Main Point: Patience is a fruit of the Spirit
Summary: When Jacob falls in love with Rachel, he makes a deal to work for her dad for seven years so he can marry her. He has to be patient! After seven years, Rachel’s dad tricks Jacob into marrying Rachel’s sister, but he gets to marry Rachel with a promise to work an additional seven years.
Science Project: Coffee Filter, Washable Markers, Clear Cups, Water, Scissors, Paper Clip
Family Dinner Discussion: When is it hardest for you to be patient?
Continue the lesson throughout the week: Have everyone pick one of the following Bible verses and write it on an index card.

  • Psalm 62:1 (NLT): “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.”
  • Romans 8:25 (NLT): “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.”
  • Psalm 27:14 (NIV): “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Everyone can carry his or her index card around and refer to it when unexpected or unwanted waiting times come up, such as traffic or a long line.

Epic Teachings of the Bible
Lesson Four – Fruit of the Spirit: Patience.
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