|October 4/09||Grade 4-6||Genesis 12-15||Following God (the story of Abraham)|
Prepared by: Teresa Klassen
Introducing the big idea (5 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)
Today we are going to talk about a man named Abram and how he trusted God and followed Him. God told Abram to move to a brand new country, and Abram obeyed God and followed Him, even though he didn’t know where he was going.
Are you good at following?
Let’s find out!
Game: Can you follow me?
Have the kids stand in a circle. Begin with one person. That person has to think of three actions to do in a row and they say, “Do this and do this and do this” with each action (for example, they might snap their fingers, tap their head and stomp their foot). And then immediately they do it again and people have to follow. Whoever messes up has to sit down. Move around the circle, with the next person leading the next three actions.
Close: It isn’t always easy to follow, but we all follow someone or something in some way. We have people we admire, we have people we listen to. Today I want to challenge you to follow what Jesus asks you to do. We are going to learn the lesson starting with a man named Abram. You will find his story in the book of Genesis.
DVD: (3-5 Minutes)
Abram (this DVD walks through Abraham’s journey)
* I don’t recall which video we used. It may have been from the Read N Share series
Retelling the Story (8 Minutes)
– Get a few of the kids to lay out some tape on the floor (wide green tape) with a starting point and an ending point, from one end of the room to the other…they are creating a path. Tell them they can create the path any way they want to (so it can be zig zag or whatever).
– When the path is made, then have someone else lay out the destination cards on the path (they are numbered). But the last card can’t be at the end…make sure there is still some path after the last card. The cards are “Haran”, “Shechem in the land of Canaan”, “Hill country east of Bethel”, “Negeb”. Make sure they spread out the cards so that there is lots of room between cards.
Have everyone sitting near the first card, Haran. Read the story of Abraham from the Bible. Teacher begins by reading right out of the Bible in Genesis 12:1. Every time Abraham has to move, move the class to the next card, following the path that has been laid out on the floor. When you get to the next place, have someone else read the next reading (it is written on the card)
1st Teacher Reading from the Bible: Genesis 12:1-6 (move – arrive at Shechem)
2nd Card/Reading: Genesis 12:7-8 (move- arrive at Hill Country)
3rd Card/Reading: Genesis 12:9 (move – arrive at Negeb)
4th Card/Reading: Genesis 12:10 (move – arrive at Egypt)
Teacher: I have to tell you about what happened in Egypt. Here is where Abram didn’t do a very good job of following. I am so glad this is in the Bible because it shows us that Abram is just like us. We don’t always do a good job of following Jesus. We are not perfect either. In Egypt, after all this moving around, Abram took matters into his own hands; listen to what the Bible says.
Teacher reads Genesis 12:11-20.
Conclude: I think it would have gone better for Abram if he hadn’t tried to be tricky. What would have been a better choice for Abram? (let the kids answer) Abram didn’t always do a great job of following, sometimes he took matters into his own hands, but ultimately he kept following God and trusting that God knew where he should go and what he should do. The great thing is that God never expected Abram to be perfect, just obedient.
What happens to Abram next? The bible tells us that Abram finally settles near a place called Bethel, and eventually, as you read more into the story you find that God’s promises all do come true. Eventually Abram has a child, when he is very old. Eventually the land God promised him is given to his family.
God’s promises don’t always happen instantly for us. Abram had to wait for God’s promise to come true to him. Following God isn’t always easy, but it is always right. When God promises he will do something for us, he never goes back on his promise.
Abram knew that he could trust God’s Word and He could follow God.
Just like Abram, we can trust God’s Word and follow God.
But what does God’s Word say? Today we are going to learn a new verse!
Learning The Bible Verse: (5-8 Minutes)
Hand out the “Trail Mix” snack (because we are learning how to “follow God” as we travel down the road of life)
Look up this month’s Bible verse in the Bible. Have the kids look it up in the Bible’s provided. Don’t look it up for them, but guide them to show them how to look it up.
Verse: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Divide the groups up into two smaller groups. Give each group a question:
- How can God’s word be a lamp to our feet
- How can God’s word be a light to our path
After they have discussed this, have them share what they concluded
BIG GROUP QUESTION: How can you, at your age, follow God? What does that mean? What does that look like during the week?
ACTIVITY: with the two teams see who can get the verse pasted up on the verse board in the right order first. Do a ready, set, go and see who can win.