1. ICEBREAKER IDEAS

a. If You Can Hear Me

  • Start out in a normal speaking voice saying, “If you can hear me, touch your nose.”
  • Continue saying action phrases while gradually lowering your voice to the quietest of whispers. The kids will have to listen very carefully so as not to miss the command phrase.
  • End with “sit down”.

b. Chinese Whispers

  • Test each team’s communication skills with a quiet relay that can also help the children relax after a day of active group games.
  • Break the kids into two teams, and form two straight lines with teammates standing a foot apart.
  • Have an adult tell the first member of each team a message like, “go to the grocery store and buy broccoli, bananas and hot dogs” or “when you get to school, take your 10-word spelling test and read four chapters in your history book.”
  • The children must whisper the message to the next member on the team until the message makes its way down the line.
  • The last team member must recite the message to the adult.
  • Award a point to the first team to relay the message correctly.
  • Continue the game until one team gets five points.

c. Guess the Whisper

  • Have one person sit blindfolded in a chair.
  • Let someone come behind him and whisper.
  • Let the blindfolded person try to guess who whispered.

 

2. LESSON: God comforts Elijah (1 Kings 19:1-18)

  • Review last week’s lesson:
    • Who did Elijah challenge at Mount Carmel? King Ahab’s 850 false prophets
    • What was the challenge? To call on their god to light the bull sacrifice
    • The false prophets called and danced and cut themselves all day long. Did the false god answer? No!
    • How many times did Elijah ask the people to pour water over his bull? 3 times
    • And did the real God answer him? Yes! The fire from heaven burned up the bull, the wood and the stone altar.
    • What other miracle did God do that day? He sent rain after 3 years of no rain
  • Let’s see what happened after these fantastic, great miracles.
  • King Ahab told his wicked wife, Jezebel, what Elijah had done, including killing all the false prophets.
  • Jezebel was very angry! She sent a message to Elijah threatening to kill him too!
  • What do you think Elijah did?
  • Elijah was afraid! Yes, the great man of God was afraid!
  • Elijah — God’s prophet who said it would not rain, and it didn’t.Elijah — The one who had special food delivery by the birds.Elijah — The one who prayed for a dead boy and he came back to life!Elijah — God’s prophet who called down fire from heaven.
  • And not only afraid, but he ran for his life! He faced 850 false prophets that day. And now he was running like a scared chicken! What happened?
  • Elijah forgot who it was who provided food for him and brought the widow’s son to life. He forgot who sent down fire from heaven. He thought it was all about himself. And he was exhausted and scared.
  • Instead of faith in the true God, Elijah focused on his fears and problems.
  • He went into the desert and sat under a bush and prayed that he would die! “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
  • What did God do? God didn’t scold Elijah. Instead, he sent an angel to wake him up to eat and drink. Twice!
  • We can trust a God who cares for us — especially our physical needs. He knows we need to eat, drink and rest.
  • After that, Elijah felt stronger and travelled in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Mount Horeb, where he stayed in a cave.
  • There, God came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
  • Elijah complained to God. “I have been so passionate for you God! The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
  • Then God said to him, “Go out and stand on the mountain for I am going to pass by.”

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  • In the Old Testament, no man could see God. God was too holy for sinful man to come near Him and feel His presence. But God gave Elijah a “preview”.
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    • First: There was a great and powerful wind that tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks; but the Lord was not in the wind.
    • Second: There was an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
    • Third: There came a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire.
    • Finally: After the fire came a gentle whisper.
  • God can do great and miraculous works like raising the dead and sending down fire from heaven. But He can also speak to us in a gentle whisper.
  • Even though Elijah was feeling alone and afraid, depressed and dejected, God came to him, fed him and whispered to Him gently.
  • And God also revealed a secret to Elijah. Elijah thought that he was the only one of God’s prophets left. But God told him, I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” There were not 1, or 2, or 3 … but 7000 prophets of the true God whom God had also protected!
  • Isn’t God wonderful?

 

Conclusion:

  • God revealed His presence and power to Elijah through the strong wind, earthquake, fire and still, small voice.
  • Today, because Jesus died on the cross to make us holy, God’s spirit lives in us. He speaks to us every day. It may be in great miracles and signs, or it could be in a gentle whisper — in the everyday things you see (e.g. the birds of the air and the flowers of the field), in the words of the Bible, or a quiet prompting in your heart.
  • Whatever your situation is, whenever you feel alone and afraid, depressed and dejected, you can speak to God and know that He will answer you!

