ELIJAH CONFRONTS THE EVIL AHAB (I Kings 18)
BEFORE THE GATHERING – PREPARE
- If your child likes to color and do activity sheets, print off the Bible story coloring pages and activity sheet.
- Have your child find 1 Kings 18. In this book, we read about all the different kings of Israel and Judah. We also learn about Elijah, who was a prophet. Prophets were people to whom God gave messages to share with others. The prophets had a special relationship with God, and they had a big responsibility!
During the gathering – worship & Learn Together
AFTER THE GATHERING
WATCH TOGETHER – PreS/K
God sent many prophets to warn the people about their sin, but the people would not listen. They kept chasing after sinful things, like false gods. God showed His power in a big way.
- Which prophet stood up to King Ahab and the prophets of Baal? (Elijah, 1 Kings 18:1)
- What was the name of the false god in the story? (Baal, 1 Kings 18:18)
- What did Elijah and the prophets of Baal each build? (an altar, 1 Kings 18:23)
- What did Elijah pour over the wood on his altar? (water, 1 Kings 18:33)
- How did God show that He is the one true God? (When Elijah prayed, God sent fire from heaven to burn up the bull, altar, and water; 1 Kings 18:38)
- How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
- The prophets of Baal tried to prove their love so that their god would hear them. How is the one true God different than false gods like Baal? Lead kids to recognize how God showed His love to us by sending His Son. Point out that salvation from God is a gift; we don’t earn it by doing good things or loving God in a certain way. We obey God and love Him in response to who He is and what He has done for us. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read 1 John 4:19.)
- Why is idolatry so offensive to God? Remind kids that idolatry is worshiping anything besides the one true God. Emphasize that God alone is our Creator and LORD. Worshiping anything other than Him denies who God truly is. Only He deserves our worship. (Option: Choose a kid to read Ps. 135:15-18.)
- Why do you think we sometimes doubt that God is able to do something? Point out that Elijah’s challenge seemed to make victory for God impossible. How could an altar catch fire when it was soaked with water? But God answered Elijah and sent fire from heaven. Encourage kids to live with complete faith that God can have victory over any situation. (Option: Choose a volunteer to read Jer. 32:17.)
The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried and cut their bodies to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus bled and died to rescue us from sin when we trust in Him.
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
What you do: Divide the room in the middle of the floor using a rope, objects, or tape. Invite your child(ren) to play a game. Explain that you will give them two choices. If they choose the first, they should move to the right side of the room. If they choose the second, they should move to the left side of the room. Say• Would you rather …
- climb a tall mountain or scuba dive to the bottom of the ocean?
- eat a whole pizza or eat a whole cake?
- be able to speak every language or be invisible?
- never have to go to school or never have to do chores?
- go to the zoo or go to a museum?
- be able to teleport to anywhere in the world or be able to fly?
Connect to the Bible Story: In today’s Bible story, Elijah told the prophets of Baal to make a choice. Elijah said, “Make up your minds! If you believe the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.” Either God was the one true God or Baal was. The people had to choose whom they would worship; they couldn’t worship both God and Baal!
What you do: Sit in a circle or across from your child(ren). Toss/Pass around a red soft object (fire/flames) as you play music or retell the Bible story. When music/story randomly stops, whoever has the “hot potato” says “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
Connect to the Bible Story: In our story, Elijah trusted God to prove His power by sending fire from heaven to burn up Elijah’s sacrifice. The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal. Can you imagine how incredible it would have been to see fire pour down from the sky and light the altar on fire? As we play this game, remember that God used His power to rescue us from sin through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
MEMORIZE TOGETHER: 1 Peter 2:9-12
REVIEW/LAST WEEK for 1 Peter 2: 9-12!
Download and print all of the memory verse cards and have fun memorizing God’s word together.
Father God, thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Your Word. We love uncovering evidence in the Bible that points us to the one true God, and we pray that we would worship You alone because only You are worthy! Thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior and King. We pray all this in His holy name. Amen.
CONTINUE THE STORY // PARENTS LEAD THE WAY (to prepare your kids for next Sunday, 11/1)
Just 5 minutes a day — take the lead in teaching the stories of God to your child.
Elijah Ran from Jezebel (I Kings 19)
- I Kings 19:1-9
- I Kings 19:10-18
- I Kings 19:19-21
- I Kings 22:29-40
- I Kings 22:51-53
BIBLE STORY VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/180479915