Here’s the third installment of a summary of this past Monday’s session on Abraham and God’s plan for salvation.
- About a half-hour into the session, after prayer and reviewing the previous session (and a ton of Q & A!), I then arranged the kids in pairs and assigned them a passage about Abraham that they were to read in their Bibles and report on (using this worksheet). As I suspected, they were loathe to move on to doing actual work so lots of hands were going up to ask questions which I promptly dismissed by saying, “OK, it’s time for you to get to work learning about Abraham” after which they finally got the message and got down to business.
- I gave them about 5-7 minutes to complete their tasks and then to report back as the group filled in their worksheets from one another’s presentations. We plowed through this but it wasn’t easy as attention waivered and more and more questions came up. At this point, however, I was open to more questions because they were probing the Abraham story and they were especially confounded by the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac (“Wait. What? Didn’t God just tell Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child and now he wants them to kill it?”) This made for some very important and worthwhile discussion which took us almost to the end of class.
- I then asked if there was a volunteer willing to try telling the “entire” Abraham story based on our activity. One very bright young lady did an exemplary job of summarizing the highlights: Abram’s call and migration, God’s promise of land, God’s covenant with Abram, God changes Abram’s and Sarai’s names, 3 visitors tell Abraham and Sarah they will have a son, God tests Abraham’s faith). This is a good way to do some informal assessment to see if they are grasping the main story lines of the Old Testament.
The stage is set for us to move on to Moses and the Exodus/Passover event – the primary story of the Old Testament!
[free clip art by Phillip Martin]