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StrongPoint Kids Church

**PLEASE NOTE** Due to COVID, Kid's Church is currently only available online, however, you are welcome to bring your children to church with you for our Sunday Service.

Curriculum (ages 6-11)

Lesson 18: God Is Just

LESSON 18: GOD IS JUST

  1. Key Verse:“‘The Lord is known by His justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of His hands.” Psalm 9:16
  2. Teaching Passage: The Ark of God- 2 Samuel 6 & 1 Chronicles 13
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 9:16, Deuteronomy 32:4, Job 34:12, Isaiah 30:18, Romans 8:33


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  JUST written on it, key verse (Psalm 9:16) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Choose a few of the attributes and name the attribute for the children to respond with the definition or action, OR do the action and ask the kids to respond with the attribute about God.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  13. God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  14. God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  15. God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  16. Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  17. God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others

TEACH- GOD IS JUST:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Psalm 9:16) from the screen. Ask is anyone can define the word just or justice. Talk briefly about how these words usually make us think of a judge or law or a court. Have one of the kids remind you what they learned about last week when they talked about God being the judge.

Then, tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that that gives us a picture of God’s justice.

Go through 2 Samuel 6 in your own words hitting the following points:

  1. Back in Exodus 25, God had Moses build a wooden chest called the ark of the covenant. God gave specific instructions for the building of the ark, what would go in the ark, who could come near the ark, how the ark was to be carried, etc. After they built the ark, they placed the stone tablets with the ten commandments, a jar of manna and Aaron’s staff inside the ark. The ark was placed inside the most holy place in the tabernacle and was said to be where God dwelt with His people. No one was allowed to touch the ark, but the Levite priests were to cover it and carry it on special poles when it had to be moved.
  2. Time has passed and the ark and God’s law have all but been forgotten. King David decides it’s time to bring the ark back to Jerusalem. So, forgetting all the laws…he does what makes sense to him and sends 30,000 men to go get it and bring it back.
  3. READ 2 Samuel 6:1-10
  4. The men put the ark on a cart instead of carrying it…it wasn’t Levites moving the ark… Uzzah touched the ark… Uzzah died for breaking God’s law.
  5. Uzzah’s death scared David, so he left the ark at someone’s house for 3 months.
  6. During these 3 months, David realized his mistake, read the law, prepared a place for the ark in Jerusalem and then went again to collect the ark the proper way.
  7. the Levites brought the ark into the tent and offered burnt offerings and worshipped the Lord.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

JUST = DOES WHAT IS RIGHT AND FAIR

EXPLAIN: Ask the kids in the group if they think it was fair for Uzzah to die for touching the ark. Talk briefly about how it’s hard to hear this story because you know that David wanted to honor God y bringing the ark to Jerusalem and Uzzah was only trying to protect the ark by touching it, and yet he ended up dying. How can that be fair. Remind the group of the week you talked about God being holy and completely set apart from sin. It’s God’s holiness that helps us understand His justice in this story. God can’t be in the presence of sin. He gave the rules for moving the ark to protect His holiness.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for JUST. A good motion might be to show 1 thumb up and one hand flat palm facing up

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Psalm 9:16. In this verse we are reminded of how God and man are opposites. God is known for His justice – bring right and fair and man is known by evil deeds. This truth should also remind us of God’s holiness in comparison to our sinfulness. God is utterly set apart from us.”


Read the memory verse (Psalm 9:16) a few times together.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Talk about how God showed that He is just in today’s story. Remind kids that God is Holy and all of the laws surrounding the tabernacle and the ark were to remind the people of God’s holiness and to help them see their own sinfulness in comparison with a holy God. It may seem harsh that God killed Uzzah for touching the ark, but the people had forgotten God’s holiness and their sinfulness and needed a reminder that God will punish sin. The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. That reminds us that the just (or right) punishment for sin is death. As a just God, God cannot let sin go unpunished. We sin and our sin deserves death. Someone has to die for our sin. Thankfully at the end of the story we saw a glimpse into God’s plan of salvation through Jesus. You see, it was in 2 Samuel 7:16 (right after David brought the ark into Jerusalem the right way) that God promised David that someone in His family line would be the forever King. Sin must be punished, but the Forever King would come, He would die in our place for our sin and would reign forever on David’s throne.

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word just somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for just or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story or what we’ve just talked about how God is just to punish sin. .After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation. Thank God for sending Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve and for taking God’s just punishment on Himself.

Lesson 17: God Is Judge

LESSON 17: GOD IS JUDGE

  1. Key Verse: “God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses His wrath every day.” Psalm 7:11
  2. Teaching Passage: Israel & Ai- Joshua 7 & 8
  3. Supporting Texts: Job 21:22, Psalm 7:11, Psalm 75:7, Psalm 96:10


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  JUDGE written on it, key verse (Psalm 7:11) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, 12 small pieces of paper to review the attributes

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. As a quick review, choose 6 of the attributes and write them on a small piece of paper each and write those 6 definitions on small pieces of paper. Place them all face down and take turns turning over 2 at a time looking for a match. if they’re not a match, for each attribute turned up, say the definition and for each definition say the attribute.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  13. God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  14. God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  15. God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  16. Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us

TEACH- GOD IS JUDGE:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Psalm 7:11) from the poster. Ask kids to tell you what they think of when they hear the word “judge.” Talk about how the word judge makes us think of courtrooms and criminals and punishment. Explain to the kids in the group that this morning we’ll be looking at the truth of God being judge and will think about how He rules over and passes judgement on people and why we’re all deserving of His judgement.


Then, tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that that gives us a picture of God’s judgement. Go through Joshua 7-8 in your own words hitting the following points:

  1. At the beginning of the book of Joshua (chapters 1-6) we read about how God led His people into the promised land and gave them the city of Jericho. (Have one of the kids remind you of that story).
  2. When God have them the city of Jericho, they were told to destroy everything in the city and keep the silver, gold, bronze and iron for the Lord’s treasury
  3. But, one of the Israelites- a man named Achan from the tribe of Judah- disobeyed God and kept a few things from Jericho for himself. He kept 200 shekels of silver, a gold bar and a beautiful robe.
  4. Achan hid these things in his tent and thought he had gotten away with it….but he couldn’t hide his sin from God….God knew what he had done.
  5. Not long after God gave them the city of Jericho, Joshua sent about 3000 men to the city of Ai to take it as well. But, God didn’t fight with them and the men of Ai won the battle, chasing away the Israelites and killing 36 of them.
  6. When the people heard what had happened they were afraid and Joshua cried out to God asking why He hadn’t given them the city of Ai.
  7. God told Joshua that the people of Israel hadn’t kept their side of the covenant and told Joshua that someone had stolen and lied and kept things from Jericho that should have been destroyed or kept for the Lord’s treasury.
  8. God told Joshua to have all the people present themselves before the Lord the next day and He would show who had disobeyed.
  9. READ Joshua 7:10-23
  10. explain that casting lots is kind of like drawing straws where the one with the shorter straw is the looser.
  11. When the lot fell of Achan, he confessed what he had done and where he had hidden the stolen items. Joshua sent someone to collect the items from his tent.
  12. Achan and his whole family and all of his things were taken to the valley and stoned to death and everything that he owned was burned.
  13. After Achan was killed, God told the Israelites to go back and take the city of Ai and this time he fought with them and gave them victory.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

JUDGE = ONE WHO RULES OVER AND PASSES JUDGEMENT ON ANOTHER

EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw God judge His people in today’s story. Ask why it’s fait for God to judge His people. Remind children that God had given specific laws to His people and commanded them to obey. Talk about how God knew the sin of Achan and how even though the punishment seems hard that God in His holiness cannot have sin in His presence.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for JUDGE. A good motion might be to hit your right fist on your left palm like a judge’s gavel hitting a bench

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Psalm 7:11. In this verse we see that God is a righteous judge, which means that He always judged fairly and rightly. And, we see that God shows His wrath. Wrath is another word for anger. What do you think makes God angry? (pause for responses). Right, sin. God is angry at sin and God is right to be angry at sin and God is right to judge sin.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 7:11) a few times together and do the motion for judge.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Talk about how God judged Achan in this story. Ask if they think it was fair that Achan was killed for his sin. Have one of the kids read (or quote) Romans 6:23. Remind them that the punishment for sin is death. Remind the kids that just like God knew what Achan had done, God knows our hearts and He knows our sin. All of us are guilty of sinning against God (Romans 3:23) and just like Achan, all of us deserve to be killed for our sin (Romans 6:23). As a righteous judge, it is perfectly fair for God to give us the punishment that our sin deserves. But, God is also loving and in His great love He sent His Son to take the punishment for us. You see, someone has to pay the price for your sin and my sin. God is a righteous judge and can’t let sin go unpunished, so as judge He punished Jesus in our place.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word judge somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for judge or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being judge.After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation. Thank God for being the righteous judge and thank Him for sending Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve.

