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Faith Calls for PerseveranceThe Boldness—The Book of Hebrews tells us Christians can con-
fidently stand before God and present their petitions to Him. All
God’s children have the privilege of pouring out their hearts to Him,
talking with Him, and receiving personal answers. The Blood—Before Christ’s death, a thick veil separated the Holy Place
from the Most Holy Place, the room in the temple symbolizing God’s presence. If anyone were to go into the Most Holy Place other than the
high priest, it meant certain death. The high priest entered once a year on
the Day of Atonement with sacrificial animal blood on his hands. He was
the only one who could enter, and this was the only way to approach God
to ask for the removal of the people’s sins (Lev. 16:11-17). When Christ hung His head and died on the cross, the temple veil tore
from top to bottom, without any human effort! It was as if God Himself
declared, “My Son Jesus destroyed the dividing wall between Myself and
man.” No more sacrifices are needed to reconcile God to man. Instead we
can come to Him with arms outstretched like a little child, saying, “Thank
You, Daddy.” The Believers—The Book of Hebrews encourages brothers and sisters
in Christ, as much as possible, to gather together to encourage each other
with the promises stated in the Bible. Jesus will return soon. Brothers and
sisters need to constantly pray about ways to love and help each other stay
committed and grow in the Lord. The Ban—The Gospel message is all over television, billboards, and
the Internet, yet many people are still deceived and blinded. “I’ll get into
heaven my way,” they think, by giving money, going to church, trying to
be good—all manmade ways to try to reach heaven. But God is serious;
there is only one way into His presence. The blood of Jesus has paid the
price of our sins.
Suggested Material for As Your Students Arrive:A cross and something opaque to cover it with, such as a towel or a handkerchief
1 Life NeedDiscuss ways that someone’s perseverance was rewarded.2 Bible LearningLearn why we need to persevere in believing what we know to be true about Jesus.
Suggested Material:Adult Teacher’s Resource Kit: Poster and reproducible sheet—Hebrews: A Definition of Faith3 Bible ApplicationDiscuss what we can do so we persevere in our faith.Suggested Material: • Adult Teacher’s Resource Kit: Reproducible worksheet— Persevering Together• Two sheets of newsprint, colored markers, adhesive tape4 Life Response Make a commitment to perse-vere in your faith.
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Week of September 2
Lesson Scripture:Hebrews 10:19-31
Lesson Focus: Together we persevere in faith.
Church/Home Theme:God Our Creator Calls Us
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elementary | lesson 18
BiBle BasisGod creates the heavens and earth, along with day, night, sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 1:1-31; Ps. 111:2, 7).
BiBle TruThGod’s creation of day and night, with lights for each, is a good thing.
MeMory Verse: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
lesson aiMthat your students will discover the purpose in God’s gift of day and night.
God Created Day & Night
Theme for unit 1: the God Who Created Us
Life Need (5–10 miNutes)Make name tags and play a game to identify things done during the day or at night.
Materials: Kid Crafts Project for Lesson 1, tape, pencils
BiBLe LearNiNg (15–20 miNutes)Bible Words: Discuss the meaning of the words “beginning” and “creator.”
Materials: My Bible Book, p. 3, “Bible Code Victors” Reproducible Teaching Aid, Bibles
Bible Story: Hear how God made day and night.
Bible Review: Circle pictures of the lights God created.
Materials: My Bible Book, p. 4
Memory Work: Memorize Genesis 1:1.
F Optional: Create a class collage about Genesis 1:1.
Materials: butcher paper, markers, pictures of the sun, moon, and stars from magazines, glue sticks
BiBLe appLicatioN (5-10 miNutes)Match pictures that show why it is good that God created both day and night.
Kid Crafts Project for Lesson 1 (page 7), markers, My Bible Book p. 5, whiteboard and marker
Life respoNse (5–15 miNutes)Complete two poems thanking God for creating night and day.
Materials: My Bible Book p. 6; pencils, crayons, DisKit from teaching aids packet, CD player
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9elementary | lesson 1
This week begins a quarter that covers the first 26 chapters of Genesis, from Creation to the life of Isaac. Unit 1 lessons show God as the wise and caring Creator.
God created the world. First He made light to shine in the darkness and declared the light to be day and the darkness night. Later He created the sun, moon, and stars, and set up the seasons, days, and years, beginning time as we know it. And He saw that what He had done was good.
The details of Creation are some of today’s most disputed issues in Christian circles. There are many different interpretations of the first two chapters of Genesis. Why? Partly because Genesis does not give detailed scientific explanations about the how of Creation.
