God’s Big Plan
Creation, Fall, Reconciliation, Response, Renewal
At this stage children believe what they are told by their parents and teachers. They love stories and find it hard to differentiate reality from fantasy. They may relate to the characters in Bible as figures from fairytales and movies. They need to experience the Bible stories in a simple and memorable way, helping them make connections to God’s whole plan of Creation, Fall, Reconciliation and Response and final Renewal. Although children learn the stories they often don’t understand the connections between them and they lack concepts of time to be able to sequence events. We still need every generation to be intentional about telling the next generation about God’s plan (Deuteronomy 6: 5-7)
- God’s revelation of himself through Creation
- God’s nature and character, love and holiness
- Our relationship with God is lost and we do not hear/feel/see him
- Jesus is God’s plan fulfilled to restore our relationship with God, who brings together both God’s love and his holiness
- Our Response bring us into a relationship with God and leads to a new life where we love God and we love others
- Renewal, all of history is heading towards a time when Jesus will set up his Kingdom forever and there will be no more tears or pain
Genesis 1 - God created all things and they were good
Genesis 1&2 - God created us to be like him and to know him
Psalm 19 - God shows himself to everyone through the created world
Romans 1:18-23 - God has revealed himself through creation, but we chose to worship the creation instead of the creator
Genesis 3 - Sin came into the world through the Adam and Eve
Genesis 4-11 - With sin came death and more sin, which required God’s judgement
Romans 5:12-21 - So death came through sin which came through one man, in whom we all sinned and so we all die
Ephesians 2:1-10 - We are born dead in sin and are by nature children of wrath, until we are made alive in Christ by God’s grace
Genesis 3:15 - God had a plan to set things right
Genesis 12:1-3 - God called a man named Abram so that through his descendants all the people in the world would be blessed. God changed his name to Abraham
Exodus 1-20 - God sent a man named Moses to set these descendants of Abraham free and to give them his law
2 Samuel 7:13 - God would set up the kingdom of a Son of David forever
Isaiah 9:1-7 - this Son of David would be called Prince of Peace, Counsellor, Mighty God and his kingdom would last forever
Matthew 1 - Jesus, the Son of David, is born to be the Saviour of the world
John 1:1-18 - Jesus shows us the Father and brings us truth and grace
John 3:16 - God loved the world, so he gave his only Son. It is by faith we are saved
Matthew 26:26-29 - the Last Supper, Jesus will pour out his blood for the forgiveness of many
Mark 10:45 - he came to be a slave who would set many free
The Crucifixion and Resurrection accounts in the Gospel
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - the key facts of the Gospel
Matthew 28:18-20 - the commission to proclaim the good news to all nations
John 20:19-23 - Jesus sends us as he was sent by the Father
Acts 1:6-8 - we are to be witnesses for Jesus everywhere
Acts 2:36-47 - the first sermon, the first people to be saved, the first Church
Acts 8:26-40 - Phillip leads the Ethiopian to Jesus, who as an expression of his faith is baptized in water
See all of Acts for various accounts of salvation
Romans 12 - how we should live as Christians
See all of the New Testament as to how we should live
Matthew 5-7 - the Sermon the Mount
Matthew 22:34-40 - the two great commandments
1 John 1 - we are called to walk in the light
1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 - the coming of Jesus
Revelation 21,22 - New Earth and New Heavens
Jeremiah 29:11 - in the midst of discipline, God’s plans are still for our good
Jeremiah 1:5 - God knows about us before we are born
2 Timothy 3:16 - God moved people by the Spirit to write that Bible so that it is his Word and gives us everything we need to love the Lord
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 - the greatest commandment, to love God, and the need to teach children to do this
See all Resources in the other K-2 Units for more ideas
Bible App resource with animated/read stories and interactive features for iPad and Android - great app for telling Bible stories to children
https://www.zaption.com/ - website which allows you to turn online videos into interactive lesson. For example, there are many Christian videos for children on YouTube you can use to create interactive lesson using Zaption. Have a look at the website for examples.
http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/resources.html - commercial site, many good resources
The Story Book Bible with CD – has a good introduction to God’s Plan.
http://veggietales.com/vtmain/ - commercial site for popular videos
http://www.goodseed.com/the-lamb.html - commercial site, good resources
2 Timothy Preschool Age Curriculum written by Nancy Collins - study on 2 Timothy for Pre-School children. Free download. Lots of craft and game ideas.
Ideas/Strategies for Lessons
- Art and craft activities to portray the days of creation
- Bible stories read, sung, dramatised, watched on DVD
- Start with the plan for us – God has a plan for us, he knows us and loves us and then move to God’s plan for the world.
