March 19, 2017

OT 12 Job



Reference: Job 1-2, 42

Story Summary: 
     Job was an honest  and righteous man. God blessed him with many good things, including 10 children, and many servants and animals.
     One day, when Satan challenged the Lord. "Job only trusts in you because you've guarded his family and given him so many good things. If you take those things away, he'll speak evil right to your face!" The Lord God agreed to let Satan test Job. Satan was allowed to take away the good things God had given Job, but he couldn't touch Job himself.
     Satan put his plan into action. Soon, messenger after messenger came to Job with terrible news. His animals had been stolen or killed. He's servants had been attacked. And his children were all dead. Still, Job didn't speak evil of God.
     But Satan wasn't through. He told God, "If Job's own body is hurt, he'll curse you to your face!" God agreed to let Satan test Job. But Satan had to allow Job to live. So Satan did what he said. Painful sores covered Job's body. Even though he was miserable, Job didn't speak evil of God.
     After passing Satan's tests, the Lord rewarded Job. God gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Big Idea and Motions: God is always Good, even when things look bad.
God - point up
Always - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Good - two thumbs up
Look - put a hand above your eyes and look around
Bad - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: James 1:12, ESV - Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life...
Blessed - hold two thumbs up near your face and smile
Man - flex your muscles
Steadfast - stomp your foot, put your hands on your hips, and stand boldly
Trial - pound the bottom of your fist into your palm, like a judge pounding a gavel
Test - pretend to write on your palm
Receive - pretend to receive a box from someone
Crown - pretend to put a crown on your head





Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What was Job like? // Honest, right, respected God, avoided evil
What blessings did God give Job? // 10 children, many animals, servants
What test did Satan want to do to Job? // Take away his stuff
What did Satan say Job would do if he lost his stuff? // Speak evil of God, right to his face
What bad things happened to Job in the first test? // Lost all his animals, servants, and children
Did Job speak evil of God after test 1? What did he do? // No, he shaved his head, tore his clothes
What was the second thing Satan wanted to do to Job? // Hurt Job’s body
What did Satan do to Job’s body? // Covered it with sores
What did Job’s wife tell Job to do after he was covered in sores? // Speak evil of God and die.
Did Job speak evil of God after test 2? // No
What did God give Job at the end of his life? // Twice as much as he had before

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/E3AHxj
Resources - http://goo.gl/jVb9x0

March 12, 2017

OT 11 Sodom and Gomorrah


Reference: Genesis 18:16-33, 19:1-29

Story Summary:
     The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were very wicked. Because of this, God was going to punish and destroy their city. This concerned Abraham because his nephew, Lot, lived in the city of Sodom. “Will you destroy the city if 50 righteous people live there?” he asked God. God agreed that, if 50 righteous people were in the city, God would not destroy it. After asking God several times, each time with a lower number, God agreed that, if there were 10 righteous people in the city, God would not destroy it.
     When two of God's angels arrived in Sodom, the men there tried to hurt them. The angels warned Lot and his family to flee the city. Lot tried to persuade his sons-in-law to flee, but they laughed and figured they were only joking.
     The angels grabbed Lot and his family by the hand. They told him, "Run away and don't look back." After Lot and his family had left, God sent fiery sulfur raining down on the city, destroying everything. As they fled, Lot's wife looked back, against the angel's instruction. She was
turned into a pillar of salt.

Big Idea and Motions: Sin brings punishment, but God saves sinners.
Sin - two thumbs down
Punishment - smash the bottom of your fist into your palm
God - point up
Saves - do the baseball “safe” sign with your arms
Sinners - point to yourself with two thumbs

Verse / Motions: Romans 6:23, ESV - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wages - pretend to swipe a credit card through a card reader machine
Sin - two thumbs down
Death - cross your arms over your chest and bow your head
Free gift - pretend to hand a present to someone else
God - point up
Eternal life - trace a ∞ in the air with your finger
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms






Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did God plan to do to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Why? // Destroy them because of their great sin
Why did this make Abraham worry? // His nephew, Lot, lived in the city of Sodom
What did Abraham ask God to do? // Not destroy the city if 10 righteous, godly people lived there
What did Lot do for the angels when they came to Sodom? // Gave them a meal
What did the people of Sodom want to do to the angels? // Hurt the angels
What did Lot’s sons-in-law do when Lot told them to leave because the city was going to be destroyed? // They laughed and thought he was joking.
Who grabbed Lot and his family by the hand and led them out of the city? // The angel
What did the angel tell them to do? // Run and not look back
What did God to to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? // Sent fiery sulfur on them and destroyed everything
What happened to Lot’s wife when she stopped and looked back? // Turned into a pillar of salt

