Family Discipleship for Children

To assist with discipleship in the home, you can utilize the weekly resources offered by The Gospel Project. These resources coincide with the lesson each children learned on Sunday in class. The resources include a scripture reference, a summary of the passage, the main points of the lesson, and a memory verse for the Unit. Select a Date from the list below to get started!

Deborah and Barak
May 5th, 2019
Judges 4-5

Gideon
May 12th, 2019
Judges 6-8

Samson
May 19th, 2019
Judges 13-16

Ruth and Boaz
May 26th, 2019
Ruth

Hannah and Samuel
June 2nd, 2019
1 Samuel 1-3

The Ark Was Captured
June 9th, 2019
1 Samuel 4-6

Israel’s First King
June 16th, 2019
1 Samuel 8-15

David Was Anointed
June 23rd, 2019
1 Samuel 16-17
Main Point: God chose David to be king instead of Saul.
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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Samuel had anointed Saul as king over Israel, but it wasn’t long before Saul’s disobedience led God to reject him as king. God sent Samuel to Bethlehem to meet Jesse—a man in the family line of Judah. God had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be Israel’s king.

When Samuel saw Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab, he thought, “This must be the one God has chosen!” Eliab was likely tall and good-looking. Why wouldn’t God choose someone like that? But God doesn’t make decisions like people do. Read what God said to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7.

Jesse’s sons took turns passing before Samuel, one by one. Samuel was probably eager to hear which son God had chosen to be Israel’s next king! Abinadab? No, not him. Shammah? No. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.”

It seemed Samuel was out of options, but Jesse had one more son; his youngest, David, was out tending the sheep. David came in and God said, “This is the one.” Samuel anointed David, and the Spirit of the Lord was with David.

David did not become king right away. Saul was still on the throne, and David was still young. One day, David found himself at the battle where the Philistines had gathered to fight the Israelites. The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well-known accounts in the Old Testament. When the Israelites cowered in fear, David—with God’s power—stepped up and defeated the enemy with just a sling and a stone.

David did not look like a king or a mighty warrior, but God chose him to be king over Israel and gave him victory over Goliath. The Israelites were too weak and afraid to face Goliath; they needed David to fight on their behalf. In a similar way, though Jesus did not look like a warrior or king, we need Him to fight for us. Jesus gives us victory over sin and death.

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.
○ Jesus has power to fight sin and death.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ God chose David to be king.

● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ God chose David to be king instead of Saul.

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David Showed Mercy
June 30th, 2019
1 Samuel 24
Main Point: David showed mercy even though Saul hated him.
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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David’s relationship with King Saul was complicated. Early on, David served the king by playing the lyre for him whenever he felt unwell. After David killed Goliath, he became good friends with Saul’s son Jonathan. But David’s success made Saul jealous. Saul could see that David was rising in popularity. He won victory after victory. Saul made several attempts on David’s life, and David fled to the land of Moab.

David wasn’t alone. His family and other men—anyone who was “desperate, in debt, or discontented” (1 Sam. 22:2)—joined David, and he became their leader. About 400 men were with David. Once in Moab, the prophet Gad instructed David to return to the land of Judah. When Saul found out David’s location, he pursued David, intending to kill him. Yet God protected David from Saul.

Saul was in pursuit of David when he stopped to relieve himself. Imagine David’s surprise when Saul entered the very cave in which David and his men were hiding. This was David’s chance! Saul was outnumbered and could easily be defeated. David got up and secretly cut off the corner of Saul’s robe, but he did not allow his men to hurt Saul.

When Saul left the cave, David followed after him. He acknowledged Saul’s authority—”My lord the king!” (1 Sam. 24:8)—and showed Saul the corner of his robe, proof of David’s passed-up opportunity. Saul wept upon realizing David’s mercy toward him. God had put Saul in David’s hand, and David let him go unharmed. Saul realized God had clearly chosen David to be Israel’s king.

David showed mercy to Saul, his enemy, because David trusted God’s plan. Jesus also trusted His Father’s plan. He died on the cross so His enemies could experience God’s mercy and live forever as part of God’s family.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ King Saul wanted to hurt David.
○ David showed mercy to King Saul.
○ Jesus shows us mercy when we do not deserve it.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ David showed mercy to Saul.

● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ David showed mercy even though Saul hated him.

God’s Covenant with David
July 7th, 2019
2 Samuel 6-7
Main Point: God promised that the Messiah would come from David’s family.
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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The path to Israel’s throne was not easy for David. Saul had tried multiple times to kill him, and David had to flee for his life, leaving behind his good friend Jonathan. But God had appointed David to be king, and God was faithful. Leading up to 2 Samuel 7, Jonathan was killed in battle against the Philistines. Saul fell on his own sword, and David became the king of Israel.

