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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 KJV

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    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    It's never too early to teach kids about 'walking with God'. Actually, the younger the better. When you think about walking with God, what do you think of? If we lived in bible times, we would probably think of God coming down to literally walk with us, but we aren't in bible times and that's not something that we've seen.

    Sunday School Lesson: Enoch
    I'm sure some of the answers that came to mind about walking with God were reading your bible, studying His word, praying, going to church, and telling others about Him.

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    The one answer that comes to my mind when I think about walking with God is making God my best friend. Yes, I mean that in every sense of the word. We should not only read our bible, pray, and witness to others, but we need to work at making God our best friend.

    We'll talk more on this in a minute.

    Sunday School Lesson: Enoch and Walking with God


    The story of Enoch is found in Genesis 5:21-24 (KJV). The bible doesn't tell us much about Enoch, but what it does tell we can use for a great Sunday School lesson.

    To begin Sunday School, talk about the first book of the bible - Genesis. Since the story of Enoch is found in Genesis, it is a great time to get kids/adults used to finding the books of the bible. Too many people are turning to online bibles and have no clue where to find them when using a printed copy.

    For older kids, let them read along with you either quietly or aloud. Here are the verses:

    21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
    22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
    23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
    24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

    
    
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    In just four verses, two of them say, 'And Enoch walked with God'. Point this out as you begin the lesson. Read these two verses over again or have a child re-read them.

    This lets us know that walking with God was the important part of Enoch's life. God doesn't tell us what he did for a living, what he wore, what he ate, or even his wife's name. God put this in the bible to teach us that we need to walk with Him.

    Earlier I said we would talk about making God our best friend.

    We need to strive for this as teachers and pass it along to our Sunday School class. Without guidance, kids won't know how to talk or to walk with God.

    Tell the class:

    To make God your best friend, think about all the things you do and say with your best friend here on earth. Maybe your best friend goes to school with you, maybe it's your cousin or even your mother, father, or sibling.

    What do you talk to them about? Do you tell them about your day? Do you tell them you love them? Do you show them things you make? Do you want them to watch you play a sport?

    These are the same things that will help us make God our best friend. We should tell Him what we've done during the day. Yes, it's true, God knows everything and He already knows what you've done, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't tell Him anyway. After all, isn't that something you would tell your best friend?

    Remember, praying and talking with God can be quite different. Talking out loud or even by thinking in your mind what you want to tell God will start you on the right path to walking closer with Him. Don't be ashamed. I've seen grown men walk outside, look up to heaven and hold a conversation with God.

    I never heard God answer them back, but those men seemed to be pleased with the conversation.

    What can you do?

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    When you are on your way to a baseball or soccer game, tell God - 'I'm getting ready to play my game. I want you to watch me. Can you help me do good and be nice to the other players? I really want to show them that you're with me.'

    Of course, this is just an example, but by getting used to talking to Him, your walk with Him will begin to feel more comfortable and a lot more frequent. Soon, you'll find that you are walking with Him every second of every day.

    The End of the Sunday School Lesson

    The amazing thing about the story of Enoch is that God took him to heaven without dying! How did He do this? The bible doesn't tell us whether or not the angels came to get Enoch or God himself came down to earth to walk Enoch home to be with him.

    What it does say is found in verse 24:

    24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

    If you look down to verse 27,

    27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

    the last part says, 'and he died'. This is how God lets us know that a person died. He tells how old they were and lets us know they died. In Enoch's (and Elijah's) case, they did not die. Both went to heaven to be with the Lord with having to experience death.

    If we are living and have Jesus in our hearts when the Lord comes back, we will get to go to heaven without dying! Isn't that wonderful? Actually, it would be amazing!
     

    2 comments:

    1. Thanks for this post! I love how you tied in that if Jesus returns while we're living, we won't die either. What a wonderful idea to ponder :) To supplement this lesson, our class is creating a "Faith's Hall of Fame" on 1 wall of our classroom with pictures of each child. We're making frames for the 4x6 pics out of construction paper and under each pic, the child tells how they exemplify strong faith in their life.

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    2. Thank you very much, this is amazing!! Will use it this for our Bible lesson! Great structure!

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