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God Always Keeps His Promises

 

Rationale

Our love for God is grounded in the trustworthiness of God, for we cannot truly love those we cannot trust. There are so many passages that have this as their theme. Psalm 23 and Matthew 6 are two favourite passages, but most of all is Jesus. He was promised in the Old Testament and Jesus came as promised, and when Jesus was raised from the dead it guaranteed that God would keep all his other promises. As it says in Romans 8:32, if he gave us his Son, then how much more will he give us what we need?
 

Key Concepts

  • Promises in the Old Testament: Rainbow reminder that world won’t flood again
  • Jesus was promised in the Old Testament and Jesus came as promised
  • Jesus was raised from the dead as promised
  • Promises kept in the Bible help us to trust God will keep all His other promises. As it says in Romans 8:32, if he gave us his Son, then how much more will he give us what we need?
  • All things might not always be good, but God promises that He will be with us and will help us to cope.
 

Scripture References

**There are very many references to God’s faithfulness and to the need for us to have faith and obey God. It is one of the major themes of the Bible
Numbers 23:19 - God is not like us that he should lie
Dt 7:10 - he is the faithful God who keeps his promises
Lam 3:22-23 - his faithfulness/mercies are fresh every morning
Luke 1:46-55 - the promise of the birth of Jesus, which was the fulfillment of all the promises given in the OT
1 Thess 5:22-23 - God will keep us safe until that final day when Jesus comes
Heb 10:23 - he is faithful
Psalm 89 - a psalm of praise to God’s faithfulness
Joshua 1:9
Jeremiah 29:11 – 14
Romans 8:32
 
Some Key Stories showing God’s faithfulness
Genesis 6-9 - Noah and the Ark
Genesis 12-22 - the many promises given to Abraham, in particular the promise of the birth of Isaac. See Genesis 15:6 where Abraham believes God and so is counted righteous. See Romans 4 where Paul uses this as the model of our relationship with God
Genesis 32-33 - Jacob wrestles with God because he fears Esau will kill him, but God protects him by making Esau god to see him
Genesis 37-46 - Joseph and his dreams. A long story but in many ways shows better than other stories how God’s faithfulness works
God hears the cries of the people in Egypt - Exodus 2:23-25
Exodus 3-12 - Moses is sent to Pharaoh 
Exodus 14 - Moses at the Red Sea
1 Samuel 17 - David and Goliath
1 Kings 17 - Elijah the drought, the widow and her son
Daniel 3 - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace
Daniel 6 - Daniel in the Lion’s den
Jonah 1 and 2 - Jonah and the great sea creature
Matthew 1 and 2 - The birth of Jesus, including the flight to Egypt
Matthew 8-10 - The healing and miracles of Jesus
Matthew 28 - Resurrection of Jesus
Acts 3 - Peter and John heal a man in the name of Jesus
Acts 12 - Peter in prison
Acts 16:16-40 - Paul and Silas in prison
Acts 28 - Paul and the snake
 (The Beginners Bible You Tube)
 

Ideas/Strategies for Lessons

The Bible is full of stories illustrating the faithfulness of God and the appropriate response on our part of faith, see the list in the Scripture References. Either read or use a video of the story and discuss both God’s faithfulness and the faith shown by the people. make it a time of prayer
God is not just faithful in the Bible but Christians all have stories of God’s faithfulness. Share your own and perhaps some of the children will have some to share
Learn songs about God’s goodness and faithfulness
Story: 3 year old wants a bicycle with 2 wheels, but mum and dad bought him a trike – not happy. Tries to use big brother’s bike, it falls – realise to trust mum and dad to know best – as we trust God when we pray. Discuss our God gives us the answers we need not necessarily what we want
Some of God's promises:
That we will live with him one day
That He will come back
That He loves us
He made us special
He will walk with us
We can ask for wisdom
Shows us the best way to live
He listens when we pray
Nothing is too bad that we cannot say sorry, and be forgiven
He never stops loving us
Find appropriate passages and get children to learn them 
Ask children what trust means and then ask children who they trust and discuss what this feels like, looks like and so on
Trust activities:
Blind fold trust walk – who did they felt they could trust