Today's Lesson: Obey God Completely
After completing this lesson, the children will understand the importance of following God's commands completely, and by doing so receive many blessings and joy.
MEMORY WORK (8 minutes)
"Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22 NIV
Gather a soft ball or a rolled up sock. Have your kids look up the verse. Throw the ball to your child(ren) and they will say the verse and then throw it back to you for you to repeat the verse. Continue until everyone has a chance to say the verse a few times.
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
In the days of Samuel, the people of Israel looked upon the Lord for their protection and strength. However, they still wanted a king so they could be like the rest of the nations around them. Reluctantly, Samuel chose a tall man named Saul to fill this position. But Saul had some faults. First he did not want to be king. When the people gathered to crown him, he was hiding, because he felt he could not live up to the people's expectations. Second, he had a problem with pleasing himself and others instead of God. He would listen to God, but not always do everything he was told to do. Our story today is about one time when Saul's disobedience had serious consequences.
Read 1 Samuel 15:1-9, 17-23 (God Rejects Saul for Disobeying)
1. What did God tell Saul to do? (Completely destroy the Amalekites - not to spare anything.)
2. Why did Saul tell the Kenites to go way? (Because they showed kindness, and were not to be harmed.)
3. How did Saul disobey God? (He spared Agag and the best of the livestock - against God's command.)
4. Who did Saul blame for his disobedience? (He said the soldiers did it to sacrifice to the Lord.)
5. How did God punish Saul for his disobedience? (He rejected him as king.)
6. Why do you think Saul didn't fully obey God's commands? (He was more concerned about what others wanted instead of what God wanted.)
7. Has there been a time when you were told to do something, but you only did part of it? Why?
APPLICATION (4 minutes)
God gives us many instructions. Sometimes we call these instructions commands. Obeying these commands is the right thing to do, not only because we are pleasing God, but because they help us live good, clean lives that are full of blessings and joy.
However sometimes our own weaknesses get into the way of doing what God says. We may be in too much of a hurry, or it might seem too hard or boring at the time. Perhaps we are more concerned with pleasing others instead of God. Sometimes we may think we know a better way. But these are not good excuses. Instead it is foolishness. We should always do what God says.
As we learned today, King Saul made a bad mistake. God gave him very clear instructions to utterly destroy the Amalekites and everything they had because they were evil people. But Saul and his armies spared the king of the Amalekites, and kept the best animals for themselves. Then to make it worse, Saul blamed his being disobedient on his soldiers. Because he did not fully obey God’s will, he was rejected as king of Israel.
SUGGESTED PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY
Conduct a little Bible research this week. Along with your child, look up and read the following passages:
2 John 6
What do these passages say about obeying God's Commands? Do the blessings outweigh the penalty for disobeying? How do we know if we are following God's commands?
Dear Lord, I want to seek You with all my heart. Help me so that I don't stray from Your commands and do what is evil in your sight. Teach me Your will, Lord, as I meditate on Your Word, so I may serve You and be a child of God. Amen
Today’s Lesson: Putting on the full armor of God
MEMORY WORK (12 minutes)
Help your children find Ephesians 6:11 in the Bible. Write the verse out and recite the verse. Cover a word or two and recite the verse again. Continue in this manner until the children can recite the verse from memory. Practice this verse with your child several times a week.
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11 NIV
SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION (15 minutes)
What does this verse tell us?
This verse tells us that we must be prepared as we go into battle, a spiritual battle. Without God's Armor and protection we do not stand a chance. God will empower us to fight the good fight and to make a stand against the devil.
Read the verse together. Once you've read the verse explain how each piece of armor protects us.
The Belt of Truth: The belt worn by a roman soldier was important because it firmly secured the soldier's weapons needed to fight. If we are to stand up to evil, we must be firmly secured by the truth that is found only in Jesus.
The Breastplate of Righteousness: The typical Roman soldier wore a protective covering to cover the vital organs, like the heart, the lungs, liver, etc. If any of these were injured, the life of the soldier would be in serious jeopardy. If we try to do battle over Satan's enemies with only our own righteousness, we will never win. We need a righteousness that comes from our Savior.
Feet with the Gospel of Peace: To do battle, a soldier must be prepared to go, and good strong sandals were absolutely necessary. Likewise, before we can do battle, we must be prepared, but our preparation comes from the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news about Jesus, and through it we can tell others how they can have peace with God.
The Shield of Faith: The shield protected the Roman soldier from arrows and sword blows. Our spiritual enemies are constantly throwing arrows and thrusting swords towards us. The best way to deflect these blows is with the shield of faith. When we hold on to our shield, when we hold firm to our faith in Jesus, we can go forth boldly.
The Helmet of Salvation: An essential item for a soldier's survival. The helmet protects the head of the soldier, where there is the mind and spirit. Our salvation comes from Jesus, and it is a lasting protection until the day we are with Him in heaven.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Roman sword was short and lightweight so they could use it easily. At close range, it was a deadly weapon. The sword of the spirit represents the Word of God. The Word of God is a powerful weapon, especially when used under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
1. Why do we need spiritual armor? (To stand against the ways of the devil.)
2.Why is it important that we that we put on our spiritual armor every day? (Without it we will be weak and easily defeated.)
6. How can we use each piece of spiritual armor at home? At school? At church?
Dear Lord, please give us the wisdom to see the need to put on the full armor of God each
and every day. Please give us strength and courage to fight a good fight and help others
come to know You as Lord and Savior. Thank You for providing the tools and resources
we need to live godly lives. Amen
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Each morning practice putting on the spiritual armor together. Discuss how each piece of
armor will help us make a strong stand against the devil.