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Resources that help kids achieve balanced growth in Biblical knowledge, Christ-like character, and faithful conduct.


Discipleship Begins with Our Children Let me tell you our story. While in the trenches of a local church ministry, I began to work closely with children. They were receptive. They were eager. They were capable. But their spiritual growth was marginal. These children were not being challenged. They were not reaching their peak potential—and it was not their fault! You see, my training at Dallas Theological Seminary included a course taught by Dr. Howard Hendricks called “Principles of Discipleship.” That experience opened my eyes to how Jesus made disciples in the first century—and how that process should impact His Church today. As the course drew to a close, Prof Hendricks gave one final assignment: “When I visit your places of ministry,” he explained, “I’ll ask you only one thing—show me your disciples.” I left that room stunned and silent—but inspired. Later, my church in Colorado began searching for resources that would help us “make disciples.” We completed a lesson-by-lesson analysis of seven children’s programs. In the end, we concluded that no existing curriculum provided an adequate foundation to accomplish this goal. We decided to develop our own. Soon, a team of designers, writers, and illustrators began creating a discipleshipdriven Bible curriculum for children. After a decade of praying and preparing, writing and revising, teaching and testing, DiscipleLand was born. The vast majority of today’s Christian kids are spiritually malnourished. Fun and games are fine, but research reveals that we have raised a generation of children who have missed out on essential Bible training. To reach the spiritual heights that God intends, kids need a firm foundation in God’s Word. They need His truth, His Spirit, and our help. As you consider the needs of your children, please remember Jesus’ highest priority—“make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). Discipleship is the one thing we cannot neglect. Our team at DiscipleLand wants to join hands with you in growing Christ-like children who love God and His Word. We stand ready to help you make disciples for life. Together, let’s join our Lord Jesus by declaring, “It’s my mission to make disciples!”

Mark A. Steiner, Th.M. DiscipleLand Founder and President


Contents Children’s Discipleship System 2

DiscipleLand’s family of resources forms a complete Children’s Discipleship System™ with four components:

Nursery

Your toddlers will begin trusting the Lord. Very simple teaching techniques will enable your youngest children (from 0-36 months) to See What God Made and See What God Does.

Preschool

Your preschoolers will discover God’s greatness and plan. 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s will fall in love with the Bible and become Jesus’ friends. My Awesome God Bible Storybook gives parents an opportunity to reinforce every lesson at home—bringing all 200 stories to life!

Kindergarten

Your pre-readers will imitate champions of the faith. This year, your kids will overview the entire Bible. As kindergarten children meet 48 Old and New Testament heroes, they realize that Jesus is the special Hero who fulfilled God’s wonderful plan.

Elementary

Your children will reach their peak potential as Jesus’ disciples. They will establish a solid foundation, experience victorious living, build essential life-skills, and embrace the Great Commission.

What Others Are Saying

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DiscipleLand Features & Benefits / We Believe

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NURSERY Overview & Resources Sample Lesson

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PRESCHOOL Overview Resources Sample Lesson

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KINDERGARTEN Overview Resources Sample Lesson

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Elementary Introduction

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CORE BIBLE Overview Curriculum Map Resources Level 1 Overview Level 1 Sample Lesson Level 2 Overview Level 3 Overview Level 3 Sample Lesson Level 4 Overview Level 5 Overview Level 5 Sample Lesson Level 6 Overview

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DISCIPLETOWN Overview Resources

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ADVENTURE Overview & Resources Sample Lesson

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Every DiscipleLand resource is part of our Children’s Discipleship SystemTM— designed to help you make Disciples for Life®.

1. God’s 2. God’s 3. God’s 4. God’s 5. God’s 6. God’s

To establish a firm foundation, Disciples for Life®...

• Believe God’s Message—the Gospel, the Greatest News • •

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ever proclaimed. Embrace God’s Mission—make disciples, the Greatest Commission ever given. Demonstrate God’s Motive­—love, the Greatest Commandment ever received.


To become Disciples for Life®, children progress through six essential learning levels.

Greatness Word Son Church Kingdom Champions

Disciples for Life® grow in all three dimensions:

• Bible knowledge—they know God intimately. • Christ-like character—they love God passionately. • Faithful conduct­—they serve God selflessly.

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what others are saying

“I have seen such improvement in our children, their enthusiasm for the Bible, bringing their Bibles and actually using them each week. The knowledge they have gleaned while using DiscipleLand is amazing.”

“I just wanted to let you know we just finished the first twelve weeks of your curriculum and we love it! The flexibility and options makes planning lessons easy! Love the info found in the Teacher Devotional too— I’ve learned so much.” —Debbie Kobe

—Rona Miller

“Our family is using DiscipleLand now for more than a decade! Thank you for this great curriculum!” —Linnie Lues

“I have used your materials for a number of years. I find them to be very user friendly for me and for the children. The wonderful thing is that the teacher does not have to spend hours getting materials ready for the lesson, we can spend almost all our time on the Bible lesson itself. Thank you for a wonderful teacher friendly product that teaches children about the most important person in life, God, and that Jesus is how we get back to God to live with Him forever. Children can understand that.” —Wanda Holden

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“We have been using DiscipleLand for six years at our midweek service. Last week, I had a potential volunteer observe in my class. Afterward, he told me he didn’t realize how much kids could know about the Bible. I told him that honestly, not all kids are that Bible savvy at other churches, but it is thanks to DiscipleLand that our kids are getting the best Biblical foundation! Keep up the good work DiscipleLand!” —Emily Snider


discipleland features & benefits

DiscipleLand is the only children’s ministry publisher offering a comprehensive system that helps kids become Christ’s disciples for life. From birth to elementary, our complete plan ensures that children achieve balanced growth in Bible knowledge, Christ-like character, and faithful conduct—everything kids need to live as devoted followers of Jesus! DiscipleLand offers these benefits to your kids, teachers, and families:

•• Always fresh

Your kids experience a new Bible lesson every week— no repeats!

•• One-year cycle

Your teachers improve as they teach the same Bible stories every year.

•• Flexibility

Your teachers use the non-dated lessons whenever and however they want.

•• Integrate missions

Your children develop a global worldview.

•• Clear Gospel

Your teachers present the Good News at key times during each quarter.

•• Equip parents

Your families have effective, easy-to-use tools to reinforce the lessons.

•• Costs much less

Your curriculum budget will stretch into other areas!

•• Teacher & parent training

Impactful, empowering, and cost effective training.

DiscipleLand will help your children come to know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly.

We Believe... The one, true God exists in the form of three distinct and equal persons— Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant message to all people. In His holy Word, God has revealed eternal truths that shall ever remain humankind’s final authority for all matters pertaining to life and faith. Jesus Christ is truly God and truly Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived without sin, in perfect obedience to the Father. Christ performed great miracles and explained the kingdom of God, but was rejected by His people. He died on the cross for the sins of others, was buried, and rose victoriously to live forever. All people are sinful by nature and deed, yet can be forgiven by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. All who genuinely trust Christ are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and united with Him for eternity. The Holy Spirit is fully God. He convicts the world of sin, indwells believers, empowers Christians to live holy lives, and distributes spiritual gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. He will gather all who believe in Him and will establish His kingdom. All who reject Jesus Christ will endure eternal punishment in hell while those who place their faith in Christ will enjoy eternal life in heaven with Him.

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nursery Overview & resources Nursery (ages 0-3) launches children to begin trusting God. Transform your nursery into a life-changing ministry! DiscipleLand’s Nursery Curriculum for birth to thirty-six months will help you provide spiritual nourishment to infants, toddlers, and 2-3 year-olds both during their time at church and at home. Every Bible-based lesson is simple, self-contained, and easy to teach—nursery workers will be ready to go in minutes! •• Two 52-lesson curriculum options, See What God Made (ages 0-2) and See What God Does (ages 2-3).

•• An exciting “Big Bible” box reinforces that the Bible is God’s trusted Word, written just for them.

•• Raising Godly Children brochures guide volunteers and parents to foster spiritual growth.

See What God Made

Teach infants and toddlers that God made everything and everything He made is good. Includes the items shown below. 52 Lessons

10” x 11.75”

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See What God Does

Teach two- and three-year-olds that God is amazing and that everything He does is good. Includes the items shown below. 52 Lessons

10” x 11.75”

$89.95

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q Lesson Guide

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Paper Puppet

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Lullaby CD

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Also Available... t Raising Godly Children Series

Key information to help parents and volunteers guide their children’s spiritual development. Sold in sets of ten posters. Double-sided

20” x 16”

$9.95

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nursery sample lesson

Teacher Guide: “See What God Made” (Lesson 7) LESSON 7

God Made the Moon and Stars Genesis 1:16

LESSON SUPPLIES

• Teaching Picture—Moon and Stars • Suggested Bible Object—toy moon and star • moon and star decorations • baby doll and blanket • bubbles

GENERAL SUPPLIES

• Big Bible box • worship music and player • blanket, snack, and cups • stickers and attendance chart

Spark! Welcome

Greet each child by name. To create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, play worship music in the background.

Come and See

Lead the children around the room. Point out your moon and star decorations (use fishing line to hang stars and a moon from the ceiling, etc.).

Free Play

Give the children time to play and to become comfortable with their surroundings. Make sure every child has something to do. Help each child place a sticker on the attendance chart (available at DiscipleLand.com/downloads).

Snack Time

To create a defined gathering area, place a blanket on the floor. As the children sit down on the blanket, give each one a plastic cup with a small snack inside. Children should remain seated while they eat. When they are almost finished eating, they will be ready for Bible Time.

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Bible Time

While the children are still seated, bring out the Big Bible. Begin singing (to the tune of The B-i-b-l-e): The Bible is for me. The Bible is for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The Bible is for me! As you conclude, have everyone say, “Me!”

THE WORLD

Explore!

Open the Big Bible and show the Teaching Picture of the moon and stars. Say, See what God made? God made the moon and stars! Begin singing (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell): God made the moon and stars. God made the moon and stars. I’m so happy, very happy, God made the moon and stars. God said, “The moon and stars are good.” Say, “Good!” Take the toy moon from the Big Bible. God made the moon. Take out the star. God made the star. Take your baby doll and cradle and rock it in your arm. Hold up a star. Night, night baby. It’s time to sleep. Put a blanket on the doll. Hold up the moon. Night, night baby. It’s time to sleep. The stars are out. The moon is out. It’s time to sleep. Sing a lullaby to the baby such as Twinkle Little Star. Sing God Made the Moon and Stars again.

Inspire!

Prayer Time

Lead children in a simple prayer: Thank You, God, for the moon and stars!

Play Time

Blow bubbles for the children. Tell them that the bubbles are going up, up to the stars and moon. Sing God Made the Moon and Stars one more time.

Tip! Tape a picture of a moon or star to the end of a flashlight and let it shine!

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preschool overview Preschool (ages 3-5) invites children to walk with God.

In the Old Testament sequence “Discover God” you will introduce your children to God’s greatness and plan. In the New Testament sequence “Discover Jesus” you will guide preschoolers to become Jesus’ friends.

•• You will teach children a new Bible story each week for four years—more than 200 in all! •• Easy-to-use Teacher Guides help you tailor each lesson to fit the needs of your children.

We love ALL those Bible stories!

“I like DiscipleLand Preschool because it appeals to the ways children learn. A great variety of ideas are given in every lesson to reach children— no matter which learning style they favor. I love it and I get lots of positive comments from the parents.” —Mary McInteer, Director of Early Childhood Ministries The Grove Community Church, Riverside, CA

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Discover God

Old Testament Building Blocks Introduce children to God’s greatness and plan.

Discover Jesus

New Testament Building Blocks Guide preschoolers to become Jesus’ friends.

Witness God’s power and pleasure as He creates the entire universe!

Celebrate the momentous event when God sends His special Son, Jesus, to join His people.

Observe the patriarchs of the faith who learn to trust God through challenges and opportunities.

Watch as Jesus calls together twelve special friends and teaches them to trust His Father.

Join Moses as he leads God’s people from captivity in Egypt to freedom at Mt. Sinai.

Worship Jesus as He performs magnificent miracles and serves people in need.

Follow the adventures of the men and women who conquer and settle the promised land.

Eagerly listen to Jesus’ messages and respond to His life-giving words.

See God shape leaders to shepherd His people through everyday situations and supernatural events.

Rejoice as Jesus dies to forgive sins and rises victoriously from the grave!

Share the experiences of anointed kings who lead God’s people wisely.

Join Jesus’ friends who see Him ascend to heaven and who receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Watch in amazement as prophets like Elijah and Elisha demonstrate God’s mighty power.

Discover Jesus’ love for people everywhere as early missionaries tell others about Jesus.

Celebrate God’s greatness in the Psalms and through the lives of devout prophets like Daniel and Jonah.

Experience Jesus’ indwelling power as Christians trust God to accomplish His great plan.

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Jesus was eight days old. It was time for Joseph and Mary to dedicate Him to God. Joseph carried two birds for an offering. Mary carried Baby Jesus. In the Temple, an old man named Simeon saw the family. He took Jesus in his arms. “My eyes have seen the Savior of the world!” he declared. Anna was also very old. She shuffled over to join Simeon. Her eyes sparkled as she told everyone about Jesus. “He will be a light to all people!” she announced.

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Student pages include 12 lesson activity sheets (four pages each) + stickers.

Parent Par tners

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p Teacher Guides

Twelve Bible lessons plus one review lesson. Activities, Bible stories, puppet scripts, and much more. 96 pages

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Oversized pictures with Bible stories and DeeCy-Paul (disciple) stories printed on the reverse. 24 pictures

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and Chip Puppets

Full-bodied puppets to use with DiscipleLand puppet scripts. Two arm rods each. Available individually or in sets. 28” tall

$249.95/set

p My Awesome God

p Christmas & Easter

200 beautifully illustrated Bible stories that match the Preschool curriculum lessons.

Single lessons for 12 children. Includes Teacher Guide. Four different packets available for each holiday.

