Scripture: Genesis 15-17
- Students will learn we can trust in God’s promises to us in the Bible
- Students will learn God’s plans and timing are perfect
- Students will learn God expects us to obey Him, follow His plans and wait for His timing
- Students will learn there may be short and long term consequences for not waiting and following God’s plans
- Students will learn how to make and keep promises to others.
Guiding Question: How do our broken promises affect others?
Materials: Pre-made pie crust or ingredients/materials for making pie crust (recipe in procedure)
Procedure: Review the story of Abraham and the promises God made to him. Discuss how Abraham and Sarah must not have totally trusted God to keep His promises as they believed they had to “help” God in some way. Tell students God also makes promises to us and we have to sometimes be very patient for it to be God’s time for them to be kept. God will always keep his promises and wants us to trust the He will be faithful in His perfect timing. In order for us to be more like God, we need to keep our promises to others.
You can make the pie crust with students or bring some in pre-made, Recipe: ½ cup shortening, 1 ¼ cup self rising flour 2 T to ¼ cup ice water. Once pie crust is made or has been brought in and divided among the students, have them break bits while eating to understand how easily it is broken. Remind students how easily trust can be broken we don’t keep our promises. Talk about the expression and discuss ways of making promises we can and will keep.
Additional Questions: How can students hold themselves accountable for the promises they make?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a list of promises that can make to their friends and family. Have students then come up with goals for how to keep those promises and what they effect of keeping that promise may be.