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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 6 “The Model Prayer”

Featured Passage: Matthew 6


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Prayer is something that God wants us to do. When we pray, we are coming before the Eternal’s magnificent throne to talk to our Heavenly Father. You may be curious about how to pray and wonder if you are doing it correctly. No worries! You are in good company; the disciples also wanted to learn how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus Christ left us instructions written in His word so that we can know how to pray.

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Discuss:

  1. What does Christ say about prayers that are recited to get attention? Where did Christ say we should go when we pray? Does this mean we have to be in a specific place when we pray? 
  2. How often should we pray? Can you think of any examples of people in the Bible who prayed regularly? 
  3. To Whom did Jesus say we should address our prayers?
  4. What does the word hallowed mean? How can we hallow God’s name?
  5. Why did Christ say that we need to pray for God’s kingdom to come? What are some reasons that we need His kingdom to come? 
  6. What are some things we should regularly pray about? For each thing that you mention, why do you think God wants us to pray about those things? 
  7. Imagine someone you are close to. How did you build a relationship with them? How does praying help us build a relationship with God? 
  8. Why does God want us to pray?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 6:6 

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 57 “Esther Saves Her People”

Featured Passage: Esther 7-10


Haman had built a gallows for Mordecai, but his opportunity to tell the king about the plan to use them instead turned into a conversation about how to honor Mordecai for his good deeds.  Haman, humiliated from having to lead a parade of honor for his enemy Mordecai, after sulking to his wife at home, arrived at Esther’s second banquet. At the banquet, King Ahaserus asked Esther what she desired, and he would give it to her — even up to half the kingdom! Haman and the king were both caught off guard by Esther’s request, and a lovely banquet quickly turned into the queen’s triumph and the end of a very bad day for Haman. 

Discuss:

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  • What do you think Haman was thinking about when he came to Esther’s second banquet? 
  • What was Esther’s petition to the king? Esther had the opportunity to ask for any desire up to half of the kingdom! For what could have she asked? What can we learn about Esther from her response to the king? 
  • How did the king respond to Esther’s request? Why do you think he reacted the way he did?
  • What happened to Haman? What happened to Mordecai in the end? 
  • How did Haman’s plan turn out for the Jews? How did the king help fix the situation for them?
  • In the book of Esther, the name of God is not used at all. What things from the narrative show us that God was working with the characters throughout the story?

Memory Challenge: 

Esther 7:3

Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the King, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.”


Children’s Bible Lessons – Level 3: Lesson 56 “The Courage of a Queen”

Featured Passage: Esther 5-6


After three days of fasting, Esther prepared herself to go before the king. Even though she was the queen, it was still forbidden for anyone to stand in the king’s presence without permission. Even if the king made allowance for her to come into his court without being summoned, she had to be careful how to tell him that his chief of all the king’s princes was plotting to destroy her people. Esther was running out of time, for as she prepared banquets for the king, Haman was plotting his revenge against Mordecai. The king, unaware of Haman’s plans, had something very different in mind for Mordecai. 

Discuss: 

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  • How do you think Esther felt before she entered the court of the king unannounced? Why did Esther decide to put her life in danger? What can we learn from Esther about courage? 
  • Why do you think Esther decided to have a banquet for the king and Haman? What happened at the first banquet? 
  • Why was Haman so angry with Mordecai? What was he planning to get revenge? 
  • What did Mordecai do for which the king wanted to honor him? What was Haman coming to ask the king when he asked Haman advice on how to honor Mordecai? Who did Haman think he was talking about? 
  • How do you think Haman felt when he had to carry out the king’s orders to honor Mordecai? What are some lessons this story teaches us about pride? Why is it important to be humble? 

Memory Challenge: 

Esther 5:7-8

Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this: If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 55 “Haman’s Evil Plot”

Featured Passage: Esther 3-4


There was a man named Haman who was part of the king’s court. Haman was an Agagite which means he was an Amalekite; the Amalekites were enemies of the Jews. Haman hated all Jews, but he especially hated Mordecai. Haman came up with a plot to kill all the Jews. He told King Ahasuerus that the Jews had different laws and that they did not obey the king’s laws. Haman said the Jews did not deserve to live, and the king agreed. What they both didn’t realize was that the new queen of Persia was also a Jew. 

