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1 8 We Are Children f Gd All Pre-Class Arrange tables and chairs. Pray fr tnight s class. Have music playing. Take attendance. 7:00-7:20 REVIEW Chse an activity r activities frm the fllwing ideas: Review previus lessns. Ask questins regarding the last few lessns using the We Are Review Questins and Jesus is A thrugh Z Review Questins (in KPH binder). Reward crrect answers with Starbursts, etc. Play baseball with the review questins. Have the entire class play as ne team, trying t beat a scre f 20 runs (their recrd), r divide them int tw teams and see which team can scre the mst runs. An incrrect answer equals an ut. After three uts, it s the ther team s turn t bat (r if playing with the entire class as ne team, clear the bases f runners after three uts). Make sure each team gets an equal number f at bats. Have anther teacher keep track f uts and pints n the marker bard. Play musical chairs. When the music stps, ask the player withut a chair a review questin. If the student answers crrectly, he r she gets t stay in the game. Divide the grup int pairs. Give each pair ne f the mini psters with adjectives and titles f Jesus (i.e., the A sheet r the B sheet, etc.; in KPH binder). Have each team wrk tgether t memrize every adjective r title n their sheet. Then have them cme up frnt and recite them t the class. Have a student cme t the frnt f the class and pick a letter (A-Z) ut f a bag and then try t remember all the adjectives/titles that g with that letter. Play A-M r N-Z BINGO with adjectives/titles. Review ther previusly memrized items. Use cardbard chart and cards with bks f the Bible, as well as ther prps. One Gd, Sin and Repentance, etc., verses that students have been wrking n. Sing verses set t sng Bks f the Old and New Testaments Divisins f Old and New Testaments

2 All 7:20-7:40 BIBLE MEMORY WORK Divide the class int fur grups: tw each fr 5- t 7-year-lds and 8- t 10-year-lds, ne teacher with each grup. (T cut dwn n nise and cnfusin, tw grups may leave the rm t practice verses in the hallway, stairwell, r anther classrm.) Students will wrk n memrizing dctrinal verses. Each student will have his/her wn list r bklet t wrk frm, cntaining a chart fr teachers t initial as students qute the verses ne at a time, tw at a time, etc. (Teachers: Please read instructins n the bttm Bible memry wrk charts r in the frnt f the bklets.) Clring pages with the 10 Cmmandments r ther Bible verses are available (in the KPH binder) t help ccupy visitrs r yunger/distracted students while their classmates are wrking n verses. Remind students that there will be prizes fr thse wh pass with a scre f 80 percent r better. Remind students that during Bible Memry Wrk time, everyne must be wrking, nt distracting thers. They shuld help each ther learn the verses. It s fun wrking tgether! 7:40-7:45 RULES & PRAYER Review Pwer Hur Prmises with the students, reminding them f prper behavir during class. Pray tgether, thanking Gd fr yur time tgether and praying that each persn will understand and bey Gd s Wrd and grw int a strng Christian. 7:45-8:05 BIBLE LESSON Teacher Prep: Read Galatians 3:26-27, Rmans 8:14-17, 1 Jhn 3:1-2 & 9-10, and Hebrews 12:5-11. Pray fr aninting. Items Needed: We Are display bard; baby pictures f ne f yur children r f yu r smene else in yur family; Children f Gd Visual. Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 2

3 Intrductin During the first part f the year we learned abut Jesus titles and adjectives frm A thrugh Z. Refer t the Jesus is A thrugh Z bard. Nw we are learning abut sme f the things that the Bible says we Christians are. Refer t the We Are display bard. All f these things are metaphrs (cmparisns) that describe a little bit f what we are t Jesus and t thers. Listen t Galatians 3:26 fr anther metaphr describing Christians: Read Galatians 3:26 frm yur Bible. What are we? (children f Gd) Shw and briefly discuss baby pictures. Babies are s cute and sweet and inncent. Parents lve and prtect and give lts f things t their children. Let s talk abut what it means t be Gd s child. Lessn Hw d yu becme Gd s child? (allw respnses) Remember what Galatians 3:26 said? (Let s read verse 27 t.) Have a student read Galatians 3:26-27 frm yur Bible. We becme Gd s child by having faith in Christ Jesus and being baptized in His name. Besides being brn int a family, hw else culd yu becme smene s child? (by being adpted by him/her) What des it mean t be adpted? (t be chsen as ne s wn) Nt nly are we brn (again) int Gd s family, but He als adpts us specially chses us t be His kids! Listen t this: Read Rmans 8:15 frm yur Bible. Did yu ntice a special wrd befre Father? (Abba) Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 3