Bible Storybook

416 pages 8” x 10.25” $16.95

Lesson Packets

8” x 10.25” $8.95

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preschool sample lesson

Teacher Guide, New Testament, Quarter C: “Jesus Amazes Us” (Lesson 1)

Great Faith Lesson 1

Big Idea Jesus healed a man without even seeing him. Bible Passage Jesus Heals a Sick Servant—Matthew 8:5–13 Lesson Summary Faith is mysterious to many, but simple and natural to others. Faith is seeing what God is doing and joining into it. Faith is being connected to God and experiencing the great things He intends to do.

The Roman centurion came to Jesus with a tangible need and a strong faith. As a military officer stationed in Galilee, he had evidently heard reports of Jesus’ healing power. Perhaps he investigated the dramatic things he had heard. Perhaps he personally listened to Jesus’ words and saw Him perform a miracle. Rather than dismiss the reports as “exaggerated” or “impossible,” he believed. Soldiers understand lines of authority. The centurion realized that Christ’s power came from a supernatural source. Jesus’ ability to perform miracles indicated His preeminence and authority. When a servant in the officer’s household was paralyzed and in great pain, this Gentile was willing to humble himself before a Jewish teacher and submit to His authority. The centurion boldly approached Jesus and asked Him to heal his servant. Preschoolers understand what it means to obey. They sense the security of submission and the safety of being under authority. They know that it can be rewarding to obey and dangerous to disobey. But more importantly, children

can learn great trust and experience peace as they submit to their parents, teachers, and to God. As they trust the authority of others, their faith can flourish.

Pray for Wisdom

Lord, thank You for being ever faithful and true. You are always worthy of my trust. It is a privilege to serve under Your authority. As I teach these children about faith, help them clearly understand that they can trust You. Give them opportunities to see Your mighty hand in their lives and to express their faith in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SUPPLIES General Supplies

Bibles, Disciple Guides (pages 1-4), Lesson stickers Pencils, markers, crayons, puppets (optional) Paper, scissors, tape, glue

DISCIPLE TARGETS In this lesson, children will...

Welcome & Worship Time

KNOW (knowledge)

• PRETEND PLAY: dolls, toy doctor kit, stretch gauze

• A soldier showed faith that Jesus could heal his sick servant

FEEL (character)

• Eager to demonstrate their faith in Jesus

Bible Time

Teaching Picture—Great Faith • SNACK—any snack • WHEN I’M SICK: none

Disciple Time DO (conduct)

• Show faith in Jesus by obeying their parents

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Teaching Picture—Feeling Better • COUGH & COLD PICTURES: construction paper, tissue

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Worship Time

Bible Time

Teacher—Welcome each child warmly. Encourage children to bring their offerings to the Lord.

Teacher—Bring your preschoolers to Jesus. Encourage them to apply Biblical truths in practical ways.

Learn By Doing—Pretend Play

Tell the Truth

Supplies: two or three dolls, toy doctor’s kit with thermometer, stethoscope, and blood pressure cuff, real bandaids, stretch gauze that sticks to itself (For alternate ideas to introduce this lesson, refer to the Additional “Learn By Doing” Activities on page 15.)

Open your Bible to the passage and place it on your lap. Show the Teaching Picture— Great Faith as you tell or read the story. (The Bible story is printed on page 12 and on the back of the Teaching Picture.)

Children can pretend to be doctors. They may wish to use the dolls as their patients or the children can take turns pretending to be sick. Talk about how they should listen and obey the doctor to help them feel better when they are sick.

The story, Great Faith, is based on Matthew 8:5–13. It captures the interest and attention of older preschool children. If you are teaching younger preschoolers, you may wish to use the shorter Summary/Review.

Sing With Joy

Move the children from the initial learning activity to the worship time with a favorite song. Select one below or use a preschool songbook or recording. • What a Mighty God We Serve (hymn) • O-B-E-Y (Donut Man) • Jesus Loves Me (traditional) • God is So Good (traditional)

Rehearse the Verse

Divide the Bible verse into phrases and invite the children to recite each phrase after you. Consider adding actions for key words or phrases. Lesson Memory Verse: Matthew 8:8 “Jesus, You can heal my servant!” Monthly Memory Verse: Mark 4:41 “The disciples were amazed. They said, ‘Even the winds and sea obey Jesus!’” Quarter Memory Verse: Matthew 14:33 “The disciples said, ‘You really are the Son of God!’” Verse Activity: Put the words of the verse to a familiar tune (such as Happy Birthday, Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Mulberry Bush, God is So Good).

Seek God’s Blessing

Talk with God about your time together with the children today, about the Bible story, and about any special needs. As you pray, use meaningful and simple words from your heart. The children will learn to pray by listening to you.

Lesson 1

Welcome &

Before you tell the story lead children in marching around the room singing the song “I’m in the Lord’s Army.” Bring them back to the story area and instruct them to salute each time they hear the word “soldier” in the story.

Disciple Guide—page 1

Place the appropriate stickers on the picture as you reinforce the Bible story.

Talk and Snack

While you eat, talk about the Bible story. These questions will help you get started. • Why was the soldier looking for Jesus? • What did the soldier believe Jesus could do for his servant? • How did Jesus reward the soldier for his faith? • Who made the servant well again?

Play and Move

Pretend to be soldiers by marching around the room, standing at attention, and saluting. Play “Soldier Says” (“Simon Says”).

Disciple Guide—page 3

Ask the children to think about a time when they were sick and needed to see a doctor and take medicine. Have them draw a line from the doctor and mom to the child who is happy. They can also place a “smiley face” sticker (found on sticker page) next to the children who are obeying. Explain that when they are sick they need to obey doctors and parents. They are showing faith in God and He will help them get better.

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Teacher Guide, New Testament, Quarter C: “Jesus Amazes Us” (Lesson 1) Learn By Doing—When I’m Sick

(For alternate ideas to reinforce the Bible story, refer to the Additional “Learn By Doing” Activities on page 15.) Encourage children to sit in the circle and do the actions with you as you say the words: When my throat is sore and red, (put hand on neck) Lesson 1

When my head hurts, it makes me sad. (put hand on forehead, look sad) My mother comes and cares for me. (hug self with hands on arms) Then I feel better, as you can see! (arms out, with a big smile)

To take away the cold I caught. (pretend to sneeze) And when I’m sick, I always pray, (fold hands and bow head) To ask God for His help that day. (keep hands folded) It’s good to know—and I’m glad to tell, (cup hand around mouth) God loves me when I’m sick or well! (point to God, then to self)

Pray for People

Ask God to help each child show genuine concern for people who are hurt. Thank God for His awesome healing power.

Sometimes the doctor gives me a shot. (point finger to arm)

Bible Story—Great Faith (based on Matthew 8:5–13)

One day, Jesus came to Capernaum, a town near the Sea of Galilee. A Roman soldier who loved God lived there. This soldier knew that Jesus was powerful and could do anything. The soldier was excited to find out that Jesus was in his town. The soldier’s servant was very sick. He was in great pain. He couldn’t even move. The soldier loved his servant and wanted to help him. He needed Jesus’ help—fast. The soldier looked all through the town for Jesus. He kept going until he finally found Jesus. “I need Your help, Jesus!” said the soldier. “My servant is very sick. He can’t even walk anymore.” The soldier was very worried. Jesus was with a crowd of people. Everyone else wanted to talk with Jesus, too! But Jesus knew the soldier needed Him. Jesus knew the soldier trusted Him. Jesus listened to the soldier. “Yes. I will come to your house,” Jesus said. “I will heal your servant.” The people were surprised. “Would Jesus go inside a Roman soldier’s house?” they wondered. But Jesus was glad the soldier trusted Him. He was glad to help the soldier’s servant. This soldier loved God very much. He had faith in Jesus’ power. The soldier said, “Jesus, You are a great Man. I am not worthy for You to come into my home. “I know you can do anything, Jesus,” the soldier said. “You don’t need to come to my house. You can heal my servant from right here. Just say ‘Go!’ and my servant’s sickness will be gone! I believe that You can heal my servant without even seeing him.” 12

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Jesus was amazed! This man had great faith. This man believed that Jesus could heal someone from far away. Jesus smiled and said, “You have great faith in God! Someday, you will come to My house in heaven. You will be welcome there because you trust Me! Now I will do everything you asked. Go home and see your servant.” The soldier thanked Jesus. Then he hurried all the way home. When the soldier went into the house, his servant was well! Jesus had healed him—just as He said! The soldier and his servant were so happy. They were glad to believe in Jesus. They were glad that Jesus would someday welcome them into His home in heaven!

Great Faith (Summary/Review)

An army officer hurried to find Jesus. “My servant is very sick,” he said. “He can’t even walk anymore.” “I’ll come heal him,” Jesus answered. “Lord,” the soldier replied, “I’m not worthy for You to enter my home. Just speak the words—You can heal him from right here.” Jesus was amazed at his great faith! “Go home to your servant,” Jesus told the officer. “I’ve done what you asked.” When the soldier returned home, his servant was well—Jesus had healed him! They were both glad to trust in Jesus.


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Teacher—This special application story complements the Bible story. Select either the narrative or the puppet script on the following page.

Think and Share

After the Dee-Cy-Paul story, talk with your children using these or similar questions. • Why was Cy not in school? • What did the doctor tell Cy to do? • Did Cy want to obey? • How did Paul and Dee help Cy?

Review the Bible Story

Read the Bible Story Summary/Review or creatively revisit the Bible story with drama, flannelgraph, or one of your own ideas.

Learn By Doing— Cough & Cold Pictures

Supplies: construction paper, markers, scissors, tissue, glue (For alternate ideas to reinforce the Bible story, refer to the Additional “Learn By Doing” Activities on page 15) See activity description on page 15. This activity will remind the children to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze to prevent germs from spreading and making others sick.

Pray for Life-Change

Thank God for healing people who are sick. Pray that the children will show faith in God by obeying their parents and doctor when they are sick.

Dee-Cy-Paul Story “Feeling Better” All day long, Paul knew that something was wrong. Where was Cy? What had happened? They were supposed to finish their craft project at school, but Cy hadn’t shown up for class! “Do you think he’s okay?” Paul asked Dee. “I hope Cy’s not sick!” “I don’t know,” said Dee. “Lots of kids at school have been getting sick lately.” “Hey, Dee,” said Paul. “I’ve got an idea! Let’s go over to Cy’s house later on and make sure he’s feeling okay!” After school, Dee and Paul walked over to his house. Paul knocked on the door. “Hello, Mrs. Yung,” he said. “Is Cy home?” “Yes, he is,” she said. ���But I’m afraid he isn’t feeling very well. He got sick last night. I even had to take him to the doctor.” Paul gulped. Cy was sick! He wished there was something he could do. “Maybe we could just say ‘hi,’” he offered. Mrs. Yung thought for a moment. “Fine, please come in for a few minutes. But you have to promise not to go too close to Cy so you don’t get sick, too.” “We promise!” called Dee and Paul. They walked through the door and down the hallway to Cy’s room. He was propped up in bed, lying on two pillows. He didn’t look very happy. “Hey, guys,” he mumbled. “It’s me, Sick Cy. I hate being sick!” “Why?” asked Dee. “For one thing, the doctor told me I’m supposed to take all this medicine. But it tastes awful!” he said. “Well, have you been taking it?” asked Dee.

“That’s not all,” complained Cy. “I’m also supposed to lie here in bed all day long. It’s boring!” Dee shook her head. “It must be tough for you to stay in bed, Cy. You love to run around all the time. But if you don’t listen to your mom and doctor, you’re gonna get sicker! You’ll have to take even more medicine…”

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“And maybe stay in bed for a whole week!” said Paul. Cy thought for a minute. “Maybe you two are right. I wanna get better fast.” Cy called for his mom to bring the medicine. And then he whispered to his friends. “It’s tough to listen and obey when you’re sick. Being sick is the hardest thing in the world!” Dee and Paul agreed. Then Dee had an idea. “Hey, Cy, let’s pray that God helps you be patient and that He helps you get better,” she said. “And another way to show you trust Jesus is to obey your mom when you’re sick.” “Yeah, prayer would be great,” said Cy. Dee prayed for Cy. Just as she finished, Mrs. Yung arrived. Cy opened his mouth wide and made an awful face as he swallowed the medicine. “Oh, I almost forgot,” said Paul. “Here!” He pulled out the craft project from school and handed it to Cy’s mom. “You can work on this even in bed,” he said. “I’m really glad you two came,” said Mrs. Yung. “Thanks for helping Cy understand how important it is to take his medicine. I can tell you two really care about him. That makes me happy.” Paul and Dee smiled. “God cares about Cy even more than we do,” said Paul. “Even when he’s sick!” Mrs. Yung smiled and handed the craft project to Cy. And for the first time that day, Cy smiled, too.

Cy shook his head. “No way!” “You should!” said Paul. “When I was sick last year, I didn’t take my medicine either. I got worse instead of better! But when I finally took it, I got better fast.”

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Teacher Guide, New Testament, Quarter C: “Jesus Amazes Us” (Lesson 1) Dee-Cy-Paul Puppet Script “Feeling Better” DIRECTOR’S NOTES

The words in italics are notes for you and your puppeteers; they are not to be read aloud.

Lesson 1

You will need a thermometer and pajamas for Cy; a half-finished craft project for Paul.

INTRODUCTION

Dee: Well, Cy, are you ready for today’s story? Cy: [Offstage:] I don’t know. I don’t feel very good today. Dee: Perfect! Because in today’s story you are supposed to act sick! Cy: I won’t be acting. I am sick— Aaachoo! Paul: That was great, Cy! It almost sounded like a real sneeze! Great acting! Cy: I wasn’t acting. Dee: Well, then! Let’s get started!

SCRIPT

Paul: Hmm. I wonder where Cy is today? He was supposed to work on the craft project with me at school. Hmm. [Enter Dee.] Dee: Hey, Paul, have you seen Cy? Paul: Nope. Where do you think he is? You think he’s okay? I hope he isn’t sick or anything! Dee: I don’t know. Lots of kids at school have been getting sick lately! Paul: Hey, Dee, I’ve got an idea! Let’s go over to his house later on and make sure he’s feeling okay! Dee: [To audience:] So that day, after school, we asked our moms if it would be okay to visit Cy. They both said it would be fine. So, we walked over to his house… [Paul and Dee cross stage to where Cy has entered. He has a thermometer sticking from his mouth and is wearing pajamas.] Dee: Hey, Cy! You look sick.

