God Keeps His Promises

God Keeps His Promises

 (Bible Overview #17 of 54)

One Main Truth:  God Gives the Israelites their Promised Land

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1 GAME: Capture the Flag

Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Players Capture a Land / In the Bible God gives Israel the Land He Promised / God will Give You What He Promises in your Life

  1. Show Players the boundaries that the game will be played in. Point out the center line that divides the field in half, one half for “Team 1” and the other for “Team 2.”  Then       point out that each team has a “Flag” hiding in one of the back corner of their side of the field and in the other back corner is their “Jail.”
    2. Explain that each team’s goal is to be the first team to grab the “Flag” and bring it back to their side.
    3. Then explain that once a Player crosses the center line into the other team’s land the other team can tag them and send them to their team’s “Jail.” They must remain in           “Jail” until a fellow teammate frees them by tagging them out. After they are released, they are free to run back to their side without getting tagged. If a Player is tagged             while carrying the “Flag,” they must drop the “Flag” where they were tagged and go to “Jail.”
    4. Begin the game. Allow it to continue until one team brings the “Flag” back to their side.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Joshua 1

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Players Capture a Land / In the Bible God gives Israel the Land He Promised / God will Give You What He Promises in your Life

Spy versus Spy, for the Land of Milk and Honey: We all love a spy story, don’t we? Spies find out secrets and report them. Can you name a famous spy? Here is an interesting spy story from the time of Moses! You can enact it!

God: “Moses, send twelve spies to explore the Promised Land.”
Moses: ” Yes, God. I will.” “Joshua, Caleb, and ten others, go! Return with a report.”
Joshua and Caleb: “We have seen and returned.  The land is good, Moses. It is the land of milk and honey! Here are some grapes from there.”
Ten other spies: “We have seen and returned.  The land is bad, Moses. It is dry. The people who live there are like giants! We look like grasshoppers in front of them! “Two different reports! What should Moses do? Rebellion and distrust spread amongst the Israelites against Moses and God! Moses died on top of Mount Nebo at the age of 120 years! He did not go to the Promised Land.
God: “Joshua, you will now lead the Israelites in conquering the Promised Land.
Joshua: “Yes, God. I will send two spies into the walled city of Jericho.”
Rahab (who lived within the city wall): “I will give shelter to you spies. Promise me that you will keep me and my family safe when you conquer Jericho.”
Joshua: (The Conquest of the Promised Land): “It is now time to conquer the Promised Land! Priests! Take the Ark of the Covenant and pass on ahead of the people, and cross the Jordan River.” The waters opened and made way for the people to cross! Another miracle! Praise God!
God: “Joshua, march around the Jericho city walls once every day for six days. On the seventh day, march around seven times. At the seventh round blow the trumpets with the priests and shout mightily!”

They obeyed. The wall of Jericho completely came tumbling down! The Israelites conquered the city! Our God is absolutely trustworthy! He is a promise keeping God! We have many wonderful promises in the Bible but only those who trust and obey Him will claim it. For those who keep obeying God the promises in the Bible will become a reality.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game Players Capture a Land / In the Bible God gives Israel the Land He Promised / God will Give You What He  Promises in your Life

Memory Verse:   “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised to Moses”  Joshua 1:3

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
How do you and your team try to capture the flag?
What were the challenges you had to go through to get the flag?
What happened when the flag was finally on your side?

2. Bible
What was the promise God had made to the Israelites long ago?
Where was Joshua supposed to take the Israelites?
Who was going to give them their land?
What were the challenges the Israelites faced?
Since God was with the Israelites, was it easy or difficult to obey what God commanded them to do?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God help me to be always trust your promises, Jesus, please help me to be strong and courageous knowing that You are always with me. Show me where you are with me *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Role play this story as a drama. March around the room.

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