Lesson 16: Jesus is Immanuel

LESSON 16: JESUS IS IMMANUEL (GOD WITH US)

  1. Key Verse:“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
  2. Teaching Passage: The birth of Jesus – Matthew 1:18-24 & Luke 2:1-20Genesis 50
  3. Supporting Texts: Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, John 1:1-5, Philippians 2:5-11, Galatians 4:4-5


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words JESUS IS IMMANUEL: GOD WITH US  written on it, key verse (Isaiah 7:14) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Play a quick review game where you read one of the attribute definitions and have someone stand and say which attribute that is. Keep playing until all the children in the room are standing.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  13. God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  14. God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  15. God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered

TEACH- JESUS IS IMMANUEL (GOD WITH US):

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Isaiah 7:14) from the poster. Act all confused and say, “but I thought we were learning about who God is in this study. And, it sounds like this verse is about Jesus…what’s this Immanuel business, who’s he?” Hopefully someone in the group will saying something like Jesus is God – to which you can respond, yes He is and today we’re going to talk about how God came to live with His people.

Ask if any of the kids in the group know what the word Immanuel means. Briefly define “Immanuel” as meaning God with us.


Walk the kids through a brief Bible overview asking kids to help answer the question of where was God in relation to His people in each of these situations….

~ Genesis 1-2- In the Garden of Eden ~ God was with His people- walking in the garden

~ after Adam & Eve sinned and were kicked out of the garden ~ they were kicked out of God’s presence/ separated from Him because of sin

~ as they wandered through the wilderness (Exodus) ~ God was in the midst of His people but separated from them- remind kids of the curtain in the tabernacle and how only once a year one priest could enter God’s presence.


Then, ask the kids to tell you what changed from the time in the garden to the time during the exodus. Remind kids of a few weeks ago when we learned that God is holy (He is sinless, perfect and set apart from sin). Explain that because of sin the people were separated from God because God is set apart (holy). But, thankfully God did not stay separated from His people….

Explain that you’re going to tell them part of one of the most famous stories in the Bible, the story of Jesus birth. But, that this is a part of the story that you don’t hear very often. Choose 3 children to be Joseph, Mary and the angel and ask the to act out the parts while you read Matthew 1:18-24.

After reading the text, review the story with the following points:

(1) Joseph was engaged to a young girl named Mary, but they weren’t married yet.

(2) Mary got pregnant and Joseph decided it would be best to divorce her quietly to keep their from being a public scandal.

(3) An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that the baby was the Son of God and that he should marry Mary.

(4) The angel told him that Mary would have a son and that they should name Him Jesus because He would save His people from their sin.

(5) The angel explained that this baby was the Immanuel promised in Isaiah 7:14 and that He was God coming to live with His people.

(6) Joseph woke up and married Mary as the angel commanded.

(7)…. after going through this text, briefly tell “the rest of the story” from Luke 2:1-20 in your own words or have one of the kids tell the Christmas story.


Then, have one of the kids in the group read John 1:1-2 & 14. Briefly explain how this text helps us to understand what it means that Jesus is Immanuel (God with us)….

(1) Jesus was there in the beginning,

(2) Jesus is God,

(3) Jesus took on flesh,

(4) Jesus came from God the Father.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

IMMANUEL = GOD WITH US

EXPLAIN: Talk about how God was always separated from His people because of sin, but that by coming to earth, Jesus not only came to live with His people, but He came to live as one of His people and live the perfect live that none of us could ever live on our own.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for IMMANUEL. A good motion might be to rock a pretend baby or point up then point to yourself to show God becoming a man.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week our memory verse is Isaiah 7:14. This verse was written 400+ years before Jesus was born and yet it teaches us one of the most important truths about Jesus we’ll ever learn~ that Jesus is Immanuel or God with us. The whole point of the Christmas story is that God became a man and lived with His people and died to pay the price for sin.”

Then get a piece of paper and write the word Immanuel down the side of it. Work together as a group to make an acrostic poem using the word Immanuel (which means God with us). Have kids help you fill in each line of the poem with words or phrases that describe Jesus.

Read the memory verse (Isaiah 7:14) a few times together and do the motion for Immanuel.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Explain to the kids that we’ve seen this morning what it means that Jesus is Immanuel: God with us, so now we need to think about why Jesus came to earth. Read Philippians 2:5-11. Talk through the truths that this familiar passage teaches us about Jesus… (1) He is fully God, (2) He humbled Himself, (3) He became a man….the creator became part of His creation, (4) He obeyed His Father to the point of death, (5) He died on the cross in our place, (6) God exalted Him to His rightful place and gave Him the name above every name, (7) one day all knees will bow before Him.


Talk briefly about why Jesus came to earth according to this passage, and looking back at Matthew 1:21. Jesus came to die on the cross to pay the price for our sin and thereby to save His people from their sin. That’s what it means that Jesus is Immanuel: God with us. Jesus opened the way for salvation and forgiveness of sin by taking our place on the cross.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word Immanuel somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember that God became a man. They could write the definition for Immanuel or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read today. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation. Thank God for sending Jesus to earth pay the price for our sin.

Lesson 15: God Is Our Hope

LESSON 15: GOD IS OUR HOPE

  1. Key Verse: “guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5
  2. Teaching Passage: God Calls Moses – Exodus 2-4
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 25:5, Psalm 62:5, Psalm 65:5, Psalm 146:5, Jeremiah 14:22, Romans 5:2 & 5


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  OUR HOPE written on it, key verse (Psalm 25:5) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  13. God Heals His People = to make healthy, whole and free from ailments
  14. God is Holy = sinless, perfect and set apart

TEACH- GOD IS OUR HOPE:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Psalm 25:5) from the poster. Ask someone to define the word HOPE. Talk briefly about what they hope in or hope for…. (what do you hope you’ll get for Christmas?, etc.)  Ask the group to tell you what they are saying when they say they hope something will happen. Explain that when we say something like, “I hope I have pizza for lunch,” we’re saying that we wish it would happen. But, when we say that we hope in God we are saying something different….we are saying that we trust Him and know that He will do what He says He will do.


Tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that helps to explain that God is our hope.


Choose 3 kids to play parts in the story as you tell it in your own words. You need Moses, the bush and the staff.

Tell the story of Exodus 2-4 in your own words, reading Exodus 3:1-15 straight from the Bible. Make sure you hit the following points:

  1. Moses had grown up in the Pharaoh’s house, but as an adult he chose to be known as an Israelite because He had hope in the Lord.
  2. Moses left Egypt and moved to Midian. He got married and was helping his father in law out with the sheep.
  3. One day while he was out with the sheep he saw a bush on fire that wasn’t burning up.
  4. Moses got closer to the bush and God spoke to him out of the bush
  5. God introduced Himself as “I Am” which is a perfect name for God since He has always been and always will be and is the answer to all people.
  6. God told Moses that He wanted Moses to go back to Egypt and lead His people out to the Promised Land.
  7. God told Moses that His people had hope in Him and that they knew that He was coming to rescue them.
  8. Moses obeyed God and returned to Egypt to rescue God’s people

Since this is a very familiar story, talk through it with the kids in the group. Ask what they would have been thinking if they were Moses. Ask why Moses was able to put his hope in God.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

HOPE = THE ONE IN WHOM OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE CENTERED


EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw God’s people hope in Him in this story. They hoped in God by remembering a promise that He made to Abraham 400 years earlier that He would rescue His people and they cried out to God for rescue. But, Moses needed something to prove who God was to hope in Him or to trust in His plan. God showed Moses that He is his hope by speaking to him and showing Moses His power.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for OUR HOPE. A good motion might be to fold hands like praying

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “Our verse today is Psalm 25:5. This verse reminds us that God is our hope….the One on whom are expectations are set. The great thing about God being our hope is that we also know He is faithful and that He will keep all His promises, so we can hope in Him, knowing that He will do what He says He will do..“

Read the memory verse (Psalm 25:5) and work together to make up motions to help you learn the verse. Say the verse with the motions a few times.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Ask the kids to remind you who had hope in God in today’s story and what their hope was. Remind them that the people of Israel had hope that God would rescue them from slavery in Egypt and that’s just what He did. But, even more than rescuing His people from slavery in Egypt, God has rescued His people from slavery to sin and death and He did it not by sending Moses to lead His people, but by sending His Son to take the punishment for His people and die on the cross in our place. The Bible tells us (Rom 3:23 & 6:23) that we are all sinners who deserve death. Without God we are hopeless and are heading to death and eternal destruction. But, Jesus is our hope and we can put our hope in Him alone to save us from our sin (Romans 5:8 & John 14:6).


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word our hope somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for hope or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story of God speaking to Moses out of the bush. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation. Pray that the children in your group would place their hope in God as the only one who can bring salvation to His people.

Lesson 14: God is Holy

LESSON 14: GOD IS HOLY

  1. Key Verse: “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2b
  2. Teaching Passage: The 10 Commandments – Exodus 20
  3. Supporting Texts: Leviticus 19:2, Psalm 77:13, Psalm 99:9, Psalm 99:5


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  HOLY  written on it, key verse (Leviticus 19:2b) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 


Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  13. God Heals = to make healthy, whole & free from ailments

TEACH – GOD IS HOLY:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Leviticus 19:2) from the poster. Ask someone to define the word HOLY. Most kids in the group will think they know the word because we use it a lot, but they may not know the full definition of the word.

Tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that helps to explain holy,and that even though its a familiar story that you want them to really pay attention and think about how this story shows that God is holy.


