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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 39: God Is Unchangeable

LESSON 39: GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE

  • Key Verse: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
  • Teaching Passage: Luke 19:1-10
  • Supporting Texts: Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, James 1:17

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE written on it, key verse (James 1:17) 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Call out a letter of the alphabet and have kids call out an attribute of God that starts with that letter.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people
  • God is a Shield= He hides, conceals & protects His people (through Jesus’ blood)
  • God is Sovereign = He rules over all
  • Jesus is the One Mediator = He is the One who stands between (us & God) and brings judgement
  • God is Trustworthy = He is dependable, reliable, honest & faithful
  • God is Truth = fact, reliable, not false in any way

TEACH – UNCHANGEABLE:

Introduces the truth that God does not change by thinking about how much everything else changes. Ask kids to name ways that they have changed this year (gotten taller, different hair, learn more about God, learned to tie their shoes, etc.). Then, name various things and ask kids to tell you how those things change…. trees, sand dunes, caterpillars, etc.

Play a quick game to help kids recognize change and how easy it is for people to change. Have all the kids sit in a circle (or one circle per leader in the room). Choose one person to leave the room, or stand in the corner facing the wall. While the one player is away, the group should change as many things as they can- people swap seats, take off nametags, untie shoes, etc. Then, call the player back and ask them to point out the changes in the group. Explain that we can change very easily and in fact people and all other parts of creation are always changing, but that God never changes.

Go through a list of truths about God that we’ve learned so far this year and ask the following questions…
* Is there ever a time that God was not almighty?
* Is there ever a time that God was not good?
* Is there ever a time that God was not righteous?
* Is there ever a time that God was not truth?
* Is there ever a time that God was not love?
* Is there ever a time that God was not just?

Help kids to see that everything we’ve learned this year about God is ALWAYS true about God.

Introduce the story by saying that this is a familiar story that reminds us of 2 things about our truth for the week….
(1) people change, not God and (2) the gospel never changes.

Read Luke 19:1-10 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • Zacchaeus was known for being a cheater. He was rich and he loved being rich more than anything else.
  • When Jesus came to town, Zacchaeus wanted to see Him, so he climbed a tree to see over the crowd.
  • Jesus approached Zacchaeus and told him to come out of the tree because He was coming to his house.
  • The people in town couldn’t believe that Jesus was spending time with a sinner.
  • Upon meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus changed. He told Jesus he would pay back everyone he had stolen money from and would give half of his stuff to the poor.
  • Jesus responded by saying that He had come to seek and save the lost.

Ask the following questions:
(1) Who changed in this story- Jesus or Zacchaeus?
(2) How was Zacchaeus able to change? Did he change on his own, or did Jesus change him?

Explain that the change we see in Zacchaeus’ life is change that’s only possible when God works in our hearts. Zacchaeus went from a man who loved money more than anything to a man who loved God more than anything when he met Jesus.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

UNCHANGEABLE = CANNOT BE MOVED, DOES NOT CHANGE

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for UNCHANGEABLE. A good motion might be to shake your finger like saying NO.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is Unchangeable. A great way to think about the fact that God never changes is to look at the ways that we have changed.”

Give each child a piece of paper and something to draw with. Encourage kids to quickly draw 3 pictures of themselves.
(1) what you were like as a baby, (2) what you are like now and (3) what you think you’ll be like when you are a grown up.

As they work on their pictures, remind them that people change but God never changes.

Read the memory verse (James 1:17) a few times together and do the motion for saves.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Think back to what Zacchaeus was like at the beginning of the story. Remind the kids that everyone in town knew that Zacchaeus was a “sinner.” Then, remind them that the same is true of us. The Bible tells us (Romans 3:10-12 & 23) that just like Zacchaeus we are all sinners and we all love ourselves and our own ways more than we love God. The Bible also tells us (Ephesians 2:8-9) that we can’t change that truth about ourselves on our own….we can’t make ourselves into something that is not a sinner. BUT, the Bible also tells us (Romans 5:8 & 6:23) that we haven’t been left to change ourselves, but that just like Jesus came and met Zacchaeus where he was… a lost sinner… that Jesus comes and meets us right where we are and changes us to be like Him. We can change a lot of things about ourselves, but this is one thing we can’t change. From the very beginning of time, people have needed God to come and rescue them from their sin and bring them back into relationship Him.

The fact that we can’t change our sinful hearts on our own reminds us of the unchanging nature of God. The whole Bible is the story of God coming into His creation and changing people’s hearts (Ezekiel 36:26). Just like God is always holy and always good and always just and always loving and always righteous…. God is always in the business of rescuing His people.

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word UNCHANGEABLE somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for UNCHANGEABLE or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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 children in the group would think about the ways that they have changed and rejoice in the fact that we have a God that never changes.

Lesson 38: God Is Truth

LESSON 38: GOD IS TRUTH

  • Key Verse: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
  • Teaching Passage: Genesis 2-3
  • Supporting Texts: John 14:6, John 17:3, 1 John 5:20, Revelation 16:7, Psalm 33:4


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS TRUTH written on it, key verse (John 14:6) 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Play a game of Attribute Charades. Have kids come up one at a time. Whisper one of the attributes of God in their ear. They should act out or explain the attribute for the rest of the kids to guess.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people
  • God is a Shield= He hides, conceals & protects His people (through Jesus’ blood)
  • God is Sovereign = He rules over all
  • Jesus is the One Mediator = He is the One who stands between (us & God) and brings judgement
  • God is Trustworthy = He is dependable, reliable, honest & faithful

TEACH – TRUTH:

This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is Truth. Believe it or not, within the first few pages of the Bible, God’s character is called into question as the serpent asks Eve, “Did God really say….” The serpent accuses God (& Eve) of lying. We know that God never lies, in fact He is TRUTH…there is nothing false in Him.

Introduce the story by reminding the kids what happened in Genesis 1 & 2. Remind them that God created everything. God wasn’t created, but has always been and He made everything simply by speaking it into being.

Read Genesis 1:26-30 & Genesis 2:7-17. Talk briefly about how God made Adam & Eve, what made Adam & Eve different from the rest of creation, what commands God gave to Adam & Eve, what they were made to do, what they were told not to do, etc.

Read Genesis 3:1-13 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • Satan came into the garden in the form of a serpent.
  • Satan lied to the woman and asked about what God had said about the tree in the middle of the garden. Satan told Eve that they wouldn’t really die. Satan told them that God had lied.
  • Eve believed Satan’s lie. She took some of the fruit and ate it and gave some of it to Adam to eat as well.
  • They both disobeyed God. This was the first sin.
  • When they realized what they had gone, they felt guilty and ashamed. They made some coverings out of leaves and they hid from God.
  • God called out to them and asked where they were. (Did God really not know where they were? He is omniscient…He knows everything. He wanted them to admit what they had done.)
  • Adam answered that he was afraid so he hid. God asked him if he had eaten from the tree.
  • Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

Introduce the concept of God being truth by asking the kids to tell you how they know if something is true or false. Have one of the kids define the word true and the word false.

Then, briefly talk through the punishments given to Adam, to Eve and to the serpent. Look back at Genesis 2:17 and ask, ‘God said they would die if they ate from the tree. Was death part of their punishment?’ Explain that their punishment wasn’t immediate death, but that when they broke God’s law and sinned that death came into the world. Read Genesis 3:19 as a reminder that they would die. They were made to live forever with God, but now they would work hard, they would have pain and then they would die separated from God.

Explain that the truth of the matter is that because of sin we all have the same punishment. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death….or, the consequence that we all deserve because of sin is death.

TRUTH = FACT, RELIABLE, NOT FALSE IN ANY WAY

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for TRUTH. A good motion might be to make a capital T with your hands.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “Our memory verse for the week is John 14:6. This verse helps us to see that God is truth.”

Talk briefly about the truth that you see in this verse. Ask, how does Jesus define Himself in this verse? He is the way, He is the Truth and He is the Life. He is the only way to the Father. Not only is God the Father Truth, but Jesus is Truth and He provides the only way for us to be forgiven of our sin.

Read the memory verse (John 14:6) a few times together and do the motion for truth.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Think back to the story and punishment for that very first sin in the garden. God told them they would work hard, they would have pain and then they would die. But, the worst part of the consequence was that all of that would happen in separation from God. What we need to remember is that this is still the consequence for all of us. We will work hard, we will have pain and we will die, separated from God. When sin came into the world with Adam & Eve, sin came into each of our hearts and as sinners we will die. BUT, even in the punishment given to Adam & Eve and the serpent they was some hope of what was to come. In Genesis 3:15, God told Satan that one day the offspring of a woman would crush him. That offspring (that child) is Jesus. One day, God would send His own Son into the world to pay the price (die) for our sin and in that sacrifice, Jesus would crush Satan. That’s not the only clue we see about Jesus in this passage either. Before kicking them out of the garden, God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam & Eve (Genesis 3:21). To make these clothes that would protect and cover His people, God had to kill an animal. He had to sacrifice part of His good creation. That first sacrifice pointed to the day when God would send His Only Son into the world to be the perfect sacrifice for our sin- not just to cover up our sin, but to get rid of it forever. So you see, way back in Genesis 2:17 when God told Adam & Eve that if they ate from the tree they would die, God was being truthful. When they broke His law, death came into the world and the only way to reverse it was for Jesus to die in our place.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word TRUTH somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for TRUTH or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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 children in the class would trust Jesus as the only way to be saved and find truth in Christ alone.

Lesson 37: God is Trustworthy

LESSON 37: GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY

  • Key Verse: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7
  • Teaching Passage: Daniel 6
  • Supporting Texts: Psalm 19:7, Psalm 145:13


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY written on it, key verse (Psalm 19:7) 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Have kids stand in a line. Whisper an attribute of God in the first person’s ear. They should say the attribute outloud. The next person should do the motion and the 3rd person should define or explain the attribute. Those 3 people should then move to the back of the line so you can start all over again. If someone doesn’t know the motion or definition, they can pass or someone can give them a clue. Play for 5 minutes or so.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people
  • God is a Shield= He hides, conceals & protects His people (through Jesus’ blood)
  • God is Sovereign = He rules over all
  • Jesus is the One Mediator = He is the One who stands between (us & God) and brings judgement

TEACH – GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY:

Introduce the story by putting the book of Daniel into context. Go through a VERY brief history of God’s people to help them see where Daniel fits into the story:
– God created the world, man sinned, kicked out of the garden
– Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph- sent to Egypt
– Slaves in Egypt, exodus, 40 years, promised land
– promise to obey in promised land, don’t, cycle of judges, ask for king…. Saul, David, Solomon
– Kingdom split, some good kings, some bad…. people keep sinning…. God warns…. people sin
– God’s people are taken into captivity in Babylon. The first part if the captivity were the royal family, nobles and young men who were strong & healthy…..Daniel was among this group.

Read Daniel 6 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • King Darius chose 120 men to rule the kingdom and Daniel and 2 other men who made leaders/ administrators over them.
  • Daniel rules so well that the king put him in charge of the whole kingdom, but the other 2 guys were jealous and tried to find a way to make Daniel look bad.
  • These other 2 men went to the king and told him how great of a king he was and suggested that he make a law that for 30 days no one could pray or bow down to any god or man except to the king. The king liked the idea and made it a law without really thinking through what would happen. The law also said that if you did pray to someone else you would be thrown into the lion’s den.
  • Then, the 2 guys watched. They knew Daniel was faithful to God and would go to his room and pray 3 times a day.
  • Daniel heard the law and it didn’t stop him. He kept praying. The other guys spied and watched and caught him praying. They told the king and because Daniel had broken the law he had to be punished.
  • The kings tried to save Daniel, but he couldn’t change the law. He told Daniel that he hoped that his God would protect him. Daniel was put in the lion’s den and a stone was put over the top and the king sealed it closed.
  • The king couldn’t sleep all night because he was so worried about Daniel. Early in the morning he ran to check and Daniel. He yelled into the den and asked Daniel if his God had rescued him. Daniel responded and said that God had protected him.
  • When Daniel was brought safely out of the lion’s den, the king had the other officials thrown in and the lions devoured them.
  • The king wrote a new ruling and told all of the people of the land that God had rescued Daniel and that they should all fear Him.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

Introduce attribute for the week by asking the kids if they think Daniel ever thought about obeying the ruling to not pray/ bow down to anyone but the king. Why not? Why did Daniel know that God could be trusted no matter what?