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Cy: [In a nasally, congested voice; maybe sneezing and wheezy.] I feel sick— aaachoo! Be careful not to get too close, or you two will probably end up sick too! I hate being sick. Dee: Why? Cy: For one thing, the doctor told me I’m supposed to take all this medicine. But it tastes awful! Dee: Well, have you been taking it? Cy: [Shakes his head.] No way! Sometimes I pretend to, but when my mom’s not looking I spit it all out in the sink! Paul: [Gasps.] You shouldn’t do that, Cy! She’s trying to help you get better. So is your doctor. Last year when I was sick I didn’t take my medicine. I got worse instead of better! But when I finally took it, I got better fast. Cy: Well, that’s not all. I’m supposed to just lie here in bed all day long. It’s boring! Dee: It must be tough for you to stay in bed, Cy. You love to run around all the time. But if you don’t listen to your mom and your doctor, you’re gonna get sicker! You’ll have to take even more medicine… Paul: And maybe stay in bed for a whole week! Cy: [Gives them a double take.] Hmm… Maybe you two are right. I sure wanna get better fast. [To offstage:] Mom! Bring in the medicine, please! I wanna take a whole spoonful! [To Paul and Dee:] It’s tough to listen and obey when you’re sick. Being sick is the hardest thing in the world! [Dee and Paul nod.] Dee: Hey, Cy, let’s pray that God helps you be patient and that He helps you get better. And another way to show you trust Jesus is to obey your mom when you’re sick. Cy: Yeah, prayer would be great. Dee: [To audience:] Just as we finished praying for Cy, Mrs. Yung arrived. Cy opened his mouth wide and made an awful face as he swallowed the (Permission granted to photocopy this page for additional puppeteers.)

medicine. Then, we knew it was time to go. But before we left, Paul remembered one more thing. Paul: Oh, I almost forgot, Cy. Here! [Paul pulls out a half-finished craft project and hands it to Cy.] Paul: You can work on this in bed! Dee: Mrs. Yung thanked us for coming and led us to the door. She was very glad that we’d encouraged Cy to take his medicine. And when we left, Cy was hard at work on his craft project. All of us were feeling better, even Cy. [Curtain.]

APPLICATION

Paul: Good job, Cy! I know you really didn’t want to act in today’s story, but you did a great job. Cy: I wasn’t acting. I’m really sick. When can I go home to bed? Dee: One minute, Cy. First, we want to make sure all the boys and girls understand the story! Cy: I understand that I’m—[Sneezes directly at audience.]—aaachoo!— kinda sick… Paul: Be careful, Cy. You’re gonna get someone else sick. Now, even though you aren’t feeling too good today, it’s important to remember that faith in Jesus isn’t something we turn on and off. We need to show it all the time, even when we’re sick! Dee: That’s right isn’t it, Cy? Cy: Yup. You guys are right. Can I go home to bed now? Dee: What do you say, kids? Should we let Cy go now? [Encourage responses.] Cy: [Sneezes at audience again.] Aaachoo! Dee: Goodbye, everyone! Paul: And remember, Jesus rewards people who show their faith in Him. So, let your faith shine all the time, even when you’re not feeling great! See you next time! [Curtain.]


Additional

All three sections in this lesson include a suggested Learn By Doing activity. However, you may want to substitute one or more of the activities below to capture the specific interests and needs of your children. Select activities based on the ages of your children, their learning style preferences, and their developmental needs.

Coloring Page

Provide copies of the reproducible Bible story picture for this lesson (#1) for children to color. (See page 88 of this Teacher Guide.)

Cough & Cold Pictures (suggested Disciple Time activity)

Supplies: construction paper, markers, scissors, tissue, glue Before class, draw faces on construction paper with the mouths in the shape of a circle. Across the top write the word, “A-a-a-choo!” After giving each child one of these sheets, have them trace around one of their hands on another piece of paper and cut it out. For younger preschoolers, you may want to have hand shapes already cut out. Help the children glue the hand next to the mouth on the paper. Next, slide a tissue in between the hand and the mouth. The tissue should cover only the mouth. You may want to add a small amount of glue to keep the tissue in place. This activity will remind the children to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze to prevent germs from spreading and making others sick.

Singing Telegram

Supplies: tape recorder and blank cassette If you know someone who is sick, have the children record their voices on a cassette tape and send the tape as a get-well greeting. They can sing the following words to the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas or make up their own words to a favorite tune. We wish you a happy day. We wish you a happy day. We wish you a happy day. Get well real soon!

We Must Have Faith

Encourage the children to sit or stand in a circle and do the actions with you as you say the words. We’re looking for Jesus—a boy is sick. (hand above eyes as if searching) Is He there? No. (point and shake head “no”) Keep looking...(hand above eyes again) We must have faith! (loud) We must have faith! (louder) Hurry, we’re looking for Jesus—a boy is sick! (pat hands quickly on lap) Is He there? No. (point and shake head “no”) Keep looking...(hand above eyes) We must have faith! (loud) We must have faith! (louder) Hurry, hurry—we need to find Jesus! (pat hands quickly on lap) Is He there? Yes! (point and nod head “yes”) Jesus can heal the boy! (with relief, place hands over heart) We must have faith! (loud) We must have faith! (louder)

Get Well Card

Supplies: construction or colored copy paper, crayons or markers, old greeting cards, scissors, glue Before class, cut out pictures from old greeting cards. Fold construction

paper in half and write, “Get Well Soon” on the front. Give each child a piece of folded construction paper and allow them to decorate the inside as they wish with crayons, markers, and cut-out pictures.

A Soldier’s Great Faith

Encourage the children to sing and do the finger play with you. Sing to the tune of Where is Thumbkin?

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Where is Jesus? (right thumb in front) Where is Jesus? (move thumb around) Here I am. (bring left thumb from behind back to front) Here I am. (thumbs together) My servant boy is sick; (nod right thumb) I know that You can heal him. (keep nodding right thumb) It is done. It is done. (nod left thumb)

Taste Testing

(for older preschoolers) Supplies: paper plates, salted pretzels, apple slices, dill pickles, candy or anything else that would be salty, sweet and sour Be aware of any food allergies before doing this activity. Give children a chance to sample foods that taste different. Talk about foods they like and those they don’t like. Explain that even though some foods don’t taste as good as others, they may keep us healthy. Compare those foods to medicine they may have to take when they are sick. Even though some medicines don’t taste very good, it needs to be taken to help them feel better. See Learning Centers on pages 86-87 for ideas that can be used as additional “Learn By Doing” activities. 15

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kindergarten overview Kindergarten (ages 5-6) inspires kids to respect and follow amazing Bible heroes.

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•• Colorful illustrations and simple text will help you spark literacy in pre-reading children.

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Amazing O.T. Heroes 2 1 Samuel—Jonah

Amazing N.T. Heroes The Four Gospels

Amazing N.T. Heroes 2 Acts and the Epistles

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kindergarten sample lesson Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Amazing Old Testament Heroes” (Lesson 1)

Calling All Heroes Lesson 1

Big Idea People need a special Hero to save them from sin. Bible Passage Genesis 1-3 Lesson Summary

In this first lesson, the world falls into desperate straits. God created paradise, but Adam and Eve chose the tree of knowledge over the tree of life. As a result, humanity needed a Hero to save it from destruction. In each lesson, a new Bible hero rises. Children will explore his or her life-story in light of one heroic quality. But the Hero who will redeem the world from sin must have not one, but all of these qualities. Each lesson points to God’s promised Hero, Jesus Christ. Allow your kids to become excited about heroes, even if it means an occasional tangent. Their excitement will help them understand Israel’s anticipation for God’s promised Messiah. Continue to point children ahead to Jesus, the only Hero who could truly save the world.

Bible Background

Genesis’ first three chapters establish four principles: 1) God made the universe; 2) Adam and Eve began the human race; 3) Adam and Eve sinned, causing the fall of humanity; 4) Someone descended from Adam would pay sin’s price for everyone, bringing salvation to all who believe in Him.

DISCIPLE TARGETS KNOWLEDGE

Jesus, who was to come and redeem the human race, was also there at the creation of the world (John 1:1-3). All things were created through Him and will eventually be restored by Him. God created a perfect world, but He allowed free choice—and Adam and Eve’s failure to obey God brought consequences. They listened to Satan, who spoke through the serpent (2 Corinthians 11:3,14). Still, God gave hope. His promise of a Savior came also to Abraham, Jacob, and then to the prophets.

Teacher Devotional

It took God six days to create the world and every living thing. It took seconds for Adam and Eve to toss His benevolence aside for a knowledge that included hard work and death. But God had a plan. He prepared a people to proclaim His name and to present His gift of salvation. We have become that people. As you prepare to take your kids through the Old Testament, fix your eyes on Jesus, the greatest gift of all! Dear God, open my eyes to see Your gifts. Guide me with Your love to do what is right before You. Thank You for the freedom to teach for You unashamed because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. In Jesus’ most precious name, amen.

In this lesson, children will...

CHARACTER

K N • God made everything good. 1) O • (Genesis Adam and Eve broke their with God. (Hosea 6:7) W • covenant People needed a Hero to save • God created everything for Adam and Eve to use and enjoy. (Genesis 1)

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• Amazed at how much God loved Adam and Eve. • Sorry for Adam and Eve’s wrong choice.

CONDUCT

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• Hopeful for the Hero promised by God.

them from destruction. (1 Corinthians 15:22)

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• Identify things God has made. • Thank God for sending their Hero, Jesus. • Choose to please God by making right choices.


Make

Spark

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Interest

Teacher—Decide where to place these elements into this lesson.

Teacher—Choose one activity that will involve students and grab their attention.

Ask children to fold their hands and shut their eyes for prayer. Pray that your kids will understand how sins mess up good things in life. Thank God for sending Jesus to forgive their sins. Close by thanking God for each child by name and for the opportunity to learn His Word together.

Memorize God’s Word Topic: Everyone Needs a Hero Reference: Romans 3:23

Memorization Activity: Have the children form a circle and then squat down. They will repeat the Bible verse after you. The entire group should repeat the memory verse a second time, but this time, they should pop up with each word and then squat back down.

Special Fingers (10-15 minutes)

This hands-on activity reveals how God made each person unique. Supplies: yardstick, scale, markers, yarn Have kids each trace one hand on a sheet of paper while you use a yardstick and scale to record everyone’s height and weight. On each paper, write a child’s height on the first finger and weight on the second. On the third finger, write his or her age. Then have children color the fourth fingers the same color as their eyes and the fifth the same color as their hair. Write their names in the palm of the hands. Let children know that God created them specially to serve Him. Finally, show them how to roll both ends so that they have a scroll to remind them how special they are to God. Tie the scroll with yarn.

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Go around the circle and ask each child to repeat one word of the memory verse after you. When a child says the word, he or she should pop up, say it, and then squat back down. Repeat several times.

Dee-Cy-Paul “Bookends,” Story, and Puppet Script

These special Dee-Cy-Paul application stories (found at the end of the lesson) reinforce the Bible lesson. Choose the “Bookends,” or the Story, or the Puppet Script based on your time and preference.

Bonus Resources

Access free downloads for lessons at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “hero”). • More activity ideas • Activity templates and resources

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Opening Prayer

OR Medals (10 minutes)

This game reinforces that only Jesus can be the Hero people need. Supplies: 5” x 7” pieces of aluminum foil Have each child fold a 5” x 7” piece of aluminum foil into a hero’s medal. Then have children spread out around the room and strike action hero poses while holding their medals in their hands. Take one child’s medal from his or her hand and try to stick it to his or her shoulder. Once

SUPPLIES General Supplies

Bibles, Disciple Guides (pages 1-4) Pencils, markers, crayons Paper, scissors, tape, glue

Make Disciples None

Spark Interest

•SPECIAL FINGERS: yardstick, scale, yarn •MEDALS: aluminum foil

DISCIPLESHIP TIP One of the most important things for teachers to do during a quarter is to get to know their children. To begin this process, learn your kids’ names. Consider playing a quick name game or use name tags so that each child will feel special and welcomed in your classroom.

Explore Scripture

Teaching Picture KA.1—Adam and Eve Teaching Picture KA.2—Adam and Eve cast out

Inspire Action

•DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: none •RIPPED APART: butcher paper, clear packing tape 11

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it falls to the floor, have that child yell, I’m not the hero! Then have all the children yell, We need a hero! Have the rest of the children strike another pose. Together with the first child, take medals from other kids and try to stick them on their shoulders. Again when the medals fall, have them yell, I’m not the hero! and have the group say, We need a hero! All those who had medals fall to the floor should try to stick medals on other children. Repeat until everyone’s medal has fallen to the floor. Tell your kids that Jesus is the only One whose medal would have “stuck.” He is the only One who can save people.

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As kids trace, reinforce the truth that God created everything.

Explore

Scripture Teacher—Teach the Bible lesson. Include Teaching Pictures and exercises from the student Disciple Guides.

Genesis 1-3

Open your Bible to Genesis 1. The Bible tells us there is a bad guy who fell from heaven. He used to be an angel. God is stronger than he is. God is smarter. The bad guy, Lucifer, wanted to be like God. When God said, “No,” Lucifer tried to fight Him. So God threw him out of heaven. We call Lucifer the devil now. Remember—the devil is not as big or as strong as God. Have kids repeat after you, “God is stronger.” God is so strong that He made light and darkness from nothing. He made the sky and the oceans. He made dry land with trees and flowers to decorate it. He made the sun to shine during the day, and the moon and stars to twinkle at night. He made fish, birds, and animals. Then God made Adam, the first man. He made everything. Have children repeat after you, “God made everything good.” God took only six days to make the world. When God made Adam, He scooped up the ground and breathed life into it. God told Adam to take care of everything He had made in the garden. Have kids repeat after you, “God placed Adam in charge of the garden.” Adam realized that there was no one like him, and he was lonely. So God put Adam to sleep and created Eve. He took a rib from Adam’s side and made her. This made Adam happy. This made Eve happy. Most important, it made God happy. Have children repeat 12

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after you, “God made Adam and Eve happy.” Show the Teaching Picture KA.1 of Adam and Eve in the garden. God had one rule. He told Adam and Eve that they could not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Adam and Eve did not obey God. One day, when they were near the tree, the devil— disguised as a snake—said, “If you eat this fruit, you will know what God knows. You will know about right and wrong.” Have kids repeat, “God had one rule.” The fruit looked tasty to Eve. She listened to the snake and ate it. Then she gave the fruit to Adam and he ate it, too. The snake was right. They knew what was right and what was wrong. They knew they had disobeyed God. Have children repeat, “Adam and Eve disobeyed God.” They tried to hide from God—but no one can do that! God found them and asked, “What have you done?” Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the snake. This did not make God happy. That’s when the world changed. Adam and Eve had to leave the garden. Bad things could now happen, and the devil could try to hurt them. From then on, women would feel pain when they had babies. From then on, men would have to work hard to grow food to eat. They could never return to the garden. Show the Teaching Picture KA.2 of Adam and Eve leaving the garden. Have kids repeat, “Adam and Eve needed a Hero to save them.” God loved Adam and Eve so much that He forgave them. He promised that He would one day send a Hero to save them and their children. We’ll learn more about that Hero later, but His name is Jesus. Have children repeat, “Help us God. We need a Hero.”

