LESSON: IN THE BEGINNING//: Adam And EVE DISOBEY GOD//PRESCHOOL April 30 Bible Study
TOPICS: Adam and Eve, Disobedience, Evil, Sin
BASIC TRUTH: God tells us to follow His rules because He loves us.
MEMORY VERSE: (5 minutes)
“Listen to my instrucJon and be wise; do not disregard it.” Proverbs 8:33
PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: (10 minutes)
Set out wooden blocks for your children to play with. Tell the children that they must obey one rule if they want to play with the blocks. The rule is “No throwing blocks.” As the children build with the blocks ask them to explain what they are building. Praise them for doing their best work. Be excited and involved with the various things they build. When you are ready to start the lesson ask them to sit with you and ask the following quesNons.
- Why do you think I had the rule “No throwing blocks”? (This rule was made to protect them and the room.) 2. What might have happened if someone broke the rule and threw the blocks? (Someone may have goQen hurt if they got hit by a flying block.)
- What should happen to a person who threw blocks? (They could be punished with a Nme out and not allowed to play with the blocks.) Talk about the words disobedience and consequences. *(Complete the coloring page.)
LESSON INTRODUCTION: (2 minutes)
Just as we had one rule for playing with blocks, God had one rule for Adam And Eve to follow if they wanted to live in the beauNful garden of Eden. Let’s read our story today and find out what rule God gave Adam and Eve to follow.
READ: GENESIS 3:1-24 (THE FALL) (Read from a children’s Bible).
DISSICUSSION QUESTIONS: (5 minutes) 1. What was our story about today?
(The Garden of Eden, Adam And Eve breaking God’s rule and the punishment/consequence.)
- God said that Adam and Eve could eat the fruit of all the trees but one. Which one was forbidden? (The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.) 3. Why do you think God made this rule?
(To protect them from knowing about evil.)
- What did God say would happen if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
(They would die.)
- What happened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God? What was their consequence?
(God made them leave the the beauNful garden, life got much harder and now people would die.) 6. What is another name for disobeying God’s rules?
God created rules to keep us safe. These rules have been in place since the beginning when God first created the world. It is important to follow the rules to stay safe. Something very bad happened when Adam And Eve didn’t follow God’s rules. (Genesis 3:1-24)
PRAY: Lord, thank you for the rules You have set for me. Even though I might not always understand why You have the rules I will trust You to show me what is right. Help me follow my parents’ rules so that I can show them that I also love and respect them. Amen.
LESSON: JOHN THE BAPTIST // THE COST OF SERVING JESUS//Elementary
TOPICS: Disciples, Following Jesus, John the BapNst, Obedience, Serving
BASIC TRUTH: John the BapNst choose to deny himself and take up his cross to serve Christ.
MEMORY VERSE: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Machew 16:24
PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: (10 minutes) As a family, discuss what it means to deny oneself. During the next week, help your child research a modern day disciple of Christ who has denied him or herself to serve Jesus. Once the research is complete, talk about how this person can be a role model for your family.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: (2 minutes)
Jesus was going from village to village, teaching and performing miracles. Reports about His acNons spread quickly. When King Herod heard about Jesus and HIs miracles, he was terrified. He thought Jesus might have been John the BapNst raised from the dead. In today’s lesson, Herod reflects on the terrible things he did to John the BapNst.
READ: MARK 6:14:29 (JOHN THE BAPTIST BEHEADED) (15 minutes)
- Who did the people think Jesus was? (John the BapNst raised from the dead: Elijah; or a prophet.)
- Who did King Herod think Jesus was? (John the BapNst, whom he beheaded.)
- Why did King Herod lock up John the BapNst in prison? (His wife, Herodias, didn’t like John because he told King Herod that it was wrong for him to marry her because she was Herod’s brother’s wife.)
- Herodias wanted John dead. What were some of the reasons King Herod didn’t kill John immediately? (He feared John, and he felt John was a holy and righteous man.)
- King Herod held a banquet for his birthday. Why did he tell Herodias’ daughter that he would give her anything she wanted up to half his kingdom? (She danced and pleased him and his dinner guests.)
- Afer seeking advice from her mother what did Herodias’ daughter ask the King to do? (Place John the BapNst’s head on a plaQer.)
- Would you say John denied himself and took up his cross to serve Jesus? Explain.
APPLICATION: (4 minutes)
Many people have been persecuted or even martyred for serving Jesus. They died standing up for the Truth. Some places imprison or even execute followers of Christ. Is the cost of following Jesus worth it to you? At your age, you may not leave your family to travel the world to share the Good News with others, but you might when you are older. However, there are sNll things that you can do right now to stand up for Christ. Just because you are young doesn’t mean you can’t do big things for God.
*NOTE: Last week we learned how John the BapNst prepared the way for Jesus. God calls us to serve Him. He also calls us to prepare the way for others to know Jesus. Remember the 3 R’s when you share about Jesus.
- RECOGNIZE 2. REPENT – SURRENDER 3. RECEIVE.