2 - Second

20 Jairus' Daughter healed

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Jesus encourages us to believe no matter how bad things seem

Bible Passage: 

Matthew 9:18-26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20 Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. 23 When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 And the report of this spread throughout that district.

Memory Verse: 

John 6:47

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.

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19 Raising the Widow's son

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Jesus who has compassion

Bible Passage: 

Luke 7:11-17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son at Nain

11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” 17 This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 111:4

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.

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18 Curing the man with leprosy

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Jesus who heals without fear

Bible Passage: 

Matthew 8:1-3

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Memory Verse: 

James 5:15

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.

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17 Water to wine - First miracle

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Jesus manifested His glory in the most unlikely of places

Bible Passage: 

John 2:1-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Memory Verse: 

1 Chronicles 16:24

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

24 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples.

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16 Simeon and Anna meet Baby Jesus

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
God's promises always come true.
Aim: 

God fulfills His promise in His own time. We need to be patient and faithful and wait for God's time. 

Bible Passage: 

Luke 2:25-38

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Supplies:

Robe or sheet ( to tell story in character) 

Personal Item and sheet or scarf to cover it  ( for attention grabber ) 

ATTENTION GRABBER!
Pre-set in your classroom a personal object that has great value to you. Cover it with a cloth large enough to hide it completely. Explain to the class that there is something significant under the cloth. Tell them that before the end of class they will get to see with their own eyes what is under the cloth. Proceed with your lesson......

At the VERY end of your class before closing prayer....
Remind the children that you have something under the cloth to show them. Ask the children if any of them had a hard time waiting. Go ahead and show them what is under the cloth. Explain to the class that sometimes there are promises that God makes that we have to wait for. Simeon waited a long time to
receive his promise, but he did not lose hope because he knew that God’s promises always come true.

 

 

Main Ideas: 

Put on a robe or a sheet and tell the story from the point of view of Mary or Joseph, for example say:

I am Mary/Joseph, Jesus' mother/father. 

I remember the day that we brought Jesus to the temple. He was only eight days old. Can you remember when you were only eight days old? In Bible days, God expected parents to bring their new baby to the temple to offer a sacrifice. We took baby Jesus to the temple, and we took two doves as a sacrifice. Do you know what doves are? They are pretty birds. Show the children the doves. Just as we were taking baby Jesus into the temple, an old man named Simeon came to us. He took our baby, Jesus, into his arms
and said some surprising things. First he told God how happy he was that he got to see Jesus. God had told him that before he died he would see Jesus. He was so thankful to God! Then, he told us
that Jesus would grow up and help many people know God. He also said that sometimes it would be very hard for Jesus, because people would not like him. As Simeon was speaking, an old woman came to us. Her name was Anna. She lived in the temple, serving and praying to God. She was a prophetess. Do you know what that is? It is a woman who tells people all about God. Anna told lots of people about Jesus. She
told them that he was going to help them to love God (Luke 2:38). Both Anna and Simeon had waited a long time to see Jesus. They were eager to tell people about how special he was.
Conclusion
Simeon might have waited a long time to see Jesus. How do you think he felt when he saw him? (happy)
How did Anna feel when she saw Jesus? Why were they so excited? Why was Jesus special?
Have you ever waited a long time for something? A birthday? Christmas? A new baby sister or brother? Was it hard to wait? Did you talk about it while you waited? After it happened, did you talk to people about how special it was? (Tell the children of something that you had to wait for and how you shared about it with other
people later.)
 Jesus is so special to us. We should tell other people about him, too.

Activities: 

Baby Jesus

The kids will talk about Jesus' special qualities and ways they can serve God. 

Supplies

1 Baby Doll wrapped in a blanket or scarf

Preparation:

1. Make a list of Jesus' qualities and/or things he has done for us. i.e. love, kindness, generousity, forgiveness, honesty, creating the animals, given us parents, etc. 

2. Make a list of the ways you and the children can serve God. i.e. help our parents clean, take care of our friends, be nice to our siblings, comfort those that are sad, etc. 