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/IhGnwr
Resources - http://goo.gl/qq5kgx

March 5, 2017

OT 10 Three Visitors and Isaac’s Birth

Reference: Genesis 17:1-16, Genesis 18:1-13, Genesis 21:1-7

Story Summary:
    God appeared to Abram and gave him a new name, Abraham, which means "father of many." He reminded Abraham of his promise to him: "You will be the father of many nations." He also gave Abraham's wife a new name: Sarah, which means "princess."
     Later, God and two of his angels appeared to Abraham. Abraham ran to his wife, Sarah. The two of them quickly prepared a meal for their guests. God told Abraham that, in one year, he'd return and Sarah would have a child. When Sarah heard this, she laughed. "Can someone as old as me have a baby?" she thought. After all, Abraham and Sarah were 99 and 89 years old and had no children of their own.
     God heard Sarah's laugh. "Why did you laugh?" he asked. Sarah knew she was in trouble, so she lied and said she didn't. God said, "Is anything too hard for me? I will return to you next year. Sarah will have a son."
     And that's exactly what happened. A year later, Sarah gave birth to her firstborn son. They named him Isaac, which means "laughter."

Big Idea and Motions: Nothing is too hard for God.
Nothing - wave your arms back and forth and shake your head
Too hard - pound the bottom of your fist into your palm as you say each word
God - point up

Verse / Motions: Jeremiah 32:27, ESV - Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
Behold - cup your hands around your mouth
I am - point to yourself with two thumbs
Lord - point up
Flesh - squeeze the skin on your arm or cheek
Anything - wave your arms back and forth
Too hard - pretend to lift a heavy weight above your head



Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What new name did God give to Abram? // Abraham
What does Abraham mean? // Father of many.
What new name did God give to Sarai? // Sarah
Who came to visit Abraham? // The Lord God and two angels
What did Abraham and Sarah do for God and the two angels? // Made them food
What did God say would happen? // Sarah would have a child
What did Sarah do when she heard that? // She laughed
When did God say Sarah would have a child? // In one year
How old were Abraham and Sarah when the baby was born? // 100 and 90.
What did they name the baby? // Isaac
What does the name Isaac mean? // Laughter
What does the word “omnipotent” mean? // All powerful

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/mTggI5
Resources - http://goo.gl/oBxlBY

February 26, 2017

OT 09 Abram and Lot Separate

Reference: Genesis 13

Story Summary:
     God had made many great promises to Abram: a great land, a great name, a great blessing, and a great people. As he travelled, Abram moved around with his wife, Sarai, and his nephew, Lot. God kept one promise right away: he gave Abram a great blessing. Abram and his nephew, Lot, had tons of livestock and plenty of silver and gold.
     But then a problem came. The land became too small for all of Abram and Lot’s many animals. Their workers were arguing in the fields because there wasn't enough space for both of their groups. Abram decided to split the two groups up.
     He let Lot pick a land to go and live. Lot chose the beautiful land of the Jordan River Valley near the city of Sodom. Abram took all his things and went the other way.
     After Abram moved, God spoke of his promises again to Abram. He told Abram he’d give him all the land that he could see. And, God said, his children would be so many, they couldn’t be counted, like the dust of the earth.

Big Idea and Motions: God always keeps his promises.
God  - Point up
Always - Gesture your arms out in a wide circle
Keeps - Fold your hands together out in front of you
His promises - Hold up your right hand, with your index/middle fingers crossed

Verse / Motions: Psalm 100:5, ESV - For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Lord - point up
Good - two thumbs up
Steadfast love - tap your chest three times (one on each syllable)
Forever - draw a ∞ in the air with your finger
Faithfulness - hold left fist stomach-level, tap temple with right index finger, then right fist on top of left fist*
All generations - gesture your arms out in a wide circle
* This is the ASL sign for “Faithful”.



Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who travelled with Abram? // His wife, Sarai, his nephew, Lot
What promise did we see God keep right away to Abram? // God blessed him with good things
What blessing did God give Abram? // Silver and gold, livestock
What was Lot blessed with? // Lots of livestock
What problem did Abram and Lot have? // Not enough land for animals, workers were arguing
What was Abram’s solution? // To split up
Lot picked the Jordan River Valley. What was it like? // Great, like the garden of Eden
When God spoke to Abram, what did he say about the land? // He’d give it all to Abram
When God spoke to Abram, what did he say about his kids? // They’ll be as many as the dust
What does the word “faithful” mean? // God always keeps his promises.