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse Activity/Game Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD because He hears and answers my prayers.
  • Crossword puzzle

King Ahab & Prophet Elijah (Pt 2)

Categories: Children's Church

1. REVIEW: Kings of Israel

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  • Review last lesson on Ahab & Elijah (1 Kings 18:18-45)

 

2. LESSON: King AHAB & Prophet ELIJAH (Pt II): FIERY SHOWDOWN

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  • 3 years later, God sent Elijah back to the king … saying, “I will send rain on the earth.”
  • Go to Ahab? His wife Jezebel had already murdered 100 prophets of God. What if she murders Elijah too?
  • But Elijah didn’t argue.
  • He went to King Ahab and issued a challenge — Meet him at Mount Carmel with all Israel and the 850 false prophets.
  • At Mount Carmel, Elijah spoke to the people. If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people did not respond.
  • Elijah had two bulls prepared as sacrifices. But no fire was to be used to light them. “You call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD,” he said. “And the God Who answers by fire is the real God.” The people agreed.
  • So the false prophets chose one of the bulls. And from morning to noon, the false prophets called upon their false gods and danced around the altar. “Baal, answer us!” But did the false god answer? NO!
  • They leaped and danced and cut themselves with knives until they bled. But was there fire? NO!
  • Then Elijah asked the people to pour water over his bull. Water! Not once, not twice, but 3 times. The bull was soaking wet! The wood was soaking wet! The altar was soaking wet! How could it catch fire now? Seems impossible!
  • But our God is a God of the Impossible!
  • Elijah prayed. “O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God …”
  • Guess what? Suddenly the fire of the LORD fell.
  • It burned up the bull and the wood. Then it burned up the stone altar! Amazing!
  • When the people saw it, they cried, “The LORD, He is God!”
  • And Elijah said, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Do not let one of them escape!”
  • Elijah did what King Ahab should have done long before. He got rid of all the false prophets.
  • And to prove that He was really God, Elijah told Ahab that rain was on the way. Could there really be rain after 3 years?
  • The sky was empty! How could there be rain?
  • But soon, there was a small cloud. Not very big. About the size of a man’s hand.
  • In a little while, the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.
  • God sent the rain. God showed the people that Elijah was telling them the truth. God showed that He alone is the true God. Isn’t He great?

Conclusion

  • Do you want to know something even greater?
    a. The true God of Elijah is the same God who lives IN us today. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we are made holy and can come near to God; and His spirit can live IN us forever.
    b. Unlike the prophets of Baal, we don’t have to shout or yell all day long for our true God to hear us.
    c. God is NEVER too busy or too far. He never slumbers nor sleep! (Psalm 121:4)
    d. These are the Days of Jesus! Expect God to do great things in us & through us!

(Source: Bible for Children; God of Elijah)

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse Activity/Game
    Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD because He hears and answers my prayers.
  • Testimony time
    Get kids to come up and share how God answered their prayers.

Kings: Ahab & Prophet Elijah

Categories: Children's Church

1. STORY: King AHAB & Prophet ELIJAH (1 Kings 16:29-1 Kings 17)

  • In our story today, we meet the king who is ruling over the northern kingdom (Israel) — King Ahab.
  • King Ahab was a very famous king in the Bible. Do you know why he is sooo famous? King Ahab was famous because he was a very wicked king!
  • He was also famous because he had a very wicked wife. Her name was Jezebel. She was not a Jew, so she did not follow the God of the Israelites. God told His people that they should not marry women who do not worship the One True God. Jezebel worshipped a fake god called Baal, which was made of stone.
  • King Ahab who never should have married Jezebel in the first place brings her into his family and makes her his wife. As the leader of his family he should have never allowed her to bring her Baal worship into their home. But since he didn’t make a good first choice and married a woman who didn’t love God, he made a second bad choice and allowed her to worship Baal in their house. This was a very wicked thing. 
  • The bad influence of Ahab and Jezebel affected the Jewish people and many people sinned as a result. The people of Israel began to follow their leader’s example and many people in Israel began to worship Baal. They forgot that they had the One True God who made the whole world, who loved them, and who brought them out of Egypt. 
  • Because God loved His people He sent messengers called prophets to call the people of Israel back to Him. Sometimes they didn’t listen, so sometimes God had to allow them to get into some sort of trouble before they would call out to Him. 
  • One of God’s prophets was called Elijah. Elijah’s name means “my God is Jehovah”. 
  • One day, Elijah went straight to King Ahab and said, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there will neither be dew nor rain in the next few years, except at my word.” 
  • What do you think King Ahab and Jezebel did as this messenger from God stood before them? It’s not written in the Bible, but based on what Elijah did next, we can only imagine that they threatened his life. 
  • But God proved His faithfulness and love to Elijah with 3 wonderful miracles! 

 

  • Miracle #1: 
  • God told Elijah to go hide by the Brook Cherith by the Jordan River. He told him that he could drink water from the brook. He also said that He had commanded the ravens to feed him there. 
  • When Elijah got to the brook he had plenty of water to drink. Just as God had said, every morning and every night God sent ravens with bread and meat for Elijah to eat. I couldn’t help picturing these obedient ravens swooping down on someone’s picnic and grabbing a hamburger or hotdog for Elijah to eat! Even the ravens obeyed God. 
  • As time passed with no rain, the brook began to dry up and there was no more water for Elijah to drink. God had taken care of him this far, would God continue to help Elijah? Of course! 
  • God told Elijah, “Arise, go to Zarephath, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow to provide for you.”
  • When he got to Zarephath, the widow was at the city gates gathering sticks for firewood.