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Read the story with the children the first time through. The second time, pause for them to “read” the illustrations. Repeat until they can read the story on their own. God made the sun, earth, plants, and animals. God made Adam and Eve. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the one tree. But Adam and Eve ate the fruit. This made Adam and Eve unhappy. God was unhappy, too.

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Help your children understand that they also need a hero, just like Adam and Eve did.


Action Teacher—Choose one activity that will encourage learners to apply the Bible truth to their lives.

Doing the Impossible (5 minutes)

This movement-based activity shows the type of hero that God promised. Have your children take a superhero test. Line them all against the wall. Ask them first to act out and then to actually do each of the following things: • • • • • •

Fly across the room. Shoot fire out of your hand. Jump up and touch the ceiling. Stand in place but stretch your body across the room. Throw icicles out your ears. Turn invisible.

Once the children have failed to really do these things, explain that they can imagine these things happening, but no one can do them for real. Only God can do the impossible. To forgive our sins, God sent a Hero who had godly characteristics but who was also human. Adam and Eve were human, but they could not do the impossible like God could. They were not the heroes that God had promised.

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Ripped Apart (15-20 minutes)

This group project illustrates sin’s influence on our relationship with God. Supplies: butcher paper, markers or crayons, clear packing tape Lay a piece of butcher paper on the floor. On one half of the paper, have children draw stick figures of themselves, Adam and Eve, friends, and family. Leave the other half of the butcher paper white to represent God. Write “God” on the blank side and “People” on the side with the children’s pictures. When the kids have finished coloring, ask for four volunteers—two to hold up each end of the butcher paper and two to hold the paper along the top. You should hold the butcher paper in the center.

What did people need? Encourage them to answer that people needed a hero. Get your tape. Have kids put the butcher paper on the floor so the torn sheets line up together. God said that He would send a Hero. Place tape across the tear. This Hero had to mend the tear between people and God. Have your volunteers hold up the butcher paper again. Only a Hero could bring people back to God.

Hero Song

See page 8 and teach your children the first two stanzas of this song, sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.”

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Closing Prayer

Have children each hold up a hand. They can point to their thumbs and say, “I will;” their second fingers and say, “Say thank you;” their third fingers, “Say I’m sorry;” their fourth fingers, “Ask for things;” and their fifth fingers to shout, “Praise God. Amen.” Point to your second finger for children to quietly thank God for something. Thank You for this class. Point to your third finger for children to quietly confess their sins. Forgive us for doing the things we do wrong. Point to your fourth finger for children to quietly ask God for help. Please help us understand we need a Hero. Point to your fifth finger for children to shout, “Praise God. Amen.”

Closing Words

As your children gather their belongings to leave, remind them to show their parents their papers from class. Tell them to keep their eyes out for Jesus, the Hero who can save the world from sin. Next time, we’ll meet a man who never died. We will learn about righteousness, a big word which just means doing what is right. See you then!

Disciple Guide—page 4

Encourage children to take this page home and work through it with their parents.

God loved talking and being with people. But then Eve took the fruit from the only tree that God had forbidden. Slowly begin to tear the center of the sheet. She ate it and so did Adam. Finish tearing the sheet of paper. They could no longer be with God. Draw attention to the rip in the paper between God and people. Have additional volunteers hold each of the torn ends. 13

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Disciples

Lesson 1

Teacher—These special Dee-CyPaul application stories reinforce the Bible lesson. Choose the “Bookends,” or the Story, or the Puppet Script based on your time and preference.

Dee-Cy-Paul “Bookends”

Introduction (5 minutes) Use this “ hook” to introduce the lesson. Dee and Cy were so excited to play superheroes that they forgot the house rule: “No running in the living room.” Unfortunately, they only remembered it after they knocked over a big plant that crashed to the floor. Dee and Cy broke a house rule, and now something much bigger was destroyed.

Dee-Cy-Paul Story “Broken House Rules” Dee tied a cape around her neck. “Daring Dee to the rescue!” She took off running around the living room. This was fun. Cy put on his invisible flying sneakers and ran in the opposite direction yelling, “Super Cy is here!” Daring Dee stopped beside a plant. “The Bible says God created all the plants. I’ll use my light power to help this one grow!” She held her hand out to the plant. “Daring Dee to the rescue!” She did a high kick in the air. No one could stop her. Cy paused at the television set. “Your mom and dad don’t want us watching TV today. I’ll zap it with my lightning breath so it won’t come on!” Cy opened his mouth and made blowing sounds. With a quick jump to his left, he ran past Dee saying, “Super Cy is here!”

Conclusion (5 minutes) If you used the introduction to begin your lesson, use this to conclude.

Dee sped after Super Cy. “Let’s go outside and play superheroes in the back.”

When Mr. Morgan came to the living room, Dee blamed the mess on Cy, and Cy blamed it on Dee. After Dee’s father explained how much Adam and Eve lost when they broke God’s rule and wouldn’t tell the truth, the children admitted what they did wrong. Although it took Jesus, the eternal Hero, to fix Adam and Eve’s problem, Mr. Morgan put the two superheroes to work to clean the mess and save the plant. The next time you think about breaking a rule, consider what else could be broken and might need a superhero to fix.

Cy tried to run backwards but bumped into Dee as he said, “What did you say?” They fell to the wood floor, and Dee’s cape became tangled in Cy’s arms. “I said we should go outside.” Dee pulled her cape loose and stood up. “No, it’s too hot.” Cy rubbed his arm. “I’m having fun here.” Dee shook her head and held out a hand to him. “It’s my house, and I say we go outside, Silly Cy.” When Cy glared at her, Dee yanked him to his feet so fast that they both stepped backwards and hit the big plant. The pot fell over and broke. The plant flew out. Dirt was all over the rug. “Oh, no!” Dee cried, putting a hand over her mouth. Dee’s father entered the room. “What’s going on in here?” The children hurried to their feet. “I was Daring Dee,” began Dee.

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“And I was Super Cy,” added Cy, looking at Dee “but Dee yanked my arm.” “Because Cy ran backwards and made me bump into him.” Dee put her hands on her hips. “Were you running in the house?” asked her father. Dee and Cy lowered their eyes. “Yes,” they said together. Mr. Morgan shook his head. “You disobeyed our house rule, just like Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s garden rule. Instead of admitting they were wrong, though, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed a serpent. When they disobeyed and shifted the blame, something much bigger than a pot was broken.” Mr. Morgan continued, “When you disobey, things get hurt, like this plant did. Now, what happened?” Dee took a step forward. “I pulled Cy too hard, and we knocked the plant over. Will it die?” She felt awful. “It was my fault too, Mr. Morgan. I’m sorry.” Cy moved to Dee’s side. “God fixed Adam and Eve’s problem with Jesus. Can we fix this one with anything? Will the plant die?” “It will be fine, if you two superheroes help,” said Mr. Morgan. “Dee, why don’t you get the vacuum while I pick up and get a new pot. Cy, go ask your mother if we can borrow some of her potting soil.” “This is a job for a superhero.” Cy took a quick step to start running and then stopped, not wanting to break the house rule again. He walked to the front door. Dee looked out the window and saw him run only after closing the door behind him. Through the open window, Dee yelled, “Vacuum Girl to the rescue!”


Dee-Cy-Paul Puppet Script “Broken House Rules” The words in italics are notes for you and your puppeteers; they are not to be read aloud. You will need capes for Dee and Cy and a baseball cap for Paul. A potted houseplant should sit at one side of the stage and a picture of a television set should sit at the other side of the stage.

Dee: [Follows Cy.] Let’s go outside and play superheroes in the back.

Dee: [Steps forward.] I pulled Cy and we knocked the plant over.

[Cy stops and Dee bumps into him.]

Cy: [Moves to Dee’s side.] It was my fault too, Mr. Morgan. I’m sorry.

Cy: What? [Dee and Cy fall down.] Dee: We should go outside. [Standing up.]

Paul: What do you think we should do about this?

Cy: No, it’s too hot. Let’s stay in.

Cy: God fixed Adam and Eve’s problem with Jesus. Can we fix this with anything?

INTRODUCTION

Dee: Well, it’s my house and I say we go outside, Silly Cy.

Paul: We can if you two superheroes are ready to help. Dee and Cy: We are.

[Allow time for audience response.] Cy: I did, and I blamed it on Dee.

[Dee yanks Cy to his feet, but she is offbalance. Dee and Cy fall against the plant, which crashes to the ground offstage. Paul enters as Mr. Morgan.]

Paul: You didn’t.

Paul: What’s going on in here?

Dee: He did, but I broke it, too, and blamed it on Cy.

[Dee and Cy quickly stand up.]

Paul: You didn’t.

Cy: [Looks at Dee.] I was Super Cy, and Dee yanked my arm.

Dee: Hey kids, have any of you ever broken a rule?

Cy: She did. Paul: I’ve got to see this. Cy: Paul, if you’ll play Dee’s father, we’ll show the kids exactly what happened. Paul: Just call me Mr. Morgan. [Exit Dee, Cy, and Paul.]

SCRIPT

[Enter Dee and Cy with capes tied around their necks.] Dee: Daring Dee to the rescue! [Runs back and forth across the stage.] Cy: Super Cy is here! [Runs back and forth in the opposite direction so he keeps passing Dee. ] Dee: [Stops at the plant.] The Bible says God created all the plants. I’ll use my light power to help this one grow. [Holds out her hand to the plant.] Daring Dee to the rescue! Cy: [Stops next to the TV.] Your mom and dad don’t want us watching TV today. I’ll zap it with my lightning breath so it won’t come on! [Jumps to his left and then runs past Dee.] Super Cy is here!

Dee: I was Daring Dee—

Dee: Well, Cy ran backwards and made me bump into him. Paul: [Holds up his hands.] Were you both running in the house?

Paul: Dee, why don’t you get the vacuum while I pick up and get a new pot. Dee: [Exits.] Vacuum Girl to the rescue! Paul: Cy, go ask your mother if I can borrow some of her potting soil. Cy: This is a job for a superhero. [Taking a step as if to run and then stops.] I’ll wait to run until I’m outside. [Exits. The sound of a door shutting.] Soil Cy is here! [Curtain.]

[Dee and Cy look at each other and then look down.]

APPLICATION

Dee and Cy: Yes.

Dee: Cy and I hurt the plant when we disobeyed my family’s house rules.

Paul: This reminds me of Adam and Eve. They disobeyed God’s rules in the garden just like you disobeyed our rules. Dee: I’ll bet they were allowed to run in the garden. Paul: Instead of admitting they were wrong, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed a serpent. [Cy and Dee look at each other again.] When they disobeyed and shifted the blame, something much bigger than a pot was broken. Cy: They were told to leave the garden.

Lesson 1

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

[Enter Dee, Cy, and Paul.]

Cy: Adam and Eve had to leave their garden when they disobeyed God’s rules. Paul: I think the moral is obvious. Dee: Obey the rules. Paul: God’s rules and your parents’ rules. Cy: Or you’re going to need a superhero to fix the problem! [Exit Dee, Cy, and Paul. Curtain.]

Paul: When you disobey, things get hurt, like this plant did. Now which of you is going to tell me what happened?”

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for elementary DiscipleLand provides three unsurpassed lines of Bible curriculum that offer what elementary-age kids need to live as devout Christians.

core Bible

Core Bible (grades 1-6) challenges children to become victorious disciples.

You will equip your kids for Christian service through 24 quarters of sequential Bible curriculum. Your disciples will grow in Bible knowledge + Christlike character + faithful conduct. See pages 30-63 to learn more about DiscipleLand Core Bible!

•• Kids love the engaging graphics and rock-solid content. You will present a unique Bible story in every lesson—never a repeat!

•• You will partner with parents at DiscipleZone.com, “Where kids go to grow”—a weekly bridge from the classroom to the home.

•• Connect with children at the appropriate age with six years of material.

DISCIPLETOWN

DiscipleTown (grades 1-6) equips kids with essential discipleship skills.

You will motivate your children to live victoriously. Each stand alone Kids Church unit teaches a vital Disciple Skill in creative and engaging ways. See pages 64-67 to learn more about DiscipleTown!

•• Choose from many fun ideas from Kidologist, Karl Bastian! •• Tailor your lessons with customizable content, PowerPoint slides, and Object Talks videos.

•• Connect with children in a combined-age group setting.

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kids! adventure

Adventure (grades 1-6) motivates kids to pursue their discipleship journey. You will travel to exciting locations around the world, helping your children apply Biblical principles in everyday situations. Each topical Bible adventure adds an essential discipleship building-block. See pages 68-72 to learn more about DiscipleLand Adventure! •• Direct your kids to develop practical skills for using God’s Word, relating to people, and living out their faith in the real world.

•• You will love the creative activities and Bible lessons that

encourage children to trust Christ and grow in their relationships with Him. The captivating episodes and vivid graphics will help you keep kids focused.

•• Connect with children in combined-age settings with two different workbooks (ages 6-9 and 9-12).