Ask if they think Daniel was nervous when he was thrown in the lion’s den. Why or why not? Help kids to see that Daniel trusted God. Daniel knew that God was dependable and faithful and that doing what God said was more important than doing what the king said.

Help kids to see that Daniel knew that he could trust God because God had been trustworthy/ faithful in the past. Have kids give you some examples of times in the Bible where God did what He said He would do. (Adam & Eve, Abraham, Exodus, etc.)

TRUSTWORTHY = DEPENDABLE, RELIABLE, HONEST AND FAITHFUL

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for TRUSTWORTHY. A good motion might be to cross your fingers and say “I promise.”

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is trustworthy. He can be trusted. We can count on Him to do what He says He will do. We can know that He is dependable, reliable, honest & faithful. Our key verse for the week is Psalm 19:7. Let’s say the verse together a couple of times.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 19:7) a few times together and do the motion for trustworthy.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Trusting God to save us isn’t something that was only true for Daniel. God saved Daniel from physical harm and death, but He has also shown His trustworthiness and kept His promise to save us from something greater that death. Way back at the beginning of the Bible when Adam & Eve sinned for the first time, that sin came with a consequence and that consequence is death….not just physical death, but eternal death and separation from God. But, from Genesis 3, right after that first sin, God began to tell His people about His rescue plan. Genesis 3:15 tells us that an offspring of a woman will crush Satan. Genesis 12:3 God tells Abraham that all peoples of the earth will be blessed through his offspring. Both of these promises and so many more, point to a the promise of a someone who would come to rescue God’s people from sin and death. God kept His promise and Jesus came to save us from sin and death by dying on the cross in our place. This reminds us that we all need to be saved, but more than needing to be saved from lions like Daniel, we all need to be saved from our sin.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word TRUSTWORTHY somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for TRUSTWORTHY or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. After a few minutes, bring the group back together and give kids time to share what they have drawn or written. Have kids share with you examples from the Bible where we can clearly see that God can be trusted.

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 children in the class would trust God for their salvation and know that God can always be trusted.

Lesson 36: Jesus is the One Mediator

LESSON 36: Jesus is the One Mediator

  • Key Verse: “For there is One God and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Teaching Passage: Exodus 32 and Numbers 20
  • Supporting Texts: 1 Timothy 2:5, Job 9:33-34 & Hebrews 7:25

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words Jesus is the One Mediator written on it, key verse (1 Timothy 2:5) 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Do a couple of the motions and have the kids tell you what motion you are acting out and what it means.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people
  • God is a Shield= He hides, conceals & protects His people (through Jesus’ blood)
  • God is Sovereign = He rules over all

TEACH- MEDIATOR:

Introduce attribute for the week by saying that because of our sin we need a mediator to stand between us and God, but we need a mediator who doesn’t fail and sin Himself. So, Jesus came to earth and lived the perfect life that we could not live and died the death that we deserve for our sin. He took His place between us and God. He paid the price for our sin and serves as the perfect mediator who enables us to stand in God’s presence.

Tell taken from Exodus 32:1-21 and Numbers 20 in your own words stopping to read straight from the text when indicated.

Introduce the story by going through a quick Bible timeline to show the kids where we are in the story. Remind them that God created a perfect world and created people to be in perfect relationship with Him, but that these first people (Adam & Eve) broke God’s law and disobeyed Him and sin came into the world. Because they had sinned, God had to punish His people and the punishment was sending them out of His presence.Ever since then, all people have continued just like Adam & Eve and have disobeyed God and sinned. Time went by and God chose Abraham to be the beginning of His family. Abraham had a son named Isaac. Isaac had two sons, Jacob & Esau. Jacob had 12 sons, one of them was Joseph who was sold as a slave to Egypt, then was able to protect his family and bring them to Egypt. God’s people grew in Egypt and became slaves and then about God raised up Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt and into the promised land. Today’s story takes place while God’s people are on their way to the promised land.

Explain that God gave Moses a special job when it came to leading the people. Moses was the one person who would talk to God on behalf of the people. God would tell Moses what He wanted the people to do and Moses would tell the people. God had called Moses up onto the mountain to meet with Him. While on the mountain, God gave Moses the law for the people, He told Moses how to build the tabernacle and explained how His people were to be holy and set apart from the people in the lands around them. Moses was up on the mountain for a long time and God’s people got restless.

READ Exodus 32:1-6

God told Moses to go down the mountain and see what His people were doing. He told Moses that the people had made an idol and were worshipping it. God told Moses that He was going to destroy the people because of their sinfulness and that He would start over with Moses. BUT, Moses remembered that His job was to speak for the people when they were in trouble, so he spoke to God and asked Him not to destroy the people. Moses reminded God how He had rescued the people from Egypt and the promises He had made to them. He told God that if He destroyed the people that the Egyptians would say that the only reason He rescued them was to kill them. Moses pleaded with God not to destroy the people and God heard his cry and did not destroy them.

Moses came down the mountain, destroyed their idol and made the people drink water with the ashes of the golden calf in it for their punishment.

Some time went by and Moses continued to lead the people and speak to God on their behalf.

READ Numbers 20:1-11

What we see in these two stories in that in both story, Moses serves as a mediator between God and His people. Moses speaks to God on behalf of the people and God speaks to Moses on behalf of the people. Moses represents the people in God’s presence. In the first story, when Moses asked God to forgive the people, God did. But, as we saw in the second story, because Moses was a man just like the rest of the people he was also a sinner and therefore wasn’t the perfect mediator between God and His people and had to be punishment for his sin by not entering the promised land. Another mediator was necessary to stand between Holy God and sinful man.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

MEDIATOR = ONE WHO STANDS BETWEEN AND BRINGS AGREEMENT

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for MEDIATOR. A good motion might be to put your arms straight up on either side of your head and move your hand in between your arms (standing between).

Play a game to help make sense of the attribute. Have kids divide into groups of 3 and stand with 2 facing each other and the 3rd in between the 2. One of the kids on one of the ends will tell the kid on the other end to do something, but they’ll have to speak through the one in the middle (the mediator). The one giving the instructions will whisper in the ear of the mediator who will say “_______ says to ________.” Let kids have a turn being on the end and being the mediator.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that Jesus is the One Mediator between God and man. A ‘mediator’ is someone who stands between two people or groups of people who are in disagreement and helps them to come to an agreement that they can both live with.

In the case of Jesus, the Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:5, which is our key verse for the week that Jesus is the mediator between God and man. Why did we need a mediator? What was the disagreement between God and man that we could never work out on our own?

The reason we need a mediator is because we are sinful and God is holy. A Holy God cannot be in the presence of sinful people and there is nothing we, as sinful people, can do on our own to get rid of our sin. So, Jesus came as the mediator- the One who would stand between us and God and take the punishment that we deserve.”

Ask kids to explain what separates us from God and what Jesus did as the mediator.

Read the memory verse (1 Timothy 2:5) a few times together and do the motion for saves.

CROSS CONNECTION:

As we saw in the stories we looked at today, we all need a mediator to stand between us and God. Because of our sin, none of us can stand in front of a Holy God without being destroyed the way that God told Moses He would destroy the people in Exodus 32. And, because of our sin, we deserve to be destroyed. We need someone to mediate between us and God and to remove the wrath of God from us (Job 9:33-34). The amazing news of the Bible is that Jesus is that true mediator. He is the only one who could every stand between us and God because He is the only one who was able to take the punishment we deserve and died in our place as the perfect sacrifice for our sin. On the left side of a piece of paper write sin and have kid name sins that are common to them. On the right side of the page write God. In the middle, draw a large cross. Talk through the drawing showing the kids how sinful man and holy God are completely separated and how there is nothing we can do on our own to bridge the gap, but that Jesus- God’s Only Son- came to earth and took our place and died the death that we deserve.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word mediator somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for mediator or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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 stand in our place and die our death on the cross.

Lesson 35: God Is Sovereign

LESSON 35: GOD IS SOVEREIGN

  • Key Verse: “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2
  • Teaching Passage: Genesis 21
  • Supporting Texts: Exodus 15:18, Psalm 9:7, Psalm 96:10, Isaiah 9:7, Psalm 47:8

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS SOVEREIGN written on it, key verse (Job 42:2) printed on a piece of paper, pictures of (1) the world, (2) rain, (3) a throne & (4) a crown, drawn or printed on 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Have kids stand in a line. Whisper an attribute of God in the first person’s ear. They should say the attribute outloud. The next person should do the motion and the 3rd person should define or explain the attribute. Those 3 people should then move to the back of the line so you can start all over again. If someone doesn’t know the motion or definition, they can pass or someone can give them a clue. Play for 5 minutes or so.


  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people
  • God is a Shield= He hides, conceals & protects His people (through Jesus’ blood)

TEACH- SOVEREIGN:

Introduce this week’s attribute by showing the 4 pictures. (The four pictures are (1) the world, (2) rain, (3) a throne & (4) a crown). Ask kids to guess what those 4 pictures have in common or what truth about God they could be pointing to. Hopefully with a little coaching (a king sits on a throne and wears crown when he rules, etc.) someone will come up with the word reign orsovereign. Explain that our truth for the morning is SOVEREIGN which means that God rules or is control or in charge of everything.

Read the following verses: Exodus 15:18, Psalm 47:8, Job 42:2, Job 38:12, Job 38:35, Job 38:39. Then ask, “based on these verses is there anything that God does not rule over?”

Remind the group that God rules over everything from the smallest ant getting its food to tsunamis and thunderstorms to when and where babies will be born. God is in control of everything.

Introduce the story by asking someone to tell you a little bit about Abraham – who he is, what he’s known for in the Bible, etc. Talk briefly about how in Genesis 12 God chose a man named Abram and told him to leave his home and follow Him and Abram did. God promised to make him into a great nation and to give him land and to bless the world through him. God changed his name to Abraham and his wife’s name to Sarah and even though they were old and didn’t have any children God promised to make their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand on the beach and they believed God by faith (belief in something they couldn’t see).

But, time passed, they were getting older and they still didn’t even have one child, let alone numerous descendants, so they decided to take the control away from God and come up with their own plan. Abraham took a second wife. Her name was Hagar. Hagar had a son and they named him Ishmael and Abraham thought that he could be the start of God’s plan. About 13 years later, some angels came to visit Abraham and told him that Ishmael was not the son that God had promised him, but that in one year they would come back and Sarah would have a baby. When Sarah heard this she laughed because they didn’t think this could be possible, but they told her that nothing is to hard for God. The next year, Sarah had a baby and they named him Isaac and that’s where today’s story starts.

Read Genesis 21:1-21 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • God kept His promise and gave Abraham & Sarah a son in their old age. This son was the beginning of the promise from God.
  • When Isaac started to grow up, Ishmael got jealous of all the attention Isaac was getting. It bothered Sarah the way that Ishmael was treating Isaac, so she asked Abraham to send Ishmael away.
  • Abraham didn’t like the idea of sending away his son, but God told him not to worry that even though Isaac was the promised son and Isaac was the one through who God would bless the world, that He would still bless Ishmael and make him into a great nation too. God reminded Abraham that His plan was to bless the world through the family He would give Abraham and that was through Isaac.
  • So Abraham sent Hagar & Ishmael away into the desert with some bread and water. They wandered around and when they were about to run out of water, Hagar cried out to God because she was scared that her son would die. God spoke to Hagar and told her that He would make Ishmael into a great nation and then God showed her a well and she and Ishmael drank and lived. Ishmael grew up in the desert and married an Egyptian woman and God kept His promise to Ishmael and made him into a great nation too.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

SOVEREIGN = RULES OVER ALL

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for SOVEREIGN. A good motion might be to pretend that you’re holding the reigns of a horse and pull gently on them.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “Today we’re talking about the truth that God is sovereign…which means that He rules over All.”

Read the memory verse (Job 42:2} a few times together and do the motion for sovereign.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In the story today we were reminded of a promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 & 15:5-6 (read those verses). God promised an old man that he would be the father of a great nation. This seemed impossible to Abraham, but nothing is impossible for God. In this one promise, God was showing that He is the One who gives life, He is the One who controls where and when and to whom babies are born, He is the One who is SOVEREIGN over everything in all of creation. By giving Abraham & Sarah a baby in God’s timing, God was able to show that Isaac was born because he was God’s plan, not because of anything that people could plan. It was a miracle that an old lady like Sarah was able to have a baby. But, hidden in the promise to make Abraham into a great nation was an even bigger promise and an even bigger miracle. In Genesis 12:3, when God told Abram that all people on earth would be blessed through him, God was hinting to a child that would be born into Abraham’s family hundreds of years later. Another baby who’s birth would be a miracle. He wouldn’t be born to an old woman, but instead He would be born to a young woman who had yet to be married. He was the true promised Son. His name was Jesus and He was born as a blessing to all people. He was born to die on the cross and pay the price for our sin, so that everyone who believes in Him would be blessed by being brought into God’s family and made a child of God.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word SOVEREIGN somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for sovereign or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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 the class would come to understand God’s sovereign rule and trust His perfect plan in all things.