Instructions

It’s so exciting to hold a new baby! Have you ever held a baby before? What is it like? What do babies need? ( Let the kids tell you about how delicate infants and things they may need.) What must it have been like for Simeon; he was holding God, the creator of the universe, in his arms!

Have the children sit in a circle. Show them the doll and ask them to pretend it is baby Jesus. We are going to pass the baby Jesus around and everyone will get to hold him just like Simeon. When its your turn to hold baby Jesus, you can say something special about Him. (Start by giving an example : When I see Jesus, I think of someone who loved people. ) Pass the baby doll to the child next to you. (Say: Now you can share something that you think is special about Jesus.) 

After the baby has been passed around once, tell the children you will pass the doll around again. This time, they should say what they are going to do to serve God like Simeon and Anna did. (Start by giving an example: I can serve God by making something nice for my neighbor.Then give the baby Jesus doll to the child next to you and invite them to share how they will serve God. )

Note: 

The children may need help thinking of things that are special about Jesus, or ways to serve God. Use your lists to help them. 

Lesson Review: 

What was God's promise to Simeon?

Who were Simeon and Anna waiting for?

Why is Jesus so important?

How did Mary and Joseph follow God's rules about baby boys?

What did Simeon and Anna say to Mary and Joseph?

 

Values for Life: 
  • You can be like Simeon and believe by faith that Jesus died and rose again so your sins can be forgiven. It is faith because none of us were living when Jesus did this for us. We have to believe it even though we didn’t see it.
  • Did you know that today, believers also have a promise that they are looking forward to? A promise God has given in His Word that has not happened yet is that Jesus is going to come back and take all who believe in Him back with Him to heaven.
Life Response/My Decision: 
  • Who believes that Jesus has taken away your sins? Who believes that Jesus is coming back again for us? Who would like to believe in Jesus? (Give children a chance to respond and lead them in prayer and thanksgiving for Jesus and what He has done for us)
Memory Verse: 

Luke 2:40

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for helping us learn about Simeon, Anna, and Jesus today. We know you always keep your promises. Help us to be patient and trust you like Simeon. Thank you for knowing what is best for our lives. Help us to remember how to keep our promises to others and always serve you. 

In Jesus Name, 

Amen

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15 God our help

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

A prayer of assurance.

Bible Passage: 

Psalm 121:1-8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 121

Assurance of God’s Protection

A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and forevermore.

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 121:1

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 121

Assurance of God’s Protection

A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?

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14 David and Jonathan- True friendship

UNIT #: 
III
Aim: 

Are you a true friend?

Bible Passage: 

1 Samuel 20:1-42

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Friendship of David and Jonathan

20 David fled from Naioth in Ramah. He came before Jonathan and said, “What have I done? What is my guilt? And what is my sin against your father that he is trying to take my life?” He said to him, “Far from it! You shall not die. My father does nothing either great or small without disclosing it to me; and why should my father hide this from me? Never!” But David also swore, “Your father knows well that you like me; and he thinks, ‘Do not let Jonathan know this, or he will be grieved.’ But truly, as the Lord lives and as you yourself live, there is but a step between me and death.” Then Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you say, I will do for you.” David said to Jonathan, “Tomorrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at the meal; but let me go, so that I may hide in the field until the third evening. If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked leave of me to run to Bethlehem his city; for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.’ If he says, ‘Good!’ it will be well with your servant; but if he is angry, then know that evil has been determined by him. Therefore deal kindly with your servant, for you have brought your servant into a sacred covenant with you. But if there is guilt in me, kill me yourself; why should you bring me to your father?” Jonathan said, “Far be it from you! If I knew that it was decided by my father that evil should come upon you, would I not tell you?” 10 Then David said to Jonathan, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?” 11 Jonathan replied to David, “Come, let us go out into the field.” So they both went out into the field.

