Hey BridgeKids Families!
This week, we continued in the big story of the Bible by learning about the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. King Ahab was an evil king. In fact, “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). The things that Ahab did made God angry. God wanted His people to be faithful to Him, but King Ahab led them away from God.
Open your Bibles to 1 Kings 18. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how God chose Elijah to get Ahab’s attention. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah told Ahab that a drought was coming. God prevented rain in the land for three years. For Ahab, a man who worshiped Baal—the false Canaanite god of rain and fertility—the drought sent a strong message about the one true God.
When God was ready to send rain on the earth, Elijah appeared to Ahab and instructed him to gather the Israelites and the prophets of the false gods at Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people to choose: Follow God or follow Baal. They couldn’t do both.
Elijah set up a challenge to prove who is the one true God. He faced off against the prophets of Baal. Each group prepared a bull on an altar and called on its deity to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal called and cried and cut themselves, but Baal did not answer.
Elijah poured water on and around his altar. He called to God, and God sent fire from heaven. Everything was burned up. The prophets could not deny that the God of Elijah is the one true God, and God sent a great rain to end the drought.
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.
Help your kids understand that God is an initiating God. We love God because He first loved us, which He proved by providing Jesus. Only God—the one true God—has power to help His people and to save them. And He saves them through His Son, Jesus, whose name means “the Lord saves.”
Ask the questions:
- Whom did evil King Ahab worship? (the false god Baal, 1 Kings 18:18)
- Who gave Elijah the words to speak? (God, 1 Kings 18:1)
- Whom did Ahab blame for the drought? (Elijah, 1 Kings 18:17)
- Who danced, shouted, and cut their bodies to get their god’s attention? (prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:26-28)
- Who was able to light the altar, defeating the prophets of Baal? (The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:38)
- How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
- The Ripple Effect: Come join us for a weekend of inspiring stories of how God is working both locally and globally. Highlighted missions include Truth Skate Church, Hope Parent Resource Center, WeCare in the Name of Christ, Amazon Outreach, Sunshine Kids Club, Shawna Jerch/ Go To Nations
Events and times:
Saturday 11/11 5:30 Doors open, Marketplace
Saturday 11/11 6:00 Service and Children’s Service
Sunday 11/12 Regular church services at 9:01 and 11:01; Marketplace before. between and after all services
Sunday 11/12 6:00 Banquet; $15 per person, catered by HawksHead, tickets available at LifeBridge Church
- Step In: Just as we are in the main gathering, the BridgeKids have been challenged to step into what God has for them. One of the ways we are doing this is by crossing the Jordan river. Our river stretches from the Landing out into check-in. Every time the kids bring an offering to BridgeKids they get to put a rock on our river to help cross it. The funds are still going to build a Nursery at the Sunshine Kids Club in Peru. Learn more about the club here: skcperu.com. We had a goal to raise $500 dollars by the Ripple Effect and have raised over $650 so far! Mr. Osmar will be here this week!