of the ABCs of God for Bible Time, part two

A while back, still seeking to convince people to help me with homeschooling, I posted an update about our first term. A few people indicated interest in the Bible series we planned to teach the girls some of the amazing attributes of our God. This is an outline of that series. 

We listed one attribute for each letter of the alphabet, then spent from 2-5 days on each one. Rather than write much original text, we read piecemeal from The Jesus Storybook BibleThe Big Picture Story BibleThe New Bible in Pictures For Little Eyes, a children’s devotional book called 100 Ways I Know God Loves Meand a children’s prayer book called Our Father and Other Classic Prayers For Children. Due to the length of this series, I’ll just list the attributes we studied, with main ideas, Bible stories we read to illustrate each (and which book we read from where I noted it), and sometimes suggested memory verses. Occasionally, if an activity we did was really effective for the children, I’ll describe that as well. We also had discussion questions for each story, took time each evening to review what we’d been studying, and sang songs that fit each theme.

PART ONE is HERE

PART TWO

GOD IS LOVE

Memory“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –-John 3:16 (review)

Day 1: “God loves us”
Read: the prodigal son, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 272-279

Day 2: “God loves the unlovely (and unlikely)”
Read: the story of Zaccheus, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 264-271

Day 3: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God”
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 205: Nothing will separate me from his love

GOD IS MIGHTY

Day 1:
Activity: Daddy’s famous reenactment of the battle of Jericho with blocks
Read: the battle of Jericho, The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes p. 134

Day 2:
Activity: Look at a sling and five stones
Read: David and Goliath, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 122-129

Day 3:
Activity: View 10 pictures in Bibles of ways God showed his might

GOD NEVER SLEEPS

Memory“In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, keep me safe.” –Psalm 4:8

Day 1: “God never sleeps: he watches over us when we are asleep”
Activity: view picture Mommy colored of girl sleeping peacefully in bed with memory verse on it, have blank ones for children to color waiting on table the net morning

Day 2:
Read: God Loves Me book p. 180: He takes care of me in the night

Day 3:
Read: paraphrase of Psalm 23, Psalm 23 in Our Father prayer book

GOD IS OMNIPOTENT

Day 1: “God is omnipotent over nature”
Define omnipotent
Read: Jesus calms the storm, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 236-243

Day 2: “God is omnipotent over death”
Read: Jesus raises Lazarus, Big Picture Story Bible p. 337-355

Day 3: “God is omnipotent to save us”
Read: Jesus saves us, The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 302-317

GOD IS PATIENT

Memory“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” –Psalm 103:8

Day 1:
Read: Psalm 103:8 and discuss

Day 2:
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 98: He is patient with me

GOD IS QUICK TO FORGIVE

Day 1:
ReadGod Loves Me book p. 36-37: He forgives me

Day 2: “God is like a loving father”
Read: the prodigal son (again), The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes p. 310-313

GOD IS RIGHTEOUS

Day 1: (solid theme/much overlap between God is patient, quick to forgive, righteous, and savior)
Activity: present the Gospel with a whiteboard and markers, discuss and field questions

Additional days:
Can Read of the Garden of Eden and the Fall, the giving of the law to Moses, the righteous life of Jesus and his unjust death as a criminal, etc.

GOD IS SAVIOR

Memory: Review John 3:16 and Psalm 103:8

Day 1: “Everyone needs to be saved”
ReadBig Thoughts on the Gospel (part 1)

Day 2: “God saves us through Jesus”
ReadBig Thoughts on the Gospel (part 2)

GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY and TRUE and
GOD IS UNCHANGING

Memory: Can do “{God} does not change like shifting shadows.” –James 1:17b OR “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” —Hebrews 13:8 for both Trustworthy and Unchanging

Days 1 & 2:
Read and review the promises God has made and their fulfillment from various Bibles

GOD IS VAST

Day 1:
Activity: View pictures of sky/stars/outer space, go outside (nighttime) and look at the vastness of the sky

Day 2:
Read: Psalm 33 (can paraphrase)

GOD IS WISE

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of his words?

Who can teach the one who knows all things?
Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?

Behold our God seated on his throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our king–nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him!
–Sovereign Grace Praise

Day 1: “All wisdom comes from God”
Discuss verse, look at Bible(s) of God’s law

Day 2: “God can help us to be wise”
Read:  Solomon is a wise king, The New Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes p. 176-177

Day 3: “God can help us to be wise”
Read
God Loves Me  book p. 25: He counsels me

GOD IS EXCELLENT

Day 1:
Activity: Review/discuss all the attributes of God we have learned, praise God for his excellent greatness!

GOD IS YAHWEH

Day 1: “What is God’s name? Why does God have so many names?”
Read: the burning bush when God shares his special name

GOD IS ZEALOUS FOR HIS NAME

Day 1: “God wants everyone to know he is the one true God”
Read: Elijah’s fire is lit by God, The New Bible in Pictures For Little Eyes p. 188-189

Day 2: “What have we learned that is glorious about God?
Activity: recap/review what we have learned and praise God

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5 Responses to of the ABCs of God for Bible Time, part two

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  2. Kristen Broughton says:

    Great! Thanks for taking the time to post this Betsy. Might be a fun summer series for my kids!

  3. Mom N. says:

    Betsy, I love this creative idea and what you did with it. Thank you for taking the time to share it!

  4. Emma i says:

    Ah thank you very very much for taking the time to write up! We have started working through this week – we are making a little book, spending the first day sticking the letter, title and verse on a page, and finding the verse in our bibles. Then we are doing the readings and activities on other days and sticking Nything we make in the book too! I adapted it slightly to fit around the books we have, and found a verse for each attribute as I like the idea of the children finding the verse in their bibles, they are slightly older than your children and I want them to get used to being able to use the bible themselves. We also used your Christmas readings this year, adapted for an advent calendar that I had already made a previous year, so I am very thankful for your doing all that hard work, and that I can use it to bless me and my three children. Thanks!

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