God's Covenant With Abraham

Age 5+: Read Genesis 12:1-5, 17:1-9, 21:1-7
Under 5: Read about Abraham and Sarah from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

One day God spoke to a man named Abram. He told him to leave his country, his people, his father’s house, and to go to a new land. Abram trusted God, so he set out for the land of Canaan with his wife and all their possessions.

When Abram was 99 years old, God made a covenant with him. He promised to give him many children. God changed his name to Abraham because he would be the father of many nations. God also gave Abraham the whole land of Canaan. God kept His promise and even though she was very old, Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gave birth to a son the following year. They named him Isaac, which means “laughter.”

Discussion 

Preschool questions:
What did God change Abram’s name to? Abraham. 
Who is Abraham’s wife? Sarah. 
Did Abraham trust God? Yes. 

Elementary questions:
How do you think Abram felt about leaving his home? Maybe sad and even a little scared.
How old was Abraham when Isaac was born? 100 years old. 
Is that too old to have a baby? Yes, but nothing is impossible for God.
What does Isaac’s name mean? Laughter. 
How long will God’s covenant last? Forever. 

Preteen application:
Do we always have to understand God’s plan before we obey? No. Sometimes we won’t know His plans for us, but we should trust that God knows what is best. 
In Genesis 18:14, God asks Abraham, “Is anything too hard for me?” What do you think – is anything too difficult for God? Nothing is impossible for God.

Memory Verse: Genesis 17:1 “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.” (NIV) 

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, and write one of God’s promises that is meaningful to you. Write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Abraham and Sarah. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Discuss what it means to be blessed – to bring happiness! How has God blessed you and your family? Write each one down and count them!

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

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