12 Jonathan said to David, “By the Lord, the God of Israel! When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or on the third day, if he is well disposed toward David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you? 13 But if my father intends to do you harm, the Lord do so to Jonathan, and more also, if I do not disclose it to you, and send you away, so that you may go in safety. May the Lord be with you, as he has been with my father. 14 If I am still alive, show me the faithful love of the Lord; but if I die, 15 never cut off your faithful love from my house, even if the Lord were to cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” 16 Thus Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the Lord seek out the enemies of David.” 17 Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him; for he loved him as he loved his own life.

18 Jonathan said to him, “Tomorrow is the new moon; you will be missed, because your place will be empty. 19 On the day after tomorrow, you shall go a long way down; go to the place where you hid yourself earlier, and remain beside the stone there. 20 I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I shot at a mark. 21 Then I will send the boy, saying, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you, collect them,’ then you are to come, for, as the Lord lives, it is safe for you and there is no danger. 22 But if I say to the young man, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then go; for the Lord has sent you away. 23 As for the matter about which you and I have spoken, the Lord is witness between you and me forever.”

24 So David hid himself in the field. When the new moon came, the king sat at the feast to eat. 25 The king sat upon his seat, as at other times, upon the seat by the wall. Jonathan stood, while Abner sat by Saul’s side; but David’s place was empty.

26 Saul did not say anything that day; for he thought, “Something has befallen him; he is not clean, surely he is not clean.” 27 But on the second day, the day after the new moon, David’s place was empty. And Saul said to his son Jonathan, “Why has the son of Jesse not come to the feast, either yesterday or today?” 28 Jonathan answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem; 29 he said, ‘Let me go; for our family is holding a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your sight, let me get away, and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king’s table.”

30 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan. He said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” 32 Then Jonathan answered his father Saul, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 But Saul threw his spear at him to strike him; so Jonathan knew that it was the decision of his father to put David to death. 34 Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food on the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, and because his father had disgraced him.

35 In the morning Jonathan went out into the field to the appointment with David, and with him was a little boy. 36 He said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows that I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called after the boy and said, “Is the arrow not beyond you?” 38 Jonathan called after the boy, “Hurry, be quick, do not linger.” So Jonathan’s boy gathered up the arrows and came to his master. 39 But the boy knew nothing; only Jonathan and David knew the arrangement. 40 Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said to him, “Go and carry them to the city.” 41 As soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He bowed three times, and they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more. 42 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.’” He got up and left; and Jonathan went into the city.

Memory Verse: 

John 15:13

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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13 Faith in the fire

UNIT #: 
III
Aim: 

Courage through faith showed by Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego in the midst of their trials. Their faith enabled them to get the title "servants of the Most High"

Bible Passage: 

Daniel 3:7-30

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. 17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”

The Fiery Furnace

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, 20 and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics, their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, “Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?” They answered the king, “True, O king.” 25 He replied, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king’s command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Memory Verse: 

Daniel 3:17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us.

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12 Prayer answered with fire - Elijah

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
Our God is the one true God.
Aim: 

We worship the one and only true God. Idolatry is sin. Worship the creator, not created things

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 18:20-40

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elijah’s Triumph over the Priests of Baal

20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty. 23 Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.” All the people answered, “Well spoken!” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no answer. They limped about the altar that they had made. 27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them. 29 As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”; 32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33 Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time”; and they did it a second time. Again he said, “Do it a third time”; and they did it a third time, 35 so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water.

36 At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.” 40

Teacher’s Preparation: 

This lesson about Elijah and the fire should be prayerfully planned. Explaining the story literally, and without attention to context  could cause misunderstanding. For example, Elijah mocks the prophets of Baal as they attempt to call on their god, but we would never mock others as we shared the gospel. Be prepared to discuss context and answer questions like why Elijah would kill the prophets after they acknowledged God. 

A good welcome conversation could be about fire. Build a fake bonfire with a few sticks and 12 stones to represent the altar that Elijah built. Ask students if they have been around fire before. What elements create fire? ( heat, sparks, matches, gas) Does it come out of nowhere? Show them your small bonfire and ask how you could start a fire with it if you needed to? ( lighter, matches) How about water? What would water do to it?

