Joseph’s Dream Fulfilled – Teen Talk

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Joseph

Lesson Number: 4 of 4

Lesson Title: JOSEPHS DREAM FULFILLED ; (To download and print this lesson’ click on lesson title.)

TEEN LESSON: THE DREAM FULFILLED; Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 37:9; For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
GENESIS chapters 42-50; Next door to Egypt in the land of Canaan lived Joseph’s father and his brothers. They were affected by the famine as well. They were nomads, shepherds. They lived in tents and did not store food.
Jacob (Israel) sent his sons to Egypt to buy food. The brothers now met Joseph once again. They did not recognize him but Joseph knew them. How will Joseph react? Will he forget about his brothers and family and embrace his new career? Will he take revenge on his brothers who treated him so unfairly? Joseph tested them. He wanted to find out if they were still cruel and jealous. He treated them as spies. He asked about their family and he put them into prison. When he let them go with the food they purchased, he kept one back in prison to ensure that they would return. On the second trip of the brothers to buy food, Joseph revealed himself as Joseph whom they had sold. Joseph was satisfied that they had changed. His brothers were now afraid of him because of how they had treated him but Joseph explained that all was part of God’s plan to preserve their family. Joseph had his whole family brought to Egypt so they would survive the famine. They settled in the best land of Egypt. Because of Joseph’s position in Egypt, his family was treated with great respect and favor.
Remember Joseph’s first dreams? Did Joseph’s brothers bow down to him? Did his father bow down to him?
As second in command in the land of Egypt, Joseph’s whole family was obliged to acknowledge his authority over them. They had to bow down to him so Joseph’s dreams were fulfilled.
Joseph did not always understand what was happening to him and he suffered under mistreatment but he learned a truth that we must learn as well. Genesis 50 :20, Joseph says, “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Compare this verse to Romans 8:28, where it says “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
You are called to a specific purpose, you are not here by accident. God has a plan for you! If you will love God and continue to trust Him even when things are difficult, He will work out His plan for you!

Success at Last – Teen Talk

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Joseph

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

Lesson Title: SUCCESS AT LAST ; (To download and print this lesson, click on lesson title)

TEEN LESSON: SUCCESS AT LAST Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: ISAIAH 40:31; Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
With this lesson use Object Lesson: filled with God’s Spirit -2 balloons
During Joseph’s life as a servant in the house of Potiphar and then his time in prison, it was noted that the Lord was with him. The Lord gave him success in everything he did.
Genesis 41; tells how Pharaoh had a dream and then the cupbearer remembered Joseph in prison. Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh. (verse 15&16) Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph then answered Pharaoh saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Pharaoh told the dream and Joseph gave the interpretation. Joseph said there would be seven years of abundant harvest followed by seven years of famine in the land. Joseph then gave instructions about how Pharaoh should prepare for the famine.
(verse38) Pharaoh recognized that God was with Joseph. He put Joseph in charge. Joseph went instantly from being a prisoner to being second in command of the greatest nation of the time.
Joseph set into motion a plan to collect and store food during the seven years of plenty. Then when the famine began Egypt had food for even the nations around them. This caused Egypt to become very wealthy. Through all this, God had a plan not just for Joseph but for Egypt and for the nation of Israel and ultimately for all the world including us.
Joseph waited a long time for success but he was faithful to God as he waited and God rewarded him. You may have a dream that you think will never happen. There may be all kinds of things holding it back. Maybe you don’t think you have what it takes, maybe you don’t have the money, maybe people are discouraging you. But if it is God’s plan for you then He can make it happen. There is nothing impossible for Him. Trust Him and be faithful to what He has given you to do now.

Object Lesson: Filled with God’s Spirit   TWO BALLOONS :

You will need two identical balloons. One is filled with air the other is filled with helium.                            Attach a length of string to each. Hold both balloons in your hand by the stems and show them to the class. Talk about them comparing size, color etc. The two balloons look identical. We cannot see any significant difference until we let them go. What makes them different is what is inside them.                                   Helium inside it will make one balloon rise to the ceiling and the other will simply fall to the ground.                 We recognize the difference because of what they do.

