Joseph in Prison

Genesis 39:1-40:23

BIG IDEA: God can help us make good choices.


  • Joseph was sold to a man named Potiphar.  How did Joseph do working for Potiphar? (He worked very hard. Potiphar made Joseph the most important slave, in charge of all his helpers and money.)
  • What happened when Potiphar's wife told lies about Joseph? (Potiphar believed his wife and put Joseph in jail.)
  • Even in jail, God was still with Joseph and taking care of him.  What happened while he was in jail? (He did such a good job working there, he was put in charge of all the prisoners.  He helped tell a sad man what his dream meant.)
  • Even though Joseph was treated poorly (by brothers, Potiphar's wife), did he make poor choices or good choices?  (Good choices.)

ACTION PLAN: Identify a good choice you can make today.

PRAYER: Ask God to help you make good choices this week.

MEMORY VERSE: "The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9



Trusting God's Word

Matthew 4:1-11

BIG IDEA: It is wise to trust God's Word to guide me when trouble comes.


  • Why did Jesus go into the desert alone? (To spend some quiet time with God and pray.)
  • What did Satan try to make Jesus do? (Tried to trick Jesus into disobeying God and worshipping  Satan instead.
  • How did he try and trick Jesus? (Tried to get Him to turn stones into bread.  To jump off a mountain.  And tried offering Him all the kingdoms on Earth.)
  • Did Jesus get tricked?  What did He say to Satan? (No. He repeated God's Word.)

CONNECTING TO JESUS:  When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus gave answers that came straight from Moses' words, which are included in our Bible.  Jesus showed us that obeying God starts with knowing God's Word.  When we store God's Word in our hearts, by reading and memorizing it, we can trust what God says to guide us when trouble comes!

ACTION PLAN: Discuss difficult situations you may face and how trusting God's Word can help.

June Memory Verses: 

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says." James 1:22

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6