A Promise is a Promise
Covenants and Salvation History
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will identify the covenants in the Old Testament that God made with His people (Noah, Abraham, Moses and David) and what it means to be a part of His family.
About this night
God did not simply create the world and then step back and watch. Instead, God wants to be in relationship with His people. When God established relationships in the Old Testament, He did it by making a covenant with His people. A covenant is not just a promise or a contract that can be easily broken; God’s covenants are eternal. With each covenant in the Old Testament, God promises to be our faithful and loving Father. In return we are called to be faithful and obedient to Him. The covenants of the Old Testament are God’s design to make us a part of His family.
Tonight, the youth will at first be bombarded with Core Team asking them to make promises or making promises to them as a sign of how often we might ask someone, “Do you promise?” The night will open with campaign speeches from phony candidates making promises they cannot keep. Ultimately, the youth will examine how much they trust God.
Tonight, we conclude our look at the Old Testament. Through the first few weeks of Edge, we have been able to introduce your middle school youth to some of the main stories and themes of the Old Testament and how they are still relevant today. However, there is a lot more to read and know. Remember, the Old Testament reveals how much God loves His people and gives them the promise of a Savior. In the Old Testament we read how God established covenants with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David as a way to bring us into His family as His sons and daughters.
We also looked at a way to meditate upon Scripture with Lectio Divina.
Questions for the ride home (or throughout the week):
- What is the difference between a promise and a covenant?
- Why are God’s covenants important?
- Describe what the Lection Divina was like for you.
Have two podiums at the front of the room with posters that say, “Vote for _________.” On the walls, have posters or butcher paper that says, “A Father Keeps His Promise.”
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