March 31

The Call to Courage
(Crossing the Jordan)

Joshua 1-4

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God stopped the Jordan River so His people could cross.

  • God led His people through the Jordan river on dry ground.

  • The Israelites made a memorial from 12 stones found in the river.

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Christ Connection:
God was with Joshua and the Israelites as they went into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Story Point:
God led His people through the Jordan River on dry ground.

Big Ideas:

  • God promised to be with Joshua.

  • God made the Jordan River stop.

  • The people set up stones to remember what God had done.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How do you think the priests felt stepping into the rushing water?

  • Why is remembering what God has done for us important?

  • How did Jesus show God’s power?

Family Activities:

  • Invite a few other families to join your family for a picnic by a river or lake. Talk about what it must have been like for the Israelites to cross the Jordan on dry ground.

  • Make a family memorial to God. Choose objects that represent times God has brought your family through. Display the items together in your home.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people were ready to enter the promised land.

  • The Jordan River was too flooded for them to cross.

  • God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.

  • God told the people to set up stones as a memorial to Him.

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Story Point:
God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Christ Connection:
God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What do believers do to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection?

  • Does this story remind you of any other miracles God did?

  • Why does God show His power?

Family Activity:

If the weather permits, take your family to a water park (or indoor water park) that has a “lazy river” style pool. Challenge them to resist the flowing water without holding on to the sides or touching the bottom. Talk to them about the power God showed when he stopped a much larger river.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Story Point:
God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Christ Connection:
God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What did God promise Joshua?

  • What as the purpose of the memorial stones?

  • Why is it important to tell others about God?