Elijah and the Prophets of Baal by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of Elijah and his challenge to the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel found in 1 Kings 18.
1. God is real!
2. We should only worship God.
3. God is more powerful than any other thing or person.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means God with us.) Matthew 1:22-23
The Lord's Army
Trust and Obey
Jesus Loves Me
This Little Light of Mine
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Simple Contests: Have some simple contests such as who can stand on one leg the longest, or go the longest without smiling. OR Ask the kids: "Who has ever been in a contest?" Allow them share their soccer team, or other activities. Ask, "Do you want to be a winner or a loser in a contest?"
2. Candle: Light a candle and let it burn while you are talking. Introduce the idea of fire. What things burn? What are some things you should do if you smell smoke or see a fire? What do firemen do to fires? When you are finished with the discussion, use water to put out the flame. (Missionbibleclass.org)
READ I Kings 18 or tell the story of Elijah and the prophets or Baal.
Visual Aid Resources
1. Who were the contestants in the contest on Mt. Carmel (Elijah and God and Baal)
2. What happened when the prophets of Baal prayed to Baal to send down fire? (Nothing) 3. What did Elijah do to the alter of God before he prayed to God? (Soaked it with water)
4. What happened when Elijah prayed to God? (Fire burned the sacrifice, alter, stones, dirt, and water)
5. Does fire normally burn water? (NO, it puts a fire out)
Connect the story back to God and his character. Challenge the kids to fill in the blank: God is __________.
Simple Candle Science Experiments: Discuss with kids the properties of fire. Conduct some simple science experiments to demonstrate how fires can be put out such as using wtaer, putting a candle under a jar, or making a homemade fire extinguisher. (Here are some ideas.) Discuss why the fire should not have worked but it did.
Elijah and the Altar Craft Kit by TruewayKids
Supplies: Colors or Markers, Scissors, Glue, Template
Show and Tell Box
Make a box of items that would normally burn or not burn. Compare it to the things that burned when God sent the fire.
Modern Day Idols
Have the children discuss what idols are and how we make things idols today.
Resources and References