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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 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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