Discuss:

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  • Why did Haman especially hate Mordecai?
  • What reason did Haman give the king for destroying all the Jews throughout the kingdom? 
  • How did Haman decide what day the Jews should die? What day was chosen?
  • What did Mordecai do when he heard about the proclamation to kill the Jews?
  • What did Mordecai ask Queen Esther to do to help her people? How did Queen Esther respond to Mordecai’s request? 

Memory Challenge:

Esther 4:14

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 54 “Esther Becomes Queen”

Featured Passage: Esther 1-2


After the declaration of Cyrus the Great many of the Jews who had been carried away as captives by the Babylonians, returned from captivity to Jerusalem. Under the new Medo-Persian empire some Jews, like the man named Mordecai, chose to stay in the land. Mordecai was raising Hadassah (Esther), a very beautiful young woman who had been orphaned. During this time, Queen Vashti had refused the king’s command to come to him, and King Ahasuerus was searching the kingdom for a queen to replace her.

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Discuss: 

  • Why was King Ahasuerus angry with Queen Vashti? What did his advisors tell him to do about it? 
  • Why do you think Esther was chosen to join the other young women in the palace? What special treatment was Esther given by Hegai, the custodian of the women? 
  • How did the King honor Esther as his chosen queen? 
  • Why do you think Mordecai told Esther not to reveal her Jewish identity?
  • What did Mordecai do to save the king’s life?

Memory Challenge: 

Esther 2:17 

The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 53 “Nehemiah”

Featured Passage: Nehemiah 1-6


The temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt by the group of captives that had been allowed to return to the city. However, even though the temple was completed and rededicated, there was still trouble for the people. The walls of the city were broken and Jerusalem was not protected from the attacks of the surrounding enemies. At the time, a man named Nehemiah worked as the cupbearer for the Persian king Artaxerxes. Nehemiah heard that the people in Jerusalem were in distress and he became very sad, and cried out to God for help. God, hearing Nehemiah’s prayer, had a plan to help the people through the kindness of a king and the leadership of a cupbearer. 

Discuss: 

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  • What was Nehemiah’s first reaction when he heard about the situation in Jerusalem? What can we learn from his actions? 
  • What are the responsibilities of a cupbearer? How did the king notice something was wrong when Nehemiah came before him? What does this tell us about the kind of person Nehemiah was? 
  • How did Nehemiah organize the building of the wall? Why do you think he did it this way? 
  • What kind of difficulties did the people have as they were trying to build the walls? What was the response of the builders to the adversity they met? What should our response be when we have difficulties trying to accomplish our goals in life? 
  • How long did it take the people to finish rebuilding the walls? What roles did Nehemiah play in helping the people finish the job so quickly?

Memory Challenge: 

Nehemiah 2:17

Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 52 “Ezra”

Featured Passage: Ezra 7-8


A group of Jews had returned from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and to restore the temple. They had met with some adversity, but ultimately they completed what they had set out to accomplish. Another group of Jews was planning to come back to Jerusalem to help with the job and to help restore the true worship of God in Jerusalem. Among this group was a scribe named Ezra. He was very skilled in knowing the scriptures and teaching the law, but more than that he possessed a heart prepared to seek God’s Law and to do it with all his might. As it turned out, he is just what the people in Jerusalem needed. 

