February 7, 2021: God is Worthy of Worship

Today’s lesson is based on Genesis 11-12; 15

Let’s Start!

Let’s Do! Build a Tower

  • For YOUNGER kids: Gather some building materials and see how tall of a tower you can build – either on your own or work as a group! Below are some ideas of what to build with:
    • Building toys: legos, blocks, etc.
    • Household items: rolls of toilet paper, pillows, plastic cups
    • Outdoor option: snow!
  • For OLDER kids: Make it a challenge! See how fast you can build your tower, and then try to beat that time on the next round. Make it extra fun by recording a slow-mo video of you knocking it down in between!

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • What was your favorite part about building towers?
  • What made it hard?
  • Do you think that today’s story means that God really doesn’t like towers? No. . .
  • IS there a rule in the ten commandments that says “Thou shalt not build towers?” No!
  • If God doesn’t have anything against towers, what was today’s story about? Today’s story isn’t really about whether or not we should build towers, it’s about what we do with the creativity and strength and knowledge that God gives us. He wants us to use those things to honor him, and to follow him. The people in today’s story had a different idea. They wanted to become powerful. They wanted everyone to know them. They wanted to be the biggest and the best and they wanted to prove they could do it without God.
  • What happened next? God made it so that they all spoke different languages!
  • Woah, crazy, right? How many languages do YOU speak? Do you know anyone who speaks a different language?
  • You see, the people thought they could come up with the best plans on their own, but God ALREADY had a plan. In fact, a couple chapters later He told a man named Abram that He was going to have lots and lots and lots of kids and grandkids and great grandkids and great great grandkids and. . . well, you get the idea!
  • Read Genesis 12: 1-3 together
  • The people who wanted to build the tower thought they needed to make their own plans, but God already had a plan. They didn’t have to build a tower so that people would know them, God was going to make a great nation! It wasn’t about proving how powerful they were, it was just about following Him!
  • What do you think it looks like to follow Jesus?

Let’s Memorize!
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Let’s Pray!

  • Have you ever tried really hard to impress someone else or get them to like you? Have you ever done something to prove that you were bigger or stronger than someone else?
  • When we do those things, it’s like we’re worshipping other people (or ourselves!) – because we’re saying that what they think is more important than what God thinks.
  • Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that only God is worthy of worship. Not other people, and definitely not ourselves! We need to remember that HE has a plan for us, and that we can trust Him because He’s good and He loves us.
  • Today as we pray, think about things that are important to you: things like other people, your favorite toys, maybe something you really want or wish you had. . . And then ask God if you’ve been treating those things as MORE important than Him. Maybe you’ve been too focused on them, or you’ve made some poor decisions because of them. If you have, ask him to forgive you and to help you to trust in HIM and His plan!

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time by praying the following blessing over your child(ren):

January 3, 2020: Jesus is King

Today’s lesson is based on Matthew 2 

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

  • Who was the king of Judea when Jesus was born? Herod
  • What did the wise men follow to Jesus? A star
  • Why was Herod angry to hear that there was another king? He was the king! He didn’t want there to be a different one.
  • How did King Herod try to trick the wise men? He told them where to find Jesus and asked them to come back and tell him where he was so that he could worship him.
  • Did King Herod actually want to worship Jesus? No
  • What did the wise men give Jesus? Gifts fit for a king! (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh)
  • The wise men knew that Jesus was the king of ALL kings. The highest ruler of all. So they honored him by bringing him gifts and worshipping him. If you were going to see a king, what would YOU bring him? Ideas: Something valuable, something that you made
  • Can you think of a way you could honor Jesus as king in YOUR life? Hint: We can honor Jesus in lots of ways, even if we don’t have any money or things to give, or can’t go very many places! Below are some ideas to get you started:
    • We honor Jesus as king when we live like He wants us to (Romans 12:2)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we are kind to others (Matthew 25:40)
    • We honor Jesus as king when we worship him (Psalm 95:6)

Let’s Memorize:  

  • To help you memorize your verse this week, have a parent or guardian hold their hands out straight in front of you. Every time you say a word, give them a high five (use your right hand to hit their right hand, then your left hand to hit their left hand).

Tip for Parents / Guardians: You can help your child memorizing by saying the words with them. Each time they start over, skip a different word as you recite it and see if they can still say the verse!

Let’s Do:

Option 1: Funny Phrases (For older kids)

What you do: King Herod, the magi, and many others had to decipher some clues (by reading prophecies!) to figure out where Jesus was supposed to be. Today you’re going to decipher some clues too!

  • Print out the funny phrases worksheet (below) – be sure to print it front to back so that the answers are on the backs.
  • Cut apart the cards on the dotted lines, and then place them all face up on the table in front of you (so that the answers are hidden).
  • See if your family can figure out what the phrase means! (EGC Kids Tip: The sounds are all the same in the answer phrase, but you have to separate the words to be able to solve it!).

Option 2: Find the King

  What you do:

  • Find an object in your home to be the baby Jesus (a baby doll, part of your Christmas nativity set) and hide it somewhere in the room without your child looking.
    • When you say “Go” they have to hunt for Baby Jesus! You can guide them (like the star did!) by telling them whether they are hotter (closer) or colder (farther away).
    • Play as many rounds as time allows.

Let’s Pray:

  • Think about all the ways that you can honor Jesus as king that you listed earlier. Which ones do you think are easy to do? Are any of them hard for you to do? Today as we pray, let’s do two things:
    • Worship Jesus as king! What does Jesus mean to you? Tell Him! Tell him how awesome he is, thank him for the things he’s done, and spend some time worshipping Him. You could turn on some quiet music, sing a worship song as a family, or just go around in a circle and praise Him for who he is and what he’s done!
    • Ask Him to help you make Him king in YOUR life. Our memory verse tells us that everything we do should show that Jesus is king. But sometimes that’s really hard to do. He wants to help us, though! Today as you pray – if you’ve been having a hard time doing one of the things we talked about (being kind to others, choosing to obey) talk to God about it and ask him for his help!

Let’s Bless:

Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):