– Book of Bible Heroes
Key Point – Of all the Hero’s In the Bible Jesus is the greatest.
Memory Verse – Hebrews 11:33 “Their faith helped them conquer kingdoms, and because they did right God made promises to them.”
Introduction – How many of you kids have a hero. Why are they your hero’s. What amazing thing can they do or have they done? Some people like Michael Jordon, Tiger Woods, Sponge Bob Square pants have accomplished great things but those things are nothing compared to what some of the Bible heros accomplished in the book of Judges. Why do you think they accomplished so many great things is it because they are talented, no. Is it because they are popular, liked by everyone, No. It is because they had the power of God working through them. They were as normal as you and I but they had God’s awesome power working through them. That is what made them different. You can be a hero if you rely on God’s strength and ability and not your own.
Skit – Faith Man Vs. Mega Doubt Man – have a kid see a bike that he really wants but doesn’t have enough money for right now. Enter Faith Man and Mega Doubt Man they are competing with the boy trying to get him to have faith (Faith Man) or not believe that God provide something like a bike for him (Mega Doubt Man). Both battle it out at first it appears that Doubt man is winning as the boy begins to doubt but his older sister reminds him to have faith and Faith Man wins over Doubt man easily.
Skit – Moms and Dads – Heroes are people we see everyday. – A group of kids are in class and their teacher asks them who their hero is. They each respond who and why. Some say superman because he is strong, some say Bill Gates because he is rich, some say Larry the Cucumber because he is famous, the last kid says his parents because they are always there for him and they love him and sacrificed so much for them.
Object Lesson – Pictures of Michael Jordan, Michael W. Smith heroes are people we look up to respect there are many heroes in the Bible. The MC explains there we see many heroes on TV that is one reason why we like to watch it, we like Superman, The Yankees, etc… Explain to the kids that just like all the heroes we see on TV there are many, many heroes in the Bible we need to read and find out how they lived so that we can follow Jesus even closer.
Object Lesson – Fireman’s hat – ask the kids if a fireman would be their hero if he saved them from a fire or pulled their cat from a tree? Then explain how Jesus has done much more than that for us. Jesus is the greatest hero of all. Ask the kids if someone saved their life from a burning building or from getting hit by a car? (Allow them to answer). Explain how Jesus did the same thing for us on the cross. How because of what he did for us he didn’t just save us from a burning building he saved us from going to hell.
Puppet –Who is your hero – Jesus because he has saved my life. Puppet comes up and explains to his friend (another puppet) that he wants to be a super-Christian. The other puppet says that it is impossible and that you shouldn’t want to be such things because we all sin. The super-Christian puppet explains that we can be even though we sin because Jesus died for our sins. He is our hero we should try to live like him.
Bible Story – Gideon from zero to hero – Judges 6, 7 God used Gideon even though he was the least of his family and the least of Israel God used him.
11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “But Lord , [a] ” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”
19 Gideon went in, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah [b] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.
What makes a hero?
1. Trusting in Jesus – the bible tells us that without him we can do nothing if we want to be a hero of faith. It starts with us trusting Jesus with everything. Gideon was the lowest and least likely to be used by God but he did something many people didn’t. He trusted Jesus.
2. Hear and Obey – It’s one thing to hear what you should do it’s another thing to do it. When we hear and obey we will do things differently and in a much better way than we could have ever imagined.
JUDGES SMALL GROUP
Activity – Have the kids write their parents (or an adult that has played a big part in their life) a card saying that their parents are their heroes.
Who is your hero?
Who do you want to be like when you grow up?
What makes a person a hero?
Would you ever want to be a hero?
Are there more heroes in the Bible or on TV?
Who would you say is the greatest hero ever?
Name one of the heroes from the Bible.
After today’s lesson what person are you going to try to be more like?