Lesson 34: God Is Our Shield

LESSON 34: GOD IS OUR SHIELD

  • Key Verse: “My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.” Psalm 7:10
  • Teaching Passage: Ephesians 6:10-20
  • Supporting Texts: Psalm 7:10, Genesis 15:1, 2 Samuel 22:3 & 31, Psalm 3:3, Psalm 18:2

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS OUR SHIELD written on it, key verse (Psalm 7:10) printed on a piece of paper, paper plates, foil, paper & glue, 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Call out one of the attributes and have kids respond with either the motion or the definition.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger
  • God Shepherds His people = He tends, guards and watches over His people

TEACH- SHIELD:

Introduce this week’s attribute by asking the kids what they think of when they hear the word shield. The boys in the group should really enjoy talking about their favorite war movie and the various shields involved. Ask what the shield does for the person fighting. Focus in on the truth that the shield is a piece of armor that protects the soldier from attack. Ask kids to help you think of times in the Bible where God shielded His people, or protected them from outside harm. If no one is coming up with anything, some of the examples you might want to point them to are- Noah & the ark, crossing the Red Sea, the Passover Lamb, any of the battles where God fought for His people, etc.

Using whatever examples they come up with, talk briefly about how God shielded His people in that situation.

Then, ask the kids what the greatest danger we all face is. They’ll probably come up with lots of things, but point them to fact that the greatest danger we all face is the wrath of God. Read Romans 6:23 and talk about how because of sin we all deserve eternal death and punishment- we all deserve the wrath of God. Tell the kids that you’re going to see how God has shielded His people from His own wrath.

Introduce the text for the morning saying that this passage is in the book of Ephesians which is a letter that Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus and that in this letter Paul reminded them what it means to be a Christian, he talks about relationships within the church and he tells them about how as Christians they can stand up against attacks.

Explain that your going to read Ephesians 6:10-20. After you read the verses, they should use the provided aluminum foil & paper to make a suit of armor for one of the kids in the group.

Then, talk through the passage highlighting the following points:

  • Paul told the people in Ephesus that as Christians they are in a battle against sin and against the schemes of Satan.
  • The Belt of Truth- This represents God’s Word and like a belt it holds everything together in the soldier’s life.
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness- this is a reminder that even though we are all sinners (and even as Christians we still continue to sin) that Jesus‘ blood covered up the sin of His people and now when God looks at His people He sees His Son’s righteousness and not our sinfulness.
  • Feet fitted with the Gospel- this means that people who are following Jesus should always be ready to run out and tell other people the good news about Jesus. And that for people who have been saved, the good news of their salvation should give them courage to run out and tell more people.
  • The shield of faith- for the Christian, whenever they are attacked by the world or tempted by the world, they can hold up their shield as a reminder that they belong to Jesus and that He bought them with His blood and they’ll be protected or shielded from attack.
  • The helmet of salvation- Our salvation protects us from believing the lies that Satan uses to discourage us.
  • The sword of the Spirit- the only weapon that the Christian needs is the Bible (God’s Word). Knowing God’s Word will help us to fight off attacks.
  • All pieces of the armor point back to the good news that Jesus died in our place. The armor helps us remember that when we place our faith in Jesus that He shields us and protects us from the wrath of God.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

Today we’re talking about the truth that God is a shield for His people. Throughout the Old Testament we see examples of God physically shielding His people and protecting them from their enemies.

The most amazing way that God has shielded His people is by sending Jesus to die in our place so that everyone who repents and believes in Him by faith will be shielded from from the wrath of God.

SHIELD = HIDES, CONCELS, PROTECTS

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for shield. A good motion might be to hold both arms in front of your face to hide.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God shields His people. Our key verse for the week is …
“My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.” Psalm 7:10

What we saw during the teaching time is that God shields His people by protecting them, and the best way He has shielded His people was by sending Jesus to die in our place so that everyone who repents and believes in Him by faith will be shielded from from the wrath of God.

Using the provided supplies (paper plates, foil, paper & glue), design a shield that shows the ultimate way that God has shielded His people. Be sure to write the verse on your shield.

Read the memory verse (Psalm 7:10) a few times together and do the motion for shield.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind the kids of the skit about the armor of God and ask if anyone remembers what the shield was called. Reread Ephesians 6:16 and talk about how the shield was called the shield of faith and that the verse says that it extinguishes the ‘flaming arrows of the evil one.‘ Ask someone to define the word faith. Talk about how we are called to believe by faith (without seeing proof) that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin and that Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that salvation is by faith alone, not by anything that we can do. Then, ask someone to remind you what you said earlier about the greatest danger we all face. Remind the kids that because we are all sinners that we all deserve the wrath (punishment) of God, but (Romans 5:8), because of His great love for His people, Jesus came to earth and took that wrath for us – He died in our place. Because of this, anyone who believes by faith that Jesus paid this price for them and repents of their sin will be shielded from the wrath of God. Jesus stands as their shield, so that on the day of judgement when sin is being punished, God the Father will look at the righteousness of Jesus instead of the sin of His people and they will be saved.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word shield somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for shield or the memory verse or they could draw and label the armor of God. 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 children in the class would trust God as their shield and hide in Him alone.

Lesson 33: God Shepherds His People

LESSON 33: GOD SHEPHERDS HIS PEOPLE

  • Key Verse: “I am the Good shepherd. The Good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11
  • Teaching Passage: John 10
  • Supporting Texts: John 10, Psalm 23, Zechariah 9:16, Ezekiel 34:23

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD SHEPHERDS HIS PEOPLE written on it, key verse (John 10:11) printed on a piece of paper, pictures of a sheep, a dog, a shepherd’s staff and a cross, 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Have kids each name one of the previous attributes and have the next child either tell the definition or do the motion before naming the next attribute.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin
  • God Saves = to rescue from danger

TEACH- SHEPHERDS HIS PEOPLE:

To introduce the attribute for the day, show kids pictures of a sheep, a dog, a shepherd’s staff and a cross, and ask them to try and guess what attribute of God these pictures could be telling us about. Hopefully someone will think of shepherd. Take a moment to explain that a shepherd is very important for sheep because sheep aren’t very smart and that without a shepherd they would all wander off in all different directions and end up hurting themselves or being attacked by wild animals. That’s where shepherds come in. Shepherds take care of sheep, shepherds guard sheep and shepherds watch over sheep. Explain that in our story this morning they’ll hear about another task of a shepherd and they should listen carefully to hear what it is.

Introduce the story from John 10 and explain that today’s attribute of God is one that Jesus Himself announced to the people as a way to explain who He is and what He came to earth to do. Explain that the idea of God being a shepherd to His people wasn’t anything new, in fact in Psalm 23 (read to the group) David said that the Lord is His Shepherd. And, in Ezekiel 34:23 God said that He would give His people a shepherd to guide them. The people were waiting for this shepherd to come.

Then, one day while Jesus was teaching the people He started out by saying that He was the gate for the sheep and that only those who enter through Him would be saved and that He is the Good shepherd who knows His sheep by name and who will lay down His life for His sheep.


Read John 10:1-18 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • Jesus is the gate for the sheep to enter through and be saved.
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd who came to die for His people.
  • Jesus said that He knows His sheep by name and that His sheep know His voice and will follow Him.
  • Jesus said that He would lay down His life (die) for His sheep and that no one would take His life away from Him, but that He would willingly die for them.
  • Jesus said that He is the Son of God and that He has authority over life and death.
  • The Jewish leaders got angry when they heard all this because basically Jesus was saying that He is God.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

SHEPHERD = TENDS, GUARDS AND WATCHED OVER

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for SHEPHERD. A good motion might be to pretend to hold and pet a sheep.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY:” Today we’re talking about the truth that God shepherds His people. Our key verse for the week is …
“I am the Good shepherd. The Good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Have kids work in groups (or pairs) to illustrate the way that the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The trick is that they need to include both a shepherd’s staff and a cross in their pictures. Give kids a few minutes to work and then have them show their pictures to the rest of the class.

Read the memory verse (John 10:11) a few times together and do the motion for shepherd.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Reread John 10:11, 17-18. Ask the kids what Jesus meant when He said that He lays down His life. Ask them when and how Jesus laid down His life. Remind the kids that the whole reason Jesus came to earth was to die on the cross for His sheep (His people). Ask one of the kids to remind you why this was necessary and talk briefly about how the Bible tells us that we are all sinners (Romans 5:12) and that the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Talk about how without Jesus we are all like a sheep without a shepherd- we’re all going our own way, but that Jesus came to pay the price for our sin and to shepherd His sheep and die in our place.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word shepherd somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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. Thank God for sending Jesus as the Good Shepherd to lay down His life for His people.

Lesson 32: God Saves

LESSON 32: GOD SAVES

  • Key Verse: “Our God is a God who saves; from the sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” Psalm 68:20
  • Teaching Passage: Genesis 18:22-33 & 19:1-3, 12-29
  • Supporting Texts: 1 Samuel 10:19, Psalm 6:4, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 7:10, Psalm 37:40, Psalm 56:16, Matthew 1:21 and Acts 2:21
  • Genesis 19:1-5 & 15-29

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD SAVES written on it, key verse (Psalm 68:20) 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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Have kids stand in a line. Whisper an attribute of God in the first person’s ear. They should say the attribute outloud. The next person should do the motion and the 3rd person should define or explain the attribute. Those 3 people should then move to the back of the line so you can start all over again. If someone doesn’t know the motion or definition, they can pass or someone can give them a clue. Play for 5 minutes or so.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection
  • God provides the PERFECT SACRIFICE for sin = Jesus is the gift or payment that paid for our sin

TEACH- SAVES:

Ask kids to share stories of times that they have needed to be saved or rescued. Let a couple of kids share their stories, then tell them that the Bible is very clear that we all need to be rescued or saved and we all need to be saved from the same thing and there is only one person who can save us. Tell them that you know that they know who you’re talking about, but to please put that truth in the back of their minds for a few minutes and hear the background of the story first.

Introduce the story from Genesis 18 & 19 (There are some sensitive details in this story. Please skip over them for the sake of this lesson).

Ask someone to tell you who Lot is. (He is Abraham’s nephew). Remind them that back in Genesis 12, when God called Abraham to leave his land and go to the land that God would show him, that Lot went with Abraham. Then, in chapter 13, they realize that they had too many animals to stay together so they separated and each went their separate ways.

When we get to Genesis 18, the Lord (& 2 angels) appears to Abraham to tell him that God’s promise to make him into a great nation and to bless the world through Him would still happen~ in fact, they tell Abraham that they would return in a year and Sarah would have had a son. At the end of this conversation, when they get up to leave Abraham they looked down toward the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah. Lot and his family lived in Sodom. The Lord told Abraham that because these two cities were full of wickedness, He would destroy them.

Abraham was concerned about Lot and his family and began to plead to the Lord to save them. Abraham asked if He would save the city if there were 50 righteous people in it. Then he asked what if there are only 45 righteous people, or 40 righteous people, or 30 righteous people, or 20 righteous people…and each time the Lord said that if he found that many righteous people in the town it would be spared. Then Abraham asked, what if there were only 10 righteous people in the city and the Lord said that He would spare the city for only 10.

So, the two angels who had visited Abraham with the Lord made their way down to Sodom and Gomorrah. They met Lot just outside the city and stayed with him. From Lot’s home, they could see that the town was as wicked as they believed it to be and there were not even 10 righteous people in the city. The angels warned Lot and his family of the coming destruction and told them to get out of town.

