“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 2 Tim3:16a
The Bible is the most important book ever written. It is the living word of God. It’s Divine Author is the Holy Spirit, who moved over 40 people to write under His guidance. We need to understand where it came from, what’s in it and how to use it. This lesson will focus on Genesis and is meant to help the kids start navigating their bibles and learn who wrote it and why.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35
Props: (these will be provided for the 4-5’s and 6-8’s. 9-11’s will just be using their bibles and drawing these things on their whiteboard.).
A large cardboard Bible filled with paper that has Genesis written on it, and the definition “Beginning”, a globe, a Ken and a Barbie doll, a fake snake, a paper with a rainbow, a family tree with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and and Joseph.
Ask the children if they like going to the library. It’s exciting to pick out fun books to read. Ask what’s the biggest amount of books they have ever checked out. Were they hard to carry? Ask if they thought they could carry 66 books at once. Do they think you could? Hold up your bible and tell them that yes, we all can carry 66 books at once!
Today we are going to start learning some things about the Bible. (Hand out bibles.). The Bible is God’s words written down to teach us about Him and his son Jesus. It is our history and our future. Our Bible is 66 different books by different writers, all inspired by the Holy Spirit to write everything God wants us to know. There are two parts of the Bible: the Old Testament, which has 39 books written by leaders, kings, and prophets, and The New Testament, written by the followers of Jesus. So let’s start at the beginning!
(9’s-11’s..instead of pulling props from a box, have the kids draw a picture of the props we are using on the whiteboard. Have the first child write Genesis and beginnings on the board. Ask the rest of the kids what they think it represents and follow along in their bibles. Use the script below. Choose a different child to draw the next prop on the board and so on. )
Pull out the big cardboard Bible with props inside and show them as you tell the story.
Have the kids open their Bible’s to Genesis. Let’s see what’s in the book of Genesis! Open the cardboard Bible and take out the paper with Genesis written on it. Have the kids say the name. Tell them Genesis means beginning. Explain that we have learned lots of history from this book in Sunday school. Ask why they think this book means beginning? Do they know which leader wrote this book? Yes it’s Moses! Let’s quickly go through the cool things written in the book of Genesis.
Pull out the globe. See if the kids can tell you why you have a globe. Have the 6-8’s look up chapter 1, verse 1, and ask someone to read it.
Pull out the boy and girl dolls and see if the kids can tell you who they represent. Have the 6-8’s find and read chapter 1, verse 27. God made the very first people- and named them Adam and Eve. He put them in a beautiful garden and everything was perfect. But then something bad happened.
Pull out the snake and see if the kids can tell you what happened. This is when all the bad things came into the world, the worst being sin. As a matter of fact things got so bad, God decided to do something drastic.
Pull out the rainbow and see if the kids can tell you what it represents. Explain how God told Noah to build a big boat called an ark and to put two of every animal in it along with his family. Then God sent rain for 40 days until the whole world was under water. When the water was gone, God sent a rainbow to show he would never flood the earth again. Have the kids look up and read chapter 9, verses 14,15.
Pull out the family tree with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph on it. See if the kids can look through Genesis in their bibles and find any of these names. Tell them Abraham was the great x 10 grandson of Noah. He was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob, who was the father of Joseph. Ask the kids if they know their grandfather’s name or their great grandfathers. Do they have a family tree?
All these men were used by God and became the people of God called the Israelites.
Their stories make up the rest of the book of Genesis!
Whew!! That’s a lot of beginnings and a lot of history!! Moses must have gotten writer’s cramp!!
Genesis is just the first of the 66 books that is written in the Bible. We will be learning all the names of every book in the weeks to come!
God gave us the Bible so we could know our past and our future. The Old Testament tells us about our beginning and teaches us about sin, and how only a perfect savior can take that sin away and restore our relationship with our Father. The New Testament tells us about that Savior – Jesus and how he died for us and how he is going to return and take us to heaven someday. It’s important for us to learn all that the Bible holds!
Prayer: Thank You God for giving us the Bible so we can know you and your son Jesus. Thank you for the people who wrote it. Help us to learn and grow and to be who you want us to be. Thank you for loving us!
- How many books are in the Bible?
- What does Genesis mean?
- Who wrote this book?
- Why is the Bible important?
Foam Cup Stack
Prepare: Use 12 Oz. White Disposable Drink Foam Cups (will be supplied). On each cup write the name of a book of the Old Testament on the rim, until you have 39 cups with the 39 books of the Old Testament. Create multiple sets of these, so that you can divide your kids into teams and give a set to each team.
Play: Give each team a bible/s and a set of cups (with the order shuffled). The goal of the game is to see which team can stack their cups in correct order first!
You could simplify this game by only using the books of the Torah.
Image Credit: Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860.