08 Blessing to many - Abraham

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Be a blessing in God’s world
Aim: 

1) To learn to be faithful to God even in adversity 2) God will keep His promises and bless us always

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 12:1-9

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. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

Hebrews 11:8-10

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Faith of Abraham

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Today, we are going to learn about God’s promises and how they differ from other promises. We are all in the habit of asking favors and promises from friends and parents. Is there anyone in the class who has never received a promise or a favor in exchange of something from others? These promises are sometimes kept and answered and sometimes they are abandoned. God’s promises are not like of our friends and parents. If you trust God and is faithful, He will keep promises and will bless us accordingly. Can you tell some examples from the Bible that you know that God has blessed because of their faithfulness? (Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Noah, Paul, etc…)

 

Main Ideas: 

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Giver and Sustainer of Life, Thank you for allowing us to gather here in your name. As we are studying today about the faith of Abraham, and how you made him a blessing to many, give us the spirit, the mind and eagerness to love and trust you. Enable us to believe that you are there always with us in our adversities and make our lives a blessing to many. 

Student introduction to the lesson:

 

  1. List all the blessing you got from God as an individual, as a family
  2. Why do you think God gave you all these blessings?
  3. How do you react to God’s blessings?
  4. Can you tell few examples of great men who became a blessing to many because of their actions. Examples: Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, David Livingston – work among lepers in Africa, Nelson Mondella – for his work among the African –Americans against color prejudiced and equal rights, Abraham Malpan Thirumeni

Main Ideas:  

The name Abram means “Exalted Father”. Later, with the promise of the divine covenant, his name changed to Abraham, which means “ Father of the multitude”. He was born in Ur of the Chaldes, and was the son of Terah. He had no children. He moved from place to place, tending to his sheep. From Ur, he moved to Haran. At the age of 75, he received the calling from God to move to a new place. He with his wife Sarah, brother’s son Lot, and with all their belongings, went to Canaan. It soon became evident that all the servants and the herds could not coexist in the same area, and so they separated. Abraham gave Lot the first choice to choose his preferred land and promised his unselfishness. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent. There, he made an altar where he received the great promise from God – “ 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”.

Bible learning activities:

 

  1. Are we selfish in our daily lives?
  2. How can we practice and demonstrate faith and unselfishness as Abraham did?
  3. How strong is our faith?
  4. Does our faith falter in terms of trouble and adversities?
  5. Explain the obedience of Abraham
  6. Pros and cons of making a move from a known locality to unknown locality.
  7. Abraham made alters wherever he settled
  8. Purpose of worship and importance of it in our life

 

 

Lesson Review: 
  1. What was the call of Abraham?
  2. How did Abraham respond to God’s call?
  3. What were the different aspects of Abraham’s covenant?
  4. List three great characteristics of Abraham that he made him the father of believers.
  5. In what ways did he show lack of faith in God?
Values for Life: 
  1. God will bless all those who are faithful
  2. God will always keep his promises no matter how difficult they may seem
  3. Remain steadfast in God and He will lift you up.
Life Response/My Decision: 
  1. God has made a covenant with man through Jesus Christ.
  2. He sent his only son to save us from our sins.
  3. Take a decision to trust and obey and believe God. 
Memory Verse: 

Genesis 12:2-3

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. 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.”

Closing Prayer: 

Lord, thank you for giving your son Jesus Christ. Strengthen us to have an unwavering faith and enable us to trust and obey you completely. Make us a blessing to many, as you made our forefathers: Abraham, Jacob and Issac. Amen

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