Entries in great men and women of god (22)

Wednesday
Dec202017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes. It relates to the lesson objective, “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a).

Read “Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Mary and Joseph.”

Discuss the following steps of faith it took for Mary and Joseph to be willing to be the earthly parents for Jesus.

  • Mary had to believe that what the angel told her was true, and be willing to bear God’s Son, Jesus.
  • Mary had to trust God that He would help her endure people looking down on her for being pregnant before getting married.
  • It took great faith for Joseph to accept what Mary and the angel told him about the baby Jesus. He had to believe that Jesus was God’s Son, and that he had been chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father.
  • It was a great responsibility to raise God’s Son, and they probably wondered if they could do a good job of it, but they accepted that God would do the work through them.

ReadLet’s Learn the New Testament: When Jesus Was Born.” This covers the stories of faith concerning Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, the shepherds, and the wise men.

ReadA Man Named Jesus: Simeon and Anna.”

Ask the children: Besides Mary and Joseph, who are others from the Christmas story that needed faith to believe the “impossible”?

  • Zacharias and Elizabeth: They believed God could give them a baby, even in their old age. And then they believed that God had a purpose in wanting them to name the baby John, instead of naming the baby after Zacharias as was the custom.
  • The shepherds that the angels sang to and who then visited baby Jesus: They believed what the angels told them. Even though baby Jesus was in a manger, with ordinary people as His parents, and animals around Him, they worshipped Him as God’s Son.
  • The wise men: It took faith to travel to where they believed they’d find the new king that they had understood from the stars had recently been born. It also took faith to obey the warning in God’s dream to not return to tell King Herod where they had found Jesus.
  • Simeon and Anna: When they saw baby Jesus at the temple, God revealed to them that He was the Messiah.

Review the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faith—Stand on It.” Read each verse, one at a time, and talk about ways each one applies to the faithfulness of the people involved in the Christmas story. The following are examples of how these verses apply, but you and your children can probably think of other ways they apply to the faith found in these important characters of the Christmas story.

  • Romans 10:17. These men and women were familiar with the prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah.
  • Proverbs 3:5–6. Mary and Joseph, and also Zacharias and Elizabeth, showed great trust that God would guide them in the raising of the important boys given to them.
  • Hebrews 11:1. Simeon had believed he would see the Messiah before he died.
  • Hebrews 11:6. The wise men diligently sought after the king that the stars foretold had been born.

Color “Coloring Page: Come See Jesus” and rejoice that you too have faith in Jesus as God’s Son!

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Spanish)

Saturday
Sep022017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Learn of the miracles that took place in the Bible,” and “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

ReadFaith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Elisha, the Prophet.”

WatchAnimated Bible Story of Elisha.”

ReadMiracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil.”

Read Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

ColorColoring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil” or “Coloring Page: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float.”

Listen to the audio, “The Miracles of Elisha.”

ReadElisha’s Secret Army.”

WatchElisha chapter 10” or “Elisha the Prophet.”

Read “A Caring Servant.”

Talk about how God used a servant girl to bring about the miracle of Naaman’s healing, and that it most likely wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been faithful to talk about what God could do through Elisha. Point out how God wants us to be faithful to Him even in seemingly small things, and then He can do the big things that only He can do.

Additional resources:

●“3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Increase of the Widow’s Oil

● “3D Picture: Miracles in the Bible: Making an Iron Axe Float

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOCX: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elisha (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jul262017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Learn of the miracles that took place in the Bible,” and “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

Read Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Elijah, the Prophet.”

Explain the meaning of the name “Elijah,” which is “My God is the Lord.”

Ask the children what two words are needed to finish this sentence that Elijah spoke to the people of Israel. “If the Lord be God, ______ ___” (1 Kings 18:21 KJV). (Answer: follow him.)

Do you know what New Testament prophet was meant to have the spirit and power of Elijah with him? (Hint: The answer can be found in the story, “Let’s Learn the New Testament: Jesus Was Born".)

Watch sections of “Bible Stories for Kids: The Story of Elijah” or read from a Bible storybook about Elijah’s ministry. (Some parts of this video are to be skipped to protect sensitive viewers.)

  • How Elijah started: 0:00 – 3:16 (skip over 2:20 – 2:56 for sensitive viewers).
  • Elijah prophesies against King Ahab: 3:17 – 3:49.
  • Elijah hides in the wilderness: 4:22 – 5:26.
  • God cared for Elijah during the drought: 6:02 – 6:44.
  • The miracle of the flour and oil: 7:07– 9:45.
  • Healing of the widow’s son: 9:46 – 11:21.

Listen to the audio “Pour Out a Blessing.”

Talk about how God didn’t fail Elijah during his time of need, and how He also blessed the widow for her giving. Tell the children stories of times when God supplied for you, and how He blessed your giving.

Study or memorize from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Giving.”

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Elijah.”

Listen to the audio “God of Miracles.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Spiritual Insight and Awareness: Miracles-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Prophet Elijah (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May242017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Read The Acts of the Apostles: Sleeping in Class.”

Read The Acts of the Apostles: I Have Kept the Faith.”

Listen to the audio “New Testament.”

Do you know which books in the New Testament were written by Paul? (Answer: Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Also, he might have written the book of Hebrews. Paul’s writings are often referred to as “letters,” because these are recordings of letters he sent to individuals and groups of Christians he was teaching.)

Memorize or review a verse from “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Sharing God’s Love.” Talk about how Paul obeyed Jesus’ request in Matthew 28:19–20. (For example, Paul traveled to various cities and countries to teach people about Jesus. He taught not only in person but also through his writings.)

Do you know where Paul received the power to be such a faithful witness and teacher about Jesus? (You can find the answer in “The Gift of the Holy Spirit.” See here for a further study on the Holy Spirit.)

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Teacher (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Mar292017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in five 15- to 20-minute sessions, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

SESSIONS 1 – 4
Read and study
the following classes, going over one a day. (Tip: To gain the most from these classes, read the story in a children’s or regular Bible. Scriptural references are found within each article.)

SESSION 5
Listen to
the audio “I Know Whom I Have Believed.” Look up 2 Timothy 1:12 in the Bible to show the children which of Paul’s letters this is from.

Study the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Want Some Power?” Ask the children if they can find the one verse that was written by Paul. (Answer: 2 Corinthians 4:7.)

Discuss the verses in “Crazily Cool Cards Set: An Active Force Field.”

Memorize a verse from one of the above two “Crazily Cool Card Sets.” (You can also print these out to use as coloring pages.)

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jan252017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a)

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Paul the Apostle” and November Hero of the Month: Paul the Apostle.” If the children are unfamiliar with the martyrdom of Stephen, read about Stephen from the story found in Acts 7:1–60. You can find a simple visualization of the story here.

Did you know that “The Feast of Saint Stephen” is celebrated in some countries on the 26th of December, the day after Christmas, to honor Stephen as the first Christian martyr?

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A Rabbi Sees the Light.

ColorColoring Page: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.” You might also like to assemble this 3D picture, “3D Picture: The Acts of the Apostles: The Road to Damascus.”

Do you know why the book of Acts uses the names of both “Saul” and “Paul” for the same man? “But Saul, who was also called Paul…” (Acts 13:9 ESV). Saul was his name in Hebrew. Paul was his name in Latin, the language of the Roman Empire.

ReadThe Acts of the Apostles: Saul Escapes in a Basket.” To give the children a fuller study of this story, you can also read with them Acts 9:8–25. There is also a coloring page and a 3D picture that accompanies this story.

Ask the children if they can think of another Bible story that has to do with someone being lowered from the top of a house. (See “A Plan to Help a Friend.”)

More to come later covering more of Paul’s exciting adventures!

Additional resource:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Introducing Paul the Apostle (Portuguese)

Friday
Aug302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is…

Note to parent or teacher: This 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on missionaries highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn of the calling that God places in individuals’ hearts even today to serve as missionaries and spread God’s message of love and salvation.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary Life-2d)

Listen to “Audio: Little Missionary.”

Ask your children to tell you what they think a “missionary” is.

Read What Is a Christian Missionary” by Got Questions.

Read “Ambassadors for Christ,” 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Read Matthew 28:18–20, the great commission Jesus gave His first disciples 2,000 years ago. Explain how those who commit their lives to telling others of the good news are known as “missionaries.”

Ask your children if they know of anyone who is a missionary, whether personally or from history. See how many names you can come up with.

ReadFamous Missionaries: James Gilmour” and “Famous Missionaries: Amy Carmichael,” and “David Livingstone, Part 1, 2, and 3.”

Discuss some of the sacrifices that missionaries have to make in order to fulfill the Lord’s commission to them.

List some qualities that all great missionaries of the past (and present as well) had in common (e.g., they had love and concern for those they ministered to, they learned the local language, they were faithful, etc.).

Praise Jesus for those missionaries in the past who made it possible for God’s Word to be enjoyed by your children today. Pray for any missionaries you know of, for the supply of their needs, and that the Lord will make a way for the people of that land to be reached with His love.

Additional material:

  • ŸLevel 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone
  • ŸThe Keys to the Kingdom (movie), story of a missionary to China, can currently be found here.
  • ŸThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness (movie), closely based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary in China in the 1930s.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary Life-2d

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is… (Portuguese)
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Friday
Jul262013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on the life of Esther (which can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives:

ŸLearn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a)

ŸLearn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ŸUnderstand that justice is fairness and equality; it is rewarding good work and punishing evil; it is standing up for what is right and doing one’s best to right wrongs. (Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b)

ReadSeptember Hero of the Month: Queen Esther.”

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 1.” (Runtime: 7:55)

Read the following facts on the history and background of the story of Esther:

ŸThe book of Esther spans ten years, 483–473 BC.

ŸGo here for a world history timeline chart that depicts other major world events occurring during this time period. (After following the link, click on the “history” link that should appear on the left-hand side, then click on “500 BC – AD 1” that will appear on the right-hand side under other historical time period links.)

ŸThe book of Esther takes place in the area that is present-day Iran. Find Iran on a map or globe, or go to Google Maps and search Iran.

 

ŸKing Ahasuerus was also known by his Greek name, Xerxes.

ŸFor more on the Persian civilization, read “Persian Empire for Kids” or “Persian Empire” for a comprehensive article on this ancient civilization.

 

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 2.” (Runtime: 9:39)

Discuss how God can use those in government positions to help perform His plan. See if your child can list seven characters (including Queen Esther) in the Bible who held positions in foreign governments that God used to perform His will. (Answer: Queen Esther, Daniel, Joseph, Nehemiah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.) God can use each of us in whatever place we are in. Look up 1 Corinthians 7:20. "Each one should remain in the situation which he was in when God called him" (NIV).

Listen to or read “The Story of Esther, Part 3.” (Runtime: 10:52)

Talk about how sometimes doing the right thing is difficult. Queen Esther, probably still in her late teens or early twenties when this story takes place, knew that seeing the king to plead for the life of her people could cost her position and even her life. So she fasted for three days and asked her people to do the same. She knew this enterprise would require courage—courage that she alone did not have. When we are called on to act courageously, we can ask God for help through prayer, and ask others to pray for us so that we can make the right decisions.

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Esther.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Esther.

Additional resource:

Ÿ    “Bible Word Search: Esther

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c; Character Building: Social Skills: Justice-2b

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Esther (Spanish)

Friday
Jun282013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Daniel highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

ReadHero of the Month: Daniel.”

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Daniel’s life.

Listen to “Daniel” from Great Adventures 2.

Read the story of Daniel, either from the Bible (see below for the more well-known stories from his life) or from an adapted retelling of the story (a children’s Bible, etc.). You could read a chapter a day for the next week, or otherwise space them out according to what works best for you.

  • Ÿ   Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the king’s food: Daniel 1
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the king's dream: Daniel 2
  • Ÿ   The fiery furnace (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego): Daniel 3
  • Ÿ   Daniel interprets the writing on the wall: Daniel 5
  • Ÿ   Daniel in the lions' den: Daniel 6

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: The Humbled King” (runtime: 12:59).

Discuss how Nebuchadnezzar's greatest sin was pride, but we don't have to be the king of a world empire and live in extravagant luxury to be proud. Look up the following verses and discuss them: James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7; John 3:27; Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6.

Read, paraphrase, and explain “Daniel” from Meditation Moments. (Or, if your children are older, an audio recording is also available.)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Daniel.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Daniel.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Daniel (Spanish)

Friday
May242013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Nehemiah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Nehemiah (this can be broken into shorter parts) highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible. Understand that when one perseveres, great things can be accomplished; if one gives up when things begin to get difficult, nothing great would ever be accomplished. (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a)

Have an impromptu discussion on what your children know of Nehemiah’s life.

Watch The Fabulous Bentley Brothers: Nehemiah.”

ReadJuly Hero of the Month: Nehemiah.”

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream.” (Audio runtime 10:40.)

Highlight how four months elapsed between the time Nehemiah heard of the disrepair of Jerusalem and when the king inquired why Nehemiah looked downcast. These four months were not wasted. Nehemiah fasted and prayed with his friends; he had also prepared a plan for the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls that he was able to immediately present to the king when an opening presented itself.

Read Nehemiah 4:7–23. These verses recount how Nehemiah prayed to God for protection and deliverance, but also did his part in arming his men. Ask your children how this concept of prayer plus practical effort is played out in our daily lives. Discuss examples of things we should pray for, where God might also expect us to do our part.

Listen to “Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.” (Audio runtime 9:59.)

Talk about times when we must do what we know to be right, and encourage others to do the same, even if everyone around us is behaving differently. 

Here are some interesting facts to talk about with your children before or after listening to the Audio Bible Adventures on Nehemiah:

ŸThe book of Nehemiah takes place roughly twenty-nine years after the events in the book of Esther, and twelve years after the last account in the book of Ezra.

ŸThe books of Ezra, Esther, and Nehemiah each recount, in their varying ways, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, and the return of the Jewish people to the land of Judah. Read or paraphrase “Introduction to Nehemiah” found on page 2 of this article, which gives an overview of that time period.

ŸKing Artaxerxes, King Ahasuerus’ son, is the reigning monarch in the book of Nehemiah. (King Ahasuerus, also known as Xerxes I, is the monarch that Esther marries in the book of Esther.)

ColorHero of the Month Coloring Page: Nehemiah.”

Take theHero of the Month Quiz: Nehemiah.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Personal Responsibility: Perseverance-2a

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Nehemiah (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Nehemiah (Spanish)

Saturday
Mar302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Elijah highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of importunity in prayer, and how there are times when God expects one to persevere in prayer before He brings the answer.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d)

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ReadHero of the Month: Elijah.”

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Make Me a Cake” (runtime: 6:13). The widow of Zarephath had been gathering wood so she could cook one last cake of bread for herself and her son before their food ran out. But when God's prophet told her to bake him a cake first, God was testing her to see if she'd be willing to put Him first. Discuss how even if you don't have much to give, God will bless a giving heart, no matter how small the gift. Look up the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41–44.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Fire from Heaven” (runtime: 10:34). It probably wasn’t easy for Elijah to confront King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Caramel for a showdown, but Elijah expected God to do a miracle. Where do you think Elijah’s courage and conviction came from? (Through prayer and spending time with God.)

Read of some of the other miracles that Elijah performed:

  • Ÿ   The ceasing of rain for three and a half years (1 Kings 17:1)
  • Ÿ   The food brought by ravens (1 Kings 17:4)
  • Ÿ   The miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil (1 Kings 17:14)
  • Ÿ   The resurrection of the widow's son (1 Kings 17:22)
  • Ÿ   The calling of fire from heaven on the altar (1 Kings 18:38)
  • Ÿ   The causing of rain after the drought (1 Kings 18:45)
  • Ÿ   The parting of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)
  • Ÿ   The prophecy that Elisha should have a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:10)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Elijah.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Elijah.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d

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Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah (Portuguese)

Friday
Feb222013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: King David

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on King David highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of historical characters who displayed great courage in the face of fear or seemingly insurmountable odds.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c)

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ReadHero of the Month: King David.”

Read 1 Samuel 16:1–13 for the story of Samuel anointing young David to be the future king of Israel.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A Giant’s Challenge” (runtime: 7:48).

Talk about how God likes to use people who are lowly in their own eyes to show His greatness. Can your child think of other instances in the Bible where this was shown? (Gideon and his band of three hundred, Jaal defeating a general, Mary and Joseph as Jesus’ earthly parents, Jesus’ fisherman disciples, etc.)

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: To Win an Enemy” (runtime: 07:01).

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Exploits of a King-to-Be” (runtime: 6:20).

Highlight the fact that while King David was a great king, he was not perfect. In fact, at one point he committed a very bad sin (see 2 Samuel 11, 12:1–15). However, he repented with a great repentance, and accepted God’s punishment in humility. And then later, knowing that God had forgiven him for so much, it became easier for him to have compassion and forgiveness for others. King David once said of God, "Your gentleness has made me great" (Psalm 18:35).

Listen to “Psalm 34,” a Psalm of David.

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: King David.

DoHero of the Month Quiz: King David.

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: King David (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: King David (Portuguese)