Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 5: Genesis 12-23

Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)

A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.

Lesson Developed by

Jill Olds, Victoria Crook and Zachary Ludwig


Trust and Waiting, as Seen in Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah

Tips to Prepare

  • If in person, set the room with chairs or around a table for a small group conversation
  • If virtually, schedule in your preferred video platform

Materials Checklist

  • Bibles or copies of the focal scripture
  • Photo of a famous person, place or logo
  • Same photo of a famous person, place, logo cut into pieces (enough for each person to get one piece)
  • Paper for each person
  • Markers, paints or pencils
  • Load the clip from the movie Lion where Saroo finds his long-lost mother

NOTE: This movie is based on a true story, which the youth might benefit hearing a synopsis of. One can be found here 

Scripture Focus

Genesis 18:1-19

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

9They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

16Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way. 17The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; so that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” 


  • Begin with a check in with members
  • Read the focal scripture with each person reading a few verses
  • Open with prayer


Exercise 1: The Picture Perfect Game

  • Have a picture of a famous logo/picture/something recognizable for everyone, though don’t let them see it yet.
  • Give each member a piece of the cut up picture
  • Have each person take a piece of paper and a marker, paint, pencil and ask them to recreate their piece on a larger piece of paper.
  • Once everyone has recreated their part of piece, ask them to put all their pieces together in order to remake the famous picture.
  • If they are struggling you can show the original picture as needed. Hopefully by the end they’ll be able to see the “big” picture.

Exercise 2: 

Watch together the scene from the movie Lion where Saroo finds his long-lost mother


Reflect Together on the Following Questions:

  • What are Abraham and Sarah’s responses to hear that the impossible will in fact happen to them, after years of waiting? What would your reaction be?
  • What is it like to wait for something you are yearning for? Examples?
  • Is it easy/hard to trust in God during the waiting time?
  • How do we maintain faith and hope in the midst of what feels impossible?

Send Forth

Close the lesson in prayer (either the leader or a group member)

Yale Youth Ministry Institute