sacrifice of a lamb for the blood to go over the doorpost was the only thing that kept the family inside safe from the wrath of God. God provided a much more important lamb for us, Himself—the Lamb of God. Through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we no longer have to face the punishment of eternal separation from God because of our sin. Jesus died so we wouldn’t have to.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Israelites Crossed the Red Sea
Bible Passage: Exodus 13:17–17:7

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