Read through Exodus 20 in context and discuss the commandments as you go through. Some points to include are:

  1. God had just led His people out of slavery in Egypt. As He led them, He was teaching them what it means to be His children ~ to follow Him, to trust Him, to rely on Him for all things, to be different from the world around them, etc.
  2. When they got to Mt Sinai, God had Moses come up on the mountain to give him instructions for the people.
  3. God started His instructions by reminding the people that He had led them out of slavery (Exodus 20:1). He reminded the people that they were His people and that He was their God. Then, He told them that because He had already rescued them that these laws were the way that they should live to show that they were His people.
  4. Commandments 1-4 talk about our relationship with God and boil down to the truth that we should love God.
  5. Commandments 5-10 are about our relationships with other people…. honor parents, don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t covet, don’t commit adultery (this can be explained as keep your marriage promises. Those who are old enough to understand will get it and those who aren’t will just learn the command).
  6. These commands weren’t about making them good enough for God to choose them or love them or rescue them or be their God~ He had already done all of those things. These commandare about being set apart from the people around them and showing them that they belong to God.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

HOLY = SINLESS, PERFECT AND SET APART

EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw God’s holiness in today’s story. Explain that God gave the 10 commandments not as a list of things to make them His people, but as a way to show they were different (or set apart) from the nations around them. God is set apart and He expects His people to be as well. The commandments also show us how easy it is for us to sin and break God’s law because we all do these things all the time…we lie, we disobey our parents, we worship ourselves instead of God, etc.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for HOLY. A good motion might be to hold your left hand out palm up and use your right hand to wipe your left hand clean as a reminder that holy is sinlessness.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week our memory verse is Leviticus 19:2 which teaches us 2 very important things…. (1) God is Holy ~ which means He is sinless, perfect and set apart from us and (2) God expects His people to be holy.”


Hand out blank pieces of paper and give the following instructions. In the middle of the page draw a cross. On the left side of the cross, draw something to illustrate  the word “sin” which represents each of us. On the right side of the cross illustrate the word “holy.”

As you draw, notice that the cross (Jesus) is down the middle of the page to show that God is separated from sin and that the cross opened the way for sinful man to approach a holy God. After kids finish drawing, read the verse together a couple more times.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story this morning we saw God give His people instructions for living as His people; instructions for being set apart. We call those instructions the 10 commandments. But, why did God give us the law? Romand 3:20 and 7:7 tell us that God gave us the law so that we would know what sin is. The law helps us to see God’s holiness;His perfection and shows us that we are the complete opposite. Without the law we might think that we’re ok and that we don’t need to be saved, but the law acts like a mirror to show us our hearts and help us to see how truly sinful we all are. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that none of us are perfect and that we have all broken God’s law. Jesus is the only one who lived a perfect, sinless life. Only Jesus lived a holy life. The law shows us that God is holy and we are not and points to our need of a Savior. When we put our faith in Jesus and trust Him, He will forgive us of our sin and save us from God’s judgement and make us like Him.


REVIEW:

Have kids turn over the paper they were working with before and provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word holy somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. As they’ve already done some drawing, you may want to encourage them to write and illustrate the memory verse.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation.

Lesson 13: God Heals His People

LESSON 13: GOD HEALS HIS PEOPLE

  1. Key Verse:“See now that I myself am He! There is no god beside me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal and no one can deliver out of my hand.” Deuteronomy 32:39
  2. Teaching Passage: the Bronze Snake- Numbers 21:4-9
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 15:26, Numbers 12:13, Deuteronomy 32:39
  4. AGE GROUP: elementary (ages 6-11)
  5. TIME REQUIRED: 45 minutes


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD HEALS HIS PEOPLE  written on it, key verse (Deuteronomy 32:39) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.


  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  12. God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance

TEACH – GOD HEALS HIS PEOPLE:

Tell the kids that when most people think of God healing people, they think of Jesus healing people in the New Testament, but that you want to tell them a story from the Old Testament that should help to explain that God heals His people.


Read through the passage for the day (Numbers 21:4-9) and talk through it as you go.

Some of the points you’ll want to hit are:

  1. God was leading His people through the desert.
  2. Because of sin and rebellion, God had them wander in the desert for 40 years so that a new generation would enter the promised land.
  3. The people when through phases of trusting God and then complaining and then trusting again.
  4. As they were traveling, once again the people began to complain and question why God had brought them out of Egypt to die in the desert. They complained about the food (manna) that God was giving them and got angry at God.
  5. So, God sent poisonous snakes into the camp and they bit many Israelites and many people died.
  6. Then the people came to Moses and admitted that they had sinned when they complained against God and asked Moses to pray for them and ask God to take away the snakes.
  7. Moses prayed. God answered Moses prayer, but He didn’t take away the snakes. Instead, God told Moses to make a snake out of bronze and put it up on a pole so that the people could see it. God told Moses that when someone was bitten by a snake that if they looked at the bronze snake they would be healed.
  8. Moses did what God said and whenever someone was bitten, if they looked at the bronze snake they were healed.
  9. In this way, God reminded His people not only that He can heal, but that they needed to trust Him completely.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

HEALS =  TO MAKE HEALTHY AND WHOLE AND FREE FROM AILMENTS 

EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw God healing His people in today’s story. Talk about how God could have made all the snakes simply go away. Or He could have just healed all the people who were bitten, but instead He wanted the people to learn to trust Him and rely on Him for all things. He wanted the people to remember that He is the great healer and that they need to look to Him for salvation.


Read the memory verse (Deuteronomy 32:39) together one more time.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for HEALS. A good motion might be to make a heart shape with your hands and hold it up to your chest

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week our memory verse is Deuteronomy 32:39 which reminds us that God alone is sovereign (or in control) over life and death. God can heal and God can destroy. Life is in God’s hands. 

Read the memory verse together from the Bible. Then, ask the kids to share stories from the Bible that they know where God heals someone.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story this morning we saw God’s people call out to Him for healing. The truth that we see in the Bible is that we all need to call out to God for healing as well. We don’t need to be rescued from a snake bite, but we all need to be rescued from something even worse; sin and punishment and death. In John 3, when Jesus is talking to Nicodemus, He compares Himself to the bronze snake. He said, (John 3:14-15), “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal  life.” Just like the people in the desert couldn’t heal themselves from their snake bites, we can’t heal ourselves from sin and death and without healing we will die. Romans 6:23 tells us that the punishment for sin is death. But, if we look to Jesus and believe that He was lifted up (died on the cross) in our place for our sin we will be saved; we will be healed from the sting of sin and death.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word heal somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for good or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being good, or they could draw something comparing their sinfulness to God’s holiness.After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

Lesson 12: God Guides His People

LESSON 12: GOD GUIDES HIS PEOPLE

  1. Key Verse: “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame.” Isaiah 58:11 
  2. Teaching Passage: Pillar of Cloud & Fire – Exodus 13:20-22 & 14:19-20 & 33:9-10
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 13:21, Isaiah 58:11, Nehemiah 9:12, Psalm 25:5 & Psalm 48:14


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD GUIDES HIS PEOPLE  written on it, key verse (Isaiah 58:11) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group

LESSON OUTLINE:

REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Explain that as this week we’re moving on to talk about God guiding His people that we’re going to play a game of follow the leader to review the other truths about God we’ve been learning.


Do one of the motions and have the kids copy you and then tell you what attribute that motion represents. As each attribute is named, ask if anyone can remember the definition of that attribute.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  11. God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate

TEACH- GOD GUIDES HIS PEOPLE:

Ask if anyone in the group can think of a story in the Bible where we clearly see God guiding or leading His people… (there are lots to choose from so hopefully someone will think of something… )


Then have the group read this week’s memory verse (Isaiah 58:11) from the poster. Explain that this morning you’re going to be talking about how God guides His people and what it means that God guides His people.


Tell the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt from Exodus 13 and 14 in your own words. Make sure to hit the following points as you go through the story:

  1. God’s people had been slaves in Egypt and God sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt. After a series of plagues and finally the passover (where the oldest child in each home not marked by the blood of the lamb was killed), the Pharaoh has finally let the people go and they are on their way out of Egypt.
  2. As God led them out of Egypt He gave them something specific to lead them…. He went before them as a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire by night. This shows us that God was with His people and He was leading them each step of the way…their job was to follow.
  3. The pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire stayed with God’s people each step of the way…. (God guides His people by being with His people).
  4. When they got to the edge of the sea, God used Moses to part the sea and the pillar of cloud moved behind the people to protect them from the Egyptians.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

GUIDE = ACCOMPANY, ASSIST AND GIVE DIRECTION


EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw God guiding His people in this story based on the definition they just read. God accompanied them – He was with them in the pillar of cloud and fire, God assisted them – the pillar of cloud moved behind them while they went into the sea, the pillar of fire gave them light so they could travel at night, etc., God gave them direction – wherever the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire went they were to follow and when it stopped they were to stop.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for GUIDE. A good motion might be to motion with both hands for someone to follow you.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 58:11. To help learn this verse and to help us understand what it means that God guides His people, you will play a game called “Follow My Lead.” To help you play the game, I’ll read the verse a couple of times and post the verse page close to you so that you can all see it.”


