Topic: Crossing the Jordan River
Scripture: Joshua 1-4
Story Point: God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.
Key Passage: Deut. 3:18
Big Point Question: How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him
Invite the kids to answer the following questions:
1. What did God tell Joshua to be? (strong and courageous, Josh. 1:6)
2. What did the Israelites need to cross to enter the promised land? (Jordan River, Josh. 3:1)
3. What happened when the men carrying the ark of God stepped into the river? (The river stopped flowing, Josh. 3:15-16)
Discussion Questions for Elementary Kids
4. What does this story teach me about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the gospel?
5. What does this story teach me about myself?
6. Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
7. Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
8. How does this story help me live on mission better?
Here are some activities that your family may do if you’d
like to further the lesson.
Activity 1: MEMORY ROCKS
SAY •God held back the Jordan River for His people to
cross. God instructed 12 men to carry large rocks out of the riverbed and build
a memorial. The purpose of the memorial was to remind them and future
generations about the miracle God performed so they could enter the promised
land. When we get discouraged, it’s easy to forget what God has done for us. By
looking at those rocks, God gave His people an easy way to remember! Today
we’re going to make our own memory rocks to remind us what God has done in our
Ask the kids to share a time in their life when God provided for them or to share something they are thankful to God for. Have each family member find a rock and guide each family member to write a key word, phrase, or picture on the rock that reminds them of what they just shared. Decorate the rocks and place them in a location where they will see it every morning and be reminded of God’s faithfulness to them.
Activity 2: PILING UP STONES
Place a hula hoop on the ground and create a tape line about 10 feet away. If you do not have a hula hoop, you may also make a circle on the ground with tape. Form two teams, giving each team one minute to toss beanbags into the hoop. At the end of each minute, count how many beanbags made it into the hoop. Ask the team to name one way God has blessed them for each beanbag they tossed in the hoop. Play as time allows. You may substitute paper wads for beanbags.