Read Genesis 19:12-29 and/ or tell the story in your own words highlighting the following points:

  • The angels warned Lot that they were there to destroy the city because of it’s wickedness and told him to get everyone in his family and get out of town.
  • Lot went to warn his son-in-laws but they didn’t believe him and thought he was joking.
  • Early in the morning the angels told them to leave and flee for their lives and to not look back because they were going to destroy the city. The angels told them to flee to the mountains so they would not be swept away. Lot said the mountains were too far and asked if they could flee to a closer city. The angels agreed and told them to run and not look back.
  • As Lot and his family were getting close to the city of Zoar where they were running too, the Lord rained sulfur down on Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed everything in those cities…all people, all animals, all vegetation.
  • Lots‘ wife looked back and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
  • Lot and his daughters obeyed the Lord and trusted Him and the Lord saved them

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

This week we’re talking about the truth that God saves. We’ve all needed to be saved at some point in our lives. Maybe we climbed too high in a tree or maybe we went too deep in the pool. Someone was there to save us and bring us to safety. The Bible tells us that we’re all in greater danger than deep water or a tall tree and we all need to be saved.

SAVE = RESCUE FROM DANGER

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for SAVE. A good motion might be to reach out and down with 1 hand like you’re grabbing the hand of someone who is falling or someone in water.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is the rock. Our key verse for the week is Psalm 68:20. This verse reminds us that God saves. Let’s say the verse together a couple of times and then we’ll talk about what God saves His people from and how God saves His people.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 68:20) a few times together and do the motion for saves.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Tell the kids that although they’ve heard the words “God saves” thousands of times that you want them to really think about what it means that God saves, how he saves and what he saves his people from. Think back to the story and how Abraham asked the Lord to save the city if there were 10 righteous people in it and God agreed. Ask what it means to be righteous (to be in right standing before God- sinless- perfect- holy). Then ask, can anyone be righteous on their own? Remind the kids that the Bible is really clear on this truth that all of us are sinners and no one is righteous (Romans 3:10-12 & 23). In the story, Lot was a good man, but on His own (apart from God) he wasn’t righteous. He wasn’t saved because he is good, he was saved because he trusted God and obeyed Him. Help the kids to see that the same is true for each and every one of us. All of us are like Lot. We’re living ok lives and we’re completely unaware that we’re about to be destroyed. The Bible tells us that because of our sin we deserve to be completely destroyed forever and nothing we can do will take away the destruction that we deserve. But, Romans 5:8 tells us that ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died.‘ The angels came and warned Lot of the coming judgement and told him to follow God and they would be saved. We all need to listen to the warning that Lot heard and do what Lot did….turn our backs on sin and turn toward God. The only way we can be saved is to look to Jesus (John 3:14-15) and not look back.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word saves somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for saves or the memory verse or they could illustrate the the story. 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 children in the class would run to God as the rock of their salvation and find their refuge in Him alone instead of the things of the world.

Lesson 31: God Provided The Perfect Sacrifice

LESSON 31: GOD PROVIDED THE PERFECT SACRIFICE

  • Key Verse: “God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.” Romans 3:25
  • Teaching Passage: The Crucifixion- Mark 15:21-40
  • Supporting Texts: Proverbs 1:29, John 10:18, Hebrews 9:28, 1 John 2:2 & 1 John 4:10

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD PROVIDED THE PERFECT SACRIFICE written on it, key verse (Romans 3:25) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, a large piece of art paper or poster board.

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.

Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Call out an attribute of God and have someone tell you what it means and/ or do the motion for that attribute.

  • 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)
  • God is Good = morally excellent, virtuous or righteous
  • God is Gracious = merciful, benevolent, kind & compassionate
  • God Guides His People= He leads, accompanies, assists and gives direction/ guidance
  • God Heals = make healthy & whole & free from ailments
  • God is Holy = He is sinless, perfect and set apart
  • God is our Hope = He is the One in whom our expectations are centered
  • Jesus is Immanuel = God with Us
  • God is Judge = He is the One who rules over and passes judgement on others
  • God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  • God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  • Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  • God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  • God is Majestic = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  • God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  • God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  • God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  • God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  • God is One = the Only God
  • God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  • God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right
  • God is the Rock = solid, strong and offering protection

TEACH- GOD PROVIDED THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR HIS PEOPLE:

Introduce the attribute for the morning by asking the kids what the word sacrifice means or what they think of when they hear the word. Some kids will probably say something about the Old Testament sacrificial system.Tell them that we’ll get to that in a minute, but first to imagine that they didn’t know anything about the Bible and then define the word. Talk about how in it’s own sacrifice means to give something that’s hard to give. Give a personal example such as- it would be a sacrifice for me to stop eating chocolate because I love chocolate so much. Explain that the word sacrifice has an element of giving something that’s important to you.

Then, BRIEFLY, talk about the Old Testament sacrificial system. Say something like,

“Ever since the first sin in the garden of Eden, sin had to be paid for. When Adam and Eve first sinned, God killed animals to make clothes for them and then punished them by sending them out of the garden. For a while in the Bible, we hear of sacrifices to God randomly as someone like Noah builds and altar and offers a sacrifice to God. But, once God established His people in Abraham and began the process of redeeming and rescuing His people in the time of the Exodus, suddenly we see God requiring sacrifices to pay for (cover up) sin. While the people were in the desert, God gave them laws that included lots of sacrifices. Every day, animals would be killed and burned as a sacrifice. None of these sacrifices got rid of sin. All they did was cover up sin so that God could dwell among His sinful people.

For God’s people to truly live in God’s presence a final sacrifice had to be made. But this time instead of people giving up their best sheep, God would be the one to make the sacrifice….”

Introduce the story from Mark 15:21-40. Tell the kids that you know this is a familiar story, but that you want them to listen as if they are hearing the story for the first time.

Use the following points to tell the story in your own words. Or, read directly from the Bible and them discuss these points.

  • The soldiers led Jesus out to be crucified and they had a man named Simon carry Jesus‘ cross.
  • The soldiers crucified Jesus at the place called Golgatha and they divided up his clothes between them.
  • It was 9 am when Jesus was crucified. There was a sign above His head that said “The King of the Jews.”
  • Two criminals were crucified on either side of Jesus.
  • People who walked by insulted Him and teased Him. They told Him to come down from the cross and save Himself.
  • It got dark at noon and stayed dark until 3 pm.
  • Then, Jesus cried out, “my God, My God, why have you forsaken me? The people thought He was calling Elijah.
  • Then Jesus took His last breath and died.
  • At that moment the curtain in the temple tore from top to bottom.
  • The final sacrifice had been made. There was no longer any need for shedding of blood. Sin was paid for. Jesus opened the way to the Father.
  • When the soldiers and those standing around Jesus saw Him die, one of the centurions said, “surely this was the Son of God.”

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

Talk about how God was the One who offered this final sacrifice and how because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that His death was the last sacrifice needed for sin to be paid for.

PERFECT SACRIFICE = THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT FOR SIN

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for SACRIFICE. A good motion might be to put your arms out to your sides like Jesus on the cross.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “Today we’re talking about the truth that God provided the perfect sacrifice for our sin. The Bible tells us that there is nothing we can on our own to pay for our sin. Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross. To help you remember the verse, we’re going to make a poster.”

Pull out the poster board or large piece of art paper and markers. Draw a large cross in the middle of the paper. Either you or one of the kids should write the verse inside the cross. Then, have the kids work together to draw the story around the cross. They can each draw what they remember, or you can assign different kids to draw different parts of the story – the soldiers walking with Jesus, Simon carrying the cross, Jesus on the cross, the sky becoming dark, the temple curtain tearing, the sign above Jesus’ head, etc.

Read the memory verse (Romans 3:25) a few times together while drawing.

CROSS CONNECTION:

The connection has really been made throughout the lesson, but by way of review, talk kids through the gospel reminding them of the following points that show the necessity of this one final sacrifice.
(1) God made people to be in perfect relationship with Him
(2) Sin came into the world through Adam and Eve and destroyed the relationship between God and man. Sinful man could not be in the presence of a Holy and Perfect God. And, not only did Adam & Eve sin, but the Bible tells us that every person since them have sinned and are born as sinners.
(3) The sacrifices in the Old Testament only covered up sin, they never got rid of sin or paid the price for sin.
(4) The price that had to be paid for sin was death….but if you or I paid that price we would die and not be united with God.
(5) Jesus came to earth as the perfect sacrifice. He did what none of us would ever be capable of doing and He lived a holy and sinless life. Then, as the perfect sacrifice He died to pay the price for sin and rose again so that we could be united with God in life.



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word perfect sacrifice somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for perfect sacrifice or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story. 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 30: God Is The Rock

LESSON 30: GOD IS THE ROCK

  1. Key Verse: “For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?” 2 Samuel 22:32
  2. Teaching Passage: The wise & foolish builders- Matthew 7:24-27
  3. Supporting Texts: 2 Samuel 22:32, Psalm 62:2, 2 Samuel 22:2


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  THE ROCK written on it, key verse (2 Samuel 22:32) 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.


Take a few minutes to review the attributes you’ve previously learned. Have kids stand in a line. Whisper an attribute of God in the first person’s ear. They should say the attribute outloud. The next person should do the motion and the 3rd person should define or explain the attribute. Those 3 people should then move to the back of the line so you can start all over again. If someone doesn’t know the motion or definition, they can pass or someone can give them a clue. Play for 5 minutes or so.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  25. God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  26. God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  27. God is One = the Only God
  28. God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people
  29. God is Righteous = He is always right & He always does what is right

TEACH- GOD IS THE ROCK:

Ask the kids to tell you what they think of when they hear the word ROCK. Have them name other words that come to mind when they think of a rock. Talk about how a rock is hard and strong and unchanging and if it’s big enough it can become a shelter, etc.


Then, explain that this morning we’re talking about the truth that God is our rock. Ask if anyone can think of any stories from the Bible that might illustrate our God is our Rock – try to help them think of times when God showed that He is strong, or when God was a refuge for His people to hide in, etc.


Introduce the story from Matthew 7:24-27 and tell it in your own words. Some of the truths to discuss are:

  1. In Matthew 5-7 we find one of the longest sessions of Jesus‘ teaching recorded in the Bible. This part of the Bible is called the Sermon on the Mount.
  2. Jesus and His disciples were out among people and Jesus had the people sit down and He taught them. He taught about the law and how He came to fulfill the law, He taught about murder and divorce and taking oaths and prayer and fasting and all kinds of things.
  3. Then, Jesus told them a story about 2 builders, and how if you follow Jesus and do what He says you’ll be like the wise builder in the story. This is how the story went.
  4. There were 2 builders who went to build houses.
  5. One builder (turns out to be the foolish one), builds his house on sand. His house had no foundation. It looked good from the outside, but it wasn’t strong and wasn’t built on anything that would last.
  6. The other builder (turns out he’s the wise one), builds his house on a rock.
  7. When the storm came, the house built on the sand fell down and was destroyed, but the one built on the rock stayed strong.
  8. In this story, Jesus was teaching us that our lives need to be built on a strong and solid foundation and that He is that rock. If we build our lives on Jesus, that means that everything we do will be based on Him. He will be our strength.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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


This week we’re talking about the truth that God is the Rock. When we think of a rock we think of something that is strong and unchanging and if it’s a big enough rock something that we can hide behind for protection. Ask kids to tell you what they think it would be like to hide behind a big, strong rock and what they think the rock could protect them from.

THE ROCK = THE FIRM FOUNDATION, FIRM, NEVER SHAKING

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for ROCK. A good motion might be to squat down to form a rock with your body.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is the rock. Our key verse for the week is 2 Samuel 22:32. This verse reminds us that not only is God a strong refuge for His people, but that He is THE strong refuge for His people. There is no one else we can run to in times of trouble. Only God can give us the protection we truly need.”

Read the memory verse (2 Samuel 22:32) a few times together and do the motion for rock.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In the story that Jesus told about the wise and foolish builders, he was teaching us something very important about salvation. Probably, when these two houses were built and before the storms came, they both looked good on the outside and no one would know that one of them had a good foundation and one didn’t. If we take this comparison to people we could say that there were 2 people who both went to church and both of them tried to do good things and both of them tried not to sin too much, but one of them was just doing these things trying to look good and trying to be strong on their own. Through this story, Jesus was reminding us that we can’t do it on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9), we can’t be good enough (Romans 3:23) and that we need to build our lives on Jesus. Jesus needs to be the foundation of our lives. We need to trust and believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. We need to turn away (repent) from our sin and turn to Jesus as our salvation That’s what it means to build your life on the rock!



REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word the rock somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for the rock or the memory verse or they could illustrate the parable that Jesus told about the wise and foolish builders. 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 children in the class would run to God as the rock of their salvation and find their refuge in Him alone instead of the things of the world.

