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3-6 Grade Sunday School

3-6 Grade Sunday School

This class will be starting with a devotion each Sunday morning (something published or online) followed by the kids mentioning joy and concerns important to them or to our congregation. Prayer for joys and concerns mentioned and the Lord’s Prayer will follow.

Children will need to use the NIV Adventure Bible given to them by the church for the information to match these lessons.

Bible Lesson 3 Continued

Review:
Practice saying the books of the Bible that we have learned so far.
Practice the hand motions for each.
Locate each book in your Bible and read the introductory page for each.
Look through each of these books in your Bible and read some of the colored boxes in each.
Share what you have learned.

Bible Lesson 3

Review:
How many sections is the Bible divided into?
What is the first section called?
What is the second section called?
How many books are in the Old Testament?
How many books are in the New Testament?
How many books total in the Bible?
Each book of the Bible is divided into _____.
Each chapter has numbered _______.
Name the first 5 books of the Bible. Do you remember the hand motions?
Tell something from the book of Genesis.
Find Genesis 17:1-8. What page is it on?
Who is God talking to?
What did God promise Abraham?

Last week we learned the first five books of the story. The story begins with the creation of the world in Genesis. In Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, we learned about the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt and were rescued by God. God gave them a set of laws to follow and promised to lead them into the land he had promised to Abraham many years earlier.

Today’s lesson continues the story and is all about the books of history. There are twelve of them. These tell the story of how Israel conquered the Promised Land. They tell how God saved the people from their enemies and what happened when God’s people rebelled agains him. It tells how God forgave them and brought them home.

The history books also tell what happens when the Israelites forget about the God who saved them. The people Joshua lead into the Promised Land were not the same who people who came out of Egypt. They were the children of the slaves led out of Egypt and many of them didn’t remember when they were in captivity. (Remember it took 40 years to get to the Promised Land). Joshua warned the people that they needed for choose wisely whom they would serve, and he urged them to follow God.

Read the Key Bible Passage for today – Joshua 24:14-22, Joshua’s charge to the People.
What page in the Bible is it found on?
Who are “The People?”
Explain what this passage means.
(Joshua warned the people not to forget all God had done for them. He urged them to learn the laws of God and obey them. He warned them not to chase after false gods or to listen to kings who might try to lead them away from God.)

The Israelites didn’t listen. They forget God. Their enemies attack. They cry to God for help and he saves them. They forget about God again. It becomes so bad during the time of the kings, God let the Babylonians conquer his people and take them into captivity again.
Even then, God didn’t abandon them. When they were sorry for their sins, he forgave them and brought them home.
God shows us in the histories that there is punishment for sin, but he also shows us that he forgives.

Joshua is the first history book. Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. His first victory was when God knocked the walls of Jericho down. He conquered God’s enemies and the people settled down to live in peace. He warned them to stay close to God.
Drop your hands like the walls of Jericho falling down.

Judges tells the story of men and women God used to save the Israelites from their enemies. When the people forgot God, their enemies would attack. God would use heroes to save them. They include the prophetess Deborah, the brave leader Gideon, and the powerful Samson.
Pound a fist into the other hand like a judge’s gavel to remember Judges.

Ruth is the story about a woman from Moab who left everything behind to care for her mother-in-law, Naomi, when each of their husbands died. God blessed Ruth for her faithfulness.
Bend down and pick up a piece of wheat to remember how Ruth cared for Naomi.

The next six books come in pairs and tell us about the kings of Israel. Some were good and some were bad.

1&2 Samuel tell the story of Samuel the prophet and the first kings of Israel including Saul, David, and Soloman. They start with mighty King Saul and the faithful King David, Ruth’s great-grandson, who killed the giant Goliath. Then came some corrupt kings. They forgot about God and instead, they chose to worship false gods. Occasionally, a king would tell God that he was sorry and try to bring the people back to God, but when God finally had enough, he let the king of Babylon conquer his people.
Count on your fingers 1 and 2, then make an S with one finger in the air.

1&2 Kings are two books that tell the story of the other kings of Israel, some good, some bad.
Count on your fingers 1 and 2, then put both hands on your head like you’re putting on a crown.

1&2 Chronicles retells the stories of the kings of Israel from the beginning.
Count on your fingers 1 and 2, then make a C shape with your hand to represent Chronicles.

Once again, the people asked God’s forgiveness, and he answered.
Ezra was a leader in Israel who lived along time after the kings. God allowed his people to be taken prisoner by the Babylonians as punishment for their sins. When God forgave them, Ezra was one of the people to lead them home.
Wave goodbye to Babylon to remember Ezra.

Nehemiah also lived in the time of the exile to Babylon. He helped the people rebuild the wall around the city of Jerusalem.
Make hand motions like you are stacking blocks to rebuild the wall.

Esther was an Israelite and queen of Persia. She was in the right place at the right time to speak up and save her people from a man who wanted to kill them all. She was obedient and God used her bravery to save her people.
Place a crown on your head to remember Esther.

Practice these twelve books two – three times and then add the five books from last week and do them all.

Find each of these books in the Old Testament section of the Bible. Tell the page it begins on and the page it ends on. Read one verse from each book.
Tell which verse you read – name of book, chapter, verse.

Memory Verse: Practice:
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

Craft:
Continue making “book spines” for these twelve books of the Bible.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Teach us to obey you, no matter what other people do.
Thank you for ___________. (Add something that is a joy.)
Please be with ___________. ( Ass someone or something that is a concern.)
Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.
In Jesus name,
Amen.

Challenge:
Read one scripture verse from your Bible each day this week.
Memorize the first 17 books of the Bible.
Memorize this weeks memory verse.
Repeat the above prayer each day.