However, the Bible leaves no doubt about the who of Creation: “In the beginning God created . . .” And we know His creative work was done in a purposeful, orderly manner.
The early earth was without form until the Spirit of God moved upon it, refining and modeling it (Gen. 1:2). It was also dark, for there was no light until God created it. When God spoke the command, there was light (vs. 3). Then God separated the light and the dark and called them day and night. He brought order out of confusion.
The light on the first day may have come from a source known only by God, because no specific light sources are mentioned until the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19). On that day God created the sun, moon, and stars and gave them orderly movements so they would govern our days and nights, seasons and years.
God created light, and it was good. He established a cycle of light and darkness perfectly suited for the human beings He would soon create: daytime for waking activities and nighttime for rest. It’s great to know we serve that same God—the giver of all spiritual and physical light.
Understanding the Bible
Classroom TipsHere are some suggestions to get you and the new students off to a great start:
there is nothing as reassuring as the sound of your own name. the name tags (Kid Craft Project for lesson 1) will help you learn and use each child’s name. make one for yourself, too.
If you have an enrollment list available for your use prior to the beginning of class, your students will appreciate knowing they are expected and welcome. Prepare the attendance poster teaching aid with your students’ names. then you can greet them: “Welcome, amy. see, here’s
your name right here. I’ve been expecting you!” show your students how they can mark their attendance each week.
try using a buddy system. match a child who appears to be comfortable with a child who seems shy or fearful. If you have both second and third graders in your class, you might give each second grader a third-grade buddy.
take time each week to get to know the materials you’ll be using. If you know your lesson backward and forward, you’ll be able to relax and be more attentive to your student’s feelings.
Understanding Your Studentsstarting a new class can be both exciting and a little frightening! If you’re beginning this quarter with one or more children who are unfamiliar with you or with the other children in the class, those two feelings are most likely present in your classroom. you’ll find them hiding behind wide eyes and occasionally a tear or two. so how do you use this excitement and calm the fears to make your first class of the fall quarter a comfortable time for everyone?
elementary | lesson 110
Begin class with the name tags from the Project for Lesson 1 in Elementary Kid Crafts.
Give students time to share about themselves. How many have the same favorite season or food? .
After getting to know each other a little bit, move into an activity about daytime and nighttime to prepare for the Bible story.
Designate one side of the room as daytime. The other side of the room is nighttime.
We can divide each day, 24 hours, into daytime and nighttime. Different activities happen during the daytime and nighttime. Let’s play a game about daytime and nighttime. I will name an activity. You move quickly to the side of the room, the daytime side or the nighttime side, that tells when you would do that activity. Name each activity given below pausing between each one until the children are done moving. Don’t talk about their choices at this time.
•Eating breakfast. (Daytime.)
•Brushing your teeth. (Daytime or nighttime.)
•An owl’s favorite time to hunt. (Nighttime.)
•A good time to see a rainbow. (Daytime.)
•Your regular bedtime. (Nighttime.)
•A good time to see shooting stars. (Nighttime.)
•Eating lunch. (Daytime.)
•PrayingandreadingtheBible. (Daytime and nighttime.)
Gather the children back into a group. Talk through the following questions. Give each child an opportunity to share his or her thoughts.
What are things you do in the daytime?
What are things you do in the nighttime?
Which is your favorite time, daytime or nighttime? Answers will vary.
I’m glad we have both daytime and nighttime. We need both. Today’s Bible story tells us of when God created day and night.
Life Need 5–10 minutes
objective: that your students will identify whether an activity happens in the day or the night.
Presession ActivitiesChoose from the following activities to do with your students as they arrive.
Put up the fall attendance chart (all lessons) and have your children mark their attendance. the pictures show different parts of God’s creation. Materials: Fall attendance Chart, markers, or stickers
to help the kids get to know each other, set out the name tages from elementary Kid Crafts for lesson 1. the kids can fill them out and talk about them. Materials: elementary Kid Crafts project for lesson 1, pencils, tape
For worship time use the DisKit from your teaching aids packet with this quarter’s songs. you may also wish to make overheads of the DisKit song lyrics. Materials: DisKit from CD packet, CD player
Kid crafts, page 5
“fall attendance chart” teaching aid
11elementary | lesson 1
Distribute the new copies of My Bible Book. Briefly look over the “Peek Ahead” feature on the inside front cover. Then have students look at the “My Bible Words” feature on page 3. You will find a page like this in each lesson to introduce key words that will help your children understand the Bible story. Explain that this
feature will show what life was like in Bible times, as well as introduce new Bible words.