Lesson 29: God Is Righteous

LESSON 29: GOD IS RIGHTEOUS

  1. Key Verse: “Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things…” Psalm 71:19 a
  2. Teaching Passage: Jesus Resists Temptation- Matthew 4:1-11
  3. Supporting Texts: Isaiah 5:16, Psalm 48:10


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  RIGHTEOUS written on it, key verse (Psalm 71:19a) 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. Choose a few attributes from the beginning of the series and a few more recent ones to help kids review all that they’ve learned.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  25. God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  26. God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  27. God is One = the Only God
  28. God Protects His People = He defends, guards, covers & shields His people

TEACH- GOD IS RIGHTEOUS:

Ask the kids if they’ve ever known anyone who is always right. Joke about how there are some people who think they’re right all the time, but because we’re all sinners we can be sure that no one is right all the time. We all are wrong in the things we think or say or do.


But, the Bible tells us that God is always right. Explain that the word we can use to describe the rightness of God is RIGHTEOUS.


Introduce the story from Matthew 4:1-11 and tell it in your own words. Some of the truths to discuss are:

  1. The Bible clearly tells is that Jesus is “God with us.” He is Immanuel. He came to earth and lived as a man to die and take the punishment for our sin.
  2. Before starting His earthly ministry, Jesus was baptized and right after being baptized, Jesus was led out into the wilderness to be tempted. As a man Jesus was tempted to sin just like we are, but what we’ll see is that His response is very different to our response to sin.
  3. He fasted (didn’t eat anything) for 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry and then Satan came and tempted Him.
  4. First, Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread. Obviously the One who spoke the world into being has the power to do that, but instead Jesus responded by saying that ‘man doesn’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘ There was no one that Jesus was going to obey Satan to meet a physical need.
  5. Second, Satan took Jesus to the highest point of the temple and quoted from Psalm 91 encouraging Jesus to throw Himself off the temple because the angels would protect Him. Satan wanted Jesus to prove that He was the Son of God by doing this. Jesus again responded with scripture by saying that the Bible also says, ‘do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
  6. Still Satan didn’t give up. Finally, he tempted Jesus to bow down and worship him and told him that he would give Jesus all of the splendor of the world if he worshipped him. Again Jesus responded with Scripture and said, ‘away from me Satan. For it is written, worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.‘
  7. Jesus did not give into temptation. Jesus did not sin. Jesus lived a perfect life so that He could die as the perfect sacrifice for our sin and offer us His righteousness in the place of our sin.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

RIGHTEOUS = ALWAYS RIGHT, ALWAYS DOES WHAT IS RIGHT

EXPLAIN: In this lesson, we’re talking about the truth that God is Righteous. The word righteous has a clue to it’s definition right in the word. When we say that God is righteous we are saying that He is always and only right. He cannot be or do wrong and there is nothing that is right apart from Him. Ask the class how they saw God’s righteousness displayed in the story they just heard. Explain that righteousness is one of those attributes of God that we can never attain on our own, because we are sinful and can only be made righteous through Jesus.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for RIGHTEOUS. A good motion might be to do 2 thumbs up and then move your hand with thumbs up in a big circle, like you’re saying right/ good always

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “Our key verse for the week is Psalm 71:19 which speaks of God’s righteousness.” Then, work together as a group to make up motions for the verse and use the motions to remember the verse. Say the verse together with the motions several times.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story today, we saw righteousness in action. We were reminded that Jesus came to earth as a man and that He was tempted to sin and yet He never did. We were also reminded that we are just the opposite. We are unrighteous. Everything we do apart from Jesus is sinful and there is nothing right about it. The Bible is really clear in telling us that we are all sinners and that there is nothing we can do on our own to rescue ourselves from this life (Romans 3:10-12 & 23, 6:23, 5:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, etc.). Thankfully, the story does end there and we’re also told how we can escape from our unrighteousness and Jesus is the only way (John 14:6). The truth we need to remember is this – Jesus came to earth, He lived a perfect and sinless life, He died on the cross to pay for our sin (not His), He rose again and now we can live with Him if we believe that He paid the price for our sin. And, all people who believe in Jesus will be clothed with His righteousness so that we can stand before the Holy God. It’s the great exchange. On the cross, Jesus took on our unrighteousness and God’s righteous punishment for our sin and then gives us His righteousness. Now that’s worth celebrating!


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word righteous somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for righteous or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story of Jesus’ temptation. 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 lesson the class just heard on the righteousness of God would help to convict them of their sin and see their need for salvation.

Lesson 28: God Protects His People

LESSON 28: GOD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE

  1. Key Verse: “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may Your love and Your truth always protect me.” Psalm 40:11
  2. Teaching Passage: God protects baby Moses – Exodus 1-2
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 40:11, Proverbs 2:8, Proverbs 24:12, Deuteronomy 10:18, 2 Samuel 22:2


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE written on it, key verse (Psalm 40:11) 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.


Play a quick game of ‘charades’ to review the attributes of God. Call kids up one at a time and whisper one of the attributes in their ear. have them act it out (do the motion or act it out in some other way) or give clues for the rest of the class to guess which attribute they’re thinking of. Be prepared to give suggestions of how they might act out each of the attributes. Play for 4-5 minutes.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  25. God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  26. God is Omniscient = He knows everything
  27. God is One = the Only God

TEACH- GOD PROTECTS HIS PEOPLE:

Ask kids to name things that protect us. Have them think through what protects us in the car (seat belts, baby car seats, brakes, etc.), what protects our feet when we walk (shoes), what protects us at home (smoke detectors, locks on our doors, etc.) and people who protect us (parents, teachers, police men, etc.).


Then, ask a couple of kids to share stories about a time when they needed to be protected. Talk about what they needed protection from, who protected them and what form the protection came in. After the stories, remind them that we need protection when we’re in danger.


Introduce the idea that God protects His people. Explain that throughout the Bible we see examples of how God has protected His people from lots of things. Ask kids to tell you stories they can think of where God protected His people (EX: Daniel in the lion’s den, Noah’s family in the ark, Rahab when the people entered Jericho, Jesus’ disciples in the boat in the storm).


Then say, “we’ve seen God protect His people in lots of ways in the Bible, but the fact that we still say that God protects His people must mean that we’re in danger and that as we go through the lesson we’ll talk about the danger that we all find ourselves in.”



Introduce the story from Exodus 1-2 and tell it in your own words. Some of the truths to discuss are:

  1. God’s people had been enslaved in Egypt. While they were there as slaves, they had grown into a great nation and the Pharaoh (the leader of Egypt) started to worry that there were too many of them and that they would revolt against Him.
  2. Pharaoh decided to get rid of God’s people. His first attempt was to tell the ladies (midwives) who would help the moms have babies that if it was a girl they should let it live, but that if it was a boy they should kill the baby. These women knew that it was wrong to kill the babies, so they let them all live and lied to the Pharaoh. Then, he passed a law that said that if you had a boy you had to throw him into the Nile river.
  3. A Levite man and his wife had a baby boy and hid him for 3 months because they didn’t want to throw him into the river.
  4. When he was 3 months old and they couldn’t hide him anymore, the boy’s mom made a basket and coated it with tar so it would float and put the baby in the basket and put the basket in the edge of the water.
  5. The baby’s sister (Miriam) stayed and watched to see what would happen.
  6. The Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to take a bath and when she saw the basket she had her servants bring it to her and she found the baby.
  7. Pharaoh’s daughter raised Moses as her own son and hired his actual mom to take care of him and feed him while he was still a little baby.
  8. God protected Moses because He had big plans for Moses‘ life.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

PROTECTS = DEFENDS, GUARDS, COVERS AND SHEILDS

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for PROTECTS. A good motion might be to use one hand to cover or shield the fingers of your other hand – protect them.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Psalm 40:11. In this verse we are reminded that God protects His people – specifically that God’s love and truth protect His people.” Talk about how love and truth can protect us. Explain that in a simple sense, the truth that the stove is hot protects us from having our fingers burned and our mom’s love in warning us about the hot stove also protects us. Help the kids to see that in a similar way, the truth of God’s Word (the Bible) is a tool that God uses to protect us. When we read that Jesus is the only way to be saved, that truth protects us from the trap of following false gods.

Read the memory verse (Psalm 40:11) a few times together and do the motion for protect while saying the verse.

CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story today, we saw God protect Moses using a little basket and the daughter of the Pharaoh. God’s reason for protecting Moses was that God had a great plan for Moses’ life. God planned to use Moses to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt. This story points us to another time when God protected another baby for a similar reason. When Jesus was a baby, another ruler (King Herod) would be afraid of loosing his power when he heard of the birth of a king, so he ordered that all of the baby boys less than 2 years old be killed. God warned Joseph  through a dream to take Mary and Jesus and go to Egypt to be safe. God protected His Son, because the time wasn’t right for Him to die. Jesus had come to earth to die, but first He would have to be tempted and yet remain sinless, He would have to call the people to repent and return to God and then He would willingly give up His life to pay the price for the sins of all of God’s people.


The ultimate way that God has protects His people is through Jesus dying on the cross in our place. Jesus protected us from death and eternal separation from God by paying the price for our sin. Now that’s amazing protection!


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word protects somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for protects or the memory verse or they could illustrate either the story of Moses, or any other Bible story they can think of where God acted to protect His people. 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 His hand of protection on His people throughout the Bible and ultimately protecting His people from sin and death through Jesus’ death in our place.

Lesson 27: God Is One

LESSON 27: GOD IS ONE

  1. Key Verse: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” Deuteronomy 6:4
  2. Teaching Passage: Paul in Athens Acts 17:16-34
  3. Supporting Texts: Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Timothy 2:5


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  ONE written on it, key verse (Dueteronomy 6:4) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, and 1 extra large piece of paper or cardstock (poster board)

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.


Take the time to go through all 26 of the attributes we’ve already learned in this study. Either read the attribute and have the kids do the motion, or read the definition and have the kids tell you the definition.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  25. God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time
  26. God is Omniscient = He knows everything

TEACH- GOD IS JUDGE:

Say: “I just read a list of 26 truths about God. Does that mean there are 26 gods??? One who is Omnipotent and One who is love and One who is Holy? No, obviously not and I know that none of you thought that. Sometimes people like to say things like ‘my God is loving, but He’s not a judge,’ but when people are saying things like that they are forgetting our truth for today. They are forgetting that God is ONE. God is all of the attributes that we’ve talked about so far this year and all the truths we’ll talk about the rest of the year and so much more. In order to understand who God is, we need to have a big picture of God. Forgetting one or two of the truths of God would be like putting together a puzzle and leaving out a couple of the pieces, we wouldn’t have a complete picture of God and we wouldn’t be worshipping the true God.

Tell the kids that you want to walk them through a story that should help them understand more about the truth that God is One.


Introduce the story from Acts 17:16-34 and tell it in your own words. Some of the points to include are:

  1. Paul was in Athens and while he was there he was upset because the city was full of statues to false gods.
  2. Paul met with people and tried to explain to them that there is only One true God.
  3. One day Paul was invited to come speak in the Areopagus (the place where all the men in town met to talk about important things). This is what he told them about their false gods.
  4. Read Acts 17:22-31

After going through the passage, have the kids help you make a list of the truths about the One true God that Paul taught the people. Some of the things they should notice are: He wasn’t made by people, God made all people, God will judge the world, God raised Jesus from the dead, God makes us live everyday.


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

Briefly explain that when we say God is One, we are saying two things: (1) there is only One God and (2) there is unity in the trinity. God the Father, Jesus and the Spirit are One God, they are 3 in one.

ONE = THE ONLY

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for ONE. A good motion might be to hold up 1 finger.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is Deuteronomy 6:4. This verse is one of the first things that Jewish children are taught about God and Jewish families recite this verse all the time. This verse reminds us of the basic truth about God, that He is ONE. There is no other god. He alone is the only true God. And, He is all of the truths we’ve been learning about God this year. You cannot leave any of them out.”

Explain that to help us remember this truth that we’re going to make something to illustrate the truth. In the middle of a large piece of cardstock or poster board, write the word God. There should be at least as much space as the word God on all 4 sides of the word. Draw a circle around the word God. Then draw 6 or 7 lines from the edge of the paper to the circle like rays coming out of the circle. This should divide the blank areas of the paper into 7 or 8 spaces. Have kids tell you one truth about God to write in each space. Carefully cut down the lines to the edge of the circle.