Discuss: 

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  • Who was the king of Persia who gave support to Ezra and the others with him returning to Jerusalem? What did he do to show his support? 
  • When the King of Persia promised Ezra his help and support, to whom did Ezra give the credit? 
  • When Ezra returned with the group of people to Jerusalem, he wrote that he was ashamed of something. What was it? What does this say about the kind of person Ezra was? 
  • How did God protect the people on their return to Jerusalem? (Ezra 8:31)
  • When the Bible says that Ezra “had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord” what does that mean? How can we follow this example? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezra 7:10 

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 51 “Zerubbabel”

Featured Passage: Ezra 1-7


The people of Judah had been in captivity for nearly 50 years. Some had longed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of God and worship there once again, but they were not allowed until a man named Cyrus, King of Persia came to power. This Cyrus wrote a decree that told the people of Judah they could return to Jerusalem to rebuild God’s house – the temple. The returning captives followed a man named Zerubbabel who led them back to their homeland. The people were excited to return and get started on their rebuilding projects, but they didn’t know they were about to face some very challenging obstacles. Their faith was about to be tested, but through it all one man wasn’t about to give up on what they had set out to accomplish.

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Discuss: 

  • Why did Cyrus, the king of Persia, decide to make his proclamation? What does this teach us about how God works with people and leaders in the world? 
  • What was one of the first things Zerubbabel did when they arrived in Jerusalem? What does this show us about his priorities? What can we learn from his example?
  • What was the first big obstacle the people faced when they began working on the temple? 
  • After the work on the temple discontinued for a while, how did it start back up again? 
  • Who gave the people the official decree that they could finish their work on the temple? What did the people do when the temple was finally finished? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezra 1:3 

Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 50 “Ezekiel the Watchman”

Featured Passage: Ezekiel 1-11, 33, 40-48


After the Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity, you’d think it would have been too late for a prophet to warn the people. After all, what is the point of warning someone of something that has already happened? Well, God had a very special message of warning for Israel through His prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel was told to be a “watchman” for the house of Israel.  At the time, Ezekiel was living among the captives of the Babylonians. God gave him some very unique instructions, signs that he should perform to reinforce the warning message he proclaimed. So who was the message for? It was for the house of Israel in the future, at the Time of the End—today. 

Discuss: 

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  • What is the role of a watchman? Why did God give him this job? 
  • Why did God tell Ezekiel to build a clay model of Jerusalem? What do you think the people thought of Ezekiel for setting up the model? 
  • Even though God was warning of punishment for Israel, what did God tell Ezekiel He would do in the end? What does it mean when God says He will give the people a “Heart of flesh”? 
  • The final chapters of Ezekiel describe the temple complex in the Millennium. What parts of what he describes stand out to you the most? What are you most looking forward to seeing? 
  • According to Ezekiel 47, what will happen to the Dead Sea in Israel during the Millennium? 
  • What will be the name of the city during the Millennium period?  Why do you think God will choose that name for it? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezekiel 11:19-20

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 49 “Jeremiah and the Captivity”

Featured Passage: Jeremiah 39-44, 52


After the death of Josiah, the people returned to their pagan ways. Therefore, God had allowed Egypt to subdue them. Soon, Egypt was conquered by the great empire of Babylon which meant that soon all of Judah would be under Babylon’s control. Jerusalem had not yet been captured and Jeremiah and other prophets continually warned Judah of impending doom if they did not repent. The people refused to listen. Since God’s temple was in Jerusalem they felt God would not allow the beloved city to be destroyed. Just as Jeremiah warned, God had enough of Judah’s evil practices. He knew that it was time to teach His rebellious people a hard lesson. 

Discuss:

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  • Who was King of Judah when the city of Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians? What did the Babylonians do to him? 
  • What did King Nebuchadnezzar do with Jeremiah when Jerusalem was captured? What did God say He would do for Ebed-Melech? Why do you think God protected Jeremiah and Ebed-Melech from being killed by the Babylonians?
  • Judah was taken in stages. Who was taken In the first wave of captives? Who was left behind to stay in the land? What did Nebuchadnezzar do to the temple? 
  • What scheme did the remaining people in Judah present to Jeremiah in order to ask his advice? Did they listen to Jeremiah’s advice? What did the group of people end up doing? 
  • What happened to the remnant of Israelites who went to Egypt? Does the Bible indicate what happened to Jeremiah? In what other places in the Bible can you read about the fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of Judah?

Memory Challenge:

Jeremiah 40:3 

Now the Lord has brought it, and has done just as He said. Because you people have sinned against the Lord, and not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has come upon you.