Today’s Bible words are “beginning” and “creator.” Can you find these two words on the page? These words are printed separately in bold letters and underlined each time they are used in a sentence. Hold up a copy of My Bible Book and point to the various parts of the page as you read aloud the definitions and speech balloons. This will help your students follow along in their books.
Before we turn to our Bible story, let’s practice finding Bible verses. Hand out a Bible and a copy of the Bible Code Victors Reproducible (Teaching Aid 3) to each child. (Have them available throughout the quarter for children who need help finding a Bible verse.)
Work through the Bible Code Victors Reproducible to find John 3:16. Then use the information to find and mark Genesis 1:3-5. Have them bookmark these verses for later use.
Turn to Genesis 1; explain that this week’s story comes from the beginning of the Bible. You may tell the story in your own words, read from your Bible, or use the following version.
Our Bible story tells about the beginning of everything and the Creator who made it all.
BiBle sTory In the beginning the world was very different from the way it is now. There was no day or night, there were no oceans or mountains, there were no people or animals. In fact, there was nothing, except God! But He planned something wonderful to change that.
In the beginning everything was dark and empty. When God decided to change this, He created something. Let’s read together Genesis 1:3-5 from our Bibles.
What did God create? (light, day and night)
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was! God looked at what He created, and He saw that it was good. God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” So there was evening and there was morning—the first day.
But God wasn’t finished yet; His plan was just beginning. On the fourth day, God also created some special lights.
What do you think these special lights were? (Allow guesses, but have students listen to the story for the answer.)
God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to separate the day from the night.” And it was so. The biggest light in the sky was the sun. It shone and gave light during the day. The other big light in the sky was the moon. The smaller lights were the stars. The moon and the stars shone and gave light during the night.
The world was no longer dark and empty! There was darkness and light. There was night and day. And there were lights in the sky that would shine even during the night!
God created what we need. He made night, and He
Bible Learning 15–20 minutes
objective: that your students will begin to appreciate how good it is that God created both day and night.
my Bible Book, page 3
“Bible code Victors” teaching aid
elementary | lesson 112
made day. He made the sun for day and the moon and stars for night. God looked at what He made and it was good. So now we have a time to rest, and we have a time to work and play. God is a good Creator.
BiBle reViewIn today’s Bible story we heard about the
beginning of the world and how God created light, day. and night. Let’s talk a little bit more
about what God created in today’s story. Have students turn to page 4 in My Bible Book. Ask your class what God made and have them read the title together to answer your question.
Read the first sentence aloud and give students time to circle the picture of the sun. Read the next sentence aloud, pausing to allow students to circle the
pictures of the moon and stars. Next, read the question and write in the first day.
Peoplecanbecreatorstoo.Someofthelightson this page are made by people.
Which lights can people make? (Light bulbs, candles, flashlights, lamps.)
Peoplecanmakelightstoo,butonlyGodcould create lights as big and wonderful as the sun, the moon, and all the stars.
What day of Creation did God make light? (The first day.)
What did God use to create the sun, moon, and stars? (His words.)
How does God view His creation that He made justfromHiswords? (God saw that it was good.)
Since this is the first lesson of a new year, some of your students may not be familiar with the student book. Take a moment to show your class where they can find each week’s memory verse. (The upper right corner of each “My Bible Words” page and the back cover of My
Bible Book.) Then ask everyone to turn to page 3 of My Bible Book.
Our memory verse for this week is the very first verse of the Bible. Have the children find Genesis 1:1 in their Bibles and say it aloud together.
In the Bible story we heard how God created special lights to separate the day and the night.
Where are these lights? (In the sky.)
Our memory verse uses a different word for the sky. What words in this Bible verse do you think mean “the sky”? Help students find and underline “the heavens.”
Use an echo activity to practice the verse. Divide your class in half and have them stand facing each other. The two groups alternate calling out phrases to each other in unison. This can be repeated several times at different volumes and speeds.
Group 1: In the beginningGroup 2: God createdGroup 1: the heavens and the earth.Group 2: Genesis 1:1
Optional ActivityHave students print the memory verse across the top
of a sheet of butcher paper. Then using pictures of the sun, moon, and stars from magazines, let the children create a collage poster showing God’s purpose in day and night. What other word can they add to the collage to tell about what God created?
my Bible Book, page 4
my Bible Book, back cover
13elementary | lesson 1
The Bible tells us God created day and night at the very beginning of our world. Let’s create a reminder about our Bible verse.