 

  • Miracle #2: 
  • “Please bring me a little water in a cup,” Elijah asked the woman. “Please bring me a morsel of bread.” 
  • “I do not have bread,” the widow answered. “Only a handful of flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar.” Sadly, the lady told the prophet that when this was finished, she and her son would starve to death. 
  • “Do not fear. Make me a small cake from it first, and afterwards make some for yourself and your son,” Elijah said. “The flour will not be used up, nor the oil, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.” 
  • God would have to work a miracle for that to happen. And He did! The lady and her son ate for many days, yet the bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry! Elijah lived with them.

 

  • Miracle #3: 
  • One day a sad thing happened. The widow’s son died. In those days, women depended a lot on men to take care of them. After her husband died, her son was her only hope. 
  • Elijah carried the boy’s body to an upper room. He cried out to the LORD, saying, “O LORD my God I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” What an impossible prayer!
  • The LORD heard the voice of Elijah and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived. When Elijah took the child and gave him to his mother she said, “Now by this I know that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.”

(Source: Ministry to Children; Bible for Children)

 

 

2. LESSON:

  • God provides for our every need.
  • He provided for the widow and her child with never-ending flour and oil! 
  • Whenever we give what little we have to God, whether it is money, time or energy, it opens up our hearts so that God can fill us up with more. And when we give our lives to God, we can trust Him to make things right for us and to be the rewarder of our faith.
  • We can trust Him even in bad times. 
    • When Ahab and Jezebel tried to kill Elijah, he trusted God to protect him. 
    • When the widow’s son died, he trusted God to do the impossible and bring him back to life! 
    • We, too, can trust in God in every circumstance of life. Certainly, God is able to take care of us, no matter how hopeless our situation seems, just as He cared and provided for the widow and her son.
  • We don’t need to look to other fake gods because we have Jesus, our Everything!
    • Our faith is built as God delivers us from one difficult situation and then another, just as the widow’s faith was built. Let us keep our confidence in God. He will never fail us! God wants us to learn how to trust in Him.

 

3. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES:

  • Pick a Word Review

    • Choose 10-15 key words from today’s lesson (eg: Ahab, Baal, flour, oil, ravens, Elijah, widow, son etc.). Write them on a small piece of paper and place them in a bowl. Pass the bowl around class and have each child pick one word each. After everyone has chosen a word, allow the children to take turns sharing what their word is and how it fit into today’s lesson.
  • Flour Game

    • Prepare some flour, 2 bowls, 2 small spoons and 2 small jars that are the same size. Split your class into 2 equal teams. Set up a table for each team. On each table set up a bowl filled with enough flour to fill up a jar. Place one jar and a spoon on each table. Have 2 teams line up facing each table. 
    • When you say “go”, the first child in line goes to the table and takes a spoonful of flour and put into the jar. Then returns to tag their friend who goes next. Continue until all kids have their turn. Winner is team with most amount of flour in the jar. 
  • Testimony time: Get kids to come up and share how they trusted God and He provided and protected them.

Kings: Review & Kings of Israel

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON: Review & Kings of Israel (1 Kings 15: 25-16:28)

  • In the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the kings of Judah who ruled over the Southern Kingdom (2 tribes): (use actions to reinforce and review)
  • Rehoboam: Not a servant king
    (actions:
    an “X” sign with hands then open palms for “serving”)
    Proud and refused to serve the people. As a result, his father’s kingdom was split into 2 — Judah (2 tribes) and Israel (10 tribes).
    Jesus is our servant King who came to give us rest.
  • Abijah: Relied on God for victory
    (actions: do V for victory sign with fingers)

    God gave him victory over
    Jeroboam (who tried to ambush Abijah with double the number of troops) because of His covenant with David.
    Because of His New Covenant with Jesus, God fights our battles for us and gives us victory!
  • Asa: Trust in God or trust in self?
    (actions: stand on 1 foot and lean to one side; ie who are you leaning on?)

    When Asa trusted in God, God gave him victory over the Egyptian king and his mighty army. But when threatened by King
    Baasha, Asa decided to rely on himself and formed his own alliances, instead of trusting God.
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

  • Today, we will look at 5 more kings of Israel (Northern Kingdom; 10 tribes) and see how they fared. 
  • Generally, all the kings of Israel didn’t follow God. They did evil and led the people to worship idols. It was a vicious cycle with each new king. And there were always wars and unrest as a result.
  • Jeroboam (22 years)
    (actions: 2 fingers on sides of head like cows’ horns)
     

    • We’ve learnt about King Jeroboam. Who remembers what he did? He made 2 golden calves for the people to worship, so they didn’t have to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.
    • Jeroboam tried to let unholy people worship a holy God everywhere.
      Jesus’ death made us holy and opened the way for us to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.
       
