Purpose: Use this children’s sermon on Noah’s Ark and the Flood to teach kids how they can be saved.
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-9
Needed: some pictures to play the game Which One of These Things Is Not Like the Others?
Tell students that you want to play a game of Which One of These Things Is Not Like the Others. You’re going to show them a few pictures and their job is to call out when they spot what’s different in the pictures.
Show 3-5 pictures and then something like, God played this game in our Bible story today.
(Read Genesis 6:5-9 , quoted here in the NIV.) “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and His heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
What was God planning to do in this story? (Destroy all the humans and animals.)
Why was God going to destroy all the humans and animals? (Because humans were acting wickedly and thinking evil things in their heart. Everyone was doing things that God didn’t like.)
But there was one person who was different. Do you remember his name? (Noah.)
So God looked down at all the people and saw how evil they were, but He spotted one person that was different. The Bible tells us that Noah was someone who did the right things and had a good relationship with God.
The story continues with God telling Noah to build a very large boat because God is going cause it to rain so much on the world that there would be a great Flood. Everyone who did evil would drown in the Flood, but Noah and his family would be saved in the boat.
Did you know that God has told us how we can be saved too? We don’t have to be saved from a big flood. We need to be saved from going to Hell when we die. Hell is a horrible place filled with pain and hate and sadness. Nothing good ever happens there. But God wants to save us from it, just like He saved Noah from the Flood.
How can we be saved?
God saves us from going to Hell when we believe in Jesus. Like Noah, we become friends with God and try to do the things that God wants us to.
Lord, we thank You for saving us like You saved Noah. You sent Jesus so that we could believe in Him. Help us to be better friends with You and give us the strength to do the right things that You want us to. Amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermons about the Fall and the Flood