Core Bible, DiscipleTown, and Adventure have been crafted to complement each other. Many churches choose Core Bible for their main educational setting (usually Sunday school). Churches select Adventure and/or DiscipleTown for an alternate ministry (mid-week or children’s church). Children who experience all three receive a comprehensive exposure to Christian discipleship.

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core bible overview Elementary

Core Bible challenges children to become victorious disciples.

DiscipleLand Core Bible is discipleship-based Bible curriculum for children in grades 1-6. Every quarter you’ll build on the foundation of knowledge and skills learned previously. DiscipleLand Core Bible will help your children reach their peak potential as disciples of Jesus Christ! Core Bible weaves KNOWLEDGE + CHARACTER + CONDUCT into 24 sequential quarters of curriculum. Other Core Bible components:

•• Bible Training

Students establish a solid Bible foundation, preparing them for a lifetime of walking with God.

•• Skill Achievement

Kids develop 24 essential “how-to” skills for dynamic Christian living.

•• Life Experience

Children embrace God’s world-view and global missions strategy.

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In addition to systematic Bible training, every Core Bible lesson includes DiscipleZone—building a bridge from the classroom to the home. DiscipleZone.com is a special, safe website for kids and parents. They’ll discover fun activities for each DiscipleLand lesson, growing their understanding of discipleship. DiscipleZone includes these components:

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Missions Worl dWatch Th e N a t i o ns: Experience G od’s Passion God’s Great Family (William Carey) God’s Great Job (Gladys Aylward) God’s Great Worth (Nate Saint family) God’s Great Passion (David Livingstone) Th e M e s s

a g e: E x p l o re G o d’s Book The Univers al Message (Cameron Townsend) The “Heart ” Message (12 missionar y vignettes) The O.T. Me ssage (Adoniram & A n Judson) n The N.T. Me ssage (Mar y Slessor)

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core bible Level 1 overview Elementary

Discovering God’s

Greatness The Lord’s Character and Qualities

This year, your children ages 6-8 will acknowledge God—as Lord of heaven and earth. Kids will experience God’s view of family, work, worship, and community. Join a Bible-times family and discover what living in God’s world was like 2,000 years ago! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level One uses topical Bible stories to teach about Bible-times life and God’s character and qualities. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order.

Quarter A: Family Life With God

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Children will encounter 12 truths about the God who loves and cares for families. Kids will wear Bible-times clothes, eat ancient food, attend a synagogue school, and learn how faith in the Lord and daily activities together united Bible-times families. 1A-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter B: At Work With God

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Children will discover 12 truths about the God who values hard work. They will observe Bible-times people who used their skills to serve the Lord and other people. Kids will learn good work habits and attitudes as they plant tender seeds, mold soft clay, and practice many Bible-times occupations. 1BDG Disciple Guide

Quarter C: At Worship With God

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God

Children will learn 12 truths about the magnificent God they worship. They will come to know, love, and serve God as they join Bible-times feasts, festivals, and worship practices. Kids will discover how faith in God drew Bible families together and influenced daily living. 1C-DG Disciple Guide

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Children will grasp 12 truths about the God who cares for all people. They will become a close-knit community—experiencing a Bible-times marketplace, travel, healthcare, and wedding! Kids’ hearts, minds, and spirits will be united in fellowship with the Lord and with each other. 1D-DG Disciple Guide

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Level 1 sample lesson

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Family Life with God” (Lesson 8)

Homes Bible-times homes were very simple. Typical houses had only one room where the whole family ate, slept, and spent time. Cooking fires made the air stuffy. In winter, many people moved sheep or goats into the house. Most homes were made of mud with brushwood roofs. Furniture was sparse, and beds were mats on the floor. Still, homes were a refuge from the dangers of wild beasts and of other people. Some people added living space on their flat roofs, which is where the Shunammite woman made a room for Elisha. Children will see how important it was for Elisha to have a place to stay in his travels, and that God is always a “safe place” when they feel troubled. They will be inspired to use their homes to serve others, just like the woman from Shunem.

Bible Background

Shunem was north of Jerusalem, a bit south of the Sea of Galilee. The Bible tells us that Elisha, God’s prophet and Elijah’s successor, traveled through this town somewhat regularly. Travel at that time was never easy and could hold dangers. Besides the harshness of the elements, thieves and brigands could waylay a traveler. Elisha traveled with his servant, Gehazi. The childless woman in the passage rec-

DISCIPLE TARGETS KNOWLEDGE (truths) is a refuge—a safe K • God place for people to dwell. Samuel 22:3) N • (2Most Bible-times people lived in tents or simple houses. O (2 Kings 4:10) Shunammite woman used W • The her home to serve Elisha.

ognized Elisha as a man of God. She desired to show him hospitality by providing a room for him to use whenever he was in the area. Elisha’s gratitude shows the magnitude of what this woman did for him. Elisha promised the woman would have a son, whom he later brought back to life after the boy died from an illness.

Lesson 8

Big Idea The home is God’s safe place for children to learn and grow. Bible Passage Elisha’s Special Room—2 Kings 4:8-37 Discover God He Is a Refuge Lesson Summary

Teacher Devotional

Have you ever locked yourself out of your house or car? Argh! It’s so frustrating. In contrast, being handed the key to your first home—whether it’s the first apartment you rented or the first house you bought—produces a sense of exhilaration and pleasure. Thank God for the home He has provided you today. One of your tasks as a teacher is to offer a refuge for your students—a safe place where they can come to know God. What a privilege! My Lord and Father, the place we call “ home” is just a temporary resting place. Our true home is in heaven, and we’ ll enjoy it forever as we worship You. Increase my desire to help my students find refuge in You and establish their heavenly home by acknowledging Jesus as their Savior. Equip me and prepare me for that job this week. In Christ’s name, amen.

In this lesson, your children will...

CHARACTER (emotions)

CONDUCT (actions)

knowing that they have Bible-times homes F • Safe D • Compare God as their refuge. with modern homes. God has given them a God for being their E • Thankful O • Praise house in which to live. refuge. to show hospitality • DiscipleSkill: Show hospitality E • Enthusiastic to others in their homes. in their own homes. L

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core bible LEVEL 1 sample lesson Elementary

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Family Life with God” (Lesson 8) Make

Disciples Teacher—Decide where to place these elements into this lesson.

Opening Prayer

Thank God that each of the children has a home, which God has provided. Thank Him for being a safe place that we can go to in times of trouble.

WorldWatch Lesson 8

Missionary Biography 8 of 12—William Carey—Troubles and Joy Missionary stories can have a profound impact on children. Take 1-2 minutes to read this brief narrative. Download discussion questions at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “ family”). Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. William Carey is 46 years old. He thinks back over the last fourteen years in India. He remembers how the missionaries gladly welcome the first two Indian Christians. They all sit down and eat a meal together. This makes their Hindu neighbors very angry. They have broken the strict Hindu religious laws. Still William is very happy. He baptizes Krishna Pal and his own son in the Hooghly River. Two months later the Bengali New Testament rolls off the press. Now, growing numbers of new Christians can read the Bible in their own language. William continues to translate Scripture and to teach and preach. As time goes by, his wife, Dorothy, becomes weaker and weaker. Finally, Dorothy dies seven years after the first Indian Christian is baptized. William grieves for Dorothy. He remembers the challenges she faced in India. Yet, he thanks God for giving her to be his wife and the mother of their children. Missions Education—God’s Great Family To add this component to the lesson, download the teacher script at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “family”).

KeyVerse

Topic: Homes Reference: Joshua 24:15c Memorization Activity: Write the memory verse on the board and have children say it with you. Bring out your Shepherd’s Bag and have children guess what’s inside (small toy house). Bring out the small toy house. Connect the Bible memory time to the idea of God as a refuge by playing freeze tag. Make a “safe” zone where children can pause during play. Whoever is “It” tags a child. The teacher calls out “freeze!” and everyone freezes. The tagged child will say the reference and verse on the board, and that child becomes “It.” Explain that God can be like the “safe” zone. He protects us when things get scary.

God Is the Greatest!

Download the entire recitation at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “family”). Build from the previous lessons and teach children the following: God is our Refuge He shelters us from harm. (cover head with arms to form shelter)

Bonus Resources

Access free downloads for this lesson at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “family”). • Contemporary Dee Cy Paul Chip (Discipleship) story • More activity ideas

SUPPLIES General Supplies

Bibles, Disciple Guides (pages 29-32) Pencils, markers, crayons Paper, scissors, tape, glue

Make Disciples

Shepherd’s Bag, small toy house

Spark Interest

•BIBLE-TIMES HOMES: camping tent or sheet •HOUSES, HUTS, & HOSTELS: no additional supplies

DISCIPLESHIP TIP Know your kids—especially in regard to health concerns. Ask parents to fill out an information card to be kept on file. Make personal contact with parents via phone to show them you are concerned for the whole child. You’ll learn about chronic illnesses, learning problems, or food allergies that would have caught you unawares. Be prepared and cautious, so you can keep all your children safe and healthy. 54

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Explore Scripture

Blanket, chair, small table, candle or oil lamp Teaching Picture 1A.15—Elisha’s room Teaching Picture 1A.16—Elisha Heals Boy

Inspire Action

•DOOR DECOR: butcher paper, crepe paper strips, big bows, other art supplies •DOOR NUMBER ONE: large cardboard box, various small prizes, various small gag prizes


Interest Teacher—Choose one activity that will involve students and grab their attention.

Bible-Times Homes (10 minutes)

This discussion activity compares homes of today with those in Bible times. Supplies: camping tent or large sheet

Before class, set up a large camping tent or rig a sheet to make a tent—large enough for the whole class, if possible. Invite students to enter the tent and pretend what it would be like to live there permanently. Make motions—sweep, roll up a floor mat, start a cooking fire, knead bread, pour oil from a jar, stir food in a pot, shoo out small animals— and have the children imitate you. Discuss the differences between homes in Bible times and homes today. Explain that just like now, homes in Bible times were places where people could be safe from dangers. God wants to be that safe place for us as our refuge.

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“Home Sweet Home” Snack (10 minutes) This edible craft reinforces the Bible lesson and gives the kids something to munch on. Supplies: graham crackers, soft cream cheese or canned frosting Challenge the kids to use graham crackers and frosting or cream cheese “mortar” to build a simple boxy Bible-times house. Once the houses are finished, they may eat their creations.

Disciple Guide—page 29

Be sure to explain what a refuge is to your students. Complete this page at the beginning of class or after a Spark Interest activity.

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Houses. Huts, & Hostels (10 minutes)

This group drawing activity introduces the topic of homes and of God as refuge. In this activity all the kids will draw at the same time. They can stand at the boards, sit on the floor or at tables, and use whatever medium you’ve chosen. Brainstorm about different kinds of houses, such as houses in other countries they’ve seen in pictures, apartments, castles, igloos, teepees, and so on. Have each child draw one type of house. Allow three to five minutes as everyone draws, then let everyone take a “home tour” to see what was produced. Comment on the different features you see. Talk to children about their own homes too—help them relate what others have and don’t have. I imagine there are even more kinds of houses than what we have drawn here. People in other places live very differently than we do. But houses all do the same thing, whatever they look like. They give us a safe place to live. Homes keep us safe from dangerous storms and strangers who might want to hurt us. God is like that. He is a refuge, a safe place, for us to go to whenever we need Him.

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core bible LEVEL 1 sample lesson Elementary

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Family Life with God” (Lesson 8) Explore

Scripture Teacher—Teach the Bible lesson. Include Teaching Pictures and exercises from the student Disciple Guides.

2 Kings 4:8-37

Lesson 8

Create the scene of the simple room the Shunammite woman made for Elisha. Lay out a blanket/towel as a sleeping mat, place a table and chair next to it and a candle/lamp on the table. Use a tent from the “Bible-Times Homes” activity in Spark Interest if appropriate. Gather for the lesson near this “room” and refer to it during the lesson. Open your Bible to 2 Kings 4:8-37. Samuel grew up serving God because God planned for him to be a prophet. A prophet gives people God’s messages. Today we’re finding out about another prophet named Elisha. He traveled around Israel to do God’s work. Sometimes he traveled through a town named Shunem. A kind woman in this town would invite Elisha to her house to eat. She was always glad to share some food with him in her house. Then this woman had another idea. Show an expression that suggests you have a good idea. She said to her husband, “This man who regularly passes through our town is a holy man of God. Why don’t we make a little room for him on our roof? We can give him a bed, a table, chair, and a lamp. Then he can stay with us whenever he comes this way!” So that’s what they did! Point to the “room” you created and/or show the Teaching Picture 1A.15 of Elisha’s room.

children, he could ask God to give her a baby. Elisha told the lady that next year God would give her a son. She was surprised and afraid that it would not happen. But, what do you think God did? That’s right, God gave her a little boy the next year! The woman and her husband loved their son. One day this boy had an awful headache. Hold your head like it really hurts. A servant carried him from the fields to his mother, and she held him and rocked her little boy in her lap. She tried to make him feel better, but the boy died. The mother carried him up to the room where Elisha always stayed. The boy’s mother remembered that Elisha was a man of God. She got on a donkey and rode a long way to find him. Elisha saw her coming. He knew something was wrong. The woman from Shunem fell at Elisha’s feet sobbing and told him her son had died. She knew Elisha could help her because he was a man of God. So Elisha went back to the woman’s house. He saw the boy was dead, and he prayed to God. Then he lay over the boy and he felt him coming back to life! While Elisha watched, the

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boy sneezed seven times (pretend to sneeze seven times) and opened his eyes. Show the Teaching Picture 1A.16 of Elisha and boy. When the Shunammite woman saw that her son was alive again, she bowed in front of Elisha. She was so thankful and happy to have her boy back.

Disciple Guide—page 31

This activity can be a discussion or something children work on individually. Complete the HeartBeat.

Inspire

Disciple Guide—page 30

Reinforce the concepts of hospitality and refuge as children complete this page.

Teacher—Choose one activity that will encourage learners to apply the Bible truth to their lives.