  •  Nadab (2 years)
    (actions: show thumb; he is 1st of 5 new kings we’re learning today)

    • Son of Jeroboam; followed his father’s ways. 
    • One day, when Nadab was busy attacking a town in Philistine (Gibbethon), one of his own people, Baasha, from the tribe of Issachar, plotted against him and killed him! 
  • Baasha (24 years)
    (actions: show 2 fingers — thumb and forefinger)

    • As soon as Baasha killed Nadab, he made himself king.
    • He killed Jeroboam’s entire family, as was prophesied to Jeroboam before as a result of his idolatry. (1 Kings 14:14-16)
    • Last week we learnt of how Baasha tried to attack King Asa of Judah, but Asa made a treaty with King Ben-Hadad to stop him.
    • Baasha also did many evil things and worshipped idols. God sent His prophet to tell Baasha:“I lifted you up from the dust and appointed you ruler over my people Israel, but you followed the ways of Jeroboam and caused my people Israel to sin and to arouse my anger by their sins. 
    • As a result, God told Baasha that he and his family will suffer the same end as Jeroboam and his family. 
  • Elah (2 years)
    (actions: show 3 fingers
    thumb, forefinger and 3rd finger)

    • Son of Baasha.
  • His official, Zimri, who commanded half his chariots, plotted against him. One day when Elah was drunk, Zimri came in and struck him down.
  • Zimri (7 days)
    (actions: show 4 fingers
    thumb, forefinger, 3rd finger and ring finger)

    • Zimri succeeded Elah as king of Israel and ruled in Tirzah.
    • Just as Baasha killed the entire family of Jeroboam, Zimri killed all of Baasha’s family, as was prophesied.
    • However Zimri was the shortest-reigning king in Israel. Guess how long he reigned? 7 days!
    • When the Israelites in the army camp heard that Zimri had plotted against the king and murdered him, they proclaimed Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day there in the camp.
    • Omri and the Israelites then attacked Tirzah (where Zimri was ruling).
    • When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the royal palace and set the palace on fire around him. So he died. 
  • Omri (12 years)
    (actions: show 5 fingers)

    • Some Israelites supported another person to be king —Tibni, but Omri’s followers were stronger, so Omri became king.
    • Omri bought a hill from a man called Shemer for 2 talents of silver. He built a city on the hill and called it Samaria, after Shemer (the former owner).
    • Sadly, like the other kings before him, Omri also did evil in the eyes of the Lord. In fact, the Bible says he sinned more than all those before him.

 

  • Conclusion: 
    • What can we learn from the kings of Israel? (revise with actions)
      • Jeroboam
      • Nadab
      • Baasha
      • Elah 
      •  Zimri
      • Omri
  • Because they didn’t follow God, because they did evil and led the people to worship idols, there were always wars and unrest 
  • (note: If you recall, in the beginning, God was the King over the nation of Israel when He brought them into the Promised Land. He had judges to rule over Israel. But Israel grumbled and complained — all the other nations had kings, so they wanted a human king too! That was how Saul was appointed as Israel’s 1stking.) 
  • Through history, we see how human kings always fail. Because they are human. They are not perfect. They make bad decisions. They try to do things their own way, not God’s way. And as a result, the people will suffer.
  • Today, we have a good King. He never fails. He is perfect. He makes wise decisions. He does things His way because He is God. And as a result, all of us are blessed in Him! His name is Jesus!
  • Out of the 5 kings, 3 became king by killing the previous king — Baasha, Zimri and Omri. They were greedy for power and seized it for themselves by destroying others.
  • Jesus was King of all who came to give His life for us. When the people wanted to make Him king by force, Jesus withdrew because He knew that was not God’s time (John 6:15). When He finally entered Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (John 12:15), his purpose was to die on the cross and give His life for us.
  • Because Jesus died for us, you and I can be prince and princesses of the Most High God! Thank you Jesus!

2. Suggested Activities

  • Worksheet/Quiz

 

Worksheet1 Worksheet2b

1. HOOK: Whom do you seek? Or related icebreaker

  • Create two cubes/lists:
    • possible decisions that kids have to make (e.g. school work, recreation, choosing friends etc)
    • possible people or things they seek help from (e.g. parents, friends, doctors, teachers etc)  
  • Have kids roll the two dice together and discuss the way people might seek the help for the decision. 
  • God puts wise people in our midst, and we should get help from these people, especially our parents. But our parents are also human. They don’t have all the answers or know what’s going to happen. The One person who knows everything and whom we can depend on is Jesus. So whenever we have issues or problems or have to make big decisions, talk to Jesus first, and He will show us the way. 
2. LESSON: King Asa of Judah (1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 14-16)
  •  King Asa 
    • Today we meet King Asa. He was the son of King Abijah and ruled over Judah for 41 years.
    • Unlike his father Abijah and grandfather Rehoboam, the Bible records for us that “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God” (2 Chron 14:2) and that he had a whole heart like David (Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.” 2 Chron 15:17)
    •  What did Asa do? He:
      • Stopped worship to the false gods: Removed the foreign altars and high places; smashed the sacred stones; and cut down the Asherah poles (He even removed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother because she made an idol for the worship of the false goddess Asherah)
      • Commanded Judah to seek God and obey Him
      • Built up and prospered the cities of Judah in times of rest/peace