In the Bible there were various characters that were recognized to have the Spirit of God in them.           These rose above their peers because of their actions.                                                                             Joseph was acknowledged by the Egyptian Pharaoh and was made second in command in the land. Daniel was recognized by King Nebuchadnezzar and was elevated above all the other wise men in the land. Caleb was said to have a “different spirit.”

The Spirit of God in us should be evident by our actions to those around us.

Joseph Learns to Wait – Teen Talk

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Joseph

Lesson Number: 2 of 4

Lesson Title: JOSEPH LEARNS TO WAIT ;  (To download and print this lesson, click on lesson title.)

TEEN LESSON: JOSEPH LEARNS TO WAIT; Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 25: 4&5&21; Make me know thy ways o Lord. Teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for thee.
Genesis chapters 39&40; tells about what happened to Joseph after he was sold as a slave. He was taken to Egypt and sold to a high ranking official. Here Joseph served as a servant in Potiphar’s house. Chapter 39: 2&3 says that the Lord was with Joseph so he became a successful man. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
How would someone be able to tell that the Lord was with him. (He had integrity, he was honest) But all was not well for Joseph. He was wrongfully accused and was thrown into prison.
Have you ever been wrongfully accused of something? Think about how Joseph might have felt. How could this have affected his attitude? He may have been angry at people and maybe at God?
Joseph still maintained his integrity. He did not allow his circumstances to affect his belief in God. Read Chapter 39:21-23; The Lord was with Joseph and gave him favor, maybe because of his attitude. Joseph was put in charge of the prisoners and he was successful.
Joseph was held responsible for the actions of the prisoners. This was not an easy job!
Chapter 40 tells about two of the prisoners who were servants of the Pharaoh. Each of these men had dreams and Joseph was given the interpretation of their dreams. One of these men was restored to his position with the Pharaoh. Joseph asked him to put in a word for him with the Pharaoh to get him out of prison. But the cupbearer forgot about Joseph and he stayed in prison for another two years.
During all this time as Joseph was wrongfully accused and imprisoned, he had to learn to be patient. He did not know if he would ever be free. He must have had lots of questions. He must have often wondered how his life would have been if his brothers had not hated him. He certainly had opportunity to become bitter, angry and hateful. His attitude was tested. Joseph kept on trusting God. His character was being developed and he was being prepared for a life that was beyond his imagination and his wildest dreams.
When life disappoints you, do you become angry and bitter or do you trust God and wait for God to help you? God may be preparing you for something that is much bigger than your dreams. Is your attitude up to the challenge?

Joseph Has a Dream – Teen Talk

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Joseph

Lesson Number: 1 of 4

Title: JOSEPH HAS A DREAM;   (To download and print this lesson, click on title)

TEEN LESSON: JOSEPH HAS A DREAM; Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: Habakkuk 2:3; For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.
Do you have a vision or a goal for your future. Maybe you dream about getting your driver’s license and having a particular car. Maybe you think about going to collage or about having a career. Maybe you want to travel or have a family. Some of your dreams may be God preparing you for what is to come. God has a plan for people. He knows your future and He knows how to prepare you for it.
Joseph was one of the sons of Israel. He was like most other teenagers. But God had a special plan for him and began preparing him for that plan when Joseph was just a teenager.
Genesis 37; Read this chapter from the Bible. This chapter could be called JOSEPH IS BULLIED
Why did the brothers hate Joseph?
Do you think that Joseph might have been bragging when he told about his dreams?
How would you feel if you were Joseph?
How would you feel if you were Joseph’s brothers?
How would you feel if you were Joseph’s father?
But Joseph’s life took a big turn at this time. He went from being the favorite son to being a slave. God had a plan for him though! The dreams he had were prophetic. God would bring his dreams to fulfillment even though no one could foresee what was to come in their future.
Sometimes God may show you a vision or an idea of what He has planned for you and it might seem impossible at the time. If you share these ideas you might be called a dreamer like Joseph. You might even be bullied for it. But if you trust God with your future, He will bring about His plan for you.

