September 1

The Pictures of God’s Authority
(Elijah and the Widow)

1 Kings 17

Nursery

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Christ Connection:
Jesus’ miracles showed that He is God the Son

Story Point:
There is one God

Big Ideas:

  • Elijah said that no rain would fall in Israel.

  • God kept the widow’s flour and oil from running out.

  • Elijah’s miracles showed that God is powerful.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God used Elijah to provide bread for the widow and her son.

  • God used Elijah to bring the widow’s son back to life.

  • God took care of the widow and her son.

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Christ Connection:
God sent Elijah to the widow to give her food and to bring life to her son. Many years later, God sent His own Son, Jesus, into the world. Jesus is greater than Elijah. He came to free us from sin and give us life forever.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true God.

Story Point:
God took care of the widow and her son.

Big Ideas:

  • Elijah said that no rain would fall in Israel.

  • God kept the widow’s flour and oil from running out.

  • Elijah’s miracles showed that God is powerful.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the widow’s oil and flour not run out?

  • How did God provide for Elijah? For the widow and her son?

  • How does God provide for us?

  • What is the greatest way God has provided for us?

Family Activities:

  • Find a recipe for bread. Bake the bread and review the Bible story. Then deliver it as a family to a neighbor.

  • Deliver crayons and coloring books to the waiting room of a children’s hospital. Take time to pray as a family for sick children, their families, and the medical teams.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God sent a drought to punish King Ahab.

  • Elijah, God’s prophet, traveled to a widow who was starving.

  • The widow’s oil and flour did not run out, and God raised her son from the dead.

  • God provided in miraculous ways.

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God provided in miraculous ways.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think God provides in different ways at different times?

  • What are some ways God has provided for us?

  • How can we thank God for His provision?

Family Activity:
Look up a recipe for bread and recruit your kids to help make and knead the bread. Then, use the bread as a focal point of a family dinner where you discuss the Bible story and God’s goodness to your family.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God provided in miraculous ways.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Has God ever provided for your family in unexpected ways?

  • Do you trust God to provide for your needs? Why or why not?

  • What ways do you need God to provide now? Pray about it!