Which Verb Fits?

Scripture: Exodus 3-4:17

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn that even when people sin, God can still use them later to do His will.
  • Students will learn sometimes God makes people take a long time to prepare for something He wants them to do.
  • Students will learn when God wants them to do something, He will provide what they need to accomplish His will.
  • Students will learn the three different verb tenses.

Guiding Question: Why do we need to obey God when He wants to use us for His Kingdom?

Materials: None needed

Procedure: Review the story of Moses in exile from the scripture above. Emphasize that God wants us to be a part of serving His Kingdom and be willing to help others who are in need. Explain that it is easy for us to want to give excuses for why we cannot or do not want to do something. This can be our way of trying to get out of doing something or helping someone. Explain that when God wants us to do something for Him, He will give us all we need for it and we just need to place our trust in Him. Tell students that God can use us for good no matter what our past is and can use our past mistakes to help others learn from them. We need to be open to what God has prepared for us and be patient for Him to prepare us for what He has called us to.

Introduce the activity. Explain/review that there are different tenses of verbs – past, present, and future. For example, saw, see, will see. Have the students share what examples of past, present, and future tense verbs. Then, have the students retell stories of Moses as if they are Moses using appropriate past, present and future tense verbs. If students need additional practice with a specific tense, you can ask questions that require that specific tense.

Additional Questions: How can students share stories in the Bible?

Supplemental Activity: Have students illustrate a story from the Bible in different sections (like a comic strip). Have students share the drawing and retell the story using different verb tenses.

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