Teen Talks – The Sons of Israel

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Learn From Jacob

Lesson Title: The Sons of Israel

Lesson Number: 4 of 4

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TEEN LESSON: THE SONS OF ISRAEL: Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord’ “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Genesis 32&33 &35 Jacob married both the daughters of his uncle Laban. Jacob loved Rachel, the younger sister but he did not love Leah. He married Leah only because Laban deceived him.
Leah had four sons and she hoped that maybe Jacob would love her because she had given him children. Rachel was jealous because she had no children. Then Rachel thought if she allowed Jacob to have her maid as his wife also, she would acquire children through her maid. Leah did the same. Finally Rachel did have two sons.
As a result, Jacob had eleven sons and a daughter by the time God told him to go back home. Jacob was afraid for his family when it was reported to him that Esau was coming to meet him with four hundred men. He sent ahead a generous gift of herds and animals to try to pacify Esau in case Esau intended to kill him.
That night Jacob was alone and an angel of the Lord came and wrestled with him. When the angel saw that he could not overpower Jacob, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip and Jacob became lame. Jacob requested that the angel bless should bless him. The angel said to him, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
On the way back home Jacob returned to the place where he had the dream of the heavenly ladder where God had spoken to him. God again confirmed the promises He had made. Jacob again set up a stone pillar and made an offering to God and he named the place Bethel which means House of God. As Jacob travelled, his wife Rachel died while giving birth to her second son. Then Jacob arrived home to where he had started many years before. His father Isaac died some time later.
Jacob, whose name was now Israel, had twelve sons who were to become the twelve tribes of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament we can read the history of these twelve tribes. The promises that God had made to Abraham and then Jacob were gradually being fulfilled. The plan of God for our salvation would come through these people. The tribe of Levi became the priests for the people later on and Jesus would one day be born into a family from the tribe of Judah.
God had a plan for each of these people from the beginning of time and God has a plan for each of us. You might not clearly know God’s plan for you but you can be assured that He has one and it is a good plan. You can ask Him to show you His plan for you. When you understand that you have a purpose and a destiny, it should encourage you to live each day seeking the next step of the plan.

Teen Talks – Jacob Prospers

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Learn From Jacob

Lesson Title: Jacob Prospers

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

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TEEN LESSON: JACOB PROSPERS; Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 6:33; Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Genesis 29-31 Jacob stayed with for his uncle his uncle, Laban, for twenty years. He fell in love with Laban’s younger daughter Rachel and agreed to work seven years so he could marry her. When the seven years were finished, Laban deceived Jacob by giving him the older sister instead. Jacob then agreed to work for another seven years. During these years Laban noticed that his family and his herds began to increase under the work of Jacob. Jacob worked hard and was a blessing to his father-in-law.
After fourteen years Laban agreed to allow Jacob to have some of his own flocks and herds of animals. Jacob agreed to take only the animals that were speckled or spotted. Laban was crafty and by changing the agreement of Jacob’s wages, he tried to keep Jacob from prospering. But Jacob was patient, he worked hard and he trusted God. God showed him a method for how to prosper. Eventually he became wealthy with many large flocks and servants and camels and donkeys. Laban and his sons became jealous of him.
After twenty years, the Lord spoke to Jacob and told him “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” God had been watching over Jacob all this time and fulfilling His promise that He had spoken to him when he had the dream of the ladder years before.
To us, twenty years seems like a long time, but to God that is nothing. God is eternal. He looks at life from an eternal perspective and He is not in a hurry. He just expects us to “Believe” Him.
Jacob has recognized that God has kept His side of the agreement he made, but Jacob is still afraid of his brother. Is Esau still angry? Does Esau still want to kill him? So Jacob prays to God! Gen. 32:9-12; He acknowledges that God has been good to him, he asks for protection and more importantly, he reminds God of what God has promised. He reminds God,(verse 12) “But you have said, I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.”
Jacob knows that if Esau were to kill him and his family, this promise could not be fulfilled!
Just as God promised to watch over Jacob and to provide for him, God had promised to provide for us. In Matthew 6:25-34; Jesus tells us to not worry about what we will eat or drink or what we will wear. He said to look at the flowers and the birds. They do not worry about these things and God provides for them. God knows what we need as well. Our memory verse says; “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
If you love God and seek to obey His will then when you need something, you can do like Jacob and remind God of His promise to provide!