Door Decor (10-15 minutes)

This group art project celebrates God’s provision of homes and safety for us all. Supplies: butcher paper, crepe paper strips, markers, other art supplies Before class, cover both sides of your door with butcher paper. Have children think of how decorations are used at birthdays and holidays. Explain that they will decorate the classroom door to thank God for providing homes and safe places. If you have a large class, encourage children to work on both sides of the door or more than one door if possible, or take turns decorating. Write “God is our Refuge” on the door and have kids make and decorate signs to mount on the door, as well as other art, crepe paper streamers and bows. Let them use their creativity to express themselves.

Lesson 8

This woman was wise. She used her house to serve others, and gave Elisha a refuge when he traveled. That’s called hospitality. And just as Elisha had a safe place to stay, God is our refuge. We can show others our love for God by using our homes to serve and care for people. Safe homes are another gift from God.

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OR Door Number One (10 minutes)

This game excites children about the lesson and reviews the Bible passage. Supplies: large cardboard box, small prizes and gag gifts Before class, prepare a large cardboard box. Cut one of the four sides away and on the opposite side cut three flaps and label them Door #1, Door #2, and Door #3. Set this box on a table and have yourself or an assistant ready with small prizes (candy bars, small toys, etc.) and gag gifts (rocks, candy pacifiers, cans of sardines, etc.) Ask review questions about the Bible passage. If the contestant can answer correctly, he or she can choose whether they want what is behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3. Expand this game by asking ways children can show hospitality in their own homes.

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Family Life with God” (Lesson 8) Closing Prayer

Have the children thank God for their homes, remembering something about it that is special to them (their own rooms, a favorite spot, having fun in their houses, their yards, etc.). Lead the children in asking God to show them ways they can show hospitality. Let each child pray silently, while you pray in phrases or short sentences. Finish by praising God for being our refuge in times of trouble.

Closing Words

Lesson 8

What’s one thing we all do, usually three times a day? Look for an answer related to food and eating. We’re going to learn about food next time. Come back and find out what Bible-times people ate.

Teacher—Children should complete this page on their own or at home with a parent.

DiscipleSkill How to Show Respect

During this quarter, your children will learn manner skills that will help them respect others. Be sure to explain any difficult words and concepts they may encounter. Hospitality—Tell the children that when they’re showing hospitality, they want people to feel welcome in their house. There are many ways to do that. Challenge them to think about ways to help visitors feel welcome.

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HymnNotes Meet Frances Havergal, writer of “Take My Life and Let It Be.”

Disciple Guide— page 32

Encourage kids to complete DiscipleZone before the next lesson. Explain that activities are available at a special website—

Welcome to my home! I’m glad you came!

DiscipleZone.com

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Level 2 overview

T reasuring

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The Power and Purpose of God’s Word This year, your children ages 7-9 will embrace the Bible—as God’s inspired and authoritative message for everyone. Kids will cultivate a deep appreciation for the richness and power of Scripture; and the Bible will become their lifelong companion. Depend on the rock-solid Bible for God’s guidance! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level Two uses topical Bible stories to teach about the Bible’s origin and power. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order.

Quarter A: How We Got the Bible

How We Got

Bible

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Children will marvel at how God has preserved His Word—intact and authoritative through forty centuries. Kids will follow the path from the Bible’s inspiration through its translation into other languages. They’ll discover the wondrous qualities of God’s Word! 2A-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter B: Why We Got the Bible

Why We Got

Bible

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Children will see God’s Word transform individuals and cultures. Kids will visit six continents and meet twelve Christians who responded to God’s great concern for those who did not have the Bible. They’ll experience the power and purpose of Holy Scripture! 2BDG Disciple Guide

Quarter C: The Bible Tells Me So

The

Bible

Tells Me So

Children will explore the Ten Commandments God gave His people at Mount Sinai. Kids will discover that God’s Laws show His love and allow us to express our love to Him. They’ll appreciate the joy and comfort of obeying God’s Word! 2C-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter D: The Bible Guides My Life

The

Bible

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Children will acknowledge that the Bible is as relevant today as when it was first written. Kids will recognize the Bible’s importance as a guidebook for all they do. They’ll exercise genuine faith and observe the wonders God has in store for them in His Word! 2D-DG Disciple Guide

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Serving

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Jesus Christ’s Life and Ministry This year, your children ages 8-10 will affirm Jesus Christ—as personal Savior and Lord over all. Kids will explore every event in the Gospels: Jesus’ messages, miracles, passion, and triumphant resurrection. Travel in the Holy Land alongside the Man who changed the course of human history! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level Three uses the four Gospels to teach about Jesus’ life in chronological order. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order. Follow

Quarter A: Follow the King

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King

Children will encounter the eternal Word who became flesh and chose to live on earth. Kids will grow with the Boy Jesus who becomes a Man and changes the course of human history! They’ll accept Jesus Christ as their own Messiah. 3A-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter B: Amazing Words

Amazing

Words

Children will see Jesus heal the sick and care for others as He teaches about God’s Kingdom. Kids will be convinced as never before that Jesus Christ is God. They’ll allow Christ’s life to change their own as they deepen their love for Him. 3B-DG Disciple Guide

Mighty

Miracles

Quarter C: Mighty Miracles

Children will follow Jesus as He reaches the pinnacle of His ministry. Kids will respond in awe to Christ’s miraculous love for those in need. They’ll reach out as He did to change the hearts and habits of people.

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Triumphant

Over All

Quarter D: Triumphant Over All

Children will witness the darkest day in history—the crucifixion of God’s Son. Then kids will cheer at the light and glory of His powerful resurrection. They’ll rejoice in the personal victories Jesus won for them that day and eagerly accept His Great Commission.

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Level 3 sample lesson

Big Idea God sent Jesus and John to fulfill His wonderful plan for the world. Lesson Summary

The Old Testament contains many prophecies concerning the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. God had planned these events since the beginning of time. Both of these births were miraculous—John’s because Elizabeth was old and infertile and Jesus’ because Mary was a virgin. Through these two miracle babies, God continued unfolding His plan for the salvation of mankind. Children will see that both of these pregnancies were supernatural, but the birth of Jesus Christ was unusually significant, because through Him, God entered the human race. God directly intervened into the world of men. By relating these births to their own, students will become excited about the special plan God has for their lives.

Bible Background

God chose the perfect time to send Jesus to the world. A general feeling of unrest characterized these times, but there was a commonly known language (Greek) and an unprecedented system of roads (Roman). Good news would spread quickly. John and Jesus were born into a world dominated by the Roman Empire.

DISCIPLE TARGETS KNOWLEDGE (truths) used the birth of two K • God babies to launch His plan to all people. (Luke 1:39-2:7) N • save God has a special plan for each (Jeremiah 29:11) O • person. God wants to use His people fulfill His plan for the world. W to(Matthew 28:18-20)

Herod the Great, appointed by Caesar to rule Palestine, was jealous of Caesar’s authority and never hesitated to wield his own power. Day-to-day life for Jews under Roman control was still heavily influenced by Jewish beliefs and culture. The Temple in Jerusalem was the heart of national life. Synagogues in each city were the center of religious and community life. Many in Israel retained their hope that God would send the Messiah.

Teacher Devotional

You have a crucial and special role in God’s plan. Every single lesson you teach can impact a child’s life forever and have eternal consequences! Take a moment to consider all the ways that God is using your unique gifts and talents to benefit these children and His kingdom. Submit to His will and authority to empower you as you teach. Lord, the children need to know that absolutely nothing is impossible with You. Bring the children to class eager and ready to find You. As I share the stories of Elizabeth and Mary, help me to convey eternal truths that will find their way into the very core of each child’s heart. Move among us and reveal Yourself as we turn from the distractions of our lives to find You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In this lesson, your children will...

CHARACTER (emotions)

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Follow the King” (Lesson 2)

• Fascinated by the way God

steps into the world of men to work out His plans.

• Expectant that God has a

special plan for their lives.

CONDUCT (actions) God to change their D • Invite hearts to prepare them for His plan. O • special Identify important cities on a map of Israel.

• Thankful that God sent Jesus

• List ways they can use their

to save them.

talents and abilities for God’s purposes.

• Disciple Skill: POWER—Pray to God with confidence.

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core bible LEVEL 3 sample lesson Elementary

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Follow the King” (Lesson 2) Make

Disciples Teacher—Decide where to place these elements into this lesson.

Opening Prayer Lesson 2

Thank God for each child in the class, by name if possible. Praise God for His great plan. Thank God that, though He is great and all-powerful, He still cares about our relatively small needs. Thank Him for bringing two special babies— John and Jesus, to change the world.

WorldWatch

Missionary Biography 2 of 12—Hudson Taylor—The Call Missionary stories can have a profound impact on a child. Take 1-2 minutes to read this brief narrative. Download discussion questions at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Christ”).

KeyVerse

Topic: Miracle Babies Reference: Luke 1:37 Memorization Activity: Today’s verse is short and easy to memorize. It provides a good opportunity to develop the habit of saying “T-R-V-R” (topic-reference-verse-reference) when reciting verses. Recite the verse and reference together as a class several times, and each time, call out a different way to recite such as softer, louder, higher, lower, whisper, nasal, backwards, and so on.

Bonus Resources

Access free downloads for this lesson at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Christ”). • Dee Cy Paul Chip (discipleship) story • More activity ideas • Activity templates and resources • Explore Scripture teacher notecards

When Hudson Taylor was a young teenager, God spoke one single word to him—CHINA. God was calling Hudson to carry His message of salvation to the other side of the world! It seemed impossible—Hudson Taylor was young, frequently sick, and inexperienced. But he had faith, and God uses women and men who are willing to trust Him! On that day, Hudson Taylor knelt in his room and prayed, “Lord, if You will help me, I will do anything You ask me to do. I will go anywhere You ask me to go.” Suddenly, he felt a great peace; Hudson Taylor knew for certain that God had called him to be a missionary to China, and that God would surely help him. Missions Education—One Mandate To add this component to the lesson, download the teacher script at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Christ”).

SUPPLIES General Supplies

Bibles, Disciple Guides (pages 5-8) Pencils, markers, crayons Paper, notecards, scissors, tape, glue

Make Disciples None

Spark Interest

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•DIFFERENCES AND SIMILARITIES: no additional supplies •BABY PICTURES: baby pictures of yourself and family •BABY VISIT: none

Explore Scripture

Two boy dolls Teaching Picture 3A.3—Elizabeth and baby John Teaching Picture 3A.4—Mary, Joseph, and Jesus

Inspire Action

•GIVING OUR GIFTS TO GOD: small boxes, wrapping paper and bows •TALENT SKITS: dice or homemade dice


Spark

Interest Differences and Similarities (10-15 minutes)

This observation activity encourages children to think about comparisons.

Disciple Guide—page 5

Discuss how John the Baptist’s birth was a miracle. Complete this page at the beginning of class or after a Spark Interest activity.

Divide the class into pairs. Give each pair a piece of paper and pencils. Invite students to study each other. Have them write down as many differences and as many similarities as they can discover between themselves. Offer a small prize to the pair that lists the most facts. Tell the children, Today we will look at how John the Baptist and Jesus were different and similar.

Lesson 2 Lesson 2

Teacher—Choose one activity that will involve students and grab their attention.

OR Baby Pictures (10 minutes) This show-and-tell activity involves children with the teacher and tunes them in to the lesson. Supplies: baby pictures of yourself or family

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Bring in several baby pictures of yourself and members of your family. Show the pictures to students. Can they tell who is pictured? Share a few funny stories about yourself when you were a baby. Invite children to share stories about themselves when they were young. What were you like? When did you walk? When did you talk? Emphasize the uniqueness and wonder of every baby. Jesus did not skip this important part of being human.

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Elizabeth was old and could not have children

Baby Visit (10-15 minutes) This object lesson involves students directly with mothers or babies. Have an expectant mom visit the class and/or have a mom bring her baby to class and talk about babies. You can also find a toy baby doll that is the same size and weight of a real child to pass around the class. Discuss with your children what they know about babies, and talk about why God might have sent Jesus to earth as a baby.

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core bible LEVEL 3 sample lesson Elementary

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Follow the King” (Lesson 2) Now, read Luke 2:1-7. Just six months after John was born, Jesus was born. These two babies were also born near each other. Let’s see where.

Explore

Scripture Teacher—Teach the Bible lesson. Include Teaching Pictures and exercises from the student Disciple Guides.

Luke 1:39—2:7 Lesson 2

Supplies: two dolls wrapped in blankets (label one of the dolls “Jesus” and the other “John”), a number of sentence strips (strips of paper or cardboard cut approximately 3” x 11”) Before class, prepare paper strips with the following sentences written on them. Include one sentence on each strip: • My mother visited her cousin for three months. • I jumped in my mother’s womb when the Messiah’s mother came to visit. • My mom sang a song of praise to God when she found out I was going to be born. • I was almost named after my father. But Mom and Dad gave me the name that the angel told them to give me. • My mom was pretty old when she gave birth to me. • My father sang a song of praise to God after I was born. • When I grow up I will help prepare people for Jesus. • When I grow up I will save people from their sins. • My father is Zechariah. • My Father is God.

Disciple Guide—page 6

Refer to Luke 2:4 and to Luke 1:39 as the children identify the places mentioned in the passage: the hill country of Judea, Nazareth in Galilee and Bethlehem of Judea. In addition to the map in their workbooks, you might also show a larger map of the Middle East or even the world so the children get a sense of where they are in relation to the Holy Land.

Set up the two dolls representing Jesus and John in front of the class. Take out the strips of paper you prepared ahead of time and allow children to place the sentence strips that tell about Jesus on or near the baby labeled “Jesus.” Place the sentence strips that tell about John on or near the baby labeled “John.” If necessary, review the passages so the children remember the facts. Take a few minutes to emphasize the similarities and differences between these two babies. Be sure to emphasize that Jesus was unique in

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He was born in Bethlehem in a manger. He is the Son of God.

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that He was fully God and fully Man. Although John was special, he was only a man.

Disciple Guide—page 7

Children should draw themselves as babies. Complete the HeartBeat, allowing your students to tell about special gifts and abilities that God has given to each of them. Guide them to think of ways that these abilities can be used to serve God.

Teacher—Choose one activity that will encourage learners to apply the Bible truth to their lives.

