JULY 19 – SUNDAY LESSON

LESSON TITLE: BALAAM AND HIS DONKEY

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

LESSON TITLE: BALAAM AND HIS DONKEY

TOPICS: Animals, Balaam, Disobedience, Guidance

BASIC TRUTH: Although we may not see God, He is always there to guide us along the way.

MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord will guide you always” Isaiah 58:11a NIV

BIBLE VERSE RECITAL:

*Parents: Ask your child to recite the verse several times with you. Make it fun and sing the verse to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

The Lord will guide you always
The Lord will guide me too
The Lord will guide you always
The Lord will guide me too
The Lord will guide you always
Whatever you will do

From Isaiah Fifty Eight, Eleven I know this is true.

PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: Learn about Balaam and his talking donkey on the journey to Moab, by first reading the story attached to this lesson.

LESSON INTRODUCTION:

Our Bible story today is from the Old Testament of the Bible. It is about a donkey that belonged to a man named Balaam. However, this was no ordinary donkey. Let’s find out what was so special about this cute animal.

*Balaam’s Donkey Story is attached to this lesson.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  1. Did God want Balaam to go to Moab? (No.)
    2. But did Balaam obey God? (No.)
    3. What did the donkey see on the road to Moab? (An angel of the Lord with a sword.)
    4. How did Balaam treat his donkey?(Bad, he beat her with a stick three times.) 
    5. Why wasn’t Balaam able to see the angel of the Lord at first? (Although God tried to guide Balaam to do the right thing, Balaam did not listen, instead, he chose to disobey God.)
    6. Should we ever do anything the Lord doesn’t want us to do?(No.) Why? (Allow for answers.)  

APPLICATION:

Children will learn that God doesn’t always use words to tell us what to do, but if we pay attention, we will know He is there to guide us.

PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY

Parents, while you are driving home from the store, or church, ask your child if he or she is ever afraid that you won’t be able to find the way back home. Explain that he or she can take comfort in knowing that you will always be able to find your way back home, even if you are in another state or country. You can use maps to find your way home. Show your child a map, find the route to church, and then back home. Go on to explain that God provides a map to show us how to get to our heavenly home. God’s map is called the Bible.

ROMAN'S ROAD: HEAR, BELIEVE, CONFESS

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

ROMAN’S ROAD

HEAR, BELIEVE, CONFESS 

TOPICS

Romans Road, Salvation

MEMORY VERSE

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION

Introduction:
Last week we learned that eternal life is God’s gift to us because Jesus died for our sins. Today we will learn the importance of hearing the gospel message, believing in Jesus, and confessing our faith. Furthermore, we will learn about a very special job that every believer is given when we become followers of Jesus.

Read Romans 10:9-17 (Belief leads to salvation.)

Discussion Questions:
1. What is the “gospel?” (That Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried for three days, and then came back to life. Jesus proved He was God’s Son and gives us victory over sin and death when we believe in Him.)
2. How are we saved? (By declaring “Jesus is Lord” and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.)
3. What leads us to belief? (Our hearts.)
4. How do we confess/profess our faith? (With our mouths.)
5. Who does the Lord bless? (Those who call on His name.)
6. How can others know the good news of the gospel? (By hearing the message.)
7. Who is supposed to share the message? (Every believer!)
8. Will everyone believe the message? (No.)
9. What can be the result of hearing the message? (Faith.)
10. Then why is it important that we share the message of Jesus Christ with others? (So they too might be saved!)

Conclusion: Hearing, believing, and confessing our faith in Jesus leads to salvation. But not everyone who hears about Jesus will choose to follow Him. However, it’s important that we share the message of Jesus’ life with others because we never know if someone’s heart is ready to follow Him. God wants His children to spread the message so more people will believe and spend eternity with Him. Who can you tell about Jesus? Share the message with that person this week!