The way this game works is that the leader will say one of the words of the verse and the rest of the group should say the next word. The leader should randomly say words in the verse to force the group to think about what comes next. After randomly calling out words, go through the verse in order saying a few words and the group following you by saying the next few words, etc.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story this morning we saw God guiding His people out of slavery and leading them each step of the way with a pillar of cloud and fire. In this story, God was with them as He guided them and showed them the way. In John 14, Jesus tells His disciples that He’s going to leave them but that He will come back and take them to be with Him where He is going. Thomas (one of the disciples) gets confused and says to Jesus, ‘we don’t know where you are going so we don’t know the way.” And Jesus responds by saying that He is the way. The pillars of cloud and fire may have shown the people the way in the desert, but ultimately every time we see God guiding His people it points us to the truth that Jesus is the Way. He is the One we are to follow and its only by knowing Him and following Him that we can know God.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word guide somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for guide or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story of God guiding His people out of Egypt. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation. Pray that they would follow God’s leadership in their life by following Jesus.

Lesson 11: God is Gracious

LESSON 11: GOD IS GRACIOUS

  1. Key Verse: “He who did not spare His own Son, but graciously gave Him up for us all ~ how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
  2. Teaching Passage: Hannah and Samuel – 1 Samuel
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 34:6, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 145:8, Romans 8:32


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  GRACIOUS  written on it, key verse (Romans 8:32) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Review the attributes by calling out one of the definitions and having the kids respond with the attribute and motion.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  9. God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)
  10. God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous


TEACH- GOD IS GRACIOUS:

Ask if any of the kids in the group know what the word gracious means.


Then have the group read this week’s memory verse (Romans 8:32) from the poster. Ask if the verse gives any clues about what gracious means. Explain that another way we could say gracious is to say that God shows grace to His people and gives us what we don’t deserve, or doesn’t give us what we do deserve.


Tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that helps to explain gracious.


Read 1 Samuel 1:1-8 to the group. Choose children to play the parts of Elkanah, Hannah, Peninnah & Eli while you read. After reading through the text, make sure the kids in the group get the following points.

  1. There was a man named Elkanah who had two wives- Hannah and Peninnah.
  2. Peninnah had children, but Hannah didn’t. 
  3. Every year Elkanah’s family would go to Shiloh to worship the Lord and sacrifice to Him.
  4. One year while they were in Shiloh, Hannah got really upset and wept and cried out to the Lord in prayer. In her prayer she promised God that if He would give her a son that she would give him back to God to serve Him.
  5. Eli, the priest saw her praying and confronted her and Hannah told him what she was praying and Eli prayed for her as well.
  6. Elkanah and his family went home and soon Hannah became pregnant. When the baby was born, she named him Samuel because she asked the Lord for him.
  7. When Samuel was still a very young boy (around 2 maybe), Hannah took Samuel back to Shiloh where she offered a sacrifice to God.
  8. Then, she took Samuel to Eli, the priest, and told him that she asked God for a baby and He gave her Samuel, so she was keeping her promise to God and was giving Samuel back to Him to serve God.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


GRACIOUS = MERCIFUL, BENEVOLENT, KIND & COMPASSIONATE


EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw the graciousness of God in today’s story. In this story, God was gracious to Hannah; He heard her prayer and He gave her Samuel. Explain how gracious has the root word grace in it and that grace can be defined as getting what we don’t deserve and that God is gracious to His people by giving us what we don’t deserve

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for GRACIOUS. A good motion might be to pretend to hand someone a gift.



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is gracious. Another way we could say this is to say that God shows grace to His people and gives us what we don’t deserve, or doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”


Ask, where in the story did we see this definition of grace play out? Explain that God didn’t have to give Hannah a baby, nothing she did meant that she deserved a baby, but that God was gracious to her.

Read the memory verse (Romans 8:32) one more time. 


CROSS CONNECTION:

Take a few minutes to talk about the most amazing way that God has shown grace (or been gracious) to His people. Read/ quote Romans 3:23 and 6:23. Ask the questions…. who has sinned? and what does our sin deserve? Then, have one of the kids read Romans 5:8 and ask, what did God do to show His grace to us?

Explain how because of our sin we all deserve death, but that God is gracious and gave His only Son, Jesus, so that we might live. Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and ask what this verse tells us about salvation – it is a free gift of God’s grace. Remind the kids that in the story God didn’t have to give Hannah a baby, but he graciously gave her the gift of a baby, and in the same way, God didn’t have to save anyone and didn’t have to give up His Son, but because of His great love for His people He graciously did just that.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word gracious somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for gracious or the memory verse or you could encourage them to draw two cartoons, one of God being gracious to Hannah in the birth of Samuel and one of God’s ultimate act of grace in Jesus dying on he cross in our place. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would personally come to know the graciousness of God more and more each day and that they would turn to this gracious God for salvation.

Lesson 10: God Is Good

LESSON 10: GOD IS GOOD

  1. Key Verse:“‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good except God alone.’” Mark 10:18
  2. Teaching Passage: Joseph- Genesis 50
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 73:1, Mark 10:18, Psalm 25:8, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 118


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  GOOD  written on it, key verse (Mark 10:18) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.


  • God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  • God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  • God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  • God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  • God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  • God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  • God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  • God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin
  • God is Glorious = He is full of glory (praise, honor & distinction)


TEACH- GOD IS GOOD: 

Start out by telling the kids that this week’s attribute is probably one of the easiest truths about God that we’re going to learn this year and that is the truth that God is good. Have them list things that they would call good. Ask them to tell you what the opposite of good is and name some things that they would call bad.


Then have the group read this week’s memory verse (Mark 10:18) from the poster. Act confused and say, “what, no one is good except God Himself?” Explain that when Jesus said these words He was acknowledging that He and the Father were one…that because He is good….He is God.

Tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that explains what it means that God is good.


Tell the story of Joseph from (Genesis 37-50) briefly using the following outline – walk through various scenes from the life of Joseph and indicate that no matter what was happening in his life that it was good because it was from God. You might want to pause between scenes/sections and ask the class questions like…. “was it good for Joseph to be sold as a slave?”- Yes, because it was part of God’s plan and God is good.

  1. Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob
  2. Joseph had dreams that his brothers and parents were bowing down to him.
  3. Joseph’s brothers got angry and jealous that Jacob was giving Joseph all the attention, so they plotted to kill him, but instead they threw him in a pit, sold him to slave traders and then lied to their father and said that he must have been killed by wild animals.
  4. Joseph worked for a guy named Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife felt hurt because Joseph didn’t like her the way she liked him, so she lied about him to her husband and he got thrown into jail.
  5. In jail, he told some fellow jail-mates the meanings of the dreams they had and their dreams came true. So, one day when the Pharaoh had a dream, Joseph was called to interpret the dream. Joseph told the Pharaoh that there would be 7 years of plenty in Egypt followed by 7 years of famine.
  6. Pharaoh made Joseph 2nd in command in Egypt and he organized the food so everyone didn’t starve.
  7. Eventually Joseph’s brothers came to buy food and they didn’t recognize them. Joseph sold them food and asked about his father and finally told them who he was and that he forgave them.
  8. Joseph’s family all moved to Egypt.


Then, read Genesis 50:15-21 and have a few of the boys act out this scene between Joseph and his brothers. Pause and really focus in on what Joseph said to his brothers in verse 20.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


GOOD = MORALLY EXCELLENT, VIRTUOUS, RIGHTEOUS


EXPLAIN: Talk about how we saw the goodness of God in today’s story. This story reminds us that God is good because God is always right. Everything that He does is good. God alone is morally, excellent, virtuous and righteous. God alone is without sin and therefore He alone is good.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for GOOD. A good motion might be to show 2 thumbs up. 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Mark 10:18. In this verse we have Jesus saying that only God os good. Jesus’ definition of good is that God is Holy and perfect and without sin. In comparison to God’s goodness, we are not good because we are sinners… and that is what makes us not good.“

Read the memory verse (Mark 10:18) a few times together and do the motion for good.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Read Romans 3:10-12 & 23. Explain that we like to think that we are good because we keep some of God’s laws (most of us aren’t murderers for example), but that the Bible is clear in teaching us that there is no one who is good. In fact Isaiah 64:6 says that without Jesus that even the good things we do are like filthy rags. That’s true because on our own, none of us are good. The amazing news is that we can be made good. We can be made righteous so that we can stand in front of a Holy God. God gave His only Son. Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect and sinless life and then died the death we deserve. Jesus was good in our place and He paid the price for our sin. Jesus took our sin on Himself when He died on the cross.When we repent of our sin and trust in Jesus for salvation, Jesus gives us His righteousness/ His goodness, so that now, when God the Father looks at us He sees the goodness of Jesus in the place of our sin. What an amazing truth!

 

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word good somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for good or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being good, or they could draw something comparing their sinfulness to God’s holiness. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would turn to this good God for salvation.

Lesson 9: God is Glorious

LESSON 9: GOD IS GLORIOUS

  1. Key Verse: “Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory.” Psalm 72:19
  2. Teaching Passage: Moses and the glory of God- Exodus 32-34
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 111:3, Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 42:8, Revelation 21:23


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  GLORIOUS  written on it, key verse (Psalm 72:19) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group


LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises
  8. God Forgives = He grants pardon and cancels the debt of sin


Play a quick review game by randomly calling out one of the definitions and asking kids to name which truth about God that refers to.


TEACH- GOD IS GLORIOUS: 

Start out by reading this week’s memory verse (Psalm 72:19) and then asking if anyone in the group can define the word glorious.  Point out that the word glorious has the word glory in it and ask if anyone knows what the word glory means. Let the kids know that you’ll explain more about the words glory and glorious in a minute.