Teen Talks – Jacob Negotiates With God

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Learn From Jacob

Lesson Title: Jacob Negotiates With God

Lesson Number: 2 of 4

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TEEN LESSON: JACOB NEGOTIATES WITH GOD Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: Philippians 4:19; My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Genesis 28:1-22; (Have someone read this chapter from the Bible)
Jacob had to flee from Esau after their father had given Jacob the blessing that would normally go to the older son. Esau was angry and wanted to kill Jacob. His parents told him, “go to the land of his mother’s family, to her brother. Take a wife there and stay there until Esau forgets his anger.”
So Jacob set out alone. The first night he stopped to rest and he lay down using a stone as a pillow.
Jacob had a dream. He saw a ladder, it’s top reaching heaven. On it were angels going up and down and he saw the Lord at the top. The Lord spoke to him and made the same promises to him that he had made to his grandfather Abraham. God also promised to watch over him and to bring him back to the land he had promised to give to his family.
This was probably the first time Jacob had a personal encounter with God. He had heard his father and mother and probably his grandfather, talk about their encounters with God. Up until now Jacob must have just accepted what others told him. Now he had his own experience with God! Jacob heard God speaking directly to him and the first thing he did was make an altar to worship God. He acknowledged what God said to him and he made a vow, (promise) based on what God had told him. This is a covenant.
Jacob said that if God would watch over him, provide for him, give him food and clothing and bring him back home, he would serve God and give him back one tenth of all that God gave him.
Later on in the story of Jacob we find out that, yes’ God did provide for him. Jacob became wealthy and eventually he went back home and reconciled with his brother. God kept His promise to Jacob.
Sometimes people want to negotiate with God. Often people wait until they get into trouble to ask God for help. Sometimes they make promises that they may not intend to keep. They might promise to go to church every week, or to be a better person in some way.
God wants to help us and take care of us but He wants us to ask in Faith. He wants us to “Believe” what He said and that He keeps his promises. Our memory verse today is one of God’s promises to take care of us. He said He would meet our needs and we can ask, knowing that He will do so. Many of God’s promises have a condition. He expects something from us. He expects us to believe Him and trust Him. And if we make a promise to Him in return, then He expects us to keep our promise as well.
How well do you know God? Do you know Him well enough to know that God always keeps His promises? Do you know Him only because others have told you about Him, or have you had a personal encounter with Him? Have you heard God speaking directly to you? Can you trust that God loves you and wants to provide for you as He did for Jacob?
You can know God in this way if you will seek Him. Read Psalm 119. It describes the kind of relationship God wants to have with you and how to get there.

Teen Talks- Jacob Values the Birthright

Teen Talks – Lessons from leaders, look at Bible characters and what we can learn from them. The next four lessons will take a look at the life of Jacob, one of a set of twins, Abraham’s grandchildren. We will see how God’s promise made to Abraham begins to be fulfilled.

The ancient world believed that a name expressed the basic character of the person, or the name expressed what they believed was the purpose for the child’s life. The name Jacob means “heel-catcher or supplanter.” We have often been taught that Jacob was the “Deceiver” but when we look at his life another truth surfaces. He was the one that appreciated God. He asked God for help. He was the one that God chose to carry out His plan. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means; “He will rule as God.” His new name tells us about the plan and destiny that God had for Jacob and his family.
In Jacob’s own family we can see examples of how names were given to express feelings and destiny. When Jacob was given Leah to be his wife, he did not love her because he was in love with her sister Rachel. When Leah became pregnant and had a son, she named him Reuben. Reuben means; “look” or “see” Leah said, “It was because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
Her next son, she named Simeon, which means “hearing” She said “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, He gave me this one too”
Her fourth son she called Judah which means Praise. She said, “This time I will praise the Lord”
It was from the descendants of Judah that many years later, Jesus was born.

