Antioch Kids: Elementary!

From the very beginning, God set up leaders on earth. We see in Genesis 1, God instructed Adam to rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and the livestock that moves on the ground. Much later in the Old Testament, God called out prophets, judges, kings, and priests to lead His people. Each of these leaders, although different in many ways, had one main thing in common. Their job was to follow God. An interesting pattern can be seen when they trusted and obeyed God—the people under their leadership prospered.

Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do. God asks us to trust Him by giving us specific things to do to accomplish His work around us. He may even ask us to do something that seems too hard or too uncomfortable. But we can choose to trust that He’ll work out the details and take care of our needs. Then it’s easier for us to choose to obey and act on what we know, because we trust our ultimate Leader.

The monthly memory verse is: “Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority.” (Hebrews 13:17, NIrV) Often, it’s hardest to obey when God asks us to trust another person that He has chosen to lead us. But, as long as their instructions line up with God’s commands, do what they ask of us.

In Week One’s Bible story, God places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with just one command (Genesis 1, 2, 3:1-24). When they make their own plan and disobey God, it has profound and lasting affects. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. Our leaders see the bigger picture and understand the greater consequences.

In Week Two’s Bible story, Noah had a history of trusting God, and continued to obey God to the smallest detail while building the ark (Genesis 6–8). Even when everyone else disobeyed, Noah followed God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when others don’t. Developing a pattern of obedience might prepare us for trusting God in a moment when the stakes are even higher.

In Week Three’s Bible story, God makes a big promise to Abraham, and then asks Abraham to move to a new place (Genesis 12:1-5; 13:2-18; 15:1-6). Abraham doesn’t know where or how God will keep His promises. But he trusts God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if I don’t know how it will all work out. We always know we can trust God, so we can confidently obey.

In Week Four’s Bible story, God asks Abraham to do something shocking (Genesis 15, 18, 21, 22). When Abraham is willing to obey and sacrifice what he loves, he demonstrates his unwavering trust in God to keep His promises. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if it costs me something. We can trust that God wants what’s best for us.

We want to make it easy for you to continue teaching your kids about these things throughout the week! We provide you will resources to do just that! Simply download them by clicking the links below.

Week 1 Resource,   Week 2 Resource,   Week 3 Resource,   Week 4 Resource

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 By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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Antioch Kids: Preschool!

Choices. We have to make them EVERY day. Do I want to wear this pair of shoes or that pair of shoes? Do I want this sandwich or that sandwich for lunch? Those types of choices aren’t life altering, but some of the choices we make are. Do I want to take this job or do I want to move and take that job? That’s a big decision. And, where can we go for help making that decision? Why, God, of course. Because God knows what’s best for me.

Now, preschoolers aren’t deciding where they need to move yet, but they are making some important decisions in their world. Should I obey mom? Should I share with Suzy? Even they can look to God for help with answers. We want to teach them to look to Him now with the easier stuff (although it’s not easy for them) so they will look to Him for the harder stuff later in life.

Preschoolers will see how God knew what was best for our Bible friends so many years ago as they investigate the stories of Adam and Eve, Jonah, Naamen, and Joshua and Caleb. While visiting these stories, we will discuss the hard choices they had to make and that the best results always came when they chose what God wanted them to do. Because (say it with me) God knows what’s best for me.

We will be praying that your preschooler has moments filled with wonder as we give preschoolers a look at the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.

We want to encourage you to keep teaching your preschoolers these things throughout the week! Here is a free resources to help you do just that: Family Resource for Preschoolers (click to download).

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

We want to encourage you to keep teaching your preschoolers these things throughout the week! Here is a free resources to help you do just that: Family Resource for Preschoolers (click to download).

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

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Learn the books of the Bible!

We would love to help your kids get more familiar with their Bibles! And what better time to challenge them to learn the books of the Bible than the last month of summer?!

We have found a fun song to make it easier. We hope it helps your kids learn the names of the books as well as the basic structure of the Bible. The song is found at the beginning of this post, and is provided in video form. You can also find the song available on iTunes! Play it as you drive around town or as you eat lunch to help your kids learn the catchy song.

If your kids can sing us the song or tell us the books of the Bible, we would love to treat them to a blizzard at Dairy Queen! (If your child has an allergy, don’t hesitate to let us know and we will treat them to a reward that they can enjoy.)

We are considering this the August challenge for Antioch Kids, but we’d love to keep this an open challenge, encouraging kids to learn the books of the Bible whenever they are up for the challenge.

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