Abram's Call & LotMain Points to Remember
Prayer: Father, please give us strength and faith to obey your Word when we don't know where it will lead us.
Activity: Follow the leader. Play a quick game of follow the leader. Discuss how the followers don't know what to expect and have to watch the leader to see what to do. We don't know what to expect in life either, but we know our Leader knows what to do, so we follow Him.
Discussion: Abram became a great man of faith and the father of all God's people. He started out by trusting God's word and following an unknown path. What if Abram was too scared to leave Ur? None of the things that follow could have happened. When we refuse to follow God's call for us, we are sacrificing all the wonderful blessings he had planned for us on that path. We are also refusing to grow. Abram did not start out the tremendously faithful man he grew to be. These first tests strengthened him and rooted his faith in God, so that later on, he trusted God enough to make major sacrifices. We don't become strong in the faith until we take the first steps and overcome the first challenges in our lives.
Discussion: When it came time for Abram and Lot to split up, their choices demonstrated their mindsets. Peace and family relationships were so important to Abram that he gave up the right to choose the "best" land. On the other hand, Lot valued the rich land near the cities, and preferred taking it above honoring his uncle. The choices we make show what we value most.
Activity: Start a family tree that will develop as the lessons progress. Have the students make generic paper people (like Bible Friends). Name them and post them on a board, using yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT family tree information is: http://bible.ort.org/books/gened2.asp
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