Our series Super Kids kicked off this week where we learn about the all the amazing things God has created!
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who is always with you?
Bottom Line: God is always with me.
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Bible Story Focus: When God is with me, I can be brave.
Elijah and the Fire • 1 Kings 18:1-39
In Israel there came another time where the people turned away from God, hundreds of prophets of the deity Baal came to the people and influenced them to worship him. Anyone who still believed in God were either chased out of the country or forced into hiding including God’s prophet by the name of Elijah. They remained in hiding for three years until God instructed Elijah to go out and challenge these prophets to bring the country back to God. Elijah stood alone against Ball prophets numbered 450 with thousands of believers with them. The challenge was to prepare a bull for sacrifice but light no fire, each side will send their prayers to their God and whichever one responds will be the true God. The prophets and the worshipers of Baal prayed and prayed resorting to anything to get his attention…. however Baal did not answer them. Following Gods instructions Elijah rebuilt the old altar of the Lord, he placed twelve stones each for the tribes of Israel and instructed the people to fill four jar of water and pour it over the altar. Finally Elijah said in 1 Kings 18:37 37 “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” In an instant a great fire consumed the whole of the altar and the offering drying up all the water. The people who gathered there to watch all feel on their knees saying “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.”.
Elijah faced a dark time where faith in God would have had him killed by those who believed in Baal. Following God through Prayer and faith, he took on the prophets of Baal with no other man at his side. By standing with God he showed the people of Israel once more that the Lord was the one and only God. We hope that through this story your children will know that even when they feel alone “God is always with me”.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 1 Parent Guide
This Week we begin our series Lunchroom Friendship where we talk on friendship – Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
Key Question: What makes someone a good friend? At this phase in their life, kids are starting to experience the ups and downs of friendship. That’s why we start with a foundational question to help them wrestle with what God says about having strong friendships with others. If they can recognize the qualities God desires for friendship, they’ll not only choose friends who exhibit those, but hopefully will put them into practice for themselves.
We start the month with something Jesus said in John 13:34, I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you, (NIrV). Along with that, we’ll take a look at David and Jonathan. These guys went through a lot together. Jonathan and david held one of the strongest friendships ever referenced in the Bible. Jonathan was the son of the king and in many monarchies that would make him the heir to the throne. yet Jonathan concedes that God made David king and never once does he argue with David over this. David is experiencing torment from Saul who repeatedly tried to deceive and kill David and every time Saul attempted to deceive and kill David Jonathan each time would help David foil his father’s plans.
Bottom Line: Friends love one another. Loving our friends often means putting aside what we want to give our friends what they need. We pray that kids will learn how they can show love to their friends in everyday situations at home and school.
You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials: