John 15:15; Genesis 12:1-9; 15:1-4; 17:1-8; 17:15-22; 18:1-10; 21:1-3 and 22:1-19
PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Teach children that God wishes us to be not only servants, but also His friends.
VERSE TO MEMORIZE
“I no longer call you servants… Instead, I have called you friends...” (John 15:15)INTRODUCTION
Educator, you start saying the following: Who here has a friend whom you really admire? (Wait participation of your class) When we have such a special friend we want to be always close to it, right? Imagine being friends with God? Today I am going to tell you about a man who was considered God’s friend. Let us find out whom am I talking about? Then listen carefully, the story is about to start!
A SERVANT BECOMING A FRIEND
ONCE UPON a time, there was a man called Abram. He was married to Sarai and lived at a place called Ur. Sarai was sterile so she could not have children. You know, class, Abram dreamed on being a father.
One day, God said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great…” (Genesis 12:1, 2). You know, class, Abram lived in that place for a long time and had a house, oxen, cows, sheep, etc. Abram lived a very good life and he would have to leave his relatives, friends, everything behind, to obey the command of God.
At that moment, Abram showed he was a servant of God and he quickly prepared himself to the trip, even not knowing where to go.
One day, during the trip, God promised to Abram that Sara would get pregnant. Abram did not want to know when it would happen. Children, God saw his obedience and changed his name to Abraham which means “Father of many people”. And Sarai was called Sarah for she would have a baby, that is, God would bless her and from her would be born nations and kings.
The years went by, Abraham was very old and Sarah was not getting pregnant. But, one day, the Lord and two angels appeared and said to Abraham that Sarah would have a son, and one year later, she had a baby boy who was called Isaac; he was their great joy.
However, once more God decided to test the faith and obedience of Abraham, do you know how? God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as sacrifice. Once more God did a hard request to Abraham, right?
Abraham was a great God’s servant and, even after waiting so many years for a son, he had no doubt that he should obey to God’s request.
Abraham decided to obey without complaining, organized everything and went with his son to the mount where God had sent him to. You know, children, Abraham believed that no harm would happen to the boy.
When he was prepared to give his son as sacrifice, God told him: “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God...” (Genesis 22:12). Abraham looked behind him and saw a lamb. He took it and offered to God as sacrifice instead of Isaac. Once more Abraham proved to be obedient, and God was faithful to him for Isaac became a man and was grandfather of the twelve sons of Jacob, that is, those who originated the tribes of Israel.
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God saw that Abraham truly loved Him, even above the love he had for Isaac. Class, Abraham was a servant obedient to God, but up the mount he became His friend. He went to sacrifice his son Isaac and came down the mount as father of a great nation, including us for Abraham, according to the Bible, is considered our father in faith. However, another fact has happened also at that moment: Abraham climbed up as a servant of God and came down as a friend for he showed he respected and loved God above all. It is very strong, right class? Do you see the importance of obeying to the Word of God? Only this way we can became His friends.
Educator, for this moment you will need cardboards, one red and another white; scissors; glue; masking tape and felt tip pen. Make a heart with the red cardboard, cut the white cardboard in seven pieces (not too big, it will be glued on the heart) and write on them the following words: love, obedience, respect, talk, sincerity, faithfulness and joy in serving Him. Glue (with a piece of masking tape) these cards upside on the heart. Using masking tape, you glue the heart on the board or on the wall of your classroom.
Start this moment by saying the following: Children, we learned today that God wishes us to be more than just His servants; He wants us to be His friends. Abraham believed, obeyed and loved God above all, and you know what attitudes built and keep a great friendship? Then pay attention, we are going to learn it. Do you see this heart? (Point to it) There are important attitudes on it that we should take to be great friends with God, let us see? Educator, you should invite a kid to turn each card. Start by saying: (Say the name of the kid) turn one of the cards on the heart. Educator, suppose that one turn the card with the word obedience, then you should explain: Little friends, for us to be God’s friends we should obey Him. No one can be His friend without obeying Him, right? Educator, you keep calling other kids to turn the cards and explain the other words.
When there are no more words left finish the fun chat memorizing the verse of the week. Say a prayer with your class thanking for the opportunity he gives us of being His friends.
What is the order of the story?
Paint, cut and play with your friends.
When obeying Abraham showed that he loved God.
Paint, cut and play with your friends.