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/uc6bpq
Resources - http://goo.gl/IjUkm5

February 19, 2017

Catechism Question 61: What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

Question 64: 
What do we pray for in the fifth petition?

Answer: 
That God will give us the things we need for our bodies.


OT 08 The Call of Abram

Reference: Genesis 12:1-9

Story Summary:
     "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country and your people. Leave your father’s family. Go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you. I will put a curse on anyone who calls down a curse on you. All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.'
     So Abram left, just as the Lord had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. They took all of the things they had gotten in Haran. They also took the workers they had gotten there. They set out for the land of Canaan. And they arrived there." - Gen. 12:1-5
     Abram obeyed God because he had faith that God's promises were true. And God did keep all his promises to Abram. Most importantly, God kept his promise to bless all people through Abram. God sent Abram's great-great-great-great- grandson Jesus to die on the cross and rise from the dead for our sins.

Big Idea and Motions: God speaks and keeps great promises to his people.
God - point up
Speaks - make your hand talk like a puppet
Keeps - clasp your hands together
Promises - Touch your right index finger to your lips, press the palm of your right hand down onto the top of the fist of your left hand (See http://goo.gl/B9xpEJ for a demonstration).
People - hold your hands palms out and wiggle your fingers

Verse / Motions: Numbers 23:19, ESV - God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
God - point up
Man - point to yourself with two thumbs
Lie - hold your fingers in the shape of an “L” and place it over your mouth
Son of man - pretend to rock a baby
Change - pretend to use a steering wheel to turn a car around
Mind - tap your temple




Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who was the person in today’s story? // Abram
What did God tell Abram to do? // Leave his family, go to a place God would show him.
Name one of God’s promises to Abram. //
You will be a great nation.
I will bless you.
I will make your name great.
All nations will be blessed through you / You will bless others.
I’ll give this land to your children.
Did Abram obey God and leave? // Yes
How old was Abram? // 75 years
Who went with Abram? // His wife, Sarai, and his nephew, Lot
Who is Abram’s great-great grandson, who blessed all the nations? // Jesus
Bonus question: how long ago did Abram live? // About 4000 years ago.
*Ask this question 4-5 times.

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/65nDE1
Resources - http://goo.gl/gqyRfY

February 12, 2017

OT 07 The Tower of Babel

Reference: Genesis 11

Story Summary:
   After the flood, God told Noah and his family to have children and fill the earth. Years later, a group of people in the valley of Babylonia got an idea. They wanted to build a tower.
   They wanted their tower to reach to the heavens. “We’ll make a great name for ourselves”, they thought, “and we won’t be scattered across the earth.” The people of Babel wanted to build a tower to boast about their greatness and to disobey God’s command to fill the earth. And since everyone spoke the same language in that day, the tower began to grow quickly.
   God decided to put a stop to their tower building. He mixed up their languages so that they didn’t understand each other. When that happened, they stopped work on the tower and scattered across the earth.
   The people of Babel wanted to boast about their own greatness and disobey God’s command. But the Bible tells us to boast about the Lord, not about ourselves.

Big Idea and Motions: Boast about the Lord, not about yourself.
Boast - point to yourself with two thumbs while nodding your head and giving an “I’m cool” look
Lord - point up
Not - fold your arms and shake your head
Yourself - tap your heart

Verse / Motions: Jeremiah 9:24, ESV - ...but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord.
Let him - gesture with your palms to another person
Boast - point to yourself with two thumbs while nodding your head and giving an “I’m cool” look
This - hold up one finger
Understands and knows - tap your brain
Me - point to yourself with two thumbs (explain that “me” is God, since he’s the one who is speaking)
Lord - point up

Memory Verse Video



Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did God want the people to do after the flood? // Have children and fill the earth.
What was the name of the place in today’s story? // Babel
How many languages did they speak? // One
What did the people want to build? // A tower
How high did they want to build the tower? // To the sky
Name one reason why the people built the tower. // To make a great name for themselves and brag
Name another reason why the people built the tower. // So they wouldn’t be scattered
What did God do so they would stop building the tower? // Mixed up their languages
What did the people stop doing after God mixed up their languages? // The tower
Who does God want us to boast about? // The Lord

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/AiItE7
Resources - http://goo.gl/vhvHbf