November 24

God Pictures a Future Hope
(Ezekiel Gave Hope)

Ezekiel 37

Nursery

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Christ Connection:
Jesus gives us life forever with God.

Story Point:
God planned to send Jesus.

Big Ideas:

  • God showed Ezekiel some dry bones.

  • God promised to bring His people back to their land.

  • God gives us hope through Jesus.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God gave Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled with old, dry bones.

  • God made the bones come to life.

  • God said His people thought they were like those bones, but God planned to bring His people home and give them life.

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Christ Connection:
When we disobey God, we are like the dead bones God showed Ezekiel. But God gave us Jesus to take away our sin. When we turn from sin and trust Jesus, He gives us life so we can be with God forever.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.

Story Point:
God planned to bring His people home.

Big Ideas:

  • God showed Ezekiel some dry bones.

  • God promised to bring His people back to their land.

  • God gives us hope through Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did God’s people think they were like the bones God showed Ezekiel? How are we like the bones?

  • Talk about what it would feel like to live far away from your home or your family.

  • What does God give us when we turn from sin and trust Jesus?

Family Activities:

  • Look online at a child-friendly diagram of the skeletal system. Help preschoolers feel and name their bones. Review the Bible story.

  • Ask permission to pick up sticks in a neighbors yard. Read and review Ezekiel 37:15-19.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God showed Ezekiel a valley filled with dry bones.

  • God made the bones connect and come back to life.

  • The bones represented God’s people; they felt hopeless.

  • God planned to bring His people home and give them new life.

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Story Point:
God planned to bring His people home and give them new life.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Christ Connection:
Apart from Jesus, we are like the dry bones Ezekiel saw. God showed Ezekiel His power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross. Jesus died to save sinners. God raised Jesus from the dead and He gives us eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How was God planning to give His people new life?

  • How are we like the dry bones?

  • What is our hope for the future?

Family Activity:

  • Take your family to a natural history museum. Pay special attention to any skeletons that are on display. Discuss the amazing message God had given His people by bringing dry bones to life. Remind them that we can have new life only through Jesus.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Story Point:
God planned to bring His people home and give them new life.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Christ Connection:
Apart from Jesus, we are like the dry bones Ezekiel saw. God showed Ezekiel His power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross. Jesus died to save sinners. God raised Jesus from the dead and He gives us eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What did the dry bones Ezekiel saw in the valley represent?

  • How does God make dead people alive? (See Ephesians 2:4-5)

  • How has Jesus changed your life or the life of someone you know?