  •  Asa & his 2 Battles: Where do you place your trust?
  • During Asa’s reign, Judah had peace for many years. But there were 2 instances where he faced some external threats.
  • #1: Zerah and the Cushites (1 Chron 14)
    • There was a man called Zerah, who was a Cushite. He had a large and powerful army — 1 million men and 300 chariots — from Egypt.
    • One day, Zerah decided to come and attack King Asa at the Valley of Zephathah. 
    • King Asa had about 580,000 fighting men, but Zerah’s army was greater — 1 million men and 300 chariots. The odds were heavily stacked against King Asa.
    • What did Asa do? He called to God. “Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.” (1 Chron 14:11)
    • Asa trusted and relied on God. And God struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. The Cushite armies fled, and Asa and his men chased them and destroyed them.
    • King Asa and his men also carried away a large amount of plunder from the fallen Cushites. God gave them a great victory indeed!
  •  #2: Baasha King of Israel (1 Chron 16) 
    • In the 36th year of Asa’s reign, there was another threat against Judah. 
    • King Baasha of Israel went against King Asa. He fortified the town of Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering Judah.
    • What did Asa do? Call to God?
    • Unfortunately this time, he didn’t. 
    • Asa decided to rely on his own cleverness this time. Asa decided to make a treaty with Ben-Hadad king of Aram, from Damascus.
    • Ben-Haded had a treaty with Baasha already. But King Asa gave Ben-Hadad gold and silver from the treasuries of the temple and palace and asked him to break his treaty with Baasha. 
    • Ben-Hadad agreed. He broke off his treaty with Baasha of Israel and began conquering the towns of Israel — Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, Naphtali etc. 
    • When Baasha heard about it, he abandoned his work at Ramah. So the men of Judah went to carry away all the stones and timber that Baasha had been using in Ramah, and they used it to build up the towns of Geba and Mizpah.
    • That seemed like a smart move on King Asa’s part, right?
    • But God didn’t think so. Asa had trusted in his own cleverness and in another man (King Ben-Hadad) instead of in God to deliver him … even though God had delivered him from Zerah and the Cushites before. 
    • He sent Hanani the prophet to speak to Asa:“Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
    • Asa didn’t listen to the prophet. He was angry with him and put him in prison. 
    • Even when Asa was old and sick, he only trusted the doctors and did not seek help from the Lord. (1 Chron 16:12)
  • Asa was a good king who followed God and kept His commandments. He didn’t worship idols. But He forgot to trust God fully. He thought that he was smarter than God. He put his trust in other men. In the end, he missed out the big victory God had in store for him.
  • We can be good and follow God’s commandments. We can choose not to worship idols. But when we rely on our own goodness and smartness and abilities, we lose out on something greater. Jesus is our goodness. Jesus is our wisdom. Jesus is our ability.
  • So children, do we trust men or trust Jesus? Trust our own selves? Or trust Jesus? When we are faced with issues and decisions in life, call upon Jesus, and He will answer us and show us the best way!
  • Memory Verse Activity: (play game or activity to get kids to memorise)
    Proverbs 3:5-6
      Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Kings: Abijah of Judah

Categories: Children's Church


1. HOOK:
  • Prepare a plastic chair. Get a volunteer to come forward and put a hand on the chair. Get the volunteer to lift up the outside leg and lean towards the chair. The chair would move (control it a bit for younger kids), and the kid would lose balance.
  • Then get another volunteer to come forward. Get this volunteer to put a hand on the wall and lean towards the wall. The wall doesn’t move, and the kid doesn’t lose balance. 
  • Today we’re going to learn about somebody who put His trust in the Lord. He didn’t put his trust in other things (like numbers or his own strength and power), because those are like the plastic chair. If you lean on it, it may fail and you may fall. But if we trust the Lord, he is firm, like the wall.

 