David moved the ark of God to Jerusalem—a cause for joyous celebration—and settled into his palace there. God blessed David and gave him peace from his enemies. But when David looked around, something didn’t seem right. He was living in a majestic palace while the ark of God was in a tent! David determined to build God a temple. That night, God gave the prophet, Nathan, a message for David. “Have I ever asked you to build Me a house?” God said. No, for four hundred years—since God brought the Israelites out of Egypt—He had dwelled in a tent.

David had been a shepherd, but God made him a king! God promised to give the Israelites a place to stay so they wouldn’t need to move around anymore. God promised to give His people rest from their enemies so they could stop fighting. Though God denied David’s desire to build God a house, God promised to make a house for David: a dynasty of his descendants and an everlasting kingdom.

God promised David that every future king of Israel would come from David’s family, and David’s kingdom would last forever. God kept His promise by sending His Son, Jesus, as one of David’s descendants. Jesus is our King who will never die; He will rule over God’s people forever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ God made a special promise to David.
○ God promised to make David’s family kings.
○ God sent Jesus through David’s family.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ God promised that every king of Israel would come from David’s family.

● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ God promised that the Messiah would come from David’s family.

David’s Kindness
July 14th, 2019
2 Samuel 9
Main Point: David showed kindness to Jonathan’s son.
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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Though King Saul was an adversary to David, Saul’s son Jonathan loved him as much as he loved himself. (See 1 Sam. 18:1.) Before David fled from King Saul and journeyed toward Moab, Jonathan appealed to his friend David, “If I continue to live, show me kindness from the Lord, but if I die, don’t ever withdraw your kindness from my household” (1 Sam. 20:14-15a).

Following the deaths of King Saul and his son Jonathan, David was made king over Israel. The Lord was with David, and he experienced numerous military victories. David remembered the promise he made to his best friend Jonathan and was determined to keep it.

David asked a servant of Saul’s family if anyone remained from Saul’s family. The servant mentioned Jonathan’s son. Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth (meh FIB oh sheth) had been injured when he was five years old, so his feet were crippled. (2 Sam. 4:4) David brought Mephibosheth to his house. Mephibosheth fell facedown before David. As a descendant of Saul, he was right to fear the king. But David said, “Don’t be afraid.”

David showed kindness to Mephibosheth, promising to restore to him all of Saul’s fields. He appointed servants to work the fields. The fields would provide an income for Mephibosheth. David also announced that Mephibosheth would eat meals at David’s table, just like one of the king’s sons. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem and always ate at the king’s table.

King David showed surprising kindness to Mephibosheth even though he didn’t have to. In a greater way, God shows surprising kindness to us. Because of Jesus, He invites us into His family and gives us life with Him forever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ David remembered his promise to Jonathan.
○ David showed kindness to Mephibosheth.
○ One day, Jesus will eat with us at His table.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ David showed kindness to Jonathan’s son.
● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ David showed kindness to Jonathan’s son.

David Sinned and Was Restored
July 21st, 2019
2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51
Main Point: David repented and God forgave him.
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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The Ammonites were no strangers to the Israelites. They often fought over the region of Gilead, which stretched east of the Jordan River. David had tried showing kindness to the Ammonites, but they humiliated the Israelite ambassadors. (See 2 Sam. 10:1-5.) Thus began a war between the Israelites and Ammonites. This context sets the scene for the story of David’s sin and restoration.

David had experienced a season of blessing from God and success on the battlefield. The tribes of Israel united under David. But the upward trajectory of David’s life did not continue much longer.

One evening, David looked from his rooftop and saw Bathsheba bathing. He found out that she was the wife of Uriah, one of David’s elite soldiers. Her married status alone made her off-limits to David, but he nevertheless called for her and slept with her. David probably assumed his sin would go unnoticed, until Bathsheba told him she was pregnant. With Uriah gone to war, it was obvious the baby was not her husband’s.

David called Uriah home from the battle and encouraged him to be with his wife. But Uriah refused. Uriah didn’t think it was fair for him to be with his wife while other men were at war.

So David instructed his army commander to position Uriah in the most violent part of the battle so he would be killed. This time, David’s plan worked. Uriah was killed, and David took Bathsheba as his wife.

God knew David’s sin and sent Nathan the prophet to confront David. David’s confession is recorded in Psalm 51. God wanted David’s heart to change so he would not want to sin again.

Like David, we need more than a changed lifestyle to be made right with God; we need new hearts. Jesus died to satisfy God’s wrath against sin so that we could be made alive in Him.

When David sinned against God, God forgave him, but sin always comes with a price. God spared David’s life, but David’s son died. When we sin, we deserve death. But we can receive God’s forgiveness because God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ David made a wrong choice.
○ David asked God to forgive him, and God forgave David.
○ Jesus came to forgive us from our wrong choices.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ God forgave David.

● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ David repented and God forgave him.

David’s Psalm
July 28th, 2019
Psalm 23
Main Point: David wrote a psalm to praise God
Key Passage: Psalm 145:13  “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.”

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The Book of Psalms contains 150 psalms—poems, songs, and prayers—from a time in Israel’s history spanning from Moses (about the 1400s BC) to Israel’s exile to Babylon (about the 500s BC). Nearly half of the psalms are attributed to King David.

David wrote Psalm 23, one of the most well-known psalms in the Bible. David’s background as a shepherd equipped him to use the imagery of a sheep and shepherd to describe the Lord’s guidance and care for His people. When Saul went to Jesse to anoint one of his sons, David was with the sheep. (1 Sam. 16:19) David’s experience protecting his father’s sheep gave him confidence in the Lord’s ability to deliver. (1 Sam. 17:37)

A shepherd leads his sheep to pastures where they can find food. He watches over his sheep to protect them from danger. He cares for them, lifting a fallen sheep from a pit and ensuring not one is lost.

This was David’s experience of the Lord. He provided for David’s needs. He led him to places of peace and rest. He guided him on the right paths. The Lord was with David, and He is with us.

Jesus had compassion on the crowds who were “like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36). Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Jesus laid down His life to save people from sin. He assured His disciples that when He returns, He will gather His sheep from among the nations and welcome them into His kingdom. (Matt. 26:32-34)

David compared God’s love, protection, and guidance for His people to that provided by a shepherd for his sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He laid down His life to save people from sin. Because of Jesus, we have hope that one day we will live with God forever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ David wrote a song about God’s kindness.
○ David said God is like a shepherd.
○ God shows His goodness and faithful love to us.

● Preschool
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
○ David wrote a song to praise God.

● Kids
○ How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over the universe as the King of kings.
○ David wrote a psalm to praise God.

Solomon Asked for Wisdom
August 4th, 2019
1 Kings 2-3
Main Point: God gave Solomon wisdom to lead his people.
Key Passage: James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

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The downfall of David’s kingdom was propelled by David’s sin with Bathsheba. Amid the pain of losing their firstborn son, God showed David and Bathsheba that He still loved them. Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon. God chose Solomon to be Israel’s next king. (See 2 Sam. 12:24-25; 1 Chron. 22:9-13.)

David spoke to his son from his deathbed, giving specific instructions: “Keep your obligation to the LORD your God to walk in his ways” (1 Kings 2:3a). After 40 years of reigning over Israel, David died and Solomon became Israel’s king.

Early in Solomon’s reign, God appeared to him in a dream. “What should I give you?” God asked. Solomon’s response set him apart from many other kings. His God-honoring qualities were apparent. First, Solomon humbly acknowledged his lack of experience in leading God’s people. Then he said, “Give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

If you were a king or queen and God offered to give you anything you asked for, what request would you make? Ask the kids you teach what they would ask for if they could receive anything their hearts desired. One might assume that a king would ask for power or for victory over his enemies. Perhaps he would ask for riches or to live a long life. Solomon asked for none of these. Instead, he asked God to make him wise. God was pleased with Solomon’s request, and He agreed to give Solomon a wise and understanding heart.

Solomon’s heart was surrendered to God. Solomon was a wise king who wanted to do God’s plan. Solomon wasn’t perfect, but God had a plan to give His people a greater and wiser king—His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

● Babies and Toddlers
○ God knows everything.
○ King Solomon asked God to make him wise.
○ God gave Solomon wisdom to lead God’s people.
○ Wisdom is loving God and obeying His words..

● Preschool
○ What does God know? God knows everything.
○ God gave Solomon wisdom.

● Kids
○ What does God know? God knows everything about the past, present, and future.
○ God gave Solomon wisdom to lead His people.

Wisdom for God’s People
August 11th, 2019
Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Songs
Main Point: Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.
Key Passage: James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

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Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs are three books spanning more than 50 chapters of the Bible. This week’s study follows the story of Solomon, the primary writer of these books. While three books of the Bible are certainly a lot to cover in one session, this brief overview will reveal the wisdom of God for His people as He works out His wise plan for our salvation.

True wisdom comes from God. (See Prov. 2:6.) God made Solomon the wisest man who had ever lived, and people came from all over to listen to his wisdom. (See 1 Kings 4:29-34; 10:1-9.) He wrote most of the Book of Proverbs, which offers practical advice for living wisely. Solomon ruled Israel with great wisdom, but he still turned away from God and pursued His own desires.

Israel needed someone greater than Solomon. God’s plan included that: “Something greater than Solomon is here!” (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31). Jesus not only taught God’s wisdom, He displayed it perfectly.

The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us to think carefully about how we should live our lives. Solomon was searching for something to give meaning to his life. In the end Solomon discovered that following God was—and is—the only way to find real happiness.

Finally, King Solomon wrote Song of Songs, which reveals God’s wisdom for relationships—specifically, between a husband and a wife. In the New Testament, the book of Ephesians says that Jesus loves the church as a husband loves his wife. (Eph. 5:22-28)

These books are the inspired words of God. The wisdom offered is not merely suggestions for living; it is part of God’s plan for our sanctification. Wisdom in the Bible shows us how to be like Jesus—in how we live, how we speak, and how we think. But wisdom cannot save us. Only Jesus, who perfectly followed God’s wise plan, can rescue us from sin.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God knows everything.
○ God made Solomon very wise.
○ Solomon wrote that wisdom comes from loving God.
○ Jesus always did what was wise and good.

● Preschool
○ What does God know? God knows everything.
○ Wisdom is loving God and obeying His Word.

● Kids
○ What does God know? God knows everything about the past, present, and future.
○ Wisdom is fearing the Lord and obeying His Word.

Solomon Built the Temple
August 18th, 2019
1 Kings 6-8
Main Point: God led His people to build a temple where He would dwell with them.
Key Passage: James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

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When David was king, he wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not allow him to. “When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant … and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Sam. 7:12-13). God said King David’s son would build the temple.

King Solomon began to gather materials to build the temple. He ordered cedar and cypress timbers from Lebanon. He gathered 30,000 men from all of Israel as laborers to excavate stone and prepare the timbers for the temple’s construction.

The temple was impressive. The entire interior was cedar. King Solomon had everything covered with gold. In all, it took seven years for the temple to be completed. Inside the temple was furniture and accessories. (See 1 Kings 7:48-50.)

The time came to dedicate the temple. All of the Israelites gathered in Jerusalem. The priests brought the ark of the Lord to the most holy place, and a cloud filled the house of the Lord. God’s glory filled the temple.

Solomon prayed and praised God for keeping His covenant with David. He recognized that God is not confined to a temple. “Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain you, much less this temple I have built” (1 Kings 8:27). Solomon’s prayer and speech was followed by a great offering to God.

Jesus changed everything when He died for our sins on the cross. By taking our sin upon Himself, Jesus made the way for sinners to come to God. The temple was a place where God was with His people. The people could go there to make sacrifices and worship God. Today, when we trust in Jesus, He is with us wherever we go. We can look to Him for forgiveness and help.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God knows everything.
○ Solomon built a temple for God.
○ Solomon told the people to love God with all their heart.
○ Because of Jesus, we can worship God everywhere.

● Preschool
○ What does God know? God knows everything.
○ God’s people built Him a temple.

● Kids
○ What does God know? God knows everything about the past, present, and future.
○ God led His people to build a temple where He would dwell with them.

The Kingdom Divided
August 25th, 2019
1 Kings 11-12
Main Point: God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.
Key Passage: James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

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King Solomon loved God. He received wisdom from the Lord and was dedicated to building His temple. But early on, we see hints that Solomon’s heart was not completely devoted to God. He married foreign wives who turned Solomon’s heart away from God. (1 Kings 11:4)

Solomon gradually abandoned what he had believed. Israel had a history of turning away from God, and Solomon was no exception.

God was angry with Solomon. He had warned him twice not to turn to false gods. God planned to discipline Solomon by taking the kingdom away from his family. God was going to take the kingdom from Solomon’s son Rehoboam—every tribe except for one. God graciously left one tribe for Rehoboam, keeping the promise He made to David. (See 2 Sam. 7:16.)

God set apart Jeroboam, one of Solomon’s servants, to become leader over 10 tribes of Israel. Parts of the tribe of Benjamin followed Jeroboam, and some followed Rehoboam. When Solomon died, all of Israel gathered to make Rehoboam their new king. They asked Rehoboam to lighten the burden of service Solomon had given them, but Rehoboam refused. In fact, he promised to make their work even harder.

Israel rebelled against Rehoboam and made Jeroboam king. Only the tribe of Judah stayed with Rehoboam. So the kingdom was divided into two kingdoms—the Northern Kingdom was called Israel (ruled by Jeroboam) and the Southern Kingdom was called Judah (ruled by Rehoboam).

King Solomon failed to lead God’s people perfectly. God’s people needed a better king, a perfect king! Through David’s family, God would send His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be a perfect King over God’s people forever. Jesus is greater than Solomon. Jesus brings His people together and leads them back to God.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God knows everything.
○ King Solomon’s sin split the kingdom.
○ People from David’s family were kings of Judah.
○ Jesus was born into David and Solomon’s family.

● Preschool
○ What does God know? God knows everything.
○ God divided Israel into two kingdoms.

● Kids
○ What does God know? God knows everything about the past, present, and future.
○ God divided Israel into two kingdoms because Solomon sinned.