Take turns folding down one of the pieces of your page and asking, “Can God be _____, and______, and ______ and ______ without being _______.?” (fill in the first blanks with truths that are visible on your page and the last one with the truth you folded down.

The point is that God is One and He is all of these truths….He is Almighty and Omniscient. He is compassionate and the judge, etc.

Read the memory verse (Deuteronomy 6:4) a few times together.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Talk through John 14:6 and how just as there is One God, and God is One (meaning that God the Father, Jesus and the Spirit are One), that the Bible is also equally clear on the truth that there is ONE way for sinful man to be reconciled to God and that is through Jesus. Remind the kids why we are separated from God (because of our sin) and have them repeat after you – One God and One way. Use 1 Timothy 2:5 to support this argument. Talk about some of the other ways that some people try to get to God – other religions, being really good, coming to church. Explain that the Bible is really clear when it tells us that Jesus is the only way to God because Jesus died to pay the price for our sin.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word one somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for one or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story that they heard this morning. 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 giving us the Bible where we can learn about who He is and what He is like. Ask God to continue to teach us to worship Him the way He alone deserves to be worshipped.

Lesson 26: God Is Omniscient

LESSON 26: GOD IS OMNISCIENT

  1. Key Verse: “…for the Lord is a God who knows, and by Him deeds are weighed.”  1 Samuel 2:3
  2. Teaching Passage: Ananias & Sapphira- Acts 4-5
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 139, Psalm 94:11, John 18:4, 1 Samuel 2:3


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  OMNISCIENT written on it, key verse (1 Samuel 2:3) 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. As a quick review, do a few of the motions and see if the kids in the group can tell you what that motion teaches us about who God is and what God is like.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power
  25. God is Omnipresent = He is everywhere all the time

TEACH- GOD IS OMNISCIENT:

Start out by reviewing the “omni” traits of God- – omnipotent & omnipresent and then tell the kids that this morning we’re going to add a 3rd ‘omni’ or ‘ALL’ trait. Ask if anyone can guess what characteristic of God they think we’re talking about. Hopefully someone will say that God is ‘all-knowing’ or that God knows everything. Tell the kids that a word we can use to describe the truth that God is all knowing is ‘omniscient.’


Ask if any of the kids in the room are all knowing. Explain that there are some people who act like “know-it-alls”- that means that they act like they know everything and they always have to be right m but that it is impossible for a human to know everything, just like being limited by time and space, we have limited knowledge. I might know everything there is to know about multiplication and can do all kinds of math in my head, but there are lots of things I can never know. Have kids help you think of some random things that we could never know: how many grains of sand there are in the desert or how many hairs are on my head (which the Bible says God knows) or the names of the stars that we can’t even see with the strongest telescope, etc.


Tell the kids that you want to walk them through a story that should help them understand more about the truth that God is all knowing.


Introduce the story from Acts 4 & 5 and tell it in your own words. Some of the truths to discuss are:

  1. In the early church (the first few years after Jesus returned to heaven) all of the people shared everything they had with each other and took care of each other’s needs. People were known to sell their things and bring the money to the church to help those in need. No one was selfish.
  2. A man named Barnabas sold a piece of land he owned and brought the  money to the apostles so they could use it for the church to meet the needs of the people.
  3. A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold their land as well.
  4. Ananias brought part of the money to the church acting like it was all of the money. God told Peter that Ananias was lying and Peter accused Ananias of lying.
  5. Peter said that since the land was his he could have done anything he wanted to with the money and it would have been fine to say that you want to give some of the money, but that what he did was lying to God.
  6. Ananias fell down dead right then and there. Some men took his body and buried him.
  7. Three hours later, Sapphira came and didn’t know what had happened. Peter asked her how much they sold the land for and she told him the partial amount that Ananias had brought in to the church.
  8. Peter accused her of lying and told her that her husband had just died after being caught lying. Then Sapphira fell down dead as well.
  9. God knew their hearts and He knew that they were lying. No one could have known and even though Ananias and Sapphira were able to trick other people with their lies, it’s impossible to lie to God because He knows everything. Finish the story by reading Psalm 139:2 & 4 as a reminder that God knows our thoughts and knows what we’re going to say before we say it.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

OMNISCIENT = KNOWS EVERYTHING

EXPLAIN: Ask the kids if there is anything that God doesn’t know. Remind them of the story and how God knew what was in their hearts and knew they were lying to Peter and to God. Ask if we can ever lie to God. No, He knows our thoughts so its impossible to lie to God.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for OMNISCIENT. A good motion might be to tap the side of your head with your finger like you’re saying that you know something.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This week’s memory verse is 1 Samuel 2:3. In this verse we see that God knows our thoughts and our deeds. God knows everything about everybody because God is OMNISCIENT.

Read the memory verse (1 Samuel 2:3) a few times together. Work as a group to make up motions for the verse. Then play a game to review the verse. Take turns asking questions like ‘does God know how when I lie to my mom?’ and answering ‘yes – then reciting the verse.’

CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind the kids that this morning we talked about the truth that God knows everything that that includes our thoughts and heart motives. This is one of the reasons why sin is such a HUGE problem. We need to remember that our sin is actually against God. When we tell a little lie, or do something in secret that no one will ever find out about and think we’ve gotten away with it, we need to remember that God knows our hearts. That’s why Jesus taught that just calling your brother a fool is the same as killing him, because in your heart you are thinking evil thoughts about him. When we consider our thoughts as sin, its obvious that we are all sinners. The sin in this story wasn’t keeping the money, the sin was thinking they could trick God and the church and make themselves look good. Thankfully, Jesus came and died on the cross for our sin. We can’t live the life that God calls us to live on our own, but when we follow Jesus He’ll change our hearts and start to make us more like Him so that we obey a little more every day.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word omniscient somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for omniscient or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story they heard and write something about God knowing their thoughts. 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 teaching us about Him through this study so that we can come to know Him more and more.

Lesson 25: God Is Omnipresent

LESSON 25: GOD IS OMNIPRESENT

  1. Key Verse: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?” Psalm 139:7
  2. Teaching Passage: God is Everywhere- Psalm 139
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 94:11, Psalm 139, Proverbs 15:3


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  OMNIPRESENT written on it, key verse (Psalm 139:7) 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. Try to use some from the beginning of the series and some more recent attributes for the warm up review.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  24. God is Omnipotent =  He is almighty or infinite in power

TEACH- GOD IS OMNIPRESENT:

Start out by asking the kids where they are right now. Hopefully they’ll say they’re in their classroom, at church, or they’ll name your city or maybe someone will say that they’re on earth. Ask if they could be somewhere else right now at the same time as being here. Start with obvious ones. Can you be here and on the moon? Then, move in closer and ask – Can you be here and be in the next room? Or, can you be at the front of the room and the back of the room?


Then, ask where God is. Some kids will probably say heaven, which needs to be acknowledged as a correct answer. Some might say that God is in their heart, to which you should acknowledge that if they have repented of their sin and turned to Jesus for forgiveness that in a sense God is living in and through you. (You might want to read John 14:16-20 and point out that if you are a follower of Jesus and have turned to Him for forgiveness that you are in Him and He is in God). But then ask something like, so God is only in your heart? (that’s not fair.)


Tell the kids that the Bible tells us that God is everywhere all the time. He is not limited by time and space. God is everywhere all of the time. Go on to explain that even though God is everywhere all the time that sometimes in the Bible we read about Him entering time and space: God was in the burning bush, God was in the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, God was in the cloud that settled on the temple. But, He was also everywhere else at the same time.


Tell the kids that there is one chapter in the Bible that really helps us to understand that God is everywhere by asking a simple question. Where can I go from God’s presence? And that chapter is Psalm 139.

Read through Psalm 139 and have kids point out the truths that this one Psalm teaches us about God and the fact that He is omnipresent (or everywhere all the time). Some of the truths to discuss are:

  1. God knows His people- He has to be present where we are to know us.
  2. God knows what we’re doing- sitting, standing, going out. Ask if any of them know exactly what their grandmother is doing right now? No, because we are not there with her.
  3. God knows our thoughts and our words before we speak. He knows our thoughts because He is with us.
  4. We can’t go anywhere to get away from God because He is everywhere.
  5. God is in the heavens, in the depths, on the other side of the sea, in the dark, in the light. God is everywhere!
  6. God was there before we were born and was making us inside our moms.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

OMNIPRESENT = EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME

EXPLAIN: The Bible tells us that God is OMNIPRESENT, He is everywhere all the time. Read and discuss these verse to further your discussion – Proverbs 15:3 and Jeremiah 23:23-24. Talk about what these verses tell us about who God is and where God is.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for OMNIPRESENT. A good motion might be to make a big circle around your body with your hand.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is Omnipresent (or everywhere all the time). Our memory verse for the week is…

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?” Psalm 139:7. The answer is no where. There is no where we can go where God isn’t there. This should give us comfort when we feel scared or alone to remember that God is always there.”

Read the memory verse (Psalm 139:7) a few times together and each time you finish the verse yell… NOWHERE! GOD IS EVERYWHERE!


CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind the kids that this morning we talked about the truth that God is everywhere, which is an amazing truth to remember. Ask them again where they could do to hide from God and remind them that we can’t go anywhere to get away from God. Then, say something like, ‘although we’re always in God’s presence now because God is everywhere, there is still something that separates us from God. Sin is like a veil keeping us from being completely in God’s presence because He is only and He cannot have sin in His presence. The only way we can remove the veil, or get rid of the sin that separates us from God is to understand that we are sinners and that we need to be forgiven of our sin and believe that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin.’ Remind the group of the week when we talked about God’s holiness and how because God is holy He is completely separated from sin. But, because of His great love for His people, the Bible tells us that Jesus took on our sin and died in our place to pay for our sin so that we could be brought back into a right relationship with God and enjoy His presence forever!


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word OMNIPRESENT somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for OMNIPRESENT or the memory verse or they could draw something to help them remember that God is everywhere. 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 always being with us and never leaving us alone. Thank His especially that through Jesus we can be in His presence forever.

Lesson 24: God Is Omnipotent

LESSON 24: GOD IS OMNIPOTENT

  1. Key Verse:“‘He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” Joshua 4:24
  2. Teaching Passage: Samson Looses His Strength~ Judges 16
  3. Supporting Texts: Joshua 4:24, Deuteronomy 3:24, Psalm 24:8


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  OMNIPOTENT written on it, key verse (Joshua 4:24) 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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up
  23. God is Merciful = God is full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another

TEACH- GOD IS OMNIPOTENT:

Start out by asking the kids to share ‘feats of strength’…. who can do 20 push ups? who can lift their brother or sister in the air? etc. Congratulate their strength each time they share some sort of feat of strength and then ask an obvious question….like ‘its amazing that you can lift your brother in the air, but can you lift a car in the air?’ Ask kids to tell stories of the strongest people they’ve ever seen and what they’ve seen them do and then make a comment to show that even these strong men aren’t ALL powerful. Tell the kids that in order to help them understand the truth that God is OMNIPOTENTthat you’re going to look at the story of a VERY strong man in the Bible who looses his strength.

Talking about the truth God is Omnipotent should remind us of the beginning of the year when we talked about God being Almighty. Omnipotent means that God is almighty or INFINITE in power. To help us remember this truth we’re going to look at a story that reminds us that even the strongest man recorded in the Bible wasn’t omnipotent.


Talk through Judges 16 (the story of Samson & Delilah) in your own words. You might want to read parts of the text and elaborate on it. Some points to include are:

  1. When Samson was a baby, his parents dedicated him to God and made a promise that his hair would never be cut as a sign of this dedication. God gave Samson great strength and used him to do lots of amazing things to protect God’s people and fight for God. But, like all people, Samson grew proud of his strength and let the sin of pride enter his heart.

