Kids Ministry as Forest Lake

Month: May 2019

The Stolen Blessing

Big Idea:  God uses us even when we are sinful because He always does what He says He will do. He is faithFULL even when we are faithLESS.

Bible Passage: Genesis 25:27-34, 27:1-45

This week the kids heard about the story of the stolen blessing from Isaac to his sons, Jacob and Esau. They were twins, but they were also sibling rivals. There was trouble between them as they grew up. Even though Esau was the older son, who should have received the birth-right blessing from his father, Jacob dressed up as Esau and stole it, as his father was dying! Despite the mess that people made, and despite their sin, God chose to use these people to fulfill His plan. He was faithful and fulfilled the covenant that He made to Abraham, Isaac and then Jacob. We see in this story that even when people are faithless and sinful, that God is faithful and keeps his promises to bless us, anyway. 

We talked about how because of Jesus payment for our sins, we too can be blessed and used by God, even though we sin. We talked about how important it is to repent- that is to 'realign' ourselves with God. To turn back to Him each and every time we sin, because He promises to forgive us, continue to bless us and use us as part of His plan. No sin is too great for God not to forgive! We love our faithful God for never giving up on us.

Family Activity

Have a member of the family close their eyes or wear a blindfold, and put out their hands.Then choose another member of the family to touch the hands of the one with their eyes closed. Have the blindfolded person try to guess whose hands touched them. Repeat the game together until everyone has had a turn. Say to children that Jacob tricked his father into giving him the birth-right blessing that belonged to his brother. Even though his dishonesty was sinful, God still used Jacob in His plan to bless the nations. Talk about your own mistakes with children if possible, and remind children that the best thing to do when we sin is to turn back to God and repent. He promises to forgive us, to bless us and to use us in His plan. What a great God we have!

The Promise Reaffirmed

Big Idea: We can say, “the Lord is my God,” because He is faithful to do what He says He will do.

Bible Passage: Genesis 25:19-26, 26:1-6, 28:10-22

This week we talked about the story of God’s reaffirmation of the Covenant he made to Isaac, Abraham’s son. God kept His promise to save the world by making a covenant with Abraham that came true with Isaac, and then Jacob too. We see how God is faithful even when people are faithless, and He chooses people to be part of His plan. To Jacob, God says, “I am with you, and will protect you everywhere you go.” When Jacob realised He was chosen by God to be blessed, He said, “How awesome is this place! If God does all He says He will, then the Lord will be my God.” We can likewise respond to God because He did do what He said He would to save us, in Jesus. We can say, “How awesome is our God! He has done what He said He would, He is my God!” because we are chosen by Him to be His children. 

Family Activity

Make a commitment as a family to do something together every day this week. It can be as simple as brushing your teeth in the same room, or singing a song before bed time. You can be as creative as you like. Commit today to do this activity every day this week. Then, try together, to keep your word. When you get to Friday, talk about how you have gone each day. Whether you have succeeed or failed, talk about how hard it is for us humans to keep our promises, and that sometimes we fail. But God never does. When He says He will do something, He always does it. This is how we can trust Him. He promised to save us from sin, and He as done that in Jesus. Praise him together for His faithfulness.

God Tested Abraham

Big Idea: Big faith like Abraham means trusting God even when we don't understand what is going on.

Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19

This week we talked about having BIG faith in God, just like Abraham. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham followed God's instructions. He went to sacrifice his son on a mountain — the very son who he knew God had promised would give him many, many descendants. How could Abraham trust God and obey His instructions? It seemed crazy!

In Hebrews we are told that Abraham believed that even if he killed his son, God was powerful enough to bring him back to life. (Hebrews 11:19). He had faith as Hebrews 11:1 tells us to, "Now faith is being sure of what he hope for, and certain of what we do not see." Abraham had faith to be SURE that God was powerful enough, and CERTAIN that He would fulfill his promises, even if he didn't know how it would happen.

We have promises of God we can be CERTAIN he will fulfill. Hebrews 13:5-6 we read words from the book of Deuteronomy & Psalms quoted for us to remember. "God says, 'Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'" 

We can say with confidence that not only is God powerful enough to carry us through whatever we go through, but that He will be faithful to never leave us alone, and that He will be our helper. 

We can be sure that He can, and certain He will. This is what BIG faith like Abraham looks like. 

Family Activity

As a family, find a small hill to walk up, or find a set of stairs to climb together. On the way as you walk up, talk about your children's fears and worries. Tell children that Abraham may have feared what was going to happen on the mountain, but that didn't stop him following God. When you arrive at the top, talk about how faith is being SURE that God can help us because He is powerful, and CERTAIN that He will because He is our helper and he cares for us. Read the Hebrews 13:5-6 together. Then sit at the 'summit' and pray a prayer of praise to God for His power and thank him for helping you. Give your fears and worries to Him, and ask Him to help grow your faith as a family to trust Him in all things.

The Sons of Abraham

Bible Passage: Genesis 16:1-16, 17:15-22, 21:1-7

Big Idea: God is faith-FULL, even when we are faith-less.

On Sunday we heard how God kept His covenant to Abraham by blessing him with a son – even in his old age. It was a very long time before God gave Sarah and Abraham their son, Isaac. So long, in fact, that Abraham and Sarah thought that God had forgotten about them, and decided to take matters into their own hands. Abraham had a son with Sarah's slave girl, Hagar. But God had chosen Abraham and Sarah to have a child – and God always keeps His promises – so even after Sarah and Abraham had tried to 'help' God with His plan, He was still faithful to Abraham and Sarah, and gave them their son, Isaac. Our God never forgets about His children, or His promises, even when we forget about Him. He loves us no matter what we do, and is always faithful to what He says He will do. We can trust God, even if it doesn't seem to make sense, because God's plans are far greater than ours- and His plans are better than what our human minds can comprehend.

We asked the kids, "Will you have a birthday this year?". When they responded that they knew they would have a birthday, we asked them if they could prove it. "Can you show me that you will have a birthday?" We can't prove our birthdays will come, but we know that they do each year. This is the kind of faith God asks us to have in Him. Hebrews 11:1 says "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see." We can trust God even when we can't see, because He is a good God who always keeps His promises.

Family Activity

Play this game as a family. Place an eyemask on one member of the family and arrange an obstacle course around your yard or living room. Guide your family member through the course by directing them with your words. Celebrate together when your family member reaches the end of the course without knocking any items down. Tell children, "We can trust God even when we can't see His plan ahead, because He is faithful and promises to take care of us always." 

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