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Abraham and Sarah,  Call of Abram, Abraham and Lot, Covenant, Sarah's visit with the Angels, Isaac.




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Abraham and Sarah

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses portions of the 20th Century Fox, Dino DeLaurentiis 1996 classic movie “The Bible” now available on DVD, starring George C. Scott and Eva Gardner as Abram and Sarai.

Lesson Objective:

To introduce the story about God’s promise to Abraham, so the children will learn that they can trust God to fulfill his promises to them as well.


Leader Preparation:

  • Watch the video ahead of time.

Supplies List:

  • The Bible video cued to just after story about Tower of Babel – narrator “ten generations after…”
  • Bibles.
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video cued up and ready to go.
  • Pop the popcorn.


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Watch the video.

Synopsis:

The Bible video cued to just after story about Tower of Babel – narrator “ten generations after…”
Play Abram and his Father Terah, his wife Sarai, and his nephew Lott, leave their home city of Ur of the Chaldees in Mesoptomia
Arrives in Canaan
Fast forward through “love scene”
Abram and Lott split up
Lott goes to the plains with cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
God promises Abram to make his descendants as numerous as the “dust”
Fast forward through the bloody dream sequence sacrifice
God tells Abram that he will have a son named Isaac
Sarai arranges for Abram to take her maid Hagar and have a child
Fast forward through the 4 warring kings part
Abram sacrifices another animal to celebrate his victory over the warring kings
God renames him Abraham and Sarai, Sarah; tells him he will have a son of Sarah
Circumcision is commanded as a sign of the covenant
Hagar asks Abraham to bless Ishmael
Abraham speaks of his faith in God
Three strangers come; Abraham recognizes them as messengers from God; they are on their way to Sodom; one asks about Sarah and says she will have a son within the year; she laughs and denies it
Abraham asks the messenger to spare the righteous in Sodom (his nephew Lott is there)
Fast forward through the Sodom scenes
Start video after Lott’s wife is turned to pillar of salt
Sarah has Isaac – check time – END?

God’s Covenant with Abraham
Review Questions

NOTE: We use review questions with almost every workshop, children are given tickets for correct answers that they may redeem for prizes on the last Sunday of the month.

What book of the bible is the story of Abraham found?
1) The Book of Genesis
2) The Book of Abraham

What was Abraham’s name before God changed it?
1) Abdul
2) Abram
What was Abraham’s wife’s’ name?
1) Hagar
2) Sarah

Abraham had two sons, true or false?
1) True
2) False

Abraham was born in what town:
1) Haran
2) Ur

Abraham’s father was named:
1) Lot
2) Terah

Abraham’s father lived 205 years old, true or false:
1) True
2) False

How old was Abraham when God told him to move?
1) 75
2) 99

How old was Abraham when Isaac was born?
1) 75
2) 100

Abraham’s nephew Lot moved to what town:
1) Salem
2) Sodom

How many descendants did God promise Abraham?
1) As many as the stars in the sky
2) As many as sand on the seashore
3) Both 1 and 2

Jesus is a descendant of Abraham, true or false:
1) True
2) False

All Christians and Jews are descendants of Abraham and Sarah, true or false:
1) True
2) False

Did God’s promises to Abraham come true?
1) Yes
2) No

God sent messengers to destroy two cities, which were they?
1) Sodom and Gomorrah
2) Haran and Ur

Abraham always did exactly what God wanted him to do, true or false:
1) True
2) False
The point of the story is that Abraham did not always do exactly what God wanted him to do, but he tried to trust God and God blessed him. God did not tell him to have a child with Hagar, that was Sarah’s idea and it caused many problems. When Abraham trusted God, things turned out better than when he tried to solve problems on his own.