  2. Samson loved a Philistine (they were enemies of God’s people) named Delilah. The Philistines wanted to use Delilah to defeat Samson. Delilah asked for the secret of his strength. Sam lied and said if he was tied with 7 fresh bow strings he would loose his strength. She tied him up and called the Philistines and when they got there he broke the bow strings and defeated the Philistines.
  3. Delilah got mad at Samson for lying to her and asked again how he could loose his strength. This time he said he had to be tied up with new ropes. She tied him up, called the Philistines and when they came Samson broke the rope and defeated the Philistines.
  4. Delilah asked again how to get rid of his strength. This time he said his hair had to be woven into a carpet loom. Delilah did that and called the Philistines and when they arrived he broke free and defeated the Philistines.
  5. She asked one more time and even though he shouldn’t have, because he loved her and because he thought he was unbeatable, he told her the truth. He told her that his hair had never beeb cut and if she cut his hair he would loose his strength. She lulled him to sleep, cut off all his hair and called the Philistines. When they arrived, he tried to fight them off, but he had lost all his strength.
  6. The Philistines captured him, blinded him and made him into a slave.
  7. After some time, Samson thought about what he had done and repented of his pride and prayed for God to give him back his strength one more time. God answered his prayer and at just the right moment, Samson pushed against the pillars in the hall where the Philistines were and the building crumbled down on top of him and all the Philistine rulers who were there and they all died.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

OMNIPOTENT = ALMIGHTY OR INFINITE IN POWER

EXPLAIN: Think back to the story of Samson with the kids in the group and talk about how Samson lost His power, but God can NEVER lose His power! God’s power is infinite… it has no beginning or ending.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for OMNIPOTENT. A good motion might be to make a big circle with your arms and then a strong man pose

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is Omnipotent (or almighty and infinite in power). Our memory verse for the week is… “He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” Joshua 4:24. Can you think of other things (stories in the Bible) that God has done with his power and might?” As kids give examples, talk through them and discuss how God shows His omnipotence in that story.


Read the memory verse – Joshua 4:24 a few times together

CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind the kids that in our story this morning we saw a very strong man and we saw how he got his strength from God. Talk about how because God is omnipotent He can give power to people when He wants to and He can take power away when He wants to. God has unlimited power. Ask the kids to remind you how Samson lost his power…. true it happened because his hair was cut off, but ultimately it was because he forgot that it was God who gave him the power and God who could take it away and like all sin in anyone’s life, Samson began to believe that he was in control and forgot about God. The story of Samson and the way his life was destroyed by sin reminds us of the truth that sin destroys all of our lives and that we are all sinners who have forgotten that God is God and we are not. The answer to the sin problem in our lives is the same as the answer that Samson saw. The only way we can be forgiven of our sin and life is to repent or turn away from our sin and believe that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word omnipotent somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They could write the definition for omnipotent or the memory verse or they could illustrate the story of Samson or they could draw pictures of other ways that God has shown His power. 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 the ways that He has shown His power to us through creation and pray that children in the group will come to understand His omnipotence more and more.

Lesson 23: God Is Merciful

LESSON 23: GOD IS MERCIFUL

  1. Key Verse: “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.” Daniel 9:9
  2. Teaching Passage: Elijah & the prophets of Baal~ 1 Kings 18:16-45
  3. Supporting Texts: Daniel 9:9, Deuteronomy 4:31, Nehemiah 9:31, Psalm 4:1, Psalm 30:10


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words God is Merciful written on it, key verse (Daniel 9:9) 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 truths we’ve learned so far. Do a little bit of review by reading out a few of the definitions and asking kids to tell you the attribute of God. You could also give them clues by doing the motion while reading the definition.

  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
  18. God is Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people
  22. God is Majestic  = God is stately, kingly, grand & raised up

TEACH- GOD IS MERCIFUL:

Start out by asking the kids if they’ve ever heard someone in the movie or on TV begging and crying and saying something like, “please have mercy on me.” Ask them what they think the word mercy means and what the person in that situation might be asking for. Briefly explain that mercy is undeserved love, compassion, pity & grace. Tell the kids to listen for an example of mercy in today’s story.

Talk through 1 Kings 18:16-45 (the story of Elijah & the prophets of Baal) in your own words. You might want to read the text and elaborate on it. Some points to include are:

Make sure to include the following points:

  1. Elijah was a prophet of God and was one of the few people of God left in Israel. Queen Jezebel had captured and killed most of the prophets and the rest were in hiding.
  2. The land of Israel was suffering from a severe famine and drought. Most of the people in the land were worshipping a false god called Baal.
  3. Elijah presented himself before King Ahab and told him that they would decide once and for all if God was God or if Baal was God.
  4. Elijah had King Ahab summon all of the prophets of Baal and come to Mount Carmel.
  5. Elijah told the prophets of Baal to build and altar and put a bull on it, but not to light the fire. Then, Elijah told the prophets of Baal to pray to God and ask Baal to call on Baal to burn up their sacrifice. The prophets of Baal cried al to Baal all morning long and nothing happened. Elijah teased them and joked that maybe Baal was sleeping or busy so they should shout louder. Nothing happened.
  6. Then, Elijah repaired an old altar to God and arranged the bull on his altar. Elijah had 12 huge jars of water poured over the whole altar, the bull and the firewood so that the whole thing was soaked.
  7. Elijah prayed and asked God to show that He is God.
  8. God sent fire from heaven and burned up the whole bull, the wood, the altar and the dirt around it.
  9. When they people saw what God had down, they repented and turned back to God and said “The Lord, He is God.”
  10. Elijah had all the prophets of Baal killed and then God sent rain on the land of Israel.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

MERCIFUL= FULL OF COMPASSION, PITY, UNDESERVED GRACE & LOVE FOR ANOTHER

EXPLAIN: Talk about how we we saw mercy displayed in the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Ask how God showed mercy on His people in the story. Ask kids for other examples in scripture they can think of where God shows mercy to his people. Read these verses and talk about what they tell us about the mercy of God.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for MERCIFUL. A good motion might be to wipe your hands on each other twice (like you’re showing that your hands are clean).

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is merciful and we have a new verse….

“The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.” Daniel 9:9


As a group, talk through this verse and define the words in it. Define and discuss the following words:

  1. Lord ~ One who rules & has authority
  2. Merciful ~ full of compassion, pity, and undeserved grace & love for another
  3. Forgiving ~ canceling debts
  4. Rebelled ~ gone against, broken the law

In your discussion, talk about how we have all rebelled against God and how God has shown mercy to us through Jesus. 

Read the memory verse (Daniel 9:9) a few times together and do the motions that you’ve just come up with.

CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind the kids that in our story this morning that God’s people had forgotten about God, they had rebelled against God and they were worshipping a false God named Baal. Then, say that we have all done the same thing. True none of us bow down to statues, but the Bible tells us that we have all rebelled against God. We’ve all turned our backs on God and in our own way we have all worshipped other things. But in the story, we saw that God rescued His people from idolatry by showing them who He is and having mercy on them. They (like all of us) deserved to be punished for their sin, but God showed mercy to them and they repented. Each time we see something like this happen in the Old Testament we can be reminded of the most amazing way that God showed mercy to His people even though we all deserve punishment. Romans 5:8 tells us that because of His love for His people, God acted in mercy and Jesus died for our sins. Now that’s mercy.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word merciful somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. They may want to write and illustrate the memory verse, illustrate the story or draw/ write something to remind themselves how God ultimately showed mercy to His people through Jesus’ death on the 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 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 call on God for mercy and turn to God for salvation. Thank Jesus for dying on the cross as the perfect sacrifice and for paying the price for our sin.

Lesson 22: God Is Majestic

LESSON 22: GOD IS MAJESTIC

  1. Key Verse: “O Lord, our lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Psalm 8:9
  2. Teaching Passage: The Triumphant Entry – Matthew 21:1-11
  3. Supporting Texts: Psalm 8:9, Exodus 15:11


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  MAJESTIC written on it, key verse (Psalm 8:9) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, pages with the truths about God on the top and the definition on the bottom that have been cut in half for the review activity.

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.

Play a quick review game where you hand each child 1 or 2 of the review pages that you’ve prepared (either attributes of God or definitions). Then, have kids race to find who has their match and put the pieces together.

  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
  18. God if Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin
  21. God is Love = God has tender and caring affection for His people

TEACH- GOD IS MAJESTIC:

Start out by bowing down to the kids and saying things like “your majesty, what can I do for you?” or “welcome your majesty.”

Then, ask the kids what the word majesty makes them think of. Once someone says it makes them think of a king, ask then to describe a king. Some of the things to include in the description are – kings are royal or regal or grand, kings are powerful, kings are rich, kings are in control, kings reign over their people or their country, etc.


Have one of the kids read 2 Samuel 7:16. In this verse God is promising David that he would always have a man (or a descendant) on the throne. Explain to the kids that God’s people used this promise to keep them going as they waited for the Messiah. The Messiah would be the One who would come to rescue them. By the time Jesus was on the scene, the people were under the rule of Rome and they no longer had a king on David’s throne. They were waiting for a king to come riding triumphantly into town on a white horse and rescue them from Roman rule and reign on David’s throne. Some people started to think that maybe Jesus was the Messiah, but what He was doing just didn’t fit with their idea of what the Messiah would be. And then….


Tell the story of Matthew 21:1-11 in your own words. You might want to read the text and elaborate on it. Some points to include are:

  1. Jesus are His disciples were traveling toward Jerusalem. Jesus knew what would happen (he would die) in Jerusalem and was heading there with full resolve because this was why He had come to earth in the first place.
  2. Jesus sent His disciples ahead of Him to get a donkey and a donkey colt (baby) and bring them to Him.
  3. All of this happened to fulfill a prophesy about the messiah…. read verse 5 & Zechariah 9:9. Jesus was reminding them that their Promised King would come to them on a donkey. He was teaching His disciples and the people around Him that He was the King, He was the Messiah, He was the One they were waiting for to come and rescue them.
  4. As you read Matthew 21:6-11 have the kids in the group act like people in the crowd and imagine Jesus coming riding into town on a donkey.
  5. Then read Psalm 118:25-29. Look back at what the people were saying to Jesus in Matthew 21:9 and notice that the people were basically quoting these verses. Explain that the word “Hosanna” basically means, Lord rescue us or lord save us.

On the surface, it would seem that the people were beginning to understand who Jesus is and were worshipping Him as their rightful king, but if you read on in the next few chapters of Matthew you’ll see that they still didn’t know and understand who He is.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

MAJESTIC = STATELY, KINGLY, GRAND OR RAISED UP

EXPLAIN: Remind the children in your group of a few weeks ago when we learned that God is the King of kings and Lord of lords and how that reminds us that He is king over all other kings. Then, make the connection with the story today and how the people were waiting for a king to come and rescue them from Rome, but instead the KING (Jesus) came and rescued them from sin and death.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for MAJESTIC. A good motion might be to bow like you’re before a king.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is majestic. This truth reminds us that God is grand and that He is King over all.”


Read the memory verse – Psalm 8:9. Work together as a group to make up motions for the verse. Say the verse together a few times using the motions.


CROSS CONNECTION:

In our story, it seemed like the people were beginning to understand who Jesus is and that they were crying out to Him for salvation. But, Jesus knew that the same voices who cried to Him in worship on this day would only a few days later cry out for Him to be crucified. You see, Jesus wasn’t who the people thought they needed. They thought they needed an earthly king and an earthly rescue, but really they needed so much more. They needed the same thing that we all need. They needed the Messiah to save them from punishment and death. They needed the Messiah to rescue them from their sin and restore the broken relationship between them and God. All of us need to do what the people on the road to Jerusalem did that day. We all need to cry out “Hosanna” ~ Lord Saves Us! But we need to cry out for salvation from Jesus knowing that He is the only way to be saved and that His salvation is forever. In John 14:6, Jesus said that He is ‘the way, the truth and the life’ and that ‘no one comes to the Father except through Him.’ Now that’s real salvation.

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word majestic somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. You may want to encourage them to illustrate the memory verse or draw the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Or, you could suggest that they draw palm branches all over their page and write various attributes of God on each of the branches as a reminder of all we should worship God for. 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 bow down before Jesus and cry out to Him to save Him from their sin.

Lesson 21: God Is Love

LESSON 21: GOD IS LOVE

  1. Key Verse: “This is how God showed His love among us; He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9
  2. Teaching Passage: Love – 1 Corinthians 13
  3. Supporting Texts: 1 John 4:9, John 3:16, Psalm 36:5, Romans 5:8


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  LOVE written on it, key verse (1 John 4:9) 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 truths we’ve learned so far. Read a few of the definitions and see if kids in the group can tell you what attribute of God you’re talking about.

  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
  18. God if Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers
  20. Jesus is the Lamb without blemish  = He is the perfect sacrifice for sin

TEACH- GOD IS LOVE:

Start out by asking the kids to define the word love  for you. Talk about all of the things that they would say that they love…. who loves pizza, who loves football, etc. Then, say, “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is love. The word love is very confusing in today’s world. People think they know what love is, but sadly many are very mistaken. Later we’ll take some time to look at the Biblical definition of love. But first, your job is to act out how love is shown in some random situations.”