Giving Our Gifts to God (15 minutes)

This craft activity inspires children to give their abilities and talents to God. Supplies: paper and pencils, one small box for each student, wrapping paper and bows, offering plate (optional)

Lesson 2

God helped these special babies grow up and do amazing things! Jesus and John were born to fulfill God’s wonderful plan for the world. Although only Jesus can save the world from sin, you have a very special role to play in God’s plan too. He made each baby unique and special on purpose, and we can be happy that He made us just the way we are.

Inspire

Action

Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Have children list unique talents or abilities that they would like to give to God for His use and glory. Then give each student a small box. Have children put their lists into the boxes. Allow them to wrap them as gifts symbolizing giving their talents and special abilities to God. Collect the “gifts” in an offering plate and let the students know you will give them to your church leaders as a special class offering.

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OR Talent Skits (10-15 minutes)

This drama activity encourages children to think about how they can use their gifts for God. Supplies: paper, dice, or homemade dice (see below) Before class, create a special pair dice made of cardboard or card stock. You can use the template found at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Christ”) or make your own. On one die, write one occupation on each side: teacher, doctor, athlete, policeman, grocery clerk, etc. On the other die write one location on each side: park, store, beach, hospital, classroom, etc. You can also just make a chart and use regular dice instead. As a class, list different talents and abilities on separate slips of paper. Place these in a small bag or box. Divide students into groups of two to three. Let each pair choose one paper. Ask each pair to make a short skit demonstrating a way that talent or gift could be used for God. Use the “rolla-role” dice to give structure to their skits.

I can draw pictures I can help others

I am scared to talk about Jesus. God can give me courage.

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Follow the King” (Lesson 2) Closing Prayer

Pray that the Lord will show each child that He has a plan for his or her life. Ask the Lord to draw each one to a closer relationship with Him. Pray that the students will use their special talents to serve God and His church. Pray for the personal requests of students. Encourage children to voice their prayer concerns. Be sure to pray for each one. Lesson 2

Closing Words

Today we learned about Jesus and John as babies. What happens to babies? That’s right, they grow! Next time we will learn about Jesus when He was just a little older than you are now!

Teacher—Children should complete this page on their own or at home with a parent.

Disciple Skill How to Be Jesus’ Disciple

During this quarter, your children will consider “healthy habits for spiritual growth” as outlined in the acrostic PO-W-E-R. This tool will give them the basics of being a disciple. Review the POWER acrostic weekly so the children learn it by memory. The P in POWER stands for Pray. As you talk with your students about having confidence in prayer, remind them that fancy words aren’t important. God wants to hear their prayers from a sincere heart (Hebrews 10:22).

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HymnNotes Meet Thomas Chisolm, author of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Disciple Guide— page 8

Encourage kids to complete DiscipleZone before the next lesson. Explain that activities are available at a special website—

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Level 4 overview

The Church’s Mission and Message This year, your children ages 9-12 will encounter the Church—as God’s instrument to influence the future. Kids will experience the Book of Acts and relive episodes of Christians who revolutionized the first century. Prepare to transform the twenty-first century with the Good News about Jesus! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level Four uses the Books of Acts and Daniel to teach about the Church’s mission. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order.

Quarter A: Eyewitnesses

Children will observe the explosive spread of the Gospel message. Kids will thrill at how the Holy Spirit empowered early believers to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ. They’ll relive the exciting events of the firstcentury Church! 4ADG Disciple Guide

Quarter B: Powerful Messengers

Children will encounter God’s presence and power among the early Christians. Kids will listen to the challenging messages and see the inspiring miracles. They’ll watch the incredible growth as the Church flourished in spite of intense persecution. TM

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Quarter C: Valiant Voyagers

Children will accompany the Apostle Paul as he boldly ventured to distant regions with the Gospel. Kids will love how God used Paul’s adventures and trials to reach many people. They’ll pray for present-day missionary efforts and learn to share the Good News of Christ with others. 4C-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter D: World Ambassadors

Children will retrace the life of Daniel, a man who walked with God through difficult days. Kids will formulate their own Biblical worldview in light of God’s priorities and values. They’ll depend on God’s transforming power to be available today! 4D-DG Disciple Guide

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Panorama of God’s Kingdom This year, your children ages 10-13 will embrace God’s Kingdom—as His magnificent plan for all eternity. Kids will view God’s plan for the ages and be challenged to walk in the footsteps of Bible champions. Enter the “Hall of Faith” to meet godly men and women who illumined dark corners of history! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level Five uses Old and New Testament stories to teach about Bible heroes. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order.

Quarter A: Old Testament Champions

Children will review God’s masterful plan for His chosen people. Kids will discover why activities on earth are so important to God’s ultimate purposes. They’ll celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout history—and today! 5ADG Disciple Guide

Quarter B: New Testament Champions

Children will meet the heroes of the new covenant. Kids will fathom the amazing privilege of being Jesus’ followers—to represent Him to people everywhere. They’ll join His determined disciples as they carry out His Great Commission. 5B-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter C: Christian Champions

Children will witness the fascinating history of Christ’s bride—the Church. Kids will marvel at how Christ’s light has illumined dark corners of the world for two thousand years. They’ll accept the challenge to follow in the footsteps of these godly men and women. 5C-DG Disciple Guide

Quarter D: Tomorrow’s Champions

Children will explore how the Apostle Paul prepared his understudy, Timothy, to be a champion for Christ. As they study Paul’s letters to Timothy, kids will discover that Paul’s example, training techniques, and personal words encourage them to be champions, too! 5D-DG Disciple Guide

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Level 5 sample lesson

Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Old Testament Champions” (Lesson 7)

1 Kings 2, 10-11 Big Idea God anoints rulers who Lesson Summary

Kings Rule (1050–930 BC) During this era, Saul disobeys the Lord shortly after Samuel anoints him king (1 Samuel). Samuel then anoints David who eventually unites all twelve tribes into one nation (2 Samuel). Later on, David’s son, Solomon, builds the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 1-11). For 400 years, tribal judges led God’s people. But discontent and insecurity became more and more evident. Israel’s trust in God waned. The people wanted to be like other nations—with a king who would unify the people, centralize the government, and lead the military. Though God warned that the people’s desire for a king would bring hardship, the Lord granted their wishes. He selected Samuel, the last judge, to anoint Israel’s first two kings, Saul and David.

Bible Background

1 Kings charts David’s final days and the ascension of Solomon, his son. Solomon’s kingdom was noted for its brilliance and glory—outstanding in size, affluence, and influence. When Solomon built and dedicated the Jerusalem Temple, his reign reached its pinnacle.

DISCIPLE TARGETS KNOWLEDGE (truths) Solomon pleased the Lord K • King by asking for wisdom to rule people. (1 Kings 3:9) N • God’s As Israel’s leaders remained to the Lord, He O committed blessed their nation. 5:12) W • (2GodSamuel gives wisdom to those who ask for His help in making decisions. (James 1:5)

The “golden era” of Israel’s history came to an end with Solomon—who rarely displayed the devotion to God and spiritual strength that characterized his father, David. Solomon’s lavish public works and personal lifestyle sowed seeds of discord and mistrust, ultimately corrupting the kingdom. In spite of his lineage and wisdom, Solomon’s spiritual life failed to sustain the potential expressed in the Temple dedication.

Teacher Devotional

The Bible records both good and bad aspects of Israel’s leaders. The first three kings, Saul, David, and Solomon, won great victories when they trusted God. They also made agonizing mistakes when they showed selfish independence. Our character is tested and shaped daily. Obedience brings abundant blessings. Sin leaves lasting scars. God of Glory, thank You for possessing infinite wisdom. Thank You for sharing it with Your children as we humbly ask. Create in my students a genuine hunger for You and Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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• Happy to consecrate themselves to the Lord’s service. • Eager to follow God and stay on His path to wisdom.

CONDUCT (actions) that God will use them to D • Pray serve in His kingdom. the events in Solomon’s O • Trace reign as king over Israel.

• Determined to cooperate with God and carry out His will.

• Choose a proverb that applies to their personal pursuit of wisdom.

• Assured that God will give them wisdom when they ask.

• DiscipleSkill—Identify the 12 Old Testament Adventure Books.

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Old Testament Champions” (Lesson 7) Make

Disciples Teacher—Decide where to place these elements into this lesson.

Opening Prayer

Ask God to give the kids a desire to be consecrated to serve the Lord. Pray for insights into Solomon’s life and into different kinds of people who may be wise, foolish, naïve, or mockers. Invite God to speak through His Word to each child.

WorldWatch Lesson 7

Missionary Biography 7 of 12—Don and Carol Richardson—Funny Mistakes Missionary stories can have a profound impact on a child. Take 1-2 minutes to read this brief narrative. Download discussion questions at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Israel”).

KeyVerse

Topic: Kings Rule Reference: 2 Samuel 8:15 Memorization Activity: On a piece of paper, write the topic and reference for the memory verse. Pass it to a student who writes the first word and passes it to the next student, who writes the second word, passes it to the next, and so on. When the verse is finished, recite it together.

Bonus Resources

Access free downloads for this lesson at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Israel”). • More activity ideas • Activity templates and resources • Explore Scripture teacher notecards

Don and Carol move into their new home near the Sawi village. Built with poles, a split palm bark floor, and insulated with palm leaves, it looks similar to the other Sawi homes. At night, however, the kerosene lamps inside make the home glow in the darkness! Carol runs a medical clinic from her front porch. She uses her nursing skills to treat people who are sick. Don works with the Sawi and learns their ways. Slowly Don and Carol learn to speak the Sawi language. In order to learn a new word, Don points to an object and motions with his hands that he wants to know the name for that object. The Sawi say the word and then Don writes down the sounds of the new word in a notebook. Before long, Don realizes that every object he points at is called by the same word. He and Carol are puzzled and curious. Finally, they realize that word the Sawi are saying is not the word for the object he is pointing at, but the word for “finger”! Missions Education—The Target To add this component to the lesson, download the teacher script at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Israel”).

SUPPLIES General Supplies

Bibles, Disciple Guides (pages 25-28) Pencils, markers, paper Notecards, scissors, tape, glue

Make Disciples

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Spark Interest

•I AM SPECIAL: none •BUILD THE TEMPLE: various building materials

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Teaching Picture 5A.13—Era 7—Kings Rule Teaching Picture 5A.14—Solomon

Inspire Action

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Interest I Am Special (10-15 minutes)

This discussion activity helps kids consider the effects of peer pressure and conformity to the world.

Disciple Guide—page 25

After the kids crack the code, discuss what it means to be consecrated to the Lord’s service. Complete this page at the beginning of class or after a Spark Interest activity.

Lesson 2

Teacher—Choose one activity that will involve students and grab their attention.

Lesson 7

Ask students to describe times when they want to be like everyone else. What is the cost of being different? What is the cost of conforming? What are the benefits of following the Lord? Give examples from your own life, if possible. Why did Israel want to be like all the other nations? What were the consequences of its decision to conform? (See 1 Samuel 8:5-21.) Conclude by reading Romans 12:2 aloud together.

OR Build the Temple (15-20 minutes) This group craft encourages kids to imagine the splendor of Solomon’s Temple. Supplies: miniature building materials such as cardboard, shoeboxes, Styrofoam, construction paper, markers, pens, fabric scraps, etc. Inform students that they are King Solomon’s “conscripted” Temple builders. Separate kids into small teams. Assign each team one part of the Temple to build (foundation, interior, inner sanctuary, inner courtyard, furnishings). Give the kids fifteen minutes to construct the Temple. You can download a painting of the Temple at DiscipleLand.com/downloads (enter the keyword “Israel”). When they are finished, explain that priests brought the Ark of the Lord and placed it into the Most Holy Place in the Temple. Conclude by reading (or asking students to read) sections of Solomon’s dedication prayer: 1 Kings 8:2324, 27-30. Then add your own prayer, dedicating yourself and your class to walk in God’s ways.

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Old Testament Champions” (Lesson 7) Champion: Solomon Solomon’s kingdom was noted for its brilliance and glory—outstanding in size, wealth, and influence. Solomon built and dedicated the magnificent Jerusalem Temple. But Solomon’s lavish personal lifestyle sowed seeds of mistrust. Solomon’s spiritual life faltered and his kingdom did not remain strong. Show the Teaching Picture 5A.14 of Solomon.

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1 Kings 3, 10-11

Lesson 7

Era #7: Kings Rule (1050–930 BC) We are building an Old Testament timeline and learning about champions who lived during each era. Today’s lesson is about the “golden age” of Israel’s history. For almost a century, Kings who were consecrated to the Lord ruled wisely over God’s people. Show the Teaching Picture 5A.13 of Era 7—Kings Rule.

Disciple Guide—page 26

Talk about Solomon’s life and why he is a “champion of faith.” Discuss both sides of his life—the “up side” with its positive accomplishments, and the “down side,” with his sin and idolatry.

This era can be divided into three major sections: • Saul (1050–1010 BC) Saul disobeys the Lord after Samuel anoints him king (1 Samuel). Key People—Samuel, Saul, Jonathan; Key Place—Canaan • David (1010–970 BC) David unites all twelve tribes into one nation (2 Samuel). People—Samuel, David; Places— Canaan, Jerusalem • Solomon (970–930 BC) Solomon builds the beautiful Temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 1-11). People—Solomon; Places—Canaan, Jerusalem

The Book of Proverbs is like a treasure map that leads us to wise living. Solomon wrote most of these short, meaningful sayings called “proverbs.”

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Give each child a piece of paper and pen or pencil. Imagine that during a time when you are alone, God comes to talk with you personally. He tells you that He will give you whatever you ask for. Think about it for a minute and write down your request.

Solomon’s Stats ► “Wisest person who ever lived” ► Uncertain lifespan (about 1000—931 BC) ► Reigned as king over Israel for 40 years ► 1 Kings 3:9

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Open your Bibles to 1 Kings 3. When God asked King Solomon this same question, what did Solomon request? (Wisdom to rule God’s people well.) Why did God give Solomon what he asked for? (His request was not self-serving. His prayer request was for the sake of others, God’s beloved people.) How does Solomon’s request compare with yours? (Encourage students to share their requests, but don’t force them.)

(1 Kings 10:23-24).

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Encourage kids to compare themselves to the four types of people. Complete the HeartBeat, inviting each child to earnestly seek God’s wisdom.