The first part of the memory verse is:
1) God is not a man that he should lie
2) God is not a man, he lies

The memory verse is:
1) Genesis 23:19
2) Numbers 23:19

What was the name of the land God promised to Abraham?
1) Israel
2) Canaan

The name of Sarah’s son was?
1) Ishmael
2) Isaac

What does the name Isaac mean?
1) Son of Abraham
2) Laughter

What does the name Abram mean?
1) Father
2) Nation

What does the name Abraham mean?
1) Blessed by God
2) Father of many nations

What does the name Sarai mean?
1) Sweet
2) Princess

How was Lot related to Abraham?
1) Lot was Abraham’s brother
2) Lot was Abraham’s nephew

Abraham got mad at Lot and sent him away, true or false:
1) True
2) False

Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt, true or false:
1) True
2) False

Who was Hagar?
1) Lot’s wife
2) Sarah’s Egyptian maid

Ishmael loved his little brother Isaac and treated him well, true or false:
1) True
2) False

Abraham was a poor man who lived in a tent because he could not afford a house, true or false:
1) True
2) False
The bible tells us that Abraham was a very wealthy man, with lots of cattle, sheep, goats, camels and many servants. He lived in a tent because he had to travel to take his animals to grazing land and water.

True or False, King David was a descendant of Abraham:
1) True
2) False

True or False, Sarah laughed when she heard the stranger say she would have a son in a year:
1) True
2) False

Who attacked the cities of the plains and took Lot captive?
1) Warring kings
2) The Egyptians

What did Abraham do when he found out Lot had been captured?
1) Asked God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah
2) Raised an army of 300 men and defeated the warring kings and released the captives

What did Abraham do to celebrate his victory?
1) Had a big victory feast
2) Built an altar to God

Who was Melchizedek?
1) A king and priest who blessed Abraham
2) A king who attacked Sodom and took Lot captive

What did Abraham give Melchizedek?
1) A tenth of all he owned
2) A tenth of all the goods he captured from the warring kings

Closing:

End with a prayer.


 A lesson from First Nazarene Church
San Benito, TX   

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Abraham's Covenant

Video Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses a video of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 15:1-6.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Youtube video of MLK speech
  • Popcorn

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go.
  • Pop the popcorn.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Read the story from your choice of the passages. Always tell the children where in the Bible the story is found.

Discussion before the movie:
God promised Abraham that God would always defend (be a shield) to Abraham and his family. That promise was a great treasure because it meant that God would never leave Abraham alone, but God would forever help Abraham and his family in times of trouble. This promise is special because it is ONE WAY. God makes a promise and Abraham is not asked to do anything in return.

Abraham complained that he didn’t have any children to pass this great gift onto, and God took him outside and showed him the stars in the sky.

God said, “don’t worry, you will have children who will have children, who will forever be able to claim this gift of my love and care.”

That gift is passed on to everyone who comes to learn the story about God. It is passed on to people of all colors, and ages and any other difference you can imagine. It is a pretty great gift.

God had a dream for the future.
Abraham had a dream for the future.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream for the future.

The movie you are about to see is a real tv broadcast from 1963. Our minister was only 1 year old when the speaker, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to the people in the United States about a promise that had been made in the past, much like the promise made to Abraham.
Some words that might help you listen and understand this movie are:
Negro, the word used 1963 to describe people who were African American.

Soul Force: the power of love that God gives us to change the world around us.

Racist: someone who doesn’t like someone because of the color of their skin.

In our country we believe that all people are created equal, but for many years, we did not act that way. People with dark colored skin were treated differently. They were used as property, as poorly paid workers, and as slaves.

Activity:

Watch MLK "I Have a Dream" speech. (17 MINUTES, available for download on youtube.com)


Discussion After Movie:

What promise did MLK describe to his listeners?
How is the promise made to Abraham similar to the promise MLK is talking about?
How was the promise made to Abraham able to help MLK say the hard things he had to say?
How can the promise God made to Abraham help you?
How can the promise God made be shared with other people?
How are you and the people in the film like the “stars in the sky…?”

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.


 

A lesson written by rotation member Scotter.   

 

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Turner Broadcasting Videos

Turner Broadcasting (TBS) did an Abraham mini-series in 1998(?) with Richard Harris as Abraham. It is great. Very authentic looking. Good for excerpting. Check Amazon.com

The Joseph video in that series is great too.

Neil MacQueen

 


Member "Cynthia" suggested the Nest Entertainment Video: The Story Of Abraham And Isaac.

 


 

 

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