 2. LESSON: King Abijah of Judah (1 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 13)
  • REVIEW: KINGS OF ISRAEL
  • So far, we have learnt: 
    • Rehoboam: Solomon’s son. Did not want to serve the people. People rebelled, and the kingdom was split into 2 — Israel and Judah. Rehoboam ruled over Judah.
  • After Rehoboam died, his son Abijah succeeded him as king of Judah. He ruled Judah for 3 years.
  • What else do we know about Abijah? 
    • The Bible records for us 2 main things in 1 Kings 15:
    • Abijah did not have a WHOLE HEART like King David. He only had HALF HEART. He committed the sins of his father and grandfather of worshipping other gods etc.
    • There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam (King of Israel) throughout Abijah’s lifetime.
  • THE WAR (2 Chron 13) 
    • One day, Jeroboam wanted to attack Abijah. He had 800,000 soldiers on his side. 
    • Abijah got his troops ready too. But he only had 400,000 soldiers. 
    • Who had the bigger army? Jeroboam (by double the number of troops) 
    • Who would most probably win? Jeroboam 
    • God’s ways are not our ways.  He delights to show His power in our weakness. (1 Cor 1:25) 
    • Although we read that Abijah only had HALF HEART for God, he knew and understood that the ONLY way to win against his enemy was to fully rely on God. Not on numbers or his own strength or power.  
    • Abijah was facing a huge enemy and he knew enough about God that he knew the only way he could win this battle was if God fought it for him.
  • THE SPEECH 
    • Abijah stood on the mountain and gave a speech to Jeroboam and his soldiers. His speech included: 
    • Reminding them of God’s promise to David that his kingdom would reign forever. 
    • Jeroboam made golden calves to be their gods and drove out God’s priests from his kingdom and allowed anyone who wants to be a priest to be one. (our lesson last week)
    • Abijah’s kingdom had God’s priests who were obedient to follow God’s ways to worship.
    • God is with Judah and enemies will lose if they fight against Him. “People of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.” (2 Chron 13:12)
  •  THE AMBUSH 
    • But Jeroboam decided to go ahead. 
    • He sent some of his troops behind Abijah’s troops to “sandwich” them. 
    • When Judah turned and saw that there were Jeroboam’s armies in front AND behind them, they did the only thing they could do — they cried out to the Lord. 
    • The priests blew their trumpets. The men of Judah raised the battle cry. 
    • And even though Israel’s armies were 2x the size of Judah’s, the Bible records for us that God defeated the armies of Israel before King Abijah and Judah. 
    • Israel’s armies fled, and Abijah and his men managed to strike down 500,000 of them. Imagine … 400,000 soldiers from Judah striking down 500,000 soldiers from Israel. Physically and logically, that was impossible. But God made it possible. 
    • In 2 Chronicles 13:18, it says, The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors.”
  • Conclusion:
    • Even though Abijah did bad things, the one good thing he did was to remember God’s promise/covenantto his great grandfather, David.
    • He knew that God promised to give King David a forever kingdom. 
    • He knew God always kept His promises.
    • So he knew God would not fail them.
    • Even as a little boy, Abijah’s great grandfather, David, also remembered God’s promise/covenant to the people of Israel (e.g. the Abrahamic covenant of a great nation).
      • When he saw Goliath mocking the armies of Israel, he said, Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Sam 17:26) 
      • When Goliath insulted him, David said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Sam 17:45) 
      • David knew who was with Israel and who will fight the battle for them — God.
  • God is a Covenant-keeping God.  
    • God kept His covenant when Goliath was threatening His people
    • God kept His covenant with David when Jeroboam’s armies tried to ambush Abijah’s
      • God didn’t help Abijah and Judah because they were so good or that they deserved it — even though Abijah boasted, We are observing the requirements of the Lord our God.” 
      • God helped Abijah and Judah because of His covenant with David — “For David’s sake, the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.”
    • And God keeps His covenant with Jesus, which was cut on the cross with Jesus’ blood.
    • God will help us in our time of need — not because we deserve it; not because we are so good; but because He is good, and because we are His children under the New Covenant.
      • For Jesus’ sake, God fights our battles for us. God protects us. God helps us and gives us the victory! 
      • Praise the Lord!
  •  Memory Verse:
o   2 Chron 13:18 The people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

Option:

o   Ps 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer …

Kings: Jeroboam and the Golden Calves

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON:

