God's Big Promise (God's Promise To Abraham Lesson)

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The following children’s Bible lesson on God’s promise to Abraham will help children to understand more about God’s plan to restore mankind. It continues a children’s church curriculum based on The Big Picture Story Bible. These children’s church lessons can easily be modified to serve as children’s Sunday School lessons.
Download this lesson plan as a Microsoft Word document from this link – God’s Big Promise Lesson Plan
These kid’s Bible lesson are offered as guides for your own teaching. Be sure to modify the content to best fit the children in your ministry.

Resource Links: You can find lesson plans covering Noah’s Flood on the Calvary Chapel Kids website, and on eBible Teacher and from ChristianAnswers.net.

About This Children’s Bible Lesson Plan

Title: God’s Big Promise: The Big Picture Of The Bible Lesson #4. You could also call this “Abraham’s Faith Sunday School lesson” or “God’s Promise To Abraham Bible lesson.”
Learning Objectives: After this Bible lesson, children will demonstrate knowledge of the promise God made to Abraham by answering review questions.
Target Age Group: 5 – 10 years old {U.S. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade}
Bible Story: Genesis 12 – 20 (overview)
Teaching Setting: This lesson was first taught in our children’s church on Sunday morning to about 25 children. Before the lesson the children participated in several songs and group Bible memory exercises. Target length of this lesson is 20 minutes.
Items Needed:

  • Printed “One Page Teaching Plan” from this lesson plan.
  • The Big Picture Story Bible (or summary of the Bible story in your own words)
  • Clock or wrist watch for “Introduction” below

Explanation: The promise God gives to Abraham is good news for fallen mankind. Through this one family, God would bring his blessing to all families on the Earth. God will restore what mankind had broken. God will create a new people, give them a new place, and rule over them by his Word. Jesus is the fulfillment of this promise because he is the true son of Abraham’s promise.
Be sure to emphasize that Abraham had to wait many years for God’s promise to come true. But waiting does not mean that it didn’t come true. Waiting give us an opportunity to have faith in God’s Word.
This lesson plan is part of my series based on The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker. These lessons can be used with other story Bibles or by telling the Bible stories in your own words. However, I strongly recommend this book for it’s excellent illustrations and unifying approach to salvation history.

Children’s Bible Lesson: God’s Promise To Abraham

Introduction: Stand silently before the class. Look carefully at your clock (or wrist watch). Pretend that you are waiting for something to happen. Wait for one of the children to ask you what you are waiting for. (This may take a few minutes.) The say, “I was actually waiting for you to ask that! In today’s story you will learn about a man named Abraham who was waiting for something too. He was waiting for God’s Big promise to come true.”
Active Listening: Say, “Please listen carefully while I read our Bible story. When I’m done I’ll ask some questions to see how well you understood the story.” The questions under “review” below are the key points for them to understand from the lesson, so be sure to emphasize them as you read.
Read: “Part 4” from on The Big Picture Story Bible. (Or tell the story of the Genesis 12 – 20 in your own words emphasizing the answers to the questions below.) Be sure to engage the children with good story telling. Ask unscripted questions to clarify points in the story.
Review: Call on volunteers to answer these questions from the story you just read. Some possible answers are written as italics below.

  1. What were the 3 parts of God’s promise to Abraham? God was sending him to a new place, to make a new people, to be a blessing to all people.
  2. What did Abraham do? He listened to God’s Word and did what God said.
  3. Did the promise happen right away? What was the problem? No – they didn’t have any children.
  4. How many children did God promise? As many as the stars in the sky.
  5. What did Abraham do when he heard this promise? He believed God.

True or False: Ask the children to choose which of the following statements are correct. If the statement is correct they should stand, if it is false they should remain seated.

  • God can do anything. {True}
  • God promised to make Abraham’s family into the new people of God. {True}
  • Abraham deserved to be God’s special friend. {False – it was God’s choice}
  • God promised to make Abraham’s family a blessing for all people. {True}
  • God promised to give Abraham’s family a new place to live. {True}
  • The promise came true right away. {False}

What does this teach about God: Say, “This story tells us many things about Abraham, but God is the real hero of the Bible. What can we learn about God from the story we just read?”
Possible Answers:

  • God makes big promises.
  • God wants to bless all the people of the earth.
  • God knows the future and can tell Abraham what will happen.
  • God knows everything – even the number of stars in the sky.

Pray: Lead the children in prayer…

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