This live-teaching series looks at five stories from the wacky family God used to rescue the whole world. Kids will see that even when families are wacky, God is full of great love and can be trusted.

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STORY

Listen to the story from Week 3: God Checks Abraham’s Heart, Genesis 22

ASK YOUR KID

Did Abraham pass God’s test?

PARENT BIBLE STUDY

Read: Genesis 22
God promised Abraham so many children he wouldn’t be able to count them. But Abraham was 100 years old before his son Isaac was born. And after years of childlessness and waiting, the old couple’s household was now filled with laughter – the meaning of the name Isaac. Then, only a few years into Isaac’s life, God decided to test Abraham’s faith.

We know that God abhors child sacrifice (Jeremiah 32:35). So why would God ask him to offer up his only son as a burnt offering? It was a test. Abraham obeyed, right up to the point of standing over his son, bound on the altar, ready to sacrifice him. This was when the angel interceded and stopped the test. Abraham passed. And the angel reminded him of God’s promise to bless his family.

This story makes us uncomfortable, but it is a good story to call to mind when we are in the middle of something we don’t understand. Trust in God is an intentional decision, and sometimes it’s a really hard one to make. God is good, loving, and also incomprehensible at times.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,” Isaiah 55:8-9.

We simply cannot understand everything about God. We can’t see everything on our own either – past, present, future. Sometimes things that are happening have no clear or obvious purpose. But we make a conscious choice to trust that God is God and that he sees all things in their full context. Even, maybe especially, when we don’t understand, we lean our lives against the promise of Exodus 34:6 – “He is full of great love. He can be trusted.”

Have you had a time in your life where your faith was tested? How did this test strengthen your faith?

In what ways is it hard for you to let go of full understanding in order to hold onto faith in God’s promises?

BIBLE VERSE:

“He is full of great love. He can be trusted,” Exodus 34:6.

THE BIG PICTURE

Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.