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Unit 10, Session 4: David and Jonathan Became Friends

Dear Parents,

 

This week we will continue to trace David’s rise to replace Saul as king. David’s victory over Goliath brought David great fame and adoration in Israel. Saul had brought David into his court, but in time, Saul became intensely jealous of David and even tried to kill him.

 

Meanwhile, David and Saul’s son Jonathan became true friends. Even though Jonathan was next in line to be king after Saul, he recognized and accepted that God had chosen David instead. David and Jonathan’s friendship points to an even greater friendship—our friendship with Jesus. Jesus calls us friends (John 15:15), and he showed His love by dying to save us from sin.

 

Help your kids see Jesus is our King and He is our friend also.

Unit 10 Session 4

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • King Saul wanted to hurt David.
  • Jonathan was a good friend to David.
  • Jesus is our Friend and King.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God gave David a friend.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God used Jonathan to save David’s life.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “God Made a Covenant with David” (2 Samuel 7)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App  for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

 

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Unit 10, Session 3: David Was Anointed and Fought Goliath

Dear Parents,

 

As we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible this week, we come to God anointing David to replace Saul as king and David’s victory over the giant Goliath. While Saul looked the part to be king, David didn’t look like a strong warrior and seemed to be no match for the Philistine champion. But God gave David power and he defeated Goliath.

 

God used this victory to position David as the next king and also to show us a picture of Jesus. When Jesus came to earth, He didn’t look like a strong warrior either. But Jesus showed His power when He died on the cross and rose again to defeat death.

 

Help your kids see the connection between David and Jesus. Talk about how God defeated Israel’s enemy of Goliath and our greater enemy of sin and death. Guide your kids to see that David doesn’t primarily teach us to be brave, but to trust in Jesus instead.

Unit 10 Session 3

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • God chose David to be king after Saul.
  • God gave David power to fight Goliath.
  • God sent Jesus through David’s family.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God gave David power to defeat Goliath.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God gave David power to defeat Goliath.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “David and Jonathan Became Friends” (1 Samuel 18:1-12; 19:1-10; 20:1-42)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App  for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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Unit 10, Session 2: God Rejected Saul as King

Dear Parents,

 

Last week, we saw how Israel demanded a human king to rule over them. God’s intention was to provide the perfect King for His people in Jesus, so He warned Israel about the problems they would face if they chose a human king instead. The people did not heed God’s warning, and God gave them Saul to be their king.

 

This week, we will see that God’s warnings about a human king began to come true with Saul. Saul looked just like the kind of king that the people wanted, but he sinned when he tried to offer a sacrifice that only the priest was allowed to give. Because of this, God rejected Saul as king.

 

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our perfect King and that we can trust and follow Him completely. Talk with them about our need to obey God completely and that we should do so because of our love for Him.

Unit 10 Session 2

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • King Saul did not obey God.
  • God was going to choose a new king.
  • Jesus is our King who always obeyed God.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • Saul disobeyed God, so he could not be king anymore.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God rejected Saul as king because of his sin.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “David Was Anointed and Fought Goliath” (1 Samuel 16-17)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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Unit 10, Session 1: Israel Demanded a King

Dear Parents,

 

This week, we will reach an important juncture in the big story of the Bible. The people of Israel had been led by a series of judges, but now they looked around and saw how the other nations had kings, so they too wanted a king. So the people went to the last judge, the prophet Samuel and demanded a king. Samuel resisted, but God told him to do as the people asked. However, God told Samuel to warn the people about the consequences of having a king.

 

Samuel tried to warn the people that a king would place a heavy burden on them. He would take young men to fight in wars. He would tax the people. He would make them work hard. But the people refused to listen so God appointed a man named Saul to be Israel’s king. From a human perspective, Saul was the perfect choice, but as we will see next week, he was far from being the perfect king God had in mind.

 

Help your kids understand that Jesus is our King and that He is the perfect, wise, and loving King. Encourage your kids to follow Jesus as the absolute leader of their lives.

Unit 10 Session 1

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

●     Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is our King.
  • God’s people wanted a king to lead them.
  • Saul was the first king of Israel.
  • God sent Jesus to be our King.

●     Preschool

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
  • God chose a king for Israel.

●     Kids

  • Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
  • God chose Saul as Israel’s first king.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●     Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool:: Psalm 47:7)

 

NEXT WEEK

●     “God Rejected Saul as King” (1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35)

 

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App or the Big Picture Cards for Families for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

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