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?
Keeping The Father Waiting Lesson Plan
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SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:33
TARGET AUDIENCE: Youth thru Adults
MATERIALS: Video (found here http://youtu.be/EhXEKH7xX1g), Rock/Jar Supplies (see Rock/Jar
Exercise Sheet), paper & container (see exercise in Experiment section)
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of what should take priority in our lives by analyzing Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, and Matthew 6:24.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of priorities in life by sharing examples of non- essential items and items that point to God from their own lives.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to change their schedule and their priorities in life to make sure God gets top priority.
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Ministry is unpredictable. Here is a selection of Bible Trivia Questions to use if there is extra time available at the end of a lesson for Children’s Ministry. These questions could be used for elementary aged children, but actually could be used for youth and adults as well.
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What is the longest book in the Bible?
Psalms (150 chapters)
What bird is named for the apostle Peter?
The petrel, from “Peter,” in Latin. The sea
bird is known to hover over the water to
give the appearance of walking on water.
What did Jesus’ father do for a job?
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