Living a life of Faith through Obedience-Abraham
Theme- Hebrews 11 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. It goes on to describe the lives of those who lived lives of faith in action. This theme of “Living a Life of Faith” will be continued throughout 2013 as we move through the books of the Bible teaching our children what faith in action means for their lives. We will continue the series looking at the life of Abraham. Abraham showed his faith through obedience.
Hebrews 11:1-7 Genesis12: 1-5, 15:1-6, 22
Memory verses for this rotation:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
1.Genesis is the first book in the bible. It was written by Moses and tells the earliest history of God’s people beginning from creation. It tells the story of many people who lived the life of faith in God.
2. Jesus gave His life for us. He believed God’s plan for redemption. He is our example of living a life of faith.
3. Abraham showed his faith in God by being obedient to God.
4. When we live a life of faith in God we trust in God and obey even when we do not understand what He is asking us to do.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.
1 Corinthians 1:25
5. We show our faith in the Lord by our actions.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Abraham follows God
Kids love hands on stories. Tell the story of how God called Abraham using these hand motions
Talk about taking long journeys. Have students use blocks to show places along Abraham’s journey such as cities, mountains, rivers. Have them play follow the leader as they go on a path around the blocks.
1. Play follow the leader.
2. Pair up the children. One child will be the leader and the other will be the follower. Have all children begin by standing behind a starting line.leader and the other will be the follower. Have all children begin by standing behind a starting line.
The leader should stand in front and the follower directly behind. When the teacher says GO the children must get from the starting line to the finish line. Encourage them to dance, jump, wiggle, slide, etc. across the room to the finish line. The catch is that the follower must do whatever the leader is doing. If both of the children make it across the line then they are winners. Reverse the children’s roles and play again.
Hear the story of Abraham and Sarah via a journey through Bible times. The lesson focuses on learning the story as the children then help act out the story going from station to station along Abraham’s journey. See the story by clicking below.
In this workshop we want to help children understand that a life of faith takes obedience. Review the lesson concepts and scriptures. Remind them that faith is an action. Abraham’s action was to leave his home and follow God. As you go over the story from Genesis 12-15 remind the children how long it took abraham to make his journey and how he overcame the obstacles along the way.
5-7 Abraham Cartoon
8-12 The Bible- genesis excerpt