Daily Archives: October 5th, 2013

Children’s Ministry Lesson: Abraham Abundance and Blessing

Getting Started: Discussion of Count the Stars Simile

First tell children about some similes – brave as a lion, crazy like a fox, slow as molasses. Visual illustration: molasses poured out slowly.
Genesis 15 says “look up at the sky and count the stars… so shall your offspring be.” – As many people as stars.
Can you count the stars? Do you know how many stars there are in the sky? What does this mean? (You can also show your favorite constellation to intro to these questions).

Craft / Activity

Watered down glue / glitter / black or dark blue construction paper / brown or beige construction paper

Cut the brown / beige construction paper as a small land mass before class.

Spread the watered down glue on the papers. Put the land mass at the bottom of the paper. Sprinkle glitter on the paper. Be sure to have a small box to catch the glitter that falls from the paper.

On the land mass, write “Count the Stars” – Genesis 15:5

After doing the activity, begin digging deeper into the lesson (this allows for the papers to dry and for children to have another visual learning experience).

Genesis 12:1-5 – God’s promise to Abram

I will make you into a GREAT NATION

I will make your NAME GREAT

You will be A BLESSING

… ALL PEOPLES ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED THROUGH YOU.

(New Home – Great Name – Family)

Abram (75 years old)  – left Haran with Sarai and Lot.

Genesis 15:2-6 – Count the Stars

Abram asked what the Lord could give. He had no children. The Lord said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars –if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 18:10-14 – Sarah Laughs

Three men visit Abraham and food is prepared. They explain that Sarah would have a son. Sarah laughed. Is anything too hard for the LORD?

Genesis 21:1-7 –Isaac born

The Lord did as He promised. Abraham and Sarah had a son, Isaac, God has brought me laughter. Abraham was 100 years old.

Discuss what this means to us. Discuss blessing. Discuss abundance.

Closing Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

What does this mean? What are we promised?

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Not Beyond Your Reach

In Deuteronomy 30, there is a discussion on the choice—the choice between life and death. The command given is said to be “not too difficult” and “not beyond your reach.” Further, it says that the message is on our lips and in our hearts. Too often we do not consider how everything is easily there for us.

Rather than feeling so many things are far from our reach, we should come to understand that things are not out of reach for us. God does not make it impossible for us to come to Him; rather He gives us an easy path to Him. Jesus took care of it all—we simply take a step.

There are many steps that follow; however, we need to focus on the here and now. God has called us to return to Him and it is not beyond our reach. He has called us to obey Him and it is not beyond our reach. He has provided us a way to salvation –Jesus – and it is not beyond our reach. God does not aim to make everything difficult. God does not aim to cause you struggles. Live today understanding that “it is not beyond your reach.”

“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.” – Deuteronomy 30:11 [NLT]

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