By Catherine Cross
Hung on the walls of each children’s Sunday school class at McLean Presbyterian Church is a large banner of the four-chapter gospel: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. As Capital Fellows, we have the opportunity to teach Sunday school classes with other members of the church. We're currently going through the Old Testament in children's ministry, teaching kids how every story connects to the four-chapter gospel and how we can see Jesus in every story.
As I have been preparing and listening to Sunday school lessons the past few weeks, I have noticed how good it is to be reminded of gospel truths that I’m teaching to my 4th and 5th graders that I need to apply to my life. Last week, we taught the lesson: “God Parts the Red Sea,” and talked about how the Israelites were afraid when they were leaving Egypt and struggled to trust that God would protect them.
“When Pharoah drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they fear greatly” — Exodus 14:10
God provided for Israel and saved them from the Egyptians; God provides for us and knows what is best for us even when we might feel scared.
"Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today” (Exodus 14:13).
Where do we see Jesus in this Old Testament story? Just like God saved the Israelites through the miracle of parting the Red Sea, Jesus came to save us from ourselves and will come again to make all things new forever!
Sitting on the floor surrounded by the 4th and 5th-grade students, I was convicted and comforted at how often I am afraid and don’t trust God’s plan for me. As my life is currently filled with transition and newness, I am quick to fear. The good news of the gospel (that I need to preach to myself every day!) is that I don’t need to fear because I fear God... The Lord who rescued the Israelites is the same God who rescued me. He is with me today, just like he was with the Israelites. Praise the Lord that we don’t have to fear!
Pictures From The Week
Story time with Josh after our Cornerstone tour
Highs, lows, and buffalos with the girls!
Post Student Ministries' dye war with Pastor Ryan!
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