4 Abba is what we call a term f endearment. It expresses lving affectin. Yu prbably dn t call yur father Father. What d yu call yur father? (Dad, Daddy, Papa, Pa, Pp, etc.) Kids, whether brn int a family r adpted, are heirs f their father. What des it mean t be an heir? (an heir inherits [will smeday be given] all the father s prperty) Since we re Gd s kids, we are His heirs. Listen t this: Read Rmans 8:17 frm yur Bible. With whm are we jint-heirs? (Christ) Jint heirs share the inheritance. What are we sharing with Christ? (suffering and glry) Yikes! We dn t necessarily want t inherit suffering. But the next verse says: Read Rmans 8:18 frm yur Bible. N matter hw difficult things are in this wrld r hw pr we are, we have the prmise f ne day inheriting everything that is ur Father s. And He wns it all! There s smething else we inherit frm ur Heavenly Father. What is smething abut the way yu lk r act that peple say is like yur earthly father? (eyes r ther facial features, hair, height, a certain ability, persnality, etc.) Jhn described sme characteristics that we have inherited frm ur Heavenly Father. Read 1 Jhn 3:1 frm yur Bible. Why desn t the wrld knw [recgnize, understand] us? (because it didn t recgnize Him in Jesus Christ) Read 1 Jhn 3:2 frm yur Bible. We dn t knw exactly what we re ging t lk like when we re all grwn up and in Heaven, but we d knw we re ging t be like ur Daddy! Jhn then tells us anther way we are like ur Heaveny Father: Read 1 Jhn 3:9-10 frm yur Bible. Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 4

5 When I becme Gd s child, I inherit His righteusness and His lve. But when I dn t d what is right r dn t lve Gd s ther kids the way I shuld, whse child am I acting like? (the devil s) What des yur dad d when yu d smething wrng r fight with yur brthers and sisters? (he punishes, disciplines, r grunds yu, etc.) Here s what it says in Hebrews: Read Hebrews 12:6 frm yur Bible. Fathers wh truly lve their children, crrect them when they d wrng because they knw that peple wh d right and treat thers right have the best life. Life Applicatin Shw Children f Gd visual. What is the child in this picture ding? (sleeping) What is the father in this picture ding? (watching ver His child) Yu have a Heavenly Father wh lves yu s much and watches ver yu all the time nt t catch yu ding smething wrng but t prtect yu and t delight in the wnderful kid yu are and the wnderful persn yu are becming. Have a student attach the Children f Gd visual t the We Are display bard. Let s pray right nw and thank Gd that we are His children and that He lves us, watches ver us, and crrects us when we d wrng. Lead the kids in prayer respnse t lessn. Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 5

6 8:05-8:15 BIBLE SKILLS Use the Bks f the Bible display bard t pint things ut as yu ask these questins: Hw many bks are in the Bible? (66) Hw many bks are in the Old Testament? (39 [3 letters in the wrd Old and 9 letters in the wrd Testament = 39]) Hw many bks are in the New Testament? (27 [3 letters in the wrd New x 9 letters in the wrd Testament = 27]) Hand ut Bibles. Remind students t handle Bibles carefully and t help yunger students find verses. Open yur Bible as clse t the middle as pssible. Yu shuld be in Psalms. If nt, turn a few pages frward r backward and find Psalm 68:5. (Have a student read this verse alud.) What des fatherless mean? (nt having a father) Sme peple may nt knw their earthly father, r maybe he has mved away r died, but everyne can knw their Heavenly Father. Nw turn t the New Testament, twards the back f yur Bible, and find Luke 11: (Have a student [r students] read these verses alud.) Jesus asked several questins t make a pint: If a sn asked fr bread wuld his father give him a what? (stne) If a sn asked fr a fish, wuld his father give him a what? (serpent) If a sn asked fr an egg, wuld his father ffer him a what? (scrpin) N, n, and n! Our earthly fathers give us gd things. Much mre des ur Heavenly Father! What will ur Heavenly Father give us if we ask Him? (the Hly Spirit) Chse a cuple f students t carefully cllect the Bibles. Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 6

7 8:15-8:30 ACTIVITY/SNACK Supplies: Cpies f 10 great things abut being a kid activity sheet Pencils Crayns Simple snack Juice bxes (smething that desn t spill easily) Napkins Remind students that we are Gd s kids. Ask them t think abut sme things that make it great t be a kid. Share with them sme things yu think make it great (being tld/read bedtime stries, being small enugh t be carried when yu re tired, getting mre gifts than the adults at Christmas, wearing cl Band-Aids, being able t swim in a blw-up pl in yur backyard, having summers ff, catching lightning bugs, etc.) Give each student a 10 great things abut being a kid activity sheet. Have them draw r write abut their 10 great things. Yu may serve them snacks and drinks while they write and clr. Lessn 8 We Are Children f Gd Annette R. Evans. All rights reserved. Page 7

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