APRIL 19 – SUNDAY LESSON

INSTRUCTION TO PARENTS:  Read through the appropriate lesson with your child. We are praying for your families.

LESSON TITLE: In the Beginning, Abel pleases God

LESSON TITLE: In the Beginning, Abel pleases God

 

TOPICS: Cain and Abel, Child of God, Fairness, Giving, Pleasing God

 

BASIC TRUTH:  When we give our best to God we will live a happier life.

 

MEMORY VERSE: “Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust in the LORD.” Psalm 4:5 

 

BIBLE VERSE RECITAL:

*Parents: Ask your child to recite the verse several times with you. Explain to them that when we give our best to God we will live a happier life.

 

PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: Explore what Cain and Abel offered to God, by first reading the story found in Genesis 4:2b-7

 

LESSON INTRODUCTION:

Today, our story from the Bible is about two brothers, Cain and Abel. God loved them both, but he was not pleased with Cain because of what he did. What did Cain do that was so bad? Let’s read and find out.

Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. The Lord respected Abel and his offering, but did not Cain and his offering. Cain became angry. The Lord spoke to Cain and asked, “Why are you angry? Why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? If you do not do well, sin lies at the door.”  

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:    

1.     Abel was a shepherd because he kept the flocks, do you remember what Cain did? (He worked the soil.)

2.     Both boys brought some gifts to God. Who brought fat portions from the firstborn of his flock? (Abel.)

3.    Was God pleased with both gifts? (No.)

4.    We read that Abel brought good portions to God. What kind of portions do you think Cain brought to God? (Perhaps good, perhaps not so good. However Cain did not give his very best because of his attitude.)

5.    How did Cain feel when he saw that God favored his brother’s gift more? (He became angry.)

6.    Why is it important to give to God in the right way? (Allow for answers.)

7.    What are some ways to show that you are giving your best to God? (Allow for answers.)

 

APPLICATION:

When a man named Abel made God happy he did his very best. Children will also learn that they can please God by doing their best for Him. It is better to give our best to others instead of keeping it for ourselves. In this way, we are not only showing kindness to others and we are making God smile.

 

PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY:  *Complete the Give God Your Best activity attached to this lesson. Talk about how we cannot be perfect, but God wants us to do the best we can. He also wants us to worship and adore Him and behave in a way that shows we are His children.

INSTRUCTION TO PARENTS:  Read through the appropriate lesson with your child. We are praying for your families.

LESSON 1:  SEEING THE LIGHT

The Apostle Paul

Saul is going to Damascus to arrest those who are preaching the Good News.  Blinded by the light of the LORD along the way, he turns his life around and instead of persecuting Christians, he starts preaching about the forgiveness of JESUS.  In this lesson the children will learn that like Saul, we must acknowledge JESUS as our LORD wherever we are and follow HIM wherever HE leads us.

Topics:

Following JESUS, Light, Repentance, GOD’s plan for our lives

Memory Verse:

Psalm 146:8 “The LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.”

Read Acts 9:1-19

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why was Saul going to Damascus? (To put all those who were following JESUS into prison.) 2.  Who did JESUS say Saul was persecuting? (JESUS.) 3.  How was Saul persecuting JESUS? (By trying to harm JESUS’ disciples and putting into prison those who followed JESUS.) 4.  How do you think Saul felt when he realized he was hearing JESUS’ voice? (Frightened.) 5.  What plans did JESUS have for Saul? (He wanted Saul to preach the GOOD News.) 6.  Did Ananias believe it when the LORD said Saul was going to be a changed man? (No, but he trusted what GOD told him.) 7.  What happened to Saul after Ananias prayed for him? (He regained his sight and was filled with the HOLY SPIRIT.) 8.  What do you think Saul did after he regained his strength? (He began preaching, vs.20.) 9.  Do you think Saul knew what to say to the people who he had been persecuting? (Allow for various answers.)

Application:

Saul is a good example of how GOD loves us and is able to show us a way out when we are not living according to HIS will.  Of course Saul didn’t think he needed a way out.  He thought he was doing the right thing, but he was wrong.  GOD showed Saul that he needed to repent of his sins so GOD could use him.  Although we have done some pretty bad things, GOD is waiting for us to come clean and ask for forgiveness.  Once we do, we are ready to let HIM work through us.

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