Teacher—Choose one activity that will encourage learners to apply the Bible truth to their lives.

Up-to-Date Wisdom (10-15 minutes) This comprehension activity encourages kids to dig out the meaning of a Proverb and put it in their own words. Supplies: Bibles Explain that most of the Proverbs were written during King Solomon’s reign. Ask kids to pair up and then assign one proverb from the list below to each pair. Have the children read their verse and consider what it means. Then have them write the Proverb as they would say it today, in their own words. When they’re finished, invite each pair to read the original proverb and their paraphrase.

Lesson 7

Disciple Guide—page 27

Proverbs 2:21-22, 3:11-12, 4:5-6, 4:14-17, 4:23, 4:26-27, 6:6-8, 6:12-15, 9:9, 10:1, 10:3, 10:5, 10:7, 10:9, 11:19, 12:1, 12:15, 13:18, 14:29, 15:1, 15:13, 16:28, 17:1, 17:22, 21:17, 22:1, 22:24-25, 25:17, 26:1, 26:11, 27:12, 28:13, 29:1-2, 29:15, 30:5-6, (add your favorites)

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Be a Poet (10-15 minutes)

Solomon wrote many proverbs that describe different types of people. Draw lines to connect the character traits from Proverbs with the type of person.

wise simple/naive fool

This creative writing activity reinforces the Bible story.

Essential Trait

Lead the class in writing their own cinquain (pronounced “sin KANE”) poems, individually, in groups, or as a whole class. Choose a person or event from today’s lesson. Follow this formula to create a cinquain. When you’re finished, display the poems in your classroom or in the hallway to share with others. [example in brackets]

• is proud (3:34) • lacks judgment (7:7) • is humble before God (15:33) • is irresponsible (17:16)

Learning Style

• grows by listening to others (1:5) • does not listen (13:1) • often refuses to learn (15:5) • learns by seeing others punished (21:11)

Probable Destiny

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• waywardness and death (1:32) • a life of honor (3:35) • will come to ruin (10:8) • will be punished (19:29)

Line 1 (noun—person, place, or thing) [David] Line 2 (two adjectives—describing words) [brave, humble]

God anoints rulers who unify His people into one glorious nation, Israel.

Wisdom from God was part of Israel’s glory. Just as the principles of wisdom never change, neither do the issues that people face. List key phrases from Proverbs 2:1-7 that reveal how to become truly wise. Circle one or more that you want to apply to your life. How will you make this become true of you?

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Teacher Guide, Quarter A: “Old Testament Champions” (Lesson 7) Closing Prayer

Ask the Lord to help each child walk on His path of wisdom. Encourage students to share their requests as well as to pray for them. Teacher—Children should complete this page on their own or at home with a parent.

Closing Words

Today we saw that God seeks people who are wholeheartedly consecrated to Him. Next time we will hear voices of prophets who openly warned Israel’s leaders about their sins.

DiscipleSkill How to Navigate the Old Testament

For 4,000 years, the Old Testament has molded Jewish civil, religious, social, and economic life. Never has one Book so greatly influenced the way of life of an entire nation!

Lesson 7

During this quarter, kids will learn how the Old Testament fits together. Seventeen History books illumine the past, five Poetry books imprint the present, and seventeen Prophecy books inspire the future. Each one has a theme and message for today!

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The Christian’s Highest Privilege This year, your children ages 11-14 will celebrate discipleship—as God’s blueprint for victorious living. Take up Jesus’ challenge to count the costs and experience the joys of being His disciples! Every quarter includes 12 Bible lessons (plus one review lesson). Level Six uses a variety of Old and New Testament passages to teach the Christian disciplines. We recommend beginning with Quarter A, although you can use DiscipleLand resources in any order. Bringing the

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Children will encounter God—one-on-one. Kids will become aware of God’s presence as they dialogue with Him, keeping a journal of their times together. They’ll commune daily with God and enjoy His life-changing power! 6BDG Disciple Guide

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Children will experience the fascinating life of David, a “man after God’s own heart.” Kids will observe how David trusted God through harrowing circumstances. They’ll make wise choices and watch God work in their own hearts. 6D-DG Disciple Guide

To see a sample lesson of Level 6, visit DiscipleLand.com

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DiscipleTown overview Elementary

DiscipleTown equips kids with essential discipleship skills.

DiscipleTown is downloadable Children’s Church curriculum for kids in grades 1-6. A creative and adaptable town theme helps teach practical “Disciple Skills” that every follower of Jesus must develop in order to grow and live victoriously. Other DiscipleTown features:

•• Customizable

Adapt lessons and material to fit your teaching goals and ministry needs.

•• Stand-alone

Each DiscipleTown Unit teaches one Disciple Skill. Buy and use in any order!

•• Relatable

Lessons written by Karl Bastian, a veteran children’s pastor with extensive Kids Church experience.

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Curriculum Map

(DiscipleTown Units in no particular order*)

How to Worship God

How to Make Good Friends

How to Use My Bible

How to Follow God’s Plan

How to Grow Spiritual Fruit

How to Make Good Choices

How to Show Respect

How to Walk in the Spirit

How to Pray

How to Be Jesus’ Disciple

How to Be Faithful Workers

How to Build Character

How to Love God

How to Navigate the Old Testament

How to Memorize God’s Word

How to Navigate the New Testament

How to Be Global Christians

How to Explain My Faith

How to Discover Gifts and Talents

How to Earn Eternal Rewards

How to Walk Victoriously

How to Study My Bible

How to Meet with God

How to Know the Truth

*DiscipleTown units are still in production. Check DiscipleLand.com for current availability.

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DiscipleTown resources Elementary

DiscipleTown is sold in downloadable Units. Purchasing each Unit grants you a download link to all these digital resources and more! Full color digital files $44.95

p Leader Guides

Four Bible lessons plus one review activity guide. Games, skits, object lessons, and puppet scripts.

p PowerPoint Templates

More than 40 high-quality slides for each lesson! Simple to present and easy to modify, with outstanding graphics.

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Four irresistible and hilarious object lessons presented by Karl Bastian. Offered in .mov and .mp4 formats.

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Four take-home, 10 minute devotions for parents to connect with their kids. Available in color and black & white.


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God made you and loves you. God is powerful. He created everything—including you. (See Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20.) God is personal. He loves you and wants to be your Friend. (See John 3:16; Romans 8:38-39.)

Spiritual Growth

God knows everything about you. Every person sins against God. (See Daniel 9:4-5; Romans 3:23.) Every person will pay for sin—including you. (See Romans 5:12; 6:23a.)

Jesus died to forgive your sins.

• How to Worship God • How to Follow God’s Plan • How to Make Good Choices

Jesus left heaven and lived a sinless life on earth. (See Matthew 1:21; John 10:10; 1 Peter 2:22.) Jesus took the punishment you deserved. (See 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8.)

Jesus rose to give you new life! You can trust Jesus and become God’s child. (See John 1:12, 14:6.) You can trust Jesus and receive new life. (See John 5:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17.)

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Are you ready to trust Jesus as your Savior? If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, express your faith and begin your new friendship by praying—talking with God. • Admit that you have sinned and need forgiveness. • Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross to forgive your sins. • Tell God that you trust Jesus as your personal Savior and you choose to follow Him. • Ask God to make you the kind of person He wants you to be.

Trust God to empower you. Jesus lives forever inside you. (See Galatians 2:20; John 10:28, 15:5.) The Holy Spirit will always guide you. (See John 16:13; Acts 1:8.)

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adventure overview & Resources Elementary

Adventure motivates kids to pursue their discipleship journey.

This series of Bible studies for grades 1-6 covers an essential array of discipleship topics. Each exciting Adventure takes children to an exotic location around the world. DiscipleLand Adventures are perfect for combined-age classes and each offers 12 Bible lessons and one review lesson. Activities and workbooks are divided into ages 6-9 and 9-12. Use Adventure in a variety of ministry settings, including Sunday school, midweek, children’s church, or as a child’s personal Bible study. Leader Guides 48-80 pages Student Workbooks 48 pages

8.5” x 11” 8.5” x 11”

$9.95* $4.95

t My Awesome Adventure

Finding and Following Jesus Ages 9-12

Introduce your children to twelve essential “how-to’s” of the faith.

AAW9—My Awesome Adventure

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t My Jungle Adventure

Motivate your children to grow as Jesus’ disciples and produce longlasting spiritual fruit.

t My Volcano Adventure

“My teachers love My Jungle Adventure! They feel it is the best program they have worked with. We plan on doing the other Adventures.” —Linda Balance, Children’s Director Desert Hills Evangelical Free Church, Phoenix, AZ

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Show your children the Bible’s origin, authority, message, and purpose.

t My Big-Screen Adventure

Give your children a panorama of Jesus’ life and message.

*Leader Guide w/ DVD $13.95


adventure sample lesson

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training resources t Your Recruiting Remedy Your

Recruiting Remedy

Learn field-tested recruiting strategies that really work. Take a fresh look at the recruiting process to find techniques that will help you succeed! E-book $9.95

Take the Headache Out of Finding and Keeping Volunteers

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Training Remedy Make the Most of Teacher Training

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Develop a consistent and well-planned program of teacher training that motivates, encourages, and informs your volunteers. Inspire teachers to be and do their best! E-book $9.95

Judy Wortley

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Master Teacher

This training resource is the ultimate tool for preparing and training teachers for children’s ministry. Twenty-two hours of biblical, integrated teacher training.

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seasonal resou christmas lessons Supplement your DiscipleLand lessons with these single Christmas lesson kits. Each kit contains activity pages for 12 children and 1 Teacher Guide. 8” x 10.25” $8.95

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The Surprise: An Angel Visits Mary (Luke 1:26-56) God’s Son: An Angel Visits Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) The Savior: Shepherds Visit the Baby (Luke 2:8-20) The King: Wise Men Bring Gifts (Matthew 2:1-12)

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My Shepherd (Luke 2, Psalm 23) ages 6-8 Christmas Around the World (Luke 2:8-20) ages 7-9 Mighty Ruler (Matthew 2:1-23) ages 8-10 Amazing Savior (Matthew 1) ages 9-12 Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:1-7) ages 10-13 Light & Life (John 1:1-18) ages 11-14

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urces easter lessons Supplement your DiscipleLand lessons with these single Easter lesson kits. Each kit contains activity pages for 12 children and 1 Teacher Guide. 8” x 10.25” $8.95

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ages 3-5

Not Guilty!: Pilate Judges Jesus (John 18:28—19:16) Empty!: Jesus Left the Grave (John 20:1-18) Lord and God!: Thomas Finally Believes (John 20:19-29) Ready, Set, Go!: Everyone Must Know (Matthew 28:16-20)

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The Gift of Life (John 19-20)

The Passover (Exodus 12, Luke 22) ages 6-8 Let’s Go! (Luke 24:1-12, 36-53) ages 7-9 Exalted Servant (Isaiah 52:13–53:12) ages 8-10 He’s Alive! (John 20:11–21:25) ages 9-12 Back from the Dead (Matthew 27:57–28:20) ages 10-13 We Were There (John 18:1–20:18) ages 11-14

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other resource

p DiscipleLand Banners

The perfect display for promoting your DiscipleLand ministry or classes. Heavyduty vinyl with colorful, bright images. 8’ x 5’ $199.95 Other sizes available. Check DiscipleLand.com for details.

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p Through the Bible

Adult Bible Studies

Four-volume Bible study for adults who want to dig deep into God’s Word. Unique question and Scripture reference method expands understanding and application. 8” X 10.25”

$9.95

p Flannelgraphs

Felt visuals to help young children learn Bible stories. Choose from basic and deluxe sets. Basic Set $179.95

Deluxe Set $359.95

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and Chip Puppets

Full-bodied puppets to use with DiscipleLand puppet scripts. Two arm rods each. Available individually or in sets. 28” tall

$249.95/set

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my awesome Go bible storybook Raising the bar for children’s Bible resources, My Awesome God Bible Storybook brings God’s Word to life for a whole new generation of kids. •• 200 stories help children embrace what the Bible says about God—who He is, what He is like, and what He does. •• Each story is crafted to engage younger children, and is faithful to the Biblical text. •• The stunning illustrations redefine excellence! Vibrant art, bursting with rich detail, fills every page. •• Follows the same story sequence as DiscipleLand Preschool, enhancing the curriculum.

Parents and children will enjoy the simple, page-turning narrative and the imaginative illustrations. This unique tool will help parents and teachers explain God’s Word in all its fullness. From Genesis to Revelation, My Awesome God Bible Storybook invites readers, young and old, to discover that God is truly awesome!

“I just want to comment on My Awesome God Bible Storybook. I am thrilled with the goal of discipleship being taught to children through the use of this precious tool. The children love the pictures and the simple words help them follow along. It gives these early year children experience in carrying and opening their Bibles. I would highly recommend My Awesome God to families and for Sunday school use.” —Donna Duke, Kindergarten teacher at Montrose

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Bible Storybook

200 full color stories plus a glossary/index of God’s attributes. 416 pages 6.25” x 7.5” $19.95

Also Available... q My Awesome God Booklet Series

Seven stories help children explore vital topics, events, and characters from God’s Word. Sold in sets of ten booklets. 14 pages

6.25” x 7.5”

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A Complete Children’s Discipleship System™ An intentional, relational, and transformational discipleship process where children achieve balanced growth in Bible knowledge, Christ-like character, and faithful conduct.

In this 1-year, Bible-based learning system from birth to 36 months, infants and toddlers begin trusting the Lord.

Your preschoolers will embrace the Bible like never before by discovering God’s greatness and plan. 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s will fall in love with the Bible and become Jesus’ friends.

Your kids will overview the entire Bible. As kindergarten children meet 48 Old and New Testament heroes, they realize that Jesus is the special Hero who fulfilled God’s wonderful plan.

Throughout their elementary years, your children will reach their peak potential as Jesus’ disciples. They will establish a solid foundation, experience victorious living, build essential life-skills, and embrace the Great Commission. • Core Bible challenges children to become victorious disciples via 6 years of sequential Bible curriculum.

• Adventure motivates kids to pursue their discipleship

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journey via essential Bible topics. • DiscipleTown equips kids with vital discipleship skills.

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