Tell the kids that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that explains what it means that God is glorious. Talk through Exodus 33-34 in your own words using the following outline….it will help the kids to have some background/ context for the story:

  1.  This story is while the people of Israel are out in the wilderness between Egypt and the promised land. Moses went up on the mountain to meet with God and while he was on the mountain the people freaked out and made a statue of a golden calf and were worshipping it.
  2. Moses came down from the mountain, saw what they were doing and he destroyed their idol and broke the stones with the 10 commandments that God had just given him.
  3. Then, Moses went back up to the Lord to see if he could make up for their sin.
  4. Moses asked God to forgive their sin and even offered to take the punishment for their sin upon Himself, but God said that their sin would have to be punished and sent a plague on the people of Israel.
  5. Then, God told Moses that He could no longer lead them to the promised land because of their rebellion and said that if He stayed with them that He might destroy them on the way.
  6. When Moses told the people what God said, they were sad and the repented of worshipping the golden calf.
  7. Moses went back to God and reminded Him that they were His special people and God agreed that He would lead them to the promised land as He had promised
  8. Moses asked God to show him His glory….this is the part from the skit….. God told Moses that no one could see His face, but that he could hide in the side of a rock and God would pass by him
  9. After God passed by him, Moses worshipped God on the mountain. While Moses was on the mountain God gave him the 10 commandments again, as well as more laws and rules.
  10. When Moses came down from the mountain his face was shining because he had been in the presence of God and had seen the glory of God. Moses had to cover his face in the camp, but every time he went back into the tent of meeting to meet with God, he uncovered his face and spoke with the Lord.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


GLORIOUS = FULL OF GLORY (PRAISE HONOR AND DISTINCTION) 


EXPLAIN:  Remind the kids in the group that in today’s story Moses asked to see God’s glory…. he wanted to see the greatness of God. God passed by him and met with him and just from spending time with God, Moses‘ face was changed….because he had been in the presence of the glory of God.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for GLORIOUS. A good motion might be to hold your hands up by your face like a mirror to remember God’s glory reflecting on Moses. Or, you may want to wave hands in the air in praise. 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week our memory verse is Psalm 72:19 and the truth we’re learning about is that God is glorious. In the story we just heard about how Moses’ face shined bright after he had been in God’s presence. Moses was reflecting the glory of God. Where do we see reflections? (mirrors, shiny surfaces, water). Talk about how all of these reflections are an image of something else. We’re not actually in the mirror when we look in the mirror, but it reflects what we look like. In a similar way, after Moses had been in God’s presence he was reflecting God’s glory to the people.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 72:19) a few times together and do the motion for glorious.


CROSS CONNECTION:

“Do you know what the greatest display of God’s glory is? It is when Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead! By dying on the cross, Jesus displayed God’s mercy and grace for all to see. That gave God great glory! Moses tried to take the punishment Israel deserved, but he couldn’t because he was a sinner. But Jesus did what Moses could never do. He lived a sinless life and then gave it up for us. Now that is glorious!” (The Gospel Story Bible- page 74). In our story this morning, God showed His glory/ greatness to Moses and Moses was never the same. When we understand the glory of God and how God gave His only Son to rescue us from our sin, we will never be the same either. We can’t be in the presence of God and know what He has done to rescue us without our lives changing forever.

 

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word glorious somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. You may want to provide a mirror and encourage some of the kids to attempt to write in reflection by holding the paper up facing the mirror and looking at the paper in the mirror while writing on the paper. Or, you could encourage them to draw Moses with a veil on his face after seeing God’s glory. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would start to see and experience more and more of who God is through this study and would turn to Him for salvation.

Lesson 8: God Forgives

LESSON 8: GOD FORGIVES

  1. Key Verse: “Who is a God like You, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18
  2. Teaching Passage: Jesus heals the paralyzed man- Luke 5:17-26
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 103:3, Hebrews 9:22, Micah 7:18, 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 8:12


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD FORGIVES  written on it, key verse (Micah 7:18) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the 3 truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up
  7. God is Faithful = He is reliable, trustworthy, true to His Word & keeps His promises


TEACH- GOD FORGIVES: 

Start out by reading this week’s memory verse (Micah 7:18) and then asking if anyone in the group can define the word forgive. Have someone in the group remind you in one or two sentences who needs to be forgiven (all of us) and why we all need to be forgiven (because we have all sinned and the punishment for sin is death).


Then, choose a few kids from the group to act out the story while you read the text – Luke 5:17-26. You’ll need one child to be paralyzed, one to be Jesus, at least one to be the man’s friends and at least one pharisee.

After the skit, talk through the story in your own words using the following outline:

  1. A bunch of people had come to Jesus to be healed
  2. some men brought their friend who was paralyzed to be healed by Jesus
  3. but, the house was full, so they climbed on the roof and lowered him into the house through the roof right at Jesus’ feet.
  4. When Jesus saw him, He said, “your sins are forgiven.”
  5. The Pharisees started thinking and whispering to themselves wondering who Jesu thought He was because only God can forgive sins. (notice that they were thinking these things, not saying them).
  6. Jesus asked the pharisees why they were thinking these things.
  7. Then, Jesus told the man to pick up his mat and walk. Jesus healed the man to prove that He also had the authority to forgive the man’s sins.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


FORGIVES = GRANTS PARDON AND CANCELS THE DEBT OF SIN


EXPLAIN: Talk with the kids about times they’ve done something wrong and asked for forgiveness or times when they’ve forgive someone else. Talk about how hard it is to forgive someone who has hurt you or upset you and get kids to give examples of times it was hard to forgive someone. 

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for FORGIVES. A good motion might be to act like you’re tearing up a piece of paper (imagine a judge tearing up a ruling). 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week our memory verse is Micah 7:18. This verse asks a very important question about God. “Who is like you?”…. who else pardons sin? The answer to that question is no one. There is one one else in the world who can pardon or forgive sin. Forgiveness of sin is only possible through Jesus’ death in our place.

Work together as a group to make up motions for the verse using the motion for forgive that you just learned to help you remember it. Read the verse with the motions together a few times. 


CROSS CONNECTION:

Today’s truth about God sums up the whole story of the Bible. Knowing that God forgives sin and that He forgives through Jesus is one of the most important things we can ever know about God. When the man’s friend’s dropped him into the room with Jesus and Jesus forgave his sin, Jesus was teaching the crowd that what the man needed more than physical healing was to be healed spiritually. The Bible tells us that ever since Adam and Eve we have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and we all deserve to be punished for that sin (Romans 6:23). We are all sinners in need of forgiveness and that forgiveness is only possible through the death of Jesus in our place (Hebrews 9:22). That is the reason that Jesus came to earth; to save sinners like you and me, to forgive us of our sin and restore the broken relationship between God and His people.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word forgives somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for forgives or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being forgives. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in your group would come to see themselves as sinners in need of forgiveness and that they would turn to Christ in faith for forgiveness and salvation.

Lesson 7: God is Faithful

LESSON 7: GOD IS FAITHFUL

  1. Key Verse: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9
  2. Teaching Passage: the story of Hosea as a picture of God’s faithfulness to unfaithful people- Hosea
  3. Supporting Texts: Deuteronomy 7:9,  32:4,  Psalm 25:10, Psalm 33:4


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  FAITHFUL  written on it, key verse (Deuteronomy 7:9) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.


Ask if anyone can remember the 3 truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior
  6. God is Exalted = He is noble, elevated and lifted up


TEACH- GOD IS FAITHFUL: 

Start out by reading this week’s memory verse (Deuteronomy 7:9) and then asking if anyone in the group can define the word faithful. Explain that when we say God is faithful that means that God keeps His promises and always does what He says He will do.  Ask a couple of kids to come up and act out what being faithful might look like (or what being unfaithful- not keeping promises may look like. 


After the skit, explain that you want to tell them a story from the Bible that explains God’s faithfulness.

Tell the story of Hosea in your own words using the following outline:

  1. Hosea was a prophet of God during a time when the people of Israel were particularly unfaithful to God.
  2. God had continued to be faithful to His people (as He always is), but His people weren’t being faithful to Him~ they were worshipping false gods and turning their back on God.
  3. In order to teach the people of Israel about God’s faithfulness and their unfaithfulness, God told Hosea to marry a woman named Gomer who wouldn’t be faithful to him~ someone who wouldn’t keep her marriage promises to him and would leave him to love another man.
  4. God told Hosea that every time his wife left him and broke her promises to him that he should take her back and forgive her.
  5. God wanted Hosea & Gomer’s marriage to be a picture of God’s love for His people. God wanted the people to see that even when they are unfaithful and follow other gods that He is always faithful. 
  6. Over and over in the book of Hosea, God sends Hosea to the people of Israel to tell them to repent of their unfaithfulness and come back to Him. Then, He tells Hosea to tell the people that He will punish their unfaithfulness, but that He will still be faithful to His promise to rescue His people and will forgive them when they repent.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


FAITHFUL = RELIABLE, TRUSTED, TRUE TO HIS WORD, KEEPS HIS PROMISES 


EXPLAIN: Ask…..”How did we see God being faithful in this story?” 

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for FAITHFUL. A good motion might be to cross your fingers as a sign of making a promise, or shake your neighbor’s hand. 

