Lesson Theme: Trying to live our lives without God’s instructions is impossible so God gave us the Bible to guide us.
Scripture: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and alight to my path.” Psalm 119:105
PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES – These activities get the children engaged and primed for new lesson material. Do as many or as few of these as you have time for.
- Hop Step Mats of the New and/or Old Testaments – write Bible books on an old sheet. Let children hop and step on the books as they say them out loud. I also traced feet and hands for them to place feet or hands on. This little guy is at the very end where he says Malachi while placing both hands and feet on traced outlines. It is the grand finale! You can find more information on the Hop Step Mat here: https://kidsbibleclassideas.com/hop-step-matt/.
- Lego Bible books – use labels or a Sharpie to write Bible book names on Legos. You may use large Legos or small ones of any shape. Disassemble the Bible books and let children reassemble them, Kids can do the ENTIRE Old or New Testament OR small sections as seen in the photo below.
- Review books of Bible – Let a child use pointer to point to books on teaching wall as you sing or speak them. Sing or chant the Bible books as you or a child points to each individual book. Kids of all ages love using a pointer of some kind to point each book as it is spoken or sung. The Bible library below may be downloaded here: https://kidsbibleclassideas.com/bible-books-library/
This activity is very important in helping the child understand that God’s Holy Bible is our instruction book. We can’t live our lives and be pleasing to God without following His instructions. DO NOT discuss that concept here, but wait until you begin the Bible lesson.
- Assemble Legos This activity exposes the children to the concept that instructions are always necessary to put a Lego set together properly. In the Bible lesson, they will be taught that God’s word is our instruction book. It teaches us how God wants us to live.
- Give each child a small Lego set but DO NOT pass out the instructions yet.
- Tell them they must put the set together EXACTLY the way it is supposed to go.
- Allow 3-5 minutes for them to work, or let them work until they are too frustrated to continue.
- Finally, pass out the instructions and let them continue to assemble them PROPERLY.
- Discuss which was easier – Assemble with directions or without?
- DO NOT make any spiritual applications just yet. That will be discussed later in the lesson.
- Trying to live our lives without God’s instructions is just like trying to put Legos together correctly without instructions. The Bible is God’s instruction book for us.
- Ask the children questions like the following:
- Did Adam and Eve have a Bible? How did they know what God wanted them to do? Would they have known how to read it anyway?
- Has the Bible always been available?
- What about Noah? Did he read the Bible to learn how to make the ark? How did he know what to do?
- Does God speak to us today so our ears can hear him?
- So, how do we know what he wants us to do? What are His instructions for us?
- God’s instructions are in the Bible.
- Where did this book come from? How did we get it? Did someone wake up one morning and find it on their front porch?
- Flipchart: The Bible’s Own Story
- This tells the story of how we got the Bible.
- This flipchart is no longer in print.
- For this Bible class session, ONLY USE PART 1: The Bible’s Own Story Flipchart Part 1 – Kids Bible Class Ideas
- Part 2 is here and will be used in the next class session. Trying to present ALL of this in one class period is simply too much new material: The Bible’s Own Story Part 2 – Kids Bible Class Ideas
- As you read through this flipchart, show children an example of a scroll. It could be something you have made yourself or something you purchased. Also show them a piece of leather so they understand how it was soft and could be rolled. You might also consider writing on the leather so they can see what it looks like.
- APPLICATION: What is the lesson we learn today? Refer back to the Lego activity done earlier. Living the “right way” without God’s instructions is impossible, so God gave us the Bible to guide us. (I put this on cardstock and display it in the room next to our Psalm 119:105 scripture that will be discussed next in this lesson plan.)
LESSON FOLLOW UP
- Our Bible verse to remember today is Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and alight to my path.” Allow children to find and read the verse in their Bibles. Say it with this visual aid. This verse has been put into a song the children should already know. You may sing it with them also.
- Bean Bag Toss – This is a fun activity for the children to review the Old or New Testament Bible books.
- Pass out one bean bag.
- Have children stand in a circle and toss the bean bag to the person next to them as EVERYONE says the Bible books together. This takes a little practice especially for the younger elementary ages, but once they do it a few times, they can get really good at it.
Stand by the door as the children prepare to leave and recite Psalm 119:105 again. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Then review the theme of today’s class using the visual aid for Psalm 119:105. Recite it aloud together.
- Living without God’s instructions is impossible so . . . . God gave us the Bible to guide us.