- Play music to match each phase of creation. Create a pantomime of creation to music.
- Take the class outside – tell them what they see, hear and feel – it is what God created. Look at natural and built. Natural – God created. Built – God created the materials and gave us imagination to create.
- Art activities to portray the universe - God created EVERYTHING. How big/powerful he is.
- Genesis 1:31 – Everything God made was good. We are inherently very good.
- Cut and paste magazine pictures of all the very good things they think. Do the same with the things God created. How are they different?
- God’s good plans for us don’t stop when bad things happen. Serving others is a way to show the love and nature of God.
- Who will be King? (Junior version of 2 ways to live) by Phillip Jensen. 6 steps –1. God is the loving king who made the world.2. People said 'no' to God as their King.3. The punishment for rebelling is death and judgment.4. God sent his perfect son Jesus to earth to die on the cross and take our punishment.5. God raised Jesus to life and he is now the judge.6. Two ways to live- say 'no' to God or say 'sorry'.Online interactive copy http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/whowillbeking/
- Thankfulness song medley - Veggie Tales "I thank God for this day, for the sun in the sky....that's why we say thanks everyday
- Max Lucado, A Children's Treasury. This beautiful collection of Max Lucado's best-selling children's picture books includes:
- The Crippled Lamb - This touching tale helps children see that even though they are different, God has a unique plan for their lives.
- Just in Case You Ever Wonder -- An endearing story that illustrates a parent's love for their child.
- The Way Home: A Princess Story - A powerful story that will speak to all the King's children about a parent's sacrifice and the path that leads home.
- Jacob's Gift - A timeless reminder demonstrating how when you give a gift to one of God's children, you give a gift to Him.The Crippled Lamb, For younger children, the classic book The Crippled Lamb has been revised slightly and is presented in the popular board book format, perfect for little hands and durable enough to withstand some "toss and tumble." Because Joshua the Lamb was different, he often felt left out-like on the wintry night when he was left behind in a Bethlehem stable. This touching tale helps kids see that even if they're different, God has a unique plan for their lives.
- You Are Mine - In this wonderful sequel to Lucado's best-selling YOU ARE SPECIAL, Punchinello learns that he is special, not because of what he has, but because he belongs to his maker. A reassuring message for every child.
- Best Of All - Bess Stovall is famous for being famous. Who wouldn't want to join her club? The catch is, only Wemmicks made of maple can join - and Punchinello is made of willow. But the Maker chose Punchinello's wood, and Wemmicksville is in for a surprise!
- You Tube - Hermie thinks he's just a common, garden-variety caterpillar - nothing special. But God has different ideas! Join Hermie and his friends as they discover that God has made each one of us unique, and wants us to be just like Jesus.
- Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or grey dots on one another. The pretty ones - and talented ones always get stars. Those who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly grey dots, just like In this heart-warming children's tale from the best selling pen of Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is - no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It's a vital message for children everywhere: that they are special in God's eyes. This beautifully illustrated tale reminds your children that, no matter how the world evaluates them, God loves them just as they are -Editorial Review.
- I Talk To God About How I Feel - Stormie Omartian, bestselling author of What Happens When I Talk to God? (more than 55,000 copies sold), shares her passion for prayer with children in this thought-provoking and encouraging book. Beautifully illustrated with characters who bravely show their emotions and written in straight-forward, honest language, this story teaches little ones that God cares about all their feelings--sad, happy, lonely, mad, worried, afraid--because God loves them no matter how they feel. The everyday, easy-to-understand scenarios encourage children to acknowledge their own emotions and turn to God. Readers can help the special child in their lives face inevitable disappointments with the realization that God is always near, He always understands, and He always wants to help. [Publisher]
- Tale of the Three Trees, Angela Elwell Hunt, Tim Jonke (Illus) - A cute new format for a top-selling classic! Three young trees each make a wish. When they are felled, it seems as if all their dreams are over. But each is destined to play a special part in the life of Jesus.
- What Is God Like? - Before a father leaves for his longest business trip yet, he encourages his son and daughter to remember, "Even when I'm not here, God is always with you." After he leaves, the boy and his sister spend a fun-filled day and star-filled night remembering everything their father told them about their heavenly Father: He is powerful, loving, everywhere, all-knowing, perfect, merciful, unchanging, creator, and a Father who wants to be known, talked to, obeyed, and worshipped. With imaginative text, Bible verses, and inspiring full-color illustrations, Bevery Lewis and Pam Querin take difficult concepts and bring them to life in the minds of children, and parents, too! [Publisher]