Step of Faith

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Step of Faith / Genesis 22

One Main Truth: God alone is worthy of our trust & confidence

“Are you ready for the Joy of Discovery? Unlock the One Main Truth: It’s an adventure in the Game, a revelation in the Bible, and it will transform your Life. Let’s take one step closer to becoming a Champion for Eternity!”

In the Game: “no guards” gave you Confidence 
In the Bible: “Abraham had Supreme Confidence in God” 
In Your Life: “You can have Supreme Confidence in God”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Storm the Castle

  1. Begin by showing Players the designated boundaries for the game, outlining the outer square where the four teams will line up, and the inner square where the “Castle” is located. Inside the Castle, there will be small objects for Players to retrieve.
  2. Divide all Players into four teams and position each team on one of the four sides of the outer square.
  3. Reassure the Players that all teams will be winners in this game.
  4. Assign a number to each Player within their respective team. Ensure that every team has numbers such as one, two, three, and so on.
  5. Select six Players to act as “Castle” guards. If a guard tags a Player before they can grab an object, that Player is considered out for that round.
  6. Place four objects in the center of the inner square. Explain that when the Game Zone Leader announces, “Number ones (or ones and threes), Storm the Castle,” Players with that specific number can run to the middle to retrieve only one object. Alternatively, they can choose to wait until the guards are distracted before attempting to collect an object.
  7. Note that during each round, two guards will be removed.
  8. Play multiple additional rounds.
  9. For the final round, eliminate all guards, allowing every team to successfully retrieve objects from the Castle. This fulfills the earlier promise of all teams winning the game.

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Genesis 22

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (Genesis 22:1-3)
In the land of Canaan, where rolling hills stretched as far as the eye could see, a man named Abraham lived with his wife Sarah. This was a time when faith was tested and cultures shaped by the choices people made. God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and this promise came true when Sarah miraculously (wonderfully, amazingly) gave birth to their son Isaac. The date of this wonderful event was known only to God, yet it held the power to shape generations to come

THE CHOICE (Genesis 22:2-8)
As Isaac grew, so did God’s plan for him.(Children let’s show how Isaac grew. Place your hands down almost to the ground every time I say a year then raise your hands a little till they are almost over your head. 1 year – 2 & 3 years – 4 & 5 years – 6 & 7 years – 8 & 9 years – 10 & 11 years – this is going to be a big one 12 years old. We can put our hands down and finish listening to the story.) One day, God’s voice echoed in Abraham’s heart, calling him to a mountain in the land of Moriah. God’s command was clear but very, very difficult for Abraham to think about: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and offer him there as a burnt offering.” Abraham’s heart must have wrestled with the weight of this choice. He could have questioned, resisted, or even doubted, but he chose to obey God. With Isaac by his side and firewood on their shoulders, they journeyed to the appointed place. Abraham’s heart was sad. He was trusting and praying to God for help. It was hard not knowing how God was going to work everything out. That is why we must trust God, even when we don’t know how God will work it out for us. Abraham built an altar, arranged the wood, and bound Isaac, laying him on the altar.

THE CONSEQUENCE (Genesis 22:9-14, 15-18)
 At last the big the moment came! This was the last and final test of faith and obedience. But Just as Abraham raised the knife to obey, an angel’s voice rang out, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now, I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” Abraham’s obedience had brought him to the edge
of sacrifice, and at that moment, God provided a ram caught in a thicket. The ram became the substitute, sparing Isaac’s life. The ram’s life became a symbol of provision. Abraham named the place “The Lord Will Provide,” a testimony to faithfulness. And God’s voice echoed once more, reaffirming His promise: “By myself, I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you.”

THE LIFE LESSON
Abraham’s choice had consequences beyond what he could have imagined. His obedience proved that he was truly a man of faith in God. Because he was a man of strong faith, he became the father of a great nation. His willingness to give up the most precious thing in his life revealed the depths of his love and trust in God.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

(1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE

POWER WORDS: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”   Hebrews 11:1  Extra:  “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” Hebrews 11:6

(2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES

POWER QUESTIONS:

Game Questions:

  • How did the “Storm the Castle” game reflect your confidence or lack of confidence?
  • In the game, players had to storm the castle while guards were watching. How did the game change towards the end?
  • Just like every team winning in the last round, how does Abraham’s history show that having confidence in God ultimately leads to a positive outcome?
    Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”

Bible Questions:

  • Did Abraham’s love and faith in God play a key role in the story of offering Isaac?
  • How did he show his love and trust in God’s plan?
  • How does Abraham’s confidence in God in this story reflect his overall relationship with God in his life?

Life Questions:

  • Can you think of a time when you had to trust God even when things in your life seemed, hard or unclear about what to do? How did your confidence in God impact your
    choices?
  • How can Abraham’s confidence in God inspire you to face difficulties with a positive attitude and trust in God’s plan?
  • What are some practical ways you can develop and strengthen your confidence in God in your daily life? How might this affect the way you handle challenges and decisions?

(3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS

POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me “God thank you for giving us promises, God thank you for always answering your promises even if it takes a long time to fulfill, answer the promise. What is one promise you want me to believe? 
*Let’s be still and quiet, opening your heart to hear God’s whisper* 
(Coach, wait at least 14 seconds, allowing God to connect to every child)
God help me trust you more every day.”
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with Strong & Powerful Worship Motions
(Click here for worship songs
“GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

Now, remember to share this truth,
practice this truth, and bring a friend back with you! Boys and girls, let’s go out as the
“Champions for Eternity” that God expects us to become!

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