LESSON 5: SOURCE FOR WISDOM
After completing this lesson, children will learn that the Bible is our source for heavenly wisdom. Hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Word of God will help us live a good life that is pleasing to God.
FIVE STEPS TO KNOWING GOD'S WORD
Kids will make a bookmark to remember the five steps to having God's Word become a part of their life.
Heavyweight light-colored construction paper
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
First, give children a piece construction paper, large enough for them to be able to trace around their hand. Without spreading fingers too far apart, have the children trace around their hand and then cut out the shape.
Have the children write the corresponding words: Hear, Read, Study, Memorize and Meditate on the fingers as illustrated above.
After they are finished with the hand, have a volunteer read each of the verses shown below and discuss each one.
On the other side of the hand, write the verse references. When finished, suggest the children keep this in their Bibles to use as a bookmark and a reminder to do all five steps to understand the Bible fully and to allow the Word of God to richly fill their lives. It is helpful to write the verse references on the easel for kids to copy.
- Romans 10:17 (Hear): Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ
- Revelation 1:3a (Read): Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy.
- Acts 17:11 (Study): Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
- Psalm 119:11,13 (Memorize): I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
- Psalm 119:15 (Meditate): I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
BIBLE BASICS REVIEW
Use easel, scrap paper or wipe board for visuals
Review from previous lessons:
- The word Bible means Book
- There are 2 parts of the Bible: Old Testament and New Testament
- To look up a page number to a book of the Bible you go to the Table of Contents
- The first 4 books of the New Testament are called the Gospels.
- These books tell the stories of Jesus’ life and ministry.
- Sometimes these books are referred to as “The Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John”
BIBLE WISDOM ACTIVITY
The Bible is our source for heavenly wisdom. Hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Word of God will help us live a good life that is pleasing to God. The book of Proverbs is a good source for teaching wisdom.
Turn to Proverbs 1 in your Bibles.
Ask for volunteers to read:
As someone reads, have everyone else follow along silently except when they come to the words "WISDOM" and "WISE", instruct everyone to say those words out loud. Maybe make a tally when each word is read on the easel.
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION
The Bible is our source for Wisdom. As you discovered a little while ago, the Proverbs are full of wise sayings. King Solomon asked for wisdom instead of riches or a long life, so God gave him wisdom unlike anyone else. Daniel was also very wise, because he walked in the ways of our Lord. The Bible is full of wise men, but they all had one thing in common. They knew the Will of God, and followed His Word. Let's see what the Bible says about wisdom.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17
- 1. In verse 15, what are the holy Scriptures able to do? (Make you wise for salvation through faith.)
- What does all scripture is "God-breathed" mean? (Because God Himself inspired the writers of the Bible, everything in it is exactly what God wants us to have.)
- All of Scripture is useful for what?(Teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training.)
- Will knowing the Word of God help you do good works? Why? (Allow for answers.)
BIBLE GAME: BIBLE CRUMP UP
Children race to crumple/uncrumple answers of Bible trivia.
The leader will provide one answer for each of the Bible Crumple questions on cut squares of paper. Divide the paper answer squares evenly among the players. Have players crumple each piece of paper and place in middle of table.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Form two teams.
Tell the students that they will be asked questions about Bible locations, characters and facts. Inform the players that the paper they are holding contains an answer to one of the questions. Then instruct team members to crumple up their answers and place them into a large pile.
Begin asking the teams the Bible questions contained on the "Question/Answer sheet." After each question, the children will hurry over to the pile as quickly as possible and uncrumple each piece of paper. Whoever uncrumples the paper with the correct answer should raise his or her hand. The child who finds the correct answer wins a point for his or her team.
Then, have the children re-crumple all the sheets of paper, even with answers already found, and place them back into the pile. Mix them up before asking another question. Play continues until all questions have been correctly answered.
The team with the most points wins.
Questions (Questions and Answers are found in separate answer sheet)
- In what country was the Pharaoh’s palace located? Answer begins with the letter E.
- What was the city where Jesus was born? Answer begins with the letter B.
- Where was Adam, the first man, when he ate the forbidden apple? Answer begins with the letter G.
- Where did Simon, the man who carried the cross for Jesus live? Answer begins with the letter C.
- In which town did Mary, Joseph, and Jesus live, while Jesus was growing up? Answer begins with the letter N.
- The Samaritan helped a man who was robbed by thieves. He was traveling from Jerusalem to what city? Answer begins with the letters Je.
- What mountain was Moses standing on when he received the Ten Commandments? Answer begins with the letter S.
- While walking on the road to this city, Saul was blinded? Answer begins with the letter D.
- Name the river where John the Baptist baptized Christians? Answer begins with the letters Jo.
- Abraham was born in what city? Answer begins with the letter U.
- How many different people are believed to have written the Bible?
- How many books are in the New Testament?
- How many books total are in the Bible?
- The Bible is the Word of _____.
- Judges is one of the Books of _________ in the Old Testament.
- Adam and Eve had twin sons, Cain and _________.
- Abram was how old when his son Isaac was born?
- Lot's wife turned into a pillar of what?
- Abraham and Sarah’s son was named what?
- Esau gave up his birthright to his brother Jacob for this.
- The Bible is also known as this weapon.
- Methuselah was the oldest person in the Bible and lived how old?
Read James 3:13-17 This scripture talks about two kinds of wisdom.
The person with wisdom that comes from Heaven is peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, produces good fruit and so on. But the person with the other kind of wisdom— worldly wisdom from the devil—is selfish, ambitious, envious, disordered, and every other evil practice.
The Bible is our source for heavenly wisdom - hearing, reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Word of God will help us to live a good life. And when we ask God for wisdom, He will gladly give it to us.
CLOSING PRAYER and REMINDERS
Congratulations! This is our last lesson. You will receive your Bible on May 26 between 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the church car line and be recognized at the 10 am online service on May 31.
In September you will attend middle school youth small groups at church!
Pray: Dear God, help me to slow down from the fuss of the day, and spend time in Your precious Word. Let me meditate on Your Word both day and night and keep it close to my heart. Grant me wisdom Father, to follow Your Will. Amen.