  • Review of Kings of Israel


    • So far, we have learnt:
      • David: God promised David that there will be a Forever King on his throne. 
      • Solomon: Solomon disobeyed God, so God told him that his kingdom will be taken away from him.
      • Rehoboam: Solomon’s son. Did not want to serve the people. People rebelled, and the kingdom was split into 2 — Israel and Judah. Rehoboam ruled over Judah (2 tribes) 
      • Jeroboam: God chose Jeroboam to rule over 10 tribes (Israel)
    • Today we will take a look at King Jeroboam, the King of Israel (Northern Kingdom) 
    •  Jeroboam 
      • God had told Jeroboam: “If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.” (1 Kings 11:38)
      • (note: Under the Old Covenant, God’s presence and blessings were conditional — If Jeroboam obeyed fully, God would be with him and he would be blessed. If he didn’t, he would be punished.)
      • Jeroboam became king of Israel — 10 tribes.
      • Rehoboam was king of Judah — 2 tribes.
    • Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, the place of worship, was in Judah. 
    • The Jews from Israel would travel to Jerusalem for their temple worship and sacrifices.
    • Jeroboam thought to himself: If the people from Israel kept going to Jerusalem to worship, they would gradually start supporting King Rehoboam and accept him as their king instead of me! (1 Kings 12:26-27)
    • So Jeroboam decided to make 2 golden calves and set one up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
    • So the people of Israel went to Bethel and Dan to worship before the golden calves, instead of going to the Temple in Jerusalem. This was a sin. God had told the Israelites to worship Him only and not to bow down to any idols, such as the golden calves.
    • Instead of following God and obeying Him, Jeroboam went on to set up his own forms of worship and create god in his own image — 
      • He built more shrines (holy places) on high places
      • He appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites (the tribe that God set aside to serve as priests)
      • He instituted his own religious festivals (copying the ones held in Judah) 
      • He offered sacrifices on the altar (the job of the priests) to the golden calves
    • God sent prophets to warn Jeroboam about his evil ways, but he refused to change … even when his son became very ill and eventually died. 
    • In the end, the prophet Abijah (the one who told Jeroboam that God had chosen him to be king) told him that because of the sins that Jeroboam committed and the sins he caused Israel to commit, God was very angry with Jeroboam and that his kingdom would be taken away from him one day. (1 Kings 14:7-9)
  • Man-made Worship vs True Worship:
    • In Jeroboam’s time, God’s Spirit was only in the Temple in Jerusalem. People could only worship God and make sacrifices at the Temple. 
    • Because he feared losing his kingdom, Jeroboam took matters into his own hands and created his own methods of worship to keep people away from Jerusalem.
    • God gave Jeroboam a wonderful offer of a great dynasty, but Jeroboam did not believe God — he ignored God’s willingness and ability to keep His promises. 
    • He forgot that his kingdom was from God anyway. He forgot God’s promise that as long as he followed God, God will give him a great kingdom and a powerful dynasty.
    • He tried to set up places of worship so people could worship God anywhere and everywhere. 
    • However he failed. That’s because man, even kings, are sinful and unholy. They cannot simply approach God and worship Him anywhere and anyhow. 
    • That’s why Jesus had to come to die for us and to wash us clean so that we can approach God freely anytime.
    • When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman, she said, “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” (John 4:20) 
    • Jesus told her: “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem … Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 
    • Jesus was talking about a time where people would be able to approach God and worship Him anywhere in Spirit and in truth. They didn’t have to go to a temple or a mountain to worship God. 
    • When Jesus died and rose again, those who believed in Him would have God’s Spirit in them, and they would be able to worship God in Spirit and in truth. 
    • Because of Jesus, our Forever King, we can worship God anywhere and approach Him boldly and confidently! Thank you Jesus! 
    • Conclusion: 
      • Solomon was wise but disobedient king. Jesus is our wise and obedient Forever King.
      • Rehoboam was proud and refused to serve the people. Jesus is our servant King who came to give us rest.
      • Jeroboam tried to let unholy people worship a holy God everywhere. Jesus’ death made us holy and opened the way for us to worship the Father in Spirit and in truth.

 Memory Verse:

    • John 4:23-24Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
    • Simplified: John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.

Kings: Rehoboam the Proud King

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON:

  • Last week we learnt: God had prophesied to Solomon that because of his disobedience, his kingdom will be taken away from him. The prophet Ahijah had prophesied to Jeroboam that he would become king over 10 of Israel’s 12 tribes.
  •  The People’s Request
    • Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, succeeded to the throne after his father, Solomon, died.
    • Rehoboam went from Jerusalem to Shechem, a city about 40 miles north of Jerusalem, to establish himself as king in the north. (This is where Joshua spoke his last words and where Joseph’s bones were buried.)
    • Jeroboam had been an administrator of Shechem during the reign of King Solomon. He was popular there.
    • During the reign of King Solomon, Solomon had many big building projects, such as the Temple and his palace. And the people had to do a lot of the work and pay a lot of the taxes. So the people asked Jeroboam to talk to King Rehoboam on their behalf for some help.
    • Jeroboam and the people of Israel told King Rehoboam, “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”
    • King Rehoboam told the people to give him 3 days to think about their requests.
    • Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?”
    • They replied, “If you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” The elders said that If King Rehoboam helped the people, the people would always serve him faithfully. It was good advice.
    • But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders. Instead, he consulted his friends for their advice.
    • The young men gave King Rehoboam bad advice. They told him NOT to help the people and to make their problems even BIGGER! “Tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”
    • So 3 days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam.
    • The king answered the people harshly. “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”
    • So the king did not listen to the people. He did not help them. This was so that God’s prophesy through the prophet Ahijah would be fulfilled.
    • When all Israel saw that King Rehoboam refused to listen to them, they rebelled against the king and rejected him.
    • Instead they made Jeroboam their king.
    • Only 2 tribes — Judah and Benjamin — remained faithful to King Rehoboam.
    • Revise: Jeroboam was king of 10 tribes (Israel); Rehoboam was king of 2 tribes (Judah)
  • Conclusion: The Proud King vs Jesus: The Servant King
    • Rehoboam did not consult God. He did not listen to good advice. He thought he was smart enough to make his own decisions. He did not listen to the people. He had no compassion for them. He lorded over them and wanted to show his power and strength.
    • Rehoboam was the exact opposite of Jesus, the Forever King.
    • Rehoboam refused to serve his people. Jesus came to serve and to give His life for us. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    • Rehoboam wanted to put a heavier yoke on the people. Jesus offered an easy yoke, a light burden and rest. Matt 11:28, 30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    • Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people. Jesus is gentle and humble in heart. Matt 11:29  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    • Even though Rehoboam was not a good king, God still preserved David’s line so that one day, the best king, Jesus, would come and reign as our Forever King. Thank you Jesus!