Bible Lesson 2

Review:
How many sections is the Bible divided into?
What is the first section called?
What is the second section called?
How many books are in the Old Testament?
How many books are in the New Testament?
How many books total in the Bible?
Each book of the Bible is divided into ______.
Each chapter has numbered _______.

The first five books of the Bible tell how God created the world and chose a special people. It is called the “Pentateuch.” It’s a story that is still going on today. It’s a story about us.
Use the table of contents and memorize the first five books of the Bible.

Genesis: God made the world.
The world got messed up when Adam and Eve sinned.
Then there’s Noah and the flood.
God chose a great man named Abraham to be the leader of a great nation called Israel.
The nation starts to grow.

Exodus: God’s special people were turned into slaves in Egypt.
Moses is sent by God to free them.
Moses leads the people out of Egypt.
God parts the Red Sea so his people can cross on dry land.

Leviticus: God gave his people his laws.
These laws tell what sin is and how to treat other people.
Levites were chosen to teach these laws. They wore little boxes on their heads that had the laws written on it so they could keep the laws close to their minds.

Numbers: God asks Moses to do a census – count the people.

Deuteronomy: Moses teaches God’s laws a second time.
Why do you think he had to do that?

Read the key passage – Genesis 17:1-8 – God’s Covenant with Abraham
Main Point: God promised Abraham that he would make his descendants a mighty nation. They would become the nation of Israel. Through Israel, God would send a Savior to forgive our sins and change the world.
What does covenant mean?
Who was Abraham?
What promise did God make to him?

The first five books of the Bible are the beginning of a greater story. They contain rules and history. But to sum it up, God made the world. God loves us. And God had a plan from the beginning to save us from sin.

Memory Verse:
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Find this verse in your Bible. What page did you find it on?
Is it in the Old or New Testament?
What book are you looking in?
What chapter?
What verse?

Hand motions for the first five books:
Genesis – circle hands
Exodus – open hands as if parting the sea
Leviticus – fist on forehead to represent the law on our minds
Numbers: Counting to 3 on fingers
Deuteronomy – Two fingers in a peace sign

Review questions:
What is the first book of the Bible?
In which book does Moses re-teach the law of God?
In which book does the nation of Israel cross the Red Sea?
In which book does Moses count all of the people?
Which book tells the laws that God gave the Israelites?

Craft:
Each week cut out and make “book spines” for the books of the Bible learned each week.
Goal: By the end if the last lesson, the kids will be able to put all of these crafts end to end on a wall or other display at home to show all the books of the Bible lined up.
Use construction paper to cut out the book ends. Kids can either do different colored strips for each book and paste them onto another piece of paper or use one color and use a marker to draw lines to divide the books. Write the book names on each book “spine” in order.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for making the world.
Thank you for _____. (Add something that is is a joy.)
Please be with _______. (Add something that is a concern.)
Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Challenge:
Read on scripture from your Bible every day this week.
Memorize the first five books of the Bible.
Memorize this week’s memory verse.
Repeat the above prayer every day this week.

Books of the Bible – Lesson 1

Overview:
God wants us to know what’s in the Bible and where to find it.
The Bible is a set of instructions for life. It is filled with information that can help you through anything life throws at you.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is God’s instruction book. It tells us who we are, who God is, what God has done for us, and how we should live in response to all God has done.

Some of this information and these activities may be a review for the older children.

Lesson:
Take a few minutes and look through the Bible and discuss what you see.
Then turn to the Contents at the beginning.
How many parts are there in the Bible? (2)
What are they called? (Old Testament, New Testament)
The Old and New Testaments contain books of differing lengths.
How many books are in the Old Testament? Count to find out.
How many books are in the New Testament? Count to find out.
How many total books in the Bible?

Locate and read Hebrews 4:12. Help younger kids locate. (Page 1341)
Locate and read Ephesians 6:17. (Page 1300)
Discuss what it says.
The author tells us that God’s word is alive. The word of God is filled with wisdom that we can use today. It speaks to people picking it up to read the first time and to people who have read it all of their lives. the Bible is described as a sword. It can cut us deep, showing us what’s wrong with our lives and how we can fix it. It can defend us and save us from sin.

So what’s in the Bible?
The Old Testament is the older section of the Bible. These books were written before the birth of Jesus. Some were written by great heroes of faith like Moses and some were written by prophets, men God chose to give messages to his people. The OT tells us how the world began. It tells of the story of the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people – how the people of Israel were saved from slavery and taken to a promised land. the Bible tells how these people rebelled against God and sent into exile. It tells how God forgave his people and promised to send them a savior. There are 39 books in the OT and they all set the stage for the coming of Jesus.

The New Testament begins with the birth Jesus. The first four books are called the Gospels and tell the story of Jesus, how he was born, preached, and died for our sins. The fifth book, Acts, tells the story of the early church. The rest of the NT is filled with messages for God’s people and his church on how we should live for Christ. The NT has 27 books. It ends with Revelation which tells how the world will end.

Game – Old or New?
Younger children may use their Bible’s contents page. Older children should not.
Point of the game – God wants us to learn what’s in the Bible.
Needed: A buzzer, bell or something similar.
This is a game for two kids or teams with kids taking turns. Or make your own rules.
The moderator will give the players a book of the Bible, one at a time. The first child to buzz in will say of the book if in the Old Testament or the New Testament. If correct, one point is earned. Pay until a team reaches a certain score or as time allows.
For older children, throw in a trick question or two like the book of Silas. See if someone can say it’s not a boo of the Bible.

Bible Verse to Memorize:
2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV
“God had breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.”

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for giving us the Bible. Help us learn what is in it.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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