Additionally, here is some vocabulary that you may want to share with your students. 

prophets of Baal—people who believed in and worked for the made-up god Baal. 
worship—treating something or someone as if it is God. We usually speak of worshipping God. 
altar—a flat place where a sacrifice was put. 
sacrifice—something that is given to God. A simplified generalization is that sacrifices in the Old Testament were animals or birds, and part or all of them were burnt. So in today’s story, bulls (animals) were the sacrifice and they were meant to be burnt on the altar.   

 

Main Ideas: 

1. The prophets of Baal worshiped a false god—a wooden statue. He did not have any power at all. 

2. Elijah invited the prophets of Baal to come to Mount Carmel and have a contest so that everyone would see who the real God was. The rules of the contest were that Elijah would set up an altar to worship the Lord, and the prophets of Baal would set up an altar to worship their god, Baal. The winner would be the person who could call God from heaven and bring fire to the altar. 

3. The prophets of Baal tried first. Could they make fire come? (no) 

4. Then Elijah took his turn. He built up the altar of the Lord that was on top of Mount Carmel. Then he put wood on top of it. But then he did something surprising! He did something that might stop the wood from burning. What was it? (He filled four water pots and poured the water on the altar again and again. There was so much water that it filled a trench all around the altar.)

5. Then Elijah called on the Lord. What happened next? (Fire fell from heaven and
burned everything up—even the water! This was a miracle.)

6. When the prophets of Baal saw that the Lord had answered Elijah, they fell on their faces and said:
“The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” (I Kings 19:40)

Activities: 

Song

"My God is so Big" 

Craft

Supplies: Construction Paper, toothpicks, crayons, tape or glue

Prepare: Cut out 12 small stones from gray construction paper for each student. They will build their own altars. 

Elijah built a special place called an altar, to give offerings to God. On it, he put 12 stones and some wood, then covered it all with water. It is difficult to burn wood that is wet. Only fire from heaven could burn such a wet altar. Let's build an altar like Elijah did! 

Directions:

1. Give each child a piece of paper to use as the background. 

2. Give children the "stones" to glue to their background. 

3. Give children the toothpicks to glue or tape down as a bundle for the fire. 

4. Elijah poured water on the altar. Glue small crumbled pieces of blue construction paper around the altar. 

5. God sent fire that burned up the whole altar! Either draw and color large flames over the altar or cut and glue strips of orange and red strips of paper to represent the flames. 

6. Have the children write  a main idea on the top of the sheet. Some examples are " God sent fire! ; Our God is so big; There is only one God

Lesson Review: 

Who were other people worshiping? Baal

What was the contest Elijah proposed to the prophets of Baal? To build an altar and ask their gods to make fire. 

Why did he ask them to do that? To prove that there was only one God and that their god was not real. 

What happened when Elijah asked God to send the fire? God sent the fire and it burned the altar and the water. 

Who is the true God? Our God

Did the people believe in God when they saw the fire? Yes

Values for Life: 

Nothing is too difficult for God. God can even make fire with water poured all over the 
sticks. God made fire, God made water. God is in charge of the whole world. 

Nothing is too difficult for God. This is important to remember when we talk to God. 
God can do things that no one else can.

 
The prophets of Baal wanted people to think that Baal was god. We should never let 
anyone make us think that there is any god but the one, true and living God. God is the 
only God.

Memory Verse: 

Jeremiah 10:10

"But you, LORD, are the true God, you are the living God."

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God,

We thank you Lord that you are the one all powerful god. We know that you God are in charge of the whole 
world and that nothing is too difficult for you. There are lots of other things that take up our time in this world; games, friends, school, tv. We pray that you will help us to always remember that only you are God.

Thank you for loving us always, even when we mess up. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen  

 

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11 King David - God's chosen one

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Aim: 

God uses people which we may not think important. We may look at the outside but God looks on the inside

Bible Passage: 

1 Samuel 16:1-13

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

David Anointed as King

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Memory Verse: 

1 Samuel 16:7

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

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