06 Abraham - The Father of the Faithful

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
God's Calling and Abram's Faithfulness
Aim: 

How Abraham became the Father of the Faithful

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 12:1-5

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Call of Abram

12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. 

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Lesson Plan

Opening Prayer

Lesson

Activity

Lesson Review

Memory Verse

Closing Prayer

Background/Application

What do you think Abram was doing when God spoke to him for the first time? Was he finishing his breakfast? Was he watching his wife Sarai in the kitchen? Was it the weekend or just a normal regular weekday?

Imagine God talking to you on a normal day, just like he did to Abram. How would you feel?

Today, we are going to hear a story about how God spoke to Abram on a normal day, and the willingness of Abram to listen to God and to faithfully follow Him.

As an introduction, have the children sing the song, Father Abraham:

Father Abraham, had many sons,

and many sons had Father Abraham.

I am one of them and so are you.

So let’s just praise the Lord.

Main Ideas: 

One day, God spoke to Abram, who was 75 years old.  God told Abram, despite his old age, to pack up all his belongings and to leave his home and move to another land. At that time, God did not tell Abram where he was going. But Abram trusted God and obeyed him. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, and immediately left his home and went to the land of Canaan. Because of Abram’s willingness to follow God, God blessed him. God promised Abram that he would have many children and grandchildren and that his family would become a great nation. Abram thanked God for blessing him.

Activities: 

Activity 1

Tell the children that you will say a fact about the story. If it is true, they should clap their hands.  If it is not false, they should remain silent.

1. God commanded Abram to leave his home and go to a new land.

2. God did not care what happened to Abram, he just wanted him to leave.

3. God wanted to bless Abram.

4. God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation.

5. God always keeps his promises.

6. God does NOT want us to follow Him.

7. Abram left and followed God immediately.

8. Abram thanked God for blessing him.

Activity 2

God made a promise to Abram. God promised to bless Abram. God always keeps His promises. God wants us to keep our promises too. What kind of promises can you make that you can keep?

Encourage the children to think of something that they can promise. Once they think of a promise that they can make to someone, such as promising to do all their homework to their parent, or promising to share a favorite toy with a sibling, give them a piece of paper and ask them to draw a picture of the promise that they made.  Write “I promise to ________” on the top of the page.  When the child has finished their picture have them fold it and seal it in an envelope.  Write the name of the person they are giving their promise to on the outside of the envelope.  Have the children take these pictures home and encourage them to keep their promises.  Say, God kept his promise to Abram, and he wants you to keep your promise too.

 

References http://ministry-to-children.com/lesson-abram-follows-god-genesis-12/

Lesson Review: 

Key Terms

     Obedience – to hear God and to do what God tells us to do

     Trust – to have full confidence in God

     Canaan – the promised land

     Faithful – to be loyal and steadfast to God

     Blessing – a favor or gift given by God

Questions

  1. Who spoke to Abram?
  2. What did God tell Abram to do?
  3. Did Abram make any excuses?
  4. Was Abram obedient to God? What does it mean to be obedient?
  5. What did God promise Abram?
  6. How will God reward you for being faithful?

 

Values for Life: 
  • We must be willing to listen to God and to follow God.
  • We should make ourselves available.
  • We should never make excuses.
  • When we do what God tell us to do, He will bless us.
  • God always keeps His promises.
Life Response/My Decision: 

Life Response:

  1. How would you feel if God spoke to you today?
  2. Would you be willing to listen to God?
  3. Would you be willing to give up your favorite possession (favorite toy, favorite food, favorite shirt) for God?
  4. God will bless us if we are willing to listen to Him and follow Him. Just like we listen to our parents and follow them, we must be willing to listen to God and to follow in His footsteps.

My Decision: 

When God speaks to me, I will be willing to listen to God and to faithfully follow Him.

Memory Verse: 

Genesis 12:2

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this day. Thank you for teaching us about Abram and his faithfulness. Help us to hear you O Lord and to faithfully follow you just as Abram did. Help us to know that You are a God that keeps Your promises.  We love you Lord. Amen.

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Comments

I like to see the angle of Being a blessing to others. I think it would be good to teach the kids early on that we are always meant to share our blessings. In fact Abram was chosen and blessed so that he could bless others. God aim and scope is much broader than Abram himself. Perhaps adjust the 4th bullet in Values for life so focus on blessing others rather than about self. Good job so far.