Choices and Listening for God’s Voice

These are notes and links for parents and students in our 5th grade “Grapple” Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Last Sunday and this Sunday (Mother’s Day) we have focused on the themes of listening to God’s voice as we make choices. I’ve also used a few more interactive features of our SMARTboard, and created our lessons in SMART Notebook instead of PowerPoint. You can download these files below and use them if desired. Here’s a summary of what we’ve discussed and the verses we’ve studied.

Sunday, May 3, 2009
How Can I Hear God’s Voice
download our SMART Notebook 10 lesson (6.8 MB)
– reviewing things that do NOT matter in life versus things that do
Exodus 3: Story of Moses and the burning bush
– discussion of Egypt and where it is located in the Middle East relative to the Red Sea and the Sinai Peninsula
– Story of Gideon testing God: Judges 6:33-40
– Theme: We should not test God
James 1:5-7

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
Choices, Choices! (Hearing God’s Voice Part 2)
download our SMART Notebook 10 lesson (7.5 MB)
Proverbs 2:6

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

– vocabulary review: Gideon, Moses, Egypt, Sinai, Satan, Bible (as the sword of the Spirit,) dreams (as a way God can speak to us)
– Discussion prompt photo: The Fortune Teller
– Independent response questions:
— Whose voice do you know?
— How can you learn to recognize someone’s voice?
— What is the potential danger in listening to strangers?
— What is good about recognizing a voice?
— How can you recognize God’s voice?
– Discussion verse: 1 John 4:1-6
– Discussion focus: We must spend time in prayer and Bible study each week so we know God’s Word, his voice, and his will for our lives. Only by spending time with God regularly can we know his voice when he speaks to us. We should not put God to a test, as Gideon did, but we should put messages we hear in the world and from our friends to the “test” by comparing them to God’s will and what he says in his Word. God is here with us and speaks to us, but we must listen and spend time seeking him so we will know Him.

Thanks to Dave Debrowski for visiting us and participating in our lesson today! Dave told us about Chaos and invited both parents and students to come to the Chaos meeting this Wednesday, May 13th, in the Green Room at FPCE at 6:30 pm to discuss summer activities for middle school students.

We have just 3 more Sundays left in May, then 5th grade Grapple will be over!

Take some time this week to discuss some of the Bible verses and themes we’ve discussed in class together as a family. Have a great week!

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