Hold up a sample of the Kid Crafts project for Lesson 1, from page 7 in the books. Unfold the card and let the students read the verse. Then distibute the Kid
Crafts project and markers to your children Let the students color and fold thier cards before moving on to the next part of this section.
The Bible says God’ creation of day and night was good. Let’s look at some of the reasons it’s good to have both day and night.
Divide the children into groups of two. Have them look at the smaller pictures on page 5 in My Bible Book. Ask them to discuss what is happening in each picture and when it is happening. Challenge each group to come up with why it is good to have both night and day.
After a few minutes of work time, bring the groups back together into one large group. As a quick summary of their discussions, ask students to draw a line from each little picture to the big picture that shows when
that activity most often takes place.
Spend the rest the time for this step discussing why it is good to have both night and day. Ask a spokesperson for each group to tell the group answer. Write the answers on the board. Help students see that having day and night helps people do the things they need to do and get the rest they need. It’s also important because some animals, like the owl, hunt only at night. It also lets “both sides of the world” have daytime.
When discussing “typical” daytime and nighttime activities, avoid implying that adults who work night jobs are going against God’s plan. Encourage students to talk about what might be different for “night job” families (someone sleeping during the day, grocery shopping at night) and what would be the same (alternating rest and active times, sun and moon still come out).
3 Bible Application 5-10 minutes
objective: that your students will understand why it is good to have both day and night.
my Bible Book, page 5Kid crafts, page 7
elementary | lesson 114
Have students turn to page 6 in My Bible Book. Our memory verse says that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God gave us day and night because He knew we needed both of them. We can use these two poems to thank God for these good gifts. But first
we have to fill in the missing words.Read through the two prayers and ask students
to independently write in missing words that would complete each prayer. These words do not have to rhyme with the beginning of the prayer. Encourage the children to use words that show what they personally thank God for in the daytime and nighttime. The students may color the daytime scene.
As time allows, begin teaching your students the first song from the DisKit in your teaching aids packet.
Closing aCTiViTyClose this week’s lesson by praying together using
the prayers students completed on page 6 in My Bible Book. You might have half your class say the printed prayer thanking God for daytime, then pause to allow time for students to silently complete the prayer using their own answers. Let the other half of the class say the prayer thanking God for nighttime, again pausing for children to silently complete the prayer. Encourage students to use their prayers on page 6 at home during the week. Challenge them to add more things to the daytime and nighttime sections for which they thank God.
Send home pages 3-6 of My Bible Book and Projects for Lesson 1 from Elementary Kid Crafts. (You might wish to keep the name tags in class for your students to use next Sunday.)
4 Life Response 5–10 minutes
objective: that your students will thank God for His gift of day and night.
my Bible Book, page 6
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Father made a new jar today.
But even Father couldn’t create
a star, could he?
Father is a good creator!
Purpose: “My Bible Words” pages are a weekly feature of this book. They include the weekly memory verse and will help students understand key words, concepts, and Bible customs from the Bible stories. (Stories for the teacher to tell are in the teacher’s commentary). Directions: Discuss this weekly dictionary page before you present the Bible story. Help students compare and con-trast Bible times with life today.
beginningThe beginning is the start of something.
The sun is coming up. It’s the beginning
of a new day.
I’m not ready for the beginning of
creatorA creator is someone who creates or makes something. The Bible tells us about the Creator of the world. This special Creator was around at the beginning of everything!
Directions: Read each sentence, identify each picture, and circle the correct picture or pictures. In the last section, write in your answer to the question.
God Made Lights
Circle the lights God made for the night.
Circle the lights God made for the day.
What day of Creation did God make the light? (Look up Genesis 1:1-5 and write in your answer.)
Directions: Find the day scene and the night scene and draw a line from each little picture to the big picture that shows when the activity might take place. Talk about why both day and night are good.
Day and Night Are Good
Thank You, Father, for creating day and night. You know that we need day to work, learn, and play; and we need night to rest. In Jesus’ name.
Directions: Read the two prayer beginnings and complete the prayers in your own words. Use the completed prayers in your worship time. Color the daytime scene.
Thank You, GodThank You, God, for this new day. Time for me to
Thank You, God, for the night. Time for me to
Project for Lesson 1Name Tag
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Finish the sentences on the
star name tag. Push the point of a pencil
through the X. You can hang the name tag
on a button on your shirt.
Or you can pin or tape your
name tag on.
