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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School Lesson

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School LessonFREE Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School Lesson! This lesson is great for every Children's Ministry, Kids Church, and Sunday School!  Teach kids that God will stand with us when we stand up for him. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego wouldn't bow down to a false idol, the king threw them in a fiery furnace. Kids will learn that when we stand up for God, he will stand up for us. God needs us to take a stand and speak the truth. He needs us to light the way and show people what is right, even when no one else will stand with us. Dont be afraid to take a stand for Jesus. When you stand up for God, you never stand alone. Check out our Campfire Stories 8-Week Children's Ministry CurriculumAnd, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

God will stand with us when we stand up for him.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn to have the courage to stand up for God.

KEY PASSAGE:

Daniel 3:8-30, The Fiery Furnace

MEMORY VERSE:

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.Psalm 34:11 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego wouldn't bow down to a false idol, the king threw them in a fiery furnace. Kids will learn that when we stand up for God, he will stand up for us. Daniel 3:8-30, The Fiery Furnace

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Give us the courage we need to take a stand for you.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.Psalm 34:11 (NIV)

My children, come. Listen to me. I will teach you to have respect for the Lord.Psalm 34:11 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Put the verse on the big screen and read it aloud with the kids.

SMALL GROUP:

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

 

SKIT

 

SPOOKY TALES: IN THE FIRE

ITEM NEEDED:

An easy chair

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

1M/1F

CHARACTERS:

Boris Vincent - An old horror movie actor

Mary - Borisdaughter/producer

Boris sits in the chair.

BORIS: Hello, and welcome to spooky tales with Boris Vincent. You may remember me from such movie classics as The Man with the Evil Brain. Today I am pleased to begin a new series with you, a series I will call Spooky Tales by the Fireside. Each week, I will welcome you here, by the fireplace in my haunted mansion, and tell you a spooky tale. Todays tale has a little something to do with fire. Its called The Tale of the Fiery Furnace. Our story begins long ago, when three boys named

Mary enters.

MARY: Excuse me, Mr. Vincent?

BORIS: Oh, pardon just a moment, friends. I need a word with my producer. What is it, Mary?

MARY: What are you doing in the house?

BORIS: Im telling a spooky story by the fire, just as we discussed.

MARY: The fires outside. Its a campfire, not a fireplace fire.

BORIS: Whats that you said? Outside?

MARY: Yes.

BORIS: You want me to go outside? Into the cold, dark night?

Sound effect of a coyote howling.

BORIS: Please, dont make me go! I beg of you!

MARY: You have to go! These are campfire stories, not spooky stories!

BORIS: You dont think its spooky, three boys being thrown into a fiery furnace?

MARY: Well, maybe a little.

BORIS: I dont want to go outside. It will be like that film I was in, The Haunted Campground. There were werewolves in that one. Werewolves!

MARY: But Dad!

BORIS: Dont call me Dad! Not on the set, Mary.

MARY: Sorry, Mr. Vincent. But you wont be going alone. Ill go with you.

BORIS: You mean, youll go into the woods with me?

MARY: Yes.

BORIS: To the campfire?

MARY: Yes.

BORIS: Just like God was with the three boys in the fiery furnace?

MARY: Careful, Dad, dont spoil the ending.

BORIS: Oh, Mary, that makes me feel much better.

MARY: Come on, Dad, we can go together.

BORIS: Yes. Together. See you soon, kids!

Boris exits, walking in a slow, creepy way.

MARY: Outside is the other way, Dad.

Boris enters and walks across the stage, exiting the other way in the same creepy manner.

 

OBJECT LESSON

 

ITEM NEEDED:

A tent large enough for two

How many of you are brave enough to camp in the woods by yourself? If we set up this tent in your backyard, who here is brave enough to sleep in the tent all night alone?

What if I was to move the tent out into the woods? What if it was out of sight of your house or any houses, far from any place with electricity, running water, or cell service? Would any of you go? Would anyone be brave enough to go alone?

Now let me ask you this: what if your Mom or Dad went with you? If you had a parent come along, would you be willing to stay in the tent?

The tent is big enough for two, isnt it? And having Mom or Dad along makes a big difference. It gives you the courage to sleep alone in the dark because you know someone who loves you is there to protect you.

Thats why the three boys in todays story were not afraid of the fiery furnace. They werent afraid because they knew that God was with them, and God would protect them.

Dont be afraid to stand up for God. You wont stand alone. God will be with you any time you take a stand in his name.

LARGE GROUP GAME

 

STAND TOGETHER

ITEMS NEEDED:

None

INSTRUCTIONS:

Choose two teams of two. Have the teammates sit on the ground back to back, and then have them link arms. On your signal, the teams will race to see which team can get to its feet first without using hands to push off the ground. The players must lean on each other, back to back, and use their feet only to stand. First team on its feet wins.

VARIATION:

To add more challenge to this game, make it a three-person team instead of two!

WHATS THE POINT?

We will never stand alone when we stand for God. God will be with us.

