Week of October 18, 2020

Preschool Series - PROMISES

In this series, children will learn that God’s promises always come true. God has made a great many promises, and we can know that he is trustworthy because what he says is always truthful. Children will learn about God’s promises to Noah, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob in this series. Children will also discover that God’s promises are still true for us today in Jesus!

“God has made a great many promises.”

2 Corinthians 1:20a

What was the promise God made when he gave us the rainbow after the flood?

Genesis 9:12-17

God keeps his promises.

Kids and Jr. High Series - TRUST

In this series, students will learn about the many ways that God has proven he is trustworthy right from the start. They will focus on the idea that God is a good God who can be trusted by discussing what trust is and why it is important in relationship.


“I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name great... All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.”

Genesis 12:2-3

Kids (K - Gr. 3)

Read Genesis17-18:15

Think about these parts of the story.

What seems ridiculous about each part?

Genesis 17:1-9

When Abram was 99 years old God appeared to him and told him he would be the father of a great nation. God changed Abram's name to Abraham. At that time he had no kids.

Genesis 17:15-22

Then, God told Abraham that his wife, Sarai, would now be called Sarah. And she would give birth to a son. She was 90 years old.

Genesis 18:1-10

The Lord visited Abraham again and Sarah listened to them talk from inside the tent. The Lord told Abraham that Sarah would have a baby boy in one year's time.

Genesis 18:11-15

When Sarah heard what the Lord told Abraham, she laughed because she thought it was ridiculous for her to have a babu when she was so old.

Do you think it was difficult for Abraham and Sarah to trust God? Why or why not?

Do you think you’d trust God if something seemed ridiculous to you?

We can trust God even when it seems ridiculous.

Junior High (Gr.4-6)

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen in real life or online?

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?

We can trust God even when it seems ridiculous.

Why might God use ridiculous situations?

Would they get our attention?

Can you think of any other Bible stories that have “ridiculous” elements to them?

(e.g., Jonah disobeyed God, so God redirected him by sending a storm to throw his ship off-course; then sailors threw Jonah into the sea and God had a big fish swallow Jonah)

Read Numbers 22:21-39

Set the scene before reading the story:

Balaam was a prophet who God used during this time. A king wanted him to curse the Israelites, but he would not. While travelling the next day, this is what happened.

Did you notice anything ridiculous in this story? (a talking donkey)

Why do you think God used a talking donkey?

Sometimes God uses ridiculous things to remind us that he is in control. Remember, we can trust God even when it seems ridiculous—or impossible or out of control!

Youth Series - TRUST

As we walk through the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, we see how important it is to trust God and stick closely to him no matter what’s going on around us. Trusting God takes on different forms in our lives—at school, at home, and everywhere else we go—but it is rooted in relationship with him.

“I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name great... All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.”

Genesis 12:2-3

Youth (Gr. 7-9)

What's the most ridiculous thing that ever happened to you? (e.g., a bird pooped on your head; your pants ripped open in front of your whole class)

Has anyone ever asked you to do something ridiculous? What was it? Did you do it? Did you care how you looked?

Read Psalm 25:1-7

Which verse, word, or idea from this passage stands out to you?

Do you ever feel as if you can’t trust God? Why or why not?

Why do you think the writer of this psalm knew he could trust God? What does he say in the passage that hints at it?

Read Genesis17

God told 99-year-old Abraham that he was going to have a son with his 90-year-old wife. Few words better describe that situation than “ridiculous.” Abraham found it so absurd that he laughed!

Have you ever had an experience with God that seemed laughable?

In what ways do you place your trust in God?

What does it look like in your everyday life?

We can trust God even when it seems ridiculous.

Think of the things God asks of us that could make us look or seem ridiculous to others.

What kinds of things do you fear God might ask you to do that will seem ridiculous to others?

Has God already asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous to other people? If so, what was it?

Do you worry more about what other people think than what God thinks? Why?