Knowing God is Faithful
Act out the Bible story of the big contest!
Choose parts (Ahab, Elijah, prophets of Baal, servants, bystanders – depending on how many actors you have). Read 1 Kings 18:20-40 and ask the actors to act out the story as you read it. (Be sure to pause after each big action to allow them time to “do” what you’ve just read.)
How did God show His faithfulness to Elijah? (He brought fire from heaven to burn up the sacrifice; He answered Elijah’s prayer; He showed His great power to all those present that day; etc.)
What does it mean to be faithful? (to do what you say you will do; to be dependable, reliable, trustworthy, etc.)
King Ahab and the prophets of Baal called out to a false god who was not able to help them. Elijah called out to God who is real who helped him. Even though we can’t see God, we can know that He is there and that He is faithful.
Test different materials for reliability (sheet of paper, paper towels, dish towel, wood, metal – any variety you have will do). Ask kids to gather blocks or other small toys, cars, etc. to use in the experiment.
Make two stacks of books and use the different materials to find out what makes the best bridge between the books. Lay the sheet of paper on top of the books. Then stack items to see how strong the paper is. Will it hold one block? Will it hold 5 blocks? Repeat with other materials. Each time a new material is tested for reliability, make a note of how many blocks it holds.
What material (paper, paper towels, wood, etc) was the most reliable?
What does it mean to be reliable? (to be strong, to be counted on to do what it is supposed to do, etc.)
What does it mean to say that God is reliable? (that He is strong; that He will do what He has said He will do; that we can count on Him for help; etc.)
Another word we use for reliable is faithful. When we say that God is faithful, we mean that He is reliable. We can know that He is strong and that He will do what He has said He will do! Stories in the Bible show us God’s faithfulness to love and help His people.
Five Truths of God
Students learned five truths about God that we can rely on:
- God is powerful. (Jeremiah 32:17)
- God can be trusted. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
- God will always love me. (John 3:16)
- God will never leave me. (Hebrews 13:5b)
- God will do what is best for me. (Romans 8:28)
Write out these truths (students may have brought a copy home with them) and place them on the fridge. There are five truths – one for each finger. Say each truth as you lift each finger.
When hard times come, we might doubt that God is with us or that He even loves us. Elijah may have felt afraid and unsure when he faced the wicked prophets of Baal, but he knew that God was trustworthy so Elijah could boldly do what is right. Knowing these important truths can help us trust God no matter what happens.