January 27

A leader’s wisdom
(Jethro Helped Moses)

Exodus 18

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Jethro visited Moses.

  • Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

  • Jethro told Moses to choose good men to be leaders with him.

  • Moses did what Jethro said.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37

Christ Connection:
Moses needed others to help him lead God’s people and teach them God’s laws. God does not want Jesus’ followers to be alone. He gives us friends of faith who can help us love God, obey God, and tell others about him.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Story Point:
Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

Big Ideas:

  • Jethro came to see Moses.

  • Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

  • Moses chose men who loved God to help him.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it sometimes hard to ask for help?

  • Who are some people we can ask to help us?

  • How can we help and support the leaders at our church?

Family Activities:

  • Teach your children how to help with tasks around the house such as putting away laundry, setting the table, and cleaning up.

  • Volunteer to help at church during the week by putting information in pews, checking supplies in classrooms, folding bulletins, and so forth.

  • Pray for your church’s leaders.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Moses listened to the problems of the people all day.

  • Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, warned Moses that was unwise.

  • Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

  • Moses chose godly men to help him lead God’s people.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
Moses needed others to help him lead God’s people and teach them God’s laws. God does not want believers to follow Jesus alone. He gives us brothers and sisters of faith who can help us love God, obey God, and tell others about him.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it sometimes hard to ask for help?

  • Who are some people we can ask to help us?

  • How can we know God wants us to live with other people in community?

Family Activity:
Play a game with your kids where you hold your hands behind your back and let them take turns slipping their arms under yours to act as your hands. Let them “help” you eat something, brush your teeth, or style your hair.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
Moses needed help to lead God’s people.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
Moses needed others to help him lead God’s people and teach them God’s laws. God does not want believers to follow Jesus alone. He gives us brothers and sisters of faith who can help us love God, obey God, and tell others about him.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Who can you ask for advice? Are you willing to listen to advice?

  • Why is it important for believers to help one another?

  • How can your family members support and encourage one another to follow Jesus?