03 November 2008

Change of Plans ...

Actually teaching Abraham as Father of Faith ... yes, that's approximately Chapters 12 through 22 of the Book of Genesis.  

For those who are interested (and if you are, you may need a hobby), the lesson plan follows:

Abraham: Father of Our Faith

I. Prayer

II. Pre-lesson Activity

a. Turn to the person next to you and talk about someone you know who was challenged and did not give up; someone who failed or didn’t get something right the first time and persevered; can be someone you know if your own life or someone you’ve seen on television.
b. Brief class discussion on what it means to not give up

III. Overview of Lesson:
a. God chose
b. Abraham answered
c. Abraham became Father of his people

IV. God Chose Abraham
a. Read: Genesis 12:1-7
b. Key Textual Points:
i. Make a great nation
ii. Listened to God
iii. God brought him to a new place because he listened
iv. Taking a risk – persevering through travels
c. Symbolizes the journey that we all take through our lives and the necessary trust in God
d. God chooses unlikely people to do his work; why was Abram a strange choice?
i. 75 years old
ii. Not famous
iii. Not powerful
iv. Wife could not have children

V. Abraham becomes “Father”
a. Note: God changes Abram’s name to Abraham because he will be father of all nations
b. Read: Genesis 18:13-15
c. Key Point from Text: God can do the impossible, He keeps promises
d. Sarai does have a child; names him Isaac because it means laughed

VI. Abraham continues to put God first
a. Read: Genesis 22:9-18
b. Key Textual Points:
i. Abraham ready to sacrifice son
ii. God stops him from doing so
iii. Key quote from Genesis: “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore.”

VII. Summary of Key Points:
a. God chose
b. Abraham answered
c. Abraham became Father of his people
d. Jesus as the new sacrifice for us; Abraham and Isaac prefigure Christ

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