My favorite fall
My favorite day of the year is:___________
at the name tags
of kids in the room.
Have a great time
getting to know
the stars of your
From the rising of the sun With its warm daylight, To the rising of the moon In the cool, dark night, You can see many wonders God created in the sky. There’s an orderly plan That they all move by.
DIRECTIONS: Have the student punch out the picture and name tag. Write the student’s name on the name tag. Open the die-cut X at the top and hang the name tag on a shirt button. As daytime and nighttime activities suggested in the teacher’s commentary are named, the student can hold up the appropriate side of the picture to show when each activity is usually done. FOLLOW-UP: The student can take the picture home and place it in a window or by his bed as a reminder that God cares for us by giving us a time to work and a time to rest.
Creation Card Project for Lesson 1
DIRECTIONS: Have the student punch out the project. The student may color the picture using markers, colored pencils or crayons. (OVER)
After the picture is colored, the student can fold the sides in on the broken lines to form a card with the Bible verse on the outside. FOLLOW-UP: The student can take this card home to show his family. Together they can talk about the Bible verse that tells them how the world began.
In the beginning God createdthe heavens
What I learned about God this week: God’s plan in creation can be trusted.
Eric put his nose up to the window.
“I like the stars and the moon,” he
“I like the sound of crickets, too.”
The boys lay back in their bunks.
Eric said, “I guess it’s nice to have
It’s nice to have a big brother, too.”
Talk-a-Bit � Talk about why God made night. � Then finish this sentence: The thing I like best about night is ___________________________ .
Joey lay in bed listening to night
Then he heard a different sound.
Eric was crying.
“What’s the matter?” Joey asked.
“It’s too dark in here,” said Eric.
“Why can’t the sun shine all the time?”
“God knew we needed to sleep,” Joey
“Night is part of God’s special clock.”
Joey pulled back the curtains.
“Look at the stars and moon,” he said.
“After the sun sets, we can see them.”
God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. God liked the light He created.
God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.”
God created lights to shine. He made the sun for the day. He made the moon for the night. He also made stars. He made many, many stars.
God put the lights where they could light the world.
What if it were always dark? Would that be good? No! We could not see.
What if it were always light? Would that be good? No! We need a time to rest.
God created what we need. He made day and He made night. God’s creation of day night, sun, moon, and stars was good.
God Made Day and NightBible story from Genesis 1:1-31; Psalm 111:2, 7
In the beginning, God lived. But there was nothing else. No people. No animals. No sun. No world. Nothing.
But God always was. Nobody made Him.
God wanted to make people. But in the beginning He made some things people would need.
This Week’s Bible Memory Verse:Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Isaiah 40:28
God made the sun for the day.
God made the moon for the night.
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Calling Verse � Help your child practice this week’s
memory verse by calling the phrases of the verse back and forth to each other.
#1: Do you not know?#2: Have you not heard?
#1: The Lord is the everlasting God,#2: the Creator of the ends of the earth.
Lesson Focus: God’s plan in creation
can be trusted.
A Night Under the Stars � Plan an evening to go outside after
dark. Figure out what phase the moon is in. Tell what pictures you can imagine in the stars. Talk about God’s wisdom in creating the sun, moon, and stars.
Circle 10 things wrong in the picture. Thank God that His plan is just right.
Teacher’s CommentaryEach of the 13 lessons contains step-by-step instructions to help you prepare and teach, with Bible background, tips for teaching second and third graders, and a variety of activities to help your students learn and apply the Bible lesson.
One per teacher recommended.
Creative Teaching AidsAn essential resource for presenting the Bible lesson, this packet contains a variety of posters, games, and role-play cards, as well as an attendance chart, a music CD, and more.
One per class recommended.
Kid CraftsThis in-class student craft book is full of hands-on projects and crafts—like games, 3-D booklets, pop-up cards, and mobiles—that are effective in reinforcing and applying the Bible lessons.
One per student recommended.
FriendsEquip parents with this weekly paper, which presents the Bible story, a contemporary story applying the Lesson Focus, activities, and a fun Family Faith section.
One per student recommended.
My Bible BookThis in-class student book provides second and third graders with interactive Bible stories that help develop basic Bible skills, life-application activities, and Bible review games. Plus a bonus cover-wrap includes the quarter’s Bible memory verses and a unique activity.
One per student recommended.
ELEMENTARYEchoes for second and third graders presents a Sunday school experience that matches their growing independence and responsibility, along with their capacity to grasp the love of God within His Word, the Bible. The emphasis moves from learning Bible stories to actual Bible study.