Sunday, June 29, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - Noah's Ark

Another essential addition to your online Sunday School lessons!

Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Summarize Genesis 6-8, asking questions as you go.

God saw that all the people had become wicked and that they only thought about bad things all the time. It made God sad and He was sorry that He had made people on the earth. He said, “I will destroy everyone and everything on the earth, because I am sad that I made them.”

Why was God sad that He had made people? Because all the people were doing bad things and thinking bad things.

What was God going to do about that? He was going to destroy everything that lived on the earth. He was going to kill all the people and all the animals too.

But Noah found favor with God. Noah was a righteous man, who walked with God.

What does it mean to be righteous? To be in a right relationship with God and to do the right things.

So because Noah had a good relationship with God and because he did the right things that God wanted him to do, God was happy with Noah and God told Noah what He was about to do. “I am going to flood the earth,” God said, “and I am going to destroy everyone and everything on it because they have all become wicked. But you, build an ark. It will be a very large boat that you and your wife and your sons and their wives can go into and then you will not drown like everyone else when I flood the earth. Also, I will bring a few of every kind of animal to you and you are to put them on the ark with you so that you can keep some of every kind of animal alive and safe from the flood.”

Then God told Noah how to build the Ark-boat and Noah did everything that God told him to do.

Would you do something if God told you to do it?

How can we find out what God wants us to do?

We can find out what God wants us to do by reading our Bibles, and praying, and coming to church. That’s how God tells us what He wants us to do.

When the Ark-boat was finished, God told Noah and his family and some of every kind of animal to go onto the boat. Then God made it rain very hard for forty days and forty nights. It rained so much and the water got so high all over the earth that even the tops of the mountains were covered with water! And everyone and everything on the earth drowned. But Noah and his family and the animals with him were safe on the Ark-boat.

Finally, after one hundred and fifty days, the water started to go back down and the Ark-boat that Noah and his family and the animals with them were on came to rest on a mountain called Mount Ararat. Then God said, “Noah, you and your family and the animals with you can come out of the Ark. It’s safe now.”

So Noah and his family and the animals with them came out of the ark and spread out again all over the earth. And Noah thanked God for saving him and his family in the Ark-boat.
And God put a rainbow in the sky, promising, “I will never flood the whole earth again.”

God said that He would never flood the whole earth again, but does that mean that God won’t destroy everything again? No.

(Read 1 Peter 3:7, quoted here in the NIV: “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

God isn’t going to flood the whole world again, but this verse tells us that He is going to destroy it again. What does this verse say God will use to destroy the world? Fire.

The Bible says that at the end of the world, God will destroy everyone who is evil, and everything, with fire coming down from Heaven. Just like He did with the flood, God will destroy everyone who is bad and thinks about bad things.

But what can we do to escape that fire and not be destroyed?

We can be like Noah. We can believe in God and have a good relationship with God and do the right things that God wants us to do. Then God will save us from the fire and we will live forever with Him.

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