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Theme: Learn From Jacob

Lesson Title: Jacob Values the Birthright

Lesson Number: 1 of 4

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TEEN LESSON: JACOB VALUED THE BIRTHRIGHT: Theme: LESSONS FROM JACOB
MEMORY VERSE: John 3:16; For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Gen: 25:19-34; Abraham’s son Isaac had two sons. They were twins. When Rebecca, their mother was pregnant, the babies (fought) each other inside her womb. She wondered what was happening so she asked the Lord.
The Lord said to her. “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger. When the twins were born, the first baby was red and strong and covered with hair. They named him Esau. The second came out with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. They named him Jacob. As they were growing up, Esau become a skillful hunter while Jacob was quiet and he stayed around the tents.
One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came home from hunting and he was very hungry. He said to Jacob, “Give me some of that stew! I’m famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said “Look, I am about to die, “What good is the birthright to me?” Jacob made Esau swear to him, selling his birthright. Then Jacob gave him some of his food.
The Bible says; “Esau despised his birthright.” He did not care! He sold it for a temporary pleasure.
But Jacob valued it. The Birthright was the special privilege of the firstborn son. He would inherit the biggest part of his parent’s estate. He also inherited the leadership and priesthood of the family. As these boys were growing up, Jacob spent time listening to the stories about God and how the earth was created. He would have heard about how God protected righteous Noah and his family during the flood. He would have heard how God chose his grandfather Abraham through whom to make the promise to bless the whole world. Jacob understood that God was important to his family. Even though God had not yet appeared to Jacob personally, Jacob must have believed the promises that God had made to the people before him. Jacob had Faith in God.
This is what FAITH is, believing what God has said and acting on it. God made many promises that we can read about in the Bible. We can choose to either believe or ignore them. One of these promises is found in John 3:16; it says; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, you are born into God’s kingdom. You are “Born Again.” This makes you part of God’s family and you have an inheritance of eternal life. This is a priceless inheritance. When you truly value what God intends for you then you can live your life as a “King’s Kid.”
Learn what your inheritance consists of by reading your Bible and by praying for God to direct you in your life. Do not sell your inheritance for temporary pleasures.

TEEN TALKS: LESSONS FROM ABRAHAM

Series: Lessons From Leaders

4 lessons from Abraham The stories of Abraham can be found in Genesis 11:26 to Genesis 25

For the following lessons from Abraham, I would recommend that students refer to some maps of Bible times and Bible lands. To really understand the history of the Children of Israel and the Jewish nation, we need to go back to their roots. It begins with Abraham and the land where he lived. As they study the stories of Abraham and follow the path he traveled, students will be able to answer the following questions: What and where is the “Promised Land”?  Who did God promise it to and who is included in the promise? Who is the “Seed of Abraham”? How does God Bless the entire world through Abraham?

Download and print these lessons by clicking on the following links.

Lesson # 1: ABRAHAM Friend of God

Lesson # 2: ABRAHAM is unselfish

Lesson #3: Abraham asks for God’s mercy

Lesson # 4: A son for Abraham

Coming soon: 4 lessons from Jacob

TEEN TALKS — Lessons From Leaders

This is the first of a series of talks with teens about a number of Bible characters. Teens will discover that Bible people were real people and much can be learned from their lives. They will see how following the principles and leading of God and His ways will give today’s youth an advantage in life. Download and print the lessons by clicking on the pdf format links below.

More to follow: Keep checking this site for more Teen Talks:

Series: Lessons From Leaders

Lessons 1 – 4: Lessons from Adam:

1: Title: Made in the Image of God

2: Title: The Beginning of Exploration

3: Title: The Cost of Disobedience

4: Title: A Look at Creators

Coming soon: 4 Teen Talks on:      Lessons From Abraham