2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse:
    Mark 10:45
    For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Worksheets

Kings: The Divided Kingdom

Categories: Children's Church

1. LESSON: The Divided Kingdom (1 Kings 11)

  • REVIEW: ORIGINS OF NATIONS OF ISRAEL
 
  • Abraham: God promised, “I will make you a great nation”
  • Jacob: Renamed “Israel” after wrestling with God
  • 12 Sons: Went to Egypt when Joseph was leader 
  • Descendants became slaves
  • God delivered from Egypt
  • Entered promised land as nation of Israel (12 tribes)

 

  •  REVIEW: KINGS OF ISRAEL<suggest using flashcards or pictures for younger kids to stick up at correct places>
  • God was the King of Israel. He spoke to His people through prophets and judges.
  • But the people of Israel wanted their own king that they could see, like all the other nations around them. (1 Sam 8)
  • God was not happy. But He gave them a king anyway.
  • Saul had NO HEART for God: Disobeyed God
  • David had WHOLE HEART for God: Man after God’s heart
  • Solomon had HALF HEART for God: Started well, but ended up worshipping false gods
  • Solomon turned to worship his many wives’ false gods. He did not keep his promise to God to follow the One and Only True God with his WHOLE HEART, as his father David did.
  • Because of that, God told him that his kingdom will be divided (1 Kings 11:9-13).

ACT IT OUT: Get 2 volunteers to act out this scene; Props needed: a large paper cloak — large piece of colour paper in shape of shirt.

  • Solomon had an official who was a good worker. His name was Jeroboam.
  • One day after Jeroboam was finished with his work and was on his way home, God sent a prophet, Ahijah, to meet him.
  • The prophet Ahijah was wearing a new cloak. <show paper cloak>
  • When he saw Jeroboam, Ahijah took his new cloak and tore it into 12 pieces. <tear the paper cloak into 12 and get the kids to count 1-12>

 

 
  • The prophet gave 10 pieces to Jeroboam. Ahijah told Jeroboam that because of Solomon’s disobedience, God was taking away part of his kingdom and giving it to Jeroboam. Jeroboam would be king of 10 of Israel’s 12 tribes. And if Jeroboam obeyed God and worshipped Him only, he will have a great kingdom.
  • The 10 tribes would form Israel; Jeroboam to be king
  • The remaining 2 tribes (Judah and Benjamin) would form Judah; Solomon’s son, Rehoboam to be king
  • Note: For younger kids, you can prepare 12 building blocks to represent the tribes of Israel. Get them to count out 10 blocks and separate it from the last 2.
  • Maps of Israel, pre and post division:
 

 


CONCLUSION:

  • Ahijah ends his prophecy with, “I will humble David’s descendants because of this, but not forever.”
  • Although Solomon was unfaithful, God was always faithful.
  • Despite Solomon’s disobedience, God did not forget His promise to David that he will have a forever kingdom (2 Sam 7:16). God promised David that David’s family would have a king to rule forever.
  • David was from the tribe of Judah, and one of his descendants would be the forever King and known as the Lion of Judah.
  • Do you know the Name of this King who was born from David’s family? (Jesus)
  • Because of Solomon’s sin and disobedience, his once glorious kingdom was divided and separated.
  • Because of our sin and disobedience, we were divided and separated from God.
  • But Jesus came to fulfil God’s promises as a forever King and a Saviour for all of us, so that we may be reconciled/united with God again. Thank you Jesus!
 

2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse: Get kids to memorise
    2 Cor 5:19
      God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
  • Song (to tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”)
    • The kingdom was divided, split in 2 (2x)
      The kingdom was divided (2x)

      The kingdom was divided, split in 2
      Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2 (2x)
      Israel got 10 tribes (2x)
      Israel got 10 tribes, Judah 2
  • Worksheet

A Walk-through Solomon’s Temple

Categories: Children's Church

LESSON: A Walk-through Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 7, 2 Chron 4)

  • Set up room according to the following layout
  • Prepare kids outside the room:
    • Today, we’re going to take a special tour of the temple of God that King Solomon built.
    • Let’s walk slowly and very quietly so we can see all the different things inside.
    • Note: Depending on crowd control, you may choose to have all the kids sit down in the “outer court area” while you talk about different parts of the temple, or have them follow you
  • Conclusion:
    • Today, because of Jesus’ death and life, we are brought near to God.
    • We are washed so clean and made righteous so that God’s Holy Spirit can live in us forever.
    • Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for taking away all my sins and washing me clean with your blood. Thank you for your broken body that makes me whole. That you that because of you, I can come to God freely and boldly in your name. I accept you into my heart and my life; live your life in me and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

View of set-up room