A Brave Women

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A Brave Women / Judges 4:1-16; 23-24; 5:1-15

One Main Truth: Confidence in God Brings Courage to Face Challenges

“Are you ready for the Joy of Discovery? Unlock the One Main Truth: It’s an adventure in the Game, a revelation in the Bible, and it will transform your Life. Let’s take one step closer to becoming a Champion for Eternity!”

In the Game: “A Small Girl Helped Win the Entire Game” 
In the Bible: “God Used Deborah the Judge to Win a Mighty Victory” 
In Your Life: “God Might Use Males and Females to Accomplish His Will”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Fish Net Tag

  1. Set Boundaries: Begin by showing the players the designated area where the game will be played.
  2. Divide Players: If there are many players, divide them into separate groups based on age. Younger players should play in one area, while older players can play in another, ensuring safety.
  3. Choose “It”: Select one player to be “It.” It’s important to choose the smallest little girl to be the one who is “It.” This player will be the tagger, and their goal is to chase and touch (“tag”) other players.
  4. Tagging and Forming a Net: When the “It” player successfully tags another player, both players become “It.” They then hold hands, creating a “Net.” This net stretches out as more players are tagged and join the line by holding hands.
  5. Join the Net: Each time a new player is tagged, they join the line of players holding hands, extending the “Net.”
  6. Capture Everyone: The game continues until all players are caught in the “Net.” The goal is for the “Net” to capture every player.
  7. Multiple Rounds: If time allows, continue playing additional rounds. In each round, choose a different small girl to be the first player who is “It.”

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Judges 4:1-16; 23-24; 5:1-15

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (Judges 4:1-3)
In a time when the Israelites had fallen into sin. Every Israelite had a choice to follow God or not. Most Israelites choose not to follow God and His commandments. Because of their choice, they faced oppression by an evil king named Jabin and his commander, Sisera. The Israelites endured the cruelty of war for twenty years as Sisera’s army with 900 iron chariots took their food and money. No matter how dark the world may seem because of people’s sins, God can still show His glory in the most dark and difficult times. Because of their pain and suffering the people cried out to God for deliverance.

THE CHOICE (Judges 4:4-10)
After Ehud died, the people of Israel chose again to do evil in the sight of the Lord. The Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim.  They had 900 chariots of iron and oppressed (dominated, tormented) the people of Israel cruelly for
twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, During these difficult years a woman named Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophetess. (A woman who receives God’s message for His people and shares it.)She began her role as a special Judge sent by God to rescue the nation. Known for her wisdom and courage, Deborah held court under the Palm of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, the people of Israel came up to her for judgments.  Judges 4:4-9a “and She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam. from Kedesh-Naphtali. When Barak arrived, Deborah gave him God’s message.  “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor,
taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariotsand his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” And she said, “I will surely go
with you.” Deborah’s response was bold, stating that God would deliver Sisera into Barak’s hands, but a woman would receive the honor of victory. Despite this, Barakrallied his troops, and Deborah, with unwavering faith, accompanied him.


THE CONSEQUENCE (Judges 4:14-16, 23-24)
Boys and Girls when I say triumphed over Jabin Make your hand into trumpets and blow hard. Then shout, ”God gave the victory!!” The consequence of this courageous choice to follow God was victory. Israel saw God’s might as they triumphed (blow and shout) over Jabin, the Canaanite king, and his evil rule. This victory marked a turning point for Israel. They grew stronger and stronger in their faith while trusting in God to lead and guide them. Finally, this led to King Jabin, defeat and their freedom. As we close let’s think about how this true story from
the Bible can help us to glorify God with our lives.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

(1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE

POWER WORDS:  “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”   Proverbs 31:26  

(2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES

POWER QUESTIONS:

Game Questions:

  • In the game Fish Net Tag was everyone caught? (yes)
  • Wow! Who was the first player that was “It?” (the smallest child come forward)
  • Did this little child capture everyone? (yes)
  • Wow, what a brave and courageous child! A lot like Deborah in our story.
    Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”

Bible Questions:

  • Who did God use to help win the battle we learned today? (Deborah)
  •  Can God use whoever he wants to accomplish His purpose? (Yes) Did God help You?
  • What did God command Barak to do? (Gather 10,000 men, to go up Mount Tabor)
  • Boys and girls, did you know confidence in God brings courage to face all our
    challenges?

Life Questions:

  • Why did God allow Jabin the king of Canaan to rule over His people? (The Israelites
    abandoned their God and did what was evil in God’s sight.)
  • Who was your favorite character in the lesson today and why?
  •  Deborah’s courage and faith inspired (encouraged) Barak and the Israelites to follow
    God. Who in your life encouraged you to serve God? (Judges 4:4-5)
  •  Deborah’s faith teaches us to rely on God’s strength, not our own. (Judges 4:14-16)
  • Are you willing to allow God to show His glory through your life?  If so what are you
    doing each day to be used by God?

(3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS

POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me “God thank you for this truth about Deborah a great leader, God help me to have confidence in you to be courageous, Holy Spirit Where do you want me to be courageous?
*Let’s be still and quiet, opening your heart to hear God’s whisper* 
(Coach, wait at least 14 seconds, allowing God to connect to every child)
Jesus, please give me the courage to obey and share this truth.”

Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with Strong & Powerful Worship Motions
(Click here for worship songs
“GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

Now, remember to share this truth,
practice this truth, and bring a friend back with you! Boys and girls, let’s go out as the
“Champions for Eternity” that God expects us to become!

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