Week One

Prophecy, Promises, & Waiting

Prophecy Candle

Reminds us that God promised to send a Savior

Main Themes

We are born in sin and can do nothing about it to save ourselves.
God promised all through the Old Testament to send the Savior.
God makes promises.

Scriptures

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Devotional

In the beginning God made everything. And everything He made was good. Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying Him. God punished Adam and Eve by cursing them and the earth, and by kicking them out of the Garden of Eden. Sin had entered the world an broken everything God made good. Because of their sin, we are all born with a sinful, rebellious nature that does not love God. Because of sin there is death and pain in our world. It was not so before sin. We are all born into sin. Worse yet, nothing we can do will reverse the effects of sin in us. We can't beat it. We have an enemy that we cannot conquer. We are also told that everyone who sins is God's enemy and deserves His punishment forever. This is really bad news! (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)

God promised a Savior, a Redeemer, even in the Garden right after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:15). He would come and conquer sin for us. He would save and rescue us from the punishment we deserve. God made promises like these all through the Old Testament. (Gen. 22:15-18; Is. 9:6-7; Is. 53:4-5)

Then God tells us who to look for. He says "I'm sending someone to be your Conquerer for you and I'll let you know exactly who He is." We call this Prophecy. Micah 5:2, Is. 7:14, Is. 37:33, Is. 11:10, etc. (see Appendix B)

Discussion Questions

Is everyone in the world a sinner (disobedient to God)? (Yes)

What do people who disobey God deserve? (hell, punishment, death, God's wrath)

Why do we need a Savior to rescue us? (We need forgiveness. We can not win over sin.)

What promise did God make to humans all through the Old Testament? (He would send a Savior)

God makes promises. Can you think of other promises God has made to us as Christians? (Never to leave or forsake us. Everything will work together for our good. Jesus will come back. If we trust in Jesus as Lord we will be saved. He will restore everything to the way He created it to be.)

"Jesus Storybook Bible" Stories For The Week

Operation “No More Tears!” - p. 144

The Terrible Lie - p. 28

Gospel Story Bible" Stories For The Week

Adam & Eve Disobey God (story #3) – p. 6-7

The Birth of Jesus Foretold (story #79) – p.158-159