LESSON 1: "The Story and the Song"

Introduction from Psalm 19 & Hebrews 1

Big Idea for Parents
Many people believe that the Bible is a list of “To-Do’s” and “Not-To-Do’s.”  Others believe it contains stories of heroes who experienced nothing but victory.  In reality, however, while the Bible does contain certain guidelines by which we, as Christians, should live, and victorious accomplishments, its message is far greater than that.   As you read tonight’s passage with your child, share with them the fact that the Bible is actually one big storybook centered on one main hero – Jesus.  While the lists of rules and stories of heroes are helpful, they are not what make the Bible what it is.  The Bible is the one, true, inspired word of God – and, from Him, comes the best adventure and love story ever told!  

Devotion
If you could be a character from any fairy tale, who would you choose?  Would you be the beautiful princess who is trapped in her castle … or the handsome prince who slays dragons to rescue her?  Fairy tales are stories filled with adventure and excitement, and every one of them is a little bit different from the rest.  But all of them have one thing in common – a hero.  

Did you know that there is a book that is full of adventure and excitement – just like a fairytale – but is absolutely true?  It’s the Bible, and its hero is a brave prince who leaves everything to rescue the one he loves!  Some people think that the Bible is just a book of rules that tells you what you should do and what you shouldn’t do.  Other people think that it’s full of heroes who were always brave and courageous and never made mistakes.  The Bible does have some rules – and it does have some heroes – but that’s not all.  It has the best story ever written – the adventure story about God’s love for you!  

Read pgs. 12-17 together.

Questions

  • What are some ways God shows us that he loves us?  
  • What is something you saw today that reminded you of God’s love?
  • The Bible is an adventure story.  Who do you know who might like to hear it?

Prayer
Dear God,

We praise and thank you for the reminders you give us every day of your love for us – from the shining sun to the singing birds.  Thank you, most of all, for the Bible – a story of adventure and excitement that is better than any fairy tale because it tells us about You and the hero you sent to save us – Jesus.  In his name, Amen.