October 6

An Unfaithful People Receive Love
(Hosea, Prophet to Israel)

Hosea

Nursery

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Christ Connection:
God never stops loving His people.

Story Point:
God’s plans are good.

Big Ideas:

  • The people of Israel stopped loving God.

  • Hosea’s life showed Israel how much God loved them.

  • Jesus’ life shows how much God love us.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God told Hosea to marry Gomer even though she would not love him with her whole heart.

  • God used Hosea’s life to teach the Israelites what His love is like.

  • God loves people who do not love Him back.

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Christ Connection:
Gomer did not love Hosea with all her heart. She did things that made Hosea sad, but Hosea still loved Gomer. God’s people do not love God with all their hearts. We do things that make God sad, but God still loves us. He showed us His love by sending Jesus to rescue us from sin.

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

Story Point:
God loves people who do not love Him back.

Big Ideas:

  • The people of Israel stopped loving God.

  • Hosea’s life showed Israel how much God loved them.

  • Jesus’ life shows how much God love us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Name ways we can show love to each other as a family.

  • How did Hosea’s love for Gomer teach the people of Israel about God’s love for them? How does it teach us about God’s love for us?

  • How has God shown His love for us? Who rescues us from sin?

Family Activities:

  • Show children photographs from a wedding — yours, a family member’s, or friend’s. Talk about how God’s love for us is the greatest love of all and lasts forever.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God told Hosea to marry a woman who did not love him the way she should have.

  • Hosea’s wife was a picture of the people of Israel, who did not love God the way they should have.

  • Hosea rescued his wife and paid to get her back.

  • God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him.

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Story Point:
God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him.

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

Christ Connection:
God used Hosea’s unfaithful wife to show the people of Israel that they were unfaithful to Him. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and paid a great price to get us back.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What price did God pay to rescue us from sin and death?

  • When is it difficult to love others? When is it easy?

Family Activity:
Volunteer as a family with a foster care organization or children’s home in your area. Talk to your kids about God’s desire to rescue and adopt all people, even those who do not love Him.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Story Point:
God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him.

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

Christ Connection:
God used Hosea’s unfaithful wife to show the people of Israel that they were unfaithful to Him. God gave Hosea a deep love; Hosea was willing to buy back Gomer even after all she had done. God’s love is deep, and it never gives up. He goes after His people and paid a great price to get us back.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How do you know someone loves you?

  • How did God show His love for us?

  • Share about a time you felt hurt. Were you able to forgive? Why?