Family Connections by Children at IBC

By Jeremy Varnell
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When you build stuff, you better start out with a plan. This morning in Children's ministry, we talked about God's super detailed plan for building the tabernacle. The tabernacle was a structure made of poles, curtains, rings, fabric, goat hair, and precious metals. It was a structure that could be taken down and moved from place to place. But most importantly, it was the place where God would dwell with His people. The specific instructions for the building and the set-up of the tabernacle are detailed in Exodus 35-40. That's six chapters of instructions! God clearly wanted to show the Israelites that He was worthy of great effort and care in worship, and further more that He was the authority. This week as you continue this conversation, be sure to read through at least some of the specific instructions (even if just for yourself), and think about how much painstaking effort there was in the creation and set-up of the tabernacle. Then think about just how blessed we are that Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth to forgive our sins, and sent the Holy Spirit to each person who believes. This action makes a believer in Christ the new tabernacle! We are places where God dwells! What a wonderful realization! 

Some starter questions for you: 

Elementary

  1. How good are you at following instructions? What if the instructions are long? Do you read them all the way through first? 
  2. Why do you think God wanted the Israelites to build the tabernacle? If you believe in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit tabernacles, or dwells, inside you. How does that make you feel?

Preschool

  1. Who are the people that live with you? Parents? Grandparents? Aunts? Siblings? Pets? Do you each have your own space, or do you share a space?
  2. God wanted to live with His people, the Israelites. They were to build a structure called the tabernacle for God to dwell in. Is it normal, funny, or weird to think about God living with you?  

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