Call kids up one at a time and ask them to show you (act out) how they would show love in this scenario.

  1. how you show love to your pet dog
  2. how you show love to a baby
  3. how a baby shows love to its mom or dad
  4. how you might show love to someone you think is cute at school
  5. how you show love while watching a football game

Explain that everyone in the world thinks they know what love is. (In fact, according to one list, its the 387th most commonly used English word). We all use the word every day, but do we really know what it means. Tell the kids that you want to share with them a familiar passage from the Bible that talks about love to help us all understand what love is.


Talk through 1 Corinthians 13 in your own words. You might want to read the text and elaborate on it. Some points to include are:

  1. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 13 to explain to the church in Corinth that love was the most important of the spiritual gifts that God had given His people.
  2. Paul wanted the people to know that God gave His people gifts in order for them to encourage other people and not to puff themselves up. Paul explained this by saying things like if I speak in the tongues of men and angels by have not love I am like a clanging cymbal.  No matter what the people did, they needed to do it with love.
  3. Paul then gave them a list describing what love is like. As we read through this list, we should realize that no one can love like that. The only one who can love perfectly….patiently, selflessly, kindly, etc. is God Himself.
  4. Finally, love is the one thing that will last forever. One day everything else will fade away…there will be no more prophecy or teaching or anything else because God’s people will be in God’s presence forever…but there will always be love.

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

LOVE= TENDER AND CARING AFFECTION FOR AN OTHER

EXPLAIN: Look up and read the following verses and talk about how they help us understand this truth about Jesus:

          ~ John 3:16

          ~ Romans 5:8

          ~ Psalm 36:5

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for LOVE. A good motion might be to cross your arms across your chest like you’re giving yourself a hug.

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is love. To help us understand more of that truth we’re looking at the ultimate way that God showed love to His people by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.”


Read the memory verse – 1 John 4:9 in context (1 John 4:7-21) and then have the kids read/ say the memory verse after you a couple of times.


CROSS CONNECTION:

Remind kids of the description of love that you just talked through and how that description describes God’s love and points to His greatest display of love ever. Ask one of the kids to tell you what they think that display of love was. Remind them that several of the verses you read earlier point to the truth that God sent Jesus in love or because of love. Jesus didn’t selfishly keep Himself away, but He sacrificed Himself and put our need for salvation above everything else. Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross is the greatest example of love ever.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the word love somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. You may want to encourage them to illustrate the memory verse or draw a heart and then draw a picture illustrating how God showed love to His people inside the heart. 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 the love of 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 remember the greatest act of love ever and thank God that Jesus laid down His life for His people to save us from our sin.

Lesson 20: Jesus Is The Lamb Without Blemish

LESSON 20: JESUS IS THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH

  1. Key Verse: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward Him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29
  2. Teaching Passage: Passover – Exodus 11-13
  3. Supporting Texts: John 1:29, John 1:36, Revelation 5:6, Revelation 7:17, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 Corinthians 5:7, Leviticus 1:3


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words JESUS IS THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH written on it, key verse (John 1:29) 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 = 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
  18. God if Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right
  19. God is  King of kings & Lord of lords  = He is The One who rules the rulers

TEACH- JESUS IS THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (John 1:29) from the poster. Ask the kids to tell you why they think that Jesus was referred to as the Lamb of God. Ask them to share other Bible stories they can think of involving lambs. Hopefully someone will mention the Old Testament sacrifice system and the Passover lamb. Talk briefly about how in both of those cases, the lamb being sacrificed pointed forward to Jesus who would be the perfect sacrifice. Tell the kids that you’ll explain more as you go through the lesson.


Tell the story of the First Passover from Exodus 11-13 in your own words.

Make sure to include the following points:

  1. God’s people were slaves in Egypt. They cried out to God. God heard their cry and raised up Moses to come and lead them out of slavery and to the land He had promised to Abraham long before.
  2. The Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go. So, God sent plagues on the land. The last plague was the worst. Moses warned Pharaoh of what would happen if he didn’t let the people go, but Pharaoh still said no.
  3. God told His people to take a lamb and kill it and paint the lamb’s blood on the doorframes of their homes. He told them that this blood would be a sign that they were His people. (ASK~ Did God need this sign to know who His people were? Explain that God knows all and even knows the thoughts of our hearts, so He knew who His people were, but that this was a chance for the people to identify themselves as God’s.)
  4. That night, God passed through the land and passed over the homes with lamb’s blood on the doors, but in every home without lamb’s blood, the oldest child died.
  5. When Pharaoh woke up and saw that his son was dead, he called Moses and told him to take God’s people and leave.
  6. God rescued His people from slavery using the blood of a lamb.
  7. If we fast forward to the time while God’s people are in the wilderness, God starts a sacrificial system for the people to pay for (or atone for) their sins and once again a lamb was to be sacrificed. For God’s people, the sacrifice of a lamb came to represent their sinfulness before a holy God and their need of a Savior, not only to rescue them from slavery but to rescue them from sin and death
  8. Choose a few of the kids to play to parts of Jesus, John the baptist and the disciples and to act out the story while you READ John 1:26-36


After the story & the skit, ask the following questions:

* Why did God ask His people to paint lamb’s blood on their doors? (to identify them as His people)

* How can you compare the lamb’s blood on the doors to Jesus‘ blood on the cross? (the lamb’s blood identified them and saved them from death~ Jesus‘ blood in our place identifies us as being His and saves us from the punishment/ death that we deserve.)

* What was John the Baptist saying when he said that Jesus was the lamb who would take away the sin of the world?


DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH = THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR SIN


EXPLAIN: Look up and read the following verses and talk about how they help us understand this truth about Jesus:

          ~ Leviticus 1:3–  the lambs for sacrifice were to be spotless and perfect

         ~ 1 Peter 1:18-20– Jesus was perfect and blameless and was the perfect sacrifice for our sin

         ~ 1 Corinthians 5:7b- Jesus was the Passover Lamb who was sacrificed. Just like God saw the lamb’s blood

               on the door’s of His people’s homes and passed over those home, when God looks at His people today He

               sees the blood of His Son shed in our place and passes over us and does not deal with us as our sin

               deserves.

          ~ Revelation 5:6–  Jesus is the lamb who was slain.


Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for THE LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH. A good motion might be to wipe your hands on each other twice (like you’re showing that your hands are clean).

MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that Jesus is the Lamb without blemish. What we’ll see is that throughout the Old Testament God commanded His people to sacrifice perfect lamb to atone for their sin. Jesus was the final sacrifice as He died to pay the price of sin. Our memory verse for the week is John 1:29 where we hear John the Baptist say this about Jesus.”

Read the memory verse (John 1:29) a few times together and do the motion for the lamb without blemish.

CROSS CONNECTION:

What we saw today is that as the lamb without blemish, Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for our sin. This simple truth about Jesus reminds us that we are all sinners whose sin needs to be paid for. In the Old Testament the people regularly sacrificed lambs as a reminder of their sin and to temporarily pay the price for their sin, but that sacrifice was never meant to be permanent. It was designed to point to a greater sacrifice that would pay for sin once and for all. When Jesus died on the cross, He was taking the punishment that each of us deserves and paying the price for our sin. Now, just like God saw the lamb’s blood on the door’s of His people’s homes and passed over those home, when God looks at His people today, He sees the blood of His Son shed in our place and passes over us and does not deal with us as our sin deserves.


REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the words lamb without blemish somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. It may be helpful for them to divide the paper in 1/2 and draw a scene of the passover on one side and Jesus on the cross on the other as a reminder of the connection. 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 Jesus for dying on the cross as the perfect sacrifice and for paying the price for our sin.

Lesson 19: God Is King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords

LESSON 19: GOD IS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

  1. Key Verse:“On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
  2. Revelation 19:16
  3. Teaching Passage: Israel Demands a King- 1 Samuel 8-10
  4. Supporting Texts: Deuteronomy 10:17, Revelation 19:16, Psalm 136:3, Proverbs 21:1, 1 Samuel 8:7


SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Bibles, previous attribute of God posters, a large piece of paper with the words GOD IS  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS written on it, key verse (Revelation 19:16) printed on a piece of paper, blank paper and markers or colored pencils for each child in the group, pages with the truths about God on the top and the definition on the bottom that have been cut in half for the review activity.

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.

Play a quick review game where you hand each child 1 or 2 of the review pages that you’ve prepared (either attributes of God or definitions). Then, have kids race to find who has their match and put the pieces together.

  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
  18. God if Just = He is the One who is fair and does what is right

TEACH- GOD IS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS:

Start out by reading  this week’s memory verse (Revelation 19:16) from the poster. Ask the kids to tell you what they think it means that God is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Explain that it boils down to God ruling over or leading the rules, but that before we nail down a definition that you want to look to the Bible and see what the Bible says about God’s leadership over His people

Tell the story of Israel demanding a king from 1 Samuel 8-10 in your own words. Make sure to include the following points:

  1. From the very beginning, God had been the King over His people. He ruled them. He led them. He provided for them. But, almost from the very beginning people had been rebelling against His leadership. When God led His people out of slavery in Egypt He promised to lead and guide and rule over them, but they rebelled against His leadership.
  2. Once in the promised land, the people soon moved away from obeying God and we have the cycle of judges where the people would live in rebellion, they would repent, God would put a leader (or judge) over them, they’d obey God for a while, then they’d rebel again. This cycle continued over and over.
  3. The people of God started becoming more and more like other people and finally they demanded a king to rule over them so that they could be like the other nations and have a king like they did. The people didn’t want judges to lead them anymore. But more importantly than that, the people didn’t want God to be their King.
  4. When the elders of Israel demanded a king like the other nations, Samuel felt like the people had rejected him and leader, but then God spoke to Samuel and said, ‘it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.‘ (1 Samuel 8:7). God reminded Samuel that His people had always been rejecting Him and told Samuel to tell the people what would happen if they had a king.
  5. Samuel told the people that a king would rule harshly and make them his servants instead of loving and caring for them as God had done. But the people insisted that they wanted a king. And God told Samuel to give them what they wanted.
  6. So, God chose Saul to be the first king of Israel
  7. READ 1 Samuel 10:17-25

After the story, ask the following questions:

  1. Who had always been King over Israel? (God)

  2. Why did the people want a human king? (to be like the other nations ~ this goes against the fact that they were to be set apart and different from the other nations)
  3. Who were the people rejecting when they asked for a king? (God)
  4. Just because they rejected Him, does that mean that God stopped being their king? (no, God has always been and always will be King over His people and King over the whole world)

DEFINE AND REMEMBER:

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

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS = THE ONE WHO RULES OVER THE RULERS OF THE WORLD

EXPLAIN: Talk about how the people wanted a king like the other nations, but God was their king. They didn’t need another king. This is especially true because God rules over all of the kings of the world. As King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus is the One who rules over all rulers and all leaders. The whole world is subject to Him. Read Proverbs 21:1 as a reminder of this truth.

Since motions & actions help kids remember, choose an action for KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. A good motion might be to put a pretend crown on your head.


MEMORY VERSE:

SAY: “This morning we’re talking about the truth that God is the King of kings and Lord of lords. This means that God rules over all other kings and rulers. He is the ultimate authority over all.”


Read Revelation 19:11-16 and discuss what these verses tell us about Jesus.

Say the memory verse (Revelation 19:16) a few times together.

CROSS CONNECTION:

As we saw in the story this morning, God is the True King over His people and He is the king of kings and Lord of lords and He rules over all. But, because of sin, God’s people have all rebelled against His leadership and want to follow others or even just go our own way. God gave His people a king, like they demanded, even though they had just rejected Him as their True King. Thankfully, God didn’t leave His people to their own devices and plans. If you remember from last week, we saw 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. God didn’t desert His people, but instead He stepped into human history to rescue His people. In Philippians 2:5-8, we read about Jesus leaving His rightful place in heaven, becoming a man, living a perfect life and dying on the cross in our place. Then, in verse 9-11 we read that because of the way that Jesus humbled Himself, God the Father exalted Him and brought Him back to His rightful place (the highest place) where He reigns forever as the True King of Israel.

REVIEW:

Give each child a blank piece of paper provide markers or colored pencils. Encourage them to write the words king of kings and lord of lords somewhere on the paper and then write or draw something to help them remember this attribute of God. You may want to encourage them to illustrate the memory verse or draw the story of Israel rejecting God and asking for a king. 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 as their king and remember that He has ultimate authority over all.

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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