Purpose: Use this children’s sermon on Abraham’s faith to teach kids how to have a right relationship with God.
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Needed: picture of an elderly man and woman
Ask students, How many of you have grandmothers?
When is your grandmother going to have her next baby?
Grandmothers don’t usually have babies, do they? Their bodies are all done having children. Some women’s bodies can never have children.
(Show your picture of the elderly couple.)
Do you think these two people could have a new baby?
This is one of the oldest married couples in the world. The man is 106 years old, and the woman is 102. They’ve been married for 85 years. Let’s give them a hand!
But even though they’re doing so well, most people would say that they can’t have children anymore. Their bodies are too old.
They remind me of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham was a very old man when God told him that he was going to have a son. It seemed impossible. It seemed even more impossible because Sarah was old too. And, in fact, Sarah was one of those women that I said was never able to have children, even when she was young. Her body simply didn’t work that way.
But even though Abraham knew that most people would say it was impossible for him and Sarah to have children, he believed that God could do it.
(Read Genesis 15:6 , quoted here in the NIV.) “Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”
Does anyone know that word, “righteousness,” means? It means to be in a right relationship with God. Abraham was in a right relationship with God because he believed what God said.
That’s how we can have a right relationship with God too. If we believe the things that God said in the Bible and do what He says, we’ll be in a right relationship with Him.
It might be hard to believe what God says sometimes, just like it was hard for Abraham to believe that God was going to give him a son when he was so old, but we need to keep believing that God will do what He said. God always keeps His promises and He always means what He says.
And we know that God did give Abraham and Sarah a son. His name was Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old, and Sarah was 90 years old when God gave them Isaac.
So, even when it seems impossible, we can still believe God like Abraham did.
Father, we thank You for always keeping Your promises. Help us to always have faith in You so that we can be in a right relationship with You all our life. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, The People Build a Tower, but God Builds a Family