Then, have the kids read the supporting verses for more evidence of God being faithful. (Deuteronomy 7:9,  32:4,  Psalm 25:10, Psalm 33:4)



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Deuteronomy 7:9. This verse reminds us that God always keeps His promises, that He is faithful, by reminding us that He has kept all of His promises.” As a group come up with a list of promises that God made and kept in the Bible. (EX: promises to make Abraham into a great nation – the people of Israel grew from 1 family to a whole nation is Egypt, He promised to send a rescuer and Jesus came). Have the kids help you think of other examples.

Read the memory verse (Deuteronomy 7:9) a few times together and do the motion for awesome.


CROSS CONNECTION:

The truth we see in the Bible is that all of us are like Hosea’s wife. We have all sinned and are all unfaithful to God.  The story of Hosea and his wife is the story of all of us and God. The story of the Bible though is that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Read 1 John 1:8-9. That’s the good news. God promised long ago to rescue His people and He is faithful and will do what He said He would~ and He fulfills His promise through Jesus.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word faithful somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for faithful or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being faithful. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would learn to trust God’s faithfulness in their life knowing that He will always do what he has promised.

Lesson 6: God is Exalted

LESSON 6: GOD IS EXALTED

  1. Key Verse:“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
  2. Teaching Passage: God seated on His throne – Isaiah 6
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 15:1, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Job 36:22, Psalm 46:10


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  EXALTED  written on it, key verse (Psalm 46:10) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs
  5. God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior


Explain that you’re going to play a review game to see how well your remember the truths we’re learned about God. You should read the following verses one at a time and have the kids call out which truth about God it tells us about. (If you don’t think you have time to go through all of the verses, just choose a few).


Malachi 3:11, Amos 4:13, Isaiah 47:4, Revelation 1:8, John 1:1-2, Psalm 140:7, Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4, Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 15:3, Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 4:34, Exodus 34:6, 2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 86:15, Joel 2:13, Psalm 145:9 , Psalm 51:1 Deuteronomy 7:21, Nehemiah 1:5, Malachi 1:11, Revelation 19:6, Revelation 22:13, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 40:17, 2 Kings 19:19, Revelation 21:6, Isaiah 14:27


TEACH- GOD IS EXALTED: 

Get started by showing kids the page that says “God is Exalted” and ask if any of the kids in the group know what that word means, or if anyone has any guesses what it might mean.


Read the key verse for the week (Psalm 46:10). Discuss as a group what the world exalts (what we make much of/ what we spend our time doing/ thinking about, what we spend our money on, what motivates us- beauty, wealth, health, nice homes, new toys, celebrity, etc.) Then, read the verse (Psalm 46:10) one more time and ask the question – where is God exalted? Briefly explain that the truth we see throughout the Bible is that God is exalted (high/ above) in all the earth and He alone deserves that place of honor.


Explain that sin is when we exalt ourselves or our desires over God.

Then, read the text for the week, Isaiah 6:1-13 to the kids. After reading make these points.

  1. King Uzziah had been king for 52 years. He was a good king, who for the most part followed God and led the country to do the same. 2 Kings 15:3 says that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
  2. Isaiah was sad because a good and wise king had died and he must have been wondering what would happen next.
  3. Isaiah has a vision of God/ the Lord sitting on a throne (high & exalted). Why was it important that he saw God sitting on His throne? Isaiah had forgotten that even though the earthly king was dead that the King of Kings (God) was still reigning. This was a reminder to God’s people that they didn’t need a king like the other nations, because their KING was reigning forever from heaven.
  4. God’s throne was high and exalted~ showing that He was and is and always will be the king over all
  5. the seraphs were constantly singing the praises of God
  6. When Isaiah saw God and heard the seraphs singing of His holiness, he responded in fear because “no one can see the Lord and live. “ (Exodus 33:20).
  7. a seraph touched Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar and said his sins were atoned for…. ASK: who can atone (pay for) sin? only Jesus.
  8. God asked who would go for Him and Isaiah responded- send me. Isaiah knew that God is sovereign and in control of all and immediately following in obedience.
  9. verses 9-13 are the instructions Isaiah was given and what he was to say to the people – basically, God told Isaiah to go and preach to a people who wouldn’t respond and to keep preaching until everyone and everything was destroyed; but Isaiah’s job was to go and preach.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


EXALTED = NOBLE, ELEVATED OR LIFTED UP


EXPLAIN: Ask….. how did we see God exalted in this story? Talk about how in the passage in Isaiah, God was lifted up on His throne and we need to remember that when we say God is exalted we are saying He is above everyone and everything. He is the highest and the most important. 

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for EXALTED. A good motion might be to jump or reach as high as you can. 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Psalm 46:10. This verse reminds us that God is exalted above all things.” Remind the kids of the discussion earlier about what we exalt more that God. Give kids a minute of silence to think about or confess silently what they exalt more that God and close by praying a prayer of confession of your own confessing what you put above God. 

Read the memory verse (Psalm 46:10) a few times together and do the motion for exalted.


CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story this morning, we were reminded that God is the high and exalted King. He’s the one who reigns over all and the one who is worthy of all our praise. Think for a minute about that description of God and then listen to this description of Jesus from Philippians 2:5-11 (read the passage). The Bible tells us that although was high and exalted, because of our sin and because of His love for His people, He left His throne and made Himself nothing. He became a servant and lived a perfect life and died the death that we deserve for our sin. Remember that sin is when we put ourselves or our desires in the place reserved for God alone and exalt ourselves. Because we exalt ourselves, Jesus humbled Himself and died in our place. Verse 9 says… therefore….because He humbled Himself, God exalted Him again to His rightful place so that at His name every knees will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. That’s the picture of worship that we see in Revelation 5:9-10 (read the verses) – Jesus is worthy because He purchased men from all nations with His blood.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word exalted somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for exalted or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being exalted. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would thank God for the gift of Jesus and the gift of salvation for all who believe in Jesus. Pray that you and the children in the room would exalt God more that anything else in your life and that God would reveal to you things that you sinfully exalt above Him.

Lesson 5: God is the Deliverer

LESSON 5: GOD IS THE DELIVERER

  1. Key Verse: “The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer.” 2 Samuel 22:2
  2. Teaching Passage: Defeat of Amalekites- Exodus 17:8-16
  3. Supporting Texts: 2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 40:17, Psalm 140:7, 2 Kings 19:19


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  THE DELIVERER  written on it, key verse (2 Samuel 22:2) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, a large poster board or piece of paper large enough for all the kids to sit around it.



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the 4 truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement
  4. God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs


After reviewing these few truths about God, pull out a large piece of paper. Tell the kids that at the end of our story for the week, we will read this verse (Exodus 17:15)- – “….the Lord is my banner.” Moses said this as a reminder that God was the one who delivered them from the Amalekites. (We’ll hear more about that soon.


Explain that banner can be like a flag that that you wave to show your allegiance or who/ what you follow. Work together as a group to make a banner or flag that you can wave (or hang on the wall) as a reminder of who God is and what He is like. Use some of the truths of God that we’ve been learning so far this year and other things that you know about God or think we may soon be learning about God.


TEACH- GOD IS THE DELIVERER: 

Get started by showing kids the poster that says GOD IS THE DELIVERER and ask if any of the kids in the group know what that word deliverer means, or if anyone has any guesses what it might mean.

Ask kids in the group to read the other supporting verses (2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 40:17, Psalm 140:7, 2 Kings 19:19) to see times in the Bible where God is seen as being the deliverer and after each verse, ask if they have any more of an idea of what it might mean that God is the deliverer. 


Explain that often the word deliverer is used to describe someone who delivers something to someone….ask, what does the “FedEx” guy do when he delivers a package to your house?….. he makes sure that the package gets safely from his office to your door….he protects the package and takes care of it.

Explain that in one sense this is what we are saying is true about God – God delivers His people from sin & death and delivers them to life. Tell the kids that to help make sense of this truth about God that we’re going to look at a story from the Bible and see how God delivers His people in this story and what He delivers them from.


After this brief introduction, read Exodus 17:8-16. We are including that portion of scripture here from the ESV, but we recommend you read out of a printed Bible during the lesson. Please use the translation preferred by your church. 

Israel Defeats Amalek


[8] Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. [9] So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” [10] So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. [11] Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. [12] But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. [13] And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.


[14] Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” [15] And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, [16] saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (ESV)


Then, walk through the story with them, asking the following points/ review questions:

  1. remind the kids where in the storyline of the Bible this takes place… God has led His people out of slavery in Egypt and they are in the desert. This is before God gave the law.
  2. How did Moses react when the Amalekites attacked them?
  3. What did Moses take with him on top of the hill?
  4. What happened when Moses had his hands in the air? when he dropped his hands?
  5. Who won the battle?
  6. How did God deliver His people from the Amalekites?


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


DELIVERER = RESCUER OR SAVIOR


EXPLAIN: Ask….. how did God deliver His people in this story? Remind the kids that even though it was Joshua and his men with swords on the battlefield that it was God who won the war.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for DELIVERER. A good motion might be to pretend to hand something to your neighbor. 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is 2 Samuel 22:2. This verse talks about ways that God rescues His people/ ways that He is the deliverer. It says God is our rock. Rocks are strong and powerful. Big rocks can hide you from enemies and can’t be moved or shaken. It says God is our fortress. In times of battle, a fort (or fortress) is a safe place to be because you have the advantage over the enemy behind the strong walls. And, it says that God is our deliverer. This verse helps us to see how God protects and rescues His people.”

Read the memory verse (2 Samuel 22:2) a few times together and make up motions to help you learn the verse. Practice saying the verse with motions a couple of time.


CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story this morning, God delivered His people from danger by fighting for them in the battle against the Amalekites. God protected them and took them from a dangerous place where people were fighting against them to safety. Throughout the Bible we see examples of God delivering His people….Daniel from the lions, Jonah from the whale, the Israelites from slavery, etc. In each of these examples we are reminded of the ultimate deliverance that God has brought from His people through Jesus. Before Jesus we are all separated from God. The Bible says that we are living in darkness and as slaves to sin. (Ephesians 4:17-18) But, because of His great love for His children, God sent His Son as the Deliverer. The One who would lay down His own life (John 10:11, 1 John 3:16) to rescue/ save/ deliver His people.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word deliverer somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. You might want to recommend that they draw the story in a cartoon style…what happened when Moses’ hands were in the air and what happened when they dropped down. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would thank God for the gift of Jesus and the gift of salvation for all who believe in Jesus.

Lesson 4: God is Compassionate

LESSON 4: GOD IS COMPASSIONATE

  1. Key Verse: “But You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
  2. Teaching Passage: Jonah & the People of Ninevah – Jonah
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 34:6, Psalm 86:15, Joel 2:13, Psalm 145:9 , Psalm 51:1


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  COMPASSIONATE  written on it, key verse (Psalm 86:15) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group



LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Ask one of the kids in the group to remind you what you’re learning this year. Remind them that each week we’ll be looking into the Bible to answer the question… “Can you tell me what God is like?” and will be learning one of the many truths about God that we see in His Word.

Ask if anyone can remember the 3 truths we’ve learned so far. Have the kids stand up and say the attributes of God and do the motions.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  3. God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement


TEACH- GOD IS COMPASSIONATE: 

Get started by showing kids the page that says “God is compassionate” and ask if any of the kids in the group know what that word means, or if anyone has any guesses what it might mean.


Ask kids in the group to read the other supporting verses (listed at the top of the page) to see times in the Bible where God is seen as being compassionate and after each verse, ask if they have any more of an idea of what it might mean that God is compassionate. Explain that being compassionate means caring about the needs of others, feeling sorry for them and doing something to help them out. Tell the kids that this morning we’re going to look at a familiar story in the Bible where God showed compassion to people.


After this brief introduction, designate children to be the following characters and explain that they will act out their parts while you read the story from these verses – Jonah 1:1-3, 1:9, 1:12, 1:17, 2:1, 2:10, 3:1-3, 3;5, & 3:10.

After reading these verses, walk through the story, asking the following review questions:

  1. Who was the prophet that God chose to use in this story?
  2. Where did God send Jonah? What was he to do there?
  3. How did Jonah respond to God’s command to go to Nineveh with the good news? Why didn’t he want to go to Nineveh?
  4. Was Jonah able to hide from God on the ship?
  5. What did God do to get the attention of Jonah? How did God rescue Jonah?
  6. Once out of the fish, what did God tell Jonah to do? What was his response this time?
  7. How did the people of Nineveh respond to the call to repent?
  8. What was Jonah’s response when God had compassion on the people and forgave them?


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

COMPASSIONATE = SHOWING OR HAVING A DEEP CONCERN FOR OTHERS AND DESIRE TO MEET THEIR NEEDS 


EXPLAIN: Ask….. how did God show compassion to the people of Nineveh? What need of the people did God meet? (salvation). What is our greatest need? (salvation) How has God met our greatest need? (through Jesus)

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for COMPASSIONATE. A good motion might be to hug your neighbor. 



MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Psalm 86:15. This verse tells us that God has compassion for His people. The greatest example of God’s compassion is the truth that Jesus came to earth to die on the cross in the place of sinners.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 86:15) a few times together and do the motion for awesome.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Ask the group to remind you what the message was that Jonah was to preach to the people of Nineveh (basically….God is going to destroy you because of your sinfulness). Explain that although this sounds harsh that this is the truth for every single person in the world. The Bible clearly tells us in Romans 3:23 that we are all sinners and in Romans 6:23 that our sin deserves death. Throughout the Bible, the payment for sin was always blood, as we see in the Old Testament stories of sacrifice. But, because of His great love, while we were still sinners who deserved punishment (Romans 5:8), God sent Jesus to earth to die as the perfect, spotless lamb of God (John 1:29) who would take away the sin of the world. Just like the people of Nineveh, we all deserve to be punished for our sin, but the good news is that Jesus has already taken that punishment for us. In our story this morning, when the people of Nineveh repented of their sin and turned to God, God had compassion on them and saved them. God has already shown His love and compassion for us through Jesus, but like the people of Nineveh we are still called to repent of our sin and turn to Jesus for salvation.

 

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word compassionate somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for compassionate or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being compassionate. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would remember that all of us are sinners who need to be saved and that they would thank God for the gift of Jesus and the gift of salvation for all who believe in Jesus.

Lesson 3: God is Awesome!

LESSON 3: GOD IS AWESOME

  1. Key Verse: “Who among the gods is like You, O Lord? Who is like You~ majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:11
  2. Teaching Passage: The Plagues – Exodus 5-12
  3. Supporting Texts: Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 4:34, Deuteronomy 7:21, Nehemiah 1:5


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous lesson posters (almighty and alpha & omega), a large piece of paper with the words AWESOME written on it, key verse (Exodus 15:11) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, pages with the memory verse printed small across the top per child (optional)


LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS:  

Start the lesson off by reviewing the previous lessons- “God is Almighty” and God is the Alpha and Omega”. Have one of the kids in the group remind you of the definitions and the motions. You may also want to review where in the Bible we see these attributes of God.

  1. God is Almighty=  He has absolute power or is all powerful
  2. God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last


PLAY A REVIEW GAME – 

Explain that you will read a verse and that they should do a motion to indicate which truth about God the verse is talking about.


If the verse tells us that God is ALMIGHTY make strong arms. If the verse tells us that God is the ALPHA & OMEGA point forward with one hand and backward with the other hand. If you think the verse is about today’s new truth (God is AWESOME) then do your best shocked or amazed face.


These are the verse to read …. (read the randomly)… Nehemiah 1:5, Isaiah 14:27, Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 48:12, Revelation 22:13, Revelation 19:6, Malachi 3:11, Deuteronomy 4:34, Malachi 1:11, Deuteronomy 7:21,  Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6, John 1:1-2, Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4,  Amos 4:13, Isaiah 47:4, Revelation 15:3


TEACH- GOD IS AWESOME: 

Get the discussion started by setting the stage for the story. Remind the kids that the book of Exodus starts with God’s chosen people enslaved in Egypt. Remind them that God had promised Abraham years before that He would give Abraham’s family the promised land. BUT one of Abraham’s great-grandsons – Joseph- had been sold into slavery in Egypt, then he moved his family to Egypt to protect them from a famine…. and now generations have passed and God’s people have grown into a big nation and the Egyptians have enslaved them. God’s people called out to God, and God sent Moses to rescue His people and bring them out of slavery. 

After this brief introduction, skim through Exodus chapters 7-11 with the kids. (Have them open their Bibles and call out the things that that they see- maybe headings in their Bibles or words they don’t know).


Work together to make a list of all of the plagues that God brought on the people of Egypt to show them that He is the awesome God who is God over all.

Choose one or two of the plagues and read through the section pertaining to those plagues and have a couple of kids act out what it would have been like to experience that plague and what it would have taught them about who God is or what He is like.


Afterwards, fill in the gaps in the story by briefly talking through the plagues and how they showed the people of Egypt that God is God of all (He is sovereign) and that God is awesome. Tell the kids that this story helps us to see that God is awesome as we see God doing things that only He could do….things that amaze and astound us….things that cause us to be in awe of His power, His sovereign rule, He authority over all things.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


AWESOME = INSPIRING AWE OR AMAZEMENT.


EXPLAIN: talk about how although we use the word awesome to describe a good pizza (or other things) that when you really think about the word awesome, only God should be called awesome and He alone should inspire real awe or amazement. Have one of the kids define ‘awe.‘ Talk about how awe is a sense of wonder or amazement that makes you think “oh wow!”

Ask kids in the group to read the other supporting verses to see times in the Bible where God is seen as being awesome ad have kids give examples of stories in the BIble that amaze them when they think about who God is or what He is like. Some of the verses to consider are: Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 4:34, Deuteronomy 7:21, Nehemiah 1:5.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for AWESOME. A good motion might be to open your mouth and eyes wide and put your hands on the side of your face like you’re saying WOW!

 


MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Exodus 15:11. This verse was sung by Moses and all of the Israelites after God led them through the sea and out of Egypt. As they reflected on what God had just sung for them, they sang a song of praise.”

Have the oldest boy in the group read this whole song (Exodus 15:1-18). After reading this song, have the other kids in the group point out the awe inspiring things that they heard in the Psalm.

If time allows, you may want to give kids time to illustrate the memory verse Provide pages with the verse printed across the top and crayons or pencils. They could (1) draw a picture of the awesome things that God did to rescue His people from Egypt, (2) draw word pictures to help them remember this verse or (3) draw a  picture of the awesome way that God rescued His people through Jesus.

