We learn to make good decisions by listening, watching, praying, studying, and analyzing the decisions we have made in the past.
Explain: “Emotions must not control our decision making.”
Emotions are vital signs …If we don’t know how we feel, then we don’t know who we really are or what we can do …
What are “Our Emotions?” How can they help us?
Our emotions are gifts from God that make it possible for us to sense what we cannot see and draw closer to God and other people. Our emotions can help see decisions that need to be made. They also can add strength to decisions we have already made …
1.3: Do I Belong? (Pg. 18-24)
The Word “Bible” means The Book.
The Bible is divided into two major parts: The Old Testament and The New Testament.
Unit 2: We Believe in God 2.1: Whom DO We Trust? (Pg. 26-32)
Read Pages 26-32 and answer the following questions:
What did God promise Abram and Sarai?
God promised them that they would have many descendants and they will make a great nation…
What did God ask them to do?
God asked them to leave their family and country (UR) and go to the promised land (Cannan).
What did they do to show that they trusted God?
They packed up all of their belongings and headed for the land of Cannan.
What did they do that showed that they did not completely trust God?
They headed foe Egypt because of the famine. Abraham put God’s promise of descendants and God’s plans for his future to the back of his mind and tried to solve his problems without involving God. He asked Sarah to pretend to be his sister instead of being his wife … Section 2:
What question does Abram ask God and why?
Abraham asked, “O Lord God: What will you give me? You have given me no children to inherit me …”
How did God respond?
God said, “No one but your own child will inherit you. Look toward heaven and count the stars. That is how numerous your descendants will be. I am the Lord who brought you fro UR to give you this land to possess…”
Why did Abram sleep with Hagar?
He slept with Hagar so she has a child for him according to the culture custom at the time …
He slept with Hagar because he thought God might need a little help in providing a son. He did not trust God or had faith in Him at this point …
Why did God give Abram and Sarai new names?
God gave Abram (lofty or exalted) the name Abraham (the ancestor of multitudes) because He promised him of being the father of great nation. God fulfilled his promise…
God gave Sarai the name Sarah (Princess) because from her “kings of people shall come …”
How would you describe Abraham and Sarah’s attitude toward God at this point?
They laughed! They were too old to have children (kings from Sarah). Abraham thought: “Wouldn’t be easier to pass the covenant on through Ishmael, Hagar’s son?”
How would you describe God’s attitude toward Abraham and Sarah at this point?
God said, “Your wife, Sarah, shall bear you a son, and you shall call him Isaac. I will establish a covenant with him and with his offspring after him.”
Why did Abraham give Sarah to King Abimelech?
Abraham did not want anyone to know that Sarah was his wife… He did not trust God once again. He went against God’s plan …
Isaac means “He laughs.” Sarah laughed when she heard the news from the three men … First she laughed in disbelief. Then she laughed in joy … God brought laughter to her when she was given a child.
Why did Abraham prepare an altar of sacrifice for his son?
Abraham did this because God asked him to take Isaac in to the mountains and prepare an altar to sacrifice him. God tested him. This time Abraham did not try to find an alternative to God’s plan. He did not question God. He trusted God and had faith in Him.
What is significant about Abraham and Sarah’s faith and their relationship with God?
They always involved God in their life. When they made a poor choice, they did not make excuses or run from God …they simply began again in trust … they did as God asked.
How did Abraham and Sarah’s relationship with God change over time?
Their understanding of trust changed. They stopped trying to force God’s plan to happen faster. They stopped trying to bend it to suit their own needs.
What risks did Abraham and Sarah take because of their relationship with God?
What risks are we asked to take in our relationship with God?
We are to leave everything and follow God … We must trust God and have faith in Him… We must go to the Church and pray so that God will be always with us and help us, our parents, and our relatives to be better people and better Christians …
What risks did God accept in choosing Abraham and Sarah and making a covenant with them?
They were too old for this mission …
2.2: Am I On My Own? Exodus (Pg. 37-44) Read “Exodus” on pages 39-42, then answer the following questions:
Summarize the Exodus Story.
(See the Bible: Exodus).
For both Jews and Christians, the Exodus story is central faith. Explain. (see pg. 40-41)
The early Jews & Christians believed that understanding the Exodus story was an important part of understanding God. They could only see Jesus in terms of his relationship to God.
Where did the name “Passover” comes from?
When the angles saw the blood (on the doorsteps of the Jewish people …) whey “passed over” those houses and did not kill the Israelites first-born, but killed those of the Egyptians …
Just before He was crucified, Jesus and his disciples went for the annual celebration of Passover. Why? What do we learn from this?
They went to celebrate the Passover as a Jewish custom. It was in the Passover meal that Jesus instituted the Eucharist. He reminds us that we are to share with those in need …