Our series Zig Zag Zone kicked off this week where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT
Key Question: Who can help you?
Bottom Line: God can help me.
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Story: David Protects the Sheep • 1 Samuel 17:34-37
David at first was a shepherd who attended to his father’s sheep out in the fields. One night, while the animals were asleep a lion, had appeared looking for its next meal. David knew that God was with him and when the lion tried to take the sheep God gave great power to David and defeated the lion!
Though we may not be wrestling Lions, we still have many struggles and challenges in our lives and in the children’s lives where we have to fight our way through. David in protecting the sheep also showed that God can help me anywhere.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 1 Parent Guide
This Week we treat you to the beginning of our new series Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.
Key Question: How can you treat everything like it belongs to God? It’s hard for anyone to refocus how they think about their stuff. This is especially true for kids. We hope to guide kids through the process of realizing that what they have is a gift on loan to us from God. Because of that, how we take care of what has mattered. We want kids to walk away with a plan for how they will treat what they have like it belongs to God—because it does!
That’s why we start the month with something David wrote in Psalm 24:1, The earth belongs to the Lord. And so does everything in it. The world belongs to him. And so do all those who live in it, (NIrV). What David wrote at the start of this Psalm is an important reminder. As we head into a month talking about stewardship, we want kids to focus on the Creator and how everything big and small, seen and unseen, belongs to God.
Bottom Line: Remember, everything belongs to the Lord. Kids have an easy time claiming what’s theirs. One of the first words a child learns is “mine!” We want kids to understand that what they have is actually on loan to us. Remembering that everything belongs to God is the first step in choosing to use what we have wisely because what we have belongs to God.
You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 1