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Current Sunday School Lessons

We encourage you to use the lesson information below as well as the coloring pages, crafts and Big Picture Cards to engage your kids during the week.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the Children's Ministry Team:

Mike Maddry - Family Pastor

Emmarie Clark - Children's Ministry Director

Terri Langford - Pre-K Coordinator

Israel rejected God as their leader and they demanded a king.  God rejected Saul, Israel's first king and chose David to be king.  Through David's family, God brought forth the last King - the Redeemer Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the perfect King who brings peace and salvation to the world.

Psalm 47:7  For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

6.17.18 - Israel Demanded a King

We 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.

6.24.18 - God Rejected Saul as King

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.

7.1.18 - David Was Anointed and Fought Goliath

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.

7.8.18 - David and Jonathan Became Friends

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.

7.15.18 God Made a Covenant with David

David recognizes that he is living in a wood ­paneled palace while the ark is still in a tent. David wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not want David to build it. Instead, God told David that his son would build the temple, but He made a covenant with David and promised that every future king of Israel would come from David’s family.

God kept His promise by sending His Son, Jesus, to be one of David’s descendants. Jesus is our King who will never die; He will rule over God’s people forever.

Help your kids see that God’s promise to David to provide Jesus can be traced all the way back to God’s promise to Adam and Eve and Abraham in Genesis. Remind them that God had promised from the beginning that He was going to provide a Rescuer to break the power of sin and death and that the Rescuer is Jesus.