Thursday, June 26, 2014

Following God's Lead Sunday School Lesson

Use this Sunday School lesson to teach children about what it means to follow God.

Needed: Nothing

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Game: Simon Says - End by telling group that you’re going to take them on a journey and have them follow you, mimicking your motions, on a journey through the church.

(Summarize Numbers 9:15-23, using the following story and asking questions as you go.)

After God brought Moses and the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, they had to walk through the desert to get to their new home, they place where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph were all from before Jacob and Joseph and all his brothers moved to Egpyt.

While they were in the desert, God gave them the Ten Commandments and told them to build the first church, the Tabernacle. When the people of Israel had built the Tabernacle, a cloud from God came down and floated above the whole building. It stayed there all day and at the end of the day, when it started to get dark, the cloud turned into a pillar of fire. In the morning, it was a cloud again. And it kept going like that every day. In the daytime, a cloud covered the Tabernacle, and at night, fire covered it.

Sometimes the cloud would float up above the Tabernacle and start moving to someplace else. When the people of Israel saw the cloud move, they knew that was God was telling them that He wanted them to move, too. So they would pack up all their things, pick up the Tabernacle, and follow the cloud wherever it went.

Why did the people move when the cloud moved? (Because that was God telling them that He wanted them to move.)

If the cloud didn’t move on some day, the people wouldn’t move, either. They would wait until God made the cloud move. Sometimes God would make the cloud stay where it was for a long time and sometimes He would make the cloud stay there for only one day. However long, the cloud stayed there, the people of Israel stayed where they were. And if it moved, they moved with it. Whatever the cloud did, the people followed God’s command and followed it.

Why did the Israelites stay where they were if the cloud stayed where it was? (If the cloud stayed where it was, that was God’s way of telling the people that He didn’t want them to move yet.)

So God used the cloud to tell the Israelites where to go and what to do. Do you think God could tell you where to go and what to do? (Yes.)

Does anyone remember a time when God told you to do something?

What kinds of things could you use to help you know what God wants you to do?

God uses the Bible to tell us, or prayer, or our conscience. Sometimes the Holy Spirit living inside us gives us a feeling of what we should do. Sometimes God uses other Christians to help us know what to do. Sometimes something happens in our life to tell us.

One time, a man was driving in another country and he was taking Bibles to people who didn’t know about God. But before he got there, a big snowstorm started and his car began sliding all over the road because the snow was so slippery. He crashed his car in a ditch and didn’t know what to do. A few minutes later, an old man came out and took him to his farm. When they got there, the old man asked if he had brought the books. He said, “What books?” and the old man said, “The books about God.”

The man had been taking Bibles to other people down the road, but God had made his car crash here so that he could give the old man a Bible, too. Sometimes things happen in our life to help us know what God wants us to do. If his car hadn’t crashed, he never would have known that he was supposed to give a Bible to that old man. So look for what God is doing in your life and go where He wants you to go and do what He wants you to do, just like the Israelites did when they followed the cloud.

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