Read the memory verse (Exodus 15:11) a few times together and do the motion for awesome.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Ask the kids why they think that God used these plagues to rescue His people from Egypt. Then, explain that these plagues were specifically chosen by God to show the people of Israel that He alone is God. Tell the kids that the Egyptians used to worship lots of different gods… a sun god, a water god, a god of the nile, a cow god and even a frog goddess; so, each of these plagues showed that He is the One true God and that he alone can rescue His people. Fast forward to today and people still try to be saved by worshipping false gods, and yet the Bible tells us in John 14:6 that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” and that “no one comes to the Father except through Him.” Just like these false gods couldn’t save the Egyptians, no other ways that people try today can save them; salvation is through faith in Jesus alone. Jesus‘ death in our place on the cross is one of the best examples of how awesome (or awe inspiring) God is. The thought of God Himself taking on flesh and dying the death that we deserve should lead us to see Him as the awesome God that He is.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the words awesome somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for awesome or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being the awesome. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Pray that the kids in the group would come to know God more and more each week through this study and that they would be reminded this week of God’s awesomeness as they think about the fact that Jesus died on the cross in their place.

Lesson 2: God is the Alpha & Omega

LESSON 2: GOD IS THE ALPHA & OMEGA

  1. Key Verse: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
  2. Teaching Passage: In the Beginning was the Word ~ John 1
  3. Supporting Texts: Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13, John 1:1-2, Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4, Isaiah 48:12


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, a large piece of paper with the words ALPHA & OMEGA written on it, key verse (John 1:1) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, two sets of memory verse cards (write 1-2 words on each card for a total of 12-15 cards per set).


LESSON OUTLINE:


REVIEW PREVIOUS LESSONS: 

Start the lesson off by reviewing the previous lesson- “God is Almighty.” Have one of the kids in the group remind you of the definition for Almighty and remind you of the motion and where in the Bible we see God as almighty.


TEACH- GOD IS ALPHA & OMEGA: 

Start the teaching time, by asking kids to name some things that identify the beginning….

(1) the beginning of a sentence- a capital letter

(2) the beginning of a school year- new uniforms & new backpacks and a new teacher introducing herself

(3) the beginning of a day- a sunrise

(4) the beginning of cookies- flour, sugar & eggs being mixed together

(5) the beginning of someone’s life- when a baby starts growing inside their mom, etc.

In the same way, have them name the end of things…

(1) the end of movie- the credit roll

(2) the end of a prayer- amen

(3) the end of a sentence- a period

(4) the end of life- death, etc.


Explain that everything has a beginning and an ending, but that this morning we’re going to see that one of the truths about God in the Bible is that He is the beginning and the end.


Read John 1:1-18 to the group as a way to help them understand the truth of God being the alpha and omega. As you read through the passage, make the following points…

  1. The WORD was in the beginning…..He didn’t have a beginning…He was the beginning.
  2. The WORD was with God….so God the Father was there in the beginning.
  3. The WORD was God… God and the WORD are One.
  4. The WORD is Jesus…which we’ll see more clearly in verse 14 (The Word became flesh….).
  5. Jesus didn’t begin when He came to earth. He had been since the beginning.
  6. Jesus was part of the creation of the world…the world was made through Him.
  7. Before Jesus came to earth, God sent John the Baptist to tell the people that Jesus was coming.
  8. Jesus came to earth as a man (verse 14) and He lived (or tabernacled) with His people.
  9. Jesus came from the Father. Jesus came to make the Father known.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.


ALPHA & OMEGA = Beginning and End.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for ALPHA & OMEGA. A good motion might be to reach your arms as far to the sides as you can.


EXPLAIN: In the case of God this means that He has always been and always will be. He was there in the beginning, will be there in the end and every moment in between.….you might want to explain this name for God by telling the kids that Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, so it would like saying that God is A & Z or even A to Z.

Ask volunteers to read the other supporting verses to see times in the Bible where God is seen as the Alpha and the Omega, or passages that remind us that in the beginning God was there. The verse you’ll want to read are: Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13, John 1:1-2, Genesis 1:1, Job 38:4, Isaiah 48:12


MEMORY VERSE:


SAY: “This week’s memory verse is John 1:1. This verse tells us something about the order of God’s world -what or WHO was there in the beginning and how things began. So, to help us remember this verse about order, we’re going to race to put the memory verse in order.”

Divide into 2 teams and give one person on each team a set of memory verse cards. When you say GO, teams should race to get the verse put in order without looking it up in the Bible. When a team thinks they have the verse in the correct order they should say “order” which means the other team should pause while the leader checks their verse.

Once both teams have the verse in the correct order, they should look it up in the Bible and read it together as a group.

Read the memory verse (John 1:1) a few times together.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Look back at the passage you just read (John 1) and ask the question – why did Jesus come into the world? Why did God Himself enter human history? Point them to the truth that He came to make God known (verse 18), He came to bring people into God’s family (verse 12) and ultimately He came to die for His people and pay the price for their sin. Remind them that since Jesus is life (verses 3-4), that none of us would have a beginning without Him, and without Him, our lives will end in eternal death and punishment, but with Him we have life.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the words alpha & omega somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for alpha & omega or the memory verse or they could illustrate any of the passages you read about God being the alpha & omega. If anyone in the group has a hard time figuring out what to write or draw, encourage them to make a timeline of their lives (started with birth and will end with death) and draw a timeline of God (no beginning, then the story of the Bible, and then no ending). After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.


PRAYER:

Take a minute to praise God for being the Alpha and Omega and to thank Him for sending Jesus into the world to take our place on the cross.

Lesson 1: God Is Almighty

  1. Key Verse:  “For the Lord almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” Isaiah 14:27
  2. Teaching Passage: Gideon defeats the Midianites ~ Judges 7
  3. Supporting Texts: Amos 4:13, Isaiah 47:4, Revelation 15:3, Malachi 1:11, Revelation 19:6, Malachi 3:11, Isaiah 14:27


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, a large piece of paper with the word ALMIGHTY written on it, key verse (Isaiah 14:27) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group.

Optional: Download our free coloring page for A is for Almighty (PDF).


LESSON OUTLINE:

Take a few minutes to introduce this new study and explain that each time you meet together you’ll be looking into the Bible to discover a different truth about who God is and what He is like.


TEACH- GOD IS ALMIGHTY:

Start out the teaching time by reading the first part of Genesis 18:14 (Is anything to hard for the Lord?). Ask the kids how they would answer that question. Have them name some things that they know that God has done that would be too hard or even impossible for people. (With younger groups you may want to be prepared with answers to this question to share with them.

Show the word “Almighty” on the poster and explain that this morning we’re talking about the truth that God is Almighty.

Read Judges 7:1-8 as a group and have a few of the kids act out what you are reading while you are reading.  Then, fill in the details in the story in your own words from Judges 6-7.


Tell the kids that this story comes from the book of Judges and remind them that Judges was about the time period after God had led His people into the promised land, but that during this time they stopped following God and God judged them for the sin and then when they would repent God would send a judge (or leader) to rescue them, and that Gideon was one of the judges that God sent to rule over His people.

Include the following points in your review of the story….

  1. God promised Gideon that He would defeat the Midianties using Gideon
  2. Gideon gathered up 32,00 men of Israel to go out and fight the Midianties.
  3. God didn’t want or need that many men to fight the battle. He was going to fight the battle for them. He didn’t want them to think that they were winning the battle in their own strength, He wanted them to know that the battle would be won in His power
  4. (this is the section that was read and acted out) So God sent them down to the river to get a drink and He told Gideon to chose the men who lapped up water from the river like a dog….this was only 300 men. God told Gideon that He would win the battle for them with only these 300 men.
  5. Read Judges 7:15-25 – So God won the battle for them with only 300 men. They could see that they won only because God is all powerful….or ALMIGHTY.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

To help the kids remember this truth about God, take a few minutes to define the attribute.

ALMIGHTY = Having absolute power or all powerful

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for ALMIGHTY. A good motion might be to make strong arms (flexing muscles).

Ask kids to give examples from Scripture of times that they see this attribute of God. You might want to be prepared with a few examples of your own by asking questions like:

(1) Who shut the lions mouth to protect Daniel? or

(2) How did God lead His people out of Egypt? or

(3) How did God give the people the city of Jericho?

To help solidify this truth in the minds of the kids in your group, read these passages together – or have kids taking turns reading a passage to the group.

Genesis 1:1-5, Genesis 7:17-8:1, Genesis 21:1-7, Exodus 14:21-31, Job 38:4-24, Matthew 8:23-27, John 11:25-44.

After each passage, have one of the kids explain how that passage teaches us that God is almighty. Ask what does God do in this passage to show His power?

MEMORY VERSE:

Read the memory verse (Isaiah 14:27) off the poster a couple of times and have the kids do the motion for the word almighty.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Help the kids to make the connection between God being almighty and the work that Jesus did on the cross. Explain (or remind the kids) that God saved the Israelites with only 300 men to show His power and to make sure that the Israelites knew that salvation was through God alone. God wanted to make sure that no one could boast in their own strength or think that they had fought the battle on their own. The same is true for us when we think about salvation.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that salvation is a gift from God because of His grace, not something that we can do on our own. The only way we can be saved is to be like Gideon and trust in God’s plan to save us through the death of Jesus in our place.

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word almighty somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for almighty or the memory verse or they could illustrate the verse or the story of Gideon or any of the other passages you read about God being almighty. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written.

PRAYER:

Praise the almighty God for the way we saw Him rescue His people in this morning’s story and ultimately for the way we see Him rescue His people through the death of Jesus.

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