 

LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

God will stand with us when we stand up for him.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn to have the courage to stand up for God.

KEY PASSAGE:

Daniel 3:8-30, The Fiery Furnace

INTRO:

Today marks the beginning of an exciting series. This is a series filled with some thrilling stories, the kind people like to tell around a campfire. Camping is a great time for telling tales of adventure and ghosts and things that go bump in the night, but the stories were going to read can all can be found in the Bible. Many people have the mistaken idea that the Bible is boring. They think its nothing but a bunch of rules, poems, and lists of who begat who. But the Bible is much more than that. The Bible is Gods Word, and most of that Word is filled with stories. Many of these stories may be new to some of you, but today, were going to start with one Im sure most of you have heard. Its the Tale of the Fiery Furnace.

The Tale of the Fiery Furnace comes in the middle of the Old Testament. In the larger story of the Old Testament, this story takes place after the nation of Israel, Gods chosen people, has disobeyed God. God punished his people by sending them into exile. Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty king of Babylon, captured their country and then took all the people of Israel away from their homeland.

Some of the young men from Israel were taken to the palace, including a boy named Daniel and three friends we know as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These boys were living in a foreign land and working with people who did not believe in God. Every day they were challenged to take a stand for God, but never more so than in todays story.

You see, King Nebuchadnezzar thought he himself was a king. He made a giant statue for all the people to worship, and anyone who didnt obey him would be severely punished. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew they had a terrible choice to make. Either bow down and worship a false god, or be thrown into a fiery furnace!

READ DANIEL 3:8-30

MAIN POINT:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had some enemies. These men went to the king and told on them, saying, Those boys from Israel wont bow down to your idol! Remember you said that anyone who wont worship the idol must be thrown into the fiery furnace!

The king was angry with the boys, and true to his word. He had them thrown into the fiery furnace. This was no ordinary furnace like you find in your home. It was a large building with a fire so hot, the flames killed the soldiers sent to throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire.

But the fire didnt harm the boys! In fact, when Nebuchadnezzar looked inside the fiery furnace, he saw not three but four men inside. We dont know if that fourth person was God or an angel or even Jesus, but the young men were spared because God was with them. God will always be with his people when they stand up for Him. Whether its in the court of kings or on the school playground, God will stand with us when we stand for Him.

DRIVE IT HOME:

Its not so easy to stand up for God sometimes. True, we dont have the threat of an angry king and a fiery furnace to worry about, but there are things that stand in our way. Peer pressure is a big one. When all the kids in school are telling you to do the wrong thing, its hard to stand for what is right. When everyone says that something we know is wrong is okay, its hard to speak up and tell the truth.

Many times when people stand up for the wrong thing, it can get pretty ugly. There are people just like the men who tattled on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who will come after you and try to make you do the wrong thing. Its not uncommon for people to bully other people into believing the way they do, especially about religion. It happens with kids, and it happens with adults. Just ask anyone who has been on Facebook, and he will tell you how ugly things can get when someone dares to speak up against the crowd and stand for what is right.

It may not be easy to stand up against everyone else, but its still the right thing to do. We can find the courage to take a stand because we know God will stand with us. God didnt abandon Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were tossed into the fiery furnace. He went into the fire with them. God will be with us on the playground, online, in the classroom, and any place we go. He will stand with us, and he will give us the courage to keep standing.

God needs us to take a stand and speak the truth. He needs us to light the way and show people what is right, even when no one else will stand with us. Dont be afraid to take a stand for Jesus. When you stand up for God, you never stand alone.

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Give us the courage we need to take a stand for you.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER:

Have you ever been camping with your family?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Psalm 34:11

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Enjoy a campfire snack with the kids, and let everyone make a Smore (if you cant make them over a campfire, just skip the roasting and give everyone a regular marshmallow).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Daniel 3:8-30

How did Nebuchadnezzar find out that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeyed him?

Why didnt the three boys bow to the idol?

What was their punishment for disobeying the king?

What did the king see when he looked inside the fiery furnace?

How do we know that God will stand up with us when we stand for him?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Teach us to be wise so we will know when to take a stand for what is right.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER:

Have you ever been camping with your family?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Psalm 34:11

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Enjoy a campfire snack with the kids, and let everyone make a Smore (if you cant make them over a campfire, just skip the roasting and give everyone a regular marshmallow).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Daniel 3:8-30

How did Nebuchadnezzar find out that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeyed him?

What did the king see when he looked inside the fiery furnace?

How do we know that God will stand up with us when we stand for him?

Can you think of some examples of when you might be called to stand for God at school?

How hard would it be for you to be the only kid standing up for God at your school?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Teach us to be wise so we will know when to take a stand for what is right.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). 

Here's a video from ShareFaith kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on Shadrach, Meschach, and Abenego.

Take a look at the links below for other ideas for teaching a Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School Lesson: 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego Bible Lesson Plan - DLTK-Bible

 

Sunday School Curriculum- Shadrach, Meshach and Adednego

 

Bible Lesson: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - Ministry-To-Children