Adventures Through the Old West-ament
When we read the Old Testament, it often seems likes a rough and rugged place – like the American Old West. But when we look a little closer, we see that even in some of the wildest events that happened, God had a plan. God’s plan then is the same plan He has now, to let the world know who God is and how much He loves us.
Wild West Faith 8-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum Overview:
“The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground. But what our God says will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIrV)
Go West, Young Man
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-8, God Calls Abram
Many people flocked to the Old West because it was a chance to start over in a place where there weren't many people. God called Abram to move to an unfamiliar place and promised to make a great nation from him. Abram trusted God, and knew one day the promise would be fulfilled.
Objective: Kids will learn they can have confidence in going where God leads them.
Scripture: Genesis 27:1-35, 41-45, Jacob Gets Isaac's Blessing
In the Old West, two bad guys might team up or be “in cahoots” together. When Jacob wanted his father's blessings, he teamed up with his mother to trick the blessing out of Isaac. Jacob's trickery ended up tearing his family apart and forcing Jacob to run away to save his life.
Objective: Kids will learn that dishonesty can destroy the good things God has given us.
New Sheriff in Town
Scripture: Exodus 8, The Plagues of Frogs, Gnats, and Flies
When lawlessness ran amok, a new sheriff would ride in to clean up the Wild West town. The Pharaoh of Egypt mistreated and abused the Israelites who lived there, so God sent in Moses and Aaron to set things right. But Pharaoh's heart was hardened and he would not acknowledge the awesome power of God.
Objective: Kids will learn that there are consequence’s for not living God’s way.
Scripture: Joshua 10:1-15, The Sun Stands Still
In the Old West, the final shootout often took place at “high noon” when the sun was highest in the sky. When the five kings of the Amorites came against the Israelites, it would take a miracle for the people of God to defeat them before the sun went down. So God provided a miracle and stopped the sun in the sky until Joshua and his men had the victory.
Objective: Kids will learn that God can do what seems impossible to us.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:25-49, David and Goliath
In the Old West, two gunfighters would meet face to face in the final showdown. The young David met the giant Goliath for a showdown on the battlefield – Goliath with his spear and heavy armor, David with only a few stones and a sling. David met his adversary with confidence in the Lord in the most famous showdown in history.
Objective: Kids will learn that we can have confidence in God.
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Scripture: Numbers 22:21-38, Balaam's Donkey
It might get lonely for a cowboy in the Old West, just him and his horse. He might even start talking to his horse. While Balaam traveled by donkey, the donkey started talking to him. And what he said showed Balaam that he had been disobedient and gone his own way.
Objective: Kids will learn that we should listen and obey God’s Word.
This Town Ain't Big Enough. . .
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:16-39, Elijah Versus The Prophets of Baal
When enemies confront each other in a Wild West town, you might hear the phrase, “This town ain't big enough for the both of us.” Someone had to go. The people of Israel were trying to worship the false idols of Baal. Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal to show once and for all that there is only one true God worthy of our worship and praise.
Objective: Kids will learn that we should worship God alone.
Round Up a Posse
Scripture: Judges 7:1-22, Gideon Defeats the Midianites
In the Old West, when a criminal was on the loose, the sheriff would round up a posse of the strongest and bravest men to go after him. When Gideon went up against the Midianites, God gave him some strange instructions on who would be in his posse. When the small band of 300 Israelites defeated the Midianites, it displayed God's power for all to see.
Objective: Kids will learn that when we follow God's instructions we will succeed.
Each Lesson Includes:
- Make It Stick! Parent Sheet - so you can let mom and dad know what kids are learning each week and look like a rockstar teacher who's thought of everything.
- Memory Verse - so that you can make sure kids are getting Scripture in their minds and hearts every single week and you can feel like each lesson was a success even when it seems like 90% of your lesson time is spent saying things like "calm down", "let's be quiet", "hands to yourself!"
- Skit or Puppet Show - so you have a way to easily connect the lesson with your hands-on and visual learners. No drama team? No problem! Just hand the script to the kids. They'll have a blast and think you're the coolest.
- Craft Activity - so you can give kids a physical reminder of the Bible lesson (and give yourself an activity to keep them busy until mom and dad come back!)
- Game - so kids don't leave and say church was BORING! Games are so important to help keep kids engaged. Our large group games always include a "What's The Point" section to help you connect the game to the lesson.
- Large Group Lesson - so you can present the Bible story in a clear and fun way, which means now you can enjoy Saturday nights instead of stressing over putting a lesson together!
- Small-Group Discussion - so you can find out who was paying attention and who was talking to their neighbor. Just kidding, this is a great way for you to build deeper relationships with your kiddos after each lesson, which means you're going to care about them so much you'll cry like a baby when they graduate and go to middle school :(
About This Curriculum:
- Perfect for kids ages 6-12
- Includes large group